Cary News: Sports

No announcement on Gibbons vote until next week

The deadline was Tuesday for voting on a proposed N.C. High School Athletic Association change that would exclude Cardinal Gibbons and two other Catholic schools, but the NCHSAA does not plan to announce the results of the vote until its annual meeting on May 3.

The association conducted the vote because the constitution requires a ballot be sent to each member school if six member schools request a vote.

The six schools requested the NCHSAA conduct the vote on changing the constitution to allow only public schools to be members. The constitution currently allows public schools and non-boarding parochial schools.

Davis Whitfield, the commissioner of the NCHSAA, said the organization’s staff is following the constitution by waiting to make the announcement at the annual meeting.

Appeal: Wayne Bragg, the athletic director at Green Hope, said the school and Panther Creek would be making a joint appeal to the NCHSAA Board of Directors next week based on the procedure used to obtain the average daily membership of schools. The ADM was used for the 2013-17 alignment of schools in classifications.

A bookkeeping error at East Chapel Hill resulted in its ADM being recorded as 1,401 for the first 20 days. Its actual ADM was 1,441, according to Chapel Hill Schools athletic director Scarlet Steinert. The difference meant that East Chapel Hill has been placed in the 3A classification for the next alignment rather than in the 4A class where a school of its size should be.

The NCHSAA uses the 20-day ADM numbers as the basis of putting schools in one of four classifications.

“It was an error that we caught,” said Scarlett Steinert, the athletic director for Chapel Hill Schools. “It was corrected when the 40-day numbers came out. Unfortunately, the association was using the numbers for the first 20 days.

“We thought that the mistake had been communicated to the association, but we are not pointing fingers. I think it was assumed by all parties that the number had been checked.”

East Chapel Hill paid its NCHSAA membership dues based on 1,441 students.

Panther Creek and Green Hope are scheduled to be moved from the Tri-Nine 4A Conference to join Durham Riverside, Durham Jordan, Northern Durham and Person in a seven-team league. If East Chapel Hill is returned to 4A, where it has played in recent years, a six-team league could be formed in the Durham area without Panther Creek or Green Hope.

“In the last 18 months, there has only been one report where East Chapel Hill was not a 4A-sized school,” Bragg said. “That report was in error. Hopefully, the board will allow us to remain in a league with the other schools in our community.”

Swim recruits: Ben Miller of Middle Creek and Cameron Martin of Holly Springs recently accepted swimming scholarships. Both swim year-round with the Marlins of Raleigh.

Miller, a distance swimmer, is headed to the University of Tennessee while Martin will be joining the women’s team at James Madison University. Cameron swims freestyle and butterfly.

“Both Cameron and Ben are hard workers in the pool and have had tremendous academic success. They are strong leaders, versatile swimmers and will be strong additions to these two universities,” said MOR coach Paul Silver.