Top 11 Stories - #3

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

When Newscenter 11 first told the story of Doyle Wolverton, he had just become the second winningest coach in girls basketball history, and his Leake Academy Rebelletes were seeking their eighth consecutive state championship.

"I get those kids at such an early age that for many of them, I'll see them almost as much as their parents see them," said Wolverton.

Wolverton had 37 years of Rebellete basketball under his belt, but in late November, at the start of a new season, the head coach was accused of biting one of his players in the face.

"A time out had been called during the game and apparently the coach got upset with one of the players, and through some action he bit her on her right cheek," said Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner.

The girls' family said they would not press charges if Wolverton resigned, and so he stepped away from a 37-year career that ended with embarrassment.

Though it's important to note, the girls whom WTOK interviewed in February had nothing but affection for him.

"You could call him and he would be their in a heartbeat," said then senior basketball player Hannah Moore. "That's the same way all the girls are too. It's like we're sisters. "

"He's hilarious when you talk to him off the court," said then senior Anna Kat Nowell. "And we just really love him even though people don't expect us to."

National news outlets from across the U.S. and as far away as the U.K picked up the story, bringing negative attention to the small town that had always been known for its living legend.

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