The No. 3 seed Spartans defeated No. 1 seed Orange 67-53 at Chapel Hill High School, giving the Spartans the title in their first year in the new league since moving down from the 4-A ranks after last season.
A fired-up and focused Southern boys' team with three players in double digits edged Chapel Hill on its home court 52-48 Thursday night while the undefeated Chapel Hill girls downed Southern in the girls' semis.
With 2 seconds remaining in the game, Northwood junior point guard Ti Pinnix muscled his way into an interior shot that had been money for him all night. A basket would tie the game and send it to overtime.
Area 2-A, 3-A and 4-A wrestlers who finished in the top four of their weight classes in regional competition Sunday and Monday will take to the mats at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday through Saturday for NCHSAA championship competition. Area 1-A qualifiers will begin state title competition Friday and continue on Saturday.
The area’s top remaining non-committed college football prospect, Hillside High School running back Donté Thomas-Williams, on Wednesday announced that he will attend West Virginia in the fall.
The visiting Panthers couldn’t match Southern’s intensity this time around, as the Spartans (10-8, 7-2 Big Eight 3-A) blitzed Orange 70-53 on Friday night. Amari Hamilton scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including 14 in a clutch performance in the fourth quarter.
Hillside dominated Southern in the girls’ half of the doubleheader, 99-72. Star Justine Lyon scored 24 points and teammates Tykyrah Williams, Elisia Grissett and Zuri White scored 16 apiece to offset 35 points from Southern’s Bryanna Staton.
Junior point guard Andrew Gillespie was having a rough go of it for Chapel Hill, missing a series of layups and short jumpers in a see-saw Big Eight 3-A Conference battle against Southern that saw seismic lead shifts. But with 4:14 remaining in the game Gillespie drove to the basket and laid one in as part of an 8-0 Tigers run to erase a 45-40 Southern lead that Chapel Hill would not relinquish in its eventual 50-47 victory.
Nation's top high school sophomore center, 7-1 Thon Maker of Martinsburg, Va.'s Carlisle School, will be on hand for Monday night game. Games are scheduled throughout the day Saturday and Monday and feature area programs Hillside, Northerm, Riverside, Mount Zion Christian, Voyager Academy, Durham School of the Arts and Bull City Prep.
In one of the worst-kept secrets in recent memory, Mack names former Southern High coach Adrian Jones as running backs coach. Mack to assume offensive coordinator duties.
Southern High School football coach Adrian Jones, fresh off winning the school's first state football championship, has resigned to accept a position as running backs coach at his alma mater, N.C. Central University. Southern principal Kenneth Barnes immediately named Southern defensive coordinator and athletic director Darius Robinson to replace Jones as head coach.
Unconfirmed reports circulated Tuesday that Southern High School football coach Adrian Jones has been offered a position as running backs coach on the staff of new N.C. Central University football coach Jerry Mack.
Southern was in good hands with Maurice Trowell.
A “Help Wanted” sign hanging outside the office of newly hired N.C. Central football coach Jerry Mack probably wouldn’t attract the labor force he needs to handle business with the Eagles.
All-conference teams named for football, volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' soccer. Southern High's Kendall Hinton named football's offensive player of the year, Orange's J.D. Brooks named defensive player of the year.