Midtown: Sports

Franklin’s Simpson receives state association’s top award

Tevin Hester of Granville Central High and Lindsay Simpson of Franklin High were named the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s male and female athletes of the year Thursday during the association’s annual meeting.

Rushing for 1,247 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns for Granville Central’s football team last fall, Hester averaged 18.5 points per game in basketball and also competed in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He was the New Balance Indoor National champion in the 60-meter dash this spring and set a meet record while winning the NCHSAA 55-meter sprint this spring.

He has signed with Clemson to run track.

“This is something that will last a lifetime,” Hester said. “I know that there are lots of great high school athletes in the state, and to win this is a tremendous honor.”

Simpson was a four-year starter in volleyball who averaged 5.7 kills per game and finished with 1,208 kills and 1,605 assists in her career.

She finished her basketball career with 2,693 points and averaged 27.6 points per game last season. She has signed with Western Carolina to play basketball.

Wake County eligibility: The Wake County School Board adopted an athletic eligibility policy Tuesday night that allows students at middle schools and high schools that do not have athletic teams to participate in athletics at other schools.

The superintendent, or someone designated by the superintendent, will assign each of the students from schools that don’t have athletics to a school that does.

“I’m guessing that each of the academies, which won’t have athletics, will be assigned to a nearby school,” said Bobby Guthrie, the Wake County senior administrator for athletics.

Wake Home School wins: The Wake County Homeschool baseball team won its first two games at the 27-team Homeschool World Series in Auburndale, Fla., this week. The Wake County team, which won the Bobby Murray Invitational earlier this spring, played the Houston Falcons on Thursday.

The Wake County team defeated the Dallas Spartans 8-4 and the Waukesha (Wis.) Saints 19-4 to push its record to 20-3 on the season.

Dual-team tennis: Six of seven teams from the Cap Eight, Tri-Nine and Greater Neuse River Conferences advanced through the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys’ dual-team tournament on Tuesday. Knightdale was ousted by Panther Creek 6-0.

Otherwise, it was sweep for the area conferences with Apex topping Fayetteville Sanford 6-3; Broughton beating Southern Pines Pinecrest 8-1; Wakefield ousting Wilmington Hoggard 5-1; Garner beating Fayetteville Britt 5-1; and Green Hope topping Richmond County 5-0.

Durham Jordan, the PAC-6’s top seed, beat Lumberton, but East Chapel Hill, No. 2 in the PAC-6, was eliminated by Wilmington Laney 5-4.

The dual-team tournament continued Tuesday.

Smithfield-Selma AD change: Smithfield-Selma High athletic director Mike Joyner will step down from that post at the end of the school year but will continue as the Spartans’ baseball coach and a social studies teacher.

“Due to recent circumstances with my family and several other factors, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best route for my future,” Joyner said. “I have enjoyed my time as athletic director at our school but feel it is best for me to go in a different direction.”

Joyner cited the long hours involved with the job as another reason for his decision.

“My son (Zach) is now 10 years old, so I also need to step away and be with him and my wife (Cindy) more,” Joyner said. “My son is involved in three sports, and I simply cannot be in two places at once when we have something here and he is playing somewhere else.

“I am not sure that this is a job someone can do for 25-30 years anymore with all you have to deal with.”

Smithfield-Selma will move from the Greater Neuse 4A Conference to a 3A league in the next N.C. High School Athletic Association alignment that begins in the fall of 2013.

Shrine combines: Garner High football coach Nelson Smith last weekend wrapped up a series of four combines for North Carolina seniors who are interested in playing in December’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game. Smith is the head coach for North Carolina.

The Shrine coaches saw about 900 players – 205 in Asheville, 315 in Mebane, 215 at South Johnston High and 150 in Charlotte.

“It was really good to see the kids in person,” Smith said. “I know there are an awful lot of combines now, but the Shrine combines gave us a chance to start knowing the kids a little bit.”

George third at Penn: Millbrook High senior Samantha George finished third in the mile at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 26 and hustled home to win the Cap Eight 4-A 1,600 and 3,200 on April 28.

The N.C. State recruit ran a 4:48.11 at the Penn Relays and posted 5:16.94 and 11:00.28 in the league championships.

The Wakefield girls were fourth in the 4x100 (46.86) and fifth in the 4x400 (3:51.88) in the Championship of America races in Philadelphia. The 4x100 time was the second fastest ever by a North Carolina high school girls team. Wakefield ran five seconds faster in qualifying for the 4x400 than it did in the finals.

Gainey Award: James Kornegay of North Duplin High is the NCHSAA’s Gainey Student Scholarship Award winner. The scholarship is available to NCHSAA member schools in counties having a poverty rate of 20 percent or more for children 17 and under.

The recipients alternate annually between a female athlete and a male baseball player.

Kornegay is a four-year varsity player in three sports at North Duplin, including football, basketball and baseball. He is president of the senior class at North Duplin, serves on the Student Council and is a member of the Beta Club. He has also tutored at-risk elementary children in his community.

Three homers: Cardinal Gibbons’ Max Schrock hit three home runs and drove in six runs in a 13-1 baseball victory over Northern Vance. Schrock has set school single season records for home runs (10), RBIs (32) and stolen bases (22). He has signed with South Carolina.