The N.C. High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championships, which didnt have a home two years ago, will stay at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem for the next three years, the NCHSAA announced.
The NCHSAA had no place to hold its indoor track in 2011 while the University of North Carolina renovated athletics facilities. The state meet that year was held outdoors in Fayetteville and was a winter track championship.
The championships moved from UNC to the Winston-Salem facility in 2013.
Davis Whitfield, the NCHSAA commissioners, said the schools have been impressed with the facility and the association is pleased to be returning to the track.
McCain picks Virginia Tech: Durham Hillside junior defensive back Kalen McCain committed to Virginia Tech last weekend. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior also had offers from N.C. State, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State.
Tri-Nine baseball: The Tri-Nine 4A baseball race continues to be remarkable. Fuquay-Varina (9-2) has one league loss. And Green Hope (10-2), Holly Springs (12-2) and Middle Creek (9-6) each have two conference losses.
Holly Springs (No. 2 in the N&O rankings) plays Green Hope (No. 3) on Friday.
Green Hope beat Holly Springs 6-5 on March 5 and has won six straight since dropping a 6-3 game to Middle Creek. Holly Springs has won five straight since losing to Middle Creek, 1-0.
Green Hope girls soccer: The undefeated Falcons are dominating their competition, leading the area in scoring (5.9 goals per game), while playing stifling defense (.333 goals per game, second best in the area) and holding teams scoreless in nine games.
Alex Shaffer leads all 4A scorers with 21 goals and 13 assists (55 points) while teammate Alexis Degler is second with 17 goals, 13 assists (47 points).
Green Hope is at home on Wednesday against Holly Springs in a Tri-Nine 4A game.
Tough defense: The Green Hope girls lacrosse team has given up one goal in four of its last five games. The Falcons have battered Holly Springs 18-1, Cary 18-1, Panther Creek 19-1, and Middle Creek 22-1 and stopped Charlotte Catholic 12-7.
Green Hope is No. 1 in the state in the laxpower.com rankings even though the Falcons lost to East Chapel Hill 16-15 in their opener.
Undefeated Charlotte Country Day, which beat East Chapel Hill 17-15, is No. 2.
Apex softball: Apex is undefeated in softball and is No. 1 in The N&O rankings, but the Cougars have been tested. Apex beat Fuquay-Varina 2-1 and Middle Creek 1-0 in back-to-back Tri-Nine games.
The Cougars play the rematches in those conference games in the final two regular season games of the season on April 30 and May 3.
Unbeaten in-state: East Chapel Hill is 8-2 overall in boys lacrosse, but both losses were to out-of-state teams. The Wildcats lost to Dallas (Texas) Jesuit 13-3 and to Leechburg (Pa.) Kiski 15-10.
The only close game East has had against in-state schools was a 16-14 win over Durham Jordan.
Bobby Murray baseball: Wakefield baseball coach Ed Hall was pleased with his pitching in the Bobby Murray Invitational last weekend, but needed more hitting.
The Wolverines defeated East Wake 8-2 on Friday with Evan Brabrand, Ryan Holst and Chase Allen sharing the pitching. Tom DeArmitt threw a shutout in a 1-0 win over Person on Saturday morning and Jake Butler and Holst pitched in a 7-4 loss to Person in the 11-inning championship game.
We pitched well, but struggled with our hitting, Hall said. We had opportunities, but just couldnt get the key hit.
Pat Morgan of Person was named the most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Ty Clayton and Jeff Walker.
Wakefields Holst and Clark Jones, Wake Forests John Fountain, Jamestown Ragsdales Avery Hodges, Broughtons John Woods, Southeast Guilfords Matt Dale, Wake Home Schools Jordan Paxton, Millbrooks Alex Richards, Athens Drives Sean Rudio and East Wakes Adam Winegar also were on the team.
Middle Creek Hall: Middle Creek High inducted its inaugural hall of fame class on Saturday. The group included: Marcus Kitts, basketball; Quincy Lattimore, baseball; Mike Frongello, baseball/ football; Tina Hobbs, Stampede Club; Dean Manges, athletic director; Robbie Wray, coach; and Lisa Gott Kushner, softball/ volleyball.
Ravens host stars: Ravenscrofts Ryan Kelly of Duke will be among the ACC standouts expected to play in the 35th Annual ACC Barnstorming Tour this spring. The tour stops at Ravenscroft on Tuesday, April 23.
The ACC team is expected to include Kelly, Dukes Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry; UNCs Dexter Strickland; Wake Forests C.J. Harris and N.C. States Scott Wood and Richard Howell.
They will play former Ravenscroft players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility.
Advance tickets are $12 and tickets at the door are $15.