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Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

WINNER TAKE ALL: Unbeatens Southern, Orange meet for Big Eight title

Perfectly scripted.

“The last game (between) two undefeated (teams), and the outcome (could mean) you are the champions,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said.

“We’re here. We’re both 10-0,” Orange coach Pat Moser said. “This is for the championship. It’s very big.”

Something has to give when these 3-A teams from the Big Eight Conference meet at Orange High School Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.. Orange could put a chink in the Spartans’ armor. Or Southern could bag the Panthers.

“The Big Eight Conference is the best 3-A conference in the state,” Moser said. “We had to play really good football to get by those teams.

“We’re both undefeated, 10-0 teams. It’s been a hard road to get here to that.”

Orange and Southern spent part of the season fending off conference counterparts Chapel Hill, Northwood and Cardinal Gibbons. Those matchups were akin to what could be described as Big Eight bowl games.

Which would make the Southern-Orange scenario something like the Super Big Eight Bowl.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 09:16 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro advances, Northern falls in soccer playoffs

No. 2 seed Carrboro (21-2-1) won its third-round state 2-A boys’ soccer playoff game Wednesday night, stopping visiting No. 10 Eastern Randolph 2-0 and keeping alive a five-year streak of reaching at least the state quarterfinals. ... Northern eliminated by Middle Creek 2-1 ... A look ahead at Friday night's high school battle of the unbeatens, Southern at Orange ...


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro, Northern host 3rd round games

Refugees from the Karen people’s 65-year ongoing rebellion against the Myanmar (Burma) government are playing a key role for Carrboro in the Jaguars’ run in the state 2-A boys’ soccer playoffs. ... Also, a look at all-state field hockey and cross country teams ...


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Wise words on college athletics from a former colleague

A couple weeks ago, I finally finished after many fits and starts a wonderful book by my old friend and former colleague Ed Williams.

Williams, now retired, was for many years editor of the editorial pages at The Charlotte Observer, and for several of those years I was a mid-level editor on the news side of the paper. His book, “Liberating Dixie,” is a collection of columns and editorials he crafted with characteristic grace, wisdom and incisiveness over the years. Reading it was in some ways discouraging, since I was reminded on page after page how I could never measure up to the caliber of Williams’ work.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

NCSSM falls to Lake Norman in 2-A dual-team tennis finals

Lake Norman Charter’s Lauren Loveless bounced back from blowing match point with a 5-2 lead in the second set to defeat Rachel Xu of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and propel the Knights to a 5-2 win and the 2-A state championship, the school’s first in girls tennis, in a battle of unbeaten teams.


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Nov. 06, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

WINNER TAKE ALL: Unbeatens Southern, Orange meet for Big Eight title

Perfectly scripted.

“The last game (between) two undefeated (teams), and the outcome (could mean) you are the champions,” Southern coach Darius Robinson said.

“We’re here. We’re both 10-0,” Orange coach Pat Moser said. “This is for the championship. It’s very big.”

Something has to give when these 3-A teams from the Big Eight Conference meet at Orange High School Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.. Orange could put a chink in the Spartans’ armor. Or Southern could bag the Panthers.

“The Big Eight Conference is the best 3-A conference in the state,” Moser said. “We had to play really good football to get by those teams.

“We’re both undefeated, 10-0 teams. It’s been a hard road to get here to that.”

Orange and Southern spent part of the season fending off conference counterparts Chapel Hill, Northwood and Cardinal Gibbons. Those matchups were akin to what could be described as Big Eight bowl games.

Which would make the Southern-Orange scenario something like the Super Big Eight Bowl.


Nov. 05, 2014 @ 09:16 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro advances, Northern falls in soccer playoffs

No. 2 seed Carrboro (21-2-1) won its third-round state 2-A boys’ soccer playoff game Wednesday night, stopping visiting No. 10 Eastern Randolph 2-0 and keeping alive a five-year streak of reaching at least the state quarterfinals. ... Northern eliminated by Middle Creek 2-1 ... A look ahead at Friday night's high school battle of the unbeatens, Southern at Orange ...


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 10:11 PM

Prep Notebook: Carrboro, Northern host 3rd round games

Refugees from the Karen people’s 65-year ongoing rebellion against the Myanmar (Burma) government are playing a key role for Carrboro in the Jaguars’ run in the state 2-A boys’ soccer playoffs. ... Also, a look at all-state field hockey and cross country teams ...


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 08:54 PM

Prep Playoffs: ECH advances in field hockey, Chapel Hill in soccer

East Chapel Hill advanced to the semifinals of the N.C. Field Hockey Association state championships with a 5-0 win at Greensboro Page Tuesday night.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 01:44 AM

Prep Roundup: Panthers, Wolves win; Vikes, Jags fall

Granville Central tops KIPP Pride 35-12; Cedar Ridge beats Northern Vance 56-28; Warren County rips South Granville 24-7 and Graham beats Carrboro 28-21.


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Oct. 18, 2014 @ 02:11 AM

Cedar Ridge escapes Oxford after nailbiter

A game fraught with miscues for the majority of the night ended in a flurry of activity on J.F. Webb High School’s Homecoming night, with Cedar Ridge edging the Warriors 14-12.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 12:50 AM

South Granville’s Green, Bowman too hot to handle

South Granville running backs Earl Green and Sean Bowman were too much for Southern Vance to stop as the Vikings cruised to a 41-0 win Friday night.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 12:39 AM

Prep Football Roundup: Granville Central, Kestrel Heights fall

Hobbton 47, Kestrel Heights 6 ... SE Halifax 40, Granville Central 35 ... ECH forfeits to Northern.


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 02:45 AM

Last of prep football unbeatens face tough opponents

Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 01:58 PM

Franklinton holds off South Granville in NCC opener

In a rain-suspended game Monday night, Franklinton scored a quick third-quarter touchdown to expand a 13-6 halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting South Granville 19-14. The game was the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener for both teams.


Chatham County High Schools View All »

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 10:58 PM

Tuesday's prep roundup


Sep. 23, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Monday's prep roundup


Sep. 20, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

Friday Football Scoreboard

Scores are updated throughout the night.


Sep. 20, 2013 @ 02:14 AM

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

“Intense” is the word Northern High coach R.J. Wilson uses to describe the Knights’ football rivalry with crosstown rival Southern which will be renewed at 7 Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Southern alum and coach, Adrian Jones, says the Northern rivalry is more special to him than his players — “Hillside came in and took over the rivalry for the players,” Jones said. “But the game means a lot to me and I talk to my players about it a lot.” The rivalry has involved emotional investment with little return for the Knights of late. Northern has lost 10 straight in the series, winning its last game in 2002, according to Jones. ... Game-by-game breakdowns of all of Friday night's area football games.


Sep. 18, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Wednesday's prep roundup


Person County High Schools View All »

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

A PERFECT STORM

Perfection is on the line tonight as 4-0 Orange travels to Pittsboro to meet 4-0 Northwood in the Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown of the season. Orange is ranked No. 8 in the state among 3-A programs and Northwood No. 25 by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. ...The game is one of 13 games involving area teams on tap tonight. Only three others — Greensboro Dudley at Northern, Chapel Hill at Oxford Webb and Bartlett-Yancey at Roxboro Person — will be played in the area, the rest are on the road.


Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

Riverside tops Person for PAC-6 lead

Riverside grabbed command of the PAC-6 volleyball race with a 25-10, 25-16, 25-12 rout of Roxboro Person on Tuesday night. The Pirates improved to 14-1, 4-0 in the PAC-6 while handing the Rockets (7-3, 2-2) their second league loss the season. East Chapel Hill, an earlier Riverside victim, is alone in second at 8-8, 3-1.


Sep. 23, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Monday's prep roundup


Sep. 20, 2013 @ 02:14 AM

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

“Intense” is the word Northern High coach R.J. Wilson uses to describe the Knights’ football rivalry with crosstown rival Southern which will be renewed at 7 Friday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Southern alum and coach, Adrian Jones, says the Northern rivalry is more special to him than his players — “Hillside came in and took over the rivalry for the players,” Jones said. “But the game means a lot to me and I talk to my players about it a lot.” The rivalry has involved emotional investment with little return for the Knights of late. Northern has lost 10 straight in the series, winning its last game in 2002, according to Jones. ... Game-by-game breakdowns of all of Friday night's area football games.


Sep. 18, 2013 @ 11:03 PM

Wednesday's prep roundup