Undefeated Millbrook will host unbeaten Broughton in a Cap Eight 4A Conference boys basketball showdown Friday.
Millbrook (8-0, 2-0) is ranked No. 1 in The News & Observer area rankings and averaging 92.2 points per contest and has won every game by at least 18 points. The Wildcats are led by senior point guard Chris Clemons (23.8 ppg), a Campbell recruit.
No. 2 Broughton (8-0, 2-0) is allowing just 45.4 points per game and has held all but two opponents to less than 50 points. The Capitals’ Jerome Robinson (13.5 ppg), a Boston College recruit, leads a balanced scoring attack.
The boys game follows the girls varsity game, which is also important. The No. 15 Capitals (5-2, 2-0) will try to unseat No. 1 Millbrook (8-0, 2-0) atop the Cap Eight.
Conference cup leaders: The N.C. High School Athletic Association has released its Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings after the fall sports season. The Conference Cup is given to the school with the top overall athletics program based on points earned by conference finish. Each conference sets its own method of scoring points.
Local leaders include Granville Central (Tar Roanoke 1A), Raleigh Charter (NCAC 1A), Princeton (Carolina 1A), Carrboro (Mid-State 2A), N.C. Science and Math (Northern Carolina 2A), Cardinal Gibbons (Big Eight 3A), Corinth Holders (Two Rivers 3A), Broughton (Cap Eight 4A), Clayton (Greater Neuse 4A), East Chapel Hill (PAC-6 4A) and Green Hope (Southwest Wake 4A).
Full standings are on the PrepsNow blog at nando.com/prepsnow.
Early senior night: Athens Drive wrestling, now 14-2, may have held one of the earliest senior nights ever. The Jaguars’ class of 2015 was honored before a 56-10 win against Apex last Wednesday due in part to scheduling.
Athens will host three weekend tournaments – including the prestigious WRAL tournament this Friday and Saturday – from now till the end of the year, but does not have another midweek home dual meet scheduled.
Miller changes focus: Holly Springs soccer coach Brian Miller, who coached the Golden Hawks boys for three seasons and advanced to the playoffs each time, won’t return next fall because he wants to develop the girls’ program more. Not just at the school, he said, but in the town of Holly Springs.
Miller’s girls soccer teams also have made the playoffs in all three seasons he’s coached them.
“Coaching two programs, you never really have a chance to do some of the offseason workouts and activities that you may want to accomplish,” Miller said. “I will now have that chance once again in Holly Springs and I am excited to see the women’s side of soccer grow in our area as we take the team to the next step.”
Klink all-American: Former Fuquay-Varina volleyball player Saraya Klink was named a second-team all-American in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Klink is a 5-foot-11 middle blocker at Wake Tech.
Shaffer’s College Cup: In two seasons at Virginia, Green Hope graduate Alexis Shaffer has helped her team to two straight NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cups. This year’s Cavaliers got to the national title game, where they fell 1-0 to Florida State.
Virginia went 23-3, all three losses coming to its ACC foe. Shaffer, a two-time state player of the year, played 68 minutes in the title match.
Avery to Cornell: Cary Academy senior Jonathan Avery, a three-time N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association champion sprinter, has committed to Cornell. Avery won the 100 and 200 in last year’s 3A state meet and claimed the 100 as a sophomore as well.
Boys’ stat leaders: Raleigh Christian’s DeAnthony Harris leads The N&O area in points (29.5) and rebounds (10.3). Triton’s D’Angelo Harris is tops with 4.9 steals per game and Garner’s Julius Barnes is first with 6.2 assists per game.
All totals are based on statistics reported to The News & Observer immediately following the games and are used in print for box scores the next day. Coaches interested in reporting their scores and updating their stats can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated totals can be found at the top of nando.com/preps.
Girls’ stat leaders: Jordan senior Salita Green is fourth in The N&O area in scoring (21.7) – behind East Chapel Hill’s Ali Cyr-Sculy (30.4), Broughton’s Kaila Ealey (24.9) and Cardinal Gibbons’ Olivia Smith (24.0) – and tops in rebounds (13.8), one spot above Grace Christian Raleigh’s Claire Obusek (13.0).
Chapel Hill’s Tamia Eatmon leads in steals (4.8).
Brittany Stone of New Life Home School leads the area in assists (5.2), one spot above Northwood’s Shontai Totten (4.7).
All totals are based on statistics reported to The News & Observer immediately after games and are used in print for box scores the next day. Coaches interested in reporting their scores and updating their stats can contact email@example.com. Updated totals can be found at the top of nando.com/preps.
All-Metro football: The News & Observer All-Metro football team and final area top 15 rankings will be in Sunday’s paper.