Area boys’ high school tennis could be remarkable this spring.
Millbrook won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship in 2013 and Cardinal Gibbons won the 3A title. Both return the bulk of their squads.
Wakefield, which finished 16-3, has five starters back and added new players who could have an impact.
Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak also returns after winning the 4A state singles title as a freshman. Cardinals Gibbons senior Robert Kelly, the 3A singles champion, also returns.
Basketball seeding: The NCHSAA will seed the boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments Saturday and play begins Monday.
The top three finishers in most conferences automatically advance to the playoffs. Conference regular season champions are No. 1 seeds. The winners of each conference’s tournament, if different, are seeded second. All other berths are determined by regular season standings.
The rest of the 64-team bracket is filled based on overall winning percentage on the basis of a 22-game regular season.
Teams that play the maximum 24 games in the regular season can drop the results of two nonconference games. Teams that play 23 games drop one game. Conference games cannot be dropped.
Northern Durham, for example, was 21-2 during the regular season, but can drop a nonconference loss and will be seeded as a No. 1 seed with a 21-1 record (.955 winning percentage).
All at-large teams are seeded based on overall records.
The first three rounds of the tournament are scheduled for next Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the higher seeds at home.
Lacrosse event: The King of Spring Lacrosse Classic is scheduled for March 7-10 at six different venues in the Triangle. The event features 27 boys’ teams from five states.
Durham Academy will play Charlotte Latin, Austin (Texas) Westlake and Nansemond-Suffolk (Va.) Academy during the event.
Other games involving area teams include a tripleheader at Cardinal Gibbons on March 8 – Chapel Hill vs. Plano (Texas) West (4 p.m.); Durham Jordan vs. Calvert Hall, Md. (6 p.m.) and Cardinfal Gibbons vs. Woodlands, Texas (8 p.m.).
Broughton vs. Dallas (Texas) Jesuit (6:30 p.m.) and East Chapel Hill vs. Highland Park, Texas (5 p.m.) will be played March 10 at the Duke Turf Fields.
The event is supporting awareness of the “Ranger Lead the Way Fund” in honor of Jimmy Regan, a former player at Duke who was killed in action in 2007 while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Iraq.
The nonprofit organization was established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world.
NCISAA TV: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association basketball championships will be televised live Saturday from Forsyth Country Day by Time Warner Cable.
The games will be shown on Time Warner channel 520.
The day starts with the 3A girls at 10 a.m., followed by the boys 3A at noon. Those games are followed by 1A girls (2 p.m.), 1A boys (4 p.m.), 2A girls (6 p.m.) and 2A boys (8 p.m.)
Only four area teams advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals: Word of God boys in 1A, Cary Christian girls in 2A and Ravenscroft and Durham Academy in 3A girls.
Evening of Champions: Former Wake County athletics director Bobby Guthrie, Holly Springs swimming coach Tamara Cole, Broughton tennis standout Maggie Kane and Enloe football and lacrosse player Shawnak Doshi will be honored during the Greater Raleigh Sports Council’s Evening of Champions on Feb. 27.
Guthrie was the Wake County Schools AD for 17 years and is a national leader in coaching certification. He is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Cole is getting the Special Person award.
Doshi and Kane are the high school scholar-athletes of the year. Doshi, who has a 5.13 grade point average, is a four-year varsity lacrosse player at Enloe and played football.
Kane, who has a 4.57, won the NCHSAA 4A girls’ tennis championship.