Millbrook High defeated New Hanover 5-1 to earn a rematch with Cap Eight 4A rival Wakefield in the semifinals of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys dual-team championships.
The Wildcats won Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 singles. Millbrook clinched the win when New Hanover defaulted No. 2 doubles when Patrick Senior went down with cramps.
“You don’t like to win it that way,” said Millbrook coach Craig Isdahl. “But take them as they come.”
The match was a tough one for the Wildcats with three of the singles going to tie-breakers.
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Millbrook’s No. 1 John Karlawish won 6-4, 6-2 over Marshall Waren. Millbrook’s Matthew Moody lost in a tie-breaker at No. 2 and Austin Cobb won in a tie-breaker at No. 3, 0-6, 6-3, 10-7. New Hanover’s Chris Dorn won in a tie-breaker at No. 6.
Millbrook will play Wednesday at 4 p.m., at Wakefield, which won the dual-team title in 2014. Wakefield won both regular-season matches against the Wildcats.
“I’ll tell our guys the same thing that I have told them before every match: focus on your court, play smart and go after it,” Isdahl said. “Wakefield has a strong team and it has a stable of outstanding players, but we are going to battle.”
It took Carrboro’s tennis team longer to drive to and from Croatan High, 175 miles away, than it did for the Jaguars to net a 6-0 win over the previously undefeated Cougars (13-1) in the quarterfinals of NCHSAA 2A tennis tournament. Carrboro (11-1), which hasn’t lost to a 2A team in more than two years, plans to meet former Carolina 12 rival N.C. Science & Math (10-0) in a semifinals match Wednesday.
Girls lacrosse: Apex upended previously undefeated Wakefield 15-13 in the third round of the NCHSAA 4A tournament.
Cardinal Gibbons, which is No. 1 in the N&O rankings, will be at home against No. 3-ranked Apex. East Chapel Hill, No. 7 in the rankings, travels to Wilmington Hoggard in the fourth round.
Boys lacrosse: Ravenscroft defeated Cannon School 13-7 to advance to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association boys lacrosse semifinals. The Ravens, the No. 3 seed, will play at second-seeded Charlotte Country Day on Thursday.
The Ravens scored three goals in the first 2:03. Drew Davis led the win with five goals.
In the NCHSAA 4A, sophomore Jared Medwar scored six goals and freshman Owen Caputo added three as Middle Creek advanced to the fourth round with a 13-8 victory over Enloe. Caelan Eckard scored four goals for the Eagles (13-5).
Apex downed Durham Riverside 17-2.
The 4A semifinals have Athens Drive at Apex and Leesville Road going to Middle Creek.
In the 1A/2A/3A playoffs, Chapel Hill, which nipped Carrboro 8-7, plays at Cardinal Gibbons and Cedar Ridge travels to Jacksonville Northside.
Chapel Hill’s Brent Voelkel side-armed a shot in from 20 yards out with 44.4 seconds left to play for the game-winning goal. Voelkel finished the second-round game with two goals and an assist, while Mike Wasson, who fed him on the decisive shot, had Tiger team highs of three goals and two assists.
Softball: Panther Creek pulled the upset of the NCHSAA 4A softball tournament first round with a 2-1 victory over Middle Creek. The Mustangs (16-2) were No. 1 in the N&O rankings. Panther Creek, 9-10, is the No. 30 seed.
Green Hope was eliminated by Southern Alamance, 2-0.
Baseball: Green Hope’s Vincent Addona hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Falcons a 3-2 first round NCHSAA 4A baseball victory over Durham Riverside.
Leesville Road, the Cap 8 champ, went eight innings before nipping league foe Sanderson 1-0 in another playoff opener. Andrew Papp pitched a complete game and drove in the game’s only run.
Fuquay-Varina clipped Harnett Central 6-5 to set up a second-round showdown with Green Hope.
Reid Herring threw a complete-game shutout at East Chapel Hill, leading Millbrook to a 5-0 upset win. Herring (5-4) struck out 11 batters and walked just one, scattering five hits over a full seven innings. Scott McKeon paced Millbrook (15-9) at the plate by going 3-3 with two RBIs, while Alex Royalty had two hits.
Stachowiak honored: Nick Stachowiak, the 4A tennis singles champion, was named NCHSAA Performance of the Week winner. Stachowiak defeated Klein Evans of Clayton 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in the finals. Stachowiak, a junior, won the singles title as a freshman, but missed the 2014 season with a back injury.
Golf: Defending NCHSAA 2A boys golf champion Cole Jefferys shot a 145 to win the championship by 10 strokes. Newton-Conover shot a 648 and won its third straight team title.
Reilly Erhardt of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness shot a three-under par 69 on Tuesday to post a two-under-par 142 and win the NCHSAA 1A boys golf championship. Bishop won the title, its fifth straight, by 44 shots.
W.E. Warnock and Lee Montgomery contributed to this story.