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 previewsEnloe: Steve Johnson brings championship experience.
N&O community paper football previewsEast Chapel Hill: for the season just weeks after landing a new head coach. North Johnston: Panthers changing up the offense after a winless season. Corinth Holders: Pirates will have one of the area’s top passing attacks. Southeast Raleigh: were young last year, hope this year is a return to glory. Wake Christian: builds as the Bulldogs return the bulk of their team. Athens Drive: are finding their groove as they enter year three under Chris Martin. Cary: bigger better? The Imps will hope so as they may have the Triangle’s biggest players. Apex: hope they can be the surprise of the SWAC, and have the players to do so. Smithfield-Selma: broke their losing streak and sense momentum. West Johnston: are no longer in transition mode in their second year under Jimmy Williams.
Other sportsApex football had to train while head coach had heart surgery. Jason Curtis is the first new coach in 35 years. Emilia Migliaccio won’t play high school golf this year. NCrunners lists preseason rankings Johnny Frasier commits to Florida State. Cole Nigro grew up wanting to play for Sanderson. Sanderson will have a strong team among others. Green Hope, Cardinal Gibbons and Broughton still great. Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons have title hopes. Lee County’s Muk Shoomee aims for second title. Reigning 4A singles and doubles champs come back.