Weather disrupts high school basketball, wrestling plans

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 11, 2014 

  • Area basketball races

    Big Eight 3A: The Chapel Hill girls are 21-0 overall and 12-0 in the conference but have little breathing room. Cardinal Gibbons is 19-4 and 12-1. They are scheduled to play Friday at Chapel Hill.

    Southern Durham, Chapel Hill and Orange are 10-2 in the league’s boys race. Southern and Chapel Hill were scheduled to play Tuesday.

    Cap Eight 4A: The Millbrook boys are unbeaten in the league, outscoring Cap Eight opponents by an average of 31 points, with games left against Broughton, Leesville Road and Sanderson. Broughton and Leesville Road each has four league losses after Leesville Road won last week’s matchup between the teams to force a tie for second place. Heritage (5-6) is fourth.

    The girls race is much tighter. Broughton is unbeaten in conference games while Millbrook’s only loss was to Broughton 47-44. Millbrook and Broughton are scheduled to play Wednesday. Sanderson is third at 6-5, followed by Wakefield at 5-6.

    Caryn Grant

    Greater Neuse 4A: Garner’s victory Monday against Clayton tightened top of the boys standings. The Comets have one league loss and Garner has two. Knightdale has lost three league games. East Wake and Southeast Raleigh have five conference losses.

    The Southeast girls are 11-0 and have three games left, including a key matchup with East Wake, which is 10-1. Knightdale is third and Clayton is fourth.

    Piedmont Athletic 4A: Northern Durham, despite a 76-69 loss to Durham Jordan, leads the league with a 7-1 record. Durham Jordan is second at 6-2. They were scheduled to play Tuesday night. The other league teams have at least five losses.

    Hillside swept Durham Jordan in its two regular-season games and leads the conference. Durham Riverside has three league losses.

    Southwest Wake Athletics: The Apex boys (15-7, 11-1) have clinched their fourth conference title in the past five years with two games to go. The race for the top three automatic spots is a bit more crowded after Panther Creek (17-5, 9-3) lost in overtime Monday. Middle Creek (13-9, 8-4) and Holly Springs (10-12, 8-4) are tied for third, but Holly Springs might miss the playoffs with a losing overall record if it doesn’t make one of the top three. Green Hope (9-13, 6-6) and Cary (11-10, 5-7) also have wild-card hopes.

    The Cary girls (18-3, 10-2) have a one-game lead on Apex (17-4, 9-3) and Athens Drive (14-7, 9-3). Cary and Athens Drive will end the season against each other Friday (Cary won the first meeting). Apex split the season series with both Cary and Athens. Holly Springs (14-6, 7-5) and fast-charging Green Hope (10-11, 7-5) round out the top five while Panther Creek (12-10, 5-7) should make the postseason as a wild card.

    J. Mike Blake

    Two Rivers 3A: The Triton boys have a one-game edge on Cleveland. Triton beat Cleveland 78-54 after losing the first game in the series 65-56. Cleveland also lost to rival Smithfield-Selma 55-54. Corinth Holders is 4-4.

    The South Johnston girls have a two-gme edge on second-place Cleveland. South (17-4) has won 16 straight. The Trojans were scheduled to play Cleveland on Wednesday.

The high school basketball regular season and the N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling regional schedules could get complicated this week if competitions cannot be played because of school closings and hazardous conditions.

If schools are closed for multiple days this week, schools probably will not complete their basketball regular seasons and will seed their conference tournaments based on the games that have been played or they may cancel next week’s scheduled conference tournaments and use the regular-season finish to determine NCHSAA playoff berths.

The NCHSAA does not require teams to play a postseason conference tournament. If a conference does play a tournament, though, the tournament champion is guaranteed a playoff berth.

“In anticipation of school closings and the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season, some schools are making tentative plans,” said Rick Strunk, an associate commissioner of the NCHSAA. “A couple of conferences already are making plans to drop their tournaments if need be so that they can complete the regular season.

“Another couple of conferences say they need to play the tournament for financial reasons and they will play as many games as they can in the regular season and then play the tournament.”

NCHSAA schools may play up to four basketball games in a week if one of the games is on a non-school day.

The NCHSAA does not plan to postpone its basketball playoffs, which begin Feb. 24. Regional tournaments and the state championships are played at neutral sites and postponing those games probably would involve changing sites.

The state championships are scheduled to be played at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum (2A and 4A) and the University of North Carolina’s Smith Center (1A and 3A) on March 15.

Regional individual wrestling tournaments, which qualify wrestlers for the state championships, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Most area 4A teams go to West Johnston (the PAC-Six 4A wrestlers go to Northwest Guilford). Other wrestling regionals for area schools will be held at Eden Morehead (3A) and Trinity Wheatmore (2A).

The wrestling finals are scheduled for Feb. 20 through 23 at Greensboro Coliseum.

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