The votes are in for the best players in the 3-A Big Eight and 1-A North Central Athletic conferences.
ORANGE CAPS PERFECT BIG EIGHT 3-A CONFERENCE SEASON WITH WIN OVER CEDAR RIDGE
In an odd twist of fate Orange finished its season undefeated in conference play and soared to a 20-win milestone in unfamiliar territory — at home.
Buoyed by a pair of early big innings and fighting off a late-rally by cross-town rival Cedar Ridge, Orange won 10-6 Friday night during a senior night game that ended two straight months of road games.
“I’m sure there was a little bit of nervousness. We played 20 straight road games, and so they’re back here and they’re excited to be back on the field for this last home game,” said Panthers coach Dean Dease.
“We played Feb. 28 here and March 5, and been on the road since after the [March 6] ice storm, so it wasn’t quite the home opener,” Dease said. The weight of the ice on the backstop netting caused the wooden poles to snap, crushing the backstop and sections of the brick backstop wall.
“It just was a disaster. You couldn’t play at all,” Dease said.
Dease said he challenged his team midway through the conference schedule to go undefeated, and they reminded him Friday that they met his goal, as well as getting the 20th victory.
Carrboro stars Brian Freiburghouse and doubles teammates Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn won their first two state individual 2-A boys’ tennis championship rounds to advance to Friday’s 9 a.m. semifinals. Also in the semifinals is Chapel Hill singles star Bryan Zhang. Complete area results ...
Orange County schools have several players in the mix for all the marbles.
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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.
Chapel Hill held on to win the boys’ team championship and break a long Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons streak on Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Chapel Hill sweeps Big Eight 3-A Conference boys and girls swim meet ... Wrestling, girls basketball, boys basketball results
Cedar Ridge was gunning for an upset over heavily favored Orange. With just seven ticks of the clock left in the game, Red Wolves point guard Peyton Pappas fired up a 3-pointer to tie it. The ball circled round and round the rim. But instead of dropping in with a dramatic flair, the rotating ball more closely resembled the Red Wolves’ comeback bid going down the drain. It popped out after its brief tease and Orange went on to win the cross-town rivalry 65-61.
All-conference teams named for football, volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' soccer. Southern High's Kendall Hinton named football's offensive player of the year, Orange's J.D. Brooks named defensive player of the year.
East Chapel Hill, N.C. Science & Math, Carrboro and Granville Central high schools are area leaders in fall sports Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday.
Boys' and girls' basketball and swimming ...
Boys' and girls' basketball ... boys' and girls' swimming ...