Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Briefs: Feb. 2

Finn leaving Southeast Raleigh

Daniel Finn, the former head football coach and current athletic director at Southeast Raleigh, was looking for a change of scenery, and he’s going to get it. Complete with seascape.

Finn, 39, is expected to be begin his new job in February as head football coach at South Brunswick High in Southport.

Finn had a 56-21 football record in six years at Southeast before stepping down in 2011 as football coach to concentrate on his athletic director duties.

“Trying to mix football, athletic director and family just wasn’t working,” Finn said. “So I gave up football. But I’ve been around football all of my life. I still wanted to coach. The longer I was out, the more I wanted to get back to the game.”

Finn said he decided in December to pursue another head football coaching job, and the South Brunswick position seems ideal for him, his wife, his 12-year-old daughter and his nine-year-old son.

“My family is really excited about the move,” he said. His last day at Southeast is expected to be Feb. 14, and his first day at South Brunswick is Feb. 17.

South Brunswick was 2-20 the past two years, but had posted 8-4, 11-3, 5-6 and 10-3 records in the preceding years.

“That is a lot of potential there,” he said. “It is a matter of reaching that potential and being consistent.”

Garner boys make it five straight

Garner won its fifth consecutive boys basketball game Monday night, drilling Harnett Central, 95-41.

Five Garner players hit double-figures in scoring and 10 players scored four points or more. Thomas Allen and Nick Kuhns had 14 each, while Julius Barnes notched 13 points and Kyrece Mills had 10.

Garner is now 6-2 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference and 10-7 overall.

Garner girls continue to win

Garner rolled by Harnett Central in girls basketball Monday night, grabbing a 63-35 victory. It was Garner’s third win in its last four outings after a 1-9 start.

Garner led 37-16 at the half. Khayani Chandler had 22 points for Garner, while Kelsey Bryan added 15 and Amber Courtney notched an even dozen.

Three earn academic honors at Campbell

Three area football players were among the 38 members of Campbell University’s football team named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll this week. The local selections were LeShawn Edouard of Clayton, Riley Gallaher of Garner and Tyler Renfroe of Wake Christian.

The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the semester while enrolled fulltime in accordance with NCAA rules.