Mone’ Jones leads Riverside with a game-high 25 points as Pirates take High School OT tournament championship
Riverside made it an all-Durham championship in the High School OT Holiday Invitational with a 55-53 win over Raleigh Millbrook in the semifinals on Saturday at Cary Academy.
Last year Hillside lost all three games it played in the High School OT Holiday Invitational but thanks to Saturday’s 68-65 win over Raleigh Broughton, the Hornets are a win away from taking the title.
Hillside, Riverside, Durham Academy post tournament wins
Early morning start no problem for Hornets
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area. The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Kendall Hinton is a leader on and off the field at Southern and his exploits as the Spartans' quarterback earned him the Herald-Sun Player of the Year honors.
Hinton, a two-year starter for Southern, led the Spartans to a 13-1 mark and to the third round of the 3-A state playoffs. The Spartans also earned back-to-back Big Eight championships under his leadership.
On the field, Hinton passed for 2,818 yards after completing 180 of 295 attempts. He threw 25 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Hinton also rushed for 933 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Southern coach Darius Robinson said Hinton's reach goes far beyond the football field, though. Hinton is involved in numerous community efforts and is a member of the Durham Youth Council.
2014 HERALD-SUN ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
The Herald-Sun is proud to continue its tradition of honoring excellence on the football field by highlighting the accomplishments of the best high school players in the area.
The 26 players chosen for the Herald-Sun All-Area team excelled at their positions. They all were previously lauded for their play by their own coaches and opposing coaches during all-conference deliberations.
Each was an all-conference performer at his position and some were selected as the player of the year in their conference. Four players got additional honors as they were selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Obviously, there were many, many more players who were considered for the All-Area team. The difference among those chosen and those not was miniscule and the competition was fierce.
Any player who began summer workouts in the blazing heat of August and made it through to the biting cold of November playoff nights should be proud of their accomplishments this season.
-- Joe Johnson
Kendall Hinton, Sr., 6-0, 190, Southern
Jamal Currie-Elliott, Fr., 5-10, 175, Hillside
Ricquaz Brannon, Sr., 5-11, 200, Hillside
Earl Green, Jr., 6-1, 205, South Granville
Arkavius Parks, Sr., 6-2, 180, Chapel Hill
Kadarus Rone, Sr., 6-4, 208, Northwood
Deon Yarborough, Sr., 5-10, 165, Riverside
Emanuel McGirt, Sr., 6-6, 295, Hillside
Marcus Pettiford, Sr., 6-4, 258, Hillside
Logan Tisch, Sr., 6-3, 285, Chapel Hill
Eric Allen, Sr., 6-2, 270, Southern
Zach Waggoner, Sr., 6-2, 280, Orange
Justin Thomas, Jr., 5-10, 230, Riverside
Elijah Washington, Sr., 6-1, 328, Northwood
Byron Stephenson, Sr., 6-3, 286, Orange
Jake Frederick, Sr., 6-1, 320, Orange
Aaron McCullough, Soph., 5-9, 215, Hillside
Bryse Wilson, Jr., 6-2, 205, Orange
Tahj Spivey, Sr., 6-1, 235, Southern
Marvin Tillman, Sr., 6-2, 192, Southern
Jeremy Griffis, Sr., 5-10, 168, Southern
Trevon Tapp, Sr., 5-11, 160, Northern
Andy Gillespie, Sr. 6-1, 165, Chapel Hill
Connor Albrect, Sr., 5-10, 145, Chapel Hill
Austin Wood, Sr., 6-0, 165, Orange
Marcus Krah, Jr., 5-10, 170, Hillside
-- Compiled by Joe Johnson
North Carolina was left kicking it self on Saturday after multiple miscues on special teams allowed South Carolina to win 21-12 and extend the Sandlapper winning streak in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas over the Tar Heels to three.
The area will be well represented in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl as three local players will participate in the game in Spartanburg, S.C., that pits all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.
Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina School Athletic Association, on Wednesday announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2014 fall sports season. Area leaders include Granville Central, Carrboro, N.C. School of Science & Mathematics, and East Chapel Hill.
Just six days separated rivalry matchups between Southern and Hillside girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams, but in that span, both Southern squads gained maturity far beyond their years.
Southern boys' varsity defeated Hillside 81-64, and Hillside girls' varsity defeated Southern 73-59.
As it has all season, New Bern’s defense came up with a stop when it needed one. The Bears clamped down and forced Hillside to turn the ball over on downs with a little more than a minute remaining to preserve a 13-7 win in Friday’s state 4-A quarterfinal layoff game at Caruso-Coates Stadium.
In Friday's (Nov. 28) state quarterfinal high school football playoffs, Southern hosts Chapel Hill (3-AA), Orange hosts N. Guilford (3-AA) and Hillside travels to New Bern (4-A). All games begin at 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 New Bern (13-0) is next for No. 5 Hillside (9-4). These foes are familiar with each other. New Bern beat Hillside 12-0 in the season opener for both teams. That game was at Hillside. They’ll meet in the state quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Bern for a shot at the Final Four, one game away from competing for the state championship.