East Chapel Hill fought off Northern 5-3 Friday night in a tiebreaker game at Jordan High School, a neutral site. The contest was added to the teams’ schedules when Northern failed to hang on to a 6-2 lead at Riverside on Thursday.
GOODWIN WALK-OFF CAPS 7TH INNING SURGE, PERFECT PAC-6 SEASON
A two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Riverside catcher Micah Goodwin drove in two runs off Northern reliever Ryan Williamson on Thursday, preserving both senior night and a perfect season in the PAC-6 4-A for the Pirates.
“It can’t get much better than that,” Goodwin said.
Williamson had intentionally walked Goodwin in the sixth, but Northern coach Greg Pruitt allowed the submarine-style pitcher to bring it to the Riverside senior when the stakes were extremely high.
Goodwin delivered big-time, along with Jonathan Rhew and Joe Wood, who both scored in the seventh after reaching on singles. Riverside’s Kory Behenna got on with a walk and scored the third run in the seventh.
In the third, Northern designated hitter Mack Fenlon homered to push the Knights out to a 6-2 lead.
The Pirates were on the ropes.
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Jordan track coach Chris Starkey is hanging up his whistle to pursue opportunities as an assistant principal, which made winning the boys’ PAC-6 title in his final meet all that sweeter.
Just in the nick of time for its seniors, the Jordan boys’ track team finally won a PAC-6 4-A Track & Field Championship. Hillside’s girls overpowered the field and grabbed the girls’ PAC-6 title, senior long jumper Imari McLean leading the way.
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Storms forecast for the Triangle never arrived at East Chapel Hill High School Tuesday afternoon and early evening, but Northern made it thunder with 11 hits in a 9-1 win over the Wildcats.
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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.