Prep Notebook: Tudryn leaves Jags; 'rain' wreaks havoc
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.
Tudryn, 41, is the Director of High School Relations — a new position on Fedora’s Tar Heel staff.
Carrboro is not expected to name a new head coach immediately and could wait until early June before making an announcement.
Tudryn coached Carrboro through a winless 2007 season when the new high school had no juniors or seniors. The program exploded onto the state scene in 2012 going 15-0 before falling in the state 2-AA championship game to South Iredell 30-27 on a 1-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds remaining by 6-foot, 230-pound LaChaston Smith, a University of Virginia recruit.
The Jaguars did it behind the 2,000-plus rushing of then-sophomore tailback Trai Sharp, the big-play passing game of quarterback Alex McVeigh and wideout Marlin Johnson and a tenacious defense.
The Jags slid out of the playoff picture last season as Sharp was lost to a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 13 in a loss to Northwood — the Jags’ first regular season loss since an Oct. 7, 2011 loss to Northwood — a string of 18 straight regular-season wins.
With McVeigh gone to graduation, Johnson moved to tailback and was the focal point of the 2013 offense but was hampered by series of nagging injuries and the Jags ended up with a 4-7 record after a 3-0 start.
While Tudryn’s title is new, he’ll be handling a lot of the responsibilities formerly the purview of retired UNC aide Ken Browning, a longtime Northern High School football coach.
PAC-6, Big 8 T&F ppd.
The PAC-6 4-A Track & Field Championships originally set to be held Tuesday and today, have been postponed to Thursday and Friday because of a poor weather outlook and the site changed from Riverside High School to Hillside High School.
Events will begin at 4 p.m. each day and the meet will still be run by Riverside’s coaching staff. The venue was changed because of conflicts with senior night soccer and lacrosse matches that involve use of the Pirates’ football field/track complex.
The Big Eight 3-A Conference meet scheduled for today has also been postponed and will be run Thursday at Cedar Ridge High School beginning with field events at 2 p.m.
Some dual tennis on hold
At least five area boys’ tennis teams postponed their state dual-team playoff openers Tuesday because of the threat of severe weather.
In 4-A Jordan will travel to Fayetteville Cape Fear for a 4 p.m. match Thursday.
Also in 4-A, No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill will attempt to host Richmond County at 4 p.m. today, but coach Lindsey Linker said there is a good chance the match will be moved to Thursday if the weather forecast doesn’t improve rapidly.
In the 3-A ranks, Chapel Hill will now travel to Fayetteville Terry Sanford for a 4 p.m. match on Thursday.
In 2-A, North Johnston will play at Carrboro at 4 p.m. today.
In 1-A, Voyager Academy will play at Riverside (Martin) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Those were the postponements reported by Tuesday evening by local athletic officials.
PAC-6 golf canceled
The PAC-6 4-A golf championship scheduled for Tuesday was canceled because of teh threat of severe weather and will not be played.
The PAC-6 did announced its final standings for playoff seeding purposes based on regular-season competition and also announced its all-conference team on Tuesday.
East Chapel Hill won the conference title, followed in order by Northern, Riverside, Person, Jordan and Hillside.
Coach of the Year is Bobby Neville of East Chapel Hill and player of the year is Michael Wicker of Northern. Other all-conference picks are Junior Schrickx, Campbell Rand and Jared Overstreet of Riverside, Nate Pritchard, Nathan Parry and Tyler Rizzieri of East Chapel Hill, Wicker, Jacob Johnson and Evan Womble of Northern and Jeffrey Kafer of Person.
In case you’re wondering, two-time state 4-A champion Ben Griffin of East Chapel Hill, a senior, wasn’t eligible for all-conference selection because he didn’t play in enough conference tournaments. He is expected to defend his state title since ECH has qualified for the state playoffs and he remains a member of the team.