In driveways, youth leagues and pickup games, the players who would form the first team at East Chapel Hill bonded for years before the new high school opened in 1996. That year marked the start of a rivalry with Chapel Hill High, giving residents of a basketball-focused town more teams to talk about.
Here's your chance to get caught up if you missed Episode 1 of 123 Wildcats.
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Broadcast credits: Jefferson Pilot; Tar Heel Sports Network and Learfield IMG College; UNC; WNNC; WUNC; YouTube
Executive producer: Brian FitzGerald