Federation nixes prep national titles

Staff WriterJanuary 7, 2011 

There will be no official national high school championships in the near future after state representatives to the National Federation of State High School Associations winter meetings failed to pass an amendment on Tuesday that would have allowed the federation to organize or sanction official national high school athletic championships.

The member state associations voted 22 for and 21 against allowing a by-law change. A two-thirds majority was needed to change the by-law and allow the organization to conduct or sanction national championships in cross country and golf.

"We were split just about down the middle," said Davis Whitfield, the N.C. High School Athletic Association commissioner after returning from the federation winter meetings in Savannah, Ga.

The NFHS has not supported or sanctioned a national competition that leads to a single team championship since 1934.

The NCHSAA board voted in December to allow Whitfield to investigate North Carolina schools participating in national championships if the NFHS sanctioned the events. The NCHSAA currently requires teams to disband after the regular season, elimination in the state playoffs or the state championship game.

Trojans face test: Undefeated Garner, No. 1 in The News & Observer boys basketball rankings, expects a Greater Neuse River 4-A test tonight against rival Southeast Raleigh.

"The kids know each other and play together so much that it is always a tough game," Garner coach Eddie Gray said. "We know that it is going to be a physical challenge."

Gray said the key to his club's success has been balance. Donald Johnson leads the Trojans with 18.7 points per game, but four different players have led the team in scoring in various games. Gavin Wilson, a football standout who missed the first three games, is averaging 15.7 and Dominique Reed averages 11.8.

"But scoring averages don't mean a lot to these guys," Gray said. "We don't have a bunch of guys rushing to the scoreboard after the games to check on how many points they got. They know that we win with our defense."

Garner is scoring 76 points per game and allowing 56.

Ravens face Pack recruits: Ravenscroft boys basketball team, No. 2 in the N&O rankings, will face a couple of N.C. State recruits during the next week.

Forsyth Country Day, which features Wolfpack point guard recruit, Tyler Lewis plays at Ravenscroft on Friday.

On Wednesday, Ravenscroft plays at Raleigh Word of God, No. 4 in the N&O rankings. Word of God features center Joe Uchebo, who has signed with the Pack.

Fuquay baseball hall: The Fuquay-Varina Baseball Hall of Fame will induct its second class on Jan. 15. The inductees are: Bill Holland, a Fuquay-Varina High School graduate who played at Louisburg College and at East Carolina and in the major leagues for the Washington Senators; Neal Sears, a 1999 FVHS graduate who played at East Carolina; and Buddy Walters, a 1980 FVHS graduate who played at UNC Wilmington. or 919-829-8910

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