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Firebirds headed to state 3-A championship

Southern Nash senior Quinton Cooley plows his way over Eastern Alamance defenders Caleb Hester (5) and Evan Powell (32) during the second half of Friday’s NCHSAA 3-A East final at Southern Nash. Cooley rushed for 344 yards and three TDs in the Firebirds’ 32-29 victory to reach the state championship for the first time.
With the game still very much up for grabs and a dangerous Eastern Alamance offense just itching to get the ball back, Southern Nash put the football in the safest possible place — in the hands of …
Student-athlete of the week

Shamir Small

Shamir Small

Shamir Small runs cross country for the Firebirds and is the Farris & Thomas Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Shamir began running in his early childhood, trying to outrace his older …

School Sports
Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster is attended to in a cart after collapsing on the sideline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s NCHSAA 3-A East final against Eastern Alamance at Southern Nash. Foster was taken to the hospital but was reported to be OK.

Foster’s collapse scary but has a happy ending

STANHOPE — For a few scary moments Friday at Firebird Stadium, one could have heard the proverbial pin drop. A hush fell over the capacity crowd as Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster lay on …
Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster is hugged by one of his players after the Firebirds upset Hunt in the second round of the 2009 state 3-AA playoffs. That playoff run, culminating in a 33-32 triple-OT loss at South Johnston in the 3-AA East final, set off an 11-year streak of winning seasons for the Firebirds, who will host Eastern Alamance in the 3-A East final Friday.

Firebirds’ light began to shine in ‘09 playoff run

As Southern Nash prepares for its first North Carolina High School Athletic Association football regional final in 10 years, the 2019 Firebirds might find some inspiration from the 2009 team that …
Southern Nash quarterback Matt Foster (2), in front, gives the touchdown signal as offensive lineman Zollie Alford (58) reacts to Quinton Cooley's fourth-quarter score during Friday's game with Northern Nash. The Firebirds won 42-27.

Firebirds overcome mistakes, Knights, 42-27, to advance to 3rd round

STANHOPE — Brian Foster detests repeat games against 3-A Big East Conference opponents in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football postseason. Add Friday’s …
Community Sports
Bill Howard

Blazing new hunting trails

I enjoy looking back at the history of hunting in North America. I find the stories entertaining, enriching and enlightening. Many people have heard how President Theodore Roosevelt pioneered the …
Bill Howard

Red flag laws need the red flag

According to Forbes.com, on Sept. 5, the Department of Justice requested from Apple and Google the names, phone numbers and IP addresses of at least 10,000 individuals who have downloaded and used an …
Pro Sports
Lucama's Joseph Pittman poses for a picture in front of his winning car after capturing his first-ever track title in the Mini Stock division at Southern National Motorsports Park, the track located about half a mile from his house.

Pittman finally breaks through at SNMP as Mini Car points champion for 2019

Growing up so close to Southern National Motorsports Park, the sounds and smells of the track are familiar to Joseph Pittman. It’s likely that on some nights, the last noises the Lucama native …