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What is the meaning of this STUNT?


A competitive, high-energy new sport for female high school athletes is coming to the Wake County Public School System this spring.

STUNT is a team sport derived from cheerleading, removing the crowd-leading element and focusing on the technical and athletic components of cheer, including partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, group jumps and tumbling.

It’s growing in popularity on the collegiate level and is starting to gain popularity at the high school level. WCPSS will be the first district to implement STUNT in North Carolina.

Here’s how it works: The matches are head-to-head between two teams and divided into four quarters. Predetermined routines are distributed to all teams prior to the start of the season. The first quarter is partner stunts, second quarter features pyramids and tosses, the third quarter brings group jumps and tumbling and the fourth quarter is the team performance. Judges tally scores after each quarter and award points to determine a winner. Click HERE for a video breakdown of STUNT.

Interest meetings in all 21 Wake County high schools will be held later this month. Contact your school’s athletic director for more information. Schools will decide if they will field a STUNT team based on interest level. Tryouts are slated to begin on March 2, 2015, with games to be held on Thursday nights starting on Mach 19. The first North Carolina STUNT Championship will be held in early May at Broughton High School.

For more information on the rules and format, click HERE.

More than 22,000 student athletes finish successful year

Southeast Raleigh HS runners. (WCPSS file photo)

Southeast Raleigh HS runners. (WCPSS file photo)

More than 22,000 students participated in athletics during the 2013-14 school year.

WCPSS high schools won 10 state championships and were runners-up in 11 other championships this year.

Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year through the spring sports season of 2013, WCPSS schools have won 134 state championships (64 women, 66 men). That is approximately 49 percent of all 4A state Championships in the past 13 years. This includes NCHSAA state championships, NCHSAA Cheerleading state championships, NCCCA Cheer state championships, and gymnastics state championships.

See a full report of spring sports accomplishments. >>

WCPSS becomes first district in N.C. to adopt new national football safety program


Fuquay-Varina High School football players hydrate during practice. (WCPSS file photo)

This summer, the Wake County Public School System will become the first school district in North Carolina to adopt a new, nationally developed football safety program for student athletes.

USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program teaches tackling techniques that reduce helmet contact and addresses proper equipment fit, heat preparedness and hydration, and other elements of player safety. USA Football is the national governing body for the sport. Continue Reading . . .

Wake County teams clean up at state 4-A track and field championships

Wake County high school track teams competed in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A Track and Field Championships in Greensboro on May 17. Continue Reading . . .

Wakefield boys’ tennis wins 4-A state championship

The Wakefield High School boys’ tennis team captured the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship on May 17, beating R.J. Reynolds High School 5-0. Wakefield’s No. 1 singles player Bo Boyden, who won the 4-A singles championship earlier this month, was chosen as the Most Valuable Player. Wakefield finished a perfect 23-0 dual-match season.

Broughton captures 4A men’s golf state championship

Broughton High School’s men’s golf team captured the 4A state championship on May 13 in a tournament at the Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford. This is the sixth N.C. High School Athletic Association championship for Broughton since 1998. Continue Reading . . .

Knightdale sports standout named NCHSAA Athlete of the Year


Marquavious Johnson of Knightdale High School (left) was named 2014 Athlete of the Year by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, along with Blake Dodge of Carteret County. Photo courtesy of NCHSAA

Marquavious Johnson of Knightdale High School received the 2014 Athlete of the Year award on May 1 from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

The NCHSAA honors one male athlete and one female athlete annually. Both winners were selected by a panel that includes media representatives from across the state.

Each was presented with the Pat Best Memorial Trophy, named for the former Goldsboro High School principal and president of the NCHSAA who died unexpectedly in 1988.

Johnson has played four sports in high school, earning 14 varsity letters. In football, he is the two-time Greater Neuse Conference Offensive Player of the Year, leading Knightdale to its best record in school history during his senior season.

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2013-14 Winter Season Wells Fargo Cup Leaders Announced

Green Hope and Apex high schools are among the top 4-A teams contending for the Wells Fargo Cup for the 2013-14 academic year. Continue Reading . . .

Guthrie will be inducted into NCHSAA Hall of Fame

Bobby Guthrie, former WCPSS senior administrator for athletics, will be inducted into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Saturday. Continue Reading . . .

Cary wrestler wins National Championship

Cary High wrestler Will Clark won the National Championship for the 132 pound weight class.  Clark won the title at the junior national championship in the 25th National High School Wrestling Championships. He defeated Lucas Weiland of Seckman High, Missouri 2-1 for the title. Continue Reading . . .