Prep Notebook: Carrboro No. 1 in Wachovia Cup; Sharp gets 1st offer
Carrboro’s state title sweep of boys’ and girls’ swimming saw the Jaguars maintain their lead as the premier 2-A athletics program in the state through the fall and winter high school sports seasons under NCHSAA/Wachovia Cup guidelines.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) in state title competion in their attendance classes — 1-A, 2-A, 3-A and 4-A — earn points.
Carrboro is the only area school to place in the top three of its attendance classification, leading No. 2 Waxhaw Cuthbertson 387.5-312.5.
The next best area team performance to date — spring sports finishes will be added to determine final placement for the 2012-13 Wachovia Cup — goes to Chapel Hill. The Tigers were spurred by a 3-A state runnerup finish by its girls’ basketball team, but lags behind Carolina 6 3-A Conference rival and No. 1 3-A program Cardinal Gibbons, 460-285. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (375 points) and Charlotte Catholic (347.5) rank Nos. 2-3.
No area programs rank in the top 15 statewide in 4-A, but N.C. Science & Math is No. 5 in 1-A with 215 points, behind No. 1 Lake Norman Charter’s 360, and Cedar Ridge ranks No. 8 in 2-A with 197.5 points.
Top 15 totals in each state classification can be found in Scoreboard, page B2.
SHARP GETS 1ST BITE
Sophomore running back Trai Sharp (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) has parlayed an outstanding football season into his first college scholarship offer. Sharp, who reportedly has received attention from most programs in the ACC including Duke and North Carolina locally, has a scholarship offer from N.C. State.
Sharp rushed for some 2,300 yards and caught passes for another 400 or so as a sophomore and led the Jaguars into their first 2-A state championship appearance.
His cutting ability and knack of eluding contact and explode through defenses for big gains have been compared by former UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop to former NFL and collegiate great Tony Dorsett.
Shoop, by the way, has moved on after a year doing color commentary on radio broadcasts of high school games and is now the offensive coordinator at Purdue.
CHAPEL HILL HALL
The Chapel Hill High School/Lincoln High School Hall of Fame is inducting four former athletes and one team as its 2013 class on April 13.
The dual nature of the hall of fame recognizes the athletic accomplishments of white and African-American Chapel Hill athletes who were forced to play at separate schools during the segregation era.
The defunct Lincoln High School enrolled only black students during segregation.
The 2013 class includes 1964 Lincoln grad John H. Jones Jr., a three-sport letterman for three years (football, basketball, track) who played four years of football including tight end and halfback on the undefeated, unscored upon Lincoln team in 1961 and captained an undefeated 1963 team. He was all-state and player of the year and played in the Shrine Bowl.
Eddie Mann, a 1950 Chapel Hill grad, starred in baseball, basketball and football and won all-state honors in football. he placed in the Shrine Bowl and East-West All-Star Game.
Former tennis star Tory Schroeder (Class of 1994) won four straight PAC-6 4-A titles at No. 1 singles and won a 4-A singles title in 1993 and doubles title in 1991.
David Henry, a four-year letterman in football, basketball and track, graduated in 1960 after earning all-conference honors in football and basketball and all-state honors in track. He went on to play football at North Carolina.
Finally, the 1974 Chapel Hill boys’ soccer team went undefeated and won the state championship behind prep all-America Anthony Edozien, and all-state performers Roy Baroff and Steve Scott. Seven players off that team went on to place at UNC, one at Guilford and one at Yale.
Scott, who’s already in the schools’ Hall of Fame as an individual, played pro soccer with the Carolina Lightning.
The induction banquet will be in the Chapel Hill cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $25. Call Charlie Webb at 919-619-3301 for reservations and information.
3RD WITH A BULLET
Durham Academy sophomore distance runner Eliza Dekker finished third in the adidas Raleigh Relays 3,200-meter event at N.C. State over the weekend, but established herself as the heir apparent to the great Wesley Frazier, a Raleigh Ravenscroft senior, in the process.
Frazier, who demolished the girls’ high school field as she usually does, ran a 9:57.70, the sixth fastest time ever posted by a U.S. high school girl. Dekker’s 10:38.67 was a personal best and No. 1 in DA history by about nine seconds. To put Dekker’s time in perspective, DA Coach Dennis Cullen points out that it would have won the independent schools girls’ 3,200 state championship 10 of the past dozen years by a margin of at least 21 seconds.
The only losses would have been to Frazier in 2012 (10:37.8) and 2011 (10:30.91).