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Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster, center, stands with the Firebirds’ senior co-captains Zach Jones (5), Daylon Whitley (34), Quinton Cooley (20) and Matt Foster (2) on the sideline prior to the NCHSAA 3-A championship game against Charlotte Catholic on Dec. 14, 2019, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The NCHSAA board of directors voted Thursday, starting in the fall of 2021, to reduce the number of state championships in football to four, one for each classification, which had been subdivided for football since 2002.

NCHSAA cuts football championships in half

Even in a year where bombshells have regularly dropped in the news, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association launched one of its own at its board of directors’ winter meeting in …

Area Calendar, Dec. 4-5

Friday, December 4 High School Varsity Boys Basketball Lee Christian at Community Christian — Peace Church, 8 p.m.; Charger Christmas Classic — Faith Christian at Wilson Christian, …

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: David Cardenas, Hunt High

David Cardenas has been a leader for his Hunt High boys cross-country team all season, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. David, a senior, …
North Carolina State players celebrate with the coaching staff after defeating top-ranked South Carolina 54-46 on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
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No. 8 Wolfpack beats No. 1 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — North Carolina State coach Wes Moore channeled two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells after the Wolfpack’s landmark victory over No. 1 South Carolina. Raina …
North Carolina State's Devon Daniels goes up for a shot during the second half of the team's game against UMass-Lowell on Thursday in Uncasville, Conn.
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NC State beats UMass Lowell for 3rd straight win

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Devon Daniels scored 18 points, Cam Hayes and Jericole Hellems each had 17 points and North Carolina State beat UMass Lowell 90-59 on Thursday night. All three players …
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule stands on the sideline during the first half of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 8.
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Rookie coach Rhule has Panthers pointed in right direction

CHARLOTTE — While the win-loss record might not reflect it, first-year coach Matt Rhule has the Carolina Panthers headed in the right direction. The Panthers are 4-8 entering the bye week …
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Cyclones’ story: the impossible dream

In his column, “Looking on Sports,” Daily Times sports editor David Lamm reflected on the just-completed state championship season for the Fike High football team. The Cyclones of …
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Lady Panthers sweep Bruins in Eastern Plains opener

North Johnston senior Emma Scott (21) hits the ball as classmates Riley Nicol (11), Gabby Hales (22) and Meredith Godwin, right, watch during Monday’s match at Beddingfield. The Lady Panthers won the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams in three sets to improve to 3-0. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times
WILSON — The simple joy of a bus ride home for the winning team is something North Johnston High volleyball coach Nicole Davis is glad her players aren’t missing this season. With the havoc …

Senior-laden Lady Panthers eye playoffs, but partcipation numbers low

2-A EPC VOLLEYBALL As the delayed and shortened volleyball season tipped off this week, North Johnston High returned a solid group of seniors with hopes of climbing the ladder to playoff …
North Johnston head coach Nicole Davis talks to her team during a timeout in a home match against Smithfield-Selma on Sept. 10, 2019. Davis said the Lady Panthers will celebrate Senior Night in their first home game, just in case the COVID-19 pandemic causes another shutdown. File photo

Bump, set and mask

The first N.C. High School Athletic Association contests in eight months came Monday as volleyball tipped off the 2020 season. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the start of the season back to the time …
North Johnston track standout Caroline Leegins will transition from the Lady Panthers to Barton College after signing with the NCAA Division II Lady Bulldogs.

7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …
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Clements prevails in Limited Late Model Division at SNMP

Brandon Clements, center, poses with car owner Cal Clements and wife, Cali, after winning Sunday's Limited Late Model event at SNMP.
LUCAMA — Brandon Clements scored his first Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model win since 2012 in spectacular fashion, holding off Tony Grady in a breathtaking duel in …
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Professional baseball player Jerry Sands, a former Smithfield-Selma High School standout, poses with his wife, Morgan, and their two sons, Eli and Tucker, after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in December 2019. Contributed photo

International pastime: Former SSS standout continues his career in Asia

When Jerry Sands traded his Wilson Tobs uniform for that of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league team in June of 2008, little did the Smithfield-Selma High product realize he was beginning a journey …
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