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Hot bats in hand, Northwood cruises past East Chapel Hill
PITTSBORO — If you didn’t receive an invite to the Chargers’ hit parade, hosted last Thursday at 310 Northwood High School Road, …
Woods Charter shakes off rust, stifles Cornerstone attack in win
CHAPEL HILL — For student-athletes, returning from spring break isn’t always easy. Players transitioning from relaxing on the …
Banners and sport coats: The end of an era
What most of us hoped was just an April Fools’ joke gone too far turned out to be authentic. After 18 years of memorable moments, …
Chargers’ running game stalls in three-score loss to Panther Creek
PITTSBORO — Lined up in the backfield, Northwood’s Hue Jacobs took the handoff and darted to his left, searching for even the …
Bears recover from walk-off loss, thrash North Rowan on senior night
BEAR CREEK — If you’re going to bounce back from a tough loss, you might as well do it with a bang. Chatham …
Academic ineligibility significantly cuts some CCS team rosters
From working out virtually in the offseason to wearing masks while competing in front of mostly empty bleachers, high school sports …
Northwood prevails against Orange in defensive standoff
PITTSBORO — The Chargers aren’t pretty. They aren’t shooting for style points when they lace up their cleats and take the …
Jets run out of fuel early as Randleman’s Rice collects 10 strikeouts
SILER CITY — It was all fun and games until Sarah Rice showed up on the mound. From there, it was all missed swings, empty bases …
After travel teams’ early success, Siler City Futbol Club planning for fall youth leagues this year
SILER CITY — Local soccer is kicking off in Siler City. Siler City Futbol Club — a non-profit soccer club aiming to “create …
Pollard girls, Horton boys crowned 2020-21 middle school basketball champions
MONCURE — On one side, there was excitement and relief from finishing the inevitable. On the other, pure joy from finally getting …
Jets eliminated in second round on road against Washington
SILER CITY — The Jets’ awe-inspiring year officially came to an anti-climatic end over the weekend. A season that featured …
The Madness of March
I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t watch college basketball. Every year around this time, that same thought creeps into my …
The struggle to score: Jets shut down Northeastern’s offense, advance to second round
SILER CITY — Many people claim Fort Knox is the most impenetrable place on earth. Northeastern might say it’s whatever goal …
Former Bear finishes as national runner-up in NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships
ST. LOUIS — A former Chatham Central Bear state champion showed out in St. Louis this past weekend. Nick Daggett, a 2017 graduate …
Northwood switches style, trounces Swansboro in first round
PITTSBORO — The Northwood men are moving on to the second round of the playoffs. That’s a sentence you probably could have …
Preview: What Chatham-area teams have a shot at a state soccer title?
CHATHAM COUNTY — The playoffs for men’s soccer — along with men’s and women’s lacrosse — are back this week and two of …
Jets experience turbulent week, lose big to conference powerhouses
SILER CITY — Saying it’s been a rough week for Jets football may be putting it lightly. After a fairly positive start …
Howarth stars in five-goal performance as Wolves handle Southern Wake, 6-2
CHAPEL HILL — If Wednesday night’s soccer game at The Park at Briar Chapel were a television program, it’d be titled …
Northwood blows out Carrboro, loses to Apex ahead of postseason
PITTSBORO — If you’re interested in attending a skills clinic on ball movement, you’d be hard-pressed to find a …
The day sports stood still: March 11, 2020
If you’re a sports fan — and even if you’re not — you remember March 11, 2020. A year ago, sports changed. And it all …
Jets sweep Eastern Randolph with 4-2 victory, eye final PAC 7 title
SILER CITY — Jordan-Matthews is one win away from escaping the PAC 7 2A conference as its final champion. The Jets earned a …
Northwood Chargers fall to unbeaten Weddington in 3A state championship game
CLIMAX — It isn’t time to dust off the key to Northwood’s trophy case just yet. It’ll have to wait another year. The …
Chargers’ women stopped short of title game by unbeaten Asheboro
PITTSBORO — The greatest season for a Northwood women’s sports team has come to an end. For the Chargers, that end felt …
Don’t go toward the Shining Light
If there was ever a near-perfect embodiment of life pre-pandemic versus life mid-pandemic, my Saturday was just that. I got the …
Thunder overcome 7-point deficit to down South Wake in NCHEAC state title game
GREENSBORO — It’s easy to gloss over a league that gets little publicity; one that’s often overshadowed by its …
Final Four bound: Chargers punch first-ever ticket to state semifinals
PITTSBORO — The Chargers continue to add to their historic resume. Northwood punched its ticket to the NCHSAA Women’s 3A Final …
Jets’ comeback falls short against T.W. Andrews in ‘crazy’ season opener
SILER CITY — After a disappointing 2-9 season in 2019, Jordan-Matthews’ main goal for this year was simply to be competitive. …
Chargers’ energy, passion wills them past E.E. Smith and into second round
PITTSBORO — Never underestimate the power of passionate parents. During Northwood’s first-round playoff win, 58-51, over …
‘This is a new era’: Bears navigate challenges, aim to put 1-10 season in rear view mirror
Torn-up turf. Mud-soaked cleats. Bundled-up coaches. Stiff-handed quarterbacks. These are the signs of February football in North …
Chargers relying on talent, depth and team-building to fuel 2020 success
Last season, the Chargers were able to string together an impressive four-game winning streak in the middle of the season, showing …
Jets hope to build on 2019 momentum, improve on 2-9 record in Spencer’s second year
It may not have been the most ideal first season at 2-9, but for Jordan-Matthews’ head coach Sam Spencer, 2019 wasn’t all bad.
Northwood earns commanding win in East Chapel Hill revenge game; playoffs still up in air
PITTSBORO — When you’ve got revenge and a playoff spot on the line, it’s easy to feel motivated. Northwood’s a prime …
Chargers inch closer to perfect regular season with 13-point win over East Chapel Hill
PITTSBORO — It isn’t every year that your team goes undefeated in the regular season. And for Northwood women’s basketball, …
Governors Club’s Bejgrowicz-Lewallen one of 15 selected for PGA leadership path
CHAPEL HILL — Governors Club is well-known for its sprawling 1,600-acre property, its gorgeous landscape and its Jack …
J-M’s Jennah Fadely secures state swimming title with record-breaking performance
CARY — A Chatham County swimmer made history in Cary last week, etching her name into record books and sewing her name onto a …
THRILLER: Chatham Central downs Jordan-Matthews in final seconds during 16-point comeback
BEAR CREEK — The stands may not have been at full capacity, but the energy, excitement and tension of an old Chatham County rivalry …
Jordan-Matthews plans to use first-loss shutout as learning opportunity
SILER CITY — The Jets’ confidence may have been through the roof, but their offense remained trapped beneath …
From South Africa to Miami: Northwood’s Laros commits to FIU
PITTSBORO — His journey took him nearly 8,000 miles from South Africa to Pittsboro. Now, he’s headed an extra 800 to …
Northwood’s Jake Mann, the nation’s top long snapper, commits to Oklahoma
PITTSBORO — The College Football Playoff may soon be adding a little bit of Northwood flair. Charger long snapper and …
Woods Charter practices resilience, earns first win of season against Southern Wake
Sometimes, all it takes is a little practice. Allen Iverson might not care to talk about it, but Taij Cotten doesn’t shy …
Chatham Charter’s offensive prowess, suffocating defense stifles Woods Charter, 87-37
SILER CITY — If the clock continues to run while free throws are being shot, it means one team’s having a good night. The other? …