Jayquan Maynard

Junios Smith | October 16th, 2017
Jayquan Maynard

Dudley High School football coach Stephen Davis believes in the “next man up” philosophy, and with injuries affecting the Panthers Jayquan Maynard has stepped into the role. Maynard, listed at 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, has been playing on the offensive line for the defending NCHSAA 4A state champions as a freshman, going between offensive guard […]

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Be Hardy Fit, LLC

by Terry Watson | October 16th, 2017
Be Hardy Fit, LLC

Michelle Hardy is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and brandishes a bachelors degree in Sports Science and Fitness Management, with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Health Promotion and Education at East Carolina University. She was born in Fort Hood, Texas but was raised […]

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Nick Baker

Junios Smith | October 16th, 2017
Nick Baker (Photo by Kayla Shakib)

Nick Baker (Photo by Kayla Shakib)

For Nick Baker, it was all about what he could do to help Page excel. Baker started the 2016 season at quarterback for the Pirates, but decided to make the conversion to wide receiver for teammate and friend Will Jones.

“I knew Will Jones was playing in front of me,” Baker said. “I’ve been playing with him since the seventh grade and we were short at wide receiver, so I decided to make the switch. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be — I’ve got pretty good speed and it’s in my bloodline with my dad having played receiver at Greene Central (in Snow Hill.)”

Baker would make his impact felt, even though he wasn’t the primary target for Jones. While Ronald Polite racked up 1,389 receiving yards on 89 catches and 22 touchdowns, Baker was third on the team in receptions (23) and yards (403) while hauling in the second-most scores with five. Baker also had the best yards per catch on the team with 17.5, helping Page reach the NCHSAA 4A state championship.

This year, despite a new head coach in Jared Rolfes and a new quarterback in Javondre Paige, the Pirates have picked up where they left off from last year’s 14-2 campaign, going into their bye week 6-1. Baker has worked on becoming a better receiver and in the team’s first seven games, he leads Page in catches (20), receiving yards (288) and touchdowns (3).

“I came in this year with a little bit more understanding as far as breaking down defenses as a wide receiver,” Baker said. “I was pretty good with reading and finding open holes running routes, but after my first year playing wide receiver, I came in this year with a more solid foundation. It was about fine-tuning my route running ability.”

Baker said he credits Rolfes, along with former coach Kevin Gillespie, on helping him develop as a player.

“The transition with the new coach wasn’t as difficult,” Baker said. “He made a connection with us and he lets us have a little more fun in practice. Both coaches definitely cared about the bond with the players and they’ve helped me become stronger as a wide receiver.”

Although Baker and the Pirates have excelled at the midway point of the season, there have been some growing pains. After last year’s team averaged 41.9 points per contest, Page is down to 26.1. The defense has improved a bit, allowing 16.6 points in 2016 to 14.0 now, but while the Pirates only had one game within 10 points in 2016 — a 23-22 victory over Dudley — 2017 has seen four in the same manner, including the Pirates getting revenge in a 19-14 win on Aug. 31.

Baker said the Pirates’ three wins by six or less and four close games with teams holding a combined record of 20-9 as of Oct. 6 will prove to be beneficial in the long run.

“We just find a way to win,” Baker said. “Offensively, we’ve started slow but we keep fighting and never give up. Hats off to Davie, Eastern Guilford, Dudley and East Forsyth — we knew they were key games we had to win. The coaches and my teammates have stuck together through it all.”

For Baker, the perfect way to end his senior year would be a state championship. Page fell to Wake Forest 29-0 last year and 49-6 to Mallard Creek in 2015, still looking to pick up a title since winning it all with an undefeated 15-0 season in 2011. “The past couple of years, we made it to the state title game but came up short,” Baker said. “The No. 1 goal this year is to win it.”

On the personal level, Baker is trying to acquire a scholarship. Despite limited time at wide receiver, Baker has picked up some interest. “For me, I want to be able to execute to help the team out while also being able to play college football somewhere,” Baker said. “I know I just started playing wide receiver as a junior, so hopefully with a lot of hard work I can get an offer.”

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Seth Buchanan – Don’t Call It A Comeback

Dawn Cauthen-Thornton | October 16th, 2017
Seth Buchanan

Seth Buchanan

They’re not father and son like some may think, but they are family. Eugene Seals, former head basketball coach at Bridgeport High School in Saginaw, Michigan is Seth Buchanan’s uncle. But he’s not just his uncle, he’s his mentor, his confidante, and until recently, his basketball coach. Seth also confessed that Eugene is somewhat of an idol and Eugene gushed that Seth is more like a big brother to his five year old cousins, Noah and Elle, Eugene’s children.

Seth remembers his favorite Fischer-Price basketball goal and how long he kept it until his mother threw it away. “I would go and buy so much tape so I could tape my goal back to the wall because I played on it so much that it was just falling down. I was devastated when my mom got rid of it. I don’t think she knows that,” he laughed.

From an early age Eugene and Seth bonded over cross-overs and outside shots. Though Seth’s three older brothers were mostly interested in football, Seth took an interest in basketball and Uncle Eugene was the perfect person to get him started.

Eugene is a former basketball star at Saginaw High School and went on to play for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for four years. That led to a professional basketball career, internationally. Playing in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, and Macedonia, Eugene retired in 2010 partially because of an injury but mostly because he wanted to settle down with his wife Lauren and start a family. (Seth joked that his uncle used to be able to speak fluent Spanish due to his extensive traveling, but has probably since forgotten the language.) Heading back home to Michigan, Eugene didn’t hang up his sneakers too soon. He kept them loosely laced as he became the assistant coach at his alma mater, Saginaw High School.

“I coached while Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors) was there and the school won two championships with him (Draymond) leading the way,” he remembers. Eugene spent two years at the high school, then transitioned to Saginaw Valley State University for two more years. In 2013, he accepted a head coaching position at Bridgeport High School where his nephew eventually attended. While there, Eugene’s style of coaching allowed Bridgeport to become one of the top teams in the state. He has since resigned as the head coach, but he leaves with many memories of the program he helped build.

One memory in particular that he can never forget – the day his surrogate son, Seth, collapsed on the basketball court and technically ‘died’ during a game. “I watched his body go lifeless but I was able to revive him,” Eugene remembers. Seth, two of his brothers, and his mom all have heart murmurs, but 17 year old Seth has a more serious condition called Vasovagal Syncope, which, according to mayoclinic.org, occurs when you faint due to the body overreacting to certain triggers. For Seth, the triggers can be standing up too fast, not eating and drinking enough, and not getting adequate rest. The triggers cause your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to your brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness.

“It was embarrassing, but it was even harder on my family because they actually saw it happen,” Seth says. However, being embarrassed was the least of his worries. He essentially missed most of the season, and even when Eugene did let him play again, he was extremely cautious. “Seeing that [happen] made me very uncomfortable. But he’s come a long way. I wasn’t going to ever allow him to play again, but now he may be able to become one of the top seniors next year,” Eugene says.

This past summer, considering he’d lost so much time on the court, Seth attended several basketball camps to enhance his skills as well as to be seen by schools who previously didn’t know he existed. “He was able to play against college kids and he did very well,” says Eugene.

Now Seth attends Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont, and is essentially a small forward, though he’s versatile on the court. “I’m not the greatest dribbler but with my height I can rebound, I can pass, and I can shoot.” Seth toots the horns of his teammates as well, citing everyone on his team can play different positions effectively.

To keep up with his rigorous schedule without encountering an episode, Seth has learned to listen to his body. Even when he returned to school after the scare at Bridgeport this past winter, he felt himself becoming weak during his first game back. “I was so tired that I tried to tell my uncle I needed to sit down. But he didn’t hear me. So I ended up fowling another player just so I could take a break.”

Seth is on medication now and confirms that it has literally been a lifesaver. He eats regularly and healthier, and at times, forgoes hanging out with his teammates just so he can sleep. He credits his family for helping him get through his tough times. His father, a bank executive in Saginaw, makes sure he sees his son often by flying him home every chance he gets. He keeps in touch with his Uncle Eugene via texts regularly.

The 6’8 student also adores his brothers, who all push him to be better academically and athletically, whether they know it or not. All three of his older brothers are in college and doing quite well. Seth laughs that they have an unspoken competition going on amongst them. That shouldn’t be a surprise since he comes from a family of scholars. Seth’s mother, Felicia, was formerly a chemical engineer and her twin sister is a medical doctor, as is his grandfather.

“Just when one of my brothers sets the bar high, another brother comes along and sets it even higher. And I admire all of them for continuing to push forward and be excellent examples for me. They’re all amazing.”

When asked about additional plans if he decides he doesn’t want to play basketball professionally, Seth matter-of-factly says he’ll either become a bio-medical engineer, a surgeon (a nod to his aunt who has prophesied this), or a physicist. It’s not often that you see a 6’8 doctor with a wingspan of 6’10 pick up a scalpel as well as he can palm a basketball, but I’m sure his family wouldn’t mind him continuing the legacy.

“We don’t have any slackers in our family,” says Eugene, “And Seth will be no different.”

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Coach Stephen Davis Leads Greensboro Dudley

Junios Smith | October 16th, 2017
Coach Stephen Davis Leads Greensboro Dudley

No matter the obstacle, Dudley has continued to roll. The Panthers have made their gridiron presence felt in the state over the past 14 years since Stephen Davis assumed the head coaching position. Davis, who worked as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2001, has amassed a 155-35 record as of Oct. 6 in the NCHSAA […]

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Triad Basketball Academy

Jodie Foster | October 16th, 2017
Triad Basketball Academy

Our organization started three years ago with hopes of providing a space to have a basketball facility for the Triad Hornets AAU Team. Owner, Jason Keith had a vision to own his own basketball facility that would not only be a safe haven for our AAU teams, but also serve as a facility for our […]

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3D Fitness & Training

by Terry Watson | August 28th, 2017
3D Fitness & Training

Jason is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina by way of Chicago Illinois. After moving here around the age of 5, he has spent the bulk of his life in Raleigh and surrounding areas. Coach Jay graduated from Sanderson High School in 2002. While playing varsity basketball he was voted to the CAP 8 All-Conference […]

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Cequence Henry

Junios Smith | August 28th, 2017
Cequence Henry

Cequence Henry is looking to make his mark on the North Carolina martial arts scene. Since 2016, Henry has been teaching at the Greensboro Martial Arts Academy, continuing his dedication to the art of self-defense. A graduate of Northeast Guilford High School, Henry said he has been training since the age of 4 in the […]

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Fit 2 Function by Nathan Irvin

by Terry Watson | August 28th, 2017
Fit 2 Function by Nathan Irvin

His method is simple. One can’t function if they’re not physically fit. Nathan Irvin is the face and force of Fit 2 Function, a health and fitness company dedicated to changing lives by assisting their clients with obtaining goals, and also with educational tools on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. His services are geared […]

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Joshua Jackson and Coach Al Lowe Boxing Club

Junios Smith | August 28th, 2017
Joshua Jackson and Coach Al Lowe Boxing Club

The founder created a legacy that continues to carry on. In 1972, Al Lowe founded the Lindley Boxing Club in Greensboro as a way to give the youth an opportunity to learn how to fight with technique. Over the years, thousands of boxers have trained at the center with Lowe coaching for nearly 40 years. […]

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