Tonight's schedule: South Johnston at Clayton; Apex at Leesville; Athens Drive at Broughton; Wilson Hunt at Holly Springs;
The Bay Six Kickoff Classic at WakeMed Soccer Complex is more a celebration of the new season rather than a competitive event toward the postseason. And Emma Thorpe, like many runners, understands that, which means the Bay Six Classic has its own unique benefits.
Athens Drive Jaguars
Last year: 9-4 (6-2), lost to Southern Durham 24-21 in the second round of the 4-A playoffs
All-Conference players graduated: LT Rob Crisp (All-American), FS Pete Singer (1st team), OL JaQueen Boyd (2nd team), DL Anthony Sumter (2nd team)
All-Conference players returning: WR Louis Wilder (1st team), QB Ben Snotherly (2nd team), LB Cameron Boone (2nd team), LB/DL Zach Bender (2nd team),
The Wake County school system is trumpeting changes that have tripled the number of schools in Newsweek's latest list of the top U.S. public high schools.
Back in June, only four district schools made Newsweek's list. But following complaints from Wake, Newsweek recalculated the data and 12 schools are now on the list of 1,735 schools.
“We have great schools in Wake County, and we want to make sure they get the credit they deserve,” said David Holdzkom, Wake's assistant superintendent for evaluation and research, in a district press release today. Our teachers, administrators and principals have worked hard for these results.”
Athens Drive graduate Katherine Perry and Cary Academy rising senior Taelor Rubin will each have a shot to win the biggest amateur championship in women's golf.
New Athens Drive girls basketball coach Patrick Daly will be coaching his first varsity squad this winter, but basketball has been a big part of his life for years.
Here are the former positions for new Athens Drive girls basketball coach Patrick Daly. Daly (pictured right) was hired last week to replace Chris Danehower, the school's all-time leader in wins.
- Boys 7th & 8th Grade Assistant Coach/Holly Ridge Middle School 2003-2005
- Boys 7th & 8th Grade Head Coach/Holly Ridge Middle School 2005-2006
- Girls Varsity Assistant Coach/Panther Creek High School 2007-2009
- Girls Junior Varsity Head Coach/Panther Creek High School 2009-2010
Athens Drive has hired Patrick Daly, most recently the junior varsity girls basketball coach at Panther Creek, to its varsity girls basketball coaching position.
Kyle Byrd, rising senior, Holly Springs baseball
Kyle Byrd, a rising senior for the defending Tri-Nine baseball champion Holly Springs Golden Hawks, has committed to UNC-Asheville.
Byrd is the second Golden Hawks player to have committed to a D1 school, as teammate Carlos Rodon has committed to N.C. State. A third Hawks player, Justin Manning, could also end up in Division I.
Ben Snotherly, rising senior, Athens Drive football
While playing scholastic league baseball last night, one of our correspondents got up with Snotherly on what schools were recruiting him for football.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback said he is being recruited by Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Elon and Richmond. Colleges are extremely selective with scholarships for quarterbacks, so none of the schools have offered as of yet.
Last year Snotherly threw for 2,409 yards while posting 19 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also ran for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Former Athens Drive High baseball star Josh Hamilton was named the American League co-player of the week for his play last week. The Texas Rangers outfielder has rebounded from a slow start to move among the leaders in most AL offensive statistics.