East Chapel Hill upsets Jack Britt in volleyball
East Chapel Hill, seeded No. 6 in the NCHSAA East Region for the 4A volleyball playoffs, upset No. 3 Jack Britt in three sets Thursday on the road in Fayetteville to advance to the tournament’s fourth round.
East (18-8) defeated Britt (23-3) by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-20. That was the Wildcats’ best performance in the tournament after winning two matches at home: against No. 27 Wake Forest, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20, and No. 22 South Central Pitt, 25-9, 27-25, 24-26, 25-13.
East Chapel Hill traveled Saturday to Greenville to meet No. 2 seeded J.H. Rose (23-1). That match was played too late for today’s Chapel Hill News. See newsobserver.com for results.
Red Wolves tackle defending state champions Cardinal Gibbons
Cedar Ridge had the unenviable task Saturday of trying to become the first Big Eight Conference team ever to beat Cardinal Gibbons in volleyball.
Seeded No. 6, the Red Wolves advanced to Saturday’s NCHSAA 3A East Region semifinals by virtue of a five-set upset Thursday of No. 2 seeded Northern Guilford 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 15-10.
Despite a 24-0 record and a history of seven consecutive NCHSAA volleyball championships, Cardinal Gibbons was seeded No. 2 in the East 3A behind Lee County (25-1).
Tigers, Wildcats end runs in NCHSAA dual-team tennis
The East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill (14-7) tennis teams both ended their fall seasons in the second round of the NCHSAA dual-tournament Tuesday.
PAC-6 champion East Chapel Hill (19-3) fell 7-0 at the home courts of defending state champion Panther Creek (18-0) in a second-round matchup of two top-five teams.
“The state needs to start seeding tennis like other sports,” East coach Lindsey Linker said. “We got Broughton in the second round last year and now Panther Creek. We’re ranked No. 3 by the coaches, and we shouldn’t play a top seed until the third round or later. But I’m proud of the way my girls played hard.”
Chapel Hill (14-7), which blanked Swansboro 6-0 in the first round, also fell to an undefeated team: 5-1 at Fayetteville Terry Sanford (12-0).
Big Cats’ Jeffrey Jelic honored by alma mater Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Letter Club will honor Jeffrey Jelic of Chapel Hill this weekend in the group’s annual Homecoming Awards Dinner.
Jelic was a three time Eastern Wrestling League champion (1982-84) at Pitt, and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 1984 tournament. He earned NCAA All-American honors at 167 pounds. (Pitt wrestling left the EWL in 2013, when the school joined the ACC.)
Jelic was voted into the Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame in 1989, and last May he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
“I didn’t compete for the recognition, but its very nice that the people from my hometown remember me after all these years,” Jelic said.
Jelis, who owns his oral and maxillofacial dentistry practice in Woodcroft, helps coach his sons’ wrestling team, the Chapel Hill Big Cats.
Those interested in Big Cats youth wrestling should contact Andy.Gunning@EDTSI.com.