North Carolina coach Roy Williams blamed himself for his team not coming out with more intensity in an upset loss to Butler Wednesday. The No. 5 Tar Heels showed more fire out of the gate in an 78-56 win over No. 22 UCLA on Thanksgiving night in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
In Friday's (Nov. 28) state quarterfinal high school football playoffs, Southern hosts Chapel Hill (3-AA), Orange hosts N. Guilford (3-AA) and Hillside travels to New Bern (4-A). All games begin at 7:30 p.m.
The rivalry between North Carolina and N.C. State means different things to different people, especially to those playing the game. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams said he considers N.C. State — not Duke — its biggest rival in football. State and UNC meet at Kenan Stadium Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
No. 1 New Bern (13-0) is next for No. 5 Hillside (9-4). These foes are familiar with each other. New Bern beat Hillside 12-0 in the season opener for both teams. That game was at Hillside. They’ll meet in the state quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Bern for a shot at the Final Four, one game away from competing for the state championship.
Tough talk from N.C. State safety Hakim Jones toward North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams is right on time for Saturday's rivalry game between their teams.
East Chapel Hill remains the most dominant high school field hockey team in North Carolina, a distinction sealed with a stunning 7-0 victory over Charlotte Catholic on Saturday to claim a seventh straight North Carolina Field Hockey Association state championship.
Reigning and undefeated 3-AA state champion Southern, fresh off a miraculous comeback win at previously undefeated Orange Friday night has earned the No. 1 seed in the 16-team state 3-AA football playoffs that begin Friday. ... Complete list of all area teams' playoff seedings and Friday night matchups ... Updates from preliminary brackets are many, including Granville Central losing home opener, seeding drops and opponent changes.
Southern comes from nine down in the final 2:56 to beat Orange 27-23 and cap a perfect regular season. The loss was Orange’s first of the season. Southern, the reigning state 3-AA champion, also ended a perfect Orange season last year in the regular-season Big Eight 3-A Conference finale.
Hillside wrapped up another perfect PAC-6 4-A football season with a 57-0 thumping of Roxboro Person Friday on the road.
Northwood romped over Cardinal Gibbons 31-6 on a night that their offense wasn’t even firing on all cylinders, but Coach Bill Hall assured he would take care of those miscues this week in practice headed into Friday’s 3-A state playoffs.
When head coach John Hammet arrived at Granville Central four years ago, the Panthers were barely able to field a team as they stumbled to losing records. But two years later, the team is on its way to its second consecutive playoff appearance after stompingTar-Roanoke 1-A Conference rival Northwest Halifax 42-0 Friday night.
Chapel Hill’s 42-30 victory Friday night at Cedar Ridge was a case of good news, bad news. First, the good news: the Tigers used a balanced offense (269 yards passing, 196 yards rushing) to clinch a 3-A state playoff berth as the No. 4 seed from the powerful Big Eight 3-A Conference. Now, the bad news. Chapel Hill (8-3, 4-3 Big Eight) had two interceptions, lost an onside kick and committed 12 penalties.
Vikings snap 0-0 tie with 14 fourth-quarter points to grab conference's No. 2 seed for upcoming playoffs ... Carrboro, Oxford Webb both fall in season finales.
Reigning state champion Southern won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, handing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23 en route to the Big Eight 3-A Conference championship and likely the No. 1 seed in the state 3-AA playoffs.
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Southern 27, Orange 23
Northern 34, Riverside 22
Chapel Hill 42, Cedar Ridge 30
Hillside 57, Roxboro Person 0
Northwood 31, Cardinal Gibbons 6
Granville Central 42, Northwest Halifax 0
South Granville 14, Roanoke Rapids 0 ...
Reidsville 56, Carrboro 6 ...
Northern Vance 36, Oxford Webb 19
No. 5 seed East Chapel Hill downed No. 8 Clemmons West Forsyth 7-2 Friday to advance to today’s N.C. Field Hockey Association championship match at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville.
Wingate University forward Morgan McGee was a dominating player in the PAC-6 when she played for Hillside High School.
UNC beat rival Duke last week, and here comes another big one for the Tar Heels — N.C. State.
Melvin Scott had been both teaching and coaching basketball at Voyager Academy.
Tar Heels apologize, will pay for repairs, after spray painting Duke facilities
The Blue Devils have one more regular-season game to play before their bowl assignment
Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with an injury but said he'd play in preseason games.
Jeff Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.
The former North Carolina defender led the NFC with 19 sacks last season.
Pro Bowlers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when the Carolina Panthers take the field for the start of training camp Friday night. The same can’t be said of often-injured running back Jonathan Stewart. ... Panthers sign pair of offensive linemen to provide depth.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
UNC Wilmington signee and former Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill golf star Alaina Yeatts was eliminated in the semifinals of the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Golf Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Thursday.
Recent Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill graduate Alaina Yeatts is the lone survivor among four area qualifiers at the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Wednesday.
About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around. And that was before Woods even arrived to hit balls for 35 minutes.
Wie gets first major win
One week after missing U.S Open cut, Streelman is a winner