High Schools

Stevens: Friday night comes early for area football teams

tstevens@newsobserver.comAugust 30, 2012 

Friday night football comes a day early for 10 area high school teams Thursday night. They will get the jump on the Labor Day weekend, and dodge a conflict with Friday night’s televised game between N.C. State and Tennessee.

The lineup has Broughton at Garner; South Johnston at Clayton; Corinth Holders at Heritage; Durham Jordan at Leesville Road and Southern Nash at Bunn. All of the games start at 7 p.m., except Bunn’s, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Former Garner coach Hal Stewart regularly scheduled games on the Thursday prior to Labor Day weekend.

“I got taught a lesson one year when we played Northern Durham,” he said. “It fell a flood (of rain) on Friday night and we had to postpone. We rescheduled for Monday, Labor Day, and the game really messed up a lot of families’ holiday plans. Plus, we played what should have been one of the big games of the season in front of empty stands. People were just getting back in town.

“From then on, we played on Thursday if we were at home on the Labor Day weekend.”

Apex starts from : First-year Apex girls volleyball coach Emily Regan developed her team’s mental strength this week before a key Tri-Nine 4A match against Green Hope. Apex won 25-21, 25-23, 25-20.

“(Regan) had us do drills where we would be behind by five points and we had to win the game. And if we didn’t, we would run,” Apex senior Megan Hooks said. “She just prepared us through the week, being down and having to come back up, and being mentally strong and having each other’s back and having confidence in each other.”

Regan had heard stories about last year’s games between the two defending conference co-champions. Green Hope won three straight games to take a 3-2 win at Apex in the teams’ first game in 2011. Apex beat Green Hope 3-0 in the next meeting and Green Hope eked out a 3-2 win the third game, which was for playoff seeding.

Bunn forfeits: School officials learned that the team used an ineligible player in its 37-21 season-opening win over Rocky Mount and have forfeited the victory. The Wildcats, who are No. 16 in The N&O rankings, are 0-2 following last week’s 20-13 loss to Wilson Fike.

Ravenscroft Soccer Invitational: The Ravens will host the 40th Annual Soccer Invitational Sept. 6-8.

The tournament is the longest-running high school soccer tournament in the Southeastern United States and this year is a part of the school’s 150th anniversary.

The field includes defending tournament champion Cardinal Gibbons, Charlotte Latin, Fayetteville Academy, Sanford Grace Christian, North Raleigh Christian, Charlotte Providence Day, Ravenscroft and High Point Wesleyan.

Rams win streak on the line: Word of God, which has won 25 consecutive football games, plays Hobgood Academy Friday at Wilders Grove Youth Center. Word of God, the two-time defending N.C. Independent School Athletic Association champion, does not have an on campus field.

Hood-to-Coast: A group of Ravenscroft students, most of them cross country runners, participated in the Hood-to-Coast relay last week, raising more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The relay race, which was about 200 miles long, began at Oregon’s Mt. Hood and finished at Seaside, Ore.

Cross country team members Max Haensel, Claire Fuscoe, Emily Bedsole, William Christman, Chase Duncan, Meghan Jenkins, Spencer Knudsen, Rebecca Powell, Andrew Smith and Caroline Zuckerman were joined by classmates Emily Ratliff and David Dameron.

Game needed: Nash Central needs a football opponent for Sept. 5, 2013. Contact Mike Moseley at 252-451-2862.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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