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Wolverines score key volleyball win

WAKE FORESTWakefield volleyball coach Cynthia Terrell kept looking toward her bench during the Wolverines’ match against rival Wake Forest-Rolesville. Terrell kept substituting players after every few plays, something she didn’t do a lot of last year against the Cougars.

After one rally, Cally Pfeiffer entered the match. Then, a few plays later, Leigh Lamonaca stepped on the court. No matter who played for Terrell, the Wolverines did more than enough to stay undefeated with a 25-16, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20 victory over the Cougars on Monday night.

Thursday's North Raleigh prep scores

Here are tennis, soccer and volleyball scores from Tuesday night.

Tennis:

Broughton 9, Wakefield 0

Singles:

O King def. T Orlando 6-1 6-1

L Robertson def. A Albrecht 6-1 6-0

K Boole def. J Martin 6-1 6-2

J Fountain def. N Burns 6-1 6-1

P Escobar def. M Miller 6-1 6-0

G Barnard def. M Began 6-3 6-1

Doubles:

Escobar & Johnson def. Albrecht & Martin 8-5

Boole & 7O'Han def. Orlando & Orlando 8-2

Barnard & Ramsay def. Miller & Cole 8-2

Blackburn steps down at Wakefield

Wakefield athletic director Dexter Cooley confirmed Thursday that Danielle Blackburn has stepped down as Wakefield girls basketball coach.

Blackburn is leaving the Wolverines program after she learned of being pregnant with her third child.

“I knew it wasn’t the best timing,” Blackburn said. “I just didn’t decide to tell anyone until I could talk with my players, and they all understood my decision.”

When the new school year began, Blackburn sat her team down to explain the news. During her speech, Blackburn told her players they will also have to make the same decisions when they are older.

Blackburn says she will spend most of her time at home during the pregnancy. In 2008, Blackburn led the Wolverines to an undefeated regular season, winning the Cap 7 regular season and conference championship, and an NCSHAA 4-A sectional championship.

Blackburn said she loves the relationship she has with her team, and she knows not coaching this year will be hard.

“I know I could coach this season,” Blackburn said. “But I also know I would be struggling in February in being seven or eight months pregnant, too.”

Before coaching at Wakefield, Blackburn played basketball at East Carolina. Blackburn did say she plans to return to coaching, but she doesn’t know when that return will be. As for now, Wakefield will have hire a new coach before the season begins.

“I love coaching and I would love to coach again,” Blackburn said. “I don’t know who Dexter and school will choose, but I did speak with Dexter and I told him my thoughts.”

Cooley returns to coaching

Dexter Cooley, the athletics director at Raleigh Wakefield High, will return to the sidelines this winter as the varsity boys basketball coach.

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More Wake schools added to Newsweek top high schools list

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.”

West girls down East, 62-55

The West All-Stars held on to down the East All-Stars 62-55 tonight in the annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Girls Basketball Game at the Greensboro Coliseum. The East trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half but tied the game at 52 in the fourth quarter before falling.

Nashika "Breezy" Williams, a Northern Durham graduate and an N.C. State recruit, had six points and 10 rebounds for the East squad.

Wakefield's Kayla Harris added seven points, while Wake Forest-Rolesville's Rena Wakama and Amber Nichols of Broughton finished with six points each. Athens Drive graduate Markesiha Gatling had eight rebounds for the East. Wakefield coach Danielle Blackburn served as the head coach of the East squad.

Nigel King to Oak Ridge

Maryland football commitment Nigel King is expected to transfer from Raleigh Wakefield to Oak Ridge Military.

Quate saves all-star game

Zachary Quate, a former Wakefield High baseball standout, closed out the Florida State League all-star game, preserving a 5-4 victory for his South Club. He struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning.

GSIW accuses school board majority of disregarding community and family values

The Great Schools in Wake Coalition is accusing the Wake County school board majority of putting "special interest politics ahead of the values of the community" with the votes taken at last week's meeting.

In a press release today, GSIW complains about the 5-4 votes on hiring Heidrick & Struggles, eliminating the requirement that the superintendent be an educator and dropping out of the state and national school boards associations.

Yevonne Brannon, GSIW chairwoman, said the board actions taken last week "demonstrates reckless disregard for the community and for our family values.”

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