BOONVILLE - It’s safe to stay that not many people know more about high school football than Starmount alum Deana King.
The publisher of the ultra-successful North Carolina Preps website, as well as the Rams’ official statistician, King has been covering prep football in the state since 1995.
“I got started by accident,” King reminisced. “Being a die-hard Ram fan, I always arrived at the games very early. The first game in the 1995 season was at North Iredell. The person who was suppose to do stats didn’t show up. Coach B.W. Holt asked me if I wanted to keep the stats for the game and I said ‘sure,’ and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
After stopping for a brief time in 2011 to focus more on state-wide coverage for the NC Preps site, King admitted that she missed watching Starmount every Friday night, returning to the press box in Boonville after just four games.
“It didn’t feel right on Friday’s not watching my Rams. I was sitting in Charlotte watching two nationally ranked teams in Butler and Mallard Creek, but still had people ask me how Starmount was doing. So after four games I decided to come back as Starmount statistician,” she said.
“From 1993-2010, I had been to 237 consecutive Starmount football games from Murphy to Tabor City.”
Looking to expand her coverage, King got involved with the newly-formed North Carolina high school football site, started by Alliance Sports. The site was later sold to Rivals.com - a division of Yahoo Sports - where it has involved to one of the premier football websites in the state.
“I have always been a sports fanatic,” she explained. “I kept my own stats when I was in high school. I just fell in love with high school football. I would always send in Starmount stats to (founders) Arnold and Greg Solomon when they did the weekly football newsletter. One day they just asked if I wanted to help out when the site got started in 1998 and I have been here ever since.”
The website has grown and booms on Friday nights during the season, reaching nearly 4,000 people on the message boards at once, according to King.
While splitting her time between NCPreps.com and Starmount’s football program, the Rams always come first.
King said the shinning moment of her coverage of high school football came in 1998 when her beloved Rams captured the school’s first state championship, topping North Edgecomb, 22-20, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
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