From the sideline

Column: East Wake expected to settle scoreboard issue

August 22, 2013 

While East Wake High School officials had hoped a new scoreboard would be installed at Sasser Stadium by the end of July, those who attended Friday’s football season opener know that didn’t go as planned.

A new device, however, had already been ordered and was en route to the Warriors’ complex as of Wednesday, according to Athletics Director Jon Hasbrouck.

He said it would likely take up to two weeks to install the new scoreboard. That means it could be ready to run as early as the week-three game on Sept. 9, but East Wake travels to Millbrook that week, to Heritage the following week (Sept. 13) and has a bye week Sept. 20.

That should leave plenty of time, assuming the delivery and construction phases aren’t delayed, for the scoreboard to be in place for the Sept. 27 home game against Garner.

The school’s former scoreboard was in its first year of use when winds from a strong storm snapped its wooden supports last summer. A temporary scoreboard was brought in to get the Warriors through their 2012 football season, much like the one attendees saw at Friday night’s game against South Johnston. You can expect to see the same this Friday against Wake Forest.

The new scoreboard, which costs about $14,000, will have the same specifications as its predecessor, but will be supported by steel beams, instead of the wooden ones that crumbled in the storm.

East Wake Academy volleyball: The Eagles split their first two games of the season, but came close to opening with a pair of wins.

In a 3-2 loss Tuesday at Hobgood Academy, East Wake Academy coach Holly Mitchell said her team struggled to pass the ball effectively and was forced to rely on scoring on the front line as a result.

After playing Hobgood close for four games, the home team managed a relatively easy win (15-6) in the fifth game to win the match. The Eagles won the first and fourth games by identical 25-23 scores. Hobgood won games two and three, 25-23 and 25-19, respectively.

Leading the Eagles were Liz Garrett with 14 kills, and McKenzie Alford and Sarah Jefferies with six kills each.

East Wake Academy had significantly less trouble producing a 3-1 win over Research Triangle Charter in its season opener Monday.

The Eagles swept the first two sets and had a slight hiccup as the Raptors came back from seven points behind to win the third game 25-23. But EWA bounced back to ease to a 25-13 win in the fourth game to take the match.

Garrett and Jefferies led with six kills each, while Liz Hertzig boosted the defense with five digs.

Knightdale wrestlers: Knights wrestling captain Tramal Turner said second-year wrestling coach Kenny Watkins has placed an emphasis on his team members taking pride in their school and being leaders in the community.

Over the summer, that emphasis translated into improving the appearance of the school. About 12 wrestlers teamed up with members of Knightdale’s FFA program (some of the students are members of both school organizations) over a three-day period to revamp the three-tier garden at the school’s entryway prior to the start of the fall semester.

Watkins said the task required tilling up the garden sections by hand and removing all unwanted plants, weeds and trash, and then mulching the beds. The first tier is 5 feet off the ground and each additional tier is 5 feet taller. Working as a conveyer belt to hoist the mulch up from the ground to each of the tiers, the students who participated experienced a new twist on the concept of teamwork.

The project was part of an ongoing beautification plan of several student organizations – including the wrestling team, the FFA and the Knightdale Academy of Environmental Studies.

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