RALEIGH- As usual, pitching and defense should be featured as the top fast-pitch teams in the state prepare for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships this weekend.
The top four teams in each classification have qualified for the double-elimination tournaments at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. All four of the championships are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
The opening rounds pair Eastern representatives against Eastern representatives and West against West.
Some perennial powers and some relative newcomers to the finals in North Carolina high school baseball will be trying to add hardware to their trophy cases this weekend in the 90th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state baseball championship series.
CARY – Senior Sarah Kirkley knocked home the only goal of the game with just 1:23 left to play to lift defending champion Raleigh Broughton to a 1-0 decision over Charlotte Providence in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s soccer championship at the SAS Soccer Park on Saturday.
It was Broughton’s nine NCHSAA state title and 13th appearance in the state championship game in the last 15 years. The Caps now have an incredible 68-7 record all-time in NCHSAA women’s soccer playoff competition.
CARY – Junior forward Tandy Banks figured in five goals as Jacksonville White Oak dominated play and rolled to a 6-1 triumph over Southwest Guilford in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A women’s soccer championship on Saturday afternoon at SAS Soccer Park.
Banks, who was selected as the championship Most Valuable Player, scored two goals and had three assists to lead the way for the Lady Vikings. Banks finished the season with a whopping 62 goals.
BURLINGTON – East Chapel Hill held off Charlotte Providence 5-2 to take the 4-A state championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association men’s dual team tennis finals at the Burlington Tennis Center on Saturday.
CARY – Junior midfielder Samantha Dunn scored a pair of goals to lead Swansboro to a convincing 5-0 victory over Wilkes Central on Saturday afternoon in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state
1-A/2-A women’s soccer championship at SAS Soccer Park.
Dunn was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player as Swansboro dominated play en route to its 23rd victory of the year against one loss and one tie. Tawana Jackson also had a pair of assists for the winners.
CARY- Three North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's state soccer championships will be decided this weekend in the 21st annual NCHSAA finals at SAS Soccer Park.
The 4-A championship will be played Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and then a doubleheader on Saturday will feature the 3-A and the 1-A/2-A title games.
The 4-A championship sends perennial power Raleigh Broughton (25-0-1) against Charlotte Providence (19-2-2).
BURLINGTON - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 16th annual state men’s dual team tennis championships will come to the Burlington Tennis Center on Saturday, with some familiar powers in tennis once again competing for state championships.
All four classification championships are scheduled for Saturday, with the 3-A and 4-A classifications starting at 9 a.m. and then the 1-A and 2-A to begin at 1 p.m.. All the teams qualifying for the finals advanced with victories in the semifinal round on Thursday.
GREENSBORO – Gabby Mayo of Southeast Raleigh had a record-setting Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University.
CARY— The top seeds in singles and doubles, both from Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons, went on to take state titles on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's 2-A tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center.
Will Rollinson of Cardinal Gibbons beat conference foe Britton Webb of Orange in a tough three-set match in the singles finals that lasted two and a half hours. Rollinson prevailed 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
CARY – David Hopkins of Winston-Salem Preparatory stopped William John’s bid for a third consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association's state 1-A men's singles tennis championship at the Cary Tennis Center on Saturday.
Hopkins defeated the two-time defending champion from Mount Airy in the finals in straight 6-3 sets. The Mount Airy standout made the state 1-A singles finals in each of his four high school seasons, winning titles in ’04 and ’05 and finishing second in ’03 and this year.
CHAPEL HILL— Mike Greenberg of East Chapel Hill made the move up in classifications without much trouble, winning the singles title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A tennis championships on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at the University of North Carolina.
Greenberg beat cross-town rival Andrew Malizia of Chapel Hill in straight sets in a morning semifinal and then defeated Michael Pereira of Fayetteville Jack Britt for the championship, 6-1, 6-3.
BURLINGTON – Hickory’s Andrew Crone battled back to win the singles title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A men's tennis championships on Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Crone, the top seed, downed George Kernodle of Burlington Williams by 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Crone spurted to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, but Kernodle rallied to take a 5-4 advantage. However, Crone settled down to take the set and then dominated the second set to win the championship.
CHAPEL HILL— Two cross-town rivals will meet on Saturday, but it will be in the semifinals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A tennis championships at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at the University of North Carolina.
Top-seeded Mike Greenberg of East Chapel Hill and third-seeded Andrew Malizia of Chapel Hill each won two matches on Friday to advance to the Saturday semifinals. Greenberg was the 3-A runner-up in 2004 and won the 3-A championship in ‘05, but East Chapel Hill moved to 4-A in the new alignment this year.