Durham Academy’s Dekker and Raleigh Grace’s Dolwick win NCISAA cross country titles

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 25, 2013 

Eliza Dekker of Durham Academy and Alex Dolwick of Raleigh Grace won N.C. Independent School Athletic Association cross country championships at Hagen Stone Park in Greensboro on Friday.

Dekker (18:05.61) topped second-place Emma Astrike-Davis of Cary Academy (18:35.19) and third-place Maddy Ringenbach of Ravenscroft (18:56.56) to win the 3A girls title.

Dolwick, undefeated in NCISAA competition this year, led Raleigh Grace to the 1A boys championship with his victory.

“Eliza ran very well,” said Durham Academy coach Dennis Cullen. “I wasn’t her fastest time, but it was a slower course. She moved out in front early and opened an early lead and ran very well.”

Ben Huffman of Providence Day and teammate Nick Linder were 1-2 in the boys 3A race (15:24.9 and 15:34.92) while Ryan Speer of North Raleigh Christian was third (15:4.70). Josh Mitchell of Cary Academy (16:09.47) was sixth and North Raleigh’s Blanton Smith was ninth (16:25.59)

Providence Day swept the 3A team titles, topping Charlotte Latin in girls and Cary Academy in boys. The Cary Academy girls were third and Ravenscroft girls were fourth.

Connor Jones of Wayne Christian won his third consecutive NCISAA 1A boys title.

Volleyball: The NCHSAA volleyball tournament continues Saturday with quarterfinal matches.

In the 4A East, Wakefield (22-2) is at Durham Riverside (26-1) at 6:30 p.m., and Wilmington Hoggard (18-3) is at Greenville Conley (27-0).

In 3A, Cedar Ridge (23-7) is at Cardinal Gibbons (25-0) at 4 p.m., and Chapel Hill (21-8) is at Wilson Fike (21-4).

In 2A, Southern Vance (19-5) goes to South Granville (24-5) and Wheatmore (25-1) is at East Duplin (22-0).

Perquimans (26-2) is at Princeton (26-1) at 6 p.m., in 1A while Durham Voyager (19-3) is at Raleigh Charter (19-3) at 6 p.m.

NCHSAA tennis: The NCHSAA tennis singles and doubles championships are scheduled for Saturday at Millbrook Exchange (4A), Burlington Tennis Center (3A) and the Cary Tennis Center (1A and 2A).

Defending singles champ Maggie Kane of Raleigh Broughton will play Bailey Springs of Holly Springs and Suzanne Boyden of Wakefield plays Chelsea Sawyner of West Forsyth.

All four doubles teams in 4A are from Wake County. Defending champions Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland of Panther Creek will face Broughton’s Adrienne Overcash and Alison Austin while Cary’s Jamie Rogers and Hannah Jabusch go against Millbrook’s Lauren McCorquodale Savannah Taranto.

In 3A doubles, Natalie Freeman and Summer Jacobs of Cardinal Gibbons will play Claire Lieberman and Huda McGraw of Fayetteville Sanford and Devin Knors and Lizzie Galush of Gibbons play Chandler Brice and Tanner Brice of Rocky Mount.

NCISAA tennis: St. David’s advanced to the finals of the NCISAA tennis tournament with a 6-2 victory against Kinston Parrott. The Warriors are 18-0 and play for the title at Barton College in Wilson.

Cary Academy was eliminated in 3A tennis by Charlotte Country Day 8-1.

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