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Wildcats News · Where’s North Carolina’s Toughest Place to Play? – Presented by VNN

Last month we asked our network to share the places in their state that they thought were the toughest to visit. Nearly 500 stadiums, gyms, pools, and courses were nominated, and now it’s time to crown a winner.

Where’s North Carolina’s Toughest Place to Play?

Voters are eligible to vote once per day.
Where’s North Carolina’s Toughest Place to Play?

Raging Bull Stadium – Football – Home of the Hickory Ridge Bulls
C.B. Aycock – Cross Country – Home of CBAHS Falcons
Cox Mill Gym – Many Sports – Home of the Cox Mill Chargers
West Rowan Stadium – Football – Home of the West Rowan Falcons

Winning locations will be entered into our Regional and National Contest to come at a later date!

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Wildcats News · Where Are the Toughest Places to Play? Nominate Now:

We here at VNN are doing a feature for our national media site highlighting the toughest places to play in all of high school sports and we want to hear from YOU what Stadium/Field/Gym/Course/Venue is the toughest to play and why?

Be on the lookout for the final feature coming soon on!


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Wildcats News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN

New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)


Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)


Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)


To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Wildcats News · How much do you know about staying hydrated? Presented by VNN

Staying hydrated is important to your health, and is one of the best ways to ensure that you are playing your best. Unfortunately, many athletes overlook just how important water is in maintaining top-level performance.

Think you know everything there is to know about proper hydration? Take the quiz below sourced from’s 15 Hydration Facts for Athletes and find out:


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Wildcats News · NCHSAA Fall 2017 Key Dates – Presented by VNN

Even though it’s only halfway through Summer, we’ve compiled a handy reference guide to the key dates coming for this Fall season from the NCHSAA 2017-18 Sports Calendar. Feel free to bookmark!


Start Date – Jul. 31

First Contest – Aug. 14


July 3 – 9, 2017, July 17 – 23, 2017


Reporting Deadline – October 11; 3pm

Regional – October 16 or 17

State – October 23-24


Seeding – October 19

1st Round – October 21

2nd Round – October 24

3rd Round – October 26

4th Round – October 28

Regional – October 31

State – November 4



Reporting Deadline – October 16; 3pm

Regional – October 20-21

State – October 27-28


Bracketing – October 16

1st Round – October 18

2nd Round – October 24

3rd Round – October 30

Regional – November 1

State – November 4


Reporting Deadline – October 20; 3pm

Regional – October 28

State – November 4


Seeding – October 30

1st Round – November 1

2nd Round – November 4

3rd Round – November 8

4th Round – November 11

Regional – November 14

State – November 18


December 2


1st Practice – July 31

1st Scrimmage – August 9

1st Date – August 18


1st Round – November 10

2nd Round – November 17

3rd Round – November 24

Regionals – December 1

State – December 8-9


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Wildcats News · Hawk-Lail ALL STATE

Jordan Hawk a senior infielder and Nataleigh Lail a sophomore pitcher have been named to the 2A all state softball team. Congrats to these hard working athletes and Coach Chris Cozort.

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Wildcats News · New Coaches Named

Billy Abee will be the Head Wrestling Coach- Billy will also assist in football. Billy had an excellent wrestling career in high school and has been leading the program at Walter Johnson Middle to unprecedented success since his graduation from college. Billy will also be teaching health/physical education at Draughn. We are very pleased to have Billy join our staff.

Yates Jensen will take over both Men’s Basketball and Baseball. Yates has a wealth of experience in both sports. Yates has served both sports previously as an assistant, and is ready to take on the programs in the role of head coach. We look forward to seeing both continue to succeed under Jensen’s leadership.

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Coed Junior Varsity Track, Coed Varsity Track · J C Draughn High School Coed Varsity Track finishes 18th place

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Meet Recap

Girls finished 18th in state meet and boys 51st. Leanna Seagraves finished runner up in pole vault and Timmy Abee finished 8th to lead their teams. To see complete results


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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · J C Draughn High School Varsity Softball falls to Parkwood High School 2-0

Friday, May 19, 2017

7:00 PM

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Game Recap

The lady Wildcats wee knocked out of the State playoffs Friday in a hard fought game. Congratulations to our softball team for a great run in the playoffs.

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Coed Junior Varsity Track, Coed Varsity Track · J C Draughn High School Coed Varsity Track finishes 11th place

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Meet Recap

The Wildcat Track teams finished 11th (womens) and 13th (mens ) at the 2A west regional meet. They were highlighted with Leanna Seagraves winning the pole vault, Lexi Cook winning the triple jump and Josh Ross finishing runner up in the 1600 m.


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