You have to be happy for the Northern Guilford Nighthawks and the Dudley Panthers for their wins in Saturday’s 3-A State Championship games.
The Panthers and the Nighthawks got the job done and it was not easy, they earned those wins. Go back to all of the practices, the games, the off-season workouts, the drills, the trips to the YMCA and the Sportsplex, the late night meals where your supper got cold. These people paid the price and they deserve the Gold Medals.
I wonder how many of the Panthers and Nighthawks wore those medals around their necks to school today, making a statement, that we are “The Champions”.
I wish we were doing an audio version of our blog/show here and I would have the producer(who would probably be me) que up the tune “Purple Rain” and we would let it play out loud for all to hear. If I were a Nighthawk player or fan, I would get a copy of that tune and let it play on non-stop, from now until next season.
For the Panthers, I’m not sure what tune they would choose, but they need to get one, put it in their I-Pod machine/player and let it play on as their victory song. “We Are The Champions” was always good, but I know they can come up with something better than that.
You again, have to be so proud of what all these kids have accomplished and give it to them; THEY ARE THE BEST. Helen Terry, Breonna Patterson, Desiree Drayton, Porsha Roach, Jessica Farr, Chell Jackson, plus Wilkerson, Goins, Rouse, Coach Kris Britton and all of the Panther Pride. We love you kids and look forward to seeing you on the 4-A level next year.
Back to that Purple Rain…..This might be the Biggest Story in the history of Guilford County Sports. What this team at Northern Guilford has done and how did they did it so quick. East Chapel Hill won the State 3-A Men’s Title in just their second year and Eastern Wayne did it too. East Chapel had Henrik Rodl of UNC-fame and Eastern Wayne had David Henderson who went on to Duke.
This is a very big story and Northern has kids that will hit the D-I level just like Rodl and Henderson. Jacob Lawson might end up at Syracuse, who knows? Maybe we’ll see Jon Frye and Michael Neal in the ACC. Christian McCain could be on his way to the NFL one day. Who knows how far these kids might go?
Coach K, Mike Fulcher, Fernando Cole, Andy Symmes, and all of the Northern coaches have done a fine job and they have put in countless hours helping and working with these young men.
Crank up the Purple Rain song and play it like it’s Purple Reign….Let’s see how many Northern Guilford Nighthawk fans we can get to weigh in and support the team here at the site.
There have been a couple of words that have defined this Championship Run, and those would be Success and Jealousy. We have been trying to celebrate the Success the kids have experienced, but there has been so much jealousy getting in the way from many different sources.
The main part of that word jealousy is Lousy and it has been Lousy to see all of the fans that are so against Northern and their Success. This is our last article on this topic and if you have something to say it would be a good time to get it out of your system.
One way or another, the time is now to share your feelings. I would love to see a few hundred Northern fans come on here and take up for their team, but I don’t think we’ll get it. It’s tough to step out and use your name, believe me, I have been doing it for years and you need thick skin.
I do want to commend that great Northern crowd that showed up for the game on Saturday to cheer on their Nighthawks and many of them were pulling for the Dudley girls too. Great turnout by all the fans on Saturday.
Again, I can’t put my finger on all of the Jealousy, but most of it would probably come from people being upset about the kids that have moved into the Northern district. Much of this was addressed in last Friday’s News and Record, the day before the Championship Game, in an article by the N&R’s Robert Bell.
Coach K, Stan Kowalewski, the man in charge of the Northern Guilford Nighthawks basketball team had something to say about that article and I think you need to see it if you haven’t already.
Coach Kowalewski had some very strong feelings about this story. Here are the Coach K excerpts from the N&R blog:
â€œWe donâ€™t make the rules. Guilford County and the NCHSAA make the rules, and we abide by them. And until Guilford County changes their rules, then parents are going to, within those rules, do what they want to do. If they end up at our school, they end up at our school. Or they end up at another school. The rules are what they are. We make sure we follow them to a T, our athletic department as well as our administration. All we can do is follow them, we canâ€™t make them.
Itâ€™s very disappointing to me that although the News & Record says that thereâ€™s a lot of e-mails from coaches or fans, that nobody is willing to be non-anonymous, that nobodyâ€™s willing to bring forth concrete evidence that weâ€™re doing things wrong. Everyone wants to hide behind anonymity. Thatâ€™s disappointing because I think itâ€™s cowardice. Itâ€™s very difficult for us as a school to defend ourselves when we donâ€™t know who our accusers are. …
Whoever these coaches are, itâ€™s just jealousy, thatâ€™s all it is. Until they can step up and first of all be a man and make a comment to a newspaper on the record, when they can do that, then I think somebody would listen to them. If I want to hide behind â€œI donâ€™t want to be revealed as a source,â€ then it is what it is. …
People thought we were doing something wrong before reading the article and people thought we werenâ€™t. I donâ€™t think the article changes their opinion of it.
I did believe thereâ€™s no information in this article that couldnâ€™t have been written two, three, six months ago. The timing of bringing it out on the eve of the state championship, I wasnâ€™t impressed with.
When you work so hard as a coaching staff and your kids work so hard as players to get better, and this article is brought up instead of, â€˜Hey, maybe Northern Guilfordâ€™s coaches really know what theyâ€™re doing. Maybe they work harder than everybody else around here. Maybe their kids work harder and they deserve the accolades theyâ€™re getting when they get this far.â€™ Nobody wants to give us any credit, they just find ways to discredit us.
Our coaching staff, we donâ€™t have any egos. We donâ€™t care. But the kids deserve better than that.â€
Coach K is correct. The kids deserve all the credit in the world.
The kids deserve the credit. Crank up the Purple Rain and let it play.
This is our last HS basketball blog/article for the season and what a way to close it out with TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. I really feel like Greensborosports.com was a part of all of the excitement this year.
Thanks kids, for the fine job you did.