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‘You have to play through errors’: Knights blanked by Eagles in blunderous first round
ASHEBORO — Defense wins championships, but it can also lose them. As was the case for Chatham County’s lone playoff baseball …
Bears no-hit by Mustangs in emotional end to season
NORTH MOORE 10, CHATHAM CENTRAL 0 BEAR CREEK — Once the final out was recorded, friends and families of the Chatham Central …
Jets’ turbulent season ends with two-game skid to Patriots
In the first game of the series last Tuesday, the Jets had a shot to win after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the …
Preview: Chatham schools gear up for final postseason push of 2020-21 season
SILER CITY — For the five high schools across Chatham County, postseason play for a variety of sports is taking off this week with …
‘I want a rematch’: Bears sweep doubles matches to take down Knights in regular-season finale
SILER CITY — The inter-county rivalry between the Bears and Knights is fueled by a fun, competitive spirit, regardless of the …
Coach K’s retiring. I’m not sad.
I’ll go ahead and say it: I’ve never liked Coach K. There hasn’t been a single moment in my 23 years of life that I’ve felt …
Chargers’ offense runs dry in three-hit loss to Hench, Panthers
PITTSBORO — Sometimes body language says it best. When asked what went wrong offensively for his team against Orange’s …
Cape Fear Museum to host virtual ‘Los Jets’ event for team’s 20th anniversary
WILMINGTON — Wilmington is giving you a chance relive a piece of Chatham sports history. The Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington is …
The NBA’s fan problem illustrates why athletes deserve respect
As the number of vaccinated Americans continues to increase, so has capacity at many sports venues across the country. For the NBA …
Chatham high schools announce variety of summer youth camps
SILER CITY — As the school year comes to an end and summer approaches quickly, high schools across Chatham County are gearing up for …
‘Everybody has fun’: J-M, Chatham Charter track programs thriving under first-year coaches
SILER CITY — As far as passion goes, high school track & field coaches — and parents — are rarely lacking. Spending hours in …
Chatham Central’s Moore leads Team East to win in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium
ARLINGTON, Texas — If someone came up to you and asked who was the most recent player to throw a touchdown pass in the Dallas …
Efficient hitting, powerful pitching leads Chatham Central to rivalry win over J-M
BEAR CREEK — The pitch sped through the air on its way from the mound. It crossed into the batter’s box, where the bat of …
Striking Gold(en): Chatham Charter’s ace powers Knights past Clover Garden with 14 Ks
SILER CITY — They may not be precious metal experts, but if you ask the Chatham Charter dugout, they’ll likely tell you that gold …
Northwood sets a number of personal records in first home meet since 2018
PITTSBORO — Over the last few years, Northwood’s football field has been the primary vessel for Chargers competition. In the …
Jets stumble in two-game series with top-ranked Randleman
SILER CITY — The Jets hadn’t seen a team quite like Randleman. And it showed. Its offense is built like a high-powered machine, …
Moore throws no-hitter, hits walk-off grand slam to cap off career night in Bears blowout
BEAR CREEK — Naturally, most no-hitters end with the pitcher recording the final out Chatham Central’s Michael Moore …
Siler City FC shifts plans, will offer travel soccer in 2021
SILER CITY — If you live in West Chatham and are interested in travel club soccer this fall, you won’t have to look very …
‘A little chip on our shoulder’: Jets avenge loss, pummel Eastern Randolph in 6 innings
SILER CITY — With every passing inning last Thursday, hit after hit, Jordan-Matthews continued to put cracks into Eastern …
Knights score 19 in historic first inning, wallop NCLA to stay undefeated
SILER CITY — If you were in attendance for Chatham Charter’s homecoming festivities, you might have caught a glimpse of baseball …
Bears overcome storm to blank Union Academy, fall to South Stanly in second round
BEAR CREEK — A couple of hours prior to first pitch, the idea that last Tuesday’s first-round playoff softball matchup between …
Cox, Gilliland, Williamson qualify for regionals as Bears earn first conference title
BEAR CREEK — Chatham Central men’s tennis continues to add to its growing list of firsts. On April 20, the Bears won …
Jets drop crucial game to Providence Grove in PAC 7 finale
SILER CITY — The pandemic-shortened season didn’t end the way the Jets hoped. Instead of punching a ticket to the postseason, …
Chargers' inexperience on display in season-opening loss to Cedar Ridge
PITTSBORO — As the Chargers learned on Tuesday, a perfect opening day atmosphere doesn’t automatically ensure a perfect …
Moving parts: Northwood’s Jason Amy named Seaforth athletic director
PITTSBORO — A familiar face is set to lead Seaforth High School athletics this fall. After 15 years at Northwood High School — …
‘We just can’t finish’: Havelock overcomes early struggles to eliminate Northwood
PITTSBORO — It was 18 months ago, on a partly cloudy, 34-degree night in Durham, when members of the Northwood Chargers’ football …
Chatham Central continues dominant reign in comfortable win over J-M
SILER CITY — If there’s any team peaking at the right time, it’s Chatham Central softball. Boasting both dominant pitching …
‘It was so frustrating’: Jets’ offense flames out in loss to Southwestern Randolph
SILER CITY — For the second time in nine days, the Jordan-Matthews women’s soccer team fell to non-conference opponent …
Knights, Bears participate in 2nd annual Grady Lawson Memorial Baseball Tournament
RAMSEUR — With high school baseball season just around the corner, fans got an early look at a couple of Chatham teams on …
‘We’ve got their backs’: GoFundMe for Northwood’s Troy Ennis raises over $60K
PITTSBORO — The Northwood community is rallying around one of its own. Over the last week, donations, messages of support and …
Chargers shut out West Carteret in first home playoff game in 11 years, advance to second round
PITTSBORO — As the West Carteret Patriots pushed forward in the first half, fighting for every inch on a third-down play in …
Knights give up first run in 22 days, drop road contest to Forsyth Country Day
LEWISVILLE — Sometimes, you need a wake-up call to bring you back down to earth. Just ask the Knights. The Chatham Charter …
‘There’s something special happening here’: Bears sweep North Moore to remain unbeaten
BEAR CREEK — There’s one sport at Chatham Central that’s flying under the radar this year. And if you’re in Bear Creek, …
Woods Charter Wolves’ record-holder Isabel Pearce wraps up collegiate career at UNCG
GREENSBORO — A little less than four years ago, on the pitch at Woods Charter, the NCHSAA record for most career goals was …
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? …