Broughton, which has one of the best high school boys tennis teams in the state, won’t have anyone playing in the N.C. High School Athletic Association individual championships Friday and Saturday.
The semifinalists in singles and doubles advance from the regional to the NCHSAA championships and the Caps didn’t have anyone in the top four in the Mideast regional, which was played Saturday at the University of North Carolina.
“It was a tough regional and our No. 1 doubles team couldn’t play because of an AP exam,” said Broughton coach Bill White. “There were some tough draws.”
Nick Stachowiak of Middle Creek, who was seeded No. 2, won the regional singles title by defeating Bo Boyden of Wakefield, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2). Kelly Patch of Green Hope, who lost 6-1, 6-3 to Boyden in the semifinals also advanced. Stachowiak had a forfeit in his regional semifinal.
Chris Mahan and John Karlawish of Millbrook beat teammates Logan Weber and Austin Cobb in the regional doubles finals 6-3, 6-2. Green Hope’s Kyle Burns and Matt Hammond and Wakefield’s Jensen Martin and Andrew Belonga also advanced.
The NCHSAA dual-team championships, in which teams advance, continues Tuesday. Broughton is at Durham Jordan; Wakefield goes to Panther Creek; and Wilmington Hoggard is at Millbrook. East Chapel Hill plays at Tri-Nine 4A top seed Green Hope.
Merrill resigns: Gary Merrill has retired as the Northern Durham football coach and has been succeeded by former Knights assistant R.J. Wilson.
Merrill served as the Knights head coach twice. He built a 102-21 record between 1994 and 2003 when he succeeded Ken Browning following a state championship season in 1993. Merrill came out of retirement two years ago to return as head coach. His two most recent Northern teams finished 4-6-1 and 6-4.
Wilson, 28, was Northern’s defensive coordinator.
Heritage surging: Heritage clinched its first baseball berth last week with an 8-7 victory over Leesville Road. The Huskies have won six of their last seven Cap Eight games. The Huskies have their first senior class this year and four seniors start along with one junior and four sophomores.
“I am happy for these guys who have taken their lumps over the first two years,” said Heritage coach Tony Piercy. “For them to work as hard as they have and finally get rewarded on the field has been awesome.”
Tyler Petersen struck out 10 in the win over Leesville Road and allowed only one earned run. He and pitcher Jacob Quintal have led the last-season push.
Several area baseball teams may not be able to complete their regular seasons because of rainouts. The NCHSAA tournament begins on Friday. Conferences may have to use winning percentages to determine playoff seeding.
Bulldogs unbeaten: Wake Christian completed an undefeated Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference season on Friday with a 17-2 win over Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs are 10-0 in the league and 14-7 overall.
They are led by seniors Jordan Willingham, a North Greenville University recruit; Kristin Hood; Kirsten Hering; Sam Miller and Ryan Woodard.
Babe Howell dies: Charles “Babe” Howell, who coached high school football and baseball in North Carolina for more than 40 years, died on Saturday.
Howell, 84, had a 301-121-6 career football coaching record and had 618 baseball coaching wins.
Basketball signings: Clayton’s Anthony Gaskins and Middle Creek’s Quinton Ray have signed to play college basketball.
Gaskins, a 5-foot-11 guard, was a three-year varsity basketball and football standout for Clayton. He scored more than 1,200 points in his career and had 24 career interceptions.
Middle Creek’s Ray, a 6-1 guard, signed with Campbell. He averaged 12.5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. He scored 1.031 points in his career. He also was an all-Tri-Nine all-conference football pick.
Cleveland takes regional: Cleveland won the NCHSAA 3A Eastern Regional track and field championship on Saturday. The Rams topped second-place Nash Central 84-68.
The Rams’ 400-meter relay team won the regional in 44.14 seconds.
The NCHSAA 3A finals are Saturday at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro. The 1A finals are Friday. The 2A championships are May 17 and the 4A finals on May 18.
Gibbons grad wins: Chris House, a 2010 Cardinal Gibbons graduate, won the Patriot League conference golf championship this past weekend while playing at the U.S. Naval Academy. House made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.
His 1-over-par 73 was the best round of the final day and he finished with a 3-over 219 for the tournament.