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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now 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

Coming in July... High School Athletes & The Recruiting Process

Jun 21, 2007

So, you're a high school athlete (or the parent of a high school athlete) and you don't know how to go about the recruiting process. How do you get your name out there for coaches and scouts to see? How do athletic scholarships work? What paper work do I need to have ready? How do I know if a coach is actually interested in me?

Well, I'm going to hopefully answer all of those questions for you.

Beginning Sunday July 1st, I will be publishing a series of reports about the recruiting process. These reports are meant as a helpful tool for high school athletes who have questions about the recruiting process. If you have a specific question about the process, feel free to send me an email to Below is a schedule of topics that I plan to cover. Please note, this schedule may change depending on circumstances that may arise.

July 1 - The Recruiting Process & The Coach
July 3 - Putting Parents in Their Place

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A Different Player in a Common Sport

Jun 21, 2007

If I told you a football player named Eddy Scott was a kicker for the Wakefield High School junior varisty football team last season, you may not think much of it. Well, Scott was the kicker for Wakefield's JV football team last season, and she plans on returning to the gridiron this Fall to compete.

Although it's not completely unheard of, females don't usually play football. I had the opportunity to ask Scott a few questions about playing football at Wakefield, and she was more than happy to give me an answer...

1. As a female playing a mostly male sport, what complications do you face at practice and in games?
Since the women's lockers are not large enough to accommodate my pads, I have to store them in the football storage cage. So, I have to go get a key everyday to get to my equipment.Also, during practices, I have to push myself hard to keep up with the guys speed and weight lifting abilities because they are so strong and athletic.

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Final Conference Wachovia Cup Standings Released

Jun 19, 2007

The NCHSAA released the final standings for each Conference Wachovia Cup this morning. Below is a list of area conferences:

Cap-Seven 4A Conference:
1. Broughton - 112
2. Leesville Road - 98
3. Millbrook - 77.5
4. Wakefield - 76
5. Sanderson - 70.5
6. Enloe - 66
7. Wake Forest-Rolesville - 63

Greater Neuse 4A Conference:
1. Clayton - 262.5
2. Southeast Raleigh - 257.5
3. Garner - 230
4. West Johnston - 210.5
5. Knightdale -  208.5
6. Smithfield-Selma - 206.5
7. East Wake - 177.5
8. Holly Springs - 156

PAC-Six 4A Conference:
1. Chapel Hill - 130
2. Riverside - 109.5
3. Jordan - 109
4. East Chapel Hill - 100
5. Northern Durham - 97
6. Person - 61.5
7. Hillside - 41.5
8. Southern Durham - 29.5

Tri-Eight 4A Conference:
1. Apex - 149.5
2. Green Hope - 147
3. Athens

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WRAL Freshmen Features & HS Football

Jun 14, 2007

All high school sports fans know about the big names - the ones who are going to college to play sports - but what about the rising freshmen?

Well, we want to get to know the Class of 2011, but we can't do it without your help. Coaches, players, and fans, if you know of a rising freshman who has the potential to be an exceptional athlete in high school, send me an email with as much information as possible.

WRAL wants to provide the best prep sports coverage possible, and one thing I want to do on the High School Sports Blog is start covering junior varisty sports. Since JV sports are not reported on and followed as closely as some varsity sports, it is going to be a difficult task - so, we are once again asking for help from JV coaches, players, and fans. The more information we get, the better.

If you follow high shool football closely in the WRAL viewing area, we might  could use you as a voter in our Top 25 polls this season. Again, if you're interested send

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Student Honored By Durham Sports Club

Jun 7, 2007

DURHAM -- Katie Ray of Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough is the 12th annual state winner in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association¹s ³Be A Good Sport² program sponsored by the Durham Sports Club.

The winner was recognized at the Durham Sports Club¹s luncheon meeting at the Croasdaile Country Club on Wednesday. The award is known as the Russell E. Blunt Be A Good Sport award, in honor of the late long-time Durham Hillside coach who is a member of both the NCHSAA Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Ray was nominated by Cedar Ridge volleyball and basketball coach Laurie Calder-Green and selected as a finalist for the award, along with several others, by an NCHSAA committee. Then a special committee of the Durham Sports Club selected Ray as the overall statewide winner. Every school in the state was given the opportunity to nominate a student-athlete who exemplifies the ideals

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