Northern came within one tantalizing yard of its first victory of 2014 Friday, but to the Knights’ ultimate frustration, they didn’t get any closer in a 20-14 loss to Raleigh Wakefield at Durham County Memorial Stadium Friday night.
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Undefeated Northern is ranked No. 2 in the state, and, no, this is not about the Knights who play football. This is a futbol story, a soccer tale about a team from a school with a great gridiron tradition before recent struggles.
It has been said that football is a game of field position and that adage held true Friday night as visiting Orange (2-0) downed Northern (0-2) 18-0 at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
Northern came into its season opener with a lot of questions and Southeast Guilford had all the answers Friday en route to a 30-0 win at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
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.
Former Hillside and Riverside high school point guard Justice Kithcart, who announced just over a week ago that he would transfer to Winston-Salem Quality Education Academy, has changed his mind and announced Wednesday that he will play at Lynchburg, Va., Virginia Episcopal this season.
Ricky Council had something to prove Monday night in Greensboro Coliseum during the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game. The West won 98-86, but Council led the East with 21 points. It took him a while to get going, but he found his mojo in the second half and had it working.
Nine area girls’ soccer players have been named to 2014 all-state teams by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
Jordan High School Athletic Director David Davis announced a massive coaching staff turnover — that included himself — on Tuesday. Gone will be seven head coaches, one of whom coaches two sports.
The PAC-6 4-A announced its spring sports all-conference teams Thursday and, not surprisingly, PAC-6 champions dominated the coach of the year and player of the year honors.
East Chapel Hill breezed into the Elite Eight of the state 4-A girls’ soccer championship with a 3-1 win over Northern on Tuesday, but Wildcat coach Austin Collins kept it in perspective.
The young guns of East Chapel Hill set the tone early in a 3-0 win over Wake Forest Heritage Friday night that pushed the host Wildcats into the third round of the state 4A soccer championships.
East Chapel Hill fought off Northern 5-3 Friday night in a tiebreaker game at Jordan High School, a neutral site. The contest was added to the teams’ schedules when Northern failed to hang on to a 6-2 lead at Riverside on Thursday.
GOODWIN WALK-OFF CAPS 7TH INNING SURGE, PERFECT PAC-6 SEASON
A two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Riverside catcher Micah Goodwin drove in two runs off Northern reliever Ryan Williamson on Thursday, preserving both senior night and a perfect season in the PAC-6 4-A for the Pirates.
“It can’t get much better than that,” Goodwin said.
Williamson had intentionally walked Goodwin in the sixth, but Northern coach Greg Pruitt allowed the submarine-style pitcher to bring it to the Riverside senior when the stakes were extremely high.
Goodwin delivered big-time, along with Jonathan Rhew and Joe Wood, who both scored in the seventh after reaching on singles. Riverside’s Kory Behenna got on with a walk and scored the third run in the seventh.
In the third, Northern designated hitter Mack Fenlon homered to push the Knights out to a 6-2 lead.
The Pirates were on the ropes.
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