SOUTHERN RIDES POWERFUL ARM OF HINTON, STINGY DEFENSE TO WIN IN OPENER
Some of the top high school football talent in the area emerged from the Durham Eagles Athletic Association.
Reigning state 3-AA football champion Southern High School is locked & loaded and ready to defend its 2013 crown. Despite the losses of veteran head coach Adrian Jones (now an N.C. Central aide) and graduated star wideouts Maurice Trowell (N.C. State) and Derrick Mason (N.C. Central), the Spartans are rich with talent and desire.
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.
NCPreps.com has named quarterback Kendall Hinton of reigning state 3-A champion Southern High School to its preseason 3-A North Carolina all-state team. ... Hillside star OT Emanuel McGirt was named to the 4-A all-state team.
The Spartans remain hungry. In the meantime, they fed those who were.
Teddy McKoy replaces 2013 4-A PAC-6 coach of the year Monique Fearrington at Southern.
Duke appeared to the frontrunner for acquiring the services of Southern quarterback Kendall Hinton.
Desmond Lawrence, a fast guy from Durham, will go for it all today in Oregon.
Nine area girls’ soccer players have been named to 2014 all-state teams by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.
East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill boys' tennis stars advance ... Sean Obi officially transfers to Duke ... More ...
PAC-6 Track & Field Championships reduced to one day (Thursday) at Hillside ... NCCU opens MEAC T&F Championships ... Duke, UNC men's and women's players named to NCAA individual and doubles tennis fields ... More ...
Hornets and Spartans are known for handing their business on football fields and basketball courts, where their rivalry has simmered for decades. It’s a different story on the fairways and greens. The two schools actually need each other out there, making the gentleman’s game of golf the perfect sport to bring some much-needed civility to the Hillside-Southern rivalry..
N.C. Central will host its annual Maroon-Gray spring football game at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (6 p.m., free admission) Friday, April 11.
SOUTHERN'S STATE 3-AA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS GET THEIR RINGS
Southern High School celebrated its first state football title in style Friday, presenting state championship rings to players, coaches, school officials and program associates.
On hand for the elaborate two-hour ceremony in the school theater were guest speakers who included departed state title coach Adrian Jones, school coaching legends Chip Gill and Pete Shankle, new coach Darius Robinson and several hundred fans, cheerleaders, marching band and dance team.
Not to mention the 41 players who made the day possible.
They were treated to a video montage tribute recalling the 3-AA state championship win at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem in December and performances by the dance team, cheerleaders and band.
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability — Southern’s official name — principal Kenneth Barnes drew a few laughs during his welcoming remarks when he made it clear the ring presentation evening couldn’t have come sooner. Barnes admitted that players and coaches have pestered him for months asking when the rings would arrive.
Robinson, Southern’s athletic director who moved up from defensive coordinator to the head coaching job when Jones left to become an aide at N.C. Central after the season, admitted he was among the impatient.