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    Title game Venues

    The problem of playing championship games in cavernous stadiums not built for the high school game is not unique to North Carolina. Michigan plays their championship games at Ford Field (65,000) which creates a similar feel. South Carolina plays at Williams-Brice (80,250). Georgia state championship games are hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (71,000). Florida conducts their championships at Camping World Stadium (65,000). Tennessee conducts their championship games at Tucker Stadium (16,500) on the Tennesse Tech campus. Virginia, like North Carolina employs three stadiums: Salem (7,157), Williams Stadium (25,000) @ Liberty University, and Armstrong Stadium (12,000) @ Hampton University. Of the neighboring states, Tennessee and Virginia appear to use more reasonable accommodations. I understand the negatives associated with playing in these too-big-for-high school stadiums. I attended the 4A and 2AA games this weekend and the stadiums dwarf the people (also, people spread out more which thins out the appearance even more). I am in favor of using Jamieson (Greensboro; 10,000) and Simeon Stadium (High Point; 10,000) for host sites. One problem facing Simeon is the locker rooms are painfully small, no bigger than a large office. If High Point, Guilford County Schools, and the NCHSAA could work out a plan for upgrading the locker room situation, Simeon would be an excellent site. The same could be said for Jamieson. Deaton-Thompson Stadium (7,000) in Winston-Salem could host a classification for a weekend as well, although parking could be a problem for larger fan bases. In the eastern part of the state, Durham County Stadium (8,000) is another option but I am not familiar with their locker room setup. Trojan Stadium at Garner (8,000). My point being - there is no shortage of viable sites in the state ... should funds be directed towards upgrades. Smaller colleges such as Catawba's Shuford Stadium (4,500) would be a good option (although conflict may arise should they make play-off run).
  2. After twenty years of 2A champions, what programs are you surprised to see on the list? What programs are you surprised are not on the list? Which two champions would you like to see compete against one another? Shelby (98, 05, 06, 13-16, 18) High Point Central (99) Southwest Onslow (00, 03, 04) Clinton (01, 05) Hugh M Cummings (02, 06) Lincolnton (07) Newton-Conover (08) Tarboro (09-11) E. Lincoln (12, 14) Reidsville (02, 03, 07-09,16, 18) Wallace-Rose Hill (17) Charlotte Catholic (04) Salisbury (10) W. Stokes (11) South Iredell (12) T. Wingate Andrews (13) Monroe (15) Hibriten (17)
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    Twenty Years of 3A Champions

    After twenty years of 3A champions, what programs are you surprised to see on the list? What programs are you surprised are not on the list? Which two champions would you like to see compete against one another? Carver (98, 02) Walter Williams (99) Bertie (00) Parkland (01) South Point (03, 09, 16) Concord (04, 06) Asheville (05) Western Alamance (07) West Rowan (08-10) Havelock (11-13) Crest (03, 04, 14, 15) Rocky Mount (15) Charlotte Catholic (05, 17, 18) Ashbrook (02) Eastern Randolph (06) James B Dudley (07, 08) Northern Guilford (10-12, 14) Southern Durham (13) Weddington (16, 18) New Hanover (17)
  4. After twenty years of 4A champions, what programs are you surprised to see on the list? What programs are you surprised are not on the list? Which two champions would you like to see compete against one another? Richmond (98, 08) AC Reynolds (99, 02, 09) Indy (00-06) JH Rose (03-06) Hoggard (07) 71st (08) Hillside (10) Scotland (11) New Bern (07, 12, 14) James B Dudley (13, 16) Catholic (15) Harding (17) Butler (09, 10, 12) Page (11) Mallard Creek (13-15) Wake Forest (16-18) E. Forsyth (18)
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    Since Logan Set the Record

    Last night while thumbing through the Championship Program, I was reminded of the night TJ Logan set a championship game rushing record. That December night in 2012, Logan led Northern Guilford to a 64-26 win over Charlotte Catholic with 510 yards on 28 carries with 8 TD's. I remembered the controversy surrounding the final TD and wondered how both programs have fared since that night. I'll let others draw conclusions from the following comparison. Charlotte Catholic (Since 2012) 85-6 (.913) 3 State Championships 1 State Runner-Up The Cougars have made it to at least the Regional Finals, have not lost more than 3 games in one season, and have won 12 games or more each season following the 2012 season. The last three years they are 44-3 (.936). Northern Guilford (Since 2012) 56-26 (.682) 1 State Title The Nighthawks made to the Regional Finals in 2013 and 2015 with a title in 2014. The last three years have been difficult as they are 18-18 (.500).
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    2AA State Finals: Shelby vs. North Davidson

    This game has the makings of a great matchup. Both like to air it out. Both can score quickly and in bunches. Both have stout defenses. Shelby has the tradition. ND has made deep playoff runs the last few years but have been unable to clear the last hurdle of winning a title. I don’t think either team will be intimidated. I’m not yet ready to make a prediction. I do see this being a 31-28 or 35-24 type of game.
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    Open Enrollment

    "Recruiting" is an ambiguous term. One could argue that a coach or school that has a Twitter, Facebook, IG, etc. account is recruiting. All of those platforms are a form of marketing/recruiting because the coach/school is promoting his/their brand to a significant audience beyond his/their geographic boundaries. When a coach/program tweets: "I want to thank NCSU and UNC for stopping by today on a recruiting visit," is that not a form of recruiting? So then, do we punish the coaches/schools who advertise their program? Should their be limitations on the use of social media? I'm not arguing the moral or ethical value of open enrollment; all I am stating is: this is the environment we live in. I don't think a coach has to choose between integrity and winning. Why do those things have to be mutually exclusive? Too many coach's who do not invest a quarter of the time necessary to build a program like to highlight their "virtue" as a reason for their lack of success. And those who are successful will always be targets of allegations - such as cheating. That is simply the nature of sports. More importantly that is the nature of humans. A less than successful coach is not more virtuous than a winning coach. And a winning coach does not have to be a morally bankrupt. How do others evolve if they are already behind? That's a great question. There isn't one answer for every situation; evolving is contextual. Without knowing the context it is hard to provide an answer. However, there are some universal traits common to all successful organizations such as: clarity of purpose, energy and endurance to achieve that purpose, increasing efficiency with available resources, courage to think outside the box, ever increasing development of skills (physical, mental, and emotional), generating buy-in. Too often we look for excuses instead of solutions.
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    4AA State Finals: Vance vs. Wake Forest

    This! Football is athletic Darwinism and Knotts became, and remains, the top of the food chain.
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    4AA State Finals: Vance vs. Wake Forest

    @704cougarsdad I also think having community and administrative support are crucial in attracting/keeping quality coaches. For some reason, mediocre schools do not want to study the data correlating a successful sports program with improved student body participation, spirit, and academic achievement. The quality of a school's athletic program is important as it provides a central rallying point for students, teachers, and community alike.
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    Open Enrollment

    @Wrigley Exactly!
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    4AA State Finals: Vance vs. Wake Forest

    @704cougarsdad Why do Vance, etc. make deep runs? I think you answered the question when you said, "THEY HAVE BETTER ORGANIZATIONAL SETUP AND BETTER COACHING...period" I think that is the common denominator in every successful program regardless of classification. Talent is cyclical in most places. If you look at the best of the best in North Carolina you are going to see in every program - from the Mecklenburg powerhouses to the Shelby's and Reidsville's and Muphy's of the state - a better organizational setup and coaching.
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    2AA State Finals: Shelby vs. North Davidson

    I'm starting to see the sun here in central NC. I-85 is running smooth so hopefully main roads will be clear by this afternoon. Many rural areas of Davidson County will not be cleared until Tuesday evening at the earliest. WXII-12 out of Winston-Salem is forecasting 60% precipitation for Friday and Saturday with temps ranging from 39-52. The forecasted temperature range and precipitation percentage has changed frequently since Saturday though.
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    2A State Finals: Reidsville vs. Northeastern

    I think Reidsville brings home another state title.
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    4AA State Finals: Vance vs. Wake Forest

    @704cougarsdad The elite of Charlotte do have better organizational set-up and better coaching, although I would place Lucas and Wake Forest as equals. Elite programs usually do have better set-up, organization, S&C program, etc. That's what sets them apart from the rest.
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    4AA State Finals: Vance vs. Wake Forest

    @Wrigley You make a fair point. Richmond did dominate in the 1990's but not as one would expect when looking through the history of the 4A play-offs during that era. RC won the title in 1990 then again in 1997 and 1998. Three out of 10 years RC brought home the non-subdivided 4A crown. I think we can place Crest (Cleveland County) on that list of dominant 4A programs of the 1990's as they won the title in 1994 and 1996. One could also argue that West Charlotte (Mecklenburg) also dominated the 1990's as they had three appearances in the title game with one title (1991, 1993, 1995-State Champs). We could also place Douglas Byrd (Cumberland County) in that conversation as they were state runner-up in three consecutive seasons (1995-1996-1997), but we only designate dominance based off of titles won, not titles played for. In that same ten year span, seven counties sent representatives to the 4A title game - Cumberland, Forsyth, Durham, Cleveland, Mecklenburg, Buncombe, and Onslow. As a point of reference, consider the diversity of participants in the 1990 play-off bracket: of the 32 teams in the field, 18 counties sent a participant. The East was comprised of Onlsow, Wake, Roberson, Vance, Nash, Craven, Cumberland, Durham, New Hanover, Wilson, and Johnston counties. The West was made up of Mecklenburg, Catawba, Forsyth, Burke, Guilford, Buncombe, and Haywood counties. In highlighting this, I agree Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools did have more schools than any other district in the state. That is to be expected when that is the metropolitan region of the state. In the 1990 bracket, CMS only sent 5 programs to their field. It was a different time with an non-subdivided 4A bracket spread across the state. Additionally, the 1990's 4A bracket had teams from Pasquotank, Hoke, Pitt, Orange, Rowan, Scotland, Cleveland, Alamance, McDowell, Gaston, Alexander, Anson, Lee, and Harnett counties. Due to population shifts, North Carolina has become a triumvirate of Char-Meck, The Triangle, and the Triad. As a result, I doubt we will ever see the diversity of the 1990's 4A bracket again. The 4AA bracket will be CMS-WCPSS dominant with a team(s) from the Guilford-Forsyth-Richmond-New Hanover counties sprinkled in. So as to not get lost in this conversation, I want to be unequivocally clear: This does not take anything away from an individual school's accomplishment; it does, however, provide context to the 4AA situation. This does not mean Mallard Creek, Butler, Vance, Wake Forest are any less of an elite program. It simply means that based on raw numbers (i.e. population, schools, etc) CMS and WCPSS will have better odds of sending a 4AA championship representative every year.
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