After Durham Academy girls field hockey team defeated Charlotte Country Day School in September, coach Judy Chandler said, “We expect to see them again in the playoffs.”
Chandler was right. But it was not the outcome she hoped for.
The Cavaliers lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in sudden death overtime to Country Day in the NCISAA championship Saturday. It was just their second loss of the season (18-2).
DA was trying to win its 11th field hockey title in Chandler’s 22-year career, and had outscored its opponents 93-9 before Saturday’s final.
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Field hockey wasn’t the only disappointing state championship finish for DA. Senior runner Eliza Dekker’s bid to win a record fourth consecutive cross-country title failed after she was forced to quit the race Friday due to health issues.
DA coach Dennis Cullen said that Dekker, who was leading the race at the time, felt light-headed and wobbly, and couldn’t go on.
N.C. School of Science and Math tennis sisters Lydia Yuan and Sara Yuan advanced to the 2A tennis state final but couldn’t overcome another sister combo – Lake Norman Charter’s Hannah Archer and Olivia Archer – in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat.
Jump rope fun
Chapel Hill’s Bouncing Bulldogs, along with some of the world’s greatest jump ropers, will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre during the 25th International Jump Rope Spectacular.
Over 14 teams from around the world will demonstrate their athletic skills through Double-Dutch jump rope and gymnastics set to hip-hop. Tickets are now on sale at the Carolina Theatre Box Office.
The Bouncing Bulldogs are a delight to watch, not to mention they bring back tons of childhood memories. Led by Ray Fredrick Jr. for the past 27 years, the Bulldogs are an internationally renowned and world-champion jump rope team, with young athletes from both Chapel Hill and Durham.
Visit bouncingbulldogs.org for more information.
Southern senior outside linebacker Darryl Smith and free safety Tahj Spivey have received scholarship offers from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
Smith had 54 tackles – 41 solo – before Friday’s game against Hillsborough Cedar Ridge. He’s averaging 6.8 tackles per game. Spivey had 79 tackles as of Friday, including five sacks and 43 unassisted hits.
Smith and Spivey join several other Spartans players who’ve received scholarship offers. Senior quarterback Kendall Hinton has verbally committed to Wake Forest. Wide receiver William Cameron has committed to West Virginia.
Running back Jordon Brown has received scholarship offers from North Carolina, East Carolina, Boston College, Virginia, West Virginia, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Jeremy Griffis has an offer from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Marvin Tillman from Elon and Liberty.
Undefeated Southern (9-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state’s 3A classification by the Associated Press and No. 1 among all Triangle team by the N&O.