State prep titles on the line today
N.C. Science & Math, Carrboro, East Chapel Hill and Durham Academy will all be chasing state championships today.
NCSSM will face Elkin in the 1-A boys’ tennis N.C. High School Athletic Association dual-team championship at 9:30 a.m., while Carrboro will face Shelby in the 2-A finals at 12:30 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center.
In Cary, East Chapel Hill will meet Charlotte Catholic at 12:30 p.m. for the NCHSAA all-classifications girls’ lacrosse championship at WakeMed Soccer Park.
In Greensboro, individual qualifiers from several area schools and the East Chapel Hill boy’s team will compete for NCHSAA 4-A titles in track and field at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track beginning with field event finals at 10 a.m.
In Raleigh, Durham Academy is in the field for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A track and field championships at Ravenscroft at 1 p.m.
In Charlotte, the Durham Academy girls’ lacrosse team will meet undefeated Charlotte Country Day at 1 p.m. for the NCISAA championship.
In 1-A tennis, seven-time state champion Elkin (17-0) will be a slight favorite over NCSSM (16-2). Elkin never has lost a state title match, but it’s most recent championship appearance was in 2004.
Carrboro (20-1) also will be an underdog in the 2-A final, meeting reigning champion Shelby (20-0) for the second straight year for the title. Shelby, like Elkin, never has lost a state championship match, going 4-for-4.
Shelby is led by freshman Marshall Parker, the state singles champion who defeated Carrboro’s Brian Frieburghouse in the final a week ago, while Ray Webb Parker and Will Lutz of Shelby got to the state doubles semifinals.
Carrboro’s No. 1 singles player is Max Fritsch, who lost to Marshall Parker in the individual semifinals.
Ray Webb Parker, Marshall Parker’s older brother, was Shelby’s top singles player a year ago before being supplanted by his brother. Ray Webb Parker beat Fritsch in the 2012 team championship match.
East Chapel Hill (15-2) will take on Charlotte Catholic (17-2), the 2012 runner-up, for the 4-A title in girls’ lacrosse.
Charlotte Catholic, which beat ECH 13-10 during the regular season and won the inaugural NCHSAA crown in 2010, is led by sophomore Natalie Wallon with 91 goals and 23 assists.
East Chapel Hill features senior Sydney Holman, who has a state-record 123 goals this season and and scored 13 in Tuesday’s semifinal 18-12 win over reigning state champion Green Hope. Holman has been the Conference 5 player of the year all four of her varsity seasons.
In Charlotte, Durham Academy (12-5) is facing undefeated Charlotte Country Day (18-0). The two teams met in the regular season with CCD taking a 15-14 win at home. Senior co-captains Elizabeth Eason and Robin Blazing lead the way for DA.
Some two dozen Durham Academy boys’ and girls’ qualifiers will be competing at the private schools’ track and field championships at Ravenscroft.
The Durham Academy girls’ team is led by Cha’Mia Rothwell, who set school and conference records at 100 and 200 meters and the 100 hurdles. Betsy Wiener (discus) and the boys’ 1,600-meter relay team of Nijel Hunt, Jimmy Mosca, Matt Hodgin and Lowell Oakley won Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference titles.