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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to nstevens@wral.com.

Mercy rule doesn't accomplish goals, teaches wrong lessons


Apr 30, 2014

Millbrook QB (14) Reid Herring hands the ball off. Millbrook defeats East Wake 20 to 14 Friday night September 6, 2013. (Photo by Jack Tarr)

Millbrook QB (14) Reid Herring hands the ball off. Millbrook defeats East Wake 20 to 14 Friday night September 6, 2013. (Photo by Jack Tarr)

High school sports are about teaching life lessons. They're about instilling qualities that people need to be successful for the rest of their lives.

That's what makes high school sports so important and so valuable.

But the lessons taught through a mercy rule aren't the lessons we should be teaching.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association passed a measure that introduces mercy rules to high school football and basketball in North Carolina effective next school year. In football, the magic number is 42. For basketball the threshold is 40. At that point (as long as it is after halftime), the game can either be ended by mutual agreement or a running clock will be used.

Mercy rules are for young kids who are just learning about competition, sports, and life. High school kids aren't part of that population. They're no more than four years away from entering the "real world," whether

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Three third round story lines for Friday


Feb 27, 2014

Gary Clark (11) with the ball for Clayton. HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School, Raleigh N.C. held on December 28, 2013. The afternoon games included Broughton and Clayton High School. After a close game between the home team and Clayton, Broughton wins with a final score of 67 – 61. (Lexi Baird/ WRAL Contributor)

Gary Clark (11) with the ball for Clayton. HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School, Raleigh N.C. held on December 28, 2013. The afternoon games included Broughton and Clayton High School. After a close game between the home team and Clayton, Broughton wins with a final score of 67 – 61. (Lexi Baird/ WRAL Contributor)

Friday night is one of the most fun nights of the high school basketball season.

Win or lose, Friday night is the last time teams will play on their home floors this year. Next week we head to neutral sites in Fayetteville and Greensboro for regionals, and the week after that state championships are played at the Dean Smith Center and Reynolds Coliseum.

Traditionally, these Friday night games have been very entertaining. There is a lot to watch going into the third round, and I have five story lines I'm keeping an eye on.

Southeast Raleigh's girls avoid the upset

We've had Southeast Raleigh pegged as a 4-A favorite in girls basketball all season. The Bulldogs went through much of the regular season without a problem, only to come up short of the overall No. 1 seed. 

Southeast Raleigh has still had home court advantage though, and in the second round the Bulldogs were nearly upset.

In the first quarter on Wednesday, Southeast

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Local wrestlers gear up for state title matches


Feb 21, 2014

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Several area wrestlers will have a chance to wrestle for their individual state championship for their respective weight classes on Saturday evening.

Championship matches begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

After two days of wrestling, winners of Friday night's semifinal matches will meet in the state championships on Saturday.

Here is a rundown of area wrestlers still in the winners bracket.

4-A Wrestling

113: Nick Tarvin (Cary) defeated Adam De Rose (Sanderson) in a 5-3 decision in the semifinals to advance to the championship. Tarvin will face Drew Turner (Parkland) in the finals.

120: Chance Davis (Apex) won a 7-2 decision over David Cline (Jay M. Robinson) to advance to the finals. He will face Richard Tolston (Jack Britt) who defeated Aaron Redus (Holly Springs) in a 9-1 major decision on Friday night.

126: Irvin Enriquez (Pinecrest) will face Kelvin Jackson (Parkland) in the championship round

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Locals advance to second round of wrestling tournament


Feb 21, 2014

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

The opening day of the N.C. High School Athletic Association individual wrestling state tournament has completed in Greensboro, and a number of local wrestlers have advanced in the winners bracket.

Here's a look at local wrestlers who have advanced to the second round:

4A Wrestling

106: Bradley Wanovich (Jack Britt) defeated Jeremy Gonzalez (Glenn) in an 11-1 major decision on Thursday. Wanovich will face Ryan Keefe (Providence) on Friday in the second round.

106: Tony Jimenez (West Johnston) advanced to the second round on Thursday where he will meet Josh Hedrick (Northwest Guilford). Jimenez pinned Isaiah Hendricks (Jay M. Robinson) at the 3:40 mark of the first round.

113: Nick Tarvin (Cary) posted a 7-2 decision over Caison Scott (Southern Alamance) on Thursday to advance to the second round. Tarvin will meet up with Austin Powell (Hough) on Friday.

113: Gary Sly (D.H. Conley) defeated Ben Long (Alexander Central) in an

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Local wrestlers prepare for state championships


Feb 20, 2014

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

41st Annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament 12.22.12 Athens Drive High School, Raleigh NC. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will host over 1,400 wrestling matches Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Greensboro as the individual wrestling state championships get underway.

Last week a number of local wrestlers won wrestling regional championships. In the regional tournaments, each of the top four wrestlers made it to states. Here's a look at area state tournament qualifiers:

106 Weight Class

4A: Ian Anderson (Cary), Michael Eastwood (Green Hope), Jason Henry (Pine Forest), Tony Jimenez (West Johnston), Crayton Saby (Millbrook), DeAndre Swinson (South View), Bradley Wanovich (Jack Britt)

3A: Zachary Allen (Chapel Hill), Daniel Hull (Union Pines), Dakota Medina (Southern Nash)

2A: Aaron Anderson (Farmville Central), Darius Scott (Franklinton), Otto Wolin (Carrboro)

1A: Nick Daggett (Chatham Central), Ronald Whitt (Voyager Academy)

113 Weight Class

4A: Daniel Cockerill (Fuquay-Varina),

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