Chansky’s Notebook: 21 Tigers Going On To Play

Kudos to 21 Chapel Hill Tiger athletes who will keep playing in college.

Two of those varsity athletes from Chapel Hill High who will go onto play are staying home to attend UNC — track & field’s Harrison Young and volleyball’s Katherine Easterly.

Five other athletes are staying in state to play their sports; football’s Connor Stough at UNC-Pembroke and Albert Nyamayaro at Fayetteville State; women basketball’s Autumn West to Johnson C. Smith; soccer’s John Walden to Elon; and track and field’s Quianiece Fish to North Carolina Central. One will be playing in the ACC, swimmer Claire DeSelm at Notre Dame.

Of the other 13, a pair is going to Case Western Reserve – swimmers Sarah Taekman and Eli Rose; to Denison University – football’s Brian Jones and Conner Korfas.

Cross Country’s Max Blackburn is off to Colorado College; soccer’s Morgan Brandewie to Emory University; Track’s Marija Crook to Oberlin College; swimmer C.J. Eron to University of Tampa; Lacrosse players Paige Haskins is going to Mary Washington and Kyle Hornik to Queens University; Dillon Kopec will be running track at field at Roanoke College, as will Anna Passannante at Williams College;

And George McBurney will wrestle at the Coast Guard Academy.

The names of these 21 outstanding student-athletes were provided by Chapel Hill High School athletic director Tim Bennett, who is a constant email messenger about everything Tiger sports, as was his predecessor Todd Morgan.

Chapel Hill @ Northwood: HS Hoops Game of the Week

Tonight in our WCHL (97.9 FM) high school hoops Game of the Week, its 9-5 Chapel Hill High School visiting a 7-10 Northwood team that is looking to recover from back-to-back losses.

Off to quite a start, the Tigers have won seven of their last nine games, and have put together a 4-2 record in Big Eight conference play.

David Caraher is also coming off a huge 24-point, 13-rebound performance for Chapel Hill Wednesday night against Northern Vance.

‘Above the Rim with Matt and Adam’ kicks off our coverage on WCHL at 6:30 p.m. Matt Paul and Adam Moore will interview local coaches and players and preview all of the area action on the hardwood.

Live on-site coverage starts immediately after at 7 pm with Paul Connell and Adam Moore. Play-by-play coverage begins with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Chapel Hill’s Kim Named N.C. Junior Player of the Year

Gina Kim, a 14 year old freshman at Chapel Hill High School, has been named the 2014 N.C. Junior Player of the Year by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association.

Kim captured the girls honor for an amazing year in which she won the Ballantyne Junior Girls’ Open in February and medaled in the USGA US Junior Girls’ qualifying in June.

Kim also won the NCHSAA 3A central regional this past October and advanced to the US Junior Girls’ Championship in another prestigious national event.

Chapel Hill golf coach Jim Williams says he’s impressed with both Kim’s consistency and ability.

“By far, the most talented and driven player I’ve had the pleasure to coach during eight years at CHHS,” Williams says of his young star.

With 13 top 10 finishes in 18 tournaments she’s played in and a tournament scoring average of 74.02, we should hear even more about this rising golf star in the coming years.

Orange Crushes Corinth Holders; Chapel Hill Topples Terry Sanford

After barely surviving an playoff opening battle versus Lee County last Friday, Orange rolled in its second-round tilt as the ‘Crush’ crushed Corinth Holders 42-13 in a road contest in Wendell.

Pat Moser’s Panthers were impressive from the opening kickoff, taking a 14-7 lead before putting the game away late in the opening half to earn a home date with Northern Guilford next week. Northern Guilford crushed Fike 58-28 for the right to travel into Hillsborough for a 3AA third-round matchup.

“We’ve got bumps and bruises but it seems that each week we are able to come together as a team,” Moser told a gaggle of reporters after the game. “The guys played really well.”

Garrett Cloer (Student Sports)

Garrett Cloer (Student Sports)

Garrett Cloer and Drew Lemaster scored on short touchdown runs as the No. 6 Panthers took a 14-7 first half lead. Cloer then got to work through the air with an 80-yard scoring strike to D’Angelo Compton and a 39-yarder to Bryse Wilson for a 28-7 lead just before intermission.

Moser’s magic played a role too as he called for an onsides kick that totally befuddled the home team to set up one of the scores. He said the play worked ‘two or three times before’.

Orange (13-1) erased any doubt in the second half as Mark Holt and Michael Bolden added touchdowns. No. 3 Corinth Holders, in just its fifth year of existence and coming off its first-ever postseason win, finished 9-4.

Orange has company in the area ranks in the third round as Chapel Hill edged Terry Sanford 23-20 for an upset win in Fayetteville.

Noah Layden picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards for a score and Jeff McNeil tacked on a two yard touchdown run to help the No. 12 seeded Tigers take a surprising 17-0 lead.

Terry Sanford, the No. 4 seed, fought back to make it 17-13 on a kickoff return for a score and quarterback Jordan McRae’s 45 yard touchdown run.

Two more field goals from Connor Albrecht helped the Tigers (11-3) hold on for the win and advance to play Southern Durham for a second time this season.

Chapel Hill fell to Southern 38-12 on Oct. 3 at home. This time the Tigers will travel to Durham to face a 14-0 team coming off a 67-48 conquest of Cleveland.

Terry Sanford finished its slate 9-4.

The Grid: Playoffs – Round Two

Two of our area teams will be in action Friday night when the high school football playoffs roll on. While Northwood was knocked out by Northern Guilford last week, Chapel Hill ripped South Brunswick and Orange outlasted Lee County.

Friday, WCHL will air its exclusive high school football show ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ at 6:30 p.m., followed by Orange’s second-round game, a test at Corinth Holders.

Pregame coverage for the Panthers tilt begins at 7 p.m., followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Hamlin and Chris Casey will have the call.

Chapel Hill, meanwhile, hits the road to take on a tough Terry Sanford squad for its second-round date. The Tigers are seeking their 10th win of the season and a possible rematch at Southern Durham in the next round.

Northwood Stunned In Playoffs; Orange, Chapel Hill Advance

Bill Hall’s nearly three-decade high school football coaching career ended with a whimper and not a bang. His Northwood Chargers were pounded by Northern Guilford 56-26 Friday night in a NCHSAA 3AA playoff opener.

The Chargers, who finished the season 9-3 overall and came into the playoffs playing their best football of the season, were never in the contest.

The 11-1 Nighthawks erupted for 35 points in the middle two quarters to blow out the Chargers. Dwain Norcott picked off Ti Pinnix and returned it 55 yards for a score for the victors.

Orange, meanwhile, needed a dramatic stop from its stellar defense on a two-point conversion in the final seconds of regulation to hold off a tough Lee County squad, 21-20 in its opener in Hillsborough.

The only area team to host a first-round game, the Panthers (11-1) needed every bit of their grit to advance as opposing running back Jerry Pullum piled up nearly 200 rushing yards.

Panther quarterback Garrett Cloer had a pair of scoring strikes in the opening half as Orange took at 14-7 lead. Eryk Brandon-Dean added a five-yard scoring dash in the third quarter as the ‘Crush’ appeared to pull away with a 21-7 advantage.

Lee County’s bruising rushing attack, including Emond Caldwell’s two yard touchdown run in the closing seconds, nearly pushed the game into overtime. Orange’s defensive line came up with a big stop, however, as the Yellow Jackets opted to go for the win on the two-point conversion and were stuffed on the attempt by Bryse Wilson.

Chapel Hill also moved on and improved to 9-3 following an easy 42-14 win over a West Brunswick (5-7) team that hosted the tilt despite coming in with a losing record.

Home field advantage meant little, however, as a focused Tiger squad recorded four touchdown passes from Connor Stough, who also threw for over 300 yards, and three scoring grabs from Arkavius Parks with two interceptions from Andy Gillespie.

The Grid: Playoffs – Opening Round

We’ve reached the playoffs in high school football, and three of our area schools will be looking to get past the first round under the lights Friday night and take the first step to a state championship.

The 10-1 Orange Panthers, coming off that 27-23 heartbreaking loss to Southern Durham last week, will welcome 9-2 Lee County to Hillsborough.

Meanwhile, 9-2 Northwood will hit the road to take on 10-1 Northern Guilford in head coach Bill Hall’s final postseason before stepping aside as the Charger chief.

And right here in Chapel Hill, the 8-3 Tigers will host West Brunswick in their opening round contest. All three playoff games are slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

As always, your Friday night will kick off with ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’, WCHL’s exclusive high school football pregame show hosted by Matt Oakes and Matt Paul.

At 6 p.m., the stage will be set with interviews from all the area head coaches, analysis and predictions from the night’s biggest games, the selection of The Grid Great of the Week, as well as the unveiling of the WCHL/ Super Six rankings.

Southern Durham Claims Big 8 Title, Ends Orange’s Undefeated Run

Reigning state champion Southern Durham won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night in Hillsborough, dealing Orange its first loss of the season 27-23, on its way to the Big Eight conference championship.

It took a furious finish for the Spartans to get past the inspired Panthers who came out strong, building a 23-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Panther head coach Pat Moser must be getting tired of facing the Spartans.

The Spartans (11-0, 7-0 Big 8) beat Orange (10-1, 6-1) for the third straight time since the start of the Big Eight last season.  In fact, Orange hasn’t lost to any other opponent since 2012. Southern also ended Orange’s unbeaten season in the regular-season finale last year 55-41 and eliminated Orange in the third round of the playoffs 31-24.

Southern used a successful onside kick in the fourth quarter to score two touchdowns and overcome a 23-14 deficit. Star senior quarterback Kendall Hinton scored the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown run with 1:54 left.

In other Big Eight action Friday night, Northwood (9-2, 5-2) claimed a 31-6 win over Cardinal Gibbons (6-5, 3-4) and Chapel Hill (8-3, 4-3) dispatched Cedar Ridge (4-7, 2-5) 42-30.

The 3-AA state playoff brackets will be released this weekend. The Big 8 figures to play a starring role in the tournament action with at least four teams guaranteed slots.

The Grid: Week 11

This week, we’ll have a double dose of high school football action on WCHL, 97.9 FM with live broadcasts on both Thursday and Friday night, Halloween.

Thursday night, we’ll take you out to Chapel Hill, where the 7-2 Tigers will host the 7-2 Northwood Chargers in a Big 8 battle that promises to come right down to the wire.

Both squads are primed for the showdown. The Tigers are coming off a 14-0 shutout win against Cardinal Gibbons, while the Chargers demolished Northern Vance 56-7.

WCHL’s Jeff Hamlin and former Cedar Ridge head coach Chris Casey will have the call starting with pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m., and they’ll take you right through the game with live play-by-play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

It will all begin with a special Thursday edition of ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ starting at 6 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the stage will be set with interviews from all the area head coaches, analysis and predictions from the night’s biggest games, the selection of The Grid Great of the Week, as well as the unveiling of the WCHL/ Super Six rankings.

We’ll continue our double dose of high school football action on WCHL on Halloween night.

We’ll take you over to Raleigh, where the 9-0 Orange Panthers will continue their drive for an undefeated season in another Big 8 battle at 6-3 Cardinal Gibbons.

The Panthers are coming off a 49-0 shutout win against Webb, while the Crusaders were shut out themselves by the Tigers of Chapel Hill.

WCHL’s Jeff Hamlin will have the call starting with pregame coverage at 6:30 p.m., and he’ll take you right through the game with live play-by-play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

As always, ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’ will open proceedings at 6 p.m.

The Grid: Week Ten

Week ten of high school football action on WCHL features another Big 8 battle as 6-2 Chapel Hill continues its tough gauntlet of games by welcoming 6-2 Cardinal Gibbons to town.

The Tigers lost a heartbreaking 38-37 decision to the undefeated Orange Panthers last week and will be hungry to bounce back with a win against the perennial powerhouse Crusaders.

Paul Connell will have the call of the 7 p.m. Friday kickoff  on 97.9 FM, WCHL. Live pregame coverage from Chapel Hill will begin at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll also bring you live streaming right here on of the 3-5 Carrboro Jaguars as they try to mount a playoff push starting with conference rival Jordan-Matthews. Jeff Hamlin will have the play-by-play for you there.

And don’t forget to start your evening off with ‘The Grid with Matt & Matt’, WCHL’s exclusive high school football pregame show hosted by Matt Oakes and Matt Paul.

At 6 p.m., the stage will be set with interviews from all the area head coaches, analysis and predictions from the night’s biggest games, the selection of The Grid Great of the Week, as well as the unveiling of the WCHL/ Super Six rankings.