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Green Hope High School's Jeremy Adams (21) and Cary High School's Jay Hicks (3). Cary Imps visit the Green Hope Falcons in a 4A SWAC Boys Basketball game. Green Hope gets the win, 64-58. Friday January 23, 2015, Cary, NC.
With a lead at the half, Green Hope prevailed down the stretch for a 64-58 win over Cary Friday.
Both squads started the game slow with the Falcons on top 27-19 at the half. The Imps battled back to cut the Green Hope lead to 51-48 with just under two minutes to play. Cary's Cory Gensler led the second half comeback scoring his jersey number, 22, in the second half alone. Gensler ended the night with 26. Despite the comeback Cary ran out of time, having to foul Green Hope several times in the last minutes of play. The Falcons were able to nail their shots at the charity stripe in order to stay ahead of the Imps. Green Hope's Ridge Ford led his team with 14-points, with most of them coming from the free throw line. The Falcons improved to 6-2 in the Southwest Wake conference and Cary falls to 4-4.
Cary hosts Panther Creek on Tuesday and Green Hope is at Middle Creek.
Cary hires Mike Kirst as its new Head Football Coach
CARY — Mike Kirst had done his homework on Cary High before he was introduced as the next football coach on Friday. He hunted for a kelly green tie for three hours because he wanted to make sure he was wearing the school’s official colors.
Though he came up short in his quest for the right shade of green, his willingness to embrace Cary’s storied football history is part of why he’s been tapped as the man to turn around a program that went 0-11 last season. Cary enjoyed 11 straight years of postseason play before that streak ended in 2013 and it is one of three Wake County schools to win a state title, doing so in 1955.
“This opportunity comes once in a lifetime,” Kirst said. “I’m well aware Cary has a great reputation academically. The tradition athletically is hard to match.”
Kirst just wrapped up his eighth season coaching and teaching at Millbrook, where he coached several different units. He coached the offensive line after previously serving as the Wildcats head JV coach and special teams coordinator.
Cary was coached by former athletic director Kurt Glendenning for two seasons before he resigned shortly after the 2014 campaign.
“He was the one coach of the handful that we brought in to interview personally that had never been a head coach before,” Cary athletic director Mike Dunphy said. “For us, we kind of saw the shifting of the landscape in Wake County football. If you look at the success Wake County football has had at the 4AA, 4A level, it’s been pretty dominant. Having someone who kind of knows the landscape and been a big part of that with Millbrook over in the Cap (Eight Conference) was a big part of it for us.”
Millbrook is 21-7 in the last two seasons but was 3-8 the year prior. Experiencing that turnaround gives Kirst a roadmap to do the same at Cary.
“We went back to work. We didn’t try to make excuses. We identified things we needed to get better at. We need to do that here,” Kirst said. “Those seasons were very valuable. I learned a lot from coach (Clarence) Inscore about how to remain consistent in my message. He did that. That message still remains, whether it’s 11 wins and a third-round appearance or whether it was three wins.”
On Friday, Kirst laid out four pillars to building a program: all players give their all on the field and in the classroom, to be physical, uphold Cary’s tradition and building leaders.
Other than being a “run-first” football team, the X’s and O’s, he said, will be secondary to laying the groundwork of the Cary program .
“We’ve got to establish some norms and expectations and bridge the gap between winter, spring and summer,” Kirst said.
He is now one of four former Millbrook football assistants serving as a head coach in Wake County. The others from Wildcats coach Inscore’s coaching tree are Mike Castellano at Middle Creek, John Poulnott at East Wake and Jermaine Evans at Rolesville.
Inscore said when Kirst told Millbrook players earlier in the day that he was leaving for Cary, there were some tears shed.
“He’s a loyal and dedicated worker. He was with me for eight years. Even if we had different opinions, he backed me 100 percent,” Inscore said. “Mike does a great job establishing relationships, not just the coaches but the players as well and parents.”
If you are planning to play a sport this spring at Cary High you must register on the goimps.com site. If you have played a sport already this year at Cary High you MUST REGISTER AGAIN! Anytime you tryout for a team at Cary High you must register.
To register click on the orange link on the goimps.com home page and select your respective sport you want to try-out for. A parent will need to help you register if you are under the age of 18. Please make sure you complete the entire registration process. You should receive a confirmation email stating that you have completed the registration.
There will be dates for ticket-to-play posted soon and you must have registered on goimps.com, completed a Wake County Physical and submitted it to Coach Hall and be academically eligible first before you can obtain your ticket-to-play. Watch for the announcements at school or check here on the goimps.com site for dates and locations.
NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN A TRY-OUT WITHOUT THEIR TICKET-TO-PLAY!
Here is a GREAT way to honor your Cary HIgh student athlete!
The Imp Club is proud to offer this year to parents a personalized painted Imp with your student athlete’s name, sport and number on the walkway leading around CHS athletic areas! Each painted Imp is $50 and your payment goes directly to the team account(s) of your choice. The Imp will remain on site from September 2014 to June 2015 and may have a maximum of 20 characters for the name of your student athlete.
Once you have completed your application and written your check to the CHS IMP Club you MUST send the info to Debra Ryan through regular mail, since the post date will be used to determine order of receipt, with NO EXCEPTIONS.
Here are the location choices: stadium entrance, inside the stadium from bleachers to field house, gym entrance (both sides) and area on/near baseball field yet to be determined. All spots are on a first come first serve basis.
Seniors will be given priority assignments through September 5, 2014. All grades should mail applications as soon as possible since there are a limited number of available spots and are assigned based on the post date.
Please complete the information below and mail to:
CHS Imp Club
C/O Debra Ryan
115 West Gerrell Court
Cary, NC, 27511
Make checks payable to CHS Imp Club. Please be sure to designate the sport(s) that you would like your $50 to go to. If you have any questions or you would like to help with painting please contact Debra Ryan @ 919-465-9529 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that checks will be returned if spots sell out.
This year the Imp Club is proud to offer local businesses and parents of Cary High athletes an opportunity to place an ad in our Fall Sports Program. We are excited to have partnered with Strawbridge Studios to help us with the set-up and printing of the Winter Sports Program. If you would like to place an ad please click on the link below. Programs will be available at all Cary High home games. Cost of the program will be $10.