If you plan on going to the N.C. High School Athletic Association track and field state championships this weekend, pack more sunscreen than last year.
This year the NCHSAA is returning to a format where two state championships will be held concurrently. The 1A and 3A classifications will compete Friday at North Carolina A&T and the 2A and 4A classes follow Saturday.
The first field events and the 4-by-800 relay are slated for 10 a.m. while all other running finals start at 1:15 p.m.
Combining state meets allows athletes to get more rest between events and sychronizes the sport’s calendar. Previously, it was the only NCHSAA sport that split championships into two different weeks. All classifications held regionals on the same weekend last week.
SWAC soccer: There are four Southwest Wake Athletic Conference girls soccer teams left in the state playoffs, but not the four you’d think. The SWAC’s top three teams – Green Hope, Fuquay-Varina and Apex – were top-20 seeds and were each eliminated in the second round while teams 4-7 are moving on.
Champion history: When Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak won his third 4A singles title, he became the eighth NCHSAA player to ever do so. The most famous player made his name in basketball. Hillside’s John Lucas won three titles before playing basketball at Maryland and being selected as the No. 1 pick in the 1976 NBA Draft.
Harnett record: Overhills sophomore Haleigh Stackpole scored 63 goals this season, the most by a Harnett County player in a single year. It’s tops among NCHSAA players so far this year and second-most among NCHSAA sophomores all-time.
Performers of the week
NCHSAA golfers: South Johnston’s Patrick Stephenson won the 3A title and Leesville Road’s Doc Redman won the 4A. Pinecrest’s Eric Bae was second in 4A and Panther Creek’s Viraj Garewal was tied for fourth.
Lee County’s Walter Brinker was tied for seventh in the 3A championships and Beddingfield’s Stephen Abrams was tied for third in the 2A title.
NCHSAA tennis players: Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak won the 4A singles title while Enloe’s Michael Ogundele and Rohan Chandrasekhar were doubles semifinalists.
Raleigh Charter’s Harrison Tseng and Revant Birla defeated teammates Brandon Wacaser and Arjun Juneja for the 1A doubles title.
In the 2A championship, Carrboro’s Brian Freiburghouse and Jason Wykoff won the doubles title while N.C. School of Science and Math’s Depei Yu and Carrboro’s Zach Anderson were singles semifinalists.
In 3A, Union Pines’ Ben Williams and Will Hart were doubles semifinalists.
Regional track team champs: Winning regional titles on the girls’ side were Southeast Raleigh (4A Mideast), Pinecrest (4A East), Cleveland (3A East) and Chapel Hill (3A Mideast). Boys’ champs included Broughton (4A Mideast), Hillside (4A Midwest) and Carrboro (2A Mideast).
Baseball: Triton’s Logan Bender no-hit Lee County 3-0 in the first round. D.H. Conley’s Phillip Sanderson did the same to Rolesville in a 4-0 first-round win.
Orange’s Bryse Wilson needed just 72 pitches to toss a perfect game against Eastern Wayne in a 2-0 win.
Corinth Holders’ Kody Cyr worked a four-hit, complete-game shutout in a 2-0 second-round win against Fike.
Softball: Orange’s Mia Davidson, a junior, blasted three home runs in 20-1 win against Fike in the first round. One more ties the NCHSAA single-season record. Two more matches the career mark.
In the second round, Cleveland’s Alexis Ivey blasted a two-run homer to defeat West Carteret in extra innings and Northwood’s Carson Shaner hit a walk-off solo shot to down J.F. Webb 4-3.
Girls soccer: Wakefield’s Morgan Nanni had four goals in a 9-0 rout of Overhills in the first round. Holly Springs’ M.D. Atkins stopped a PK to send her team to a 2-1 victory in the second round against Fuquay-Varina.
Grace Wagner had the OT winner in the first round for Green Hope, which beat Ashley 3-2.
Boys lacrosse: Middle Creek’s Owen Caputo had 11 goals and four assists in two games. Leesville Road’s Parker Beebee had five goals including the OT winner against Holly Springs on Tuesday. Cardinal Gibbons long-stick midfielder Chris Wozencroft helped hold Leesville and Apex to their lowest scoring totals of the year.
Girls lacrosse: Cardinal Gibbons’ Erica Skowron scored six goals and Jordan Lappin had five in a 17-7 victory against Hoggard in Friday’s fourth round.
Track and field: Hillside’s Marcus Krah was the only area triple-winner at the weekend regional track and field meets, taking the long jump, triple jump and 110 hurdles.
Middle Creek’s Terrell Adams hit a fence 200 feet away in the 4A Mideast regional, which automatically set a new state record. He also won the shot put.
Other double-regional champs included: Franklin Academy’s Caitlyn Burkett (1A Mideast 1,600 and 3,200); Research Triangle’s Madison Daniel (1A Mideast 1,600 and 3,200); Raleigh Charter’s Enoch Cheung (1A Mideast 110 and 300 hurdles); Eastern Wayne’s Natasha Johnson (3A East 100 and 200); Cleveland’s Sydni Fields (3A East 100 and 300); South Johnston’s Jacob Gonzalez (3A East 1,600 and 3,200); Hillside’s Kayla Beasley (4A Mideast shot put and discus); Rolesville’s Lauren White (4A Mideast 100 and 200); Leesville Road’s Nevada Mareno (4A Mideast 1,600 and 3,200); Panther Creek’s J. Johnson (4A Mideast long jump and 100); Orange’s Morgan Paschall (3A Mideast long and high jump); Carrboro’s Amanda Hickey (2A Mideast 800 and 1,600).
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Best of this week
Baseball: Tuesday – NCISAA semifinals; Tuesday and Wednesday – NCHSAA third round of the playoffs; Friday and Saturday – NCHSAA fourth round of the playoffs, NCISAA championships (1A at Fleming Stadium, 2A at Gaston Day, 3A at Finch Field).
Softball: Tuesday – NCISAA quarterfinals; Tuesday and Wednesday – NCHSAA third round of the playoffs; Friday and Saturday – NCHSAA fourth round of the playoffs, NCISAA double-elimination (1A at Oakwood School, 2A at Freedom Christian, 3A at Gaston Christian); Saturday – NCISAA championships (1A at Oakwood School, 2A at Freedom Christian, 3A at Gaston Christian).
Girls soccer: Tuesday – NCISAA quarterfinals; Tuesday and Wednesday – NCHSAA third round of the playoffs; Friday – NCISAA semifinals (1A at Wayne Country Day, 2A at Caldwell Academy, 3A at Charlotte Latin); Friday and Saturday – NCHSAA fourth round of the playoffs; Saturday – NCISAA championships (1A at Wayne Country Day, 2A at Caldwell Academy, 3A at Charlotte Latin).
Boys lacrosse: Tuesday – NCHSAA East final (4A - Cardinal Gibbons at Hoggard; 1A/2A/3A - Chapel Hill at Carrboro), NCISAA semifinals; Friday and Saturday – NCHSAA championships; Saturday – NCISAA championships.
Girls lacrosse: Tuesday – NCHSAA East final (Wakefield at Cardinal Gibbons), NCISAA semifinals; Friday or Saturday – NCHSAA championship; Saturday – NCISAA championship.
Boys golf: Monday-Tuesday – NCISAA championships (1A at Foxfire Village, 2A at High Point Country Club, 3A at The Country Club of Salisbury).
Boys tennis: Tuesday – NCHSAA third-round dual team playoffs, NCISAA second-round dual team playoffs; Wednesday – NCHSAA East final; Friday-Saturday – NCISAA semifinals and finals (3A at Providence Day, 1A and 2A at Barton College); Saturday – NCHSAA state championships at Burlington Tennis Center.
Track and field: Friday – NCHSAA 3A and 1A state championships at North Carolina A&T; Saturday – NCHSAA 4A and 2A state championships at North Carolina A&T; Friday and Saturday – 1A/2A championships at North Raleigh Christian, 3A at Campbell University.