Northern Guilford boys basketball team

Northern Guilford has a very good boys basketball team, and they’re going to get better.

I saw them play in person on Satruday night and this team is for real. They may only be using freshmen and sophomores but they are beating everybody in sight. The NGHS Nighthawks beat Northwest Guilford for the second time this year in a game at Guilford College and the contest was never in doubt. Northern won it 64-50 and Stan Kowaleski’s boys are going to be really good before they graduate.

The Nighthawk kids are lead by Jonathan Frye and the red-head can do a little bit of everything. He can bring the ball up the court, set up the offense, rebound, shoot 3-pointers, and he can dunk. Frye is the real-deal and the entire Nighthawk squad plays well together. Jacob Lawson is probably 6’7 and he gives them an inside presence with scoring power and rebounding.

Northern is (5-0) to start off 2007 and they will give any of our area teams a good run for their money. The Nighthawks will be playing a Triad 3-A schedule and they will be able to compete with all the conference powers including Dudley and Northeast Guilford.

If NGHS is eligible for the state playoffs and I guess they are even though they are only playing sophomores and freshmen, then the way they look today, Northern is in the playoffs and they should make a good run at the title. Do they get to play in the Triad 3-A conference tournament? If so, then the way things look today, they are in the finals versus Dudley.

Some of the other kids I saw out there on the floor Saturday evening are Michael Neal and Dylan Berry who were working mainly at wing and guard, JR Grant who went inside, and Asad Lamont and Brandon Mayfield who helped out in reserve.

Jonathan Frye is one of the best players in our area, if not the entire state and Jacob Lawson is not far behind. These are not just a bunch of kids out there just trying to put a team on the court, this Nighthawk bunch is for real.

This might be the setting for a great movie some day if these kids keep on winning. The winning streak will have to end sometime but until it does, let’s keep watching these Nighthawk kids.

What if they won the State 3-A Championship? Who will be the first team to ever beat the Nighthawks? Nighthawk fever has hit the county.

When you look at the local sports landscape, isn’t it interesting studying the men who have come here from out of town and the successes they have experienced playing and coaching in their respective sports?

Alan Ashkinazy(Baseball), Eddie Radwanski(Soccer), Stan Kowaleski(Basketball) and Jocko Nagurski(Football). Ashkinazy-New York, Radwanski-New Jersey, Kowaleski-NE United States, and Nagurski-Parts Unknown. You get these connections only at