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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.

Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 6


Sep 27, 2013

Football: Heritage vs. Knightdale (Sept. 6, 2013)

Football: Heritage vs. Knightdale (Sept. 6, 2013)

I give up.

Every time we think we have a handle on where teams rank, something happens to blow it all up.

I've been saying for weeks now that I thought Wake Forest was the best team in the area, and I've said since June that Wakefield is better than people think. Those two statements have been proven true so far, and I'll stick with them in my picks.

A big question today (and for the rest of the season) revolves around Leesville Road. How hurt is Braxton Berrios? Does he play this week? Next week? The following week? Or is he done? We don't know the answer to any of those questions, and that could greatly impact my picks.

For tonight, however, I'm going to assume Berrios won't play. Given that he was on crutches last week, I think it's a safe bet when it comes to picking winners and losers tonight.

Here are my picks for this week...

Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 6

Athens Drive @ *Panther Creek*

Ayden-Grifton

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Nick's Last Minute Picks: Sept. 20


Sep 20, 2013

Leesville Road's Malcolm Hitchcock scores a touchdown against Apex.

Leesville Road's Malcolm Hitchcock scores a touchdown against Apex.

I'm really making these picks last minute this week, aren't I?

Better late than never though.

We've got some interesting games this week. One of the most interesting to me is Panther Creek at Leesville Road. I'm going to pick Leesville Road, simply because it's hard to pick against Braxton Berrios, but like I've said for two weeks now, this is a game Panther Creek can win.

I think Panther Creek is better than they're given credit for. Many people will talk about the Berrios-led Leesville Road offense against the Dorrel McClain-led Panther Creek offense. I suspect the offenses will both make plays, but I think this game will be decided by the defenses.

That's why I think Panther Creek has a decent shot at pulling off the upset. The Catamounts return a very solid defense this season with a lot of experience. They're also pretty athletic. I'll be at this game, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.

Here are my picks for this week...

Nick's

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An open note to parents of athletes


Sep 18, 2013

FAN CAM: Scotland County wins over S. Durham in a 53 - 31 Victory

FAN CAM: Scotland County wins over S. Durham in a 53 - 31 Victory

Parents. I love you. I really do. But sometimes you make things that are supposed to be fun a headache.

I'm talking about parents of athletes.

Don't get me wrong, most parents are a pleasure to work with. They're supportive, they make sure their kids get to practices and games, and they're in the stands to cheer the team on.

But there is at least one parent on every team that bucks that trend. These are the parents I am addressing in my column today.

Here are a few pointers that all parents should read, remember and practice when they have a child playing a team sport.

1. Stop coaching

Believe it or not, your high school coaches are (sort of) paid to coach. You're not. Coaches aren't going to tell you how to parent, so don't tell coaches how to coach.

When a parent is yelling directions from the stands to their kid, it disrupts the kid, which disrupts the team, which makes the coach mad, which gives you the tag of an obnoxious

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Nick's Last Minute Picks: Sept. 13, 2013


Sep 13, 2013

Jack Britt vs Scotland County at Scotland County High School, Friday, August 30, 2013.

Jack Britt vs Scotland County at Scotland County High School, Friday, August 30, 2013.

Welcome to another week of Football Friday.

My picks weren't too bad last week, but as always, I'm hoping to do better this week. I have to say, this has been one of the hardest years to pick games.

Let's get started...

Nick's Last Minute Picks

*Ayden-Grifton* @ Farmville Central

Beddingfield @ *Fike*

Bunn @ *Corinth Holders*

*C.B. Aycock* @ Goldsboro

*Cardinal Gibbons* @ Broughton

Cary @ *Garner*

Cedar Ridge @ *Riverside*

Chatham Central @ *West Montgomery*

*Cleveland* @ Green Hope

*D.H. Conley* @ West Carteret

E.E. Smith @ *Douglas Byrd*

East Columbus @ *East Bladen*

East Wake @ *Heritage*

*Franklinton* @ Northwest Halifax

Graham

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Nick's Last Minute Picks: Sept. 6, 2013


Sep 6, 2013

Quarterback #10 Nick Pope of Knightdale hands the ball off to #4 Marcell Johnson. Knightdale wins 14-7 over Millbrook. (Photo by: Beth Jewell)

Quarterback #10 Nick Pope of Knightdale hands the ball off to #4 Marcell Johnson. Knightdale wins 14-7 over Millbrook. (Photo by: Beth Jewell)

Week three is here, and after last week's surprise results, I feel like we know less about area teams than we thought we did.

Nevertheless, here are my last minute picks.

Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 3

Apex @ *Sanderson*

*Athens Drive* @ Lee County

Broughton @ *Garner*

Bunn @ *Southern Nash*

*Carrboro* @ Chapel Hill

Cary @ *Wake Forest*

Cedar Ridge @ *East Chapel Hill*

*Chatham Central* @ Kestrel Heights

*Clayton* @ South Johnston

*Cleveland* @ West Johnston

Clinton @ *Laney*

*Corinth Holders* @ North Johnston

Douglas Byrd @ *Jack Britt*

*E.E. Smith* @ Westover

East Duplin @ *Wallace-Rose Hill*

East

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