John Wall once played in the Holiday Invitational, and now the Holiday Invitational is named after John Wall.
The announcement came Tuesday that the John Wall Family Foundation was going to be this year’s Holiday Invitational title sponsor after the five-year contract with WRAL-TV’s HighSchoolOT.com expired.
This year’s tournament, which brings together some of the best local and national high school basketball players and teams and is hosted mostly at Broughton’s Holiday Gymnasium with some girls’ games at Cary Academy, will be Dec. 27-30. The field has not been finalized yet.
“As someone who has participated in and won this event, I know how important this tournament is for the student-athletes because it helps raise funds for scholarships which allow them to pursue their dreams,” Wall said in a statement.
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The tournament proceeds go to the Triangle Education Advancement Foundation.
Cap-8: The Cap-8 4A was unable to make up its final nine-hole match, so the regular season standings held firm. Wakefield won its third straight title and Leesville Road senior Mogie Adamchick was the player of the year.
Regional qualifiers: Wakefield’s Lotte Fox (39.0 nine-hole stroke average), Susannah Ireland (41.0) and Rachel Hulicki (41.3); Broughton’s Cate Brewer (43.2); Heritage’s Morgan Whitt (45.3), Kallie Faulkner (45.3) and Carly Romano (45.0); Leesville’s Adamchick (37.7) and Madeline St. Louis (47.8); Sanderson’s Alicia Carlson (43.3); Millbrook’s Maddie Day (47.8).
SWAC: Apex Friendship won the first conference title in any sport after tying Athens Drive for the conference tournament on Wednesday. Friendship beat Athens by 6.5 points in the team standings. Athens’ Jennifer Chang (34.7) won player of the year honors, edging Holly Springs’ Natalie Petersen (36.3).
Regional qualifiers: Petersen; Panther Creek’s Jenna Nagy and Riley Stout; Middle Creek’s Jillian Presiach and A.C. Risett; Athens Drive’s Chang and Kayla Parsons; Apex Friendship’s Caroline Duggan, Elizabeth Tart and Cassidy Vaughn; Green Hope’s Anika Bhatnager and Jessica and Lauren Nee; Apex’s Margaux Whitley; Cary’s Katie Khiev.
Two Rivers 3A: The Two Rivers 3A Conference canceled its final match of the season. South Johnston is the conference championship; it’s the Trojans’ first girls golf conference championship in the 40-plus-year history of the school. Corinth Holders’ Peyton Labonte (39.4) is the player of the year.
Carolina Central: Chapel Hill junior Gina Kim fired an 11-under-par 61 Monday to win in the Carolina Central Golf Conference season-ending tournament at Chapel Hill Country Club, finishing 11 strokes ahead of runner-up Riley Smyth of Cardinal Gibbons.
NCAC: Franklin Academy won the North Central Athletic 1A title while Mackenzie Vincent (44.0) of River Mill Academy in Graham won the player of the year.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association has changed its reporting deadlines for dual-team and individual tennis playoffs. Teams now have until Wednesday to report individual seeds for regional tournaments and until Monday, Oct. 24, to report dual-team records.
The individual playoff dates have not changed, but the dual-team has been pushed back almost a week. The state championships are now Nov. 12 and there are playoff matches scheduled for Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 3 and Nov. 9.
Cap-8: Sanderson topped Leesville Road Tuesday in a tiebreaker match for the league’s one seed. The two co-champs played four times in as many days last week, but now have a week and a half off before playoffs.
Big 8 and PAC-6: The leagues were still playing championship matches at press time, save for East Chapel Hill’s Victoria Jones defeating Cardinal Gibbons’ Karly Fitzgerald for the PAC-6 singles crown.
SWAC: Panther Creek’s Amanda Cyr repeated her Southwest Wake 4A Conference singles title over teammate Bella Steffens while Green Hope’s Anna Rico and Cynthia Xiao won in doubles over Panther Creek’s Aishani Tingare and Melody Zhang.
Postponed: The Two Rivers 3A will play its girls tennis tournament Friday at 9 a.m. at Smithfield-Selma. The Greater Neuse 4A, Carolina 1A and Southeastern 4A all had plans to cancel their tournaments, but those decisions could be reversed after the NCHSAA extended its deadline.
A showdown awaits after big wins by Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons last week.
The Tigers are 14-1 overall, 8-1 in conference games, and play Gibbons at 6:15 p.m. Friday in Raleigh. Cardinal Gibbons (8-5, 5-1) became the only team to beat Chapel Hill so far this year with a 2-1 upset of the Tigers on Oct. 5.
The Greater Neuse River 4A Conference cross country championships were moved to Tuesday at Wendell Community Park at 5 p.m.
In football, Apex Friendship at West Johnston was canceled. Western Harnett will visit Smithfield-Selma and Corinth Holders will travel to Triton on Monday. Cleveland faces South Johnston Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Big East 3A has moved all its Friday football games to Tuesday, Oct. 25. Its girls tennis tournament will be Monday and Tuesday at Barton College.
The Carolina 1A and Southeastern 4A have canceled their boys soccer and volleyball tournaments and the Two Rivers 3A Conference has canceled its volleyball tournament.