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Hillside’s Currie-Elliott drawing a lot of interest from collegiate football programs

Jamal Currie-Elliott cuts upfield during Hillside’s 34-7 win in a PAC-6 football game with Riverside on Friday, October 10, 2016 in Durham.
Jamal Currie-Elliott cuts upfield during Hillside’s 34-7 win in a PAC-6 football game with Riverside on Friday, October 10, 2016 in Durham. newsobserver.com

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Hillside junior star running back Jamal Currie-Elliott snagged his 19th scholarship offer last month, the latest coming from LSU.

Reversing course after transferring in the off-season from Hillside to IMG Academy in Florida, Currie-Elliott opted to return to Durham last month. And he hasn’t missed a beat.

Two weeks ago, Currie-Elliott returned a kickoff 99 yards against Cardinal Gibbons to give the Hornets a last-second victory. He turned around and rushed for 139 yards and caught a 62-yard touchdown pass against Riverside last Friday to help Hillside celebrate its homecoming weekend with a 34-7 victory.

Elliott’s other offers are from West Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, Boston College, Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State and South Carolina State.

Notably, former Hillside High coach Antonio King is the running backs coach at ECU.

DA’s Cavaliers concentrating on the NCISAA post-season

The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournaments began Tuesday, and Durham Academy has several teams vying for state titles.

▪ Girls tennis ended the regular season on a six-match win streak after defeating Ravenscroft 6-3. The Cavs 17-4 overall record set a school single-season record in wins. They also finished the second straight season at 8-2 in the conference.

▪ Varsity girls field hockey (11-7) ended its regular season with a 3-0 win last Friday at Ravenscroft, its third straight victory. Senior Maya Watson scored a hat trick with assists from Nichole Hanna and Eleanor Robb. Goalie Isabel Gutierrez recorded one save for the shutout.

The win gave the Cavaliers the conference title and a sure home match either Tuesday in the first round or Friday in the quarterfinals.

Senior captain Hannah Pope ended the regular season with a team-leading 15 goals, while teammate Eleanor Robb had nine.

▪ Boys soccer hosted first-place North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday to end its regular season. Though the Cavaliers (8-6-1, 4-4 TISAC) couldn’t catch NRCA in the standings, they were in a battle for second place with Ravenscroft.

The Knights were overpowering, scoring two quick early goals and going on to win 5-1. Matt Tucker scored DA’s only goal with an assist by Seth Pruitt.

▪ The JV girls field hockey team had its 10-0 season blemished with a season-ending 2-1 loss at Charlotte Country Day School.

DA’s fall varsity athletic awards program is set for 7 p.m., Nov. 1, in Brumley Performing Arts Building. All student-athletes and their families are invited to attend.

Adrian Jones is making moves for Shaw

Shaw coach Adrian Jones is as busy recruiting as he is coaching his first season with the Bears. The former Southern head coach and N.C. Central running backs coach has offered scholarships to Garner senior Djimon Harris, and Rolesville wide receiver E.J. Hicks and defensive back Jamond DuBose.

“I am blessed to receive my first offer from Shaw University,” Harris tweeted.

Harris plays both wide receiver and defensive back for the Trojans. As defensive back, he’s recorded six interceptions, 16 tackles, one sack and 18 passes defended. At wide receiver, he’s caught two passes for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Shaw is Hicks’ second scholarship offer. Hicks has played running back, cornerback and on special teams. DuBose received a second scholarship offer from Campbell after Shaw.