Area teams lead or share leads in five of six conferences that include area high school interscholastic athletic programs after the winter season in Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition.
Hillside comes up a point short against Southeast Raleigh and is eliminated in state 4-A girls' final four in Fayetteville.
The 3-A Orange boys, 3-A Chapel Hill girls and 4-A Hillside girls all advanced and return to Crown Coliseum today looking to win one more game and advance to state-championship Saturday on March 15.
Zuri White scores 27 points and Justine Lyon 18 as No. 5 Hillside girls rout No. 1 Millbrook in state quarterfinals Thursday night to move on to state semifinal game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville.
The next opponent to face No. 5-seeded Hillside’s pressure is top-seeded Millbrook (24-3) when the two teams battle in the Eastern Regional semifinals Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville..
A short list of the great athletes connected to NCCU will ultimately leave out many deserving name, but hopefully the following names will remind area college sports fans that NCCU stands proudly as a university in athletics along with academics.
The Hornets pulled out a 44-43 win over Southern Alamance with 3 seconds remaining to move into the Elite 8 of the 4-A basketball playoffs.
Three girls’ and three boys’ teams enter the Sweet 16 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 28, including at least two distinct favorites in No. 2 4-A boys’ seed Northern and undefeated No. 1 3-A girls’ seed Chapel Hill.
When the luck of the draw went against Hillside, the Hornets made their own Wednesday night, pressing, attacking and eventually destroying visiting Broughton 90-64 in the second round of the state 4-A girls’ basketball playoffs.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday announced its brackets for the state 1-A/2-A/3-A/4-A boys’ basketball tournaments which begin Monday night. No. 1 seeds went to the Chapel Hill (3-A) and Granville Central (1-A) girls and to the Orange (3-A) boys.
NORTHERN THROTTLES HILLSIDE IN PAC-6 BOYS' TITLE GAME
Northern won its first PAC-6 Tournament title since 1991 and the Knights did it with a lot offense in a 99-80 victory over Hillside Friday night at Person High School.
It also was the first championship at Northern for fifth-year Knights’ coach Ronnie Russell, who coached 13 years at Person before coming to Northern. He also won titles at Person. The top-seeded Knights (24-2) also won the regular season after posting a 9-1 mark.
“These guys have worked hard and this was one of their goals,” Russell said. “But we’re going to close the book on the conference and open another book and go for something else. I am so proud of these guys.”
Hillside (16-11), which came in as the No. 3-seed, played in its third straight tournament championship game but the Hornets lost for the second straight time after winning in head coach Crasten Davis’ debut at the helm in 2012.
Hillside’s domination of the PAC-6 continued as the Hornets wrapped up their eighth straight PAC-6 4-A Tournament girls’ basketball championship with a 64-49 win over Jordan Friday at Roxboro Person High School
Hillside now is three-for-three in getting to the PAC-6 Tournament title game under third-year coach Crasten Davis and it took a fourth-quarter rally to make it happen.
TOP-SEEDED HORNETS SWEEP PAST NORTHERN AND INTO PAC-6 GIRLS' TOURNAMENT TITLE GAME
Northern coach Pam Adams knew it was going to be an uphill battle against top-seeded Hillside on Wednesday night in the girls’ semifinals of the PAC-6 tournament.
Her thoughts came true as the Hornets won easily 81-27 and advanced to Friday night’s championship game. Hillside also swept the two regular-season meetings from Northern.
“It’s been a rebuilding process and we just got through the second year,” Adams said. “It’s been a sacrifice but I think the future is looking good for us.”
Hillside coach Ovester Grays said Northern has been the most consistent challenger to his team over the years and that Adams did the best she could with her present team.
Hillside survived a fourth-quarter rally to beat the East Chapel Hill boys 68-59 in the quarterfinals of the PAC-6 4-A Tournament at Roxboro’s Person High School Tuesday night. In the nightcap of Tuesday’s quarterfinal round, homestanding Person upended No. 4 seed Riverside 75-72