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Wolverines wrap up busy summer of basketball

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RALEIGH — Wakefield High School’s boys basketball team had four scrimmages throughout the month of June and head coach Garrett Stevens had positive things to say about their experiences.

It started June 14 with the Northwest Guilford High School Jamboree. Then a week later, Wakefield traveled to Middle Creek High School for the Mustang Challenge. Then June 23-25, the Wolverines went to the Flight 22 Invitational in Wilmington.

Their most recent scrimmage was at Orange High School in Hillsborough. Stevens said throughout the four scrimmages, the rising senior class stepped up and showed flashes of good things to come for the upcoming varsity program.

“We’ve had an up and down summer,” Stevens said. “Our primary goal was for guys to gain experience playing together because we did lose a lot. We feel like we have some good pieces returning and rising through the program, but are unproven as a group. We know what we have in Vernon Fraley and Brenon Rogers and saw some good things from a couple other guys.”

Fraley and Rogers joined forces with fellow seniors Colby Parcell, Tommy Petruccione and George Hill. Harper Strickland, a junior, and Jaxon Brown, a sophomore, also gained some experience playing scrimmages over the summer.

From June 17-20, Wakefield also hosted their fourth annual youth basketball camp. Players and coaches taught kids from grades kindergarten through eighth grade all the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, passing, shooting and defense. The camp boasted 60 total kids who participated this year.