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Teen battles cancer, hopes to play football again


Sep 16, 2009

Medial, Health - Generic

Medial, Health - Generic

HOBBS, N.M. — Michael Andrews had a bright future. He was a star athlete, an advanced placement student with solid grades and was planning to attend college on a football scholarship.

Likewise, Michael’s father, Hayden Andrews, was the proud father of a student athlete, the nutrition director at Lea Regional Medical Center and a team leader and local chairman of the annual cancer research fundraiser, Hobbs Relay for Life.

Then in February, after several worrisome months trying to discover the cause of Michael’s abnormally large lymph nodes, the diagnosis came back.

Michael had cancer.

“Who thinks of a 16-year-old having cancer?” Hayden Andrews said of the day Michael was diagnosed.

“Michael was a very healthy 16-year-old in the prime of his high school football career. We went into shock, denial and ‘How could this happen to us?’”

It was a shock that the Hobbs High School senior

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Duke adds N.C. athlete to 2010 recruiting haul


Sep 15, 2009

Duke Logo

Duke Logo

Commitment number 14 is in the bag for the Blue Devils. This time it's in the form of 6'5 197 pound Monroe (N.C.) High standout Issac Blakeney who picks Duke over an official offer from East Carolina coupled with several in-state school looks.

"Coach Cutcliffe called me and told me that they were offering me a scholarship," Issac Blakeney confirmed via text on Tuesday morning. "I immediately accepted and committed. Duke was where I wanted to go all along."

A virtual unknown throughout most of the process, Blakeney popped up on the Duke radar after an impressive Shrine Bowl combine last year here he measured out at a true 6-foot-5 and 194 pounds while being clocked running a 4.51 forty. To prove his athleticism further, Blakeney recorded a 33.6 inch vertical jump. Coupled with his size, he's one of those receivers that gives quarterbacks the option of serving up jump balls in the endzone.

Currently rostered as a receiver, safety, and even linebacker

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HighSchoolOT.com releases new recruiting feature for Triangle prospects


Sep 14, 2009

"On The Trail" with HighSchoolOT.com

"On The Trail" with HighSchoolOT.com

In May, HighSchoolOT.com launched a new blog called "On The Trail," a place where we bring you updates on local prospects for college sports.

"On The Trail" is expanding Monday with the launch of HighSchoolOT.com's On The Trail Football Prospect Database.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DATABASE!

This database will be like no other recruiting database on the Internet. Unlike some of the national recruiting sites, HighSchoolOT.com will have profiles for student-athletes being recruited at all levels - from the major BCS recruits, to the FCS prospects, all the way to the lower divisions and two-year college prospects.

The On The Trail Football Prospect Database will include all the basic information, such as height, weight and forty-yard dash time; but it will also include academic information, accomplishments, statistics, scouting reports, and more.

Users will

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Local juniors picking up offers


Sep 12, 2009

Wakefield's Nigel King returns a kickoff for the Wolverines against Leesville Road (October 10, 2008)

Wakefield's Nigel King returns a kickoff for the Wolverines against Leesville Road (October 10, 2008)

It's the time of the year when some of the top junior football players start getting their first offers, and they're coming in for Triangle players.

Jordan athlete T.J. Thorpe has already picked up written offers from Duke, East Carolina and North Carolina, according to Falcons' head coach . In an interview this summer, Thorpe told HighSchoolOT.com that he knows what he is looking for in a program.

"First, I want to be in an atmosphere that I enjoy, and also I want it to be an atmosphere that my family is comfortable with as well," said Thorpe. "I want to be at a place where I can immediately come in and have a huge impact on their team, as well as them having a huge impact on me."

Duke was first to offer Thorpe earlier in the summer.

Wakefield junior wide receiver Nigel King has also picked up his first offers.

LSU was the first tea to offer King last week, but days later he picked up offers from Louisville and Maryland.

King picked

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Wakefield's Evans gets full release from Western Carolina


Sep 10, 2009

Wakefield forward Kelsey Evans attempts a shot against Laney High School in Greenville, North Carolina during the Wolverines' regional semifinal game of the NCHSAA basketball tournament.

Wakefield forward Kelsey Evans attempts a shot against Laney High School in Greenville, North Carolina during the Wolverines' regional semifinal game of the NCHSAA basketball tournament.

Western Carolina has granted a full release to a Raleigh woman who had signed a basketball letter of intent with the school but decided to play at Elon instead, the school announced Wednesday.

Kelsey Evans, who played basketball at Wakefield High, signed with Western when she was 17, and thus a minor. Her attorney, Gus Gusler, said that after Catamounts coach Kellie Harper left for N.C. State, Evans immediately told Western she did not want to enroll there.

Western Carolina at first refused to grant Evans a full release so she could play at Elon as a freshman.

Gusler filed suit in Wake County Superior Court. He argued that under North Carolina law, Evans was a minor when she signed the letter of intent and the contract was never approved by a court.

On Wednesday, Western agreed to grant Evans a full release. Gusler told WRAL Evans is dropping the lawsuit and looks forward to playing at Elon as a freshman.

The suit could have significant implications on NCAA

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