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PREP SPOTIGHT: Reed Chandler


Reed Chandler, D.H. Conley wrestler, takes down a New Bern competitor during a match at South Central High School Tuesday evening.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 10, 2019

At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Reed Chandler is a intimidating looking individual. Chandler is determined to win, whether it’s on the football field or the wrestling mats. The impressive senior will be taking his talents to West Point following graduation, where he will join the Army football program. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Chandler about football, wrestling and his future with the Black Knights.

Q: You told everyone your dream was to play for Army and you are doing just that. How did it feel when you signed your letter of intent?

A: “It was just awesome. I felt like all of the hard work I had done from middle school on through high school had really paid off right there. It was so exciting.”

Q: You’re wrestling in the winter to help stay in shape, but at the same time to win. What is it like working with this team?

A: “It’s really great being on this talented team. It’s a lot like football. We had a good (football) season, and wrestling is having a good season. I’m really happy to be a part of it.” 

Q: What kind of skills do you transition between football and wrestling? 

A: “A lot of the stuff is pretty similar. Takedowns kind of remind me of tackling. Just trying to be more physical than the other guy helps me out.”

Q: If you could give some advice to a younger athlete who has similar dreams to yours, what would you tell them? 

A: ”Don’t slack off in the classroom, do your homework. That’s probably the biggest thing that’s got me to where I’m at.”

Q: Will there be a particular football memory that will stand out to you when you head to West Point? 

A: “Beating Rose my senior year, walking out between the trucks in our new blackout uniforms. It will always be my favorite high school memory.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most about playing for Army?

A: “I look forward to working hard and beating Navy.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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RALEIGH — South Central’s boys’ basketball team turned the NCHSAA 4-A state championship game into a blowout, leading the entire contest against West Charlotte and finishing a 72-46 victory.

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RALEIGH — As the clock moved closer and closer to zeros Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Coliseum, the smiles on the faces of coaches and players for the South Central boys’ basketball team got wider and wider.

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