Sports

Huey accepts challenge as Douglas Byrd’s new football coach

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   The Douglas Byrd High School football program is light years removed from the success it enjoyed during the days of Bob Paroli and later Russell Stone. Since 2014, the best record the Eagles posted was 4-7 in 2018. They’ve had three winless seasons in the last eight years, including this […]

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‘What a legacy he leaves’: community icon Bill Carver dies at 81

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Charlie Adams, longtime head of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, was one of the most effective and engaging public speakers I’ve ever known, yet even Adams stood in awe of the speaking ability of the late Bill Carver. Carver, former student activities director of Cumberland County Schools and a recognized […]

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Vanderbilt turns to Fayetteville native Shea Ralph

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Trips to the NCAA women’s tournament and 20-win seasons were the rule rather than the exception for most of the 44 years of women’s basketball at Vanderbilt University. The last five have been among the worst, with a 46-83 record that included 13-55 in the perennially tough Southeastern Conference. On […]

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Local teams await their fate as regular football season ends

By Earl Vaughan Jr.    The abbreviated, pandemic-delayed high school football season in North Carolina comes to the end of the regular season tonight. Figuring out who qualifies for the state playoffs can often be a challenge, but this year it’s been complicated by the unusual schedules teams have been forced to play. Some schools […]

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State legislators should back off trying to run NCHSAA

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Whenever I hear a legislative body wants to get involved with high school athletics, I think of stories I’ve heard over the years about small children who accidentally stumble onto paint while their parents aren’t around. The knowing adults, who represent people who deal with high school sports on a regular […]

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Golf squeezes in amidst jammed spring sports season

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   If there’s such a thing as the perfect sport in the time of COVID-19, golf is a strong candidate. Played outdoors, with built-in social distancing, golfers would seem almost immune to the effects of the disease. But Cumberland County high school players, who are already halfway through an abbreviated regular […]

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Earl’s Pearls 4/2

By Earl Vaughan Jr. It’s been a chaotic week for the Sandhills Athletic Conference, but when the big Easter egg hunt arrives this weekend, Jack Britt’s Buccaneers could have the best chance at grabbing the winning basket. Britt looked like it was going to have a disappointing season as recently as a couple of weeks […]

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Relaxed restrictions may mean more fans in the stands.

By Earl Vaughan Jr. The Patriot Athletic Conference and Sandhills Athletic Conference have announced their all-conference boys’ soccer teams for the 2021 season. In the Patriot Conference, Evan Isenbarger Jr. of Terry Sanford was named the top offensive player while Christian Pferlage of Pine Forest was picked as the top defensive player. Terry Sanford coach […]

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Terry Sanford’s girls soccer team will rely on stingy defense

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Terry Sanford girls’ soccer coach Jared Kaiser is finding there are some advantages to being one of the last sports to be allowed back on the field after being shut down abruptly by COVID-19 at the start of the 2020 season. “We’ve got some kids that have been able to participate […]

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Earl Pearls 3/19

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Athletes and coaches aren’t the only ones having to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as high school sports resume across North Carolina. Officials like Tony Haire, who has called high school football for 24 years for the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association, are also coping with protocols and doing everything they […]

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As softball season begins, Gray’s Creek and Jack Britt are the teams to beat

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   It’s been just over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic brought high school softball season to an early end for the Cumberland County Schools. As competition officially resumed earlier this week, two of the schools with recent success, Gray’s Creek and Jack Britt, are finding their way back to top […]

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NCHSAA Refutes Legislator’s Claims

  By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Leaders of the N.C. High School Athletic Association held a press conference Thursday morning to refute comments by a group of North Carolina legislators. Various media outlets reported this week that the legislators were exploring claims of mismanagement of funds leveled against the NCHSAA and its office staff. NCHSAA […]

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Earl’s Pearls 3/12

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Jennifer White started the girls’ lacrosse program at Terry Sanford High School just six years ago with only six players on the team that had playing experience. This year, despite battling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as their opponents, White’s team compiled an 8-0 record and is waiting to learn this […]

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It’s been a demanding season already for this football coach

By Earl Vaughan Jr. To say the 2021 spring football season for Pine Forest High School has gotten off to a difficult start is an understatement. Tonight marks the third week of the abbreviated campaign, and when it’s over, Pine Forest will have been on the field for a game just once. That was last […]

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Earl’s Pearls 3/5

DON’T MISS THE FIRST EPISODE OF CITYVIEW’S NEW PODCAST, FASCINATING FAYETTEVILLE WITH EARL VAUGHAN JR.! LISTEN HERE By Earl Vaughan Jr.  Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame announces Class of 2021 Even a global pandemic couldn’t keep the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame from adding to its membership in 2021. Unfortunately, it won’t be […]

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Friday night football broadcasts set to resume

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   As they say in show business, the show must go on. Terry Sanford High School football play-by-play announcer Trey Edge is taking that phrase to heart as the Bulldogs join other North Carolina public schools with the start of a pandemic-delayed season that kicked off last Friday. For at least […]

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Earl’s Pearls 2/26

By Earl Vaughan Jr. In my early days covering high school sports in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, few high schools were in the headlines more often than Douglas Byrd. No team dominated the high school football scene like the Eagles did under Bob Paroli through much of the 1990s, with multiple trips to the N.C. High School Athletic Association […]

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‘Part of the family:’ Longtime ball boy Curtis Wilkes retires from the sidelines

By Earl Vaughan Jr. As a shortened, COVID-19 delayed high school football season kicks off this week, a familiar figure who has been on the sidelines at local games for nearly 50 years is absent. Curtis Wilkes, who served as the ball boy at his alma mater South View for many seasons before shifting his loyalty to Terry […]

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Unforgettable season continues for Terry Sanford basketball teams

By Earl Vaughan Jr.   Championship basketball seasons are always memorable, but the 2020-21 campaign for Terry Sanford High School’s boys and girls will likely go down in history as nearly unforgettable. Both teams survived all the added challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to navigate an abbreviated schedule of games and take home top honors in […]

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Earl’s Pearls 2/12

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Westover High School’s D’Marco Dunn continued to pile up individual honors despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, Dunn was named to the North Carolina roster for the annual Carolinas Classic All-Star basketball game. Because of the pandemic, the game will not be played. However, game officials still decided to […]

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