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Nov. 01, 2014 @ 02:15 AM

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Who won, how do they stand?

With Northwood’s 52-33 win over Chapel Hill Thursday night already in the books, all eyes were on Orange Friday night as the Panthers attempted to keep alive next Friday’s battle of the unbeatens Big Eight 4-A Conference showdown in Hillsborough with Southern.

Orange (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight) took care of business and knocked Gibbons into a tie with Chapel Hill for fourth place and the league’s final guaranteed playoff slot 20-6.
Southern (10-0, 6-0 Big Eight), the reigning state 3-A and Big Eight champion, routed Oxford Webb (2-8, 0-6) 68-0 at home.

PAC-6 4-A teams Northern, Jordan and Riverside were also battling for the league’s two remaining playoff slots Friday. Hillside (6-4, 4-0 PAC-6), which won by forfeit over East Chapel Hill Friday, has clinched at least a share of first place.

Northern (3-7, 3-1) beat Jordan (2-3, 2-9), which owns a Nov. 7 forfeit over winless East, 48-0. Coupled with Riverside’s (4-6, 3-1) 44-24 win at Roxboro Person (2-8, 1-3), Northern and Riverside are assured the final two PAC-6 playoff slots.

Northwood 52, Chapel Hill 33

Orange 20, Cardinal Gibbons 6

Southern 68, Oxford Webb 0

Northern 48, Jordan 0

Riverside 44, Roxboro Person 24

ROUNDUP: Warren 24, South Granville 7 ... Granville Central 35, KIPP Pride 12 ... Cedar Ridge 56, Northern Vance 28 ... Graham 28, Carrboro 21

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

South Granville faces off with Hendersonville for 2-A title

South Granville has some unfinished business in Raleigh as the Vikings take on Hendersonville Saturday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. in the 2-A state volleyball championship game at Reynolds Coliseum.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

VA, NCSSM to play for dual-team tennis titles in Raleigh

The 25th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state1-A and 2-A  championships in women’s dual-team tennis have been moved from Burlington to Raleigh and Voyager Academy and N.C. Science and Math will play for those titles, respectively, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

Tar Heels focused on Miami, not Hurricanes’ fans

Miami isn’t known for having rabid crowds at Sun Life Stadium, especially for day games. “The stands are just so far that you could almost have another game from the stands to the bench area,” North Carolina junior guard Landon Turner said. “(It’s not like) places like Georgia Tech where fans are just hounding you over your shoulder. We’re not too stressed about crowd level or home-field advantage.”


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Oct. 17, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Gallery-Southern at Northwood high school football

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Oct. 08, 2014 @ 06:41 PM

Gallery-North Carolina basketball media day

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Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:27 PM

Gallery- Southern at Chapel Hill

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Oct. 28, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Tuesday Duke football notes

Blue Devils head to Pittsburgh looking to avenge last season's, uh, interesting 58-55 loss.


Duke football ranked No. 24

Duke basketball notes


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Oct. 23, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Southern's Smith, Spivey get some shine from Lenoir-Rhyne

Darryl Smith and Tahj Spivey are the latest members of the Southern Spartans to receive scholarship offers to play college football.


Run N' Gun, Legacy to hoop in The Cage

Me, the single parent


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Oct. 30, 2014 @ 09:33 PM

PLAYOFFS: NCSSM, Voyager, Chapel Hill, ECH win

N.C. School of Science & Math, Voyager Academy advance to state 2-A, 1-A dual-team tennis finals ... East Chapel Hill in state field hockey quarterfinals ... Chapel Hill wins second round state boys' soccer playoff game.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

SUSPENDED: NCSSM, Voyager lead state tennis semis

N.C. Science & Math and Voyager Academy were well on their way to berths in Saturday’s 2-A and 1-A NCHSAA girls’ dual-team championships when rain forced the suspension of their semifinal matches Wednesday.

Northern Carolina 2-A Conference champion NCSSM (11-0) led 2-0 in its match against 15-2 Carrboro, trailed at No. 1 singles, led in two matches and was tied in a fifth when play was called at Rock Quarry Park at 4:55 p.m.

A team must win five of nine total matches to win. Six matches are contested in singles and three — if needed — in doubles.

Play is scheduled to resume Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, completing a rematch of a state 2-A semifinal pairing won by NCSSM a year ago. The winner — the 2-A East Regional champion — advances to the state title match against the Western Regional champion at 9:30 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington.

At Treyburn Country Club, No. 1 seed and North Central Athletic Conference champion Voyager Academy suspended its home match against wild-card playoff entry Franklin Academy at 5:45 p.m.

Voyager, which split a pair of conference meetings with the Wake Forest visitors during the regular season, led in four matches and trailed in two when play was called.

The match will be resumed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Treyburn.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 09:04 PM

Prep Notebook: ECH forfeits last 2; latest playoff results

East Chapel Hill High School athletic director Ray Hartsfield on Wednesday confirmed Friday’s previously announced football forfeit to Hillside High School and announced that the Tigers would also forfeit their final game on Nov. 7 against Jordan.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 09:32 PM

Going Berserk! Vikings best Jags for state 2-A title berth

Weathering Carrboro’s quick start was the key for South Granville to come back and beat the Jaguars 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16) Tuesday night in the state 2-A volleyball semifinals.

No. 4 East seed South Granville (28-3) earned its second berth in three years in the 2-A state championship which will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum, against the 2-A Western champion, No. 11 seed Hendersonville, which beat No. 8 West seed Bunker Hill 3-0 Tuesday night.

South Granville coach Christy Fitzgerald said her team played with a lot of poise against East No. 2 seed Carrboro after losing the opening set.

“We knew Carrboro was going to be a tough team,” Fitzgerald said. “We knew they were balanced a lot like us and they had a lot of weapons like us. After the first set we settled in and remembered who we were and it started to click and it started to flow.”


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

Soccer playoffs: Jordan, Chapel Hill, Granville Central win

Chapel Hill, Jordan and Granville Central open state 3-A, 4-A and 1-A boys' soccer playoffs with wins in opening round Tuesday night.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 07:41 PM

East Chapel Hill football forfeits Friday game to Hillside

East Chapel Hill High School on Tuesday informed Hillside that it will forfeit Friday’s scheduled PAC-6 4-A football game against the Hornets, giving Hillside at least a share of its fifth straight PAC-6 championship.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 07:23 PM

Prep Notebook: Late slide costs Chapel Hill's Gina Kim a state title

Chapel Hill freshman Gina Kim’s two-stroke lead at the turn Tuesday vanished in a 5-over-par finish as Sanford Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee shot 5-under 67 to win the NCHSAA girls’ 3-A golf championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst. ... Carrboro to meet NCSSM in state 2-A girls' dual-team tennis semifinals today ... Voyager Academy to host Franklin Academy in girls' 1-A tennis semifinals today as well.


Oct. 27, 2014 @ 08:12 PM

TIME TO GET SCHOOLED

Time to tip it up. High school basketball tryouts start Oct. 29.


Oct. 27, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

ECH in running for state titles

Wildcats' boys' and girls' teams place second and fourth, respectively at regionals.


Oct. 27, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Do or die for South Granville, Carrboro volleyball teams

State 2-A semifinalists Carrboro and South Granville will battle Tuesday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m. at Carrboro) for a slot in Saturday’s state-title game at N.C. State.


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Oct. 29, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics.

“How special that can be when it's done correctly,” Swofford said. “When it's not done correctly, it can be ugly.”

 

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Size, range, balance mark resurgent Tar Heels

The Tar Heels have improved their balance this season — with remodeled players in the post and three impact freshmen surrounding ACC preseason player of the year Marcus Paige — leading to hopes for a deep run in 2014-15.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 07:17 PM

ACC NOTES: Duke No. 1, UNC No. 2 in preseason poll

Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor voted top newcomer, joins Player of the Year favorite Marcus Paige of UNC on preseason all-ACC team ... UVA gets no respect ... N.C. State learning to live without 2014 player of the year T.J. Warren of Durham.


Oct. 29, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Changing of the guard: Duke basketball is dialed in

The losses of long-time aides Chris Collins and Steve Wojiechowski haven't derailed the Blue Devils, who'll bid for an ACC title under 35-year veteran coach Mike Krzyzewski and the enthusiasm of aides Chris Capel, Nate James and Jon Scheyer, players say.


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Graduation success rates: Duke 97%, UNC 86%, NCCU 66%

Graduation Success Rate (GSR) results released Tuesday by the NCAA indicated that 97 percent of freshmen student-athletes receiving scholarship aid or recruited individuals participating in programs that do not offer athletic aid graduated from Duke within six years. ... UNC Chapel Hill came in at 86 percent, N.C. Central 66 percent.


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Aug. 08, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

No resolution in Hairston case

Unless P.J. Hairston’s lawyers settle out of court regarding his misdemeanor charge of assault and battery, the NBA rookie has a Sept. 12 Durham County District Court date.


Aug. 07, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Fanfare: Hillside, Southern, Orange football ranked in state's top 15

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.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

RORY ROARS AHEAD

LATE BIRDIE LIFTS McILROY OUT OF LOGJAM AND INTO SOLE PGA LEAD

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round — by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder — a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Dale's double

Earnhardt win completes season sweep at Pocono


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

P.J. Tucker charged with driving drunk

Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker facing drunk-driving charge


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Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

VILLEGAS IN LEAD

N.C. NATIVES SIMPSON, McGIRT A STROKE BACK AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Camilo Villegas got away from golf for a little while, and his game came back.

A recharged Villegas shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wyndham Championship.

North Carolina natives Webb Simpson and William McGirt shot 64, and Scott Langley, Heath Slocum, Paul Casey, Andrew Loupe and Martin Laird were another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour’s playoffs.

Villegas hasn’t won since 2010 and has only two top-10 finishes in the last three years.

After pulling out of the Canadian Open after one round last month, he spent the past week back in his native Colombia for “a little recharge” — leaving his clubs behind in Florida.

“I just thought it was appropriate to hop on a plane and see mom and dad and recharge a little bit,” Villegas said.

It helped him make a late charge up the Sedgefield Country Club leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine, he had three early birdies before getting even hotter late: He followed his birdie on the fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth, placing his second shot about 3 feet from the stick.

Live scoring updates


Aug. 14, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Wyndham Championship opens Thursday in Greensboro

There’s always plenty on the line at the season-ending Wyndham Championship which begins Thursday at Greensboro's Sedgefield Country Club — in addition to the tournament itself.


Aug. 09, 2014 @ 09:21 PM

RORY ROARS AHEAD

LATE BIRDIE LIFTS McILROY OUT OF LOGJAM AND INTO SOLE PGA LEAD

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

“It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

McIlroy has won all three of his majors with the lead going into the final round — by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open, three shots at the 2012 PGA Championship, six shots last month at the British Open.

Now comes another major test for Boy Wonder — a Sunday shootout.

More rain in the morning at Valhalla allowed for a deluge of birdies in the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history. Six players had a share of the lead at some point. McIlroy could see it on the leaderboard. He could hear it on a golf course resounding with cheers from every corner.

 

Click here for live scoring updates.


Aug. 03, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

Spicer twins doubly good

Jessica and Sarah Spicer are separated by a tenth of a point on the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Junior Girls’ state rankings.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 11:56 PM

Crouching Tiger can't get right

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...