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Orange still in first place of Big 8 baseball

Heading into the Easter break, Orange solidified its hold on first place in the Big 8 Conference baseball standings Friday with a 9-0 shutout of Chapel Hill. Bouncing back from a 4-0 loss in midweek to nationally ranked Moeller (Ohio), the Panthers amassed 13 hits at Chapel Hill to improve to 13-3 overall and 7-0 in Big 8 games.

James Cunningham scattered three CHHS hits over six innings of work, striking out four Tigers along the way, for his first win. Brad Debo (2-3, 3 RBI) once again led the Orange hitters, while Bryse Wilson (2-3) and Chandler Compton (2-2) each also got two hits. Braden Weber (1-1, 3B, RBI), Josh Kiehle (1-3, 2B, RBI), Cameron Mehl (1-3, 2B, RBI) and Matt Crabtree (1-3, RBI) all batted in at least one run.

Nick Hebert (2-3) got two of the five hits for Chapel Hill (10-6, 7-2).

Chapel Hill and Orange played again Monday, too late for today’s edition of The News. See Sunday’s edition for results.

Carrboro, CHHS, East do well in Apex Relays

Powered by excellent finishes in the relay events, Carrboro’s girls earned fourth place in last Saturday’s Apex Bojangles Relays, the best of any 2A school, while the East Chapel Hill boys took fifth.

In the girls’ distance medley, Carrboro’s Maysa Araba, Helen Morken, Amanda Hickey and Natalie Richardson combined to finish second behind Cardinal Gibbons. Araba, Morken, Claire Scanga and Richardson also earned fourth place for Carrboro in the 4x800, followed in fifth by the Chapel Hill team of Milly Ames, Marija Crook, Elise Matera and Anna Passannante.

Carrboro’s scoring was helped by Alexandra Jones taking fourth in the girls discus and eighth in shot put.

Chapel Hill’s best finish came in Apex’s signature event, the 4x1600, where Crook, Matera, Maeve Gualtieri-Reed and Passannante came in third (22:44) behind Cardinal Gibbons (21:25) and Green Hope (21:35).

East Chapel’s James Gildard, Connor McDonald, Ethan Ready and Clayton Watters (18:51) earned second place in the boys’ 4x1600 behind Raleigh Broughton (18:10). Gildard, McDonald, Jerry Chang and Eddy Vandy demonstrated East’s versatility with a fifth-place finish in the 4x400.

East’s best individual performance came in the field events, where Iyan battle got third in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Teammate Shane Jones was sixth in discus, while Carrboro’s Magnus Herweyer was fifth in the shot and seventh in discus.

East’s Claire McNamara was the only Wildcat to score individually in the girls’ events, with her seventh place in the 1600 meters.

‘Joe and Matt’ on the road to Chapel Hill

There’s still time to contribute to Matt Holtry’s and Joe Tynan’s quest to raise $50,000 – to be split equally between the Wounded Warrior Project and the Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust. The Chapel Hill High alums plan to end their 200-mile, fund-raising trek from Oak Island with a home stretch run Saturday in the the Tar Heel 10-miler.

For more information about the “Joe and Matt Run 200,” visit their Facebook page or see

Jackson to discuss ‘Gone Pro’ on Friday

Author Tim Jackson will be at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham at 7 p.m. Friday to discuss his book “Gone Pro: North Carolina” – a look at the plethora of UNC athletes who’ve played professional sports. The book, published by Clerisy Press, is the second in their recently launched Gone Pro collegiate series.