Granville Central's Haith dominant

Athlete sets two 2-A records

Staff WriterMay 16, 2010 

Briana Haith of Granville Central won three individual events, claiming the long jump, 200 meters and 400 meters, to earn the most valuable performer award in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A track and field championships at N.C. A&T on Saturday.

Haith set NCHSAA 2-A records in the 200 (24.33) and 400 (55.76). She also won the long jump (17 feet, 11 inches) and was second in the 100 (12.17).

Junior Romar Morris won the 100 and 200 to help Salisbury to the boys state title. Burlington Cummings won its fifth straight NCHSAA 2-A girls championship.

One highlight of the met was East Burke senior Tanner Anderson setting an all-class high jump record by clearing 7 feet, 2.5 inches. Broughton's Jesse Williams had held the record with a jump of 7-2.

3-A tennis: Cardinal Gibbons' Chris Geaslen and Matt Daly fell just short of winning the NCHSAA 3-A tennis doubles title, falling in the finals to Andrew Treske and Joey Hatala of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge.

A Gibbons doubles team had won the last four state 2-A titles, but the Crusaders are now in the 3-A classification.

Treske and Hatala won 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Sophomore Kyle Johnson of Charlotte Catholic repeated as the 3-A singles champ.

2-A tennis: Cedar Ridge's Jerry Newburg had a great run in the NCHSAA 2-A tennis championships but came up just short, losing to 2009 state champion Ethan Caudell of St. Pauls, 7-5, 6-0.

Newburg was the No. 2 seed from the Mideast Regional but beat East champion Jordan Bailey of Hampstead Topsail 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals and had beaten Midwest champ Steven Page of Salisbury in the quarterfinals.

Will Huggins and Hang Lak Choi of Newton-Conover defeated teammates Dillion Cervantez and Ryan Lampe 6-3, 6-2 in the state championship doubles match.

1-A tennis: Durham Science & Math's Will Jackson and George Zhao reached the final of the NCHSAA 1-A tennis doubles but lost to Mount Airy's Matt Kessler and Brooks Mayberry 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Mount Airy's Nicholas John won the singles title by defeating freshman Tyler Macy of Elkin 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

NCISAA softball: Cape Fear Christian, the 2009 1-A state champion, wrapped up an undefeated season with a 9-0 victory over Hobgood Academy.

The Eagles finished 23-0 and were led by NCISAA 1-A all-state picks Oliva Scarborough, Ragan Taylor and C.C. Dew.

Gaston Christian won the 2-A title and Hickory Grove claimed the 3-A championship.

NCISAA 1-A/2-A track: Charlotte Victory Christian won the boys and girls N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A track and field championships. Raleigh St. David's was second in boys while Cary Christian was No. 3 in girls behind Victory and Caldwell Academy.

Bobby Mintz of Cary Christian won the 800 and 3,200. He was second in the 1,600.

Jonathan Clarkson of Cary Christian won the 100. Forrest Lasher took the pole vault. Myron Henderson was tops in the shot put, and Burgess Coker of St. David's is the discus champ.

NCHSAA girls lacrosse: Charlotte Catholic defeated Wilmington Hoggard 12-11 in the inaugural NCHSAA state girls lacrosse championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

Catholic keeper Bridget Hogan was named the most valuable player. She had 14 saves. Junior midfielder Jena Ready had four goals in the win.

Charlotte Brown, Erin Fowler and Chrysa Corbett scored three each for Hoggard, which had won three straight playoff games by one goal.

NCHSAA soccer: Durham Science & Math smashed Midway 15-0 in the second round of the NCHSAA 1-A girls soccer championships on Saturday. Osaro Obanor had five goals. Bianca Gray scored three goals and had three assists.

NCHSAA baseball: Area 4-A baseball conference champions did not fare well in the first round of the NCHSAA baseball playoffs on Friday night. Three of the four area league champions and three of the four runners-up were eliminated.

Holly Springs, the Tri-Nine champion and Wakefield, the Cap Seven runner-up, advanced to the second round.

Holly Springs beat Person 4-0, and Wakefield ousted Green Hope 4-3.

Cap Seven 4-A winner Millbrook was pounded 14-4 by Lee County, the No. 5 finisher in the Tri-Nine.

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