Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Briefs, Aug. 24

Three on NCHSAA list of 100 female standouts

A pair of area basketball standouts and one of the most decorated track and field athletes in the state are on the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 100 female athletes to remember, which was released recently.

South Johnston graduate Genia Beasley and former Garner standout Tresa Brown – who both led their teams to state championships– and Southeast Raleigh track standout Gabby Mayo were all selected.

Beasley was a pioneer for women’s basketball and led South Johnston to the state championship as a sophomore. She was one of Kay Yow’s most important early recruits at N.C. State and led the Wolfpack to their first ACC title in 1980. She also was named a Kodak All-American.

Brown helped lead Garner to the state championship as a sophomore before transferring to Sanderson. She went on to be named ACC player of the year at North Carolina, scoring 1,931 points for the Tar Heels.

Mayo earned 12 individual NCHSAA track and field championships during her time at Southeast. She went on to pick up two medals at the 2006 World Junior Championships during her career at Texas A&M.

Cleveland wrestler wins scholarship to Iowa college

Cleveland High School graduate Dakota Hill has signed a wrestling scholarship with Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The NAIA school plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with schools in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Hill was a three-year starter for the Rams and finished third in the state at the 2013 NCHSAA 3A state championships. He was named Cleveland’s most outstanding wrestler in 2013 and was the Rams’ most improved wrestler in 2012.

“We are excited about the addition of Dakota to our growing program,” said Graceland coach Zack Mullins. “The success Dakota had during high school in both the classroom and on the mat makes me excited to get him on campus in the weeks to come and get to work.

“Not only has he had success but he carries the characteristics I am building this program upon.”

Dakota is the son of Kevin and Lynn Hill and will major in business administration and sports management.

Coaching changes

Malcolm Deans is the new volleyball coach at Wake Christian Academy. He was a highly successful coach at Wilson Christian Academy, winning seven N.C. Christian School Association state volleyball championships during from 2000-10.

Jody Edwards is the new boys soccer coach at North Johnston High School, while William Williams is leading the Clayton boys and girls varsity teams this school year. Williams has been the Comets’ girls head coach the past few seasons and had been serving as an assistant varsity boys coach.