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Tim Stevens, J. Mike Blake, Clay Best, Aaron Moody, and Elliott Warnock follow all the news for high school athletes from Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Johnston Counties. 

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No. 16 Wakefield Wolverines

  • The high-flying Wolverines are undergoing some changes as only one starter returns to its potent offense. The expectations are changed, but Wakefield will stay uptempo, says head coach Rod Sink. Read the full preview by clicking here.

No. 17 Athens Drive Jaguars

  • The Jaguars had five heartbreaking losses by six points or less last year. Athens Drive needs to develop the confidence to break through the close ones in what projects to be a close SWAC race. Read the full preview by clicking here.

No. 18 Fuquay-Varina Bengals

  • The defense wasn't up to usual Fuquay-Varina standards last season, and that's why the Bengals had their 10-win season streak snapped. New head coach Jeb Hall looks to correct that. Read the full preview by clicking here.

No. 19 Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs

  • The Bulldogs went 6-6 last season with a plethora of young players. Coach Marvin Burke scheduled tough nonconference games to help his group realize its potential. Read the full preview by clicking here.

No. 20 Northern Durham Knights

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J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.