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Cap Eight conference tournament schedule

The Cap Eight conference tournament finals featured two Broughton vs. Millbrook matches.

While the top-seeded Millbrook girls handed the Caps a loss, the 2-seed Broughton boys defeated the Wildcats.

Here is the story from both championship games.

Here is a photo gallery from the boys championship.

Here is a photo gallery from the girls championship.

Brown named to N.C.-S.C. all-star game

Enloe senior point guard Dana Brown is the only Triangle-area player named to the N.C./S.C. All-Star Women's Basketball Classic. The N.C. roster was released today for the game, which will be played on March 17 at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The men's game released its roster last week.

Principals named to Enloe High School and other Wake County schools

Wake County school leaders announced tonight the appointments and transfers of seven permanent and seven interim principals.

Scott Lyons was named principal of Enloe High in Raleigh with a salary of $99,666. He's been principal of Leesville Road High since 2009. He used to be an assistant principal at Enloe.

Christopher McCabe will be principal of Heritage Middle in Wake Forest with a salary of $93,303. He's been principal of North Forest Pines Drive Elementary since 2007.

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Wake County school board members raise concerns about student assignment plan's impact on magnet schools

How worried should the Wake County school system be about how the new student assignment plan is impacting the magnet schools?

As noted in today's article, the Democratic board members expressed concern Tuesday about the sharp decline in magnet applications. They also raised concerns that not enough academically identified students got accepted into Carnage and Ligon middle schools, which operate the AG Basics magnet theme.

“It seems to me that demand for magnets has gone down by half,” said new Democratic school board member Christine Kushner in remarks to staff members. “I’m concerned about that decline. I hope it’s something you are paying attention to.”

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Enloe coach Massey has plan for this offseason

New Enloe football coach Mike Massey won’t be able to coach his Eagles until July. Massey knows that can be difficult for a first-year head coach, yet he has a plan to make sure the Eagles don’t fall behind other teams in the spring.

“I’m not going to wait,” said Massey, who has been an assistant principal at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School for the last two years. “The important thing is to assess our players now.”

Massey’s contract as an administrator will end on June 30. Massey said defensive backs coach Julian Lee will be leading and supervising the Eagles during their weight training program from now until July.

After being introduced to his new team Tuesday, Massey told his players he will implement his offensive and defensive philosophy soon.

Massey named Enloe football coach

Mike Massey has been named the new football coach at Enloe’s High School.

Massey, who is now an assistant principal at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School, was hired earlier this month by Tommy Moore, Enloe’s athletic director, and former Enloe principal Beth Cochran, who is now senior director of magnet programs at Wake County schools.

New principal named to Wake Early College of Health and Sciences

The Wake County school board appointed one permanent and five interim principals this evening.

Lisa Whitaker was named principal of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences in Raleigh with a salary of $85,659. She has been an assistant principal at Middle Creek High since 2008.

Gerald Pickett was hired to be interim principal of Enloe High in Raleigh with a salary equivalent to $127,496. He was principal of Fuquay-Varina from 2001 until he retired in 2005.

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Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata on changes to student assignment plan and JROTC at the single-sex schools

Here's a condensed recap of today's press conference held by Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.

Tata said his staff will work through the weekend to be able to present at Tuesday's school board meeting the impact of making adjustments to the feeder patterns. He didn't go into specifics but said they're addressing some areas of concern that have been raised.

Tata said they'll also present info on the feasibility of making changes such as raising student achievement over proximity in the selection process and setting aside 15 percent of the seats at the high-performing regional choice schools for applicants from low-performing areas.

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Cap Eight boys power rankings

The Cap Eigth 4-A conference season resumed this week after a number of teams participated, and performed well, in holiday tournaments. As we begin the new year, here are my power rankings for the boys side:

Millbrook (10-4): The Wildcats have played the toughest schedule of anyone in the Cap Eight. That should led Millbrook to succeeding in the conference season where the Wildcats will be the team everyone is gunning for. Shi’Chee Moore (pictured left) has proved to be the best point guard in the conference. If the Wildcats can continue to turn teams over, they’ll win a lot of games.

Wake Forest-Rolesville (10-2): Give a lot of credit to first-year coach Mickey Bissette. He has the Cougars believing in his system and themselves. The Cougars gave Garner its first loss – and this is the same Trojan team that won the premier Holiday Invitational tournament. The Cougars rolled off eight straight wins after a 66-61 win over Wakefield. Will Perry and Jordan Ayscue are making WF-R a real contender.

Cap Eight girls power rankings

The Cap Eigth 4-A conference season resumed this week after a number of teams participated, and performed well, in holiday tournaments. As we begin the new year, here are my power rankings for the girls side:

Millbrook (13-1): Coach Chris East said his entire team cried last week when the Wildcats fell to Charlotte Myers Park in the championship game of the Holiday Invitational. That’s a good sign. Millbrook had dominated every team it faced before that game, and now East shouldn’t have to worry about his Wildcats getting complacent. Briana Day played well in the tournament, but Millbrook should play better with Ryan Flowers and Katelyn Mitchell returning from suspensions.

Sanderson (9-3): The Spartans are near the bottom of the standings, but no one should overlook this team. Derricka Lewis (center of photo) is averaging 13 points a game and has improved her play from last year. Bria Gibson has also being solid with 10 points a game. Sanderson defeated Athens Drive for the third time this year to win the Athens Drive Invitational Tournament.

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