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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

Chapel Hill LAX Player Honored by SI

Jun 7, 2007

Tony Mendes

Tony Mendes

Tony Mendes, a lacrosse player at East Chapel Hill High School, was featured this week as Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of  the Week.

Mendes, a senior attacker as ECH, scored a total of 56 goals and racked up 52 assists for the Wildcats this past season. This is the second straight season in which Mendes had at least 100 points.

Mendes will be going to the University of Maryland to play lacrosse this coming school year. Mendes is also a two-time All-America selection, and has led ECH to two North Carolina state championships.

Sports Illustrated honors two athletes each week as part of their "Faces In The Crowd" feature developed by Kip Dooley, another attacker, was honored along with Mendes this week. Dooley is from the Blake School in Minneapolis, MN.

To see a video of Mendes, click the link on the right side of this page. If you'd like to find out more about and their "Faces In The Crowd," we have provided

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Share: Releases 4A Preseason Poll

Jun 4, 2007 has put out a preseason football poll for 5 years now, and every year fans vote on the teams. There are a lot of things in the poll that I don't agree with, but you can determine for yourself which teams belong and which teams don't.

Top 20:
1. Independence
2. Rose
3. Butler
4. Richmond
5. Garner
6. Hoggard
7. AC Reynolds
8. Providence
9. West Charlotte
10. Crest
11. Davie
12. New Bern
13. Grimsley
14. Scotland
15. Britt
16. 71st
17. Mt. Tabor
18. South View
19. Riverside
20. Vance/Hillside (Tie)

Poll Information/Statistics:

  • 80 Voters, 28 from East, 37 from West, 15 Unknown
  • Independence received 76 of 80 No. 1 votes
  • 38 different teams received votes
  • Southwestern, Midsoutheastern and Pac-6 all had 4 teams receiving votes

Comments By Voters:

  • "I feel the

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Football Preview: Tri-8 Conference

Jun 4, 2007

Last year, the Tri-8 Conference added a new school to their schedule; The Panther Creek Catamounts joined the conference, but only played JV Football. This year, the Catamounts will compete for a conference championship and the right to play for a state championship in December, but they'll have quite the challenege.

Nick's Predictions:
1. Athens Drive
2. Fuquay-Varina
3. Apex
4. Cary
5. Green Hope
6. Middle Creek
7. Lee County
8. Panther Creek


  • Athens QB Nick DeMuro looks to continue domination. DeMuro moved his way to the top of the QB rankings last season leading the state in total yards for much of the season. DeMuro also received the honor from as the North Carolina Offensive Player of the Year. DeMuro passed for a whopping 2,961 yards last year. Athens brings back some other key offensive players, including Wide Receiver

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