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Football


Knotts returns to Independence
North Carolina's dominant high school football program got its architect back Wednesday.
- Charlotte Observer

North Wilkes hires Carter as coach
Roy Carter has been coaching high-school football for 37 years, and he said he wouldn't have accepted an offer to coach at North Wilkes if he didn't think the team had a chance to win.
- Winston-Salem Journal

Rust to coach Hopewell
Hopewell High promoted defensive assistant Chris Rust to football coach Wednesday.
- Charlotte Observer

Southern promotes Parker to head football coach
Jeff Parker has to believe that everything happens for a reason in life, the bad and the good.
- Durham Hearld-Sun

Boys Basketball


71st makes quick work of Golden Bulls
Even in the state playoffs, Seventy-First keeps running into familiar opponents. But Falcons head coach Bernie Poole isn't going to complain if the result continues to be the same as Wednesday night.
- Fayetteville Observer

Apex subdues Southeast Raleigh
For at least the opening half of their meeting in the second round of the state 4-A boys basketball playoffs, Southeast Raleigh gave Apex fits. But the Cougars kept their poise and were able to pull away in the second half for a 60-45 victory.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Berry Academy ends Erwin's stellar season
Wednesday's basketball game at Erwin High at times resembled a track meet. Unfortunately, the Erwin Warriors were not able to cross the finish line first.
- Asheville Citizen-Times

Brandon answers call
Leesville Road threw a strong challenge at Triangle Alliance Athletic Conference champion Enloe, but Enloe senior D.J. Brandon made sure his team would advance to the third round of the state 4-A boys basketball playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Bucs can't slow down Hannah
South View's Jonathan Hannah is one of the best high school football players in the country.
- Fayetteville Observer

C. Cabarrus boys repel East Meck
Central Cabarrus boys' basketball coach Scott Brewer couldn't explain his team's second-half meltdown Wednesday night, but luckily for him he had something better to focus on -- a win.
- Charlotte Observer

Chargers finish Devilpups' season again
Lejeune might be feeling a little déja vu following its playoff game with Ayden-Grifton.
- Jacksonville Daily News

Clayton loses at buzzer
Cedric Byrd hit a driving shot at the buzzer to lift Burlington Williams to a 54-52 victory over Clayton in the second round of the state 3-A boys basketball playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Confident Neely hits game-winner for Page
For Page's Marsharee Neely, it was all about confidence.
- News & Record

Defense helps Franklinton win
Franklinton picked up its defensive pressure in the third quarter and pulled away from Gates County 63-49 in the second round of the state 1-A boys basketball playoffs on Wednesday.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Dudley knocks off East Chapel Hill
Greensboro Dudley overpowered East Chapel Hill 71-54 in the second round of the state 3-A boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Falcons throttle Titans
The playoffs started for Jordan on Wednesday night, and Dominique Sutton made sure he brought his A-game to the gym.
- Durham Hearld-Sun

Farmville falls in second round
Wallace-Rose Hill had its running shoes on as it dashed past Farmville 92-75 in the second round of the state 1-A boys basketball playoffs.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Fast start propels Millbrook to win
Millbrook buried Rocky Mount with a fast start and rolled to a 75-62 victory in a state 4-A boys basketball second- round game on Wednesday.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Fast- finishing North Forsyth rips Riverside 92-64
It's not always how fast you start. Sometimes, it's how strong you finish.
- Winston-Salem Journal

Fourth quarter dooms Riverside
North Forsyth scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Riverside 92-64 Wednesday night in the second round of the state 4-A boys' basketball playoffs.
- Durham Hearld-Sun

Gray's Creek can't stop Bunn's Little
Freddy Little, the area's leading scorer with 28.1 points per game, was above average in the second round of the state 2-A playoffs on Wednesday.
- Raleigh News & Observer

High school basketball roundup
High school basketball roundup
- Asheville Citizen-Times

High School Basketball Roundup
Jordan controls boards, eliminates West Forsyth
- Winston-Salem Journal

Hillside rebounds vs. SW Guilford
Hillside showed no ill effects from losing in last week's Five County 3-A Conference tournament.
- Raleigh News & Observer

JHS advances to third round with 60-54 win
Jacksonville's seven-day layoff nearly turned into a longer one.
- Jacksonville Daily News

Jump starter
It was killing James Barbee, and it wasn't doing any wonders for Hillside, either.
- Durham Hearld-Sun

LoMonaco lifts North Johnston
Jake LoMonaco scored 27 points Wednesday in leading North Johnston to a 70-62 state 1-A boys basketball second-round win over North Brunswick.
- Raleigh News & Observer

McDowell leads Pisgah to victory
Throughout his basketball career at Pisgah, Elliott McDowell has enjoyed his share of memorable moments.
- Asheville Citizen-Times

Moore, Grimsley roll to win over Reynolds
Kenard Moore erupted for 31 points last night, and free-firing Greensboro Grimsley shot down Reynolds 74-63 at Bryson Gym in the sectional semifinals of the Class 4-A playoffs.
- Winston-Salem Journal

Neely delivers for Page
For Page's Marsharee Neely, it was all about confidence.
- News & Record

New location boosted Latin's Dewhurst's game
When his family moved from tiny Ojai, Calif., to Charlotte when he was in sixth grade, Charlotte Latin forward Charles Dewhurst faced a lot of challenges.
- Charlotte Observer

North Meck takes out Providence
North Mecklenburg High's boys' basketball team, No. 1 in The Sweet 16 and North Carolina, almost had to play its first playoff game Wednesday without its engine.
- Charlotte Observer

Northside beats Whiteville, 69-66
The Northside Monarchs fell behind by 10 entering the third quarter, but rallied to upset the top-seeded Whiteville Wolfpack in the second round of the NCHSAA 2-A boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night.
- Jacksonville Daily News

Prep roundup
Pine Forest falls to New Hanover
- Fayetteville Observer

Riverside falls at North Forsyth
Durham Riverside's boys basketball season season ended with a 92-64 loss to a strong North Forsyth team in the second round of the state 4-A boys basketball playoffs
- Raleigh News & Observer

South Johnston rallies for victory
South Johnston held Wilson Hunt to five points in the third period, rallying from a 13-point halftime deficit for a 70-64 win in the second round of the state 3-A boys basketball playoffs on Wednesday night.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Sutton scores 29 to lead Jordan
Junior Dominque Sutton scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Jordan to an 89-61 win over West Forsyth in the second round of the state 4-A boys basketball playoffs on Wednesday night.
- Raleigh News & Observer

Trojans squeak by Hobbton
Jones Senior's 3-point shooters were on the mark in the first half of Wednesday night's second round NCHSAA 1-A state playoff game. Byron Ingram and Johnathan Bryant drained six long-range bombs as the Trojans built up as much as an eight-point lead early on against Hobbton.
- New Bern Sun Journal

Wallace scores 25 points as Glenn defeats White Oak
Glenn has made the most of Eric Wallace's long arms all season and did it again last night in the sectional semifinals of the Class 3-A playoffs.
- Winston-Salem Journal

West Charlotte runs away from Reynolds
Forced into a rapid tempo advantageous to its opponent, Reynolds never caught up with a deep and talented West Charlotte team Wednesday night.
- Asheville Citizen-Times

Wildcats advance to sectional final
Rolling through the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference, winning regular season and conference titles, has become routine for New Hanover the past three seasons.
- Wilmington Star-News

Wolverines pull away late
The Westover Wolverines ran the Wilmington Ashley Eagles until they were out of gas Wednesday in the second round of the state 4-A East Sectional 3 playoffs.
- Fayetteville Observer

Girls Basketball


McCants named to All-American team
Earning one of the most prestigious honors for prep players, Asheville High star Rashanda McCants was named to the McDonald's All-American high school girls basketball team Wednesday.
- Asheville Citizen-Times

Trojans begin quest for state title with second-round matchup vs. Lakewood
After losing in the Coastal Plains Conference championship game to North Brunswick, Jones Senior's girl's basketball team has an opportunity to get back to their winning ways. Tonight, they plan to take full advantage of that.
- New Bern Sun Journal


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