The News & Observer’s high school sports previews began on July 31 and have been a daily presence in print ever since. The crescendo will build up right until the Sunday before fall sports begin with previews on all area sports and continue up until the first Friday night of high school football.
Below, we’ve organized our work so far into one blog and we’ll add to it as new N&O previews are completed.
N&O football previews
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New coachSteve Johnson brings championship experience.
What could be abetter sendoff for Chargers coach Bill Hall than a playoff run?
Keep your version of“Johnny Football.” The Bulldogs have their own.
Did he saysix Wildcats players run a 4.5 or faster? Yes he did.
A faster startcould go a long way for new Golden Hawks coach.
The Prideunderwent big changes, from its coach to its stars.
Could the Tigersbe a Big Eight sleeper after 4-8 a year ago?
Ben Penny is aHawks alumnus, hopes to keep program on the rise.
The Warriors couldrip off many big plays with this group.
: Depth? Check.Star players? Not so much. Crusaders are an intriguing team.
Abig sophomore class will have to help replace Catamounts seniors.
Last year the Wolverineshad all the right replacements; can it happen again?
: After a 2-9 season,the Trojans are confident in a turnaround.
: New coach Chris Howell says the Pirateswill continue trending up after 8-4 season.
The Comets arerunning the spread, and have the speed to kill.
What canthe Knights do for an encore to the best season in school history?
The Falconssay their next step as a program is winning a playoff game... or the SWAC.
New coach,same results? The Rams have the defense to make it work.
The Yellow Jacketscould have major success after back-to-back 9-win seasons.
Scary thought –the Panthers say they’re bigger and faster than last season.
The Bengalshope to fly under the radar this season, which doesn’t happen often.
With abreakout year behind them, the Wildcats won’t be complacent.
Loaded again?The Hornets want to improve on last year’s rebuilding year.
Nyheim Hinesis great, but the Trojans know the key is how tough the defense plays.
Onthe verge of being a powerhouse, Mustangs only focused on the now.
The Cougarshope they can get back to the title game with better injury luck.
Almost everyone isback for the 3AA champs, who are hungry for a repeat.
• Cap Eight preview:teams have title aspirations
• PAC-6 preview:Everyone’s chasing Hillside.
• SWAC preview:Middle Creek and Green Hope getting the preseason buzz
• Greater Neuse preview:A jumbled race ahead.
• Big Eight:arguably the best 3A league in the state returns a ton of talent.
• Two Rivers:Now that everyone knows everyone, a close race expected.
• Northern Carolina:Bunn has the edge to overtake South Granville.
• Others:Big East Independent, North Johnston, Carrboro.
N&O community paper football previews
•East Chapel Hill:
Wildcats prepfor the season just weeks after landing a new head coach.
With new coach,Panthers changing up the offense after a winless season.
ThePirates will have one of the area’s top passing attacks.
The Bulldogswere young last year, hope this year is a return to glory.
Excitementbuilds as the Bulldogs return the bulk of their team.
The Jaguarsare finding their groove as they enter year three under Chris Martin.
Isbigger better? The Imps will hope so as they may have the Triangle’s biggest players.
Cougarshope they can be the surprise of the SWAC, and have the players to do so.
Spartansbroke their losing streak and sense momentum.
Wildcatsare no longer in transition mode in their second year under Jimmy Williams.
• Tense summer over:Apex football had to train while head coach had heart surgery.
• Chapel Hill soccer preview:Jason Curtis is the first new coach in 35 years.
• Girls golf news: 4A champEmilia Migliaccio won’t play high school golf this year.
• Cross country news:NCrunners lists preseason rankings
• Football news:Johnny Frasier commits to Florida State.
• Football news:Cole Nigro grew up wanting to play for Sanderson.
• Area boys soccer preview:Sanderson will have a strong team among others.
• Area cross country preview:Green Hope, Cardinal Gibbons and Broughton still great.
• Area volleyball preview:Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons have title hopes.
• Area girls golf preview:Lee County’s Muk Shoomee aims for second title.
• Area girls tennis preview:Reigning 4A singles and doubles champs come back.