Southern senior running back Jordon Brown is no one-trick pony.
Brown recently was honored with one of Tom Suiter’s WRAL Extra Effort Awards for his accomplishments off the field as well as on.
The University North Carolina recruit ranks third in his class at Southern and is a role model to the other students.
“My parents and family always stressed making good grades,” Brown said on WRAL. “It’s not something that gets rewarded; it’s just something that they expect for me to do.”
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Brown, who has 4.4 speed in the 40, will always be remembered for catching the winning touchdown pass to give the Spartans the 2013 3AA state football championship.
“If we’re down and we need a big play, I go to Jordon and say, ‘All right Jordon, it’s time for you to do what you do, and that’s to get us in the end zone,’” said Southern head coach Darius Robinson, who was an assistant on the championship team. “It’s his speed and instincts and his vision to get into the open field that makes him special.”
Brown, who has committed to play in the North Carolina Shrine Bowl, said it’s all about confidence.
“You have to have that belief that you can score every play to be that great player,” he said. “I want to compete to win every game and compete to win every play.”
Voyager Academy seniors Jay Huff and Megan Harris made their college choices official last Thursday.
Huff, a 6-foot-1 forward, will take his talents to the University of Virginia. Megan Harris, a 6-foot outside hitter, signed to play volleyball at Radford.
VA volleyball finished its 22-5 season with a 3-0 loss to defending state champion Princeton in the 1A state championships.
Boys basketball is off to a 4-0 start with blowout wins over Durham School of the Arts (twice), Oxford Preparatory and Durham Flight. The Vikings had a big matchup Tuesday against Durham Academy (past the DN’s deadline) before taking a week off. They return to the court Dec. 1 at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest.
VA will make its inaugural appearance in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational next month at Raleigh’s Broughton High School. The two brackets of eight boys basketball teams will showcase some of the best talent across the country.
Breakfast of champions
Durham Academy has initiated a Breakfast of Champions student-athlete leadership series. The first breakfast was Nov. 17 at the academy.
Each meeting will feature a local college athlete speaking on topics suggested by DA students. And, of course, breakfast.
Debbie Savarino and Tonya Petrucci of the Parents Athletic Council devised the idea.
“We live in an area populated by universities and colleges. We kind of think it’s a miss if we don’t tap into that well of experience, emotion and knowledge,” Savarino said. “Kids relate to kids. Why not have these amazing student-athletes who have gone on to great universities in our area talk to our kids here at DA and walk them through their experience.”
The breakfast will be held quarterly, with the next meeting in January at a time to be announced. Those who are interested should email: BofCDA@gmail.com.
The Bull City Legacy, Durham’s professional basketball team, is back for its third season in the Tobacco Road Basketball League. The Legacy began the season Nov. 7 and will continue through April 30. All games are played at the Walltown Recreation Center on Club Boulevard.
At games, fans can see local players like Antonia Battle from Northern, and Charles Futrell and J’Mell Walters from North Carolina Central.