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Sports Briefs: Carrboro Dons bounce back to win Junior League

Carrboro Junior League Tournament Champions – The Dons (10-2) include, left to right: (back row) Mathew Junker, Ben Hodgins, Coach Will Landis, Jack Larson, Casey Mook, Andrew Cook, Zach Reyes, Coach Winston Crisp, Louis Rabinowitz; Harrison Pletzke (kneeling), Justin Anthony (kneeling), Ben Campbell (front).
Carrboro Junior League Tournament Champions – The Dons (10-2) include, left to right: (back row) Mathew Junker, Ben Hodgins, Coach Will Landis, Jack Larson, Casey Mook, Andrew Cook, Zach Reyes, Coach Winston Crisp, Louis Rabinowitz; Harrison Pletzke (kneeling), Justin Anthony (kneeling), Ben Campbell (front). COURTESY OF SU LIN ANTHONY

Carrboro Dons bounce back to win Junior League basketball

After losing two of their last three games in the regular season, the Dons came back to avenge one of those losses and went on to win the Junior League championship tournament in Carrboro Recreation department basketball.

The Jayhawks (11-2) were undefeated and ended up as the league’s No. 1 seed after beating the Dons 49-39 in the last regular-season game for both teams. But they were upset 47-44 by the fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets in the tournament semifinals.

The Dons (10-2) avenged an earlier loss to the Wolverines by knocking them out of the semifinals with a 32-20 decision and then went on to top the Yellow Jackets 44-27 in the tournament championship game.

Former Wildcats getting into college lacrosse action

Two alumnae from East Chapel Hill’s 2013 state girls lacrosse champions are finding their niche with their new college teams.

Reilly Johnson is playing goalie at Belmont Abby outside of Charlotte, where she leads all goalies on her team in win percentage with 75 percent (3-1). She had 26 saves and a 48.1 save percentage as of last weekend, while Belmont Abby was 7-3 on the year.

Cassie Watters, an academic all-American last year for East, logged her first meaningful minutes of the season last weekend after sitting out the first eight games with an ankle injury. In her first game back, Watters paced the Blue Hose with two goals in their 16-9 win over Howard University. Presbyterian was 4-5 on the season heading into conference play.

Carrboro accepts applications for volunteer baseball coaches

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is currently accepting volunteer coach’s applications for the 2014 Youth Fall Baseball Program.

Coaches must exhibit the ability to organize team practices, communicate effectively with players, parents, and Recreation Department staff. They must also exhibit the ability to teach proper playing skills and fundamentals, proper sportsmanship, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at practices and games.

The initial deadline is Wednesday, April 16.

To receive a volunteer coach’s application or additional information, please contact the Carrboro Recreation Department at 919-918-7364.

McCrory named ACC Diver of the Year again

To no one’s surprise, East Chapel Hill alum Nick McCrory has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Male Diver of the Year for the fourth time in his career. That makes him the third student-athlete in ACC history to earn the same top performer-of-the-year award on four occasions.

The conference award seemed assured after he won each diving discipline and the Most Valuable Diver Award at the 2014 ACC Championships.

He also won his fourth NCAA platform diving title at the 2014 national championship meet – the first athlete ever to accomplish that feat in that discipline.

In addition to his individual national championship, the Duke senior earned All-America status in the 1-meter dive event to give him a total of 11 All-America honors in his diving career with the Blue Devils.

Panthers take over No. 1 spot in baseball ranking

The News & Observer high school rankings have a new No. 1 baseball team – Orange. The Panthers (8-1 at the time of the ranking) moved up from the No. 2 slot after defeating Chapel Hill and No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons in a pair of important Big Eight games.

Orange won its fifth in a row Thursday by defeating former N&O No. 1 Holly Springs by a 7-5 score in the first round of the Hilltop Invitational Tournament.

Playing at Jordan High School’s field, Orange’s Bryse Wilson (2-0) pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and only one walk. Brad Debo and Matt Crabtree carried the Panthers’ offense with three hits each. Debo singled, doubled, tripled and knocked in four runs.

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Tennis teams are tops in N.C. coaches’ poll

Chapel Hill was once renown in the 1970s for having more tennis courts per capita than any other municipality in the United States. It almost seems like old times around here now that the local high schools are dominating the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association rankings.

Carrboro remains where it started the season in the NCTCA rankings – as the state’s No. 1 team among 2A programs. Two of the Jaguars’ former conference rivals – N.C. Science & Math and Durham School of the Arts – are No. 4 and No. 8, respectively. (Both are now in the Northern Carolina Conference, while Carrboro rules the Mid-State.)

Another pair of former Jaguar opponents from the now-defunct Carolina-12 Conference are ranked in the 1A poll, where Raleigh Charter is No. 4 and Voyager Academy No. 8.

Gibbons is No. 1 in the NCTCA 3A poll, while Chapel Hill is No. 2. Cedar Ridge is getting votes, but has not yet cracked the Top 10.

Chapel Hill plays Cedar Ridge on Monday and, after a couple more conference matches, will host Cardinal Gibbons on April 15.

In the 4A, East Chapel Hill is No. 1 with an 8-1 record.

East has been getting its wins the hard way. All of the Wildcats’ non-conference opponents – i.e., the teams they choose to play, as opposed to the league teams they have to play – are either ranked in the NCTCA top 10 or getting votes in the poll. The 4A opponents include No. 2 Raleigh Wakefield and No. 3 Green Hope.

The ‘Cats play Cardinal Gibbons next weekend and visit Chapel Hill on April 16.

Levin is the Triangle’s leading scorer in lacrosse

In a Chapel Hill News story published March 30, we reported the wrong name of the top scorer among Triangle area boys’ lacrosse teams. East Chapel Hill’s Ian Levin — with 31 goals and 26 assists in 9 games — is the Triangle leader both in goals and total points (57).