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Coach delivers win one day, baby the next

By Zac

She won a game Friday night and had a baby on Saturday.

Everything about this boys basketball season at Akron North High School has been a little different.

First-year coach Stacie Horton-Carter started the season as one of three women serving as head boys varsity basketball coaches in Ohio, but the only one who was carrying.

Last Friday night, North defeated Akron Ellet, 68-63, for its third win of the season. On Saturday, Horton-Carter gave birth to her first son, Jonathan Carter II.

Horton-Carter relayed via text message that “everybody’s great” after a delivery that was scheduled for later this week.

“Baby came a little early but he is healthy,” she wrote, “and the team welcomed him with our third win!”

We chronicled the Horton-Carter story — that of a first-year coach, baby in tow, taking over an inner-city program with no budget — in December, just after the Vikings lost their season opener.

Friday’s win made them 3-9. North was 1-20 last year and winless the season before.

“We only expect her to be gone for about a week,” North athletic director Carrie Stewart said. “This was all planned, except for the baby coming early. We’re glad everyone is healthy and look forward to having Stacie back when she’s ready.”

Danyelle Love, who normally coaches the junior-varsity, and freshman coach Kevin Strickland will coach the team this week. North plays tomorrow at perennial Akron City Series power Buchtel.

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