Friday, December 3, 2021

High School Sports Update February

Heritage Men’s Hopes Record Breaking Season Comes to Stunning End

The Heritage men’s basketball team started the 2016-2017 season on a remarkable 26 game winning streak, winning the Cap-8 conference by a wide margin of five games. The winning streak was snapped in the championship game of the Cap-8 conference tournament championship to Millbrook, who the Huskies had already beaten three times before. The team was also without starting forward Ian Hinkley. Despite the loss, Heritage earned the #1 overall playoff seed in the eastern part of the state. The Huskies won in the first two round but were stumped in the third round by an athletic Seventy-First High School team. Seventy-First Jmon Raeford scored on a backdoor layup right before the buzzer to make the score 63-62.

Heritage will return star players Jayden Gardner and Jarren McAllister for their senior seasons next year.

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Lady Huskies Win Cap-8 Tourney, Fall Short After Good Run

The Heritage Women’s basketball team defeated Millbrook in the Cap-8 Conference Tournament Championship Game after Demi Washington hit a free throw with .3 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Huskies to a 52-51 advantage. In the playoffs, the Ladies beat Panther Creek easily in the first round and completed an exciting win at Fayetteville E.E. Smith before getting to take on undefeated Southeast Raleigh in the third round. While FTs propelled the team to an exciting victory in the conference tournament, shooting from the charity stripe may have cost them the game at Southeast Raleigh. The Huskies shot 11-25 from the line and lost by just four. Aside from the unfortunate ending, it was an incredible season for the program as they finished with a 25-4 overall record.

The Lady Huskies will return their entire starting lineup next season.

Area Teams Make Playoffs

The Wakefield & Rolesville women and Wake Forest & Rolesville men all made the 4A playoffs in 2017 after solid seasons. The Wakefield women fell to #2 seed Lumberton 71-41. The Rolesville women’s team fell short of Apex 63-52. The Wake Forest men’s team barely lost to #5 seed Overhills 70-67. Rolesville fell by 7 in the first round to the same Seventy-First team that knocked out Heritage.

Details on New Area Conference

At the start of next school year, Wakefield, Wake Forest, Rolesville and Heritage High Schools will be in an all-new conference together. The Northern Athletic Conference, henceforth referred to as the NAC-6 will additionally include Knightdale and Corinth Holders. Previously, the 4 local schools were separated into different conferences – Wake Forest, Heritage and Wakefield in the Cap-8 and Rolesville in the GNRC. Early indications are the conference realignment will be a good thing for area rivalries. Fans are also looking forward to it being a great conference for football.

Wake Forest, Heritage Diamond Teams Off to Good Start

The Heritage baseball and softball teams won in their first games of the season on February 28th at Rolesville. The Heritage softball team also defeated a good Middle Creek squad a couple of days later by a score of 4-3. After winning the Cap-8 conference last season, the Huskies are primed for another exciting year.

The Wake Forest softball team lost in a tight contest in their season opener to East Wake, 9-7. Three days later, the Cougars rebounded in a 7-6 win at Knightdale. The Cougar baseball team is 2-0 after defeating East Wake in a defensive battle and blowing out Knightdale 16-5 on Thursday.

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