Broughton boys’ basketball coach Jeff Ferrell said one reason the Caps have reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship is a group of seniors who have learned how to win.
“We have eight seniors and most of them have played together since middle school,” Ferrell said. “Through the years, they have learned how to finish games. You don’t always win the same way, by doing the same thing. But these guys keep working and usually find a way to come out on top.”
The Caps will play undefeated Charlotte Olympic in the title game at 7:30 Saturday night at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Ferrell said the Caps showed their experience in last week’s Eastern Regional championship game. Fayetteville 71st took away most of the Caps’ offensive options in Broughton’s eventual 67-59 victory.
“But at the half, there was no panic,” Ferrell said. “We talked about it and figured out some other things to do.”
Broughton didn’t look like a state contender late in the season when it lost consecutive games to Heritage 40-38, and to Wakefield 60-59, but Ferrell said the team grew amid the tough times.
“Having seniors is a great thing,” he said.
Return to the final: Chapel Hill girls’ coach Sherry Norris coached the Tigers to a championship 32 years ago. She said preparation for the 3A title game against Charlotte Harding on Saturday is much different than the preparations for Cary in 1981.
“Back then, you might find out a little about your opponent, but primarily you focused on your own team,” Norris said. “Now, you study tape and all the statistics. You see who shoots the 3s and think about who you want to foul at the end of games.”
Norris said she thought the Tigers were good enough last year to get to the finals before Tamia Eaton suffered a concussion and was out for the rest of the year. Last season, Chapel Hill lost by two points, falling a game short of reaching the regional finals.
“Our girls really dedicated themselves to improving and they have,” Norris said.
Adjusting practice: Millbrook girls’ coach Chris East said the Wildcats will adjust their practice schedule this week. Millbrook will play Greensboro Page in the 4A final in Chapel Hill at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Wildcats will prepare for five days, much more than usual.
“We’ve talked about the need to focus for one more week,” East said.
Last year, East stopped practice early one day during championship week and told everyone to leave the gym because he didn’t think the team was working hard enough.
Another day he broke the intensity by allowing the players to do imitations of the coaching staff.
“We do different drills every day and try to keep practices fresh,” East said.
Frazier runs to win: Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier was not thinking about setting a national high school record in the 5,000 meters during last weekend’s New Balance Invitational in New York.
Frazier wanted to run her pace for the first two-thirds to three-quarters of the race and see what happened.
“If others go out faster and can hold that pace, then they will beat me, but if they can’t, that is when the race starts,” Frazier said. “Other than my original pace, I gave no thought to overall time or records. I only wanted to give myself a shot to win in the latter part of the race.”
Frazier overtook Erin Finn of West Bloomfield, Mich., the race leader and the former national record holder, on their final strides to win in a national record 16 minutes, 18.01 seconds. Winning the race meant more to her than getting the record, she said.
“Records are OK. It’s nice to see your name on the wall in the Armory, but in a competitive race, I get much more satisfaction knowing I had a good strategy and had the patience and ability to execute it,” Frazier said
“Records and wins and PR’s usually come when you’ve done that going into the race rather than thinking about setting a record, at least for me.”
Wake Christian volleyball: Wake Christian has named Malcolm Deans as its varsity volleyball coach. Deans had a 390-83 overall record as volleyball coach at Wilson Christian from 1995 through 2012 and his teams won nine N.C. Christian Schools Associations volleyball titles.
Deans graduated from Wilson Christian in 1988 and graduated from Bob Jones University in 1992.
1A finals: The NCHSAA 1A basketball championships reflect the changing nature of high school athletics in North Carolina. River Mill Academy, a charter school, will play Bishop McGuinness, a nonboarding parochial school in Kernersville, in the 1A girls’ final.
Rocky Mount Prep, a charter school, will play Winston-Salem Prep, a magnet school that has a residential component in its middle school, in the boys’ championship.
Lacrosse goals: Sydney Holman of East Chapel Hill is off to a fast start after scoring 107 girls’ lacrosse goals in 2012.
Holman has 23 goals in three games this season. She scored 12 in the Wildcats’ 16-15 victory over Green Hope last week. Holman earlier had scored three goals in a 13-10 loss to Charlotte Catholic and eight goals in a 14-7 win against Charlotte Myers Park.
The NCHSAA record for goals in a season is 116 by Megan Short of Bishop McGuinness in 2012 and the record for goals in a game is 20 by Dominique Fortunato of Hampstead Topsail in a 29-2 victory.
Finals on TV: All eight NCHSAA basketball championship games will be televised live by Time Warner Cable. The 4A games will be on News 14 Carolina.
The 2A finals will be on TWC 521. The 1A and 3A games will be on TWC 520