The N.C. High School Athletic Association boys and girls basketball tournaments are scheduled to begin Tuesday night with 64 teams in each of the eight brackets. The second round is scheduled for Thursday and the third round for Saturday.
Most games are scheduled for 7 p.m., but if a school is the home team for girls-boys doubleheader, the girls open play at 6.
At least two games have been postponed until Wednesday because New Hanover County schools will be closed on Tuesday.
The Wilmington Ashley boys are scheduled to play at top-seeded Garner and the Middle Creek girls are scheduled to go to New Hanover on Wednesday.
“I’ve coached a long time, but I have never been in a situation just like this,” said Garner coach Eddie Gray. “We’d been out of practice for a week and now have our first playoff game is pushed back. I hope we can play Wednesday. If we can’t it’s a mess.”
The Millbrook girls are the top seed in the 4A East and play Overhills at 6 p.m. The Millbrook boys, the No. 2 seed, plays Green Hope in the second game.
The Apex boys home game against New Bern is at 6 because of travel.
The winners of third round games move to the Eastern Regionals next week in Fayetteville. The boys schedule is 4A (Thursday), 3A (Tuesday), 2A (Friday) and 1A (Wednesday). The girls schedule is 4A (Wednesday), 3A (Friday), 2A (Tuesday) and 1A (Thursday).
NCISAA basketball: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association basketball tournament is scheduled to resume on Thursday with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, and the championship games for Saturday.
The tournament was delayed from last week because of the weather. The tournament is being held at Asheville-area schools with the title games scheduled for Asheville School.
Riverside comeback: Durham Riverside wrestling coach Brandon Palmer, who won a state 4A individual wrestling championship in 2002 when Riverside was a state power, was excited by his club’s performance Saturday in the NCHSAA championships in Greensboro.
The Pirates have not been a state challenger in recent years but finished sixth.
“These are the guys that looked up at banners all (the) time,” Palmer said. “These guys really brought Riverside wrestling back.”
The Pirates’ Gary Whitaker won the 285-pound division.
“Our freshman year we were not even in the top three in our own conference. And now we’re placing high in big tournaments and got kids who are placing high in big tournaments,” Whitaker said. “It’s good to see all the hard work is paying off and bringing the team to a higher level.”
Riverside’s Jaquon Sowell, who won at 160 pounds in 2014 and at 170 on Saturday said, “We made a humongous statement.
“This is a good way to represent (Durham). We were all in the warmup area counting how many people we had. We’ve come a long way.”
Two rings: Southern Durham’s James Taylor III will get a second state championship ring after winning the 195-pound 3A wrestling title. He also had played on the Spartans’ 2013 football state championship team.
Asked which ring will be most cherished, he didn’t hesitate. “Wrestling way more,” he said. “I won it by myself, and I didn’t have to depend on anybody else.”
Hawks wrestling: Holly Springs finished fourth in 4A behind Fayetteville Britt, Northwest Guilford and Southeast Guilford. Holly Springs coach Nick Nosbisch said the team expected a top-five finish.
“We’re right there with the best teams in the state,” Nosbisch said. “At a tournament like this, there are always a few things that could’ve gone your way, but it’s a state tournament. Everybody shows up, and everybody has a shot.
“I’m truly pumped that every kid we brought won a match. Everybody scored points for us. If you’re going to win a state title as a team, that has to happen. In the future, we just have to do it on a bigger scale.”
NCISAA wrestling: Ravenscroft’s Garrett Hicks (195 pounds) and Cary Academy’s Matthew Gibbon (120) repeated N.C. Independent School Athletic Association titles on Saturday in Charlotte.
Hicks pinned his opponent in the first minute; Gibbons took an 11-4 decision.
“I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this, just like everyone else. It’s a tough sport,” Hicks said
Hicks had won the title in 2014 at 182 pounds and said this year was a different experience.
“I knew what I was doing. I knew what to expect. I knew how to handle myself, not let my emotions get the best of me,” he said.
Gibbon won both of his consecutive titles at 120 pounds.
“It’s great,” Gibbon said. “It took a lot of work coming back the second year and making sure there wasn’t anyone coming up that was going to be able to take me again.”
J. Mike Blake and Corey Inscoe contributed to this story.