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Game Changer: Zach Boone, Mitchell Cross Country

Updated: Thursday, November 7 2013, 11:46 AM EST
Zach Boone from Mitchell High School is one of the most talented and dedicated runners in North Carolina.  His journey to the top has been anything but easy.  Luke Notestine gives us a behind the scenes look at this remarkable student athlete in this week's edition of Game Changer.

Zach Boone has a great support team helping him achieve his goals. 

His coach, Dennis Gilfillan, says, "There was a great catharsis for everyone when he crossed that finish line."

Zach, a junior at Mitchell High School won the State Championship in Cross Country over the weekend.  Last year, he won the State Titles in the one-mile and the two-mile.

Zach says, "I desperately wanted to win a State Championship in Cross Country.  Even if I won or lost, it felt great because I won Cross Country."

Zach nearly won the Cross Country title last year even though he suffered second degree burns on his legs from a cooking accident just two days before the big race.

Zach says, "I got second degree burns.  I still ran at State even against the doctors telling me not to.  That taught me that going out there to have fun was the most important thing."

Dennis Gilfillan says, "I had a feeling that he would win State last year.  So it's been 365 days of working toward this moment."

Luke Notestine says, "Zach is so dedicated, he sometimes runs the six miles from his house to school.  He will even do match equations in his head to keep himself motivated."

Dennis says, "He'll confuse me sometimes in Physics class.  I teach him in Physics and he will confuse me from time to time."

Zach's long term goal is to earn a scholarship to a college where he can study Engineering and continue his running career.

Zach says, "I want to go to a good Cross Country college that is good in Engineering.  I want to keep running the rest of my life."

Good luck trying to slow down Zach Boone.
Game Changer: Zach Boone, Mitchell Cross Country

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Scores & Schedules

April 16, 2014 07:43 GMT


Chicago Cubs at New York, ppd., rain

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, ppd., rain

Cleveland at Detroit, ppd., inclement weather

Texas 5, Seattle 0

Chicago White Sox 2, Boston 1

Kansas City 4, Houston 2

Toronto 9, Minnesota 3

Oakland 10, L.A. Angels 9, 11 innings

Wednesday's Games

Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 1-1) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 0-1), 12:35 p.m.

Cleveland (McAllister 1-0) at Detroit (A.Sanchez 0-0), 7:08 p.m.

Seattle (F.Hernandez 3-0) at Texas (Darvish 1-0), 8:05 p.m.

Boston (Buchholz 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Guthrie 2-0) at Houston (Keuchel 1-1), 8:10 p.m.

Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Milone 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 1-0), 10:05 p.m.


Pittsburgh 8, Cincinnati 7, comp. of susp. game

Atlanta at Philadelphia, ppd., rain

Chicago Cubs at New York, ppd., rain

Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 5

Miami 11, Washington 2

St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 1

N.Y. Mets 9, Arizona 0

Colorado 3, San Diego 2

San Francisco Giants 3, L.A. Dodgers 2, 12 innings

Wednesday's Games

Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-2) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-2), 12:35 p.m.

St. Louis (J.Kelly 1-0) at Milwaukee (W.Peralta 1-0), 1:10 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Gee 0-0) at Arizona (McCarthy 0-2), 3:40 p.m.

Atlanta (Teheran 1-1) at Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 2-1), 7:05 p.m.

Washington (Roark 1-0) at Miami (Fernandez 2-1), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 0-2) at San Diego (Cashner 1-1), 10:10 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Maholm 0-1) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 0-0), 10:15 p.m.


Chicago Cubs (Hammel 2-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-0), 1:05 p.m., 1st game

Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 1-1), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game 6,


Tuesday's Games

New York 109, Brooklyn 98

L.A. Clippers 117, Denver 105

Wednesday's Games

Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Utah at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Washington at Boston, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 8 p.m.

Toronto at New York, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Phoenix at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

Golden State at Denver, 10:30 p.m.


FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Wednesday, April 16

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.