Durham Jordan got two goals from midfielder Callie Scher during a five-minute stretch spanning both halves Wednesday at Wildcat Stadium, leading to a 2-1 win against East Chapel Hill, and with it the PAC-6 Conference championship in girls’ soccer.
Scher scored her first goal for Jordan (10-4-2, 9-0-1) with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half, lofting in a shot unassisted from 22 yards. Her second came from almost point-blank range 61 seconds into the second half, finishing off a ball sent forward by teammate Milicent Blivin into a group of defenders inside the 6-yard box.
The loss ruined senior night for East Chapel Hill (10-4-0, 7-2-0) and marked the first time the Wildcats failed to win or share the PAC-6 girls’ title since the program moved up to the 4A classification in 2007.
“Our seniors had shared a championship, but this was their first outright PAC-6 championship,” said Jordan coach Sarah Kaneko.
700 wins: Leesville Road boys’ and girls’ soccer coach Paul Dinkenor notched his 700th career high school win last week when his Pride girls defeated Wakefield 4-2. The victory pushed Dinkenor’s combined boys’ and girls’ career record to 700-271-77.
His Pride teams have won five N.C. High School Athletic Association championships and he has a 529-157-53 at the school, including a 331-73-34 record with the girls.
“I am so proud of this team,” Dinkenor said. “This is the most overachieving squad that I have ever coached. The chemistry is great and the girls enjoy playing together.”
Dinkenor said the players make coaching fun.
“I think about teams like our boys this year,” he said. “We didn’t have a great team or a great season, but we kept working and trying to get better, and by the end of the season we were able to have a nice little three-week run. I think our boys enjoyed the season a great deal.”
NCHSAA lacrosse: The NCHSAA boys’ and girls’ lacrosse playoffs began Wednesday night with the top two finishers in each conference getting byes. The NCHSAA has a 4A bracket and a 1A/2A/3A bracket in boys and one bracket for all girls’ teams.
In the first round of the boys’ 4A, New Hanover (9-6) defeated Wimington Laney 5-4 and will advance to the second round to play at Apex (13-1). Panther Creek (8-10) will face Leesville Road (14-1) in the second round after beating Durham Riverside 12-3. Green Hope (11-7) defeated Heritage and will play at Wilmington Hoggard (13-2).
In girls’ play, Panther Creek nipped Carrboro 12-11 to earn a trip to Wilmington Hoggard (16-1). Leesville Road (5-8) blasted Jacksonville 20-6 and will play at Broughton (15-2). Heritage (9-6) will face Apex (13-1) after topping Greenville Rose 20-8.
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association lacrosse playoffs will begin Saturday.
SWAC softball: Middle Creek won the Southwest Wake 4A Conference title Tuesday with a 3-0 victory against visiting Fuquay-Varina. Middle Creek’s Devin Wallace and Fuquay-Varina’s Cassidy Keith each allowed two hits.
Middle Creek scored three first-inning runs without a ball leaving the infield. Allie Burghart scored on an infield single by Lauren Panella, Megan Walker scored on a wild pitch and Panella scored on an error.
Wallace struck out nine batters. Keith retired 14 straight at one point.
The game became winner-take-all when the Mustangs (16-2, 12-2) were upset Monday 1-0 by Holly Springs, a team it had beaten 13-0 earlier in the year.
Fuquay-Varina (14-4, 11-3) tied with Apex for second place in the SWAC and will need to play a tiebreaking game for the No. 2 seed and a home first-round playoff.
TISAC baseball: Cary Academy won the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Association title Tuesday night with a 4-2 victory against Ravenscroft. Casey Miles tossed a complete game for the Chargers, allowing seven hits and striking out seven.
W.E. Warnock, D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake contributed to this report