These Tigers are #WINNING!

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 08:17 PM

Game definitely recognizes game.

There was Chapel Hill High School girls’ basketball coach Sherry Norris — and her grandbabies — on Saturday at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Field watching Chapel Hill girls’ soccer coach Ron Benson direct his squad to a 2-1 win over Waxhaw’s Weddington High School for the 3-A championship.

Norris also had her eyes on championship most valuable player Alex Kimball, who played a little basketball for her before focusing solely on soccer. Norris said Kimball used to do her thing on the basketball court. That girl’s fast, Norris said.

Kimball next season will kick it for North Carolina’s storied soccer program.

In March, Norris’ basketball team won the state championship. Those Tigers were 32-0 and keyed by seniors Cat Romaine and Jamella Smith.

Romaine will play college basketball at Bucknell, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Smith will suit up for S.C. State, a school in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference that hoops against N.C. Central.

By the way, the Chapel Hill boys’ swimming team won the state title in February.

It’s almost ludicrous how all Chapel Hill seems to do is win, win, win, no matter what.

And what’s really interesting here is how both Benson and Norris, who each have been coaching for three decades, didn’t allow the games to pass them by.

“When you stay in long enough and you pay your dues, it speaks well of you,” said Norris, praising Benson. “He’s retiring from teaching like me.”

Yep, Benson, a math teacher, said the state-championship win was his last game as a head coach. He’s from Wilmington and said it’s time to go surfing now.

Norris, the Associated Press girls’ basketball coach of the year, retired as a physical-education teacher from Seawell Elementary School on April 30, but she’s not hanging up her whistle — well, not both of them.

The Chapel Hill girls’ basketball team won the state championship in 1981. Norris was coaching that squad.

But Chapel Hill’s volleyball team has won two state championships, and — uh, Norris knows volleyball, as well. She claimed those titles, too.

Norris, whose 732 volleyball wins is the state standard, is giving up her seat on Chapel Hill’s volleyball bench. State rules don’t allow retirees to participate in school actives until they’re six months removed from the job, and the high school volleyball season will have started during that time frame. Chapel Hill principal Sulura Jackson and Tigers athletics director Timothy Bennett will have selected a new volleyball coach by then.

Now, Norris told me that she has to reapply to regain her gig with the girls’ basketball team.

But I’m like, really?

All she’s done is won 540 basketball games.

All she does is send kids like Smith and Romaine to college on full basketball scholarships.

All she’d like to do is coach rising seniors Jessie Wall and Raziyah Farrington, two young ladies whom she taught when they were in kindergarten.

Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann is on Twitter @johntmccann. Email him jmccann@heraldsun.com.