Carrboro is returning to the state 2-A dual-team tennis championship today and the Jaguars hope to come away with a title — something that eluded them the last two seasons. ... Voyager Academy is eliminated in 1-A semifinals in Raleigh ... Durham Academy eliminated in 3-A NCISAA semifinals ... Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill and Carolina Friends School were both eliminated in 2-A NCISAA semifinals.
POWERHOUSE CARDINAL GIBBONS ENDS CHAPEL HILL TENNIS DREAMS 6-0
A tornado apparently was whirring somewhere beyond Duke University’s indoor tennis facility, and the twister inside was Cardinal Gibbons High School blowing past Chapel Hill 6-0 in the dual-team semifinals of the 3-A tennis playoffs.
East Regional champion Cardinal Gibbons, a private school in Raleigh, will play for another state championship on Saturday at Burlington Tennis Center.
“They’re just really good,” Chapel Hill coach Neil Alderman said. “They’ve won seven out of the last eight state titles.”
Alderman said Cardinal Gibbons is the only team he’s lost to in the playoffs.
This season’s Chapel Hill squad was the best edition of the Tigers in quite some time, Alderman said, but Chapel Hill’s best couldn’t handle what Cardinal Gibbons brought to the court.
Christofer Chang was Chapel Hill’s No. 1 player, and Robert Kelly, the Crusaders’ No. 1 — who won the state 3-A individual singles championship a week ago — beat him 6-3, 6-1.
Chapel Hill sweeps Southern Nash on the road Wednesday to complete a 6-for-6 sweep of area teams in their respective NCHSAA and NCISAA playoff quarterfinals.
The Carrboro doubles team of Max Fritsch and Jake Zinn completed a perfect run through the state 2-A individual boys’ tennis championships Friday, downing North Lenoir’s Evan Kramer and Will Hardy 6-2, 6-0 for the state title at Cary Tennis Park.
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.
East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill boys' tennis stars advance ... Sean Obi officially transfers to Duke ... More ...
PAC-6 Track & Field Championships reduced to one day (Thursday) at Hillside ... NCCU opens MEAC T&F Championships ... Duke, UNC men's and women's players named to NCAA individual and doubles tennis fields ... More ...
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.
Retirement has done little to hamper the coaching career of area prep tennis legend Lindsey Linker and likely will have little effect on cross-town basketball/volleyball coaching great Sherry Norris.
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.
The road to the 3-A state championship was paved with Chapel Hill gold on Saturday as the Tigers beat previously unbeateen Hickory 69-56 at the Smith Center and finished their first perfect season. ... Also, a look at Chapel Hill's dream season ... Complete box score ...
To absolutely no one’s surprise, unbeatens Chapel Hill and Hickory will meet Saturday, March 15 in the state 3-A girls’ basketball championship game (5 p.m., Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel HD channel 323 or 520).
Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris led the Tigers to the state championship in 1981.
Senior center Catherine Romaine neared lofty triple-double territory Saturday afternoon, scoring eight points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking nine shots as No. 1 and undefeated Chapel Hill came from six points down in the final quarter to eliminate No. 2 seed West Craven in the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional girls' championship game.