DURHAM - Marvin Tillman picked off a pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown, lifting Southern Durham to a 31-24 win over Orange in a thrilling North Carolina 3AA third-round playoff game Friday night.
Tillman’s key pick came off a pass attempt from Orange backup quarterback Bryse Wilson, who replaced Panthers starter Garrett Cloer late in the contest. Cloer was knocked around by Spartans defenders and couldn’t return to action after one particularly hard hit, possibly suffering a concussion.
Wilson atoned for his error with a touchdown pass to Artrell Stewart in the final minute, but Orange failed to collect its ensuing onside kick attempt. Cameron Johnson jumped on the pigskin and Southern Durham then ran out the clock.
“They have really good athletes who made really big plays,” a disappointed Orange coach Pat Moser told reporters. “Southern is deserving and they are definitely a state contender.”
Orange was as well, suffering just two losses all season — both to Southern Durham — including the regular season finale.
The Panthers showed their toughness throughout this contest, forging a 10-10 lead at intermission on a Cloer to Ky Muller 35 yard touchdown pass play and a Brad Barbee field goal.
The Spartans, who barely had the ball in the second quarter, still got a Jordan Brown 2 yard touchdown run and Leonardo Orozco field goal to keep the contest level.
Orange took a 17-10 lead as Patrick Pettiford snared the limelight with an electric 86 yard kick return to open the second half, which he followed with a 5 yard scoring run.
Southern Durham began to pull away later in the third quarter, however, on touchdowns by William Cameron and Brown.
Tillman’s heroics made it 31-17 before the Panthers fought back with the final score.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/orange-hs-fball-season-halted-durham/
CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Consisting of more than 400 members and coordinating with 400 high schools in North Carolina, the NCHSAA tries to use education based athletics.
Executive director of the NCHSAA, Davis Whitfield, comments on some of the goals for the program.
“We have a strong student services program where we teach leadership, integrity those values that we feel like education based athletics provides for our young people in North Carolina” said Whitfield.
After 100 years of teaching high school athletes core values and improving athletics around the state, Whitfield considers NC high school athletics to be very strong and full of rich talent.
“Athletics is strong in North Carolina right now, and we’re excited about that, there are more and more young people participating, there are new programs that are growing” says Whitfield.
High school athletics doesn’t end with the players, but that it also extends into the community. Athletics can help bring communities together and create a stronger bond between the people of the communities and the high school.
“I think you have something special with high school athletics because you not only represent your high school but your community and families and in a way that brings your community together” said Whitfield.
For the upcoming year, the NCHSAA has several changes planned to improve athletics. Whitfield says the association plans on investing in communication technology to improve communication with the schools, provide professional development for both students and coaches, provide additional revenue for the schools, as well as some building renovations.
“Well we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us Ron, we just completed the first year of our strategic plan so we’ll move into the second year of that, and certainly with that, that lays out a plan and a map for us to pursue over the next three to five years” said Whitfield.
The Association also has a commemorative book available for the 100th anniversary of the association. The book contains a history of some high school athletics in NC and several great pictures and information. For more information on a commemorative book call 919-240-7401.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/nchsaa-100th-anniversary/
CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its “100 to Remember: Coaches” list and among those honored is Chapel Hill High’s own Sherry Norris.
Norris, who coaches women’s volleyball and basketball, has been coaching for more than 35 years, says she continues coaching because it’s still exciting for her and it gives her the opportunity to support women’s sports.
“It was my goal, because I was never able to play sports, was to be an advocate and give girls the same opportunity that boys had at the high school level,” Norris said.
Before Title IX, high schools were not required to give equal access to men’s and women’s athletics, and in Norris’ Bladenboro High School in Bladen County, this meant women’s sports fell through the cracks.
“There was basically a budget crunch and when they had that budget crisis, they cut girls’ sports at the high school that I ended up attending,” Norris said.
Norris added that the only athletic options available to women were cheerleading and being a marching band major.
In her time as a coach, Norris has led the Chapel Hill High Tigers to more than 500 wins in women’s basketball and more than 700 wins in volleyball, making her the high school coach with the most wins in North Carolina.
Norris, who also won the Toby Webb Coach of the Year award last year, says she attributes her winning record to setting a good example for her players to follow.
“One of the things that makes you a good coach is that you have to demonstrate certain qualities to your players and that’s a willingness to work hard, to be committed to the team,” Norris said. “I have done that over the years and by modeling that type of behavior, I really feel like my players commit to the program and the team that they’re on.”
The NCHSAA’s top “100 to Remember: Coaches” list is part of a series of lists the organization is releasing in honor of its 100th anniversary this year.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/nchsaa-recognizes-local-coach-as-one-of-top-100-in-the-state/
CHAPEL HILL – The NC High School Athletic Association has made a key change concerning high school students who transfer. The association’s board of directors implemented a new rule saying that student who transfer with out a “legitimate address change” will be ineligible for athletics for one year.
But school systems will have the power to override the NCHSAA rules for transfers with in its own jurisdiction.
“I think it’s a good rule of thumb that would cut out some of the gossip that’s out there about kids going to different school or different county to play a specific sport,” Steinert said.
Davis Whitfield, the NCHSAA commissioner, says the board will strictly enforce the rule, which passed earlier this month. He says in most, if not all cases, the board will make student transfers from an outside the LEA— or Local Education Agency— sit-out one full year if they can’t prove a valid change of address.
“I don’t think we have implanted this policy to then make exception for the policy,” Whitfield said.
The two school systems with in Orange County make-up an LEA.
Whitfield says that under the current release and acceptance practice—a student could request a release from their current LEA and if it’s granted, they can then apply for acceptance in another LEA. After both the release and acceptance are granted—the student can play athletics immediately for in their new school system. Now the student will have to prove a change of address as well to be able to play sports.
Whitfield says the need to a stricter policy became apparent when the NCHSAA saw a lot of questionable transferring happening across the state recently.
“I think our schools recognized that there’s quite a bit of movement not only with in an LEA but across an LEA,” Whitfield said. “Let’s remember, high school athletics are a privilege and not a right. Students have a right to an education. It’s every child’s right and every parent’s right for their child. But, we also have to make sure that we have the appropriate checks and balances are in place as it relates to the athletic participation piece.”
Steinert says transfers for athletic reasons are not allowed in the CHCCS system. However, a student may transfer for another reason and still play a sport.
In 2010-2011, 171 high school students transferred with in the CHCCS system according to the registrar’s office. In 2011-2012, 167 high students transferred, and then in ‘12-’13 so far—122 students.
The database is not able to distinguish whether or not those students played sports or the details regarding their address changes.
In ‘11-‘12, 395 new high school students transferred from outside the system.
In ‘12-’13, 367 high school students have transferred-in so far.
Steinert says the CHCCS high school athletic directors and principals are compiling a list of recommendations to the current system transfer policy.
“We’ll go to the CHCCS Board of Education and be tweaking that policy this summer as to what the rules and regulations are going to look like for the system,” said Steinert. “But this is really going to get us to look at what is and what is not a good reason for kids to transfer.”http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/nchsaa-restricts-athletic-eligibility-for-high-school-transfers/