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Hillside's Lee, Watkins get written offers


Sep 2, 2009

Hillside's Vad Lee, left, looks to avoid a tackle by Southeast Raleigh's Terrance Branch in the NCHSAA playoffs Friday, November 28, 2008 in Raleigh, NC. Hillside won 30-12.(Jeffrey A. Camarati/WRAL.com)

Hillside's Vad Lee, left, looks to avoid a tackle by Southeast Raleigh's Terrance Branch in the NCHSAA playoffs Friday, November 28, 2008 in Raleigh, NC. Hillside won 30-12.(Jeffrey A. Camarati/WRAL.com)

Hillside's Vad Lee and Brandon Watkins have received offers over the last few days from a number of different school.

Lee received written offers from Duke and East Carolina, while Watkins has received offers from Princeton and Dartmouth, according to Hillside head coach Antonio King.

"UNC, Florida and Auburn will be next to come [for Lee]," King said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Lee is playing quarterback this season for the 1-1 Hornets. So far the junior has rushed for 148-yards and one touchdown, and has also completed 17-of-32 passes for 263-yards and a touchdown.

At the receiver position, Watkins has caught four passes for 21-yards.

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Duke commit Snead has unique story


Aug 31, 2009

SSS' athlete and Duke commit Snead talks football

SMITHFIELD — Before Josh Snead committed to Duke, he was a six-year-old beginning to play organized football for the first time in Durham.

Snead moved through the youth football ranks to Benson Middle School, and eventually got to the high school level.

The Smithfield-Selma senior didn't start his career with the Spartans, though. Snead went to South Johnston High School his freshman year where he was a starting defensive back on the varsity team. During his sophomore year, Snead was moved to the offensive side of the ball where he played slot receiver and running back.

The summer after his sophomore year is when things changed. The Snead family house burnt down, and they were forced to find a new place to live.

"We found a house in Smithfield... and I started going to Smithfield-Selma High School my 11th grade year," Snead said.

It's not always easy for a high school student to make a move from one school to another, but

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Ravens' Tanik accepts WVU tennis scholarship


Sep 4, 2009

Ravenscroft senior Melis Tanik has announced her commitment to attend West Virginia University on a tennis scholarship.

RALEIGH — Ravenscroft senior Melis Tanik has announced her commitment to attend West Virginia University on a tennis scholarship.

Tanik was a 2008 All-State and All-Conference selection after leading the Ravens’ Varsity Girls Tennis team to the NCISAA 3-A State Championship. She is ranked #2 in the state and #40 in the region.

Tanik will sign her National Letter of Intent when the early signing period begins on Nov. 11, 2009.

West Virginia is led by Head Coach Marc Walters, who is in his third season with the Mountaineers.

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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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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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