Chapel Hill: Sports

March 24, 2014

Sports Briefs

Benjamin Griffin of East Chapel Hill shot a final round of two-over-par 74 and won the second North State High School Challenge with a two-day total of two-over 146.

Griffin comes from behind to win North State Challenge

Ben Griffin of East Chapel Hill shot a final round of two-over-par 74 and won the second North State High School Challenge golf tournament with a two-day total of two-over 146.

Led by Luke Thalman and Nolan Mills, Charlotte Myers Parks finished with a total of 603 to win the team Challenge. Raleigh Broughton finished in second place at 608, while defending champion Pinecrest finished in third place at 614.

Playing in wet, breezy conditions on the Lake Course at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, Griffin trailed Mills by one stroke heading into the last day. He birdied three of the last five holes to pull out the win.

Thalman and Mills ended up tied with Preyer Fountain of Raleigh Broughton at 149 total for second place behind Griffin. All four were named to the first all-tournament team along with James Sugg of Pinecrest.

Named to the second all-tournament team were 2013 medalist Joshua Martin of Pinecrest, Joshua Stockwell of Pinecrest, Stephen Franken of Raleigh Millbrook, Harrison D. Frye of Forestview and Hoke Carlton of Myers Park.

This event was conducted jointly by the N.C. Junior Golf Foundation and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association, a division of the Carolinas Golf Association.

KidScope ‘Tasting Local’ gala planned for April 5

Former Chapel Hill High School soccer MVP Don Basnight will serve as guest auctioneer at its third annual “Tasting Local” gala.

The event, which benefits KidSCope, is planned for 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Extraordinary Ventures, located at 200 South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. Proceeds will support services for children (birth to five) who have a mental health issue.

Tickets are $39 each. To register or to find out more, visit:

“It’s an honor to help KidSCope raise money to provide services to families in Orange and Chatham counties,” says Basnight, who lettered in both track and soccer at CHHS. “You don’t expect children as young as five to have mental health issues, but they do. We want to help them live fuller lives.”

Basnight and his wife Ginger, along with Weaver Street Realty and the Hogan family, are also donating a Ramses Fun Package to the auction.

The package includes time with the Hogan family at their farm in Carrboro as they prepare Ramses, the University of North Carolina mascot ram, for football game day – a tradition for the Hogans since 1927.

Jaguars run well in Carolina Relays

Carrboro’s track and field teams used their depth to great effect Saturday in the Carolina Relays on the UNC campus, where the Jaguar girls team finished fourth and the boys fifth in the high school standings.

The event, run on Belk Track at Fetzer Field, featured multiple collegiate and prep athletes. Carrboro had seven individual top-five finishes.

Carrboro‘s boys did extremely well in the relays: third in the 4x100, fifth in the 4x200, fourth in the 4x400, sixth in the 4x800, seventh in the 4x1600, and third an event rarely run in high school meets — the distance medley.

Noah Lambert had the single best finish for Carrboro’s males, getting a second place in the high jump, with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches. He earned fourth place in the long jump (20 feet, 7 inches), just ahead of teammate Teddy Winans in fifth (20 feet, 6.5 inches.) Lambert also was sixth in the triple jump at 38 feet, 6.25 inches.

Jerrell Atwater was third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.10 seconds, while Trai Sharp was fourth in the 100 meters dash in 11.67.

Magnus Herweyer got a fifth in shot put (44 feet even), and Jesse Tysinger was fifth in the pole vault at 10 feet, zero inches.

Maysa Araba led the Carrboro females with her second place in the mile (5:05.77) behind Ravenscroft’s Ryen Frazier (4:59.49).

Carrboro’s girls did just as well as the boys in the relays, where Madeleine Pletzke, Mayley Wagner, Juliet Kelly and Amy Carpenter took third in the 4x100. The female Jaguars also got a third place in the 4x400 and were runners-up in the distance medley relay.

Katie Knotek was sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.01).

Alexandra Jones earned third places in both the discus (89 feet, 9 inches) and in the shot put (30 feet, 1 inch).

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