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Davis Whitfield to leave NCHSAA

Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for the past five years, plans to leave Chapel Hill to become the chief operating officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations, effective July 1.

Whitfield played baseball and was a dean’s list student at East Carolina University before transferring to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he earned his bachelors degree in 1993 and his masters in sports administration in 1995.

He began his administrative career as a director for operations and facilities at Campbell University for three years and later at Wake Forest University. He then worked in the Atlantic Coast Conference offices for 7-1/2 years, the last 2-1/2 as an ACC associate commissioner, before joining the NCHSAA in Chapel Hill.

Whitfield and his wife, Nicole, have three children: Will, Grace and Wesley, and currently reside in Chatham County.

The NCHSAA had only three full-time executive directors before Whitfield: Hap Perry (1948-1966), Simon Terrell (1967-1984) and Charlie Adams (1984-2010). UNC professors E.R. Rankin (1924-1942) and C.E. McIntosh (1943-47) preceded Perry as head of the organization.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro cancel game

The non-conference high school basketball games this week between Carrboro and Chapel Hill have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, CHHS athletics director Tim Bennett announced Monday.

Carrboro needed to reschedule a conference game with Reidsville, postponed last week, for Wednesday. That bumps the CHHS-Carrboro game off the schedule.

Carrboro will host the Reidsville JV boys at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the varsity girls at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys at 7:30 p.m. The Jaguars follow that with another triple-header Friday at home against Burlington Cummings.

Chapel Hill, which played at Oxford Webb on Tuesday, will return to action Friday at Cedar Ridge.

Chapel Hill, Orange meet for Big 8 wrestling title

Chapel Hill will host Orange at 6 p.m. Thursday in what will both the end of the regular season for both wrestling teams and the de facto Big Eight Championship. Both are 6-0 against conference opponents so far this season.

Chapel Hill enters Thursday’s home match ranked No. 10 in the Triangle by the News & Observer. The Tigers are 13-7 overall after splitting 3-1 in last weekend’s Battle at the Bear’s Den. CHHS defeated St. Paul’s 66-18, Cape Fear Senior 39-34 and Lee Senior 76-6 but fell 42-30 against the hosts from Gray’s Creek High School.

Seeking its 13th conference championship Thursday, Orange is ranked No. 2 in the Triangle and is 24-1 overall after a pair of wins last week. In a tri-meet Thursday at Southern Durham, the Panthers started off with five forfeits from the host Spartans and rolled to a 63-15 win. In the nightcap, Orange closed the match with Oxford Webb with three pins and seven forfeits to win 66-12.

Big Eight wrestlers will see other again Saturday morning at Chapel Hill, when the Tigers host the conference tournament. While the team title will be decided Thursday night, Saturday’s tournament will help determine individual wrestler’s seeds heading into the NCHSAA championships.

Drainage project underway at Kenan

Kenan Stadium ia looking more like a war zone thse days as contractors with UNC Facilities Services are well into replacing a large section of piping under the turf.

The workers began in mid-December 2014 to replace the storm water drain piping that runs the length of the football field with larger concrete piping – large enough in diameter for a person to stand in. The piping is replaced every several decades, said UNC assistant AD for communications Kevin Best.

Best said the project will be done and a new grass field in place in time for the May 2015 commencement ceremony.