Chapel Hill’s Gina Kim and Athens Drive’s Jennifer Chang are poised to keep their title streaks going after Day 1 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls golf state championships.
Chang leads the 4A field with a 1-under-par at Pinehurst No. 5. Holly Springs’ Natalie Petersen and Pinecrest’s Mackenzie Battle are tied for third at 1 over. Leesville Road’s Mogie Adamchik is tied for fifth (2 over).
Garner’s Kayla Ward and Wakefield’s Lottie Fox are part of a four-way tie for eighth (5 over).
Defending team champ Cardinal Gibbons (243) is nine strokes back of Pinecrest (234) while Wakefield is fourth (253) and Apex Friendship sixth (262).
At the 3A championships at Longleaf Golf and County Club, Kim is 3-under par, five strokes ahead of second-place Katharina Floyd of Northwood (2 over).
In the 1A/2A championships at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club, Franklin Academy of Wake Forest is second, 28 strokes behind West Davidson. The Patriots are led by Sara Allen (T14th, 17 over).
Girls tennis playoffs: The NCHSAA dual-team girls tennis playoffs begin Tuesday. It’s the first playoff bracket with the new seeding format that places the top team in the Mideast region against the last in the East, and so on. The result was zero first-round conference rematches.
Among the toughest draws is three-time reigning 4A champ Panther Creek visiting three-time Cap-8 Conference champ Sanderson. A very good team won’t make it to the second round. Full brackets are online at nando.com/preps.
Girls tennis regionals
The top four doubles teams and top four singles players from last Saturday’s regionals advanced to this weekend’s NCHSAA championships on Friday and Saturday. The 4A championships are at Millbrook Exchange Park, 3A at the Burlington Tennis Center and 2A and 1A are both at Cary Tennis Park.
4A: In the Mideast, Panther Creek senior Amanda Cyr won the singles competition 6-2, 6-1 over Green Hope freshman Katie Andreini. Panther Creek freshman Bella Steffen defeated Millbrook sophomore Brianna Taranto 6-4, 6-4 in the third-place match.
Sanderson’s Sofia Anthony and Sibel Tanik defeated Green Hope’s Cynthia Xiao and Anna Rico 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 for the doubles title. Green Hope’s Sophia Gray and Reilly Major narrowly defeated Apex seniors Elizabeth Johnson and Sloan Smith 7-5, 7-5 for third place.
From the Midwest, Cardinal Gibbons is sending doubles team Caroline Igo and Karen Galush while Riverside has Sophie Bischoff and Lauren Laughton in doubles. East Chapel Hill’s Savannah Bright and Victoria Jones each advanced in singles.
Out of the East, South Central qualified Maryah Stokes and Kyra Wooten in doubles. J.H. Rose’s Frances Reed and Pinecrest’s Caroline Landy will compete in singles.
3A: Hunt’s Taylor Love defeated Cleveland’s Victoria Dixon 6-2, 6-0 for the 3A East regional title. Eastern Wayne’s Elizabeth Sutton lost the third-place match to Caroline Harris of Topsail by default.
In doubles, Fike’s Cameron Milne and Logan Adkins defeated Rocky Mount’s Sarah Bland and Grace Warner 6-3, 6-3 for the title. C.B. Aycock’s Meredith Jones and Grayson Lane lost to Casey Strout and Sophie Oswalt of Jacksonville 6-2, 6-3 in the third-place match.
From the Mideast, Union Pines is sending Julianne Hall in singles and Hailee Haymore and Sarah Nicholson in doubles. J.F. Webb’s Anna Freuler/Brycyn Smith made the field in doubles.
2A: From the Mideast, Jordan-Matthews’ Sarah Morse and Marshall Phillips and Durham School of the Arts’ Chase Ogle and Jayce Gaither qualified in doubles.
N.C. School of Science and Math qualified two singles players: Vinitha Ravindran and Adithi Rao. DSA qualified Rachel Rice, and Jordan-Matthews is sending Jocelyn Mitchell.
1A: Chatham Central’s Courtney Williamson and Lindsey Batten fell to Elkin’s Mattie Timmerman and Bianka Soos 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in the 1A West regional.
From the East, Raleigh Charter qualified all six players: Camryn McClure and Christina Lee in singles; Blair King and Emma Rowe and Vedika Birla and Addison Furr in doubles. Franklin Academy is sending Claire Joyner and Danielle Park in doubles while Voyager Academy qualified Morgan Blount.
The stage is set for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals in boys soccer, field hockey and girls tennis on Tuesday. The volleyball playoffs will have their quarterfinals on Tuesday with the semifinals and finals on Friday and Saturday at North Raleigh Christian Academy.
Field hockey: Durham Academy (12-7) travels to top-seeded Charlotte Latin. The championship is set for Saturday at the highest remaining seed (DA is the lowest one left at fourth).
Boys soccer: North Raleigh Christian Academy is a surprise host of Tuesday’s 3A semifinal after ninth-seeded Charlotte Country Day upset 1-seed Covenant Day.
The Knights (16-3) play host to the 6-13-3 Buccaneers at 5 p.m.
The 3A title is at Wesleyan Christian in High Point at 3 p.m. Saturday.
In 1A, top-seeded Wayne Country Day (17-2) hosts fourth-seeded Cape Fear Christian (18-2) from Erwin. Second-seeded Greenfield School of Wilson (16-2-1) hosts three-seed Hickory Christian.
Greenfield will be the location of the 1A title at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Girls tennis: Top-seeded 2A St. David’s (14-3) will host Rocky Mount Academy while 3A two-seed Cary Academy (19-1) will host conference-rival Durham Academy, the three-seed in Tuesday’s semifinals.
In 1A, top-seeded Wayne Country Day (12-1) hosts fifth-seeded Ridgecroft School while second-seeded Kerr-Vance (8-2) hosts Hickory’s University Christian, the three-seed.
The state championships are Saturday at Campbell University.
Volleyball: In 1A, top-seeded Kerr-Vance (22-1) and sixth-seeded Wayne Christian (23-4) are in Friday’s semifinals. In 3A, North Raleigh Christian (24-1), the top seed, and fifth-seeded Ravenscroft (20-7) advanced to the second round on Tuesday.