Former Cary High football coach Ben Kolstad wasn’t sure what he’d find when he accepted the head coaching position at Sanderson.
The Spartans have won three games in the past three years and have averaged about two wins a year for the past 14 seasons.
“But the barrel is not empty here,” Kolstad said last week as his Spartans prepared for Friday night’s opener at home against Knightdale. Sanderson battled, but fell 21-13 to the Knights.
“We have some good players, and from everything I’ve been told the community support is outstanding. You might think that there wouldn’t be a lot of support for the team, but from what I understand, the home side is full. It looks like a good situation.”
Kolstad said he is pleased with the staff that he has assembled.
Quarterback Matt Koehler might be the best that Kolstad has coached, he said, and big things are expected from tight end Jah Laville. Inside linebacker Cole Nigro might anchor the defense.
“There are a lot of adjustments, of course,” Kolstad said. “The players have to learn my expectations and the way I want things done and I’m still getting to know them.
“The change has refreshed me and made me examine everything we do. You have to go back and teach everything. I never thought I’d leave Cary, but this is like starting all over. We’re starting from scratch again.”
Spivey returns: Steve Spivey, who coached Broughton teams to several boys and girls tennis championships, has come out of retirement to teach at Enloe and coach its girls tennis team.
He has seven freshmen among his 12 players. Juniors Colleen Brown and Elizabeth Sigarto are expected to play Nos. 1 and 2.
Spivey’s former Broughton players, boys and girls, are having a reunion on Saturday at “The Yardhouse” in Raleigh’s North Hills.
Track moves: Two former Southeast Raleigh High School standouts have joined the University of North Carolina track and field program. Kendra Douglas, a sophomore, is transferring to UNC from Western Carolina after winning a conference championship in the 400 meters.
Charity Lackey, a 2013 grad and member of the Bulldogs’ state championship girls team this past spring, will run for the Tar Heels. Lackey finished fourth in the 2013 indoor state championships at 1,000 meters.
Return to baseball: Luke Emmett, a 2012 Leesville Road graduate, has signed to play baseball at Louisburg College.
Emmett attended N.C. State last year, but did not play baseball. He was 7-1 as a Pride pitcher in 2012 and set the school record with a 1.18 earned run average. He had 54 strikeouts.
Wolfpack baseball: Leesville Road junior catcher Jack Conley has made a commitment to N.C. State. Conley played this summer with the Raleigh Post 1 American Legion baseball team.
North Raleigh volleyball: North Raleigh Christian won the “End of Summer Slam” tournament at Forsyth Country Day earlier this month.
The Knights did not lose a set in a pair of victories against Charlotte Providence Day and High Point Westchester Country Day and in a semifinal win against Gaston Day. North Raleigh beat Charlotte Providence Day 25-19, 25-13 in the finals.