CHAPEL HILL—Some 33 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools have been recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of “Heart of a Champion” recognition.
The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division and is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA assistant executive director, and student services assistant Chiquana Dancy administer the program.
RALEIGH – Nick Liles had three hits and Scott Myers drove home four runs as Scotland downed South Caldwell 10-5 in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A baseball championship series at N.C. State University’s Doak Field on Sunday afternoon.
Senior lefthander Derrick Lowery of Scotland was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship series. Lowery pitched nine innings in the two days, including a route-going performance on Saturday night in a 1-0 win, and struck out 12.
RALEIGH — Katie Rosenberger singled home Guss Crist with the only run of the day as Pender shut out East Surry 1-0 in nine innings to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A softball championship Sunday afternoon at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Britney Roper, who went the distance on the mound for the winners, was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship. She struck out seven and allowed only three hits in the final.
CHATHAM CENTRAL EXPLODES FOR 20 HITS
TO CLINCH NCHSAA STATE 1- A BASEBALL SERIES
RALEIGH – Second baseman Spencer Andrews rapped out four hits Sunday afternoon in a 20-hit assault as Chatham Central rolled to a 13-3 decision over West Columbus in the third and decisive game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at Doak Field on the N.C. State campus.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2006 STATE 4-A SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
WALNUT CREEK SOFTBALL COMPLEX, RALEIGH
Matthews David Butler 3, North Davidson 0
Wake Forest-Rolesville 6, Wilmington Ashley 0 (6 innings, rain)
WINNER’S BRACKET FINAL
Butler 2, Wake Forest-Rolesville 1 (8 innings)
North Davidson 11, Wilmington Ashley 1
GREENSBORO— North Lenoir exploded for six runs in its final at-bat on Saturday night to defeat East Bend Forbush 10-5 in the third and decisive game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship at First Horizon Park.
The Hawks improved their record to 30-3 in clinching their second consecutive NCHSAA state title, winning 19 of their last 21 games. Forbush ended the year 29-6.
GREENSBORO -- Alex White used his bat and his arm to rally Greenville D.H. Conley as the Vikings defeated Jamestown Ragsdale 2-0 in the third and final game on Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A baseball championship series at First Horizon Park.
Conley, which dropped the series opener on Friday night but then won a pair of games on Saturday, earned its second consecutive NCHSAA title. The Vikings earned the 4-A crown last year and then moved to 3-A in the new alignment.
RALEIGH – Zach Andrews ripped a bases-loaded double in the first inning to get West Columbus off and running and the Vikings beat Chatham Central 9-2 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series on the N.C. State University campus.
The West Columbus victory evened the best of three series at a game apiece. Chatham Central had won the completion of Friday night’s suspended game 9-8 earlier in the day.
An error was made in some of the 2006 Baseball Championship Series Programs. Here is a corrected list of the coaching staff for each school:
Head Coach: Bill Slaughter
Assistants: Matthew Cox, Derrick Scott and Matt LaRue
Managers: Tyler and Lauren Slaughter
Statisticians: Whitney Wicker and Brittany Smith
Head Coach: Ricky Young
Assistants: Keith Ransom, Eddie Beck and Chris Nance
Statisticians: Shirley McClerey
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.