Orange’s Bryse Wilson and South Granville’s Justin Bullock were named baseball players of the year for their respective classifications, as voted on by the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association.
Wilson, who has signed with the Atlanta Braves organization after being a fourth-round pick, was the 3A player of the year. Bullock, a rising senior committed to N.C. State, won the 2A award.
Wilson pitched three no-hitters including a perfect game and was named N&O male athlete of the year. Bullock, the N&O baseball player of the year, led the state in strikeouts (141) and was among the leaders in home runs (10) en route to the Vikings’ state runner-up finish.
More all-state selections included:
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4A: Mitch Spence, Green Hope; Chris Joyner, Green Hope; Jake Isbell, Holly Springs; Cory Wood, Sanderson; Phillip Sanderson, D.H. Conley; Bryant Packard, D.H. Conley; Noah Jones, D.H. Conley; Spencer Smith, Northern Durham; Nic Pry, Pinecrest.
3A: Bryse Wilson, Orange; Brad Debo, Orange; Tyler Keenan, Cleveland; Ryan Flores, Cleveland; Topher Grant, Southern Lee; Nick Hebert, Chapel Hill; Kyle Davis, C.B. Aycock; Jacob Williamson, Hunt; Jake Thomas, Lee County.
2A: Justin Bullock, South Granville; Holden Laws, South Granville; Spencer Shifflett, South Granville; Spencer Brickhouse, Bunn; Davie Morgan, Bunn; Blake McLean, North Johnston; Steven Worley, North Johnston.
1A: Jacob Faulkner, Franklin Academy; Lucas Wier, Franklin Academy; Will Rouse, Spring Creek; Aaron Beasley, Voyager Academy; Tanner Flowers, Princeton; Matt Daughtry, Princeton.
Wakefield and Southeast Raleigh have hired new boys basketball coaches.
Southeast Raleigh hired James Williams, formerly an assistant coach at Enloe, to take over the Bulldogs. John Baker III, the school’s only boys basketball coach since it opened in 1997, retired after last season.
Wakefield, 9-37 over the last two seasons, promoted junior varsity coach Garrett Stevens.
Cedar Ridge, the reigning 3A East runner-up in volleyball, has hired Laura Fortner to replace Charlie Oakley, who stepped down to spend more time with family. Oakley was 90-29 over the last four seasons with three trips to the fourth round or beyond.
Word of God not in NCISAA
Word of God, which was petitioning to rejoin the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association, was denied re-entry.
Word of God was expelled from the NCISAA in September 2014 for alleged athletic recruitment. Schools are eligible to apply for reinstatement after a two-year period and then every year after that.
Alvin Thompson, who retired from Athens Drive last spring, is the new Word of God AD, replacing Tim Woods.
There are a few changes to NCISAA conferences next year.
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and Durham’s Carolina Friends are joining the Eastern Plains Independent 2A along with St. David’s, Trinity Academy Raleigh, Cary Christian, Grace Christian Raleigh and The O’Neal School in Southern Pines.
The Carolina Christian 1A Conference shed a few teams and added Grace Christian Sanford to Erwin’s Cape Fear Christian, Durham’s Cresset Christian Academy, Lee Christian, Raleigh’s Neuse Christian and Fayetteville’s Northwood Temple.
The Coastal Independent 1A/2A now has Raleigh’s St. Thomas More (2A), Rocky Mount Academy (2A), New Bern’s Epiphany School (2A), Faith Christian Rocky Mount (2A), Henderson’s Crossroads Christian (1A), Halifax Academy (1A), Greenville’s Oakwood School (1A) and Henderson’s Kerr-Vance Academy (1A).
The Coastal Plain Independent 1A has Winterville’s Christ Covenant, Wilson’s Community Christian, Greenville’s Pope John Paul II, Wilson’s Greenfield School, Wayne Christian and Wayne Country Day.
Wayne Christian is adding varsity 8-man football and will join the 1A division. Defending 1A champ Southampton Academy (Va.) is moving up to 2A.
Person Jr. transfers
Rising junior running back Ricky Person Jr. has officially transferred to Heritage, new Franklinton football coach JeVar Bransome confirmed. Person is one of the highest-rated class of 2018 recruits in North Carolina.
He will team up with Duke quarterback recruit Gunnar Holmberg, also a rising junior.