N.C. Science & Math and Voyager Academy were well on their way to berths in Saturday’s 2-A and 1-A NCHSAA girls’ dual-team championships when rain forced the suspension of their semifinal matches Wednesday.
Northern Carolina 2-A Conference champion NCSSM (11-0) led 2-0 in its match against 15-2 Carrboro, trailed at No. 1 singles, led in two matches and was tied in a fifth when play was called at Rock Quarry Park at 4:55 p.m.
A team must win five of nine total matches to win. Six matches are contested in singles and three — if needed — in doubles.
Play is scheduled to resume Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Rock Quarry Park, completing a rematch of a state 2-A semifinal pairing won by NCSSM a year ago. The winner — the 2-A East Regional champion — advances to the state title match against the Western Regional champion at 9:30 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington.
At Treyburn Country Club, No. 1 seed and North Central Athletic Conference champion Voyager Academy suspended its home match against wild-card playoff entry Franklin Academy at 5:45 p.m.
Voyager, which split a pair of conference meetings with the Wake Forest visitors during the regular season, led in four matches and trailed in two when play was called.
The match will be resumed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Treyburn.
The losses of long-time aides Chris Collins and Steve Wojiechowski haven't derailed the Blue Devils, who'll bid for an ACC title under 35-year veteran coach Mike Krzyzewski and the enthusiasm of aides Chris Capel, Nate James and Jon Scheyer, players say.
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The Tar Heels have improved their balance this season — with remodeled players in the post and three impact freshmen surrounding ACC preseason player of the year Marcus Paige — leading to hopes for a deep run in 2014-15.
Darryl Smith and Tahj Spivey are the latest members of the Southern Spartans to receive scholarship offers to play college football.
Kestrel Heights tops Fayetteville Christian School ... Granville Central falls to Louisburg. ...
Freshman Jamal Currie-Elliott looked like NFL star Adrian Peterson Friday, scoring three first-half touchdowns to lead Hillside to a 55-21 win over Northern and spoiling the Knights’ homecoming festivities at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
Riverside 48, Jordan 13
Roxboro Person 42, East Chapel Hill 6
Southern 60, Cedar Ridge 14
Chapel Hill 14, Cardinal Gibbons 0
Northwood 56, Northern Vance 7
Orange 49, Oxford Webb 0
Jordan Matthews 21, Carrboro 7
South Granville 28, Bunn 14
Louisburg 56, Granville Central 31
Kestrel Heights 28, Fayetteville Christian 22
Eliza Dekker forced to drop out of NCISAA cross country championship race while bidding for record fourth straight individual title ... Durham Academy field hockey advances to state championship match Saturday with win over Ravenscroft. ... Carrboro, N.C. Science & Math and East Chapel Hill tennis stars advance to state semifinals.
Durham Academy senior Eliza Dekker will chase her fourth consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A cross country championship at Jackson Park in Hendersonville Friday, Oct. 24. ... Also Friday, the 17-1 DA field hockey team will face Raleigh’s Ravenscroft School in the NCISAA semifinals at Lewisville’s Forsyth Country Day School.
With an unscheduled bye week in hand, Northern should be rested and ready, but whether that’s enough tonight is another question.
Multiple failed red zone possessions, costly penalties and four turnovers led Carrboro (3-5, 1-1 Mid-State 2-A) to a 19-0 shutout loss at home against Burlington Cummings (4-4, 2-0 Mid-State) on Friday.
A game fraught with miscues for the majority of the night ended in a flurry of activity on J.F. Webb High School’s Homecoming night, with Cedar Ridge edging the Warriors 14-12.
Jordan High School celebrated a memorable homecoming in a huge way, knocking off Roxboro Person 17-14 Friday for the Falcons’ first victory of the season. The win snapped the Falcons’ 16-game losing streak that stretched back to week two of last season and was the team’s first PAC-6 4-A victory since 2011.
With just over two minutes left and fearing his Orange team was about to suffer its first loss of the year, Panthers running back Tay Jones went to the sidelines and admittedly had a heart-searing cry. Fifteen seconds later, he was the star of the game, scoring a breakaway touchdown and a 2-point conversion to stun Chapel Hill 38-37 in a huge Big Eight 3-A Conference showdown to determine the top cats in Orange County.
Hillside High School prevailed again, leaving cross-town rival Riverside downtrodden as they walked off the field at Russell Bount Stadium Friday night. The Hornets escaped by the narrowest of margins, winning 19-18 when the 40-yard heave from Riverside quarterback Diante Strothers was batted away as time expired.
Senior days bring wins a Duke, UNC in women's soccer and field hockey
Greenwell shows off shooting touch as Blue Devils display revamped roster
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Eagles still in it to win it in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The former North Carolina defender led the NFC with 19 sacks last season.
Pro Bowlers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when the Carolina Panthers take the field for the start of training camp Friday night. The same can’t be said of often-injured running back Jonathan Stewart. ... Panthers sign pair of offensive linemen to provide depth.
Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger ...
Lance Stephenson doesn’t want to be known as the guy who blew in LeBron James’ ear. Stephenson said during his introductory news conference Friday in Charlotte he’s “a little upset” that the ear-blowing incident in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami is how some people have defined him as a player.
Rory McIlroy knows how quickly a big lead can slip away, so he wasn’t satisfied by simply restoring it Saturday in the British Open. He wanted more. Tied for the lead after 13 holes, McIlroy fired eagle 3s at Nos. 16 and 18 to pull away from field Saturday. Complete coverage.
Rory McIlroy cast aside any talk of those second-round doldrums with a performance at Royal Liverpool that threatened to turn this into another major championship runaway. As for Tiger Woods, he was fortunate just to make the cut at the British Open. ... Related stories ... Scoring ... Tournament at a glance ... Saturday's tee times.
Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.
The John Avery Boys & Girls Club will be among the beneficiaries of the Bull City Open Golf Championship in August.
UNC Wilmington signee and former Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill golf star Alaina Yeatts was eliminated in the semifinals of the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Golf Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Thursday.