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The (slow and mostly painful) death of ihigh.com

A few years ago, a good friend of mine — Michelle Donahue Hillison from Raleigh – started the northcarolina.ihigh.com site in our state. For several years, it was THE site to go to when you wanted to know what was going on statewide in prep sports. Every school was represented on the site with scores, schedules, news, etc., by local sports writers and writers from within each individual school.

Most of that — heck, all of that — was due to the hard work Michelle put into the site. I know for a fact that she worked sometimes 18-20 hours a day to make ihigh.com the premier prep sports site in N.C.

For a time, the ihigh folks supported her, too. She was able to hire writers from all over the state (myself, Chris Hobbs from Hickory, Langston Wertz from Charlotte, Charles Alston from Rocky Mount, among many others) to write for her. When the Internet explosion started to die down a couple of years ago, the money dried up, too. She was unable to keep the writers and the site started to die.

But she kept working hard and procured agreements from newspapers all over the state to use their stories on the site. That worked for a while.

She finally decided she was ready to go in a different direction and now runs her own sports consulting business in the Triangle that is – by the way – going strong. But ihigh has continued to plug along, sometimes painfully.

Well, sound the death bells for ihigh.com. Today, the site has moved along to more of a teeny-bopper “entertainment-type” site that pretty much forgets sports altogether.

You know what? Good riddance. Arnold Solomon’s ncpreps.com took over the mantle as best prep site in N.C. after Michelle left ihigh and it is the place you have to go if you want to know what other fans and coaches are thinking throughout North Carolina.

The powers-that-be at ihigh.com should be ashamed of the way they ruined a great Web site. Forget them. Support ncpreps.com.

My picks, Week 7

Prep

North Lenoir 24, Eastern Wayne 18

Clinton 34, South Lenoir 8

Raleigh St. David’s 26, Parrott Academy 22

Greene Central 28, C.B. Aycock 14

Jones Senior 34, Goldsboro Rosewood 26

College

Virginia at Duke: Virginia

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech

Ohio State at Iowa: Ohio State

Oregon at Arizona State: Arizona State

Texas Tech at Texas A&M: Texas A&M

Pro

New Orleans at Carolina: Carolina

Jacksonville at Washington: Jacksonville

Dallas at Tennessee: Dallas

Minnesota at Buffalo: Buffalo

Cleveland at Oakland: Cleveland

Thursday night upset special

Read it and re-read it: North Pitt upset Ayden-Grifton 14-6 on Thursday in a game postponed due to Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Eastern Plains 2A teams, take notice: if NP plays the way it did tonight, the Panthers are going to challenge for the EP2A title. No joke.

Congratulations to Coach Boal and NP. And a hearty thanks to A-G coach Paul Cornwell for staying the super-classy coach he is. Coach Cornwell is the epitome of class: even in defeat, he answers the tough questions, doesn’t take offense at those hard questions and is just a good guy. Some other coaches could learn a few lessons from him.

Rumors, innuendoes and questions

I apologize for being away so much lately, but — as you know — you have to take the time off or they take it away from you!

Let’s jump on some of these things that have been floating around our area lately…

  • I am seeking solid confirmation of Coach Miller getting married. As soon as I get it, I’ll post it here. But if he did, then congratulations to him. Trust me on this: It’s hard to get married!
  • With all my duties (Jones Post, etc.), I really haven’t had a chance to do videos. I’m going to make a concerted effort to get those under way soon. But what I want to know is this: do you miss them? Do you even want to see them? Let me know.
  • Let’s just lay everything out here on the line about former SL coach Lee Atkins; I have received several e-mails from some of you thinking I am hatin’ on the man. Nothing could be further from the truth. He did a heck of a job last year in Deep Run with a program that had had a run of bad seasons. My only beef — if I have one — with the man is that he told me and those kids that he was there for the long haul. But it’s hard to stay somewhere if you have a better offer. I have only spoken to him once since he left for Raleigh and that was when I did the story on him leaving for Wakefield. From everything I understand, he is doing a great job up there, too. I wish him nothing but success.
  • Check out my Sunday column; I’m going to run a mid-season report card of sorts on the high school football teams and I think you guys will like it.

Leaderboard after Week 6

CORRECTED! Thanks, Flagan! 

It was a tough week all around as five of us (me, Jagshouse, S.Lovick, Go Twins and BWard) tied for the best week at 11-4. The defending champ (JWade) continues to lead, but Flagan and I are only one game back.

JWade                      64-23 (.736)           9-6

Flagan                      63-24 (.724)           10-5

HANKS                     63-24 (.724)           11-4

Jagshouse                62-24 (.721)           11-4

BW                          61-26 (.701)           10-5

S. Lovick                   61-26 (.701)           11-4

Spence                     60-27 (.690)           8-7

Clay                          59-28 (.678)          10-5

Go Twins                  59-28 (.678)           11-4 (6-0 in preps!)

GWhitley                   58-26 (.690)           8-7

Tate Mooring              58-27 (.682)           9-6

Bward                      58-28 (.674)           11-4

K-Town Pirate            58-29 (.667)           8-7

Taplie Coile                57-30 (.655)           9-6

Lee                          57-30 (.655)           10-5 (5-0 in the pros!)

Greg Melvin               57-30 (.655)           10-5

Devil27                     56-31 (.644)           9-6

Jeff Howard               56-31 (.644)           9-6

RJarman                   56-31 (.644)           10-5

The Kid                     55-32 (.632)           9-6

DubG GC                  54-33 (.621)           9-6

JGoodson                 52-35 (.598)           8-7

Johnny Kennedy        52-35 (.598)           10-5

James Roberts           52-35 (.598)           10-5

Heelatious                  50-23 (.685)           7-8

Will the Thrill               50-37 (.575)         6-9 (picked both Chicago and Minnesota; I counted it as a loss)

COliver                       47-26 (.644)           10-5

ECPirates11               46-26 (.639)           10-5 (5-0 in pros!)

ENCMetalhead           45-29 (.608)           9-6

PantherFan                45-42 (.517)           6-9 

CBeaman101               44-28 (.611)           9-6

Mr_NL1991                43-28 (.606)           9-6

Natis9988                  41-31 (.569)           9-6

KHS loving sister       40-33 (.548)           8-7 (Didn’t pick TC-APA game)

SLfootball15               39-18 (.684)           10-5

CourtKillinger           39-19 (.672)           8-7 (Didn’t pick FC-AG game)

Blue Dog                   38-28 (.576)           7-8

Marine                        34-24 (.586)           6-9

DJTyndall06/DJ               23-20 (.535)           4-11

I know things            16-14 (.533)           7-8

Scott44544             13-17 (.433)           6-9

WMurphy*                9-6 (.600)           9-6 

APAfootball9              5-8 (.385)           —–

* indicates first week of selections

AP prep football poll, Sept. 26

North Carolina Prep Football Poll

The Associated Press state high school football polls for the week of September 26, first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

Class  4A

School           Records        Points            Prv
1.  Independence  (21)         5-0     219     1

2.  Greenville  Rose  (1)        5-0     185     2

3.  Richmond  County           5-0      159     3

4.  Davie  County       6-0      131     4

5.  Asheville  Reynolds         6-0      118     5

6.  Wilmington  Hoggard      5-0      110     6

7.  Greensboro  Grimsley     5-0      102     7

8.  Hope  Mills  South  View 6-0      64        10

9.  Shelby  Crest        4-1      48        9

10.  Matthews  Butler            4-1      15

Others receiving votes: New Bern 9, Scotland County 9, Raleigh Wakefield 8, East Wake 6, Watauga County 6, Fayetteville Seventy-First 4, Winston-Salem Reynolds 4, Garner Senior 4, Raleigh Leesville Road 3, South Caldwell 3, Gastonia Ashbrook 2, Southern Durham 1.

Class  3A

School           Records        Points            Prv
1.  Eastern  Randolph  (19)  6-0     210     2

2.  Rocky  Mount        5-1      150     3

3.  Greensboro  Dudley        5-1      132     4

4.  Harnett  Central    5-0      94        7

5.  Franklin     6-0      87        8

6.  Western  Alamance         5-1      83        6

6.  Kannapolis  Brown  (1)    5-1     83        1

8.  Anson  County      5-1      77        5

9.  W-Salem  Parkland  (1)  6-0     76        9

10.  SW  Edgecombe             5-0          43      —

Others receiving votes: Hertford County 36, Pikeville Aycock 34, Gastonia Huss 29, Winston-Salem Carver 24, West Rowan 16, Monroe Sun Valley 10, North Gaston 9, Asheboro 9, West Craven 4, Monroe Parkwood 3, Southern Wayne 1.

Class  2A
School           Records        Points            Prv
1.  Shelby  (21)          5-0     219     1

2.  Maiden      6-0      171     3

3.  Bunn  (1)   6-0     168     5

4.  Canton  Pisgah    5-0      141     6

5.  Burlington  Cummings     5-1      114     7

6.  Reidsville  4-1      96        8

(tie)  Brevard  5-1      96        4

8.  Southwest  Onslow          4-1      71        2

9.  Newton-Conover  5-1      41        10

10.  Catawba  Bandys           5-1          27       —

Others receiving votes: West Davidson 24, Greene Central 20, Elizabeth City Northeastern 7, East Lincoln 6, West Henderson 3, Clinton 2, Ashe County 2, Jacksonville Northside 1, North Surry 1.

Class  1A
School           Records        Points            Prv
1.  Thomasville  (17) 6-0     214     1

2.  Wallace-Rose  Hill  (3)    5-0     192     2

3.  Elkin          6-0      159     3

4.  Manteo  (2)           5-0     130     4

5.  Warsaw  Kenan   5-0      115     5

6.  East  Bladen         5-0      111     7

7.  Cherokee  5-0      72        8

8.  Polk  County         6-0      60        9

9.  Northampton-West          5-0      56        10

10.  East  Carteret    4-1      36        6

Others receiving votes: Siler City Jordan-Matthews 22, Plymouth 11, Mt. Airy 9, Ayden-Grifton 9, Pamlico County 5, Hobbton 4, Chocowinity Southside 2, Clinton Union 2, Rosewood 1.

Pick these games, Week 7

Prep

North Lenoir at Eastern Wayne

Clinton at South Lenoir

Raleigh St. David’s at Parrott Academy

Greene Central at C.B. Aycock

Goldsboro Rosewood at Jones Senior

College (JWade, got OSU-Iowa in but the other game was a 14-point spread…)

Virginia at Duke

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

Ohio State at Iowa

Oregon at Arizona State

Texas Tech at Texas A&M

Pro

New Orleans at Carolina

Jacksonville at Washington 

Dallas at Tennessee

Minnesota at Buffalo

Cleveland at Oakland

Leaderboard update

Hi, guys and gals…as I mentioned in the last post, I am out of town for the next few days, so it will probably be Wednesday and maybe even Thursday before I get the leaderboard and new games up. Flagan — I should just pay you to do it, since yours are always more accurate than mine anyway!

And yes — I am taking some much-needed vacation! Before June, I had not taken more than four days off at a time in my four years in Kinston. Have a TON of hours to take! Have fun and I’ll see you back in Kinston on Friday.