Challenger Football: “One Big Family”

By Christian Phillips and Dillon Deaton

November 9, 2016

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the day before the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, there were football games played on the Panthers’ practice fields that had an even greater impact on the community. Those games were a part of the season-ending tournament for the Challenger division of the […]

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Police Athletic League puts kids and cops on the field

By Brenna Elmore and Rachel Herzog

  On a chilly Saturday morning in November, two police officers cross the deserted soccer field in front of the Holton Career and Resource Center. But they’re not patrolling the area — together, they lift up a soccer goal on their shoulders and move it along the white lines painted in the grass. Soon, cars […]

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Commentary: The view from the inside

By Christian Phillips

October 5, 2016

  In 1985, a group of seven men and women formed what was then known as the National Senior Olympics Organization. After joining up with other groups who were already conducting games for seniors, the first National Senior Olympic Games were held in 1987. The inaugural games were well received with 2,500 competitors. The number […]

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Hillside’s Desmond Jackson competes in Paralympic Games

By L'erin Jensen

  Hillside High senior Desmond Jackson, 17,  just returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he was Team USA’s youngest male competitor in track and field at the Paralympic Games. Jackson competed in the 100m and 200m sprints, as well as the long jump in the T42 category, which is for athletes with single above-the knee-amputation. […]

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Racing to recognize our armed forces

By jock

April 3, 2016

Back in February, the Hillside High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps hosted a 5K at the school’s track. The event was done to celebrate 100 years of JROTC. The 5K takes place annually to celebrate one more year of JROTC, and it is required that most cadets enrolled in the program participate in the […]

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The School of Hard Knocks rocks

By Ebony Sain

February 11, 2016

  It was a cold, rainy night when David Johnson wandered into The School of Hard Knocks. Twenty-eight-year old Johnson is a Durham resident currently staying at the Durham Rescue Mission. “I was just wandering by when I seen the lights on,” Johnson said, “It’s my first time here, but I’ll be back.” He spent […]

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Ken Browning: More than a football coach

By Jeremy Vernon

November 12, 2015

Growing up on a farm on the edge of Durham County, Ken Browning never dreamed of being a football coach. But that all changed during his senior season in 1963.

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“DONS Basketball League” teaches more than just roundball

By Evan Owens

September 18, 2015

A summer basketball league calls to mind the squeaking of sneakers, the sound of the whistle blow, and the swish of the ball going through the net. But for participants in Campaign 4 Change’s summer league, it meant much more. DONS Basketball League (DBL) provides a 12-week summer basketball league during June, July, and August, […]

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Khris Francis: Down but not out

By Jeremy Vernon

September 17, 2015

Khris Francis knew something was wrong when he planted his foot to make a cut. The then sophomore running back for the North Carolina football team had just caught the ball on a kickoff return in the second quarter against Pittsburgh, a game the Tar Heels would eventually win 40-35, and darted outside to find […]

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