The N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that next week’s state basketball tournament will be seeded on Saturday as scheduled. The decision meant that conference tournament results would not be used in the seeding process.
Most years, the conference regular-season winner is a league’s No. 1 seed in the NCHSAA playoffs and the tournament winner is the No. 2, unless the regular-season champ wins the tournament. This year, the NCHSAA will use the regular-season standings for seeding.
The NCHSAA tournament begins on Tuesday with second- and third-round games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday next week.
“In terms of basketball seeding, with so many school systems out of school (Wednesday) and more inclement weather expected today and tonight, we felt the most consistent and fairest way was not to count conference tournament results for seeding,” NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield said in a news release.
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“We didn’t want conferences or school systems to feel they had to make a difficult decision to play because of the impact on seeding.”
Schools can play games to determine seedings in case of regular-season ties.
Wrestling change: The NCHSAA also adjusted its wrestling championship schedule. Competition begins at noon on Friday. The 1A/2A tournament had been scheduled to start on Thursday.
The championship round is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Greensboro Coliseum.
“We chose to modify our wrestling schedule to ensure optimal participation as well as trying to ensure the safety and welfare of all the participants, officials and fans who may be traveling to Greensboro for the event,” Whitfield said in an NCHSAA release.
Third triple: Granville Central’s Jeremy Parker recorded his third triple double of the season last week in Granville Central’s 58-57 loss to Northwest Halifax.
Parker had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had seven steals.
He has broken the school record for assists with 182, which is 7.6 per game. The record had been 161 by Tevin Estes in 2011-12.
Boys’ lacrosse: Apex expects to return 15 players who played in the 2014 NCHSAA 4A boys’ lacrosse championship game. The Cougars (19-3) expect to have 11 starters back from a team that lost to Charlotte Catholic 11-8 in the title game.
The Cougars return all three attack starters – senior Chandler Besser (34 goals, 44 assists), junior Jack Hayden (45 goals, 28 assists) and senior Brendan Farrell (41 goals, 11 assists).
NCISAA All-Star game: Ravenscroft’s David Reynolds and North Raleigh Christian’s Nick Johnson have been selected to play in the North Carolina Private School All-Star Basketball Game on March 7 at Charlotte Providence Day School.
Cailin Dorsey of Ravenscroft is on the East roster for the girls’ game, which starts at 1 p.m. The boys’ game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Assist mark: Former Bunn girls’ basketball standout Whitney Bunn has set the Furman University record for assists in a season and in a game.
She has 192 assists and leads the Southern Conference with 7.1 assists per game. She set the Furman single-game mark with 15 against Coastal Carolina.
She also leads Furman with 14.1 points per game.