Earl’s Projections Week 4

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Due to COVID-19 protocols, tonight’s Terry Sanford at Kernersville Glenn football game has been canceled. Way back when dinosaurs ruled the earth and I was still […]

‘The Wild-Horse Rider’ honors late football coach’s legacy

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Jim Sypult was posthumously inducted into the Methodist University Hall of Fame in 2019 after spending 19 seasons as the school’s head football coach and leaving […]

Hopes are high as fall sports seasons open

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall high school sports season is underway across North Carolina.  This week we’ll take a brief look at some of the top […]

Earl’s Projections Week Three … and a hope that calmer heads will prevail

As I write this column, HB91, the bill that would drastically alter the way the N.C. High School Athletic Association oversees competition in this state, is still winding its way […]

General Assembly’s campaign against NCHSAA continues

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Like an annoying bad tooth or a troublesome pebble in a shoe, the General Assembly’s HB91 just won’t go away. Neither will the disinformation campaign of […]

Cape Fear to honor fallen principal

By Earl Vaughan Jr. The days of specialization have been a part of high school athletics for some time, with potential college stars focusing all their energies on a single […]

Terry Sanford, Fayetteville Academy shoot for the stars again

By Earl Vaughan Jr. The soccer programs at Terry Sanford High School and Fayetteville Academy aren’t strangers to success and both will be looking for more of the same this […]

Earl’s Projections Week 2

One of my biggest thrills in covering high school sports for nearly 50 years is watching a young athlete I followed during his or her days playing in Fayetteville advance […]

A dream experience for these baseball fans

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Retired Fayetteville neonatologist Dr. Tom Ciszek has been a Chicago White Sox fan since he attended his first game in 1957 at the age of 6.  But it took […]

Amid concerns and heat, high school football kicks off tonight

Cumberland County high school football attempts a return to a more normal schedule tonight as the 2021 season kicks off. There is still concern among coaches and athletes as COVID-19 […]