NCHSAA playoffs still on schedule despite storm

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2012 

The N.C. High School Athletic Association was monitoring the weather and travel conditions Tuesday, but it still had hopes of keeping the fall sports championship playoffs on schedule.

“The snow in the West is a concern and the conditions along the coast,” said Rick Strunk, an associate commissioner of the NCHSAA. “But schools are in session and that is a good sign.”

The girls’ dual-team tennis, girls’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ cross country championships are scheduled for Saturday.

The boys’ soccer tournament began this week and the football playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday.

“At this point, we have not made any changes to the finals schedule,” Strunk said. “We’re hopeful we can stay on schedule.”

Lewis steps down: Tony Lewis, the Sanderson football coach and athletics director, is giving up his coaching duties. He will retain his duties as AD.

“We didn’t win enough games,” Lewis said. “That starts with me. I didn’t want to stand in the way of what I believe the program can accomplish. I didn’t want to do what was best for Tony Lewis. I wanted to do what was best for the program. I am looking forward to supporting the next coach and doing everything I can to help him be successful.”

Lewis, 46, has been at the school for 10 years and succeeded Jason Tindal as coach during April 2009 and was named as AD the next year.

His four football teams had a combined 5-39 record, including this year’s 2-9 finish.

“Internally, I think we have things in place to build a successful program,” Lewis said. “The kids have great spirit and they worked hard in practice.”

Lewis said the school has a tremendous spirit and sense of excitement.

“The school spirit is just tremendous,” he said. “You could not ask for better support. Our players come out for the games and their peers are there supporting them. It is great.”

Kane wins: Broughton girls’ tennis coach Laura Davidson said Maggie Kane played a smart match Saturday while defeating Chloe Willetts of Winston-Salem Reynolds to win the NCHSAA 4A singles title 7-5, 6-2.

Willetts had been the 2009 NCHSAA 4A singles champion as a freshman.

“She has a tremendous forehand,” Davidson said. “But Maggie kept slicing her returns, keeping the ball very low and not allowing Chloe to hit the topspin like she usually does.”

Kane teamed with her sister Katie Kane to win the 2010 doubles crown and to finish second in doubles last year.

Smith honored: Former Garner quarterback Kameron Smith was named the CIAA football player of the week for the sixth time this season. Smith completed 23 of 36 passes for 363 yards and six touchdowns in Winston-Salem State’s 62-31 win Saturday against Shaw.

Smith has thrown 13 touchdown passes during the past two weeks.

High school Heisman: Lee County quarterback Chase Arrington, North Raleigh Christian quarterback John Cook and Orange wrestler John Tworney-Kozak are among 10 male finalists for the North Carolina Wendy’s High School Heisman.

The state winner will be announced Nov. 5.

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