Huskies Fall to Spartans

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The Spartans traveled to Heritage High school December 9th and took down the Huskies 44-32. Individual winners were: #9 Ben DeRose(106), Alex Rosiak(113), Caide Smith(120), Nick Mayrand-Roach(126), Mark Bowens(145), Damarius Jones(152), Kameron Blythe(182) and Brenden Mullally(195). Sanderson is now 2-0 in the Cap 8 Conference looking to win the 6th consecutive conference regular season crown. The team travels to Wakefield High for the Wolverine Challenge competing with some of the states best teams and wrestlers.

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Spartans place 8th at Jim King

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Sanderson traveled to Orange High school December 4th and 5th for the Jim King Invitational. Individual placers for the team were:

Name                                   Place

Caide Smith(120)               6th

Aaron Geter(132)                6th

Adrian Davenport(138)     6th

Marquise Bowens(145)     5th

Damarius Jones(152)         6th

Brenden Mullally(220)     2nd

Sanderson placed 8th overall being the highest placing Cap 8 team at the tournament. Sanderson will travel to Heritage High for its second Cap 8 Conference match of the season.




Sanderson 1-0 in Cap 8

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Sanderson wrestled Wakefield High on December 2nd and downed the Wolverines 48-30. The young Spartan line up won 9 of the 14 matches against their opponent with 6 pins. Individual winners were: Caide Smith (120), Aaron Geter (132), Adrian Davenport (138), Marquise Bowens (145), Damarius Jones (152), Jimmy Gborrie (160), Kameron Blythe (182), Nathan Solkowitz (195) and Brenden Mullally (220). The Spartans with again travel to Orange High for the Jim King Invitational.


Sanderson 3-2 at Orange Duals

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Holly Springs Downs Spartans

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The Spartans had the first home match of the year when they took on the Holly Springs Hawks. Sanderson fell to the Hawks 24-51. Individual winners for the Spartans were: Kamerson Blythe (182), Nathan Solkowitz (195), Brenden Mullally (220), and #9 Ben DeRose. Sanderson will travel to Orange High for the Orange Duals November 21st.

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At A Loss; Tribute to Lamont

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At A Loss; Tribute to Lamont


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This week we lost apart of the wrestling community and family.

Spartan Update

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The Spartans took four qualifiers to Greensboro Friday and they gave their best effort. After all the delays and missed days of school the Sanderson student-athletes were ready to wrestle. Ben DeRose went 1-2 at his first state tournament with a great performance. Jalil Monk went 0-2 but fell in two tough matches, 5-6 and 2-3 respectively ending his wrestling career with Sanderson wrestling. Brandon Barrentine went 2-2 falling by a decision of 4-6 in the consolation quarter finals. David Losada also went 2-2 after a decision loss of 9-15. We thank all of the seniors who wrestled their last match in the last two weeks! Sanderson will return SQ Ben DeRose next year.


Regional Tournament

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February 18th and 19th the Sanderson wrestling team traveled to Wake Forest high school for the 4a Mideast tournament. The Spartans brought 11 wrestlers to the event with the prize of a trip to the “Big Dance”, the state tournament. The wide-eyed team picked up a few wins in the first round with a few losses as well but fought back in the wrestle backs. Freshmen Ben DeRose worked his way into the semifinals where he fell to senior Michael Eastwood but claimed victory over Wakefield 106 pounder, Robert Belonga to punch his ticket into the state tournament. In the third place match DeRose pinned Holly Springs 106 pounder Daniel Myers in the second period. David Losada dominated his way to the semifinals as well until he met familiar cap 8 conference foe, Cole Collins, who he fell to 2-5. He claimed victory against Millbrook 132, Robinson Carroll, to go to the state tournament. Losada pinned in the third place match. Brandon Barrentine fell in the semifinals to Travian Cook in a tough match but recovered in the consolation semifinals against Clayton 170, Chad Sprouse, qualifying for the state tournament. Jalil Monk also qualified for the state tournament after falling in a nail-bitter of a match in the semifinals to Holly Springs Josh Richardson. Monk dominated Fuquay-Varina’s Hunter Therrien in the consolation semifinals and then claimed third place against East Wake’s Alston Willard. The Spartans had other wrestlers fight their heart out in their last match and we pay tribute to those seniors: Solomon Solkowitz, Elliot Davis, Jake Keehn, and Mitch Hackney. Bradley Hughes and Mark Bowens return next year. Sanderson placed 6th at the tournament. The Spartans bring four state qualifiers to the state tournament February 20-21st. Spartans

Spartans Stumble, Fall to Wildcats

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Sanderson wrestled Millbrook January 28th and fell to the Wildcats in a hard fought 33-42 match. The Spartans wrestled a good match having to forfeit at 113. Individual winners were Ben DeRose, David Losada, Elliot Davis, Mark Bowens, Brandon Barrentine, and Jalil Monk. With the loss the Spartans tie for the conference crown for the second time in three years. Sanderson wrestling has completed five consecutive regular season conference championships. The team also placed second in the Cap 8 tournament the next Saturday with placers being:

Ben DeRose(106): 2nd

David Losada(132): 1st

Elliot Davis(138): 3rd

Mark Bowens(145): 2nd

Brandon Barrentine(170): 1st

Jalil Monk(182): 1st

Mitch Hackney(220): 2nd

Bradley Hughes(285): 3rd

The Spartans wrestle at the 4a Mideast regional tournament Friday and Saturday (Feb. 13th/14th).


Millbrook vs. Sanderson, A Rivalry Continued

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Sanderson high wrestles its last Cap 8 conference match of the year in its last home match of the year. The Spartans wrestle against a familiar foe Millbrook in a match that will decide the outright champion of the Cap 8. Millbrook has lost a match against Leesville high earlier this year but Sanderson defeated Leesville. The last time a tie occurred in the Cap 8 was in 2013 when Millbrook, Wake Forest and Sanderson all tied for the crown. In 2014 Sanderson dominated the conference and won the championship. Since 2011 the story seems to read the same: Sanderson high, Cap 8 champions.

This year is different though, there is a different atmosphere surrounding the usual Cap 8 dual of the year. January 28th will be senior night at Sanderson, a special night honoring the seniors in the last home match of the year, it is a very important night. The other elephant in the room is that if Sanderson wins the match it will be the fifth consecutive year the team is on top of the conference. The last time Millbrook beat Sanderson it was in 2013 by one point; the time before was in 2010 with a score 19-52. The Spartans have owned recent history defeating Millbrook 5 out 7 outings.

From a coaching aspect Millbrook has relativity stayed the same while Sanderson has gone through radical changes with assistant coach Alex Johnson stepping into the head coaching position with Travis Wilson and Marcus Felton assisting him. Millbrook will be lead by Coach Scott Saby.

Seniors being honored this night are: Solomon Solkowitz, Elliot Davis, David Losada, Patrick McComas, Jake Keehn, DeJuan Dye, Keiwon Evans, Brandon Barrentine, Jalil Monk, Ben Miller and Mitch Hackney.

The Spartan fans will be loud and proud Wednesday night for the biggest match of the year for both teams. The stakes are high and that makes for entertaining and passionate wrestling. Wrestling starts at 7pm.

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Spartans Down Wake Forest, Enloe

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The Sanderson Spartans have downed two more Cap 8 conference foes in as many weeks to gain ground in the conference battle. Sanderson dominated Enloe 69-3 and made short work of Wake Forest defeating them 58-18. The Spartans only have one conference match left in the season and it is against their biggest and toughest rival Millbrook High. Come out to Sanderson January 28th on senior night to see the conference crown decided and your favorite seniors wrestle at home for the very last time.


Spartans Take Down Broughton 44-26

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Sanderson hosted the Broughton Capitols Wednesday night in a Cap 8 contest. It was the spartan’s fourth conference match of the year and they looked to stay undefeated at home. The team won 44-26 with individual winners being Elliot Davis, #6 David Losada, Mark Bowens, Jake Keehn, Brandon Barrentine, Jalil Monk, Mitch Hackney and Bradley Hughes. The spartans move to 4-0 in conference matches and look to extend the streak at Enloe high next week.


Spartans look to Remain Undefeated versus Brougton

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Sanderson defends its mat against the Broughton Capitols and their new head coach Stan Chambers. The Spartans look to remain undefeated in the Cap 8 conference and move on to 4-0. Broughton high stand outs Nic Valdespino and Lamont Burt at 113and 152 placed 4th at the WRAL invitational this year. The match starts at 7pm at Sanderson high.

Sanderson Contains Pride

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The Spartans wrestled against Cap 8 foe Leesville on December 17th. Sanderson wins a close match 40-33 with Jalil Monk scoring the match with a first period pin with the match score at 34-33. Individual winners were: #8 Ben DeRose, Solomon Solkowitz, # 7 David Losada, Patrick McComas, Jake Keehn, Brandon Barrentine, Jalil Monk and Bradley Hughes. Sanderson travels to Cary High school December 22nd and 23rd for the Sgt. Mark Adams Invitational. Go Spartans!Monk

Spartans Place 2nd at Wolverine Challenge

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Sanderson placed 2nd at the Wakefield Wolverine Challenge Saturday December 13th. Individual placers were:

David Losada-138: 1st

Brandon Barrentine-170: 1st

Jalil Monk-182: 1st

Ben DeRose-106: 2nd

Solomon Solkowitz-113: 3rd

The Spartans wrestle Leesville on December 17th in the third Cap 8 conference match of the year.

Spartans 3-1 on the Season; 1-0 in the Cap 8

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The Spartans traveled to Panther Creek for a Tri-match against Panther Creek and Lumberton November 18th and won both matches 44-29 and 45-24 respectively. Sanderson fell to Holly Springs high school 22-52 November 24th to the powerhouse. The team traveled to Wakefield high school for the first Cap 8 conference match of the season and dominated the Wolverines 60-6 with individual winners being Ben DeRose, Solomon Solkowitz, Dakota Graff, Aaron Geter, Elliot Davis, David Losada, Marquise Bowens, Patrick McComas, Jake Keehn, Brandon Barrentine, Jalil Monk and Bradley Hughes. The Spartans travel to Green Hope for the Green Hope invitational Saturday, December 6th. Go Spartans!Bright Lights

A Tribute To A Coach

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Head Coach: Jeremy Barefoot(2004-2014)

“The greatest pleasure in life is saying what others say you cannot do”

Jeremy Barefoot was head coach at Sanderson high school  for ten years and has with Conference Coach of the year awards under his belt. His teams took top three in the conference from 2007-2014 and continue to rise. Barefoot’s teams won four consecutive conference champions in the Cap 7/8 and also captured a championship in 2008, Barefoot’s first. When he got to the team there were nine kids, mostly freshmen and a few upper class-men that had a different coach every year. Barefoot believed a strong program had strong individuals that had priorities in line and a program with strong parent support as well. As Sanderson High embarks on a new era without him that tradition will remain the same and grow on the foundation he set. Jeremy cared about each one of his student-athletes on a personal level and would be there for them when it was needed. Barefoot believed in basic wrestling and foundation. He had 151 wins in his tenure with the spartan program and with the help of his assistants, built solid wrestlers and solid people.

Sanderson went through a team drought after a state title in 1983 though the team still had state qualifiers and placers. Sanderson wrestling was no where near the program it is now before Barefoot took the helm in the early 2000’s and the program and school thanks him for it.  He was a big part in making wrestling “cool” at Sanderson. In 2012 the team recorded seventy plus wrestlers on the team and was on its way to the second straight Cap 8 regular season crown. Barefoot did a lot of things at Sanderson besides wrestling and was a beloved teacher there as well. Barefoot loved wrestling with all of his heart and he really loved to win and be a champion. He would always mention that you don’t coach high school sports for the money though and was always ready and willing to help a child or parent when they needed it. The contributions that Barefoot and his assistants made to Sanderson wrestling made it a program again and not just a team. The program became a brotherhood and it is unforgettable. Barefoot is married to Mallory Bass and they have a son named Seth Barefoot and now works as an assistant principal at Princeton Middle and High school in Johnston County. We wish coach the best of luck in anything he does!


Spartans Take 7 to Big Dance; Claim 3rd at Regions

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Sanderson traveled to West Johnston Saturday and Sunday for the delayed 4a mideast wrestling tournament.  The Spartans took 3rd place overall behind Holly Springs(1st) and Cary(2nd), and only a point above West Johnston.  The team qualified the most state qualifiers in Coach Barefoot;s tenure as head coach at Sanderson with seven wrestlers.  

Regional Placers are:

Adam DeRose(2nd)

David Losada(4th)

Marquise Bowens(4th)

Said Alhammami(4th)

Matt Norby(3rd)

Chris Grannan(3rd)

Antwuan Elliot(3rd)

The Spartans will have at least two returning state qualifiers in the 2014-2015 season.  The State tournament takes place in Greensboro the 20-22nd.  Here is the bracket for the event

Spartans Fall to Holly Springs

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Sanderson traveled to Jack Britt for the quarter finals of the dual state playoffs against the Holly Springs Hawks.  The previous meeting this year the two teams had wrestled the Hawks came out victorious 34-30.  This time would be no different as Holly Springs claims the win 44-25 and later on lost to Jack Britt ending their season as well.  Congratulations to the Spartans for the best regular season record in Coach Barefoot’s head coaching career at 16-2.  Sanderson prepares for the regional tournament at West Johnston February 14th and 15th.

Spartans Advance to the State Quarter Finals

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Sanderson defeated Knightdale 56-9 and Riverside 42-29 in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.  The Spartans will wrestle Holly Springs high school Thursday night at Jack Britt high in the third round.  Holly Springs handed Sanderson its only loss of the year early on 30-34.



Spartans Topple Millbrook 39-21, Wake Forest 49-21; Claim Conference

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The Spartans caped of the Cap 8 season with two big wins against conference foes Millbrook and Wake Forest.  Sanderson adjusted to the weather and trounced Wake Forest 49-21 @ Wake Forest on senior day in front of the entire Cap 8 conference.  The Spartans blew out every team in the conference to claim the 4th consecutive Cap 8 conference championship and with the controversial 3 way tie last year there was doubt who the best team really was.  This year there is no doubt the Sanderson Spartans are the elite of the Cap 8.  Sanderson has defeated Millbrook 5 out of the last 7 meetings and has defeated Wake Forest 7 out of the last 7.  The Spartans travel to Knightdale for the first and second rounds of the state playoffs.


Spartans Place Third @ Pruitt Rainey

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Sanderson traveled to Knightdale high school January 10th and placed 3rd with 144 points.  The two highest scoring teams were 3a state championship team Orange high school and 4a state championship team Parkland high school.  Individual placers were:


Adam DeRose, Antwuan Elliot, Matt Norby


Mark Bowens


Adam Alhorani

Spartans Tame Pride

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Sanderson hosted Cap 8 rival Leesville Road high December 6th and did no disappoint the home crowd winning a decisive 43-19.  Individual winners were #7 Adam DeRose, Miguel Royall, Mark Bowens, Brendan Mullally, Brandon Barrentine, Matthew Norby, Chris Grannan, #8 Antwuan Elliot and Aaron Hopkins.  This makes 4 consecutive matches against Leesville the Spartans have come out victorious and 5 out of the last 7.

Spartans take Sanderson Duals crown; Topple Heritage

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The Spartans wrestled Cap 8 conference foe Heritage high school December 2nd and took down the Huskies 72-11.  Individual winners were Adam Alhorani, #7 Adam DeRose, Miguel Royal, David Losada, Mark Bowens, Evan Angrella, Said Alhamammi, Brandon Barrentine, Matthew Norby, Chis Grannan, #8 Antwuan Elliot and Aaron Hopkins.  Sanderson also hosted the annual Sanderson Duals January 4th and took the first place trophy in the dual tournament by defeating Cleveland, West Johnston, Beddingfield, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale high.  The Spartans host conference rival Leesville high December 6th.


Sanderson Top 3 @ Sgt. Mark Adams

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Every year Cary High School honors Sergent Mark Adams at the Cary Invitational and this year was no different.  The Imps hosted a talented field and this year was no an exception as the Sanderson Spartans take third place scoring 186.00 points as a team.  Sanderson placed 8 wrestlers top 5 in their respective brackets and had three champions.  Individual placers were:

1st Place:

Adam DeRose

Matt Norby

Antwuan Elliot


3rd Place:

Said Alhammami


4th Place:

Adam Alhorani

Chris Grannan


5th Place:

David Losada

Adam DeRose

Sanderson Dominates Wakefield; Places 2nd @ Wakefield Challenge

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The Spartans traveled to Wakefield high school December 11th for the Wakefield Challenge.  Sanderson placed seven wrestlers:

(106)Adam Alhorani- 4th

(113)Adam DeRose- 2nd

(120)Miguel Royall- 3rd

(170)Brandon Barrentine- 3rd

(182)Matt Norby- 2nd

(195)Chris Grannan- 2nd

(220)Antwuan Elliot- 2nd

Sanderson then traveled to Wakefield the 15th for the first Cap 8 Conference match of the year and dominated 69-12.  Individual winners were: Adam Alhorani, Adam DeRose, Aaron Geter, Patrick McComas, David Losada, Evan Angrella, Said Alhammami, Brendan Mulally, Brandon Barrentine, Matt Norby, Chris Grannan and Antwuan Elliot. 

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Spartans Escape Thomasville, Fall to Holly Springs

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The Spartans traveled to Athens Drive December 11th for two tough matches against Thomasville high and Holly Springs high.  Sanderson escaped with a 32-30 victory over Thomasville in what was a crazy encounter with the dual match looking to go either way up until the final match.  Individual winners were Adam DeRose, Said Alhammami, Brandon Barrentine, Matt Norby, #8 Christopher Grannan, #6 Antwuan Elliot, and Aaron Hopkins.  Key victories were DeRose over Jason Boutsady, the #6 ranked wrestler at 113 in the 2A division, and Antwuan Elliot over Kieth Clemmons, the #9 ranked wrestler at 195 in the 2A division.  Sanderson had no rest as they took on powerhouse Holly Springs soon thereafter trying to avenge the 18-40 loss in the 2013 season.  The Spartans end up falling to Holly Springs 30-34 in a barn burner of a match that showed the true heart for the sport both programs have.  Individual winners were Adam Alhorani, Adam DeRose, David Losada, #8 Christopher Grannan, #6 Antwuan Elliot, and Aaron Hopkins.  In a close affair the Spartans are hoping to get another bid at Holly Springs later in the year.  Sanderson travels to the Wakefield Challenge Saturday in hopes of regaining the crown of tournament champion the Cary high school defends.

DeRose prepares to wrestle 5th in the state Chris Kimmerly from Leesville.

Sanderson Goes Over Southeast Raleigh

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The Spartans traveled to Southeast Raleigh High November 20th and defeated the Bulldogs 67-9.  Individual winners are Adam Alhorani, Adam DeRose, Anna Bustos, Patrick McComas, David Losada, Marquise Bowens, Said Al-Hammami, Ryan Rodriguez, Brandon Barrentine, Matt Nobry, Chris Grannan, and Antwuan Elliot.  Sanderson travels to Cleveland High for a tri-match against Western Harnett and Cleveland.tourney

Spartans Topple West Johnston

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The Sanderson wrestling team traveled to West Johnston high school November 19th.  The Spartans came out on top 53-23 with individual winners being Adam DeRose, Anna Bustos, David Losada, Marquise Bowens, Said Al-Hammami, Brandon Barrentine, Chris Grannan, Matt Norby and Aaron Hopkins.   Sanderson is 3-1 in dual competition since the 2010-2011 season.

Spartans Earn Honors

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For the third consecutive year senior Adam DeRose, along with younger brother Ben, achieved  the Ken Chertow academic All-American.  The DeRose’s and other spartan wrestlers attend this intensive wrestling camp every year to grow as wrestlers but are also recognized for outstanding academics.  Our spartan wrestlers are constantly achieving success outside of the wrestling room and Christopher Grannan is another example.  Grannan, senior state qualifier, made Eagle Scout this past summer to join the DeRoses and passed with flying colors.  Sanderson wrestlers will continue to achieve great things on the mat and in the world.  Great job!







DeRose Makes History

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The Accomplishment 

Adam DeRose became the 1st Scout in history to earn the Navy Seal Challenge Award. He may be honored at the main Jamboree Arena Show on Saturday and be given the patch at the show.


The “Challenge”

Adam DeRose embarked on a journey that has seen him excel in multiple aspects of life.  Through the Eagle Scouts and through wrestling DeRose has gained both the knowledge and the physical prowess to achieve what no Scout has done before.

The “Challenge” is to pass part of the actual Seal Qualification Physical Selection Training (PST).  To start the PST, DeRose did a 15 mile hike up and down a Mountain. Next, he needed to complete a 500 yard swim under 9 minutes using a military sidestroke and military breast stroke (military is a variation that doesn’t make splashes/sound).  DeRose came in 2nd at 7.5 minutes.

Immediately after getting out of the pool, DeRose had 2 minutes to do 50 military push ups as well as 50 military sit ups under 2 min. He again came in first needing less than 25 sec to do them. Once done with these, DeRose’s next challenge was to  run over to the chin up bar and do 10 chin ups under 2 min.

The chin ups are knees bent at 90 degrees, ankles crossed, no swinging and chin must be 1 inch above the bar. DeRose again came in 1st, needing less than 15 seconds to do them.  The confident DeRose showed his lack of fatigue doing another 10 chin ups for what he called “fun”.

The last event was to be 1.5 mile jog under 10.5 min. Unfortunately, this event was postponed until tomorrow because of thunderstorms. Of the 22 Scouts that started, only 5 have past everything so far. Hopefully, they can do the run tomorrow and he will pass winning the Seal Challenge.

The True Reward

Adam DeRose and the other Scout who earn the award received advice from Captain Smith who was not only in Act of Valor with Chief Jackson  but Captain Smith also was the Navy producer for Actor Valor and several other movies. DeRose said the first time he saw Captain Smith, he said Smith had to be the real Captain America!

Photo: Adam DeRose is getting ready to do 50 military pushups for the US Navy Seal Challenge for Boy Scouts.  The "Challenge" is to pass part of the actual Seal Qualification Physical Selection Training (PST).  To start the PST, he did a 15 mile hike up and down a Mountain.  Next, he needed to complete a 500 yds swim under 9 min. using a military sidestroke and military breast stroke (military is a variation that doesn't make splashes/sound).  He came in 2nd at 7.5 minutes (the kid that got 1st didn't complete any other event).  Immediately after getting out of the pool, he had 2 minutes to do 50 military push ups (the head up and back perfectly straight, touch your chest to the ground).  He came in 1st needing only 27 seconds to do them.  After the push ups, flip over, and do 50 military sit ups under 2 min (knees up, arms crossed and hands on shoulder - touching your knee with your elbow).  He again came in first needing less than 25 sec to do them.  Once done with these, run over to the chin up bar and do 10 chin ups under 2 min.  These chin ups are knees bent at 90 degrees, ankles crossed, no swinging and chin must be 1 inch above the bar.  Adam again came in 1st, needing less than 15 seconds to do them, he then did another 10 chin ups for "fun".  The last event was to be 1.5 mile "jog" under 10.5 min.  Unfortunately, this event was postponed until tomorrow because of thunderstorms.  Of the 22 Scouts that started, only 5 have past everything so far.  Hopefully, they can do the run tomorrow and he will pass winning the Seal Challenge.

McCoy: Why I Coach

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Why I Coach

 “Someday, life will get tough for you.  You’ll be two months late on your house payment, your car will quit, you won’t have a job, your wife tells you she loves someone else.  That’s when you’ll find out what you’re made of.  What are you going to do then? Quit? That’s when you’ll learn what I’m trying to do.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant

 I’ve always used this quote to answer the question of Why do I coach?  My hope has always been that I can pass on to my athletes some of the knowledge I’ve learned from life lessons.  I hope my kids learn that:

 A season mirrors the trials of real life.  As a person/athlete the journey for the fulfillment of your hopes and dreams begins from within.

There is a great lesson found in Hebrew 11:1 “Faith is to be sure of the things we hope for and to be certain of the things we cannot see.”  Be they good times or bad times you can never stop believing. 

To have others listen to you, speak by embodying; courage, pride, and intelligence.

Embrace respect and honor through; sacrifice, endurance, and determination.

Never be arrogant, always be modest, and always be humble.

Never take more than what’s needed; but, always give more than what’s asked.

So why do I coach?  To teach young people that through hard work they will exceed their own expectations while overcoming other people’s assumptions allowing them to capture their aspirations.


Cap 8 State Update

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All Sanderson wrestlers were eliminated from competition Friday night making this the first time since 2007 that Sanderson wrestling does not have a state placer.  The Cap 8 did not start off that well either with two wrestlers Chris Kimmerly(106) and Tiu Rahlan(132) unfortunately missing weight and forfeiting the last matches of their high school careers.  We thank the seniors that have worked hard their entire career:

106: Chris Kimmerly

132: Tiu Rahlan

160: Chris Williams

220: Sebastian Murray

Jacob Williams (132) and Mitchell Goldbach(120) are the remaining Cap 8 seniors and Damien Dozier(195) adds to the list of total Cap 8 wrestlers in the tournament.  Dozier is in the finals at 195 and has a chance to become a state champion for Enloe high while Goldbach and Williams are guaranteed placers and battle to return to the 3rd place match.  Williams faces Alex Ynoquio from Cary high in the Consolation semifinals and Goldbach faces old foe Drew Turner who lost a heartbreaker in the championship semifinals.  Good luck Cap 8.


State Championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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The Spartans will travel to the NCHSAA State Championships this weekend in Greensboro, NC.  Sanderson takes four wrestlers to the big dance and has taken at least three qualifiers 5 out of the last 6 years and has placed at least one wrestler the last five years.  Here are the brackets for the 4a division:

Cap 8 Qualifiers are:

Bold=Reurning SQ

Name: Class(Weight)

Nick Mutio: Freshman(106)

Chris Kimmerly: Senior(106)

Mitchell Goldbach: Senior(120)

Jacob Williams: Senior(138)

Tiu Rahlan: Senior(138)

Matthew Cesari: Senior(145)

Jonny Gomez: Senior(145)

Chris Williams: Senior(160)

Evan Brawner: Senior(160)

David Robinson: Senior(170)

Chris Grannan: Junior(182)

Damien Dozier: Junior(195)

Antwuan Elliot: Junior(195)

Sebastion Murray: Senior(220)

Nicholas Fant: Junior(220)

We from the Cap 8 wish luck to all of its qualifiers and hope that they abstain from injury and do their absolute best no matter the circumstance.  The Conference has two less qualifiers it had the previous year but we hope to have 15 placers.  Good luck Cap 8 and be sure to check he brackets and here for the Cap 8 State Updates.


From Back Up to Star

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Sebastian Murray, a senior at Sanderson high school, started off the 2012-2013 campaign as the back up 220 pounder.

He has an undefeated junior varsity record in his two years of wrestling.  Murray, as a freshman, wrestled for Sanderson but transferred out the following year.

He returned his junior year but was not eligible to wrestle at that point in time.  When his senior year came around it seemed he would bask in the glory of returning wrestlers whom had stayed at Sanderson for four years.  That, fortunately, was not the case.

When starting 220 pounder Ramzy Ruiz was injured at the start of the season the spot was influx; no one knew what would happen at that position.  Murray wrestled off and eventually became the starter.

Always with a smile Murray fights tooth and nail every match, no matter the opponent and leaves everything on the mat.  As the 7th seed  in the regional tournament hopes were not high from others about Murray making the state tournament with only 1 year varsity experience.

The Spartans thought he could “sneak in” possibly winning a 4th spot at regionals but Murray exceeded all and any expectations.  In the first round of the regional tournament the Spartan wrestled to a decision victory over the 10th seed 7-1.

It was expected.  What happened next was not.  Murray wrestled the number 2 seed from Broughton that had beaten him twice already and many thought that would be Murray’s trip to the consolation round.

They were wrong.  Sebastian Murray defeated the number 2 seed 7-3 and advanced to the championship semifinals along with four other Spartans.

He then had another tough task on his hands; taking down the number 3 seed from Northern Durham whom had put together quite the season so far.  In the end Murray had won the match 3-0 and secured a spot in the 4a Mideast Regional finals.

Murray had punched his ticket to the big dance and was the only Spartan to successfully win their semifinal match.  He is the first 220/215 pounder to advance to the state tournament in Jeremy Barefoot’s tenure as head coach.

Giving everything is what Murray did at regionals and giving more is what he will continue to do.

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Spartans Take Four to the Big Dance

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Sanderson high qualifies four wrestlers in Lee County this morning.  Three are in the 3rd place match and one is in the finals.  Congrats Spartans and wrestle to win in your final regional matches!  We also thank our seniors that have wrestled their last matches today.  We thank four year wrestler, Pete Maierhofer who lost in the consolation semi-finals(the match to go to states), Ryan Franz and Alonzo Adams (who also lost in the consolation semi’s by a score of 7-8).  It was inspired wrestling by all and we thank them for the commitment they have shown and continue to show to wrestling.

Qualifiers are:

Sebastian Murray (220) 2nd place

CJ Grannan (182) 3rd place

Antwuan Elliot (195) 4th place

Jonny Gomez (145) 4th place


Cap 8 Regional Update

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Today Cap 8 wrestlers take the mat at Lee County high school for the regional tournament.  Wrestlers to watch for in the Cap 8:


Crayton Saby (36-15) M

Chris Kimmerly (43-5) LR

Nick Mutio (35-8) WFRV


Adam DeRose (22-6) S

Zack Jones (27-10) LR


Mitchell Goldbach (39-4) WFRV


Tiu Rahlan (31-10) B

Jacob Williams (35-8) WFRV

Alonzo Adams (29-13) S


Nashid Barrow (40-4)

Brett Burton (43-9)


Nigel Griffin (39-8) M

Jonny Gomez (31-5) S

Matt Cesari (39-7) LR


Devonte Smith (20-2) M


Chris Williams (46-5) M

Evan Brawner (28-7) WFRV


David Robinson (22-6) M

Jason Tucker (44-7) LR


Dillion Dawkins (10-3) M

Roberto Philips (27-7) B

Chris Grannan (31-7) S

Terrance Beard (26-15) WFRV


Antwuan Elliot (28-11) S

Damien Dozier( 22-2) E


Nicholas Fant (28-12)

Hunter McClelland (34-9)

Christian Obame (21-4)


Brinson Allen (30-4)

Chris Pendergraft (24-13)



Spartans travel to Lee County

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6718f117498aaece85b9e42831ae15c8Today the Sanderson Spartans travel to Lee County for 4a Mideast nchsaa regional tournament.  The event will last two days and will determine who makes the nchsaa 4a state championship.  The Spartans have all 14 wrestlers qualified for regionals this year and plan to make a splash.  Sanderson returns one state qualifier (Jonny Gomez) who also earned 2nd in the region last year at 170.  This year at 145 Gomez and crew hope to accomplish more.

Qualifiers are:

Weight- Name (Regional Seed)

106- Adam Alhorni (9th seed)

113- Adam DeRose (3rd seed)

120- Miguel Royal (8th seed)

126- Pete Maierhofer (8th seed)

132- Alonzo Adams (5th seed)

138- Lamont Burt (11th seed)

145- Jonny Gomez (2nd seed) -Returning SQ

152- Ryan Rodriguez (16th seed)

160- Ryan Franz (7th seed)

170- Matthew Norby (9th seed)

182- Chris Grannan (3rd seed)

195- Antwuan Elliot (4th seed)

220- Sebastian Murray (7th seed)

285- Aaron Hopkins (12th seed)

Alonzo Adams and the rest of the Spartans try to garner the same success they have had at the last two regional tournaments.  The last time the Regional tournament was held at Lee County the Spartans had two wrestlers place second in the region against two future state champions and placed one wrestler 3rd.  Last year the Spartans placed 5 wrestlers with 2 regional champions.

Sanderson vs. Scotland/South View vs. Knightdale

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Sanderson high school travels to Knightdale for the first round of the state duals Tuesday to wrestle Scotland County.  Scotland boasts many tough wrestlers but none tougher than 2-time state champion Nick Kee.  Sanderson hopes to advance the same night to wrestle the winner of the Knightdale/South View match.

Wildcats One Point Better

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Saturday at the Cap 8 Conference tournament the Spartans place 2nd behind champions Millbrook.  Sanderson scored 142 points with the  Wildcats scoring 143 points.  During the dual in the regular season Millbrook defeated Sanderson 34-33.  The one point loss in the tournament ends Sanderson’s 2-time reign as conference tournament champions.  Leesville placed third(124) with Wakeforest-Rolesville placing fourth(117).

Individual Placers:

145: Jonny Gomez-2nd

113: Adam DeRose-2nd

126: Pete Maierhofer-2nd

182: Chris Grannan-2nd

195: Antwuan Elliot-2nd

120: Miguel Royal-2nd

106: Adam Alhorani-3rd

132: Alonzo Adams-3rd

138: Lamont Burt-3rd

160: Ryan Franz-3rd

170: Matt Norby-3rd

220: Sebastian Murray-4th

152: Ryan Rodriguez-4th

The Spartans will wrestle against Scotland high school Tuesday.  Scotland boasts 3 of the top wrestlers in the state of NC, Adrian Soto-Perez(160), and 2-time state champion Nick Kee.  Knightdale will also wrestle South View that night and the two winners will decide who advances into the quarterfinals of the dual state tournament.

Conference Tournament Saturday

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Millbrook High School hosts the conference tournament for the Cap 8 this year Saturday and it looks to be a very competitive race.  Here are the standouts of the conference at each weight looking to make a splash.

SQ: State Qualifier

Bold: Former Conference Champion


106: Chris Kimmerly(SQ), Craton Saby

113: Adam DeRose

120: Mitchell Goldbach(SQ)

126: Pete Maierhofer, Dylan Boss

132: Jacob Williams, Tiu Rahlan(SQ), Alonzo Adams

138: Brett Burton, Nashid Barrow

145: Nigel Griffin, Jonny Gomez(SQ), Matt Cesari(SQ)

152: Devonte Smith

160: Chris Williams(SQ), Evan Brawner

170: David Robinson, Jason Tucker, Matt Norby

182: Chris Grannan, Dillon Dawkins

195: Antwuan Elliot, Damien Dozier

220: Christian Obame, Nicholas Fant

285: Brinson Allen, Chris Pendergraft


Weight class to look for:

Look forward to a very good day of wrestling but the 145 pound class will be very intriguing as well as 132 with both weight classes holding 3 wrestlers that could all win but are at an equal talent level.

Seniors Honored

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On Wednesday February 6th Sanderson high school honored its senior wrestlers as well as wrestled the last of the Cap 8 foes, the Broughton Capitols.  The Spartans honored Ryan Franz, Jonny Gomez, Pete Maierhofer, Eddy Castillo, Teddy Protonentis, Saul Moyao, Alonzo Adams and Sebastian Murray.  The team won over Broughton 54-18 in the Spartans’ last home match of the year.  We thank our seniors for all that they have done for the program and wish them luck for the remainder of the season.  Sanderson travels to Mllbrook high school Saturday for the Cap 8 Conference Tournament.

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Spartans are “prideful” after victory Thursday night

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The Sanderson Spartans traveled to Leesville high school Thursday to wrestle the Pride in another Cap 8 conference match.  Sanderson defeated Leesville in dominating fashion 45-15 with two state ranked wrestlers falling to the Spartans.  Individual winners were Adam Alhorani, Adam DeRose, Miguel Royal, Pete Maierhofer, Alonzo Adams, Lamont Burt, Jonny Gomez, Ryan Franz, #8 Chris Grannan, Antwuan Elliot and Sebastian Murray.  The Spartans host senior night next week versus Broughton high school.

DeRose prepares to wrestle 5th in the state Chris Kimmerly from Leesville.
DeRose prepares to wrestle 5th in the state Chris Kimmerly from Leesville.

Spartans defeat WFRV in close Dual

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The Cap 8 has been competitive as expected but no one would have expected matches this close this year.  After falling to Millbrook 33-34 January 9th, the Spartans defeated Wakeforest-Rolesville 36-30 Tuesday night.  WFRV also had a close encounter with Broughton high school earlier in the year 37-36.  Sanderson’s individual winners were Adam DeRose, Pete Maierhofer, Alonzo Adams, Jonny Gomez, Ryan Rodriguez, Matt Norby, #7 Chris Grannan and Antwuan Elliot.  The Spartans travel to Enloe high school next week for another Cap 8 match up.


Alonzo Adams double leg on WFRV's Jacob Williams in the 132 pound match
Alonzo Adams double leg on WFRV’s Jacob Williams in the 132 pound match.

Sanderson vs. Wakeforest-Rolesville

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Sanderson High wrestles Wake Forest-Rolesville Tuesday night at home in another rivalry match.  The last two years the matches have been nail bitters and this year will prove no different.  The Spartans come off an emotional high after falling short by one point to Millbrook high school two weeks prior.  Wrestlers to watch in this match are Nick Mutio(106), Mitchell Goldbach (120), Jacob Williams(132), Nashid Barrow(138), Evan Brawner(160) and Brinson Allen(HWT) for Wakeforest-Rolesville.  Sanderson wrestlers to watch are Adam DeRose(113), Jonny Gomez(145), Ryan Franz(160) and Chris Grannan(182).  Wrestling starts at 7pm and weighins are at 6pm.

Sanderson Claims 4th @ Pruitt Rainey Invitational

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734742_10151406321724540_1218057723_nThis year the Knightdale Duals took a different turn and was organized as a tournament style challenge.

The Spartans placed 4th along with Panther Creek with 131 points and placed 5 wrestlers. Adam DeRose lost to state ranked Chance Davis(Apex) 4-6 in the finals. Jonny Gomez also fell to the number one ranked 3a 145 pounder from Orange County High School, Anderson Pope, 1-3. The Spartans wrestle Leesville high school on January 16th. Good Luck Spartans!

Spartans fall short to Wildcats in Thriller

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January 9th was the stage of one of the best Cap 8 Conference matches in years. The Millbrook wrestling team visited Sanderson in an attempt to end the reign of the Spartans the last two years. With “Two Times Too Many” on their minds the Wildcats might have done just that when they beat the Sanderson Spartans 34-33. The dual came down to the last match at the 220 pound weight class where Millbrook freshmen Hunter McClelland earned a 9-4 decision victory giving the Wildcats the 34-33 win. The Spartans take their talents to Leesville High next week for another classic and wrestle this weekend at the Knightdale Duals.

The Stage is Set

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Millbrook High School travels to Sanderson High tonight @ 7pm to help decide the fate of the Cap 8 Conference. 4 out of the last 5 years Sanderson has defeated the Wildcats but every match is close. This year Millbrook boast a strong class of upperweight wrestlers but Sanderson does the same. Who will the victor be in the Clash of Rivals? Be at Sanderson @ 7pm to find out.

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Jonny Gomez(Sanderson Senior, SQ, 19-3)

Chris Willams(Millbrook Senior, SQ 30-5)

101…and Counting

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Sanderson senior Jonny Gomez won his 100th match of his wrestling career against Knightdale High school Saturday afternoon making him the 9th wrestler in Sanderson history to do so.  He also claimed victory number 101 the same afternoon.  Congratulations Jonny Gomez on the great feat with hopefully more wins coming.

Sanderson Goes Unbeaten at Sanderson Duals

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The Sanderson Spartans hosted the 10th annual Sanderson Duals January 5th and the team did not disappoint, winning all four matches in dominating fashion.  The Spartans defeated Knightdale High 54-20, Ashely High 72-4, Green Hope 58-12 and Hillside 72-9.  All Spartans garnered wins throughout the action packed day of wrestling.  The team will wrestle Cap 8 Conference foe Millbrook Wednesday January 9th @ Sanderson.  The match will commence at 7pm sharp with weigh-ins at 6pm.  Go Spartans!