Homar Ramirez of Minnesota was named as the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association executive director on Tuesday. He will replace Chuck Carter, who has been the NCISAA executive director since 1985.
Ramirez has been the athletics director at Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy since 2011. He also has been head of school anddirector of business and finance. He has coached football, baseball and golf.
“He has a diverse background,” said Ravenscroft athletics director Ned Gonet, who met Ramirez during interviews. “He has worn many hats. He has been down in the trenches as a head of school, athletic director, coach, player and he knows the business side. I think the committee did an outstanding job.”
The NCISAA announced last summer the pending retirement of Carter, who has been involved withthe association for 42 years. The association received more than 120 applications to become itsfourth executive director.
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“It is a great day to be Homar,” Ramirez said. “This position will give me a great opportunity to encourage young people to excel. It will give me a chance to lead and to help people.
“We are very excited to be coming to North Carolina. It has been on our radar for quite a while as being a great place to raise a family.”
The NCISAA was organized in 1973 by independent schools throughout the state who wanted to play in state championships.
“We started with a boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament and a golf tournament,” Carter said. “We kept growing and evolving, adding more sports and championships.
“After about 20 years, the schools came to us and asked if we could give some in-season governance, too. That was a huge change.”
The NCISAA is the home to a great diversity in schools. Some have more than 1,000 students. Others have only dozens.
“We have Quaker, Catholic and Christian schools. We have old, established schools and new schools. Big schools and small schools,” Carter said. “We have residential schools. All-girls schools. We seem to have one of everything.”
Carter said one of the biggest challenges is to continue to evolve to meet all of the schools’ athletics needs.
“The biggest accomplishment may be that we survived,” Carter said. “There has been a lot of growth.”
Big win: Southeast Raleigh beat Durham Hillside on Monday night, 51-50, despite playing without standout Amber Richardson, an N.C. State recruit. Southeast Raleigh rebounded a missed free throw and scored the winning basket with 18 seconds left.
“We played really good defense on Hillside’s last possession,” Southeast Raleigh coach Nicole Meyers said. “The ball went out of bounds and we got possession with .8 of a second left.”
Richardson, the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer behind Jade Phillips, missed the game with a hamstring injury, but is expected back soon.
Millbrook nears top 25 ranking: Millbrook, No. 2 in the N&O boys’ basketball rankings, is ranked No. 33 in the country by USA Today rankings. The Wildcats are 15-1.
Murphy leads the nation: Apex’s Sydnei Murphy continues to dominate this year’s national high school triple jumpers. The Cougar senior has three of the country’s top five jumps, including the top two, according to the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation. Her best triple jump of the year is 40 feet, 10.25 inches.
Murphy also has the sixth-longest long jump (19 feet, 3.35 inches).
Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier leads in the mile (4:44.20), but the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association does not have indoor track.
Durham Hillside’s Marcus Krah is second in the boys 55 hurdles (7.29 seconds) and Leesville Road’s Nevada Mareno is third in the 1,000 (2:55.20).
Other top five performances are Sanderson’s Emanual Jackson in the 55 hurdles (7.38, fourth in the country); Southeast Raleigh’s Jayon Woodard in the 500 (1:05.38, fourth) and Cary Academy’s Jonathan Avery in the 55 (6:41, fifth).
Graham qualifies: Former Cary Academy track and cross country standout Thomas Graham recently finished 26th in the U.S. Half Marathon Championship in Houston to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in the marathon. He ran the half marathon in 1:03.52.
Graham averaged a 4:52 mile for the 13.1-mile race. He currently is the young qualifier for the U.S. marathon trials.
Graham attends Stanford University but is not competing for the school.
Hester, Perry honored: Former Granville Central football and track standout Tevin Hester and former Durham Jordan standout Alexis Perry were among the ACC’s track athletes of the week this week.
Clemson’s Hester won the 60 dash at Virginia Tech on Friday with a season-best time of 6.62. He won the 200 on Saturday with a time of 21.17, an indoor personal best and the ninth-best time in school history.
Perry was the ACC’s women’s track athlete of the week after winning the long jump (20 feet, 10 inches) and the 60 hurdles (8.24) in the Virginia Tech meet.