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Hoke County H.S. Running Back Wins Extra Effort Award

Posted November 1, 2000

— Senior Micheaux Hollingsworth has over 1,300 yards rushing for the 7-2 Hoke County High School Fighting Bucks. His team is in the running for a playoff spot in the southeastern 4-A conference.

Hoke County football coach Walter Barnhill says his star running back loves the game.

"Speed is something that you don't coach. He loves the game. He studies football, and he watches game films," he says. "We can't keep film in the office because he is all of the time checking it out. Micheaux is a football player. He does not play anything else. He just loves football."

Hollingsworth is a B student who works as hard in the classroom as he does on the football field.

"I was always told that academics will take you farther than just football. Academics is what gets you through your life," he says. "I want people to perceive me as, 'Oh, he was a good athlete, but he was also good in the classroom.'"

Hoke County High School teacher Mary Ann Timmons says it is nice to see students like Hollingsworth who are well-mannered.

"You don't meet students like Micheaux with that really wide spirit and shows respect," she says.

Micheaux Hollingsworth is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award. Tom Suiter's Extra Effort award airs Wednesdays during WRAL's 6:00 News.

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