Eastern Wake: Sports

Roundup: Zebulon Cougars Mini Mites, Mighty Mites claim Super Bowl wins

The Zebulon Cougars Mini Mites and Mighty Mites can call themselves Super Bowl champs after winning their respective 2014 East Wake Football League championship games on Nov. 15.

The Mini Mites’ big win came 28-18 over the Louisburg Lions. The Cougars had defeated the Bethesda Cowboys (54-7) and the Durham Firebirds (41-0) to reach the championship game. The Knightdale Knights fell out of the same bracket after a 24-6 loss to the Cowboys in the first of the three-round playoffs.

Zebulon’s Mighty Mites cruised past Riley Hill, 32-0, for their Super Bowl win. The Cougars allowed just 6 points in all three of their playoff games, to the Oak Grove Pirates in the semifinal round. Zebulon won 36-0 against Louisburg in the opening round. Riley Hill topped Knightdale (6-0) and Clayton White (14-0) to reach the Mighty Mite bowl game.

In Pee Wee action, the Wendell Rams and Riley Hill Eagles both reached the semifinal round of the playoffs. The Rams bowed out after a 41-14 outcome against the Oak Grove Pirates. Wendell had outscored the Wake Forest Bulldogs 55-34 in the first round. Riley Hill closed the season with a 30-19 decision against Clayton White, which had gotten the better of the Knightdale Pee Wees in the opening round. Riley Hill opened with a 37-0 triumph over the South Granville Vikings. Oak Grove won the Pee Wee title.

Knightdale’s Wiggins invited again: Knightdale junior lineman and linebacker Corey Wiggins was recently named to the Offense-Defense Rising Stars Showcase and invited to participate in the ninth annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 3.

Wiggins was singled out for the honor out of thousands of underclassmen from across the country who participated in O-D summer football camps. The Rising Stars Showcase is part of a week-long series of events including the televised O-D All-American Bowl highlighting 88 of the top high school seniors in the country.

Wiggins also received the title of O-D All-American for the second year.

Wake plans stunt season: Stunt, a new high school varsity sport for girls in Wake County schools, is on the way. Eighteen schools, divided into two nine-team conferences, will begin competition in a series of tri-meets in April.

Stunt is a structured competition that has some similarities to competitive cheerleading. But in stunt, participants are judged on the mastery of skills in a designated routine. The scoring is based on executing a particular routine. The teams compete head-to-head simultaneously and perform the same routine.

One of the best analogies may be diving. Judges are looking to see mastery to a standard.

Tryouts begin March 2, a couple of weeks after most spring sports begin because many of the potential players are expected to be involved in cheerleading during the winter sports season.

A video of the routine that will be performed this season will be made available to coaches in February.

“We’re really excited about stunt,” said Deran Coe, the Wake County senior administrator for athletics. “To have 18 schools participating the first year is a good sign. We believe this is going to be a very good sport for us.”

Coe said some squads may have up to 40 participants.

Golf tournament upcoming: Wendell County Club plans to hold its annual FrostBite Open on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7.

The field is limited to the first 60 paid teams. The cost is $55 per player for members and $70 per guest.

The tournament will be a two-day, two-person superball event that will be flighted after the first round. Shotgun starts will be at noon for Saturday’s round and 10 a.m. for the Sunday round.

Men will play the white tees, seniors 65 and older will play the gold tees and women will play the red tees. There will be an optional skins game both days. If no skins are won Saturday, the pot rolls over to the Sunday round.

The club will also host a social from 5-7 p.m. after the Saturday round for players and their spouses.

For more information, call Wendell Country Club at 919-365-7337.

Upward registration opens: Bethlehem Baptist Church is offering a middle school-age basketball and cheer league that will run Jan. 16 through the end of February.

Evaluations and registration will be Thursday, Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the church, located at 8400 Poole Road in Knightdale.

Registration is $85 with a jersey and shorts included. Practice will be held one night per week and games will be held Friday nights. Full court man-to-man will be allowed throughout the duration of games.

For more information, contact Kelly Fox at upwardbbc@gmail.comupwardbbc@gmail.com or 919-749-6090.

Staff writer Tim Stevens contributed.