Hogshlaggers win 16-18 basketball championship
The Hogshlaggers defeated Abusement Park 48-40 in a hard-fought tournament final back in March to win the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department’s 16-18 Basketball League championship.
Abusement Park (11-3) had defeated (12-2) Hogshlaggers 32-30 in their only regular-season meeting.
In the tournament’s first round, Hogshlaggers won 46-31 against PA Squad.
Their path to the finals looked a bit trickier after the sixth-seeded Loony Goons (5-7) – the only other team to defeat Hogshlaggers in the regular-season – upset the third-seeded Rim Ticklers (7-5), but they dusted off the Goons 70-38 to reach the championship game.
Tim Stevens to end career with the News & Observer
News & Observer staffer Stevens, 62, will retire from the newspaper in June, saying simply of his decision, “It feels like a good time.” The News & Observer’s high school editor the past 25 years, his absence will be felt by many.
Stevens already has a place in the N.C. High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame, as well as three other halls. Among his many accomplishments, which include numerous writing awards from his peers, Stevens literally wrote the record book for N.C. high school sports when the NCHSAA decided to start archiving records.
As first a writer for the Raleigh Times and later as a member of the N&O, Stevens has written between 10,000 and 12,000 stories, at first in long-hand, then on typewriters and computers.
For a fuller story about Stevens, see newsobserver.com.
Rain continues to wreak havoc on high school schedules
Last week’s poor weather forced a slew of schedule changes for local high schools, most of which involved canceling non-conference games so that conference matches could be completed.
Among the changes:
▪ Carrboro’s boys lacrosse game with Eastern Alamance, originally planned for Monday, was canceled. The Eagles instead will play a conference match with Southeast Guilford.
▪ East Chapel Hill canceled Thursday’s girls soccer match with Carrboro. The Wildcats need to play three PAC-6 opponents this week – hosting Jordan on Monday, playing at Riverside on Wednesday and hosting Northern Durham on Thursday.
▪ Chapel Hill and Carrboro still wanted to play their non-conference baseball game, so they moved it to Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Jaguars’ home field.
Wildcats hang tough in PAC-6 softball race
East Chapel Hill stayed in the hunt for a post-season playoff spot in softball with last week’s 24-0 blowout of Hillside. That improved the Wildcats’ record to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the PAC-6, one-half game in back of third-place Durham Jordan (2-5, 2-1).
East was scheduled to host Jordan on Friday afternoon in a game played too late for today’s edition of The Chapel Hill News. See maxpreps.com/ for results.
In other area games, Chapel Hill ninth-grader Camryn Anthony broke up what had been a no-hitter Tuesday at Orange with a single in the final inning, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Panthers from winning 12-0 in five innings in a Big Eight softball game.
Tiger Open still has a few openings
The Chapel Hill High School Booster Club still has a few spots open for its annual Tiger Open fund-raising golf tournament, scheduled to be held Saturday, April 25, at UNC Finley Golf Course. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., followed by a shot gun start at 9:30 a.m.
The cost for this event is $125, and that covers greens fees, cart, breakfast and the post-tournament awards luncheon.
Neville, Becken win CGA four-ball flight
Chapel Hill golfers Brad Becken and Gus Neville paired to shoot a 77 last Monday to win their Super Seniors flight in the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament at Catawba Country Club in Newton. They followed that one day later with a 76 that was good for third place in their flight in a four-ball tournament at Mimosa Hills Golf Club in Morganton.
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