Midtown: Sports

Players sprint, jump, lift at combine

The 2012 eastern Shrine Bowl Combine was held Saturday at South Johnston High School for rising seniors. Athlete and participants received an event T-shirt and tested in one of six positional groups: quarterbacks/wide receivers, running backs, offensive line, defensive line, tight ends/linebackers and defensive backs.

The testing stations included the 40-yard dash, pro agility, bench press, vertical jump, height, weight and skill development drills.

The results of the event were distributed through the N.C. Shrine Bowl committee.

Garner High School head coach Nelson Smith will serve as the head coach of the North Carolina team in this year’s Shrine Bowl, which will be played on Dec. 15 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Cap Eight golf: Broughton’s boys golf team won the Cap Eight golf event at North Ridge Country Club on Monday. The Caps defeated Leesville Road by eight strokes with a score of 135. Wake Forest-Rolesville finished one stroke behind Leesville Road with a score of 144.

Both Stephen Saleeby and Will Minton led Broughton with rounds of 33. Leesville Road golfer Jack Hutchinson also finished with a 33.

Broughton’s Harrison Rhoades and Leesville Road’s Zach Seabolt had 34 strokes each. Leesville Road also defeated Broughton by one stroke Tuesday with a score of 150 at TPC Wakefield. Seabolt kept his lead as the best individual player in the conference with a 38 Tuesday. Carter Jenkins, Seabolt’s teammates, had the lowest score Tuesday with a 33.

Athens finishes second: After six conference matches, Green Hope boys golf is starting to give itself some breathing room atop the Tri-Nine Conference standings. The Falcons won again Wednesday afternoon on their home course at Prestonwood Country Club for their fourth first-place finish of the season.

In the overall standings, Holly Springs and Athens Drive are in second and third place, respectively, with one first-place finish apiece.

Green Hope led the field with a team score of 142 on Wednesday, just two strokes better than Athens Drive, which has now taken second or better in three of its last four matches. Athens was led by Seth Meade’s medalist-winning score of 32. Garrett Simmons shot a 35, Kevin Campbell posted a 38 and Jeremy Keyes recorded a 40 for the Jaguars.

Norris receives honor: Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris can add another accomplishment to her already splendid coaching resume. The N.C. High School Athletic Association named Norris as its 2012 women’s Toby Webb Coach of the Year.

“I can’t think of a more deserving person,” said Chapel Hill athletics director Tod Morgan. “Coach Norris has not just had a tremendous year; she’s had a tremendous career so far.”

Norris, who has coached two Chapel Hill volleyball teams and one girls’ basketball team to past NCHSAA championships, has led Chapel Hill teams to more than 1,100 total wins over 34 years.

This year, Norris guided the CHHS volleyball team to a 24-5 record and her basketball team to a 27-3 finish. Both teams reached the state regionals.

Nate Taylor and Tyler Everett contributed to this report.