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Coach’s Corner 11/13/20: Fresh Off Win Against Duke, Tar Heels Face Wake Forest

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Jones Angell, the voice of UNC Football, joined Trey Snide on the WIZS Coach’s Corner Show Friday to discuss the Tar Heel’s impressive win over the Duke Blue Devils and to provide a preview for the upcoming match against Wake Forest.

“Most of the attention, and probably deservedly so, was on the offense because it was so good,” said Angell. “Carolina’s offense has been good and has been getting even better as this year has gone along. For them to score on their first seven possessions of the game is pretty impressive.”

Jones continued, “The offense was relentless, but I did think the Carolina defense took some steps. As the defense and special teams continue to grow, the more consistent these sides of the ball can be, and the better chance Carolina has of being a really, really good team.”

The Tar Heels play the Demon Deacons at home on Saturday, November 14 at 12 p.m.

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Coach’s Corner: Tar Heels Face Virginia Away After Win Against NC State

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Jones Angell, the voice of UNC Tar Heel Football, joined Trey Snide on the WIZS Coach’s Corner to discuss the team’s 48-21 win over NC State last week and to preview tomorrow’s game at Virginia.

“I was really impressed,” Angell said of Carolina’s win against State. “I thought it was maybe Carolina’s best performance, in total, of the season.”

Angell continued, “The offense was moving at a high level again as we’ve become accustomed to seeing the Tar Heel offense do. It was the rushing attack that really started that – pounding out 326 yards on the ground – and the Heels were able to throw it effectively as well. Then you mix in the defense picking up for turnovers and a positive day for the special teams as well. Just a quality performance all the way around.”

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Coach’s Corner: Tar Heels Face NC State After Seminoles Loss

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Jones Angell, the voice of UNC Tar Heel Football, joined Trey Snide on the WIZS Coach’s Corner to discuss the team’s 31-28 loss against Florida State last week and to preview tomorrow’s game against NC State.

In discussing the loss to the Seminoles, Angell said the first 30 minutes of the game had to be a disappointment to the Tar Heels. “I think that’s the most frustrating part for Carolina leaving that game. Carolina didn’t give itself the best chance to win.”

Angell continued, “There’s no doubt that the Tar Heels are in a better place than they were a couple of years ago and that this is a program that’s growing and taking positive steps. But, it’s not a team that can afford to play well below its capabilities and expect to win a game.”

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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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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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Coach’s Corner 08/14/20: Chad Wilson Named Head VCHS Boys Basketball Coach

THIS STORY IS PRESENTED IN PART BY DRAKE DENTISTRY

-Press Release, Vance County High School

The Vance County Board of Education has approved Chad Wilson as the next head boys basketball coach at Vance County High School. He teaches physical education at the school. 

Coach Wilson is a Vance County native who graduated from Northern Vance High School before continuing his basketball career at Louisburg College and Livingstone College. Following his collegiate playing career, Wilson became an assistant coach for Vance-Granville Community College for three seasons before returning to his high school alma mater to serve as varsity assistant and head JV coach under long-time coach Wilton Baskett, whom he played for. 

Wilson has compiled a record of 79-17 in five seasons as head JV basketball coach at Northern Vance and Vance County, including a 37-1 stretch from 2017-2019. Notably, he also has a record of 13-0 as interim head varsity basketball coach at Vance County, filling in for Wilton Baskett for a portion of the 2018-2019 season that saw the Vipers win the Northern Carolina Conference championship and make a run to the 4th round of the NCHSAA tournament. Wilson was also an assistant when Northern Vance won the 2017-2018 Northern Carolina Conference championship. 

“Coach Wilson has proven that he is an effective coach who can bring out the best in his players,” Athletic Director Joe Sharrow said of Wilson. “He has a passion for teaching and coaching, has demonstrated the ability to establish positive relationships, and is a tremendous role model for our students. Coach Wilson is a valued member of the Viper family and has earned this opportunity to lead our boys basketball program.”

Wilson will replace his former high school coach and coaching mentor, Wilton Baskett, who retired in March after a 37-year coaching career that saw him surpass the 400-win mark this past season. 

“It is a great honor to become the next head basketball coach at Vance County High School,” Wilson said in a statement. “I am from Vance County and grew up dreaming about the opportunity to work with and coach the kids from my hometown. I have been a part of the culture that we have established here and look forward to continuing the growth of our program and giving back to the kids who now play on the same courts and in the same gyms where I fell in love with the game of basketball.” 

The Vipers are hopeful to begin the 2020-2021 season on December 4, as outlined by the amended calendar released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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Coach’s Corner 08/07/20: Vance Charter’s Nadia Simmons Heading to NC Wesleyan

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Nadia Simmons, basketball player and recent Vance Charter School graduate, appeared on WIZS Coach’s Corner Friday.

A power forward for Vance Charter’s Women’s Basketball, Simmons plans to continue playing the game she loves at NC Wesleyan College this fall.

“I went for a visit, and it just felt like home,” said Simmons of her decision to attend Wesleyan. “I met up with some of the players, and everything just felt right. I feel like it’s the right decision.”

In a previous discussion with WIZS, Vance Charter Coach Brian Howard said that Simmons is “one of the best athletes I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching.”

Averaging 20 points per game in high school, Simmons said she is “determined and ready to work hard [at Wesleyan].” She continued, “Going in, you have to work hard, have a good mindset and be ready to rock-and-roll.”

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