Cedar Ridge, Carrboro win state 2A track championships

From staff reportsMay 17, 2013 

Cedar Ridge senior A.J. Tucker won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs Friday to lead the Red Wolves to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A boys track and field championship. Carrboro, led by Grace Morken’s wins in the 800 and 1,600, won the girls championship.

Carrboro’s Scott Peretin won the boys’ shot and discus to help the Jaguars to third place with 35 points. Cedar Ridge, which also won the 4x800 relay, topped second-place Burlington Cummings 63-59 for the title.

Cedar Ridge’s Ethan Smith won the pole vault (15 feet).

Morken set the 2A record in the 800 (2:16.71) and won the 1,600 (5:16) for the third straight season. She also helped the Carrboro 4x400 relay team to a title. The Jags also won the 4x800 relay.

Bunn’s Tainasha Vines won the triple jump (38 feet, 6 inches) and its boys won the 4x100 relay.

Frazier wins 3,200: Wesley Frazier of Ravenscroft won the 3,200 meters in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A track championships with a 10:00.43. The Ravens senior won by more than a minute.

North Raleigh Christian won boys 4x800 relay and Ravenscroft’s won the girls high jump.

Ravenscroft leads Charlotte Providence Day 39-26 in boys and 35-31 in girls.

South Johnston defends: Anna Webster threw out a runner at the plate for the final out in South Johnston’s 1-0 softball victory over Burlington Cummings. South’s Kayla Allen provided the only run with an inside-the-park home run.

North Johnston ousted: Wilson Beddingfield, the defending 2A champion, held off a late North Johnston rally to take a 3-2 softball win. North trailed 3-0 entering the seventh inning after giving up a pair of runs in the sixth. North allowed only four hits and walked just two, but could generate no offense until the seventh inning.

Chatham unbeaten: Undefeated Chatham Central (25-0) defeated Gray Stone 8-0 in 1A softball.

Wildcats win: West Johnston freshman Megan Mills scattered three hits and struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced in a 3-2 win over Clayton. Katelyn McLamb had three hits and drove in two runs for West, which will play Scotland, a 6-3 winner against East Wake.

Princeton advances: Princeton advanced in the 1A softball tournament with a 10-9 win over Rosewood.

NCISAA girls lacrosse: Undefeated and top-seeded Charlotte Country Day defeated Charlotte Latin 16-4 to earn a berth in Saturday’s state championship against Durham Academy, which beat Ravenscroft in the semifinals 13-11.

NCISAA soccer: Durham Academy lost to Charlotte Providence Day in the 3A girls soccer semifinals, 3-1.

The game was tied 1-1 when Providence Day scored twice in the 73rd minute.

“They were two quick goals,” said Durham Academy coach Sue Ellis. “They caught us back on our heels a little bit. They were sort of teetering on that the whole game.”

DA’s Lakin Barry had tied the game with a goal in the 31st minute.

NCISAA tennis: Providence Day advanced to the 3A dual-team championships with a 5-3 win over Durham Academy. Providence Day took a 2-1 lead in doubles and won at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 singles.

Watkins retires: Battle Watkins, the head boys’ basketball coach at Knightdale High for the last nine years, has resigned that position to become the athletics director at Carroll Middle School in Raleigh.

“It gets tougher and tougher when your kids get older and there’s more demands,” said Watkins, who lives in North Raleigh. “As a parent, your first responsibility is to your family and your wife. Being five minutes away cuts down on time away to some extent.

“The challenge of going to a new place with a new set of hurdles is exciting like it was nine years ago when I came to Knightdale.”

Watkins had a 133-111 record at Knightdale. His clubs were 94-45 in the Greater Neuse 4A Conference.

Aaron Moody, Jay Mumford and Steve Goldberg contributed to this story

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