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The Outer Loop Sports Show Season Premiere: Aug. 18, 2010

Conference previews for the Greater Neuse River 4-A and the Tri-Nine 4-A, plus boys soccer, girls tennis, cross country and volleyball talk, it's all there in the season premiere of The Outer Loop Sports Show at:

Starting at 10 a.m. LIVE Outer Loop Sports Show

Starting at approximately 10 a.m. today, you can view live the first Outer Loop Sports Show of the season. We're back for year two and we hope to bring you more than ever.

In today's episode, D. Clay Best of the Smithfield Herald and I will break down Friday's games and make predictions for the season at-large. Clay will handle the Greater Neuse River Conference while I will be tackling the Tri-Nine.

Most of our shows will be 30 minutes this year, with three 10-minute segments. After live Wednesday broadcasts, the shows are re-aired on Time Warner Cable local access channels and archived on Youtube.

You can view the Outer Loop Sports Show live on UStream by clicking here. Stay tuned!

The year's final Outer Loop Sports Show 6/9

It's the last week of the Outer Loop Sports Show, and Clay and I give our end-of-year awards for male athlete, female athlete, game, coach and team of the year.

Outer Loop Sports Show 6/2

We switch gears on this week's Outer Loop Sports Show to talk about bigger issues in North Carolina high school sports. To view our show click this link.



  • First up is the move of the NCHSAA east basketball regionals moving from Greenville to Fayetteville (hint: I like the move).
  • Next, we discuss what the new NCHSAA 11-in-11 rule for football scheduling (starting in 2011) does to scheduling in both the Greater Neuse and Tri-Nine conferences.
  • Also concerning the high school football playoffs, the NCHSAA will switch to a pod system this next year. What does that mean for our area's schools?
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  • My Tri-Nine players of the week are Jocelyn Keen of Fuquay-Varina (only a half-second away from a state record in the 800m run) and the state-record breaking Cary 4x800 team. 

Outer Loop Sports Show 5/26

The high school sports season is winding down, so consider this one of our final Outer Loop Sports Shows for the 2009-10 athletic year. This week myself, Chris Edwards and D. Clay Best discuss:

  • That pesky Fuquay-Varina softball team still has a chance to go to Walnut Creek — again! 
  • What a wacky East Regional baseball bracket it's been. Of the final four teams — none of them finished higher than third in their conference! Clay has seen Laney and Rose over the past two years while I talk about the two Tri-Nine squads, Apex and Lee County.
  • Speaking of Apex, kudos to Mike Valder for getting his team to the fourth round. Four straight years, his teams have made it to at least the third round, despite the talent level seemingly dipping each year. Bottom line: don't count out a coach who has the playoff structure figured out.
  • A lot of local flavor at the track & field championships. State records were set by the Cary 4x800 team and Panther Creek's Cassie Crawford.
  • My Tri-Nine players of the week were Holly Springs pitcher Erica Nunn for her no-hitter in the second round and Panther Creek pole vaulter Cassie Crawford for her state record she set — in the rain no less! Crawford has four pole vault titles, two indoor and two outdoor. Which begs the question... why are we pole vaulting in the rain?
  • I also add a little bit about Cary's new AD.

To view the Outer Loop Sports Show, just click here.

Outer Loop Sports Show 5/19

On this week's Outer Loop Sports Show, which we couldn't have done without a great intro by Cary's world-class 4x800 team, we lead off by talking about the surprising baseball playoffs. We also discuss:

  • Do the first-round results mean that the Tri-Nine was the best Triangle baseball conference?
  • Is the current baseball format the "best" way to determine who the best team is?
  • Girls soccer -- between the two conferences, we're down to one team.
  • The softball playoffs are begining.. will there be as many surprises as we've seen with baseball?
  • Clay and I drop some names to keep "track" of in this Saturday's 4-A track & field state championships.
  • We name our Players of the Week. Mine is Wesley Barrett (wow, three weeks straight) and another Apex athlete who seemingly did it all this week.

So once again, look for the Cary 4x800 team intro and here is the link for your viewing pleasure.

Outer Loop Sports Show 5/12

A big thanks to the Green Hope baseball team, who starts off this week's Outer Loop Sports Show with our student-athlete intro.

 This week is one of our best shows, just because we have so much to talk about. We cover:

  • New football coach at Smithfield-Selma. How easily can SSS transition to the spread? Some Tri-Nine teams can answer that question.  
  • Another football vacancy in the Greater Neuse Conference. What's the situation like at HC? What kind of candidates can emerge?
  • Green Hope repeats their state championship in boys golf. What a performance from this balanced group.
  • The soccer playoffs have started. Who's left after round one?
  • The baseball playoffs are approaching. What match-ups are this year's teams going to have?
  • My Tri-Nine players of the week: one tennis player and one championship team.
  • Two other playoff teams continue in the Tri-Nine — one for a state title this Saturday. The other plays a third round game on Tuesday.

To view the Outer Loop Sports Show click here:

Outer Loop Sports Show 5/5

Another week of the Outer Loop Sports Show is in order — and this time it's brought to you by the Garner softball team (thanks for the intro!). This week's show focuses on:

  • The baseball picture. Can Holly Springs clinch the conference or can Athens still force a tie? Who has the inside track for 5th?
  • The tennis playoffs. At the time, we only knew Green Hope had advanced.
  • The lacrosse playoffs -- big upset with Apex on the girls side. Only three teams left total for our area.
  • Golf playoffs -- Clayton and Green Hope advance from our respective Outer Loop areas.
  • Players of the week -- I nominate the two NCHSAA Courage Award winners, Nathan Baker and Tyler Forsythe as the two from the Tri-Nine.

Outer Loop Sports Show 4/28

On this week's Outer Loops Sports Show, we touch on a number of sports as the playoffs are either here or fast approaching.

We discuss:

  • The Tri-Nine baseball picture, and how it's basically down to two teams now and the last playoff spot is between Apex and Fuquay.
  • The Tri-Nine softball picture, how Apex has taken the lead and how Green Hope refuses to go away quietly. 
  • The recent Tri-Nine golf championships, won by Green Hope and Mike Cromie
  • The pending Tri-Nine boys tennis championships, later won by Apex's Wesley Barrett and Green Hope's Jake Bowling/Taylor Elliott.
  • The upcoming lacrosse playoffs
  • And... D. Clay Best says he thinks we'll know something on the new Johnston County football hires as soon as next week.

Outer Loop Sports Show 4/21

Time for another installment of the Outer Loop Sports Show. This week we discuss:

  • Kurt Glendenning stepping down as Cary AD. I hint at who I think would be a good replacement.
  • Apex defeating Fuquay in softball to take command of the Tri-Nine.
  • Which softball conference is better? Greater Neuse or Tri-Nine? There's a mixed answer for that.
  • My Tri-Nine players of the week are Reilly Brown of Green Hope girls soccer (six goals in three games) and Blair Betts of Athens Drive baseball (threw a three-hitter against Lee County).

Click here to watch. I'm the good-looking one on the left.

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