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High school notebook: Wake Forest to celebrate its 15-1 football team

The Wake Forest High football team will be honored Saturday by the town of Wake Forest in a community celebration. The Cougars finished 15-1 during the 2014 season and reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA championship game, where the team lost to Charlotte Mallard Creek.

“This is a group of great kids, and our community recognizes and appreciates that,” Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones said in a release. “These guys work hard and serve as wonderful role models for all the young people in our town. We believe that’s something to celebrate.”

The Cougars reached the state title game the past two years. This past season’s club was led by Stanford recruit Bryce Love and junior defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

Eaton clears 13 feet: Anna Eaton of Apex became the first North Carolina high school girl to clear 13 feet in the indoor pole vault last weekend during a meet at the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, the site of this weekend’s NCHSAA indoor championships.

The jump puts Eaton among the top 10 vaulters in the country this year, according to ncmilesplit.com, which also maintains the state high school track and field records.

The vault is not a state record because the NCHSAA includes only performances in its state championship competition.

Chapel Hill Hall: The Chapel Hill High-Lincoln High Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 class.

The Hall of Fame banquet will be April 18 at Chapel Hill High.

The class includes Tommy Drake (soccer, 2007 graduate), Prevost Foushee (football, 1970), Kellan McKeon (wrestling, 2004), Patrick McGuire (wrestling, 1994), Ben Strong (basketball, 2004) and cross country coach Gary Andrew (1978 through 1983).

Millbrook record: Millbrook set its boys’ basketball scoring record in Friday’s 118-88 victory over Heritage. The stampede pushed the Wildcats’ scoring average to 89.5 points per game.

Their scoring came in waves.

“Rob Brown got things going down low to start the game,” said Millbrook coach Scott McInnes. “Chris Clemons heated up in the second quarter, and Andrew Evans got going in the second and the third periods off his defense and 3s.”

Brown finished with 21 points. Clemons had 23, and Evans scored 22.

Durham Hillside’s famed “Pony Express” averaged a state-record 105 points per game in 1965-66. That team scored 100 or more points in 14 games and set the single-game scoring record in a 147-57 victory over Rocky Mount Washington.

Millbrook has reached 100 points twice this season and has 90 or more in 13 games.

The Wildcats will wrap up their regular season Friday at Sanderson.

Football coaches: The North Carolina Football Coaches Association held its annual meeting in Greensboro last weekend, but it didn’t discuss making a formal statement about the ACC’s planned telecasts of Friday night football games.

Football gate receipts are a primary source of funding for high school athletics departments. High schools usually play their football games on Fridays.

“I think a lot of our coaches didn’t know that the ACC was moving games to Friday night,” said former Burlington Williams coach Sam Story. “We didn’t take any formal actions, but there was some conversations.”

Story said coaches from N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, North Carolina, Western Carolina, Elon and Fayetteville State attended the meetings along with high school and middle schools coaches from throughout the state.

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