Prep Notebook: Shriner, Norris in Mt. Rushmore territory for high school coaches

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

 When it comes to landmarks, Orange High wrestling coach Bobby Shriner and Chapel Hill girls’ basketball coach Sherry Norris might deserve Mount Rushmore treatment.

On Friday night — Orange’s Senior Night — in a quad-match that didn’t end until the midnight hour neared, Shriner’s powerful Panthers (15-1) crushed a visiting Carolina 6 3-A Conference field that included Cardinal Gibbons (76-3), Northern Vance (69-3), Southern Vance (71-6) and Oxford Webb (80-0).

Included was Shriner’s 500th career victory — the dual win over Southern Vance. He walked out of the gym with 501 wins, 491 recorded at the Orange helm, 10 as head coach at Chapel Hill.

His remarkable career includes twin state championships at the 2-A level in 2008 and 2009 and at the 3-A level in 2012.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association hosts dual-team championships in which entire teams wrestle head-to-head to determine a title as well as individual team championships, in which wrestlers who qualify for the individual tournament score points and those points accumulated in the state finals determine a team titlist.

The triumphs don’t end there. Shriner won the 3-A dual-team title in 2005 and 2011 and was dual-team runner-up in 1992, 1997 and 2010. Orange was second in the state in the individual tournament in 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2010.

NORRIS LEGEND GROWS

Meanwhile, Chapel Hill’s Norris — who won her 700th game as Tigers girls’ volleyball coach in the fall — chases her 500th girls’ basketball win Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Southern Vance in Henderson.

The girls’ game is the opener of the doubleheader — Chapel Hill’s boys play at 7:30 — but it certainly will be the highlight game.

With 1,200-plus combined wins in the book during her 36-year coach career, all spent at Chapel Hill, the grandmother and Seawell Elementary School teach is a local legend.

Like Shriner, she isn’t resting on her laurels, either. She shared a Carolina 6 3-A Conference volleyball championship with perennial state power and state champion Cardinal Gibbons in the fall.

In basketball this season, the Tigers are 18-1, 5-0 in the C-6, and ranked 15th in the state by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the NCHSAA.

A year ago, she came close to playing for her second state basketball title — she won it all in 1981 — losing by a point in the East Region 3-A semifinals to Burlington Williams.