The N.C. High School Athletic Association begins its spring sports championships on Friday with the 1A track and field finals at the Belk Track at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. The NCHSAA will crown champions in 1A and 3A track, and individual tennis and boys golf within the next few days.
The 3A track finals are scheduled for the Belk Track on Saturday and the 2A and 4A championships will be there on May 17 and 18, respectively.
The NCHSAA individual boys tennis championship are set for Saturday after preliminary rounds on Friday. The 4A finals will be at Millbrook Exchange Park. Singles and doubles champions also will be crowned at the Cary Tennis Center (1A and 2A) and at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center (3A).
The golf championships will be played on Monday and Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 8 (4A), Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst (3A), Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines (2A) and Chapel Hill Country Club (1A).
Dual-team tennis: The Cap Eight 4A, as expected, is dominating the 4A dual-team tennis tournament in the East. Millbrook, Wakefield and Broughton shared the regular-season conference title and all three have advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals. Wakefield will be at home against Broughton while Millbrook will travel to Green Hope on Monday.
In individual tennis, Millbrook advanced both of its doubles teams to the championships.
NCISAA playoffs: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association will hold its spring sports championships next week.
The golfers play Monday and Tuesday at Bryan Park in Greensboro (3A), Tallamore Golf Club in Pinehurst (2A) and Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club in Pinehurst (1A).
Title matches are scheduled for May 18 in baseball, boys lacrosse, girls soccer, softball, boys tennis and boys and girls track. The girls’ lacrosse finals are scheduled for May 17.
The NCISAA 3A track championships are scheduled to be held at Ravenscroft. It is fitting that the Ravens’ Wesley Frazier, one of the top distance runners ever in the state and a multiple national champion, will complete her high school career on her home track. Cary Academy is the host of the 1A/2A track championships.
Tucker honored: Que Tucker, the deputy commissioner of the NCHSAA, is the 2013 Dr. Nell C. Jackson Award Honoree by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Caps come back: Broughton made a remarkable comeback in a 7-6 overtime victory against Holly Springs on Tuesday night. The Caps’ Zach Burgess tied the lacrosse game with 11 seconds left, and Troy Jones scored the winner in sudden-death overtime.
Broughton plays at East Chapel Hill at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Apex plays at Cardinal Gibbons in quarterfinal games on Friday.
Football foundation: The Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter of the National Football Foundation presented $1,000 scholarships to players from 20 area high schools last week. The group has given $311,000 in scholarships during the past 17 years.
This year’s recipients were Jake Barrett (Apex), Jorge Luis Martinez (Ayden-Grifton), Joe McLamb (Broughton), Ben Grazen (Cardinal Gibbons), Tom Stanley (Carrboro), Matt Rush (Cary); Lamar Smith (Cedar Ridge), Jamarius Jones (Chapel Hill), Everett Paschal (Greenville Conley), Sterling Wilder (East Wake), Josh Ricci (Fuquay-Varina), Tre’ Perry (Garner), Jacob Best (Green Hope), Lucas Seitz (Heritage), Bradley Reynolds (Durham Jordan), Darius Alfred (Millbrook), Demarcus Whitehurst (North Pitt), Christopher Perry (North Pitt), Aaron Chan (Panther Creek), Carson Cattano (Sanderson) and Solomon Banks (South Central Pitt).
Football scrimmage: Nash Central needs two teams to complete the field for an Aug. 15 preseason football scrimmage. Contact Michael Moseley (252-451-2862 or 252-451-2860).