The state playoffs for the North Carolina High School Field Hockey Association begin this week, with top-seeded Chapel Hill and defending champion East Chapel Hill both hosting games.
N.C.’s high school field hockey teams do not play in the N.C. High School Athletics Association and were unaffected by the NCHSAA’s decision to delay the state tournaments for most fall sports.
Chapel Hill (14-1) enters the playoffs as the state’s overall No. 1 seed, while Charlotte Myers Park (14-1) was tops in the West this season and will be No. 2 overall in the tournament. East Chapel Hill (14-3), seeking a ninth straight state championship, is seeded No. 5. No. 10-seeded Cardinal Gibbons (8-7) will be on the road at No. 7 Charlotte Catholic (9-8) for a first-round match.
Chapel Hill will host winless East Forsyth (0-12) in a first-round game at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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East Chapel Hill will host No. 12-seeded Charlotte Ardrey Kell (4-11) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Seeded No. 14, Carrboro (6-9) will be looking for an upset in the Jaguars’ first-round game, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Guilford (8-3).
If the higher seeds all win, Chapel Hill would face one of its oldest rivals, R.J. Reynolds (13-5) in the second round. Despite its overall record, Reynolds was seeded third out of the Central-West Conference; the Golden Demons finished the season in a three-way tie with West Forsyth and Pfafftown Reagan – all at 4-2 in conference matches – and lost a random drawing for seeding.
If Chapel Hill reaches the state semifinals, it’s likely to meet either archrival East Chapel Hill, West Forsyth (10-4) or Asheville (10-5).
Myers Park’s toughest opponent in the lower half of the bracket is likely to be either Cardinal Gibbons (8-7) or Charlotte Catholic (9-8).
High School Field Hockey First Round
(First-round games must be completed by Oct. 26, second-round games by Oct. 26, all being played at the site of the higher seed. The semifinals are Nov. 2 and the state championship is Nov. 5, site TBA.)
No. 1 Chapel Hill (14-1) vs. No. 16 East Forsyth (0-12)
No. 2 Charlotte Myers Park (14-1) vs. No. 15 Mt. Tabor (4-10)
No. 3 Northwest Guilford (8-3) vs. No. 14 Carrboro (6-9)
No. 4 West Forsyth (10-4) vs. No. 13 Asheville (10-5)
No. 5 East Chapel Hill (14-4) vs. No. 12 Charlotte Ardrey Kell (4-11)
No. 6 Pfafftown Reagan (7-5) vs. No. 11 Greensboro Page (5-7)
No. 7 Charlotte Catholic (9-8) vs. No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (8-7)
No. 8 Greensboro Grimsley (5-5) vs. No. 9 Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds (13-5)