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Jordan hoops standout Kristen Lyon commits to Western Carolina


Aug 26, 2009

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DURHAM — The Carolina All-Stars/NC Flight Girls Basketball Organization is pleased to announce that Kristen Lyon has verbally committed to play for Coach Karen Middleton at Western Carolina University.

Lyon becomes Coach Middleton's first recruit in her tenure at Western Carolina. Coach Middleton previously coached at Illinois and 10 years at Stanford.

Western Carolina is the defending Southern Conference Tournament Champions and represented the conference in the 2009 NCAA Tournament making its 4th post-season trip in the past 5 seasons. Western Carolina women’s basketball finished ranked eighth in 2009 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 with a combined team grade point average of 3.428. The Lady Catamounts ended the 2008-09 season with a 21-12 record, the third straight year the team had amassed 20 or more wins.

“Western Carolina has the right combination of everything I am looking for in a

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Hillside product starting QB at N.C. Central


Aug 26, 2009

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N.C. Central sports logo

North Carolina Central University Head Football Coach Mose Rison has named Durham native Michael Johnson his starting quarterback for the 2009 football season.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound sophomore from Hillside High School, was pressed into action last season due to multiple injuries at the quarterback position.

His college debut came in the fifth game of the season at Presbyterian College. There, Johnson came off the bench to complete 8-of-9 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns to bring the Eagles back from a 28-10 deficit.

N.C. Central kicks off its 2009 football season at Hampton University at 6:00 on Saturday, September 5th.

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Top N.C. OL prospect narrows his list to three


Aug 25, 2009

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NCAA Football

Recruiting fans in the Cumberland County area will get a special treat Friday when one of the state's top uncommitted prospects comes to town.

Seventy-First will play a Wilmington Hoggard squad at Loyd Auman Stadium that features 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle T.J. Leifheit.

Leifheit has received scholarship offers from more than 30 major programs, but Hoggard coach Scott Braswell said Tuesday that list is now down to three schools - LSU, North Carolina and Southern Cal.

Braswell, who coached the Vikings to a state title in 2007, has plenty of experience with high-profile recruits. Most recently that involved offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper, who signed with North Carolina in February 2008.

Cooper was highly recruited, too, but Leifheit is being pursued on a national level.

"I think most of the kids I've had in the past have really just looked local for their options, or regional for their options,'' Braswell said. "He's traveled a little

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Justin Dixon enrolls at East Carolina


Aug 25, 2009

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East Carolina Logo

Justin Dixon might be playing college football in North Carolina after all, just not for the Tar Heels.

Dixon, who graduated from Smithfield-Selma high school last year, signed on to play football with UNC earlier this year. However, after failing to qualify academically, the star linebacker was forced to consider other options - including spending time at prep school or enrolling at a different FBS school.

In the end, Dixon chose the latter.

A spokesman with the East Carolina football team confirmed to WRAL that he will begin classes at ECU on Tuesday.

Dixon was one of the most heralded signees in UNC's 2009 class. Rated the ninth-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-1 playmaker was considered a four-star recruit.

Though Dixon is scheduled to begin classes Tuesday, ECU spokesman Tom McClellan said the NCAA Eligibility Center is still reviewing his eligibility status. Therefore, there is no word yet on when, or if, he will be able

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Apex's Martin gets spot on Liberty football team


Aug 23, 2009

Apex defensive end Nick Martin

Apex defensive end Nick Martin

Apex defensive end Nick Martin was awarded a roster spot on the Liberty football team, according to Nick's father, Allen.

Martin played defensive end at Apex last season where he recorded 36 solo tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 20 assists and eight sacks. He was also a team captain and was named to the honorable mention all-conference team.

The two year starter for the Cougars is expected to play outside linebacker and special teams for Liberty.

Martin will join Apex teammate Kevin Fogg at Liberty, and he is the eighth player from last year's Apex squad to make it to the next level.

Liberty ended the season ranked #14 in the nation in the final Football Championship Series poll. Apex finished last season with a 10-4 overall record, placing second in the Tri-Eight Conference. The Cougars advanced to the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association's 4-AA playoffs before losing to Wake Forest-Rolesville.

 
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