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WIZS SportsTalk Tuesday at 1 p.m. featured guests Homer Ramirez, executive director NC Independent School Athletic Association, and George Marshall, athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Henderson Collegiate.

Following a question and answer with WIZS’ Trey Snide, Ron Noel and John Rose, and after both guests had concluded the show, came a strong set of opinions at the end of the show concerning how listeners and readers source the information shared on social media, that social media should not be used to tear down and tear apart institutions and their beliefs.

Later in the week, WIZS will have Dr. Anthony Jackson on WIZS TownTalk at 11 a.m. Thursday to find out more about Plan C for the rest of the semester and how it will affect sports preparation.

Independent Schools in North Carolina and schools like Henderson Collegiate have resumed school and sports.

Ramirez said, “It’s been a labor of love. The kids are playing, so kuddos to our heads of school and those behind the scenes.”

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Ramirez said this isn’t the norm and where we want to settle.  Ramirez said he’s really proud of how schools have managed.  “Happy is a fair term.”

NCISAA schools are playing fall sports.

Ramirez said we’ve experienced hiccups and that’s part of the learning curve. He said he hates the impact covid is having on the health of Americans; As schools, we have to learn to overcome.

Marshall said practices start tomorrow.  He said students are required to wear masks in the building, doesn’t matter that it’s sports.  For Marshall and Henderson Collegiate, it’s “safety first and then skill development and camaraderie.”

“The kids are stoked,” Marshall said.  He said, as a parent, quarantine has been really difficult on kids of all ages. “For us to be able to provide a safe space, we believe that is going to be really beneficial going forward.”

Marshall explained the philosophy of Henderson Collegiate saying “what will benefit the most athletes is what we are working on this year, which is to raise the standard for all sports. Our support and administrators are there to get us off the ground.”

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Both Carolinas Win; UNC Football and Panthers Recap

The Monday edition of WIZS SportsTalk and Coach’s Corner with Trey Snide celebrated the weekend’s victories of both Carolinas, being UNC Football and the Carolina Panthers.

Mike Davis for the Panthers had combined scrimmage yards of 149 and a receiving touchdown.  Davis is averaging 83 yards on the ground since becoming the starter for the injured Christian McCaffrey.  With the win, the Panthers moved into a tied for first place in the NFC South.  The Teddy Bridgewater led offense and pair of wide receivers in Ryan Anderson and DJ Moore have the Panther offense moving up in the Power Rankings.

As for the Tar Heels, UNC has moved up to number five in the AP Top 25 poll, the best since 2015 when they were 14th in the country.  This past Saturday was a record-setting day for the UNC offense, let by the two-headed running back committee of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams.  Up next for the Tar Heels is Florida State.

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Vance County High School Vipers Football Schedule

The Vance County High School Vipers Football Schedule announced live on WIZS by Coach Jenks.  Trey Snide enjoyed the conversation with Coach Hunter Jenks, who’s looking forward most to starting workouts soon.

Vance County High School Athletic Director Joe Sharrow, according to Coach Jenks, along with the central office staff will try to get the players back on the field for training in a month or so.

Coach Jenks and his staff met recently over zoom, and the game plan is to work from a standpoint of keeping the terminology compatible for the players and coaches in an effort to keep it easy on the players at this time.  And the plan is for players to be ready for college in the future.

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Coach’s Corner: Jones Angell, UNC Football BC Recap and Preview VT

UNC Football vs. Virginia Tech on WIZS 1450 AM / 100.1 FM.  Pregame today is 11am.  The noon kick and live play by play begins at noon.  The Tar Heel Sports Network on WIZS.

Play-by-play voice of the Tar Heels, Jones Angell, joins our WIZS Trey Snide to get you set on the Coach’s Corner each Friday at 1 p.m.

From winning close games, to finishing drives by putting points on the board, to two ranked teams playing in the rain…

Key for UNC, control VT running game.  The Tar Heels have the number-1 rush defense in the country.  The test is VT is best running attack UNC will have faced this year, running the ball 68 percent of the time.  Thing two…UNC has to protect Sam Howell, having allowed six sacks in two games.

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Coach’s Corner 10/02/20: Angell Talks Tar Heels Return to the Football Field

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Host Trey Snide speaks with Jones Angell, play-by-play announcer for the UNC Tar Heels.

After a three-week hiatus due to the cancellation of the September 19 football game against the UNC-Charlotte 49ers due to coronavirus, the Tar Heels return to ACC play with a game at Boston College on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Playing their opening game of the season against Syracuse on September 12, the Heels emerged victorious with a 31-6 win.

“I’m excited the Tar Heels are going to be back on the football field,” Angell said. “It feels like it’s been a long time with that cancellation of the Charlotte game a couple of weeks ago and the inability to get a game scheduled for the Tar Heels last weekend. So, really excited to see them back on the field. I know the guys are ready to go.”

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UNC Football: Coach’s Corner with Jones Angell 9-18-20

Coach’s Corner Show for 18 Sept, 2020. Host Trey Snide speaks with Jones Angell, play by play announcer for the UNC Tar Heels. Angell discusses the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled game against Charlotte due to a player contracting COVID-19. Angell says that the pandemic may further disrupt the football schedule and could become particularly challenging. He also says the Tar Heels were not as sharp during some of last Saturday’s game against Syracuse, and the team must address the issue of staying sharp throughout the season.

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SportsTalk Audio: 9-14-20 UNC & Panther


WIZS is your local home for UNC Tar Heel games and The Carolina Panthers!

SportsTalk Audio: 9-14-20 highlighted the UNC Tar Heels win over Syracuse and the Carolina Panthers game against LV Raiders.

SportsTalk; M-F at 1:00 p.m. on WIZS 1450 AM / 100.1 FM / Listen Live Online

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Coach’s Corner 08/28/20: George Marshall on Henderson Collegiate Men’s Basketball

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George Marshall, head men’s basketball coach and athletic director for Henderson Collegiate, appeared on the WIZS Coach’s Corner Friday.

As the reigning 1-A Men’s Basketball State Co-Champions, Marshall said his team faces an entirely different season for the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the first practice for the team is scheduled for December 7, 2020. The first game of the season is scheduled for January 4, and the last game is scheduled for February 19, 2021. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has set a season limit of 14 games for basketball, with a weekly limit of two games.

For a team accustomed to three or four games a week, Marshall this will be quite the change of pace. “I’m hoping it gives us more rest. Our schedule is usually so challenging out of conference every single year. To be honest, I don’t know what the schedule is for January yet – whether it be all conference games or out of conference games. We know the game limit at this point, and we know there will be some form of conference and state playoffs.”

After a summer that was “dramatically impacted” by the lack of the usual skills development sessions, team camps and relationship-building experiences, Marshall said the team is doing what it can to keep its spirits up and to stay in contact.

“Like most teams, we are going to try to stay in as much contact as we possibly can,” said Marshall. “When you’re not in person, it makes things more challenging in terms of workouts. The biggest thing we are trying to do right now, as a school, is to make sure the kids understand how much we love and care from them. This time is very challenging for kids.”

Click here for the NCHSAA’s amended 2020-2021 sports calendar or visit the NCHSAA homepage at www.nchsaa.org.

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Coach’s Corner 08/28/20: J.F. Webb Men’s Basketball Coach Alex Tharp

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Click here for a press release on J.F. Webb High School’s new men’s basketball coach Alex Tharp.

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