Laney High School Principal Al O’Briant named Ashaad Yeoman head varsity football coach on Friday. Yeoman takes over for Greg Ditz, who stepped down as head of the program in late January.
“We’re pleased to hire a quality educator and enthusiastic coach with positive ties to Laney High School and the community,” said O’Briant.
Yeoman is a graduate of Laney and currently teachers career and technical education at the school. He’s been the defensive coordinator as an assistant at his alma mater since 2008 and served as team-captain on the 2001 4-A state runner-up football team
“This truly is a great day and a big moment in my life,” said Yeoman. “I want to give praise to the Lord above for this opportunity to mold young men in a positive way. I want to give thanks to Coach Ditz for bringing me on and helping me throughout everything. He has built an excellent foundation to build off of.”
Yeoman also played college baseball and football at Catawba College for two years before graduating from UNCW.
“The support that I have received has been breath taking and very special,” said Yeoman. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead, and I am excited to get things started.”
Brunswick, Cape Fear to play in Region 10 Finals
The Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team overcame a 13-point deficit to get within one at the break and used a strong final 20 minutes to pull out an 87-78 win over USC-Salkehatchie on Friday night.
“I thought we came out tight, but our freshman showed great resiliency,” CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo said.
Anthony Vanhook led the rally with a team-high 29 points, while Osandai Vaughn chipped in 16 and Phil Wallace finished with 11 points, topping the scoring chart for the Sea Devils.
USC-SALK jumped out to an early 17-4 lead to force a timeout by Mantlo to get Cape Fear refocused after a sluggish start. The Indians maintained the cushion at 34-21 with under nine minutes to go in the opening half, but Cape Fear used a 22-8 run to seize momentum headed into the locker room.
Down by one to open the second act, the two teams traded baskets until Vanhook gave the Sea Devils their first lead of the night at 54-53 off a lay-in with just over 10 minutes to go in the game. Cape Fear would never relinquish its cushion and used solid free throw shooting down the stretch to move on in the tournament.
“We play a great team tomorrow and will need to play great for 40 minutes if we want to continue our season beyond tomorrow afternoon,” Mantlo said.
The win puts the Sea Devils into Saturday’s Region 10 Finals against Brunswick Community College. Tip off is at 2 p.m. at BCC.
The Dolphins advanced with a 67-53 win over Spartanburg Methodist in the early game on their home floor in Bolivia. Cape Fear and Brunswick split the regular season series as the Sea Devils took the regular seasons finale 85-67 last Friday at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington.
The winner of tomorrow’s matchup earns a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Championships in Huthinson, Ky., March 17-22.