Tim Stevens

Snow has high schools scrambling to finish season

From Staff ReportsFebruary 12, 2014 

The N.C. High School Athletic Association is making exceptions to some of its rules because of this week’s wintry weather.

The NCHSAA prohibits Sunday play or practice but will allow regional wrestling tournaments to be held Sunday afternoon if needed. The regionals were scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but hazardous conditions might prevent Friday and Saturday competition.

The executive committee of the board of directors of the NCHSAA decided during a conference call Tuesday that all wrestling regionals must make every effort to avoid Sunday competition. As a last resort, however, the regionals may be held Sunday, beginning no earlier than 1 p.m.

The NCHSAA will have to approve any regional on Sunday, though.

Wrestlers will have a limitation of five matches per day.

The NCHSAA also will allow schools to play four basketball games next week. The teams may not play on Feb. 22, the day the NCHSAA will seed teams for the playoffs.

Schools usually are allowed to play four games in a week only if one of the days is a non-school day. The adjustment for next week is to allow schools to play four games without playing on Saturday.

The NCHSAA basketball tournament will begin Feb. 24. The tournament finals will be March 15. The wrestling finals will be Feb. 20-22 in Greensboro.

Neuse cancels tournament: The Greater Neuse River 4A has canceled its conference basketball tournament in order to complete its regular season.

“We will take a financial hit, but we felt finishing the regular season was most important, especially with how close the teams are,” Knightdale athletics director Guy Blough said in an email.

“We will be using next week to make up games and if necessary play tiebreaker games. This is the first time since the GNRC was formed that we have not been able to play the tournament.”

Other plans: The Two Rivers 3A hopes to complete its regular season and play its conference tournament. The key will be when schools reopen.

The Southwest Wake 4A has plans to finish its basketball regular season and hold a shortened tournament, if needed, using only the top teams.

The Cap Eight 4A also is looking at trying to finish the regular season and play the tournament, perhaps a shortened version.

“We are looking at options, but you really can’t plan until you know when you are going to be in school,” Millbrook coach Scott McInnes said. “There is nothing we can do with the weather, and our No. 1 priority is to make sure we keep everyone as safe as we can.

“We have plans for if we are back in school on Thursday. Other plans if we’re not back to Friday and other plans if we’re out the rest of the week. I’m telling everyone to relax now and we’ll make the adjustments that we can.”

Track times: Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Howell has the fastest 55-meter hurdles time in the country this season by a high school girl, according to the national list by Jim Spier. Howell ran a 7.95 seconds in the NCHSAA 4A championships.

Layla White of Cary is No. 2 in the 500 meters (1 minute, 15.12 seconds) and Charminique Hackney of Cary is No. 4 in the 55 meters (6.99 seconds).

The Wakefield girls’ 800 relay is No. 5 (1:41.53) and its 1,600 relay (3:53.02) is No. 4.

Marquavious Johnston of Knightdale (1:04.5) is No. 2 in the boys’ 500 and Jamaree Murphy of Southeast Raleigh (1:04.36) is No. 3. Knightdale’s 1,600 relay (3:21.10) is No. 4.

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