Zach Mayo is a reporter for HighSchoolOT.com and a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. You can follow Zach on Twitter @ZachMayoHSOT and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 23, 2014
Julius Barnes (10) drives strong with the ball. SE Raleigh visits Garner on Wednesday, February. 19, 2014. SE Raleigh lead the first half but Garner came back to win with a last second 3 pointer to win the game 61 - 58. (Photo By: Beth Jewell)
It’s the playoffs, folks.
Never mind the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s seven-hour process of posting preliminary brackets Saturday afternoon and weeding out the abundance of inaccuracies across the board. Never mind the fact that incredible inconvenient winter weather had teams all over the state hustling right up the very last minute of the regular season to squeeze everything in. Never mind that many conference tournaments were tossed out the window. It’s finally the playoffs.
And in the playoffs, nothing else matters. Forget the regular-season records. Forget the eight-game losing streak your team started its season on. Forget that your team frequently beats others by more than 50 points. It’s the playoffs. Nothing else matters.
Yet at the same time, everything matters more. The outcomes matter more. The loose balls and missed opportunities matter more. Even the snide and no-so-subtle bickering from subjective fans over the state of the game’s…
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Dec 28, 2013
Alonzo Tyson goes up for a slam dunk. Trinity defeated the Homeschool Christian Youth Association 82-73 on the second day of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, NC on December 27, 2013. Photo by: Jerome Carpenter
The HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational is in its 42nd year. In that time, the historic tournament has seen a wide array of winning teams. Some teams caught audiences by surprise while others were led by future stars of the NBA. None of the teams were from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Prior to this year in the tournament's history, only two boys' basketball teams have ever come from Fayetteville to compete. Both teams played in the 90s, and neither won a game.
Fast-forward to this year's tournament, and not only have the Trinity Christian Crusaders won--they've won their first two games to advance to the championship game of the Summit Hospitality bracket.
The Crusaders don't have a future Tar Heel. They don't have a seven-footer, and despite winning a state championship in 2011 and making it to the title game again last season, Triangle-area audiences knew little about the identity of the team before the start of the week. With the field stacked the way it was,…
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Dec 27, 2013
Jaylen Brown (24) looking towards the hoop. Wheeling Wildcats from Georgia beat North Carolina's Garner Trojans 86 to 60 on the first day of the HSOT holiday invitational tournament. (Photo by: Suzie Wolf/WRAL contributor)
As many out-of-state teams did Thursday, Wheeler started off slow against the Trojans. Shots were not falling for the Wildcats and they were unable to penetrate to the basket and use their big bodies to score down low. Garner led by three after the first quarter.
The remaining three periods went very differently for both parties involved. Wheeler quickly turned the game into an opportunity to add to its highlight dunk reel and Garner was simply unable to match the team athlete-for-athlete. The Wildcats broke the game open and it was very much over before the final buzzer sounded.
Are the Trojans a top-3 team in this year's tournament field? No, but they are consistently a power in the Triangle area and are known for their athleticism, which makes Wheeler's dominating win all the more impressive.
When looking at what exactly the Wildcats are bringing to the table when they take the court, I believe the team has as good a chance as any to be playing for all the marbles in the Shavlik Randolph bracket on Saturday night.…
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Dec 9, 2013
Southern Durham's defender causes a fumble as Southern Durham defeats Wilson Hunt 38 to 10 in the 3AA regional finals of the 2013 NCHSAA football championship Friday December 6, 2013.(Photo by Jack Tarr)
When watching the Southern Durham Spartans on the football field this season, it has been easy to give all the attention to starting quarterback Kendall Hinton and his crew of dominant offensive teammates, including running back William Cameron and receivers Maurice Trowell and Derrick Mason.
There's nothing wrong with that. After all, they do tend to steal the show with all their fireworks. But as the members of the Southern air strike have scored all year long, the Spartan defense has greatly improved in the past few weeks and deserves a good amount of credit for advancing the team to its first N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship in school history.
On several occasions throughout the year, the Spartans have found themselves in shootouts where they have needed to put up big points on the scoreboard to keep pace with opponents and come out with wins. On Oct. 18, they gave up 54 points to a talented Northwood offense in a 58-54 win. A few weeks later,…
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Oct 29, 2013
Hunts WR Dexter Wright # 14 on the tackle.Hunt defeats Nash Central 23-21 at Hunt High School Stadium in Wilson North Carolina.
Halloween is approaching as October is nearly over and we head into week eleven of this high school football season. In just a few days, kids will be putting on their best Frankenstein masks and scaring each other through a neighborhood near you.
In the spirit of the season, it's only right that I bring up one of the spookiest forces you may encounter during this fright-filled week: The Hunt Warriors.
Each year, Hunt is typically a mainstay atop area high school football polls and discussion thanks to excellent coaching, plenty of talent and one of the most electric game-night atmospheres in all of the area. But through the majority of the 2013 season, the Mighty Mojo has been relatively quiet.
This is all starting to change, as the Hunt Warriors (6-3, 3-0) are getting hot at the right time and looking like a team capable of winning the Big East 3A Conference.
There is a reason the team has not drawn much hype through the first ten weeks of this season.…
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