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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.

Wakefield survives Sanderson for 47-44 win

RALEIGH – Both Sanderson and Wakefield have used defense to win games this season. So it came as no surprise that their first meeting of the season went down to the final minutes as visiting Wakefield escaped with a 47-44 victory.

Leading 44-37 with less than two minutes remaining, Wakefield seemed to have the game wrapped up.

The lead quickly closed as Sanderson’s Parker Fennema scored five quick points to cut Wakefield’s lead to just one.

Wakefield (5-0, 1-0 Cap Eight 4-A) though hit two of four free-throws in the final minute to create the three-point margin. Sanderson inbounded the ball with six seconds remaining, but the Spartans were unable to get off the 3-pointer they needed as Wakefield’s defense smothered Gloire Biongo.

Sanderson girls topple Green Hope

CARY The Sanderson girls basketball team did something Monday night that no other Triangle-area girls basketball team had done since January of 2009.

They handed Green Hope a regular-season loss.

The Lady Spartans defeated Green Hope 55-52.

It was the second time the two sides have played a close game this season, as the first meeting between the two went down to the wire in a five-point Green Hope win. That first game also helped remove some of the mystique of the Falcons' success, according to Sanderson coach Marcus Davis.

"When Green Hope walked in (last week), we looked at them like some kind of machine that couldn't be stopped," Davis said.

All-Cap 8 football teams

Cap Eight 4-A all-conference football team

Players of the year: Austin Berrios, Leesville Road; Connor Mitch, Wakefield

Cap Eight All-Conference volleyball

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Karelov Sasha, Leesville Road

COACH OF THE YEAR
Taine Mergenthaler, Leesville Road

Proposed assignment plan changes from staff

There's some good news and bad news for parents about potential changes in the Wake County student assignment plan.

Staff is recommending today that North Ridge Elementary now feed into Sanderson High instead of Millbrook High. Staff says there's capacity at both schools and it will free up more magnet seats at Millbrook, create more seats for students who live near that school and still give proximity priority to some North Ridge families who want Millbrook to Sanderson.

Staff said they can't recommend the proposal from parents to do a 40-40 split for both high schools or sunset current North Ridge students because it would set a precedent they'd feel would have to be offered to families at other schools as well. They said offering a mix of base assignments with a choice plan got Charlotte-Mecklenburg in trouble.

UPDATE

The assignment plan was approved as recommended by staff with no changes.

Wake looking at feeder pattern adjustments

Some Wake County parents upset about their proposed feeder patterns have room for hope.

Wake Superintendent Tony Tata told school board members on Tuesday they're mindful of the situations at elementary schools that currently feed into multiple high schools. Since the new plan calls for one high school for each elementary school, the potential change in high school assignments has riled a number of families.

Tata singled out the example of North Ridge Elementary School, where about 44 percent of students eventually go to Millbrook High and 41 percent eventually go to Sanderson High. He said they're working to modify the feeder patterns for those kinds of cases.

Parents at magnet schools lobbying for feeder path changes

Wake County school administrators are dialing back their recommendations to have K-12 magnet feeders as part of the new student assignment plan.

As noted in today's article, the revised draft feeder plan list posted on Monday includes a number of changes requested by parents. Those parents mounted aggressive campaigns to keep their existing feeder patterns as opposed to being put in new ones that would have them go to magnet secondary schools.

Some of the most vocal opposition came from families at Brooks, Douglas and Joyner elementary schools. They wanted to keep their historic feeder patterns that had them going to closer non-magnet secondary schools.

Cap Eight coverage in today's N&O

East Wake pulled off the biggest upset of the young season so far with a 20-17 win over Wake Forest-Rolesville.

Leesville Road continued to show its dominance in a 44-6 victory over Green Hope. Tyler Everett has the story.

Sanderson struggled against a Panther Creek team who wanted to rebound after losing to Leesville Road last week. The Catamounts won 50-0. J. Mike Blake has the story.

Wakefield is known to have great shootouts and the Wolverines didn’t disappoint in thrilling 50-47 win over Holly Springs on the road. Dave Malenick has the story.

Jordan took the lead on a surprising punt return for a touchdown and keep Enloe at bay in a 33-21 win. Nate Taylor has the story.

Millbrook played strong and consistent in a win 27-7 win over Knightdale.

Heritage, in their second varsity game, fell to North Johnston 19-7

Cary could have the best defense in the Tri-9 conference and they showed it in a 19-0 win over Cardinal Gibbons. Dennis Burton has the story.

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