NHS’s Bill Hall To Call Step Aside After One More Season

Northwood High School football head coach Bill Hall says he’s only got one season left in him.

According to the News and Observer, Hall says he’s “tired of being tired”. He says since the job has become a year-round position, he can’t justify the amount of money he makes with the amount of time he puts into it. Therefore, he says he’ll make this upcoming season his last.

Hall has led the Chargers for 15 years and has been at the school for 27 years.

Northwood finished last season 8-4, 4-3 in the 3A Big Eight conference. The Chargers were knocked out of the first round of the NCSHAA state championship tournament in the first round by Eastern Alamance.


Orange, Chapel Hill Boys To Meet In NCHSAA Second Round

Originally posted February 24, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

Five area teams made it past the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, and one giant round-two meeting waits in the wings.

In 3A boys’ play, No. 1 seed Orange cruised to a 75-51 victory against No. 32 seed South Brunswick. The Panthers host the No. 16-seeded Chapel Hill Tigers Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Western Guilford Hornets, 55-53 with a buzzer-beater by Josh Hennen.

**The Chapel Hill-Orange game will be broadcast exclusively on Chapelboro.com. Pregame coverage beings at 6:30 p.m.; tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinal Gibbons boys’ season came to a close with a 68-55 decision against Havelock.

The Chapel Hill girls put on yet another dominant performance with their 77-17 defeat of Topsail. The No. 1-seeded Tigers host the No. 16-seeded Swansboro Pirates Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Pirates took down Orange County’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolves 47-28.

Also in 3A girls basketball, the Northwood Chargers season came to an end after an overtime defeat by the hands of Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford. The Bulldogs took down the Chargers 44-40.

No. 10 seed Cardinal Gibbons snuck past No. 23 seed Eastern Guilford, 60-56. On Wednesday, the Crusaders hit the road to take on the No. 7 seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors in Goldsboro.

In 2A girls’ play, the No. 24-seeded Carrboro Jaguars pulled off a big upset against the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils, 48-38. The Jaguars face another tough opponent in the second round, the No. 8-seeded Beddingfield Bruins in Wilson Wednesday night.

The Carrboro boys didn’t fare as well, falling 62-50 as the No. 22 seed to No. 11 seed Warren County.

To see all the brackets of the NCHSAA tournaments, you can read this story on our website, Chapelboro.com.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket
2A Girls’ Bracket
2A Boys’ Bracket


Big Eight Basketball: Top Seeds Move To Round Two

Top seeds advanced from the first round of the 3A Big Eight conference tournament Wednesday night on their home courts whittling the field down to four boys’ and four girls’ teams.

The undefeated Chapel Hill girls limited county-foe Orange to just a single point in each of the first two quarters. The Panthers scored eight in the third and eight in the fourth, but the outcome of the 69-18 decision was never in question. The Tigers host the Southern Spartans Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Southern knocked Northwood out of the postseason.

The Cardinal Gibbons girls cruised to a 71-17 victory against Northern Vance. The Crusaders face either Cedar Ridge or Webb in round two Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Raleigh.

The Chapel Hill boys held off Northwood 53-49 to advance to round two where the Tigers face the Southern Spartans Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Freshman sensation David Caraher blocked a shot by a Charger with just seconds remaining that kept the game from going to overtime and set up a double header between Chapel Hill and Southern. The Spartans took down the Webb Warriors 72-66.

The No. 1 seeded Orange Panther boys advanced with a 73-65 win against Northern Vance Wednesday. Senior J.D. Brooks led the Panthers with a double-double, 22 points and 12 rebounds. Cardinal Gibbons travels to Hillsborough Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff to see which team advances to the championship game. The Crusaders took down the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, 64-48.

Friday night’s championship games, hosted by Chapel Hill High School, will be broadcast on WCHL and here beginning at 5:00 p.m. with tipoffs at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


WCHL To Broadcast Big Eight Title Games Friday Night

Chapel Hill High School hosts the Big Eight Conference tournament championship games Friday night, and WCHL will broadcast both the girls’ and boys’ matchups.

“With four of our six area teams in the Big Eight, we’re ready to bring you the final games before the state playoffs,” says Ran Northam, WCHL’s News and Sports Director and the play-by-play announcer for high school basketball. “Orange County is home to some of the best teams in the state, and we’re excited to follow them along their journey.”

The undefeated girls’ basketball team of Chapel Hill High School—the top seed in the tournament—is a favorite to breeze right through to the championship game. Monday night’s victory against Cardinal Gibbons, 46-28, which was broadcast live on Chapelboro.com, was evidence of the Tigers’ dominance. The Crusaders are the No. 2 seed in the Big Eight tournament.

The Orange Panthers and Chapel Hill Tigers boys’ teams tied for the regular season title and are likely to meet up Friday night. However, nearby teams like Southern and Cardinal Gibbons have given both teams some trouble this season and will be in the hunt for an upset.

The girls’ game tips off at 5:30 p.m.; Paul Connell will have the call. The boys’ game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m.; Ran Northam will have the call.

It all begins Friday night at 5:00 p.m. with WCHL Gameday live from Chapel Hill High School. Tune in on 97.9 FM and streaming live online at Chapelboro.com.


3A Big-Eight Conference Basketball Brackets Announced

CHAPEL HILL – Five local high school basketball teams are taking top seeds into the 3A Big-Eight conference tournament, which tips off Wednesday night.

The undefeated Chapel Hill High School girls host county-rival Orange in the opening round. Cedar Ridge plays host in the three-versus-five matchup, while Northwood hosts Southern Durham in the four-five contest.

On the boys’ side, the Orange Panthers and Chapel Hill Tigers split the regular season championship with 12-2 records in Big-Eight play. The Panthers took both games against the Tigers and, as the No. 1 seed, host Northern Vance Wednesday in the opening round. Chapel Hill plays host to Northwood.

Chapel Hill is the host of this year’s tournament championship for the girls and the boys, and Friday night’s contests tip at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.. You can hear them live on WCHL and Chapelboro.com with pregame coverage beginning at 5:00 p.m.








Northwood Dominates Southern Lee, 56-31

PITTSBORO – Ti Pinnix and Jalen Smith are just a couple of cousins playing a game of catch football.
At least it seems that way.
The Northwood High tandem was electric for the second straight week, leading the Chargers to a dominating 56-31 win over an overpowered Southern Lee squad Friday night.
Pinnix threw for an amazing 500 yards, completing 29 of 49 passes. He wasn’t perfect, tossing a pair of picks, but it didn’t seem to matter much as the Chargers built a 17-9 halftime lead.
Pinnix connected with Smith for a 75-yard scoring strike late in the opening quarter. Pinnix found Smith a second time for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second stanza as the Chargers took control.
Lee was in the contest early, taking a 9-7 lead on a safety and an Emond Caldwell to Aaron Blockman 24-yard touchdown pass.
Anthony Castro’s 23 yard field goal and Smith’s scoring grab put Northwood ahead for good, however. Smith finished with 10 catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns for a second straight terrific game for the wideout.
Northwood’s running game actually iced the contest after intermission as Kadarus Rone piled up most of his 74 yards, including touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Caldwell passed for 320 yards and three scores, but completed just 18 of 43 passes. Blockman had 10 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns though most of Lee’s offense came with the contest out of reach.
Northwood is 2-0 to start the season, following a rout of East Chapel Hill in the opener, but coach Bill Hall said he sees plenty of room for improvement.
“Offensively we have got to get better,” Hall said. “But I do see improvement with every play.”
Despite allowing a batch of points, Hall liked his team’s defensive play.
“Our defensive line played well and we forced them to throw the ball,” he noted.