NCHSAA dual-team tennis roundup
Green Hope’s boys tennis team picked up a big 6-3 victory against East Chapel Hill in the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs on Wednesday. The win moves the Falcons to a showdown with undefeated Wakefield on Monday in the third round.
Panther Creek fell in the second round to New Hanover.
In the 3A playoffs, Cardinal Gibbons moved on to Monday’s third round as well.
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NCHSAA lacrosse playoffs’ first round
The Southwest Wake Athletic Conference went 2-2 in Wednesday’s first round of the NCHSAA boys and girls lacrosse playoffs.
Athens Drive’s girls crushed Heritage 22-11 while Green Hope lost to East Chapel Hill 14-7. Athens traveled to Cardinal Gibbons for Friday’s second round.
On the boys’ side, Holly Springs was clipped 11-10 by visiting Riverside while Panther Creek won 8-7 at Millbrook
Panther Creek has come to embrace the wild-card spot in the playoffs. It finished sixth in the SWAC for the second straight year and was also a wild-card last season when it advanced to the third round.
“It partially comes from us being in such a good conference that they prepare us all year, just seeing this awesome competition,” said Panther Creek goalie Andrew Pritko, who had 20 saves. Other teams “are not going to be as good as those teams that we’ve been playing necessarily. It just gives us confidence that we can win this game and that we can pull together and succeed.”
It wasn’t easy for Panther Creek (8-10), as Millbrook (9-7) forced turnovers and got going in transition to go from down 5-1 at halftime to trail 8-7 with just more than a minute left.
“You kind of expect that in the playoffs,” Panther Creek coach Steve Haine said. “They’re down 3-4 goals, they’re the home team in the fourth quarter. We knew they were going to come out like that,”
The Catamounts were balanced. Dillon May had three goals, Caleb Cross added two, and three other players – Cameron Sechler, Conner Coole and Tanner Davis – each added one.
Panther Creek traveled to East Chapel Hill in Friday’s second round.
Stachowiak wins 4A Mideast singles
Middle Creek junior Nick Stachowiak defeated Clayton junior Klein Evans 6-1, 6-3 on Monday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A Mideast Regional singles finals at Enloe High.
“It feels good to win regionals again,” said Stachowiak, who now aims for a second title in three years in the 4A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Millbrook Exchange.
Stachowiak and Evans are friends, but it was the first time they met in a high school match.
“It’s always hard to beat a friend, but I had to work my way through it,” Stachowiak said. “You have to be ready for anything because he has nothing to lose. I was off for a year, but I feel better physically. I’m playing better tennis than as a freshman.”
The top four regional places in both singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament.
Wakefield senior Jensen Martin repeated as the 4A Mideast doubles champion but with a new partner and an old friend, senior Bo Boyden. They wrapped up their title in Saturday’s first day of competition with a 2-0 victory over Green Hope’s Louis Rico and George Edwards.
The state championships were Friday and Saturday.
Gibbons golfers win 3A Mideast
Led by medalist Nick Rucinski, Cardinal Gibbons claimed the NCHSAA 3A Mideast boys golf title on Tuesday, edging Lee County 299-305.