Notebook: NCHSAA mulls wheelchair dilemma

07/25/2014 12:00 AM

07/24/2014 3:12 PM

The NCHSAA is considering changes to its team scoring in the state track championships. Winston-Salem’s Mount Tabor High nipped Apex for the boys 4A title in the spring 63-57, helped by eight points earned by two wheelchair athletes.

The two wheelchair athletes competed in four events unopposed or against each other.

“We definitely don’t want to do anything that would discourage participation. That would be going backward,” NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield said. “But we understand that the scoring system is something we need to examine.”

State associations throughout the country use various scoring systems in the state championships for athletes with impairments. The NCHSAA might develop a system that would require athletes in events without a full field to meet a minimum time or distance to earn team points.

Playoff changes: The NCHSAA is considering playoff changes in baseball, softball and basketball.

The softball finals are expected to move from Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Softball Complex to N.C. State and UNC-Greensboro. The venue change will make the championship series more like the baseball finals.

The baseball championship series will have a different look, as well. The NCHSAA is searching for an alternative site to N.C. State. The NCHSAA championship series has date conflicts with the NCAA playoffs, which N.C. State would like to host. Three of the past four years, the NCHSAA has had to move its finals from the Wolfpack’s Doak Field.

“N.C. State has been a wonderful host for us and we are very proud of the the job that (coach) Elliott Avent has done with State’s program,” Whitfield said. “We understand the school’s desire to host NCAA playoff games and support that, but we need to look for alternatives.”

The basketball championships will all be at UNC-Chapel Hill this year – four in the Dean Smith Center and four in Carmichael Auditorium.

Whitfield said the NCHSAA also is examining it basketball regionals but hasn’t finalized a format.

Green Hope coaches: Julia Herman, an aquatics director at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary, is the head coach of the powerful Green Hope swimming program. The Green Hope boys won the NCHSAA 4A championship in 2013 and 2014.

Herman, originally from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., and swam at Simmons College in Boston. She majored in biopsychology. She has worked at the Triangle Aquatics Center five years. Former coach Lauren Nosal resigned to take a teaching position in another state.

Pam Gilbert will take over the girls tennis program. Gilbert is a teaching pro at the Cary Tennis Center. She played four years at Georgia Tech.

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