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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

KICKING IT OFF

No. 5 NEW BERN VISITS NO. 8 HILLSIDE IN FOOTBALL OPENER FRIDAY

For a program that churns out top national college prospects like Dairy Queen fills soft-serve cones, back-to-back early playoff exits the past two seasons has Hillside High School angry and ready to do something about it.

The Hornets, who haven’t lost a PAC-6 4-A game since 2009 and haven’t lost to a current PAC-6 member since Jordan pulled off a 21-20 win on Sept. 22, 2006, hope to ride a dominant offensive line into state title contention this season.

The trip begins Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. as the Hornets, ranked No. 8 among 4-A schools in the state by CarolinaPreps.com, hosts No. 5 New Bern.

The voyage won’t be an easy one, particularly in the early going.

Hillside coach Antonio King has scheduled a nightmarish non-conference slate that includes reigning state champions No. 2-ranked Southern (3-AA) and No. 7-ranked Greensboro Dudley (4-A) to complete the Hornets’ three-game opening stretch.

 

PREP PREVIEWS 2014: This is the last in a series of previews of area high school football programs for the 2014 season.

In a change from past seasons, Friday night high school football results will be published in a special four-page pullout section that will appear in The Herald-Sun each Sunday morning during the season.

Complete coverage will be available online at www.heraldsun.com early Saturday.

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

Error, last gasp double cost ex-ECU star Wright no-hitter against Bulls

Norfolk Tides righthander Mike Wright came up one out short of no-hitting the Durham Bulls at the DBAP Thursday night. Durham's Mikie Mahtook broke up the no-no with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after Tides' shortstop Alexi Castilla's throwing error on Cole Figueroa's grounder kept the Bulls alive. Norfolk won 5-2.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Cutcliffe 'comfortable' with development of O-line

With Lucas Patrick back at work after missing two scrimmages due to concussion protocol and Casey Blaser having emerged at right tackle, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is confident the guys up front will provide the bulk to power the Blue Devils offense this season.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

Today’s prep stars — once, they were Eagles

Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.


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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

GameDay: High School Football (Season 2, Episode 1)

Herald-Sun reporter Mark Donovan interviews Hillside High School football coach Antonio King to kick off the second season of GameDay: High School Football.  Watch the video to hear King's thoughts on the Hillside Hornets' upcoming football season.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Gallery-"Meet the Blue Devils Day" , in Pascal Field House.

"Meet the Blue Devils Day", in Pascal Field House. The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

GALLERY: Meet the Heels

Fans lined up to meet with members of the 2014 North Carolina football team during the annual "Meet the Heels" event on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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Aug. 18, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Duke's Deaver out for season

Startng tight end suffers torn ACL in practice Monday morning


Injured Duke star Brown discusses clouded football future

Notes from Duke football scrimmage


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Aug. 15, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Worst times, best times

Basketball has been good to N.C. Central coach LeVelle Moton. But he's had his share of tough times, too.


NCCU's Moton says worst times are best times

Talkin' 'bout practice


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Aug. 05, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

UNC WR T.J. Thorpe out again

Jordan High School graduate T.J. Thorpe wasn't at practice Tuesday amid reports that he reinjured his left foot. 


My preseason AP Top 25 ballot

'Carolina Way' needs direction


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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

Today’s prep stars — once, they were Eagles

Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

KICKING IT OFF

No. 5 NEW BERN VISITS NO. 8 HILLSIDE IN FOOTBALL OPENER FRIDAY

For a program that churns out top national college prospects like Dairy Queen fills soft-serve cones, back-to-back early playoff exits the past two seasons has Hillside High School angry and ready to do something about it.

The Hornets, who haven’t lost a PAC-6 4-A game since 2009 and haven’t lost to a current PAC-6 member since Jordan pulled off a 21-20 win on Sept. 22, 2006, hope to ride a dominant offensive line into state title contention this season.

The trip begins Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. as the Hornets, ranked No. 8 among 4-A schools in the state by CarolinaPreps.com, hosts No. 5 New Bern.

The voyage won’t be an easy one, particularly in the early going.

Hillside coach Antonio King has scheduled a nightmarish non-conference slate that includes reigning state champions No. 2-ranked Southern (3-AA) and No. 7-ranked Greensboro Dudley (4-A) to complete the Hornets’ three-game opening stretch.

 

PREP PREVIEWS 2014: This is the last in a series of previews of area high school football programs for the 2014 season.

In a change from past seasons, Friday night high school football results will be published in a special four-page pullout section that will appear in The Herald-Sun each Sunday morning during the season.

Complete coverage will be available online at www.heraldsun.com early Saturday.


Aug. 20, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

Prep Preview 2014: New coach has high hopes for Riverside

If first-year Riverside high school football coach Chris Howell has his way, improvement will be the mantra for his Pirates as they embark on the 2014 campaign.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

Prep Preview 2014: Coaching legends return to Northern staff

Former North Carolina assistant coach Ken Browning, who won a state title at Northern in 1993 before moving on to the college ranks, has returned as a volunteer assistant and is helping Wilson coach the offense. Gary Merrill, whose unexpected departure from the sidelines before last season opened the door to Wilson’s promotion, is also back.


Aug. 19, 2014 @ 02:09 PM

Prep Preview 2014: Stars' return boosts Jordan hopes

Putting a healthy team on the field for the entire year should give third-year Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison a better chance to win more than one game in the upcoming season.


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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Cutcliffe 'comfortable' with development of O-line

With Lucas Patrick back at work after missing two scrimmages due to concussion protocol and Casey Blaser having emerged at right tackle, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is confident the guys up front will provide the bulk to power the Blue Devils offense this season.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Wolfpack DB Jarvis Byrd returns from 3rd major knee injury

Jarvis Byrd figured he was done with football after suffering the third serious knee injury of his college career last season. Yet here he is, back in preseason camp for N.C. State and aiming to bolster the Wolfpack’s secondary. How much he plays could depend largely on how well his body has recovered from its latest bad break.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

UNC, Duke among nation's elite in women's soccer poll

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all leagues with eight women’s soccer teams among the Soccer America Preseason Top 25 — including four teams ranked among the top five and all eight among the Top 15.


Aug. 21, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

Duke names five team captains for 2014 football season

Anthony Boone, Kelby Brown, Jeremy Cash, Jamison Crowder and Laken Tomlinson are named captains. It's the second go-round for Boone as a captain.


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

Davis ready to star at UNC

The role North Carolina wide receiver Quinshad Davis is growing into fits him just fine and he likes it, too.

The junior from Gaffney, South Carolina, has emerged as the Tar Heels’ top receiver and his ready to lead the receiving corps no matter who is throwing the ball in their direction. He said is ready to catch passes thrown by either Marquise Williams or Mitch Trubisky.


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Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Patriots-Panthers do battle in preseason game 3 Friday

The Carolina Panthers to play starters for about half of Friday, Aug. 22, NFL exhibition at Foxborough, Mass., against the New England Patriots.


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

No resolution in Hairston case

Unless P.J. Hairston’s lawyers settle out of court regarding his misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, the NBA rookie has a Sept. 12 Durham County District Court date.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Fanfare: Hillside, Southern, Orange football ranked in state's top 15

CarolinaGridiron.com has ranked the top 15 high school football programs in North Carolina in each of four attendances classifications. Locally, Hillside is ranked No. 15 in 4-A, defending state 3-AA champion Southern is ranked fourth and Orange is ranked 10th in 3-A. ... Duke's Boutier falls in round of 32 at U.S. Women's Am ... Duke leads all ACC schools on academic honor roll ... Landon Donovan to retire ... Kevin Love to join Cavaliers, NBA sources say. ... Ex-UNC star Felton suspended by NBA.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

RORY ROARS AHEAD

LATE BIRDIE LIFTS McILROY OUT OF LOGJAM AND INTO SOLE PGA LEAD

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round — by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder — a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Dale's double

Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono


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Aug. 17, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Villegas claims 1-stroke win at Wyndham

Colombian gains win in final regular-season event of FedEx Cup race


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Nick Watney grabs one stroke lead at Wyndham Championship

Nick Watney birdied the final hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the Wyndham Championship.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

Slocum, Langley share 2nd round lead at Wyndham Championship

Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Scott Langley might not be on the playoff bubble — but he sure knows how his friend is feeling.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

VILLEGAS IN LEAD

N.C. NATIVES SIMPSON, McGIRT A STROKE BACK AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Camilo Villegas got away from golf for a little while, and his game came back.

A recharged Villegas shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship.

North Carolina natives Webb Simpson and William McGirt shot 64, and Scott Langley, Heath Slocum, Paul Casey, Andrew Loupe and Martin Laird were another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour’s playoffs.

Villegas hasn’t won since 2010 and has only two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

After pulling out of the Canadian Open after one round last month, he spent the past week back in his native Colombia for “a little recharge” — leaving his clubs behind in Florida.

“I just thought it was appropriate to hop on a plane and see mom and dad and recharge a little bit,” Villegas said.

It helped him make a late charge up the Sedgefield Country Club leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine, he had three early birdies before getting even hotter late: He followed his birdie on the fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth, placing his second shot about 3 feet from the stick.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Wyndham Championship opens Thursday in Greensboro

There’s always plenty on the line at the season-ending Wyndham Championship which begins Thursday at Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club — in addition to the tournament itself.