The week ahead
Cap 8 Tournament finals at Heritage
Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Cap Eight tournament was scheduled to begin Monday with the semifinals on Tuesday and the championship on Thursday. Heritage was set to host the semifinal and championship rounds.
Millbrook, ranked No. 24 in the nation by elitesoccerreport.com, unseated perennial conference leader Leesville Road last week for the regular season title, giving the Wildcats the top seed in the tournament.
NCHSAA 4A Mideast individual regionals
Friday and Saturday at UNC-Chapel Hill
The NCHSAA 4A Mideast individual regional tournament will take place Friday and Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Players from the Cap Eight will face players from the Tri-Nine and PAC-6 conferences.
Play begins at 2 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The state championship will be held at Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center May 10 and 11.
Caps get duals spot
Broughton High, as expected, received a wild card berth into the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A dual-team tennis championships that began Tuesday.
Teams advance in dual-team rather than the individual winners.
The Cap Eight 4A receives two berths into the NCHSAA dual-team tournament. Millbrook and Wakefield won a drawing for those spots after they and Broughton tied for the league regular-season title. Four other teams are selected based on their overall record to complete the bracket. Broughton got one of those spots.
“I believe we have three of the best teams in the state,” said Broughton coach Bill White. “All three deserved to get in.”
If the teams advance, Broughton and Wakefield could play in the third round of the tournament May 13. Either team might meet Millbrook in the state semifinals May 15.
The state championship match is May 18.
Staff writer Tim Stevens
Leesville lacrosse coach learned through officiating
Jeremy Fulbright followed an unconventional path to become the boys’ lacrosse coach at Leesville Road High. Fulbright, who grew up in Asheville, was first exposed to lacrosse through officiating.
He was an assistant football coach at Leesville seven years ago when a football game official at a scrimmage in Asheboro mentioned that Fulbright might want to consider becoming a lacrosse official.
Lacrosse was expanding in North Carolina and as the sport’s popularity grew, so would the demand for game officials.
“It is an unusual way to get involved in the game,” Fulbright said. “But it is a great game and I knew we needed to add it here. It has really been a lot of fun.”
Two years ago, Leesville fielded a club team. Last season the varsity was 8-8. This year the Pride is assured of a playoff berth.
Leesville is young. Freshmen Griffin McNamara (30 goals, five assists, 35 points) and Drew Davis (25 goals, 12 assists, 37 points) lead the team in scoring.
Staff writer Tim Stevens