Weathering Carrboro’s quick start was the key for South Granville to come back and beat the Jaguars 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16) Tuesday night in the state 2-A volleyball semifinals.
No. 4 East seed South Granville (28-3) earned its second berth in three years in the 2-A state championship which will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum, against the 2-A Western champion, No. 11 seed Hendersonville, which beat No. 8 West seed Bunker Hill 3-0 Tuesday night.
South Granville coach Christy Fitzgerald said her team played with a lot of poise against East No. 2 seed Carrboro after losing the opening set.
“We knew Carrboro was going to be a tough team,” Fitzgerald said. “We knew they were balanced a lot like us and they had a lot of weapons like us. After the first set we settled in and remembered who we were and it started to click and it started to flow.”
Chapel Hill freshman Gina Kim’s two-stroke lead at the turn Tuesday vanished in a 5-over-par finish as Sanford Lee County’s Siranon Shoomee shot 5-under 67 to win the NCHSAA girls’ 3-A golf championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst. ... Carrboro to meet NCSSM in state 2-A girls' dual-team tennis semifinals today ... Voyager Academy to host Franklin Academy in girls' 1-A tennis semifinals today as well.
Area golf (Monday and Tuesday) and cross country athletes (Saturday) active in state championship playoffs this week ... South Granville to travel to Carrboro for state 2-A volleyball semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Durham Academy loses NCISAA field hockey title 1-0 in sudden-death to Charlotte Country Day ... Area 2-A and 4-A state tennis finalists all fall in championship round ... Many area programs advance through regionals to state cross country championships.
South Granville (6-3, 2-1 NCC) grabbed sole possession of second place in the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference, one game back of league leader Roanoke Rapids (7-2, 3-0 NCC) with a defense and special teams-led 28-14 drubbing of Bunn Friday.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
South Granville running backs Earl Green and Sean Bowman were too much for Southern Vance to stop as the Vikings cruised to a 41-0 win Friday night.
Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).
In a rain-suspended game Monday night, Franklinton scored a quick third-quarter touchdown to expand a 13-6 halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting South Granville 19-14. The game was the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener for both teams.
South Granville will has all weekend to ponder its next possession in its Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener at Franklinton. The 4-2 Vikings trail 5-1 Franklinton 13-6 in a game that was suspended Friday night at halftime because of lightning.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
In the absence of physical inside rusher Earl Green, senior running back Sean Bowman tallied 259 yards and three scores on 34 carries as South Granville (4-2) stormed past the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix 21-6.
Southern and Chapel Hill, two of the area’s three remaining undefeated high school football teams meet Friday, Oct. 3 in Chapel Hill. A preview of Friday's seven area games.