NCHSAA board considers non-traditional schools

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 6, 2012 

The N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors is meeting Thursday in Chapel Hill and is expected to vote on recommendations from an ad hoc committee on non-traditional schools.

The committee was formed after some NCHSAA schools requested a vote of the membership last spring on expelling Kernersville McGuinness, Cardinal Gibbons and Charlotte Catholic, all non-boarding parochial schools.

There also was a vote on whether to create a separate playoff division for charter schools.

Neither motion received the needed three-fourths majority, but the motions did receive substantial support.

The biggest concern of some athletic officials is that the three Catholic schools win a disproportionate number of state championships and the schools have no defined attendance area.

The parochial schools do have restrictions. A student transferring to one of the schools from an NCHSAA-member school is ineligible for athletics for 365 days, for example.

Cheerleading: The NCHSAA’s 10th annual invitational cheerleading championships are scheduled for Saturday at the Raleigh Convention Center. More than 2,200 cheerleaders from 119 teams are expected to compete in the event.

There are 12 categories. Competition begins at 9 a.m.

1,000 points: Harnett Central’s DeAnneisha Jackson scored 19 points in a 67-7 girls basketball win over Western Harnett this week to notch her 1,000th career point. She has signed with Radford.

Soccer All-Americans: Caroline Gentry, a 2012 Leesville Road graduate, and Green Hope senior Alexis Shaffer have been named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of American High School Girl’s All-America team.

Shaffer helped lead Green Hope to the NCHSAA 4A championship game last spring.

Gentry, who scored two goals and had two assists this fall at N.C. State, was a repeat selection to the NSCAA All-America high school team. She is the school’s only two-time All-America selection and joined former basketball standout Anthony Richardson (Florida State) as the school’s only All-America selections.

Swim Scholastic All-America: Ravenscroft junior Claire Fuscoe has been recognized by USA Swimming as a member of the Scholastic All-America Team for 2011-12. She finished 29th in the country in the National Open Water Championships in Lake Miromar, Fla., with a 5K time of 1:06.32.

State record: Northern Guilford’s T.J. Logan, a University of North Carolina recruit, set the NCHSAA state record with 510 yards in a 64-26 state championship victory over Charlotte Catholic. He tied the state record with eight rushing touchdowns. He ran 46, 27, 80, 85, 19, 14, 82 and 73 yards for scores.

The previous rushing record was held by Akile Jones of Lejeune, who ran for 490 yards in a 2011 regular season 47-30 win over Dixon.

Mike Hill of Harnett Central had eight rushing touchdowns in 2003 in a 62-28 victory over South Johnston.

Finals records: Swain County’s Raymius Smith threw for an NCHSAA finals record 426 yards in a 44-34 loss to Southwest Onslow in the 1AA football finals. Swain’s Greg Tisho had a state finals record 13 catches for a record 261 yards.

Matthews Butler quarterback Riley Ferguson tied the state finals record with five touchdown passes in a 56-28 4AA victory over Fayetteville Britt.

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