J. Mike Blake

J. Mike Blake is an English teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh and a contributor to HighSchoolOT.com. He covered high school sports for a variety of newspapers in The News & Observer Publishing Company for 10 years and won 14 N.C. Press Association awards. He is also the only two-time winner of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s media person of the year award.

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The ticket: Why we shouldn’t move the football championships out of big stadiums

The most frequent question that comes up each year after the N.C. High School Athletic Association football championships is a...

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GameTimeNC will be providing coverage for all eight N.C. High School Athletic Association football championship games this weekend, with detailed stories on the state champs and runner-ups alike

Find links to our coverage below, listed in order of classification from smallest to largest: 1A CHAMPIONSHIP: Murphy defeated Pamlico...

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What you need to know about the NCHSAA football championships this weekend

The N.C. High School Athletic Association football championships will be held Friday and Saturday at three different ACC venues: N.C....

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The ticket: Change for the better in the NCHSAA, plus a downward trend in a popular sport

The NCHSAA Board of Directors meeting came and went last week with few major updates. But the few changes that...

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The ticket: What the NCHSAA may vote on this week

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will meet this week at its winter board of directors meeting. Over the last...

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The ticket: The best act of sportsmanship, plus more weekly high school sports news, analysis, and insight

The best moment of the boys soccer championships didn’t include the ball. The display of sportsmanship escaped the sight of...

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The ticket: Home field advantage? It sometimes pays to travel in the NCHSAA playoffs

Coaches and fans like to have home-field advantage in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, but sometimes it pays...

 

NCHSAA brackets: 2018 football playoffs

The N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs are underway. Here are the dates you need to know: First round:...

 

Five stars: Honoring the best athletes in each North Carolina region

Welcome to “Five Stars,” the weekly feature where we highlight great athletic achievements across our state’s many regions. As the...

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The ticket: What you need to know about the rash of ejections in high school football

In a seven-day span, there were reports of at least four different high school football games involving altercations, which carries...

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Green Hope, Marvin Ridge, Currituck County, and Falls Lake Academy claim NCHSAA volleyball championships

The N.C. High School Athletic Association volleyball champions were completed on Saturday with three new state champions and a three-time...

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NCHSAA brackets: 2018 boys soccer playoffs

The N.C. High School Athletic Association 2018 boys soccer state playoffs crowned four state champions: Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) in...