The Millbrook boys and girls sit atop The News & Observer area top 15 high school basketball rankings.
The Wildcat boys have streaked to a 6-0 record with wins over four other ranked teams. Millbrook (91.0 points per game) leads the area in scoring. Chris Clemons (26.7 points per game) is the top 4A scorer.
The Millbrook girls have been tested. They nipped No. 2-ranked Southeast Raleigh 45-44 on Tuesday and defeated Apex 43-42 earlier in the season.
Famous visitor: Nick Saban flew into a Goldsboro airport on Tuesday and drove over to Princeton High school. The Alabama head football coach told Princeton running back Johnny Frasier that he is the total package as a running back. Saban praised Frasier’s ability to block, catch and run with the ball.
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“I don’t pull for any college team and I admire a lot of college coaches,” said Princeton coach Derrick Minor. “But having Saban fly here was special.”
Cyr-Scully nets 47: East Chapel Hill junior Ali Cyr-Scully scored 47 points on Tuesday night in a 72-64 victory over Orange. Cyr-Scully had 33 points in a 59-38 win over Carrboro and 34 points in a 68-56 loss to Pittsboro Northwood.
Former Imp wins honor: Samantha Bagherpour, a 2013 Cary High graduate, made the final penalty kick to helped Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., win a NCAA Division III women’s soccer national championship on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
Lynchburg (27-0) defeated Williams College from Williamstown, Mass., after a scoreless double overtime.
Bagherpour earlier had won the tournament’s NCAA Elite 89 Award for academic excellence. The NCAA gives the award to the athlete with the highest overall grade point average at each of its 89 championships.
Barnes in finals: Former Southeast Raleigh soccer standout Darius Barnes played with the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup finals last weekend. The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Revolution 2-1 in extra time.
Barnes was a reserve in the game but was a standout at Southeast and Duke. In 2009, the defender became the second rookie in the history of MLS to play every minute of every game.
“We knew he was special when he was at Southeast,” said Jonathan Hasbrouck, who is now the athletic director at East Wake High. “He has the skills and the work ethic that you need to have to be exceptional.”
Gibbons in top 25: The Cardinal Gibbons High girls’ volleyball team is ranked No. 22 in the final MaxPreps Xcellent 50 rankings. The Crusaders finished 27-0 and won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship.
Charlotte Country Day, which finished 44-1, is ranked No. 15.
Pappas hits shots: Peyton Pappas hit two free throws with six seconds left on Tuesday night to lift Cedar Ridge to a 60-58 victory over Graham. Pappas scored 31 points.
Ress takes 20th: Justin Ress of Cary High finished 20th in the 400 individual medley in the USA National Swimming Champions last weekend in Greensboro. Ress, who swims for the Marlins of Raleigh, posted a 3:53.32.
He also helped the Marlins’ 800 free relay swim a 6:46.66 and finish 16th.