Panther Creek, Green Hope and Apex all advanced to the next round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls tennis playoffs.
Panther Creek breezed by South View High, out of Hope Mills, on Thursday by a 6-0 score to remain undefeated.
After a long trip to Greenville’s J.H. Rose High, Green Hope took a quick 9-0 victory Tuesday.
Apex, a wild-card team, handed Clayton its first loss of the season with a 5-1 win Thursday.
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In 3A, Cardinal Gibbons had no trouble with West Carteret, winning 9-0.
Volleyball playoffs sort out: Apex and Middle Creek ended the regular season tied for second in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference and had to play another match for playoff seeding purposes. Apex won 3-2 on a neutral court at Holly Springs.
The brackets came out Thursday morning. Green Hope, Apex and Middle Creek had home first-round games while Fuquay-Varina and Athens Drive hit the road. Fuquay-Varina did not have to go far, however. The Bengals will visit Apex for a third time this year.
For first-round coverage, check Wednesday’s paper.
Boys soccer’s final week: Green Hope (12-4-1, 8-2-1) leads the SWAC by 1.5 games and could clinch the league against Apex (12-5-1, 8-4) on Monday.
Fuquay-Varina (10-8-1, 6-6) and Panther Creek (9-7, 6-6) are tied for third with Holly Springs (9-5-2, 5-5-1) close behind.
Cary (5-9-4, 4-5-3) needs to win twice and get some help to finish third.
Middle Creek (7-8-5, 3-7-1 entering a Friday afternoon game with Athens Drive) may get one of the last wild-card spots due to its overall record. Same goes for Athens Drive (7-10-1, 3-8 going into Friday).
WCPSS statement on Hoy: Green Hope soccer coach Michael Hoy will not return to the school this season but will be allowed to coach at another Wake County school, the Wake County Public School System announced Tuesday.
Hoy, a nonfaculty coach, was suspended from his coaching duties on Sept. 24 at the halfway point of the season after the number of ejections and disciplinary fouls from his team drew criticism from school officials.
In a WCPSS statement released Tuesday, officials said Hoy and the school system “have mutually determined that it is in the best interest of the soccer program at Green Hope High School for the current faculty coach to complete the present men’s soccer season.”
“Mr. Hoy remains eligible to apply for future coaching positions with the school system. WCPSS wishes Mr. Hoy the best in future endeavors,” according to the statement.