The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Kickoff Classic begins play Friday at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The weekend event draws high school soccer teams from throughout the state.
Four games are scheduled on Friday beginning at 4 p.m., with six other games starting at 6 p.m. Play continues at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Among the 4 p.m. games are Cardinal Gibbons vs. Asheville Roberson and Greensboro Page vs. Chapel Hill. Starting at 6 are Pfafftown Reagan vs. Sanderson, New Bern vs. N.C. Science & Math and Cedar Ridge vs. Carrboro.
A total of 18 games will be played Saturday with games at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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Among the games involving local teams on Saturday are Raleigh Charter vs. Cardinal Gibbons (9 a.m.), Millbrook vs. Cornelius Hough (11 a.m.) and Wake Christian vs. Western Guilford (11 a.m.).
Hines’ top seven: Garner running back Nyheim Hines, who is being recruited by many ACC and SEC schools, has some surprises in his list of top seven schools.
Duke and Wake Forest are on his list along with the ACC’s N.C. State. Ohio State and West Virginia are joined by the SEC’s Florida and Georgia.
Scholastic all-Americans: North Carolina Swimming had 102 high school swimmers named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team. N.C. Swimming is the parent group for the various swim clubs in the state.
Swimmers must have completed the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, have a 3.5 unweighted grade-point average and meet national qualifying standards to be named to the team.
Swim MAC of Charlotte leads the nation with 37 swimmers on the team. The Marlins of Raleigh had 13 selections, followed in North Carolina by the YMCA of the Triangle Area (9).
The Marlins’ selections were Haley Allen, Connor Blandford Cameron Brown, Collier Cobb, Steven Craig, Emily Dykstra, Sarah Giamber, Meagan Johnson, Tosh Kawaguchi, Chloe Mikles, Justin Ress, Tyler Silver, and Mike Todd.
YOTA: Haley Bishop, Olivia Ontjes, Evelyn Williams, Henry Hollinshead, Brayden Lauffer, Kelsey Lawton, Seth Maslowski, Alexander Carson, Thomas Gordon.
N.C. Aquatic: Alex Bird, Julie Hu, William Macmilland, Mia Morrell, Noah Cairns, Claire Deselm, Anabelle Durham, Nathaniel Greeley.
Duke Aquatics: Koya Osada, Jacob Vosburgh, Joseph Harris, Daniele Liu.
Triangle Aquatics: Ashlyn Butkowski, William Atkinson, William Ritchie, Noah Sayre.
RSA: Jamison Hauser, Gavin McCulloch, Tara Martin.
Coaches survey: The N.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association is polling members through a survey on nc.milesplit.com on how the N.C. High School Athletic Association should score meets in which wheelchair and adaptive athletes participate.
Coaches are being asked to select from one of three options: the current method that scores all points together; a separate division for wheelchair and adaptive athletes; awarding two state titles if the points earned by wheelchair and adaptive athletes determine the state title.
There is a survey for coaches and one for the public.
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor defeated Apex by six points in the 4A boys finals this spring and scored eight points from events for wheelchair athletes.
The NCTCCCA is expected to make a recommendation to the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
Coaches education: More than 200,000 courses were taken in August by high school coaches through the National Federation of State High School Associations. It was the most coaching certifications ever given in one month by the federation.
The NCHSAA is moving toward requiring all coaches to have a national certification.