Carrboro preps to host conference swimming championships
Carrboro High School’s swimmers had to call off their last conference meet on the road. Friday’s meet at Reidsville was among the many events postponed by Friday’s heavy mix of snow and ice.
Instead, the Jaguatrs will celebrate “Senior Night” next week by hosting the Mid-State Conference championships at Homestead Aquatic Center, which are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The Jaguars are coming off a sweep in a tri-meet last week at Homestead, where they defeated the boys’ and girls’ teams from both Raleigh Charter and the N.C. School of Science and Math.
In the boys’ meets, scored as duals against both teams, Carrboro won 123-77 against Raleigh Charter and 87-77 versus NCSSM. The Carrboro girls outscored NCSSM 109-48 and pulled out a close win against Raleigh Charter, 84-82.
Winners for Carrboro’s boys included: Will Macmillan (200 free, 100 breaststroke); Simon Deshusses (200 individual medley, 100 free); Caleb Bollenbacher (50 free); the 200 medley relay team (Jack Dozier, Deshusses, Macmillan, Bollenbacher); and the 200 free relay (Deshusses, Dozier, Bollenbacher, Macmillan).
Winner for Carrboro’s girls included: Mia Morrell (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke); Audrey Costley (100 butterfly); Anneliese Merry (100 free); the 200 medley relay (Morrell, Costley, Merry, Paloma Baca); and the 400 free relay (Costley, Baca, Merry, Morrell).
Several other Jaguars hit personal best times in the meets, including: Ian Foster (200 free, 500 free); Max Smith (200 IM, 100 fly); Jackson Asaro (50 free); Paris Buedal (100 fly); Elizabeth Tanner (100 free); Casey Mook (100 free, 100 back); and Kevin O’Donnell (100 free).
Orange wrestlers host ‘Senior Night’ on Wednesday
Orange High’s wrestling team celebrated its “Senior Night” with its 82-0 rout of Northern Vance last Thursday in Hillsborough.
The Panthers feted seniors Cameron Grap, Alex Coates, Jamison Askew, Juan Torres, Gonzalo Garcia Cantoral and Joe Scott before the match.
Ten of the Panthers pinned their opponent, the fastest (19 seconds) being Josiah’s Ramirez’s win at 160 pounds.
That left the Panthers at 16-2 overall in dual-team matches, 5-0 in Big 8 dual matches.
They had another strong performance the previous weekend in the Havelock Duals, where they went 4-0 against Holly Springs, Havelock, West Carteret and Washington.
Orange had to fight back from a 16-point deficit to top Holly Springs by a 34-31 score, and then the Panthers got stronger from there. The faced the hosts from Havelock in theiur second match and, despite falling behind early by a singe point, won 44-21.
Orange defeated West Carteret 57-4 and closed out the day with a 60-6 victory over Washington.
Chapel Hill tops Spartans, readies for showdown to with Orange and Northwood.
Chapel Hill’s wrestling team prepped for what should be the decisive week of its season by heading over to Southern Durham last Thursday night and winning easily, 69-10 over the host Spartans.
The win improved Chapel Hill’s dual-team record to 17-4 overall and kept the Tigers undefeated versus Big-8 Conference opponents.
Thursday’s winners included two-time all-conference wrestler George McBurney at 220 pounds, who got his 99th career win for Chapel Hill by collecting a forfeit at Southern.
McBurney, also a two-time all-conference selection in football, will go for his 100th win Wednesday, when Chapel Hill hosts defending conference champion Orange at 6 p.m. The Tigers follow that dual match with their last conference meet of the season by hosting Northwood at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Orange has won nine N.C. High School Athletics Association state championships since 2005 – five in the dual-team playoffs and four in the individuals’ state tournament. The Panthers have won 13 straight conference championships, including every Big 8 title since the conference was formed.
McBurney was one of eight Tigers to win by forfeit Thursday.
Southern won two of the six weight classes it contested, with Matthew Darby winning a major decision at 195 pounds and Jayr Lewis winning with a pin at 145 pounds. Other than that, it was all Tigers in the winner’s circle. South never led in the team points battle.
Chapel Hill’s Camden Bergey got things rolling with a 8-4 decision at 170 pounds against Shemar Brandon in the night’s opening bout, followed by Bradley Kenyon’s victory with a pin in 3 minutes, 20 seconds of Maliki Rouse at 182.
McBurney, Hudson Price (285 pounds), David Cureton (106), Tyler Tachman (113), Wesley Kelley (120), Zachary Allen (126), Jack Davenport (132) and Ulises Ramirez (138) all collected wins by forfeit before Lewis broke the Chapel Hill win streak.
Matthew Minnick, at 152 pounds, followed with the night’s quickest pin, felling Southern’s Davion Snipes in 92 seconds.
Chapel Hill’s William Hess (160 pounds) ended the scoring with a pin in 2 minutes, 43 seconds of Mahari Rouse.