N&O preseason previews list

08/11/2014 11:10 AM

08/11/2014 11:10 AM

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

•  Enloe: New coach Steve Johnson brings championship experience.
•  Northwood: What could be a better sendoff for Chargers coach Bill Hall than a playoff run?
•  Princeton: Keep your version of “Johnny Football.” The Bulldogs have their own.
•  Bunn: Did he say six Wildcats players run a 4.5 or faster? Yes he did.
•  Holly Springs: A faster start could go a long way for new Golden Hawks coach.
•  Leesville Road: The Pride underwent big changes, from its coach to its stars.
•  Chapel Hill: Could the Tigers be a Big Eight sleeper after 4-8 a year ago?
•  Triton: Ben Penny is a Hawks alumnus, hopes to keep program on the rise.
•  East Wake: The Warriors could rip off many big plays with this group.
•  Cardinal Gibbons : Depth? Check. Star players? Not so much. Crusaders are an intriguing team.
•  Panther Creek: A big sophomore class will have to help replace Catamounts seniors.
•  Wakefield: Last year the Wolverines had all the right replacements; can it happen again?
•  South Johnston : After a 2-9 season, the Trojans are confident in a turnaround.
•  Riverside : New coach Chris Howell says the Pirates will continue trending up after 8-4 season.
•  Clayton: The Comets are running the spread, and have the speed to kill.
•  Knightdale: What can the Knights do for an encore to the best season in school history?
•  Green Hope: The Falcons say their next step as a program is winning a playoff game... or the SWAC.
•  Cleveland: New coach, same results? The Rams have the defense to make it work.
•  Lee County: The Yellow Jackets could have major success after back-to-back 9-win seasons.
•  Orange: Scary thought – the Panthers say they’re bigger and faster than last season.
•  Fuquay-Varina: The Bengals hope to fly under the radar this season, which doesn’t happen often.
•  Millbrook: With a breakout year behind them, the Wildcats won’t be complacent.
•  Hillside: Loaded again? The Hornets want to improve on last year’s rebuilding year.
•  Garner: Nyheim Hines is great, but the Trojans know the key is how tough the defense plays.
•  Middle Creek: On the verge of being a powerhouse, Mustangs only focused on the now.
•  Wake Forest: The Cougars hope they can get back to the title game with better injury luck.
•  Southern Durham: Almost everyone is back 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 prep for the season just weeks after landing a new head coach.
•  North Johnston: With new coach, Panthers changing up the offense after a winless season.
•  Corinth Holders: The Pirates will have one of the area’s top passing attacks.
•  Southeast Raleigh: The Bulldogs were young last year, hope this year is a return to glory.
•  Wake Christian: Excitement builds as the Bulldogs return the bulk of their team.
•  Athens Drive: The Jaguars are finding their groove as they enter year three under Chris Martin.
•  Cary: Is bigger better? The Imps will hope so as they may have the Triangle’s biggest players.
•  Apex: Cougars hope they can be the surprise of the SWAC, and have the players to do so.
•  Smithfield-Selma: Spartans broke their losing streak and sense momentum.
•  West Johnston: Wildcats are no longer in transition mode in their second year under Jimmy Williams.

Other sports

• 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 champ Emilia 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.

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Tim Stevens, J. Mike Blake, Clay Best, Caryn Grant, Aaron Moody and Elliott Warnock follow all the news for high school athletes from Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Johnston counties.

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