High Schools

Notebook: Broughton tennis gets wild card berth into the playoffs

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 29, 2013 

Broughton High, as expected, received a wild-card berth into the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A dual-team tennis championships that will begin Tuesday.

Teams advance in dual-team competition rather than the individual winners.

The Cap Eight 4A receives two berths into the NCHSAA dual-team tournament and Millbrook and Wakefield won a drawing for those spots after they and Broughton tied for the league regular-season title. Four other teams are selected based on overall record to complete the bracket. Broughton got one of those spots.

“I believe we have three of the best teams in the state in our conference,” said Broughton coach Bill White. “All three deserved to get in.”

Broughton will travel to Southern Pines Pinecrest for a first-round match Tuesday. Wakefield will go to Wilmington Laney. Millbrook will be at home against East Wake, which also received a wild-card berth.

Greater Neuse 4A champion Clayton will be home against Durham Jordan. Fayetteville Britt is at Tri-Nine winner Green Hope and Garner is at PAC-Six champ East Chapel Hill.

Broughton and Wakefield could play in the third round of the tournament May 13. Either team might meet Millbrook in the state semifinals May 15.

The state championship match will be May 18.

The individual regional tennis championships will begin Friday and continue Saturday. The top finishers advance to the state tournament.

Football commitments: The annual migration of many of the top high school football players in North Carolina to other states to play college football is continuing.

Last week, Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood announced he would be going to Notre Dame. A 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior, he rushed for a Mecklenburg County-record 3,309 yards in 2012 and scored 48 touchdowns.

He has 5,291 yards and 83 touchdowns during his career and is ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the country by rivals.com.

Charlotte Catholic tight end Jeb Blazevich (6-5, 228 pounds) has committed to Georgia. ESPN has him ranked him as the No. 90 recruit in the country and third-best tight end prospect.

Will Grier of Davidson Day, the state’s top-ranked quarterback, has committed to Florida.

Mitchell to Oak Hill: Waxhaw Cuthbertson basketball guard Shelton Mitchell plans to play his senior season at Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy. Mitchell, who is 6-3 and 175 pounds, has committed to play at Wake Forest.

He led Cuthbertson to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A basketball final the past two years. Kinston won the title both years. Mitchell averaged 20.4 points and 4.2 assists.

Mitchell is expected to play at Oak Hill with 6-6 twins Caleb and Cody Martin, who are committed to N.C. State. Caleb Martin averaged 19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists during the 2012-13 season and Cody Martin averaged 15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The duo played last season at Davie County High, about 25 miles southwest of Winston-Salem.

Clayton wins award: Clayton won the NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award for girls’ swimming. The swimmers on the Comets’ roster had an average GPA of 3.77 during the 2012 fall semester.

The GPA was figured on a 4.0 scale without extra credit for advanced courses.

The NCHSAA recognizes each team with the highest GPA in each sport. All of the athletes on the roster are included in the calculations.

The NCHSAA recognized more than 28,000 athletes for attaining at least a 3.5 GPA during the semester in which they competed. The NCHSAA also presented certificates to 910 varsity squads for having at least a 3.1 overall GPA.

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