High School Sports

What you need to know about Saturday’s high school state championship events

Katherine Dokholyan (866) of Chapel Hill runs during the 3A NCHSAA Cross Country Championships that took place at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C. on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Katherine Dokholyan (866) of Chapel Hill runs during the 3A NCHSAA Cross Country Championships that took place at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C. on Saturday, November 7, 2015. newsobserver.com

The fall season will end Saturday in three N.C. High School Athletic Association sports: volleyball, girls tennis and cross country.

It could be a big day for Green Hope – the Falcons have a team in two title matchups (volleyball and girls tennis) and will be one of the teams to beat in cross country. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools also have several teams competing for championships. East Chapel Hill (girls tennis), Chapel Hill (volleyball) and Carrboro (volleyball) are in championship matches, and Chapel Hill’s cross country teams could also win titles.

Here’s a look at what’s happening Saturday:

Volleyball

At noon, Roxboro Community (28-2) plays in its first volleyball title and will face defending 1A champ Community School of Davidson (21-1). CSD defeated Roxboro in last year’s 1A West final. This year Roxboro was in the East bracket and beat conference-foe Falls Lake Academy in the East final.

Carrboro (30-0), riding a 60-game win streak, will defend its 2A title against West Iredell (27-3) at 2:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill (25-6) is in the 3A title game for the second straight year. The Tigers, who defeated Person in the 3A East final, will face North Iredell (27-2) at 5 p.m.

Defending 4A champ Green Hope (30-2) has the 7:30 p.m. match against Hough (26-5). The Falcons defeated Cardinal Gibbons in the East final.

All four game are at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.

Girls tennis

Defending 1A champ Raleigh Charter (14-0) takes on East Surry (18-3) at 9:30 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center. At the same time, East Chapel Hill (21-2) will be playing Charlotte Catholic (21-3) in the 3A championship.

East Chapel Hill won seven straight 3A titles from 1998-2004.

In a rematch from a year ago, Green Hope (16-0) will face defending 4A champ Myers Park (24-0) at 12:30 p.m.

Cross country

The 1A and 3A championship races at the Ivy Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville will start at 10 a.m. and conclude around noon. At 3 p.m., the 2A and 4A races will start.

Boys soccer

There were 12 overtime games – seven needing penalty kicks – in Wednesday’s first round of the boys soccer playoffs. Orange was down 2-0 at 3A White Oak High in Jacksonville, but won 6-2 in overtime, Jordan was tied 0-0 with 4A Laney but won 4-1 in overtime.

The second round is Saturday.

Football brackets

The NCHSAA football brackets will be released early Saturday morning and will be posted on nando.com/preps. The football playoffs are subdivided after all wild-card and automatic bids are determined, creating a bracket with the larger 32 or 24 teams and one with the smaller 32 or 24 teams.

Size is determined by a school’s average daily membership from the first month of this school year.

The ADMs were released Wednesday and had some surprising revelations. Among them: Hillside is the state’s largest 3A (1,952 students) and is larger than about 30 4A schools; 3A Hillside and Clayton are large enough to be 4A; 4A South Central is small enough to be 3A; 2A Nash Central and Durham School of the Arts are large enough to be 3A; 1A Granville Central is large enough to be 2A; 2A Warren County is small enough to be 1A.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps

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