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.


WCHL Introduces Chapelboro Cup for 2014 High School Football

CHAPEL HILL – Chapelboro and WCHL are excited to announce the Chapelboro Cup, an award to be given annually to the Chapelboro-area high school football team with the best record.

“The competition among our six area schools is at a very high level every year,” says Ran Northam, WCHL’s News and Sports Director. “Each of the last two years, one or more of our teams has made it to the state semifinals after winning their conference tournament. Despite the teams being spread across multiple conferences, the strong cross-town rivalries make for consistently thrilling matchups.”

Chapelboro’s six area teams are the Chapel Hill Tigers, East Chapel Hill Wildcats, Carrboro Jaguars, Orange Panthers, Cedar Ridge Red Wolves, and Northwood Chargers.

The Chapelboro Cup shows WCHL’s and Chapelboro’s continued commitment to coverage of local high school athletics. Last year we created a second broadcast for high school football games each Friday night so that at least two and as many as four of our teams are on the air each week. We also have a page devoted to high school athletics on Chapelboro.com, which will get a makeover next year with the creation of the Chapelboro Cup.

Full details will be released before the kickoff of the 2014 high school football season.


WCHL To Broadcast Chapel Hill Girls’ Basketball Season Finale

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill High School girls’ basketball team has already recorded its best record in school history, and WCHL will be there to broadcast what could be the cap on its undefeated regular season.

2013-2014 Tigers (Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill High School)

2013-2014 Tigers (Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill High School)

“Sherry Norris has another great team, and we’re very excited to usher in the postseason with the Tigers’ final regular season game on our airwaves,” says Ran Northam, WCHL’s News and Sports Director and the play-by-play announcer for high school basketball.

“This team is a very special group of girls,” CHHS girls’ basketball head coach Sherry Norris says. “They had an outstanding year last year, losing in the state championship game, but I think we took a lot from that loss, and the girls matured a lot in a year’s time.”

This is the second meeting of the season between the Tigers and Crusaders. It will also determine whether or not Chapel Hill takes the outright regular season Big-Eight championship. The Tigers hold a one-game lead over the Crusaders.

“This game against Cardinal Gibbons should be a good game,” Norris says.

In addition, WCHL will announce some exciting news about the 2014 football season during the broadcast.

It all begins Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with WCHL Gameday live from Chapel Hill High School. Tune in on 97.9 FM and streaming live online here.


Football ‘Mercy Rule’ On The Table in Spring NCHSAA Meeting

CHAPEL HILL–North Carolina high school football will likely implement an official ‘mercy rule’ for the 2014 season.

But the N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors will get input from the football coaches association before anything is finalized.

As of now, coaches can agree to end a game early or use a running clock if a game gets too lopsided.

The recommendation was that whenever the point differential exceeds 42 by halftime or at any point in the second half, a running clock would be instituted or the game would be ended altogether by mutual agreement.

The recommendation will be formally proposed at the NCHSAA board of director’s spring meeting.

NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield says the coaches of the winners of the blowout contests voiced the most concern.

“In many senses, the winning team was looked at negatively because it felt like they were continuing to run the score up, when in actuality it was the other team that didn’t want to do that,” Whitfield says.


The Grid with Matt & Matt: Playoffs-Round Two

CHAPEL HILL–  The hunt for the high school football state championship rolls on Friday night with the second round of the playoffs. Postseason play leaves no room for error and 11-1 Orange High School looks to stay alive when they face Cleveland.

Tune in to the 11-1 Orange “Crush” Panthers as they attempt to set up a rematch with Southern Durham, the team that spoiled their run at an undefeated regular season a couple weeks ago. Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will be traveling to take on a worthy opponent in 9-3 Cleveland. Orange will need their stingy defense to slow down the Ram attack.

Tune in to coverage from Clayton with Paul Connell and Jeff Hamlin Friday at 7 p.m. on 97. 9 FM, WCHL and streaming live on Chapelboro.com.

And don’t forget, Friday at 6:30 p.m., WCHL’s lively duo of Matt Oakes and Matt Paul wil have your pregame show. They’ll be breaking down the big game, sitting down with the head coaches of many of your favorite teams, releasing WCHL/Chapelboro.com’s Super Six rankings, making some bold predictions, and unveiling The Grid Great of the Week. And this week, Matt & Matt will be selecting their Play of the 2013 Regular Season.

You can catch up on the entire season of The Grid with Matt & Matt by clicking here.

This Friday, Matt and Matt will chat with Orange’s Pat Moser and Northwood’s Bill Hall.



Opinion: The Whole Nine Yards

PURE PREMIUM ORANGE:  It’s disappointing but probably appropriate that Orange is the lone remaining squad from our area to still be in the state high school football playoffs.

Despite a tough regular season finale loss at Southern Durham, Orange is a premier program in the entire region. The Panthers, whom we re-dubbed the ‘Crush’ as an homage to the John Elway/Tom Jackson Broncos of the past and this team’s awesome defense, moved on to the second round with a 31-3 win over Rocky Mount.

Orange lived up to its billing, collecting five sacks in yet another stellar defensive effort.

The ‘Crush’ will take on a tough Cleveland squad in round two. Cleveland thumped Gray’s Creek 33-13. Isaac Martin ran for 117 yards and three scores while Aaron Farmer threw for 114 yards and ran for 109 more to lead the victors.

DOWN AND OUT: Chapel Hill was thumped by Southern Durham 40-6 and Pittsboro fell to Eastern Alamance in a 56-21 rout, capping both their seasons.

Brandon Wendel, a WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Grid Great of the Week’ during the regular season, opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run but the Spartans rolled from there behind quarterback Kendall Hinton’s 67-yard scamper. The senior amassed 352 yards of total offense – 181 passing, 171 rushing – and two touchdowns.

The Chargers were never in their road contest, as Bill Hall’s troops fell behind 35-0 at the half. Malcolm Summers had three touchdowns – 40- and 50-yard rushing plays and a 73-yard pass reception for the winners, who travel to nemesis Western Alamance tonight.

‘MATT & MATT’ ROLL ON: Matt Oakes and I will recap all three playoff tilts, interview an area coach or two and select our WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Grid Great Of The Week’ Friday night at 6p on our weekly show. If time allows, which lately is has not in our jam-packed show, we’ll also run down our ‘Super Six’ poll of area teams.

Last week, Orange proved it’s a worthy No. 1 with the area’s lone playoff win, while No. 2 and No. 3 Northwood and Chapel Hill bowed out in the opening round. The Chargers still had an impressive campaign, while the Tigers competed in several games but failed to pull out a significant win.

No. 4 Carrboro opened the season 3-0, including a win over Chapel Hill, but floundered in dropping seven of eight. No. 5 East Chapel Hill and No. 6 Cedar Ridge capped their regular seasons with improved play but they are where they are in the poll for a reason.


HS Football Roundup: Orange Marches On While CH, Northwood Bow Out

DURHAM– Round one of the state playoffs in high school football featured some intriguing match-ups involving three local schools.

Chapel Hill’s season came to an end with a 40-6 loss at Southern Durham. Somehow, the Tigers found a way to slip into the playoffs with a 4-7 record, but the 9-2 Spartans were too much for them on this night.

With the victory, Southern Durham improved to 10-2 on the year and moved on to the second round of the tournament where they will face a daunting challenge against Cardinal Gibbons.

Meanwhile over in Hillsborough, the 10-1 Orange Panthers were busy shutting down 8-3 Rocky Mount in a 31-3 decision.

The vaunted Panther defense reappeared Friday night after a hiatus against Southern Durham a week ago. Running back Tay Jones recorded a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Next up, Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will take on 9-3 Cleveland in the second round.

If both Orange and Southern Durham win their games next week, they will meet for an anticipated rematch of their regular season finale that saw the Spartans spoil Orange’s run at an undefeated season.

Not to be forgotten, the Northwood Chargers were in playoff action Friday night as well. Things didn’t go too well for Head Coach Bill Hall’s team as they fell 56-21 on the road at Eastern Alamance.

Northwood tailback Kadarus Rone fumbled the ball away early on in the first quarter. The turnover resulted in a score for the Eagles, and Eastern Alamance never looked back from there as they lit up the scoreboard to advance.



The Grid w/ Matt & Matt: Playoffs-Round 1

CHAPEL HILL– The brackets are set. And the hunt for the state championship begins Friday night with the first round of the playoffs. Postseason play leaves no room for error as three of our area schools face elimination.

On Chapelboro.com at 7 p.m., tune in to the 10-1 Orange “Crush” Panthers as they attempt to rebound from that stunning loss at Southern Durham last week. Head Coach Pat Moser’s squad will be hosting a worthy opponent in Rocky Mount. Orange will need their stingy defense to reemerge to make a deep push into the tournament.

Will the Panthers be able to shut down the Rocky Mount attack and advance to the second round of the playoffs? You won’t want to miss any of the action.

Tune in to coverage from Hillsborough with Jeff Hamlin Friday at 7 p.m. exclusively on Chapelboro.com.

In the other feature game of the night, Chapel Hill will head over to Southern Durham to take on the high-flying attack of the 9-2 conference champion Spartans. The Chapel Hill Tigers are a much more formidable team than their 4-7 record suggests so this one could be a competitive affair.

Tune in to coverage from Durham with Paul Connell Friday at 7 p.m. exclusively on Chapelboro.com.

And don’t forget, each Friday at 6 p.m., WCHL’s lively duo of Matt Oakes and Matt Paul will be breaking down all the big games, sitting down with the head coaches of many of your favorite teams, releasing WCHL/Chapelboro.com’s Super Six rankings, making some bold predictions, and unveiling The Grid Great of the Week.

You can catch up on the entire season of The Grid with Matt & Matt by clicking here.

This Friday, Matt and Matt will chat with Orange’s Pat Moser, Chapel Hill’s Isaac Marsh, and Northwood’s Bill Hall.



Opinion: The Whole Nine Yards

AT A LOSS: The area’s top two teams, No. 1 Orange and No. 2 Northwood head into the playoffs with a bad taste in their respective mouths. The Panthers squandered an opportunity to finish with their first perfect regular season in 50 years, falling to Southern Durham in a 55-41 shootout.

Northwood, meanwhile, lost a shot at gaining a home playoff opener with its 55-14 rout at the hands of Cardinal Gibbons. The Chargers secondary, which has been spotty at times this season, struggled containing quarterback Sean Stankavage, who led his team into the postseason by passing for seven touchdowns.

Orange still earned a first-round playoff game at home vs. Rocky Mount, whom the ‘Crush’ should handle. Northwood hits the road to take on Eastern Alamance, which boasts an identical 8-3 mark as the Chargers.
FOUR SCORE: Chapel Hill came within a play or two of recording big wins over Orange and/or Northwood, but with Friday’s 30-28 conquest of an improving Cedar Ridge program the Tigers still made the playoffs.
Chapel Hill, among a few 4-7 teams to gain an at-large playoff berth, travels to Durham to face a powerhouse Southern squad. The Tigers have displayed offensive fireworks at times this season and staunch defensive play at others. They’ll need both sides of the ball to be nearly perfect, however, to pull off an upset Friday.
PESKY POLL: Despite losses by teams at the top of the WCHL/Chapelboro.com ‘Super Six’ and better play by programs at the bottom it isn’t likely much upheaval will take place with No. 1 Orange and No. 2 Northwood leading the way. Chapel Hill is a solid No. 3, as well.
No. 4 Carrboro, despite falling apart with losses in seven of their last eight games, still chalked up early-season wins over Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill in a 3-0 start. That seems like ages ago, right? And how the heck did the Jaguars beat the Tigers anyway?
No. 5 East Chapel Hill, which defeated Jordan Durham 14-7 and No. 6 Cedar Ridge deserve credit for finishing the regular season with improved play, but they could be stuck at the bottom of the poll.
Find out for sure as Matt Oakes and Matt Paul review the week’s action and preview the playoff picture Friday night on “The Grid With Matt & Matt”. The show airs at 6pm on WCHL 97.9 FM with a listener link available on chapelboro.com.

HS Football Roundup: Southern Durham Spoils Orange’s Perfection, Chapel Hill Claims Cedar Ridge Win

DURHAM– All eyes were fixed on Southern Durham for Orange High School’s visit in pursuit of an undefeated season. The Panthers had dominated play all season long.

But it was not to be on this night, as Southern Durham posted an incredible 55 points on the vaunted Panther defense to pull off the 55-41 upset victory and spoil Head Coach Pat Moser’s pursuit of perfection and in the process, claim the conference title with a perfect 7-0 record in league play.

Orange fell to 10-1 on the season while Southern Durham moved to 9-2 in 2013. Now, both squads will turn their attention to the playoffs in hopes of hoisting a state championship trophy.

In other area action, Chapel Hill squeaked by Cedar Ridge 30-28 to finish the year at 4-7. East Chapel finished the year on a high note with a 14-7 victory over Jordan. And in a surprising score line, Northwood was throttled by Cardinal Gibbons 55-14.