South Lenoir football coach search/Jimmy update

I just got off the phone with Ol’ Jimmy and he said the search is going well for South Lenoir’s next football coach. He said he has already accepted 13 resumes/applications and the school is going to continue to accept resumes until April 15.

Jimmy said there had been some “interesting” applicants — I’m not sure what that meant — but he did verify that the person I consider the frontrunner (Kevin Wilson) has tendered a resume. From everything I hear about Coach Wilson, he is a heck of a coach who would do a great job in Deep Run.

On another front, I asked Ol’ Jimmy about whether he was coming back or not and he said, “I think I’ll be a Blue Devil for a little while longer.” That’s great news.

A column on Duke’s downturn — by a Duke student

This appeared in the Duke University student newspaper. Give it a read — it’s certainly entertaining, as well as enlightening.

My take: I didn’t think I’d ever see the day when a Duke student would turn on Coach K, but there it is. Some pretty good points, though, including the indictment of Brian Zoubek, who is as bad (and overrated) a college basketball player as there is in America.

Bo Ingram is North Carolina’s AP co-player of the year

Kinston senior forward Bo Ingram is the 2007-08 Associated Press men’s basketball co-player of the year. Ingram and Wilmington New Hanover’s Ty Walker received five votes each from 17 statewide voters to receive the honor. More details when the story is released around 4 p.m.

Update 1: The AP story –


AP Sports Writer

Bo Ingram got plenty of good shots off for state champion Kinston. Ty Walker was equally impressive at blocking the ones his opponents took.

Ingram averaged 16.5 points and nearly 10 rebounds in leading his school to its first title in 43 years, while Walker set the state’s single-season and career records for blocked shots. Those strong seasons were enough to make them The Associated Press men’s prep basketball co-players of the year in North Carolina.

Ingram and Walker received five votes apiece out of a possible 17 from sports writers across the state in voting results released Saturday.

North Henderson’s Chris Vanlandingham, who led the state by scoring 32.5 points per game and holds most of his school’s scoring records, was third with three votes. East Mecklenberg’s Malik Stith, who averaged 16 points and eight assists for the Class 4-A champions, had two votes. Boonville Starmount’s Victor Davila and McDowell County’s Petey Hausley each received one vote.

Ingram was named the most valuable player in two stages of his team’s tournament run in leading the Vikings to a 28-4 finish with no losses to North Carolina-based schools.

The 6-foot-5 senior won regional MVP honors after scoring 35 points in two games, then claimed the MVP award in the state championship after scoring 21 points.

“It lets everyone know that we’re the first ones to make a big accomplishment like that,” Ingram said. “We’re going to be known for that for the rest of our lives.”

Coach Wells Gulledge says Ingram’s accomplishments at Kinston put him in a class with several NBA players produced by the school — most notably, Jerry Stackhouse and Cedric Maxwell.

“You go on down the list of talented guys, too many to mention, (and) I don’t think anyone has had the accolades or has received the accolades that (Ingram) has,” Gulledge said. “I would honestly say that he has probably one of the strongest resumes of anyone who has worn the Viking jersey.”

While Ingram is waiting to make his college choice, Wake Forest has been looking forward to Walker’s arrival for some time — especially after the 7-foot-1 center set state records with 235 blocked shots this season and 543 during his career, and swatted away 18 in one game.

“Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a desire” to block shots, Walker said. “I just watch (the shooter’s) eyes, watch the basketball … and go and get it. I guess I’ve always been a defensive-minded player.”

But Walker can do more than just alter shots. He averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and 8.1 blocks while leading New Hanover County to a 26-3 record. ranks him as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina and No. 21 nationally.

Along with forward Al-Farouq Aminu and center Tony Woods, Walker is one of the keys of a Demon Deacons recruiting class that is ranked best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and No. 4 nationally. Those freshmen, coach Dino Gaudio said, “add another dimension to what we already have, and what we have is a very good foundation.”

Update 2: The AP voting –

The voting for 2007-08 Associated Press men’s prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina, as selected by 17 sports writers. With school and number of votes.

Bo Ingram, Kinston, 5

Ty Walker, New Hanover County, 5

Chris Vanlandingham, North Henderson, 3

Malik Stith, East Mecklenburg, 2

Victor Davila, Boonville Starmount, 1

Petey Hausley, McDowell County 1

How about those Davidson Wildcats?

I thought this was certainly worthy of its own thread — the amazing run of the Davidson Wildcats. Curry has been magnificient — you CAN NOT leave him open. If you do, you’re going to pay.

And I don’t want to hear comparisons with the run that George Mason made two years ago. GMU has about 15,000 students; Davidson has 1,900.

Congrats to the Wildcats. Any fans here?

Gulledge named N.C.’s coach of the year by Associated Press (with updates)

Kinston basketball coach Wells Gulledge is the 2007-08 boys’ prep basketball coach of the year in North Carolina, as determined in a vote of media across the state. He received nine of 17 votes statewide. More details when the story is released.

Update 1: The Associated Press story


Wells Gulledge doesn’t have hair on top of his head anymore. He couldn’t be happier about it.

The Kinston coach was ready to have his head shaved if the Vikings won a state championship last year, but they lost in the title game. A year later, Kinston finally delivered its first title in more than 40 years — and to celebrate during a pep rally, Gulledge and his coaching staff had their hair chopped off.

“Everybody started talking about once we got to the regionals (last year), they talked about getting my hair cut,” Gulledge said. “Once we accomplished that goal, we talked about the state finals. I don’t know that it would hold up in a court of law, but I gave them my word, and it kind of carried over to this year.”

For bringing the Vikings their first Class 3-A championship in two generations, Gulledge was named The Associated Press men’s prep basketball coach of the year for North Carolina.

Gulledge received nine of a possible 17 votes from sports writers across the state in results released Friday. East Mecklenburg’s Jason Grube was second with four votes after leading his team to a 25-8 finish capped by the first state title in school history.

Receiving two votes apiece were Apex’s David Neal, whose team rebounded from a 4-11 start to reach the 4-A finals, and Hendersonville’s Rob Strong, whose team went from 1-24 in 2006 to a 24-4 record.

But Gulledge — a 34-year-old coach who won his 200th game midway through the season — claimed the award for delivering the title that eluded eventual NBA players Jerry Stackhouse, Cedric Maxwell and Herbert Hill when they were playing at Kinston in the eastern part of the state. The Vikings have reached the finals 16 times — losing to High Point Andrews in 2001 and Concord last year — but hadn’t claimed the championship since 1965.

But Kinston (28-4) changed that behind a pair of AP All-State picks in first-teamer Bo Ingram and second-teamer Reggie Bullock. The Vikings didn’t lose to any North Carolina-based teams; their defeats came in out-of-state tournaments or against nationally ranked teams. The Vikings ended the season with 19 straight wins, capped by their 60-58 victory over Trinity earlier this month.

“It’s more about the journey of the season,” Gulledge said. “To end up winning it in the end is certainly sweet, and I just feel like as a coach, when you reflect back on the year, it’s not so much about the final game. People always say you’re only as good as your last game played. … If you’re a high school coach, it’s about the journey and the ride that you have the entire year.”

Update 2: The voting –

Voting results for 2007-08 AP men’s prep coach of the year

The voting for 2007-08 Associated Press men’s prep basketball coach of the year for North Carolina, as selected by 17 sports writers. With school and number of votes.

Wells Gulledge, Kinston, 9

Jason Grube, East Mecklenburg, 4

David Neal, Apex, 2

Rob Strong, Hendersonville, 2 

Bo Ingram is first team All-State; Reggie Bullock is on second team (with updates)

The Associated Press All-State team will be released in two hours and it certainly has a local flavor. Kinston’s Bo Ingram is on the first team boys’ team (yes, they call it the “men’s” team at the AP), while Kinston’s Reggie Bullock is on the second team.

Congratulations to both of those players for that honor.

The coach of the year will be released tomorrow, while the player of the year will be released on Saturday. I will have both announcements here on the blog.

UPDATE 1: Here is the story by Aaron Beard of the Associated Press –


AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Boonville Starmount’s Victor Davila and West Charlotte’s Christal Caldwell headline the 2007-08 Associated Press All-State prep basketball teams for North Carolina.

Davila, a 6-foot-9 senior, earned 28 of a possible 34 points from a statewide panel of 17 sports writers, leading voting results released Thursday for the second straight season. Caldwell, a 5-11 junior, earned 27 points to lead the women’s team.

New Hanover County’s Ty Walker and McDowell County’s Kurie Washington were also AP All-State first-team picks for the second straight year. In addition, Bo Ingram and Reggie Bullock gave Kinston a pair of All-State men’s honorees after helping the Vikings win the Class 3A championship.

Davila, a Virginia Tech signee, was a first-team pick on 12 ballots after averaging 20 points, 11.5 rebounds and six blocks per game.

Caldwell averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help West Charlotte reach the 4A title game.

Joining Davila on the men’s first team was Walker, a 7-1 senior who has signed with Wake Forest, and Ingram, a 6-5 senior. Walker averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks per game, while Ingram averaged 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. Rounding out the men’s first team was East Mecklenburg’s Malik Stith and North Henderson’s Chris Vanlandingham.

Stith, a 5-11 senior, averaged 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the 4A title winner. Vanlandingham, a 6-4 senior, led the state in scoring with 32.5 points per game.

Joining Caldwell and Washington on the women’s first team were Gastonia Forestview’s Jessica Capers, Statesville’s Keyrra Gillespie and Kernersville McGuinness’ Erinn Thompson.

Capers, a 6-1 senior, averaged 18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds to help her team finish 30-1. Gillespie, a 5-6 junior, averaged 15.5 points, 8.2 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 steals. Washington, a 5-8 senior, averaged 22.8 points per game, while Thompson — a 6-3 junior — averaged 14.7 points and 12.1 rebounds while helping McGuinness to a third straight state title.

Winston-Salem Prep’s Reggie Johnson, a Miami signee, had 15 points to earn a spot on the men’s second team for the second straight season along with Fayetteville Britt’s C.J. Williams, who has signed with North Carolina State. They were joined by: McDowell County senior Petey Hausley; Bullock, a sophomore who has committed to North Carolina; and Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor junior C.J. Harris.

North Henderson’s Morgan McMinn had 21 points to lead the women’s second team. She was joined by: Charlotte Victory Christian senior Candace Wood, who has signed with North Carolina; Pender County senior Jannetta Robinson; East Davidson junior Anna Freeman and Charlotte Providence Day senior Whitny Edwards, a Virginia signee.

UPDATE 2: Vote totals:



Victor Davila, Boonville Starmount (28), 6-9, F/C, Sr.

Ty Walker, New Hanover County (27), 7-1, C, Sr.

Bo Ingram, Kinston (26), 6-5, F, Sr.

Malik Stith, East Mecklenburg (23), 5-11, G, Sr.

Chris Vanlandingham, North Henderson (23), 6-4, G, Sr.


Reggie Johnson, Winston-Salem Prep (15), 6-9, C, Sr.

Petey Hausley, McDowell County (14), 6-6, F, Sr.

Reggie Bullock, Kinston (12), 6-6, G, Soph.

C.J. Williams, Fayetteville Britt (8), 6-6, G/F, Sr.

C.J. Harris, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor (7), 6-3, G, Jr.




Christal Caldwell, West Charlotte (27), 5-11, G, Jr.

Jessica Capers, Gastonia Forestview (26), 6-1, C, Sr.

Keyrra Gillespie, Statesville (26), 5-6, PG, Jr.

Kurie Washington, McDowell County (26), 5-8, G/F, Sr.

Erinn Thompson, Kernersville McGuinness (22), 6-3, C, Jr.


Morgan McMinn, North Henderson (21), 6-0, G, Sr.

Candace Wood, Charlotte Victory Christian (15), 6-0, G, Sr.

Jannetta Robinson, Pender County (13), 5-2, PG, Sr.

Anna Freeman, East Davidson (11), 6-0, F, Jr.

Whitny Edwards, Charlotte Providence Day (9), 5-11, G, Sr.

UPDATE 3: Also, Bo and Reggie were named to Arnold Solomon’s All-State team. You can see that whole team here.

Dave Telep’s Carolina Challenge

Two Kinston High School players — Reggie Bullock and Demarcus Quinerly — will play on Saturday in Cary at Dave Telep’s second annual Carolina Challenge. Check out his blog about the Challenge here.

Telep, who I wrote about in this article from Fort Myers, Fla., at the City of Palms Classic, invites the top 80 freshmen, sophomores and juniors from across North Carolina to Cary Academy for a day of scrimmages and instruction.

Admission to the event is free, which makes it even better. Get up there if you have the opportunity.

How I voted: AP All-State

Men’s coach of the year: Wells Gulledge, Kinston

Women’s coach of the year: Gene Arrington, Fayetteville Westover

Men’s player of the year: Bo Ingram, Kinston

Women’s player of the year: Morgan McMinn, North Henderson


Men’s first team

Bo Ingram, Kinston

Reggie Bullock, Kinston

Ty Walker, Wilmington New Hanover

Victor Davila, Boonville Starmount

Josh Pittman, Trinity


Men’s second team

Chris Vanlandingham, North Henderson

Malik Smith, East Mecklenburg

Ryan Kelly, Raleigh Ravenscroft

Tashawn Mabry, Rocky Mount

Akeem Richmond, Southern Lee


Women’s first team

Morgan McMinn, North Henderson

Jessica Capers, Gastonia Forestview

Kurie Washington, McDowell County

Christal Caldwell, West Charlotte

Erinn Thompson, Kernersville McGuinness


Women’s second team

Karissa Herring, South Lenoir

Janetta Robinson, Pender County

Ali Ford, Morganton Freedom

Whitny Edwards, Charlotte Providence Day

Katie Paschal, Williamston