Sports Briefs: Feb. 2

January 31, 2014 

Princeton girls down Neuse Charter

The Princeton girls’ basketball team earned a 43-19 victory at Neuse Charter on Monday.

The Bulldogs, who jumped to a 28-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, received a 19-point effort from Savanna Massengill to improve to 8-8 on the year and 5-2 in the Carolina 1A Conference.

Sakoyia Heath scored 10 points to lead the Cougars (3-17, 1-5).

Finn leaving Southeast Raleigh

Daniel Finn, the former head football coach and current athletic director at Southeast Raleigh, was looking for a change of scenery, and he’s going to get it. Complete with seascape.

Finn, 39, is expected to be begin his new job in February as head football coach at South Brunswick High in Southport.

Finn had a 56-21 football record in six years at Southeast before stepping down in 2011 as football coach to concentrate on his athletic director duties.

“Trying to mix football, athletic director and family just wasn’t working,” Finn said. “So I gave up football. But I’ve been around football all of my life. I still wanted to coach. The longer I was out, the more I wanted to get back to the game.”

Finn said he decided in December to pursue another head football coaching job, and the South Brunswick position seems ideal for him, his wife, his 12-year-old daughter and his nine-year-old son.

“My family is really excited about the move,” he said. His last day at Southeast is expected to Feb. 14, and his first day at South Brunswick is Feb. 17.

South Brunswick was 2-20 the past two years, but had posted 8-4, 11-3, 5-6, and 10-3 records in the preceding years.

“That is a lot of potential there,” he said. “It is a matter of reaching that potential and being consistent.”

Garner boys make it five straight

Garner won its fifth consecutive boys basketball game Monday night, drilling Harnett Central, 95-41.

Five Garner players hit double-figures in scoring and 10 players scored four points or more. Thomas Allen and Nick Kuhns had 14 each, while Julius Barnes notched 13 points and Kyrece Mills had 10.

Garner is now 6-2 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference and 10-7 overall.

Garner girls continue to win

Garner rolled by Harnett Central in girls basketball Monday night, grabbing a 63-35 victory. It was Garner’s third win in its last four outings after a 1-9 start.

Garner led 37-16 at the half. Khayani Chandler had 22 points for Garner, while Kelsey Bryan added 15 and Amber Courtney notched an even dozen.

SSS loses softball coach to Holly Springs

Britney Smith has been named as the head softball coach at Holly Springs High. She formerly coached at Smithfield-Selma.

She will be Holly Springs’ fourth softball coach in five seasons. Holly Springs has made the playoffs in all five seasons and won two 4A East titles.

Smith is the second softball coach to leave SSS for Holly Springs. Jill Munchick followed the same path and later led the Golden Hawks to the state 4A finals.

Three earn academic honors at Campbell

Three area football were among the 38 members of Campbell University’s football team named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll this week. The local selections were LeShawn Edouard of Clayton, Riley Gallaher of Garner and Tyler Renfroe of Wake Christian.

The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the semester while enrolled fulltime in accordance with NCAA rules.

Smithefield Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service