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High school notebook: Unbeaten Chapel Hill girls' basketball team continues title quest

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 3, 2014 

The Chapel Hill girls’ basketball team is scheduled to play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A quarterfinals Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. However, Monday’s wintry weather might force some rescheduling.

The NCHSAA said Monday any decision to alter the schedule would be made after each of the eight systems involved have made their individual decisions about whether schools would be open Tuesday. The NCHSAA also will consider what travel conditions are expected to be Tuesday night after games.

In 3A girls’ games Tuesday, West Craven (26-1) is scheduled to play Northern Nash (26-1) at 7 p.m., and Chapel Hill (29-0) is scheduled to play Cameron Union Pines (24-4) at 8:30.

The 2A boys’ games Tuesday at Crown Arena are Southwest Onslow (19-3) vs. Jacksonville Northside (22-3) at 7 and Trinity (26-1) vs. Kinston (23-4). Trinity is in Randolph County, which is west of Chatham County.

Chapel Hill reached the state final in 2013 and has romped in its three playoff victories, 77-17 over Hampstead Topsail, 59-13 over Swansboro and 58-34 over Northern Guilford.

The Tigers have allowed more than 40 points in only five games this season. Chapel Hill’s 76-52 victory over West Craven is the Eagles’ only loss this season.

Perfection: Green Hope High softball pitcher Ali Then tossed a five-inning perfect game Friday in a 12-0 victory over Durham Jordan.

Coach Morgan Caddell said third baseman Maddie Clifford made a nice play on a blooper in the fifth to help preserve the perfect game.

“Ali was really focused on Friday,” Caddell said. “She has a really calm demeanor, but has so much confidence that she can get the job done.”

Caddell pitched five perfect games as a senior at Kings Mountain in 2006. She also had same-day games of 24 and 23 strikeouts during the 2006 state playoffs.

Fast start: Southern Pines Pinecrest freshman Jordan Blake threw a five-inning perfect game Wednesday in her first high school softball game. The Patriots shut out Southern Lee 18-0. Blake struck out nine, had three hits and stole a base.

Lacrosse rankings: Apex and Athens Drive, which are members of Conference 3 in NCHSAA boys’ lacrosse, are ranked Nos. 3 and 4 in the laxpower.com computer rankings for North Carolina public schools. They are scheduled to play at Athens on March 25 and at Apex on May 2.

Apex defeated Fuquay-Varina 15-2 and Green Hope 15-8 in its first two games.

“I’m pretty pleased with where we are,” Apex coach John Hayden said. “I think everyone is a little behind because of the practices we’ve missed because of the weather. But all of us are in the same boat.”

Athens Drive had 14-9 and 14-3 wins over Holly Springs and Southern Pines Pinecrest.

Oddo retires: Jim Oddo of Charlotte Catholic, who has more football coaching wins than any other active coach, is stepping down. Oddo has coached at Catholic since 1973 and has a 358-145-2 record. His clubs won state titles in 1977, 2004 and 2005.

Tennis surprises: The East Chapel Hill boys’ tennis team easily handled tradition-rich Broughton Saturday in a dual-team match, taking an 8-1 victory. East Chapel Hill beat Summerville, S.C., 8-1 and New Hanover 5-1 in the Port City Invitational.

Millbrook lost to New Hanover 9-0 and defeated Wilmington Hoggard 6-3 in the same event.

National wins leader retires: Leta Andrews, who has more boys’ or girls’ high school basketball coaching victories than anyone else, recently retired with 1,416 wins. Andrews, 76, coached 52 years, most recently at Granbury (Texas) High.

11-man record: Ken Creech writes to note that Princeton’s Johnny Frasier did not set the NCHSAA record for most points in a football game last fall with 50 in a 62-6 win over North Duplin.

Clayton’s Jerry Capps scored 10 touchdowns and an extra point for 61 points in the Comets’ 82-40 victory over Lillington in a 1955 six-man football game.

According to an article in the Oct. 28, 1955 Smithfield Herald, Capps scored on runs of 52, 4, 27, 76, 10, 29 and 43 yards. He returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, caught a 27-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 75 yards for another touchdown.

Capps’ rushing total isn’t given, but Clayton rushed for 300 yards and Capps had 241 on his touchdown runs.

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