Hall of Fame inductee, the first coach to win 350 games at two different schools, two national championships; any Tar Heel fan would know exactly who is accountable for these prestigious accolades: Roy Williams. Yet when will it be time to stop? Despite coming off two straight losses and a tough game at Boston College Feb. 9, something far worse occurred. During a media timeout, Williams was irate with an official over a call and quickly returned to his team’s huddle, finding himself collapsing to the ground with players fortunately there to catch him. All signs point to Williams’s long struggle with vertigo and his inability to step away from basketball to overcome health issues.
Shooting Guard Ian Boyd recently passed Jerry Stackhouse on the basketball scoring list in North Carolina in a huge win against Middle Creek. During the game on Feb. 11, Ian passed the 2,000-point mark, and the game was paused upon his record breaking score. Ian was given a ball to recognize his accomplishment. He then went on to give the ball to his mother; he explained that she was the first person he thought of to give the ball to.
Now that Ian’s high school career is ending, he went on to talk about what is to come in college. “I committed to George Mason because they made me feel like I would be a big part of the team,” said Boyd. “The other college tours were fun, but I didn’t feel like I would have the best opportunity for success at other schools.” GM is the best option for him because it is a division one school, and he will likely have a starting role as a shooting guard; GM expects Boyd to impact the team from his first year.
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Rebecca Hill, beloved math teacher and member of the Apex High family, passed away this Wednesday at Wake Med. In addition to being a committed math teacher and friend, she was a passionate NC State fan and loved to travel. She is survived by her husband, parents, and sisters. There will be a funeral service this Sunday at Montlawn Funeral Home Chapel for those who wish to pay their respects, and online donations can be made to her family at www.montlawn.com. We will all miss her spirit and love for teaching.
Filled with emotion, talent, and controversial performances and speeches, this year’s Grammys have been the topic of millions of peoples’ conversations worldwide. With each person that took the Grammys stage at the Staples Center on Monday, more and more whispers seemed to flutter throughout the crowd, whether they were mutters of appreciation or gossip-filled murmurs. Michael O’Connell of Billboard says, “Monday's Grammys easily rank as the top-rated entertainment telecast of 2016 thus far.” Let’s take a look at Monday night’s highlights.
One of the conversations that occurs throughout the NFL season involves the Honors Awards at the end of the year. The constant buzz around who will be MVP leads to debates among fans, but this year there seemed to be no contest. Right from the start of the season, Cam Newton was the frontrunner for the award. Not all of the recipients are this clear though; many of the awards take more thought.
Some of the awards that are given are pretty self-explanatory, like Rookie of the Year or Most Valuable Player. The purpose of some other awards is not so evident. The Salute to Service Award is presented by the USAA and honors a player who supports and honors current and former U.S. service members and their families. The Art Rooney Award goes to a player who displays excellent sportsmanship on the field. The Deacon Jones Award is given to the player who leads the league in sacks that year.
Imagine packing up your bags for a trip far away, but your family is not joining you this time. You get on a plane and fly off to a completely foreign land, with absolutely no one or nothing familiar. The language is something you have only studied in school for a couple of years, and no one speaks your native tongue. You get off the plane to be greeted by a foreign family, a family who will host you for the next year. A year you will spend in this foreign land, going to a different school and living a life so vastly different from your usual one.
The Year of the Monkey has begun. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a celebration that takes place from the evening of the first day (8th of February) to the Lantern Festival (22nd of February) on the fifteenth day. Each day, a different custom takes place up until the Lantern Festival. These customs are important to Chinese culture.
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Sports fans always have a lot to look forward to in February, especially since it is home to the biggest sports event of the year. No, not the Super Bowl-- it is the Apex High Staffsketball game taking place on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The game will pit two teams made up of teachers and faculty against each other, and the draft is already incredibly heated. The round one picks were announced on Cougar TV this Wednesday, and there were plenty of surprises. The rest will be announced next Wednesday in homeroom, allowing viewers to see if English Teacher Scott Ferguson will finally be drafted. Apex Student Council helped organize and plan the event along with social studies teachers Carly Brown and Delaney Titus. In addition, Apex basketball players, such as senior Ian Boyd, are helping to coach the teams. Substitute-and-former-high-school-teacher Terry Fuhrman, who is also English teacher Tori McGee’s father, will be refereeing the game. Brown says that the whole event has “…really been a student-staff effort on all sides.”
It’s that time of year again. Pink and - more pink is all one can see when they enter a store because it’s Valentine’s Day! If you say it loud enough, you won’t even hear the agonizing groans from the entire human population. It’s a time when people realize how horribly single they are and waste no time complaining about it to their friends who could not care less. Then there are those who are not single and bug everyone by asking them what they should do with their “boo”. For those who don’t know, “boo” is a term used to address a significant other with affection. It is also what you say to scare someone. That surely can’t be a coincidence. As the special date is nearing, people are wondering how they are going to endure the day. Don’t worry; here are some ways for the unfortunate soul to survive the holidays.
“The Abominable Bride,” the new BBC Sherlock special episode, was released on the first of January this year. Mystery, horror, and alternative timelines were all put together in this successful ninety minute film starring Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his best friend and assistant John Watson (Martin Freeman). Set in nineteenth century England, Holmes and Watson must find out how Emilia Ricoletti, a vengeful bride, was able to commit murders, despite being dead from apparent suicide. Will this case assist Holmes in figuring out how his arch nemesis, James Moriarty, survived after taking his own life?