Postponements and rescheduling high school football games were so frequent last year that games were played on every day but Sunday and Wednesday.
This year is off to an ominous start with 15 games in central and eastern N.C. slated for Monday. Among them: Kinston at Farmville Central, Fuquay-Varina at Harnett Central, Franklinton at South Johnston, James Kenan at Southern Wayne, South Lenoir at Spring Creek and Bunn at Fike.
Garner AD: Jeff Dunbar is the new Garner athletic director, replacing the retired Nelson Smith, who had retired as football coach just a few years earlier. Dunbar was the first head coach at Knightdale when it opened in 2004 and was at Wake Forest-Rolesville when Wakefield opened nearby.
That prepares him for Garner’s latest challenge. The Trojans will be at South Garner High for the next two years while the old campus is torn down and reconstructed.
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“Our challenge is adapt and overcome to maintain a high performance level and remain true to our identity and culture with the excitement of returning home in two years,” he said.
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Kim, Migliaccio make Ryder Cup team: Chapel Hill High junior Gina Kim and Cary resident Emilia Migliaccio will be two of 12 junior golfers representing the United States versus their European counterparts in the 10th Junior Ryder Cup, Sept. 26-27, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
The United States team is comprised of six boys and six girls who are U.S. citizens and graduating high school in 2017 or later.
Migliaccio won the NCHSAA 4A girls golf championship as a ninth-grader at Athens Drive in 2013, then opted to eschew varsity golf so she could focus on junior tour events. Kim was runner-up in the NCHSAA 3A title as a freshman in 2014, then won it last year as a sophomore.
Wake County Cup: The Wake County Cup boys soccer competition never got off the ground last week, with the only game being Green Hope’s 1-0 victory over Leesville Road.
Garner hosts two games on Wednesday: Cardinal Gibbons versus Green Hope and Broughton against Garner. On Thursday, Apex travels to Broughton.
Green Hope, Leesville Road and Cardinal Gibbons are in one round-robin group while Broughton, Garner and Apex are in the other. The top two teams from each group will play for the title at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Cardinal Gibbons, preceded by the fifth- and third-place games.
Broughton’s volleyball team hosted some of the best 4A programs in the state on Saturday and went 2-0, taking down Charlotte schools Providence and Ardrey Kell by identical 3-1 scores.
Greater Neuse River 4A
Harnett Central’s volleyball claimed the Trojan Invitational on Saturday, fending off Garner 3-2 in the championship. All four teams in the tournament (Pine Forest and South Johnston included) have matching mascot names.
“I think we’ve probably earned this more than any other team,” Harnett Central senior hitter Kayla East said. “We’ve been through a lot together and are really maturing together as a team. It was nice to be able to do this after how we played last year.”
Person volleyball got its season off to a roaring start. The Rockets defeated Orange, Roxboro Community and South Granville – all three ranked by The N&O in the preseason. Roxboro is the reigning 1A East runner-up and South Granville the 2A champ.
Southwest Wake Athletic 4A
Apex Friendship earned its first boys soccer win in school history. Michael Fowler scored with 20 seconds left to defeat Northwood 3-2 Wednesday. The second-year Patriots opened the season with their first tie, 1-1 against Leesville Road.
Panther Creek’s volleyball team knocked off Greenville’s J.H. Rose, Leesville Road and Jordan for an impressive 3-0 start to the year.
Big East 3A
The Hunt boys soccer team claimed the Wilson Rotary Cup – a tournament that pits the county’s three public schools against the three private schools in round-robin format – by being the only one to go 3-0. Hunt outscored its opponents 19-0.
Carrboro volleyball claimed the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by East Chapel Hill over the weekend. The Jaguars defeated rivals Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill but also dispatched powerful Wilmington Hoggard as well as the reigning 4A runner-up Northwest Guilford.
North Central Athletic 1A
Roxboro Community opened its new on-campus gymnasium last week, the result of a long remodeling of part of the building, which used to be an old cotton mill. The Bulldogs’ volleyball and basketball teams had been driving down the road to Timberlake’s Helena Elementary.