Jason Tudryn, who took Carrboro High School into the varsity football ranks and came within an eyelash of winning a state title in his sixth season at the helm, has left the program to join the staff of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. ... Plus, rain claims much of Tuesday's schedule including some dual-team tennis playoff action, PAC-6 4-A track championships and PAC-6 golf championship.
MAX SMITH SWEEPS EAST CHAPEL HILL TEAMMATE ROBERT BOND IN SINGLES FINALS
Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.
David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.
Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.
Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.
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.
DUKE WOMEN DESTROY S.C. VISITORS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT OPENER
Maybe it’s not entirely accurate to say Duke doesn’t have any point guards.
“I guess we’re all point guards,” coach Joanne P. McCallie said.
The Blue Devils had 21 assists — their most in two months — in an 87-45 rout of Winthrop on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
McCallie has had to tweak her lineup after season-ending knee injuries to Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones left Duke with no true point guards.
In this game, everyone got into the act: Six Blue Devils had multiple assists, led by Haley Peters with six and center Elizabeth Williams with four.
“We’ve gone from no point guards,” McCallie said, “to all point guards.”
Tricia Liston scored 20 points and freshman Oderah Chidom added a season-high 17 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6).
4-A BOYS: NO. 2 NORTHERN LOSES LATE LEAD IN 64-63 ELIMINATION LOSS TO NO. 7 APEX
Apex forward Majid Raji knocked down a short baseline jumper at the buzzer to bump Northern from the 4-A playoffs on Friday.
“I knew it was money,” Raji said.
The Cougars won 64-63.
Northern had the lead and possession with less than a minute left in the game.
There is no shot clock in high school basketball, so the Knights were positioned to milk the clock and wait for a foul from the Cougars.
But Northern’s players apparently heard no instructions from their bench to hold the ball. The Knights tried to make a play but missed a shot.
Apex rebounded and called time with 36.2 seconds left.
Raji scored to put the Cougars ahead.
Northern senior Ricky Council II snatched the lead for his team. His bucket put the Knights ahead 63-62.
Then Raji felled the Knights with that dagger.
No. 2 seed Northern High stars Ricky Council II and Kentrell Barkley don't sit at the same round table during the school day, but they're brothers-at-arms when it comes to the basketball court.
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.
Middle Creek knocked down 10 3s, but Northern was able to get to the rim a shade more for a 72-62 win and advance to the third round of the 4-A playoffs.
Knights easily advance to 4-A East Regional second round, where they'll meet Apex Middle Creek
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.
Northern put together a complete victory over Roxboro Person in the boys’ semifinals of the PAC-6 Tournament here Thursday, winning 92-63.
Area 2-A, 3-A and 4-A wrestlers who finished in the top four of their weight classes in regional competition Sunday and Monday will take to the mats at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday through Saturday for NCHSAA championship competition. Area 1-A qualifiers will begin state title competition Friday and continue on Saturday.
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.