High School Sports

Prep notebook: Greenfield School’s Coby White picks UNC

Greenfield School Knights logo.
Greenfield School Knights logo.

Coby White, one of the state’s most prolific boys basketball scorers, committed to North Carolina over the weekend. White, of Wilson’s Greenfield School, already has more than 1,000 career points heading into his junior year.

ESPN ranks the 6-foot-3, 165-pound point guard as the top junior in the state, No. 5 point guard in the nation and 21st-best player overall in the class of 2018. He was the top vote-getter among NCISAA 1A players last season.

Practice begins: Franklinton’s football team kicked off the official start of fall sports practice just as the clock hit 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.

For football, no pads or hitting is allowed on the first two days of practice. After two days, players can wear pads but cannot hit. After five days, body-to-body contact is allowed.

Players who miss practices must complete the mandatory days. That means that at some point, some players may be allowed to wear pads, but others cannot.

The first fall sports games are Aug. 15. The first football games are mostly on Friday, Aug. 19. Warren County at Lee County and Triton at Fayetteville’s Cape Fear will play Thursday, Aug. 18.

NCCA all-star coaches: Several area coaches have been named to next year’s N.C. Coaches Association all-star games.

Rocky Mount head coach Jason Battle, Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas and West Johnston assistant Samuel Hales will help assist the East football team in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West game. Scotland County’s Richard Bailey is the head coach.

Heritage soccer coach Scott Sloan will coach the East girls and Northern Nash’s Joe McCarthy will lead the boys in the NCCA East-West games.

Chapel Hill’s Sherry Norris will coach the girls in the Clash of the Carolinas game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., while Millbrook’s Scott McInnes will lead the boys.

Hansen makes U.S. team: Wakefield rising sophomore Tori Hansen will leave this week to play for the U.S. Women’s Soccer U15 team as it competes for the CONCACAF title in Orlando from Aug. 9-21.

Hemphill transfers: Broughton boys basketball forward Jack Hemphill is transferring to Ravenscroft and reclassifying as a rising junior.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

N&O preseason top 25 so far






3. J.H. Rose


4. Rocky Mount



18. South Johnston

6. D.H. Conley

19. Southern Nash



8. Pinecrest

21. Hunt






24. Fike


25. Bunn

The rest of the N&O’s preseason top 25 football teams will be revealed over the next few weeks. Here are the ones previewed thus far.