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NC High School Athletic Association stressing coaches education

The N.C. High School Athletic Association staff will be stressing coaches education at regional meetings throughout the state during the next couple of weeks.

All non-faculty and newly hired coaches need to pass the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Fundamentals of Coaching course before being allowed to work with athletes. The goal is for every NCHSAA coach to have successfully completed the course by Aug. 2, 2015.

More than 1,000 area coaches have passed the course, including an area-high 55 coaches at Cardinal Gibbons.

NCHSAA finances, calendars, fines and athletic eligibility also are on the agenda.

Oak Hill is coming: Famed Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy is scheduled to play a pair of boys basketball games in Raleigh next season.

Coach Steve Smith’s club will play Durham Mount Zion Academy on Jan. 10 and Raleigh Word of God on Feb. 1, according to the schedule Oak Hill announced last week.

This year’s Warriors team includes N.C. State commitments Cody and Caleb Martin, who played at Davie County in 2013, and Wake Forest commitment Shelton Mitchell, who led Waxhaw Cuthbertson to the NCHSAA 2A title in 2013.

West names baseball coach: Former Princeton High baseball standout Joey Worley is the new head baseball coach at West Johnston High. Worley helped Princeton win a pair of N.C. High School Athletic Association championships as a player and later was coach at Knightdale High from 2006-09.

He had been an assistant at West Johnston since the 2010 season.

Garner Hall of Fame: Former basketball coach James Farris, football standout John Leach and basketball standout Raymond Miller have been selected for induction into the Garner Magnet High Hall of Fame.

Farris had two stays as head basketball coach at the school. He was the coach at Garner Consolidated when Garner Senior was formed in 1968. He also was the head coach at Shaw University.

Leach was a fullback/ linebacker in 1987-89 and later set the ACC single-game rushing record while playing at Wake Forest University.

Miller, who is deceased, was recruited by ACC schools but went to Cocoa (Fla.) Brevard Community College and then Furman.

The class will be introduced at halftime of Garner’s football game against Harnett Central on Oct. 18 and inducted in May.

Princeton wins again: Princeton won its 30th consecutive Carolina 1A volleyball match with a 25-7, 25-8, 25-6 victory against conference newcomer Neuse Charter last week.

“I feel like I always set the goals high for my girls and don’t expect anything less than that,” Princeton coach Paige Renfrow said. “Our final goal is to beat what we did last year, and last year we got to the fifth round, so we can only make it to states this year.

“The girls, they strive for that, they push for that, they want that goal.”

Soccer streak: High Point Wesleyan has the county’s second-longest boys soccer winning streak, 37, according to Shelton Shealer of Elite Soccer Report. Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s leads with 57 wins.

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