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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.

With four weeks left, bubbles starting to burst


Oct 18, 2013

Jeriko Styles (22) with the ball for Sanderson. Friday night football at Leesville Rd High School as they host Sanderson. Homecoming ended well as Leesville defeats Sanderson by 17 to 28. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Jeriko Styles (22) with the ball for Sanderson. Friday night football at Leesville Rd High School as they host Sanderson. Homecoming ended well as Leesville defeats Sanderson by 17 to 28. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

Believe it or not, there are only four weeks left in the high school football season, and as time winds down, the pressure heats up for area teams who sit on the playoff bubble. More Info     NCHSAA Generic Logo Local high school scores & schedule

Already some teams are watching

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Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 7


Oct 4, 2013

Leesville High School loses to Heritage High School with a score of 7 to 30.

Leesville High School loses to Heritage High School with a score of 7 to 30.

No more introductions to my picks. I am completely clueless about how to pick games this year.

This week, I think I'll just flip a coin. Next week, we'll play rock-paper-scissors, and the following week I'll draw names out of a hat.

Either way, here are my picks for this week!

Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 7

Apex @ *Fuquay-Varina*

Broughton @ *Leesville Road*

*Cardinal Gibbons* @ J.F. Webb

Chapel Hill @ *Southern Durham*

Clayton @ *Knightdale*

Corinth Holders @ *Franklinton*

Goldsboro @ *Scotland County*

*Gray's Creek* @ Southern Lee

Green Hope @ *Middle Creek*

*Heritage* @ Sanderson

*Hoke County* @ Westover

Holly Springs @ *Athens Drive*

*James

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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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