Undefeated Maggie Kane of Broughton and once-beaten Jamie Rogers of Cary lead the field in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Mideast Class 4A girls’ tennis regional that begins on Friday.
Kane, who is 15-0, won the Cap Eight 4A singles tournament championship while Rogers (19-1) was the Tri-Nine champion.
The regional begins Friday at 2 p.m., at Raleigh’s Millbrook Exchange Park. The top four players in singles and the top four doubles teams will advance to next week’s NCHSAA 4A finals.
Regional seedings will not be determined until Friday, but Panther Creek’s Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland and Broughton’s Kelsey Boole and Olivia King are expected to be near the top in doubles.
Durham Jordan’s Hope Allen (9-6) won the Piedmont Athletic 4A singles title and East Chapel Hill’s Brittany Hill and Caroline Pope (6-2-1) were the doubles champions and also advanced to the regional at Millbrook Exchange.
Greater Neuse singles champion Allison Powers of West Johnston and doubles winner Elezcia Singletary and Logan Boykin of Clayton are playing in the Eastern 4A regional at Fayetteville Terry Sanford.
In the 3A regional at the Burlington Tennis Center, Devin Knors and Maggie Reilly, both of Cardinal Gibbons, are among the favorites. Chapel Hill’s Danielle Cohen and Nicole Chang are one of the top doubles teams.
The regional semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday with the championship match following.
Dual-team tennis: Tri-Nine 4A girls’ tennis champion Panther Creek (18-1) will be at home against PAC-Six champion East Chapel Hill (16-2) in one of the top matchups in the second round of the NCHSAA dual-team tennis tournament. Dual-team play continues on Tuesday.
Other 4A East matchups are Millbrook (12-6) at Green Hope (18-3); Sanderson (12-3) at Durham Jordan (11-9) and New Hanover (13-4) at Broughton (20-0).
Clayton, the Greater Neuse 4A champ, was undefeated during the regular season, but lost to Jordan 5-4 in the first round.
Cardinal Gibbons (17-6), the Carolina 3A winner, will be at home against Northern Guilford (14-2) in the 3A tournament and Carrboro (14-3) will be at home against Tarboro (15-4) in the 2A tournament on Tuesday.
ECH wins cross country: East Chapel Hill won the PAC-Six 4A boys’ and girls’ cross country championships on Tuesday. The Wildcats topped runner-up Jordan 10-20 in girls and 15-19 in boys.
Nikolaus Kreiling of Jordan (16 minutes, 19 seconds) and Pegah Kamrani of East Chapel Hill (19:07) were the boys’ and girls’ individual champions.
Sanderson soccer on top: Sanderson and Green Hope swapped places this week in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A boys’ soccer poll after former No. 1 Green Hope lost to Athens Drive 4-A last week.
Sanderson and Green Hope (16-1-0) are followed by No. 3 East Chapel Hill (11-1-2). Enloe (13-4-2) is ranked No. 12.