Chapel Hill harriers make some history
In what could be a great sign of things to come, Chapel Hill High School’s cross-country teams made an unprecedented sweep of all six races at the 15th annual Jungle Run last weekend at South View High School.
First out of the blocks, David Hadar, captain Jenna Bateman and ninth-graders Lily Crook and Jason Dadoff paced the CHHS freshmen and sophomores to wins in the boys’ and girls’ JV developmental races.
Next up, mixed in with some varsity teams, Chapel Hill swept the JV Invitational races. Hunter Gray won the boys’ 5K. Kethan Galloway won the girls’ race, followed by Milly Ames in second.
The varsity race was physical for the CHHS boys. Ben Campbell got an elbow to the temple; Zach Allen cut his arm on a fence post; several boys were shoved by other racers under the lights. Despite zero finishers in the top 25, Chapel Hill won with 134 points to 140 for runnerup Pinecrest. Max Blackburn (16:55) took 26th place to lead Chapel Hill.
The girls race was a relative breeze for Chapel Hill. Katherine Dokholyan (19:10), Marija Crook (19:11), Anna Passannante (19:38), Madi Marvin (19:40), Maeve Gualtieri-Reed (19:42), Reagan Roeber (19:48) and Grace Tate (19:49) all finished in the top 20 as Chapel Hill ran off with the title with just 42 points. Pinecrest was second with 76.
With seven runners finishing under 20:00, Chapel Hill’s females earned a 17th-place national ranking as the cross-country season gets underway.
Hickory Tavern retains first place in co-rec
The top three teams in Carrboro’s Co-Rec Softball League all won last week to keep their respective places in the standings.
First-place Hickory Tavern (5-1) bounced back from a loss to Dingo Dog Brewery in the previous week to down Ghost Riders 9-4 on Tuesday. One game back in second place, Dingo Dog (4-2) defeated Bread & Butter 7-4, and Jeff Scott Grading (4-2) kept pace with a 19-3 defeat of Fightin’ Squids.
That kept Ghost Riders (3-3) in fourth, followed by Bread & Butter (2-4) and the Squids (0-6).
Thursday’s games, already rescheduled once from Aug. 11, were rained out. The Carrboro schedule resumes Tuesday with games postponed from Aug. 13.
Benton earns No. 1 tennis ranking with titles
Chapel Hill Country Club tennis player Cody Benton was ranked No. 1 in the Boys 10-under Division in North Carolina and No. 10 in the USTA Southern Section after winning state championships this summer.
Playing Aug. 5-9 at Cary Tennis Park, Benton won the Boys 10-under N.C. singles championship. Also, Benton and teammate Josh Mayhew won the N.C. doubles championship for their age group. The 10s singles drew 27 of the state’s best players for their competition, with Benton seeded No. 1, at Mayhew No. 2, and Chapel Hill’s Johnathan Baddour at No. 5. Benton and Mayhew also were seeded No. 1 in doubles.
Benton and Baddour met in the singes semifinals, where Benton eked out a 5-4, 5-3 decision. In the finals, Benton bested No. 3-seeded William Landry of Pinehurst in a match that required a third-set tiebreaker.
In the N.C. 10-under doubles, Benton and Mayhew prevailed 13-11 in a tiebreaker with Baddour and Landry to win the championship.
Tar Heels will begin series with Charlotte
The University of North Carolina has agreed to a home-and-home football series with the Charlotte 49ers in 2024 and 2025.
For those who like to plan ahead: Carolina will play host to the 49ers on Sept. 7, 2024 and will play at Charlotte on Sept. 6, 2025.
Friday night football
Chapel Hill’s high school football game Thursday night at Southeast Raleigh was suspended due to lightning and rain, and it was scheduled to resume Friday night.
Also Friday, Carrboro was to host Northwood, East Chapel Hill was at Bartlett Yancey, Orange hosted Burlington Cummings, and Cedar Ridge was at Durham Riverside.
All those games were to be played too late for Sunday’s print edition of the Chapel Hill News. See www.newsobserver.com for results.
Also Thursday, East Chapel Hill’s tennis match with Cardinal Gibbons was suspended due to lightning, with each team leading in three of the six singles.