Cary News: Sports

Point After: King’s wish granted

Rashawn King could’ve asked for anything of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish helps kids who suffer from life-threatening diseases. With his leukemia in remission, King qualifies.

But instead of wishing something for himself like meet a famous athete or travel to a place he’d longed to travel to, he wanted was to do something for those who have supported him since his diagnosis in 2009.

So on Thursday, Make-A-Wish will be coming to Middle Creek High School to feed lunch to the 1,900 people that make up the current student body and staff.

The free lunch periods will start at 10:30 a.m.

“We are truly honored to be able to grant Rashawn’s wish and acknowledge all of those who helped support him and his family during his treatment,” said Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina President and CEO Kristen Mercer Johnson in a statement. “It speaks to the character of this young man who decided to use his wish to thank the Middle Creek High School community.”

King missed the 2010 football season and 2010-11 basketball season - his junior year - while fighting the disease. The community rallied to raise money for him, and by the summer of his senior year, the cancer was in remission.

King was cleared to play sports for his senior year and received playing time in football, where he scored two rushing touchdowns, and basketball, where he was second-team all-conference.

He was a national runner-up in the Inspireum Football Awards, earning a $2,500 scholarship.

His plans for next fall include majoring in business at N.C. Central, where he hopes to walk-on either in football or basketball.

Kent leaves Cary: Donald Kent stepped down as Cary’s girls basketball coach last week.

Kent, a teacher at East Wake High School who commuted to coach at his alma mater, has 230 wins in his coaching career.

After going 3-19 in the 2009-10 season, Kent’s teams were 15-9 and 16-11 over the past two years, reaching the third round of the state playoffs this season. He was named Tri-Nine coach of the year in 2011.

In other area vacancies, Holly Springs has posted a job opening for its boys soccer coach, which has been David Lanuti since the school opened in 2006. Athens Drive has posted two varsity head coaching vacancies - one for volleyball (Angela Coticchio) and one for wrestling (Mike Wood).

Two commit to Brunswick: Two of the Tri-Nine Conference’s top baseball players will be going the community college route next year. Middle Creek’s Jimmy Boyd, a three-time all-conference selection who was all-state as a freshman, and Cary’s Tony Sanchez signed with Brunswick Community College last week.

Boyd recently recorded his 100th career hit for the Mustangs, placing him second among the school’s career list. He’s also a starting pitcher.

Sanchez is hitting around .500 this year according to Imps coach Brian Yerger.

Wach to play at Lenior-Rhyne: Panther Creek senior Claire Wach is a unique three-sport athlete - a top tennis player at one of the area’s best programs, starting point guard on a playoff team and all-conference lacrosse player.

Next year, she’ll be playing lacrosse at Lenior-Rhyne College. Wach has 18 goals and 12 assists so far this year.

Mulvey to Campbell: Fuquay-Varina senior Cameron Mulvey committed to Campbell last month, becoming the latest player from last year’s dynamic Fuquay-Varina boys soccer team to make plans to play in college.

Mulvey joins teammates Andrew Starnes (VMI), Andrew Sotak and Cole Schwietering (both to UNC-Asheville) as Bengals who will play at the next level. Adrian Gonzales, whose 56 goals in 27 games placed him among the NCHSAA’s top 10 for a single season, is still undecided.

Falcons, Crusaders lead state Cup: Green Hope and Cardinal Gibbons each leads their classifications in the Wells Fargo Cup all-sports competition after the winter sports season.

The Wells Fargo Cup recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. Points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events.

All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points.

Cardinal Gibbons’ 517.5 points are well ahead of second-place (Waxhaw) Marvin Ridge’s 362.5 points.Green Hope has 322.5 points, which is comfortably ahead of (Southern Pines) Pinecrest’s 242.5

Cary (157.5) is 14th among 4A schools while Panther Creek (152.5) is tied for 15th.