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Briefly: Chapel Hill girls lacrosse to host Jacksonville

Chapel Hill's goalkeeper Olivia Rice (28) deflects a shot from Mackenzie Cox (4) of Carrboro during a game on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, when Chapel Hill won 14-4. Chapel Hill is scheduled to host Jacksonville in an NCHSAA playoff game on Friday.
Chapel Hill's goalkeeper Olivia Rice (28) deflects a shot from Mackenzie Cox (4) of Carrboro during a game on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, when Chapel Hill won 14-4. Chapel Hill is scheduled to host Jacksonville in an NCHSAA playoff game on Friday. newsobserver.com

NCHSAA announces lacrosse pairings

East Chapel Hill’s and Carrboro’s boys lacrosse teams both earned No. 2 seeds from their respective classes and have first-round byes in the NCHSAA state tournament, which begins this week.

Cedar Ridge was the top team from Conference 6 and won’t play until next Tuesday’s home match against either No. 2 Northside or wildcard entry First Flight.

Friday’s first round for the boys tournament includes No. 3 Chapel Hill hosting wildcard entry Northwood. No. 4 Orange travels to No. 3 Croatan, with the winner of that game facing Carrboro on May 10.

The Chapel Hill girls team was seeded No. 3 in its tournament and also earned a first-round bye. Chapel Hill will host Jacksonville in a second-game at 7 p.m. Friday.

The girls’ playoffs got underway Wednesday. Carrboro, a wildcard entry, fell 9-6 at No. 3 Wilmington Laney, while No. 3 East Chapel Hill blew out No. 4 Pinecrest by a 20-8 score. The Wildcats (9-9) were scheduled to travel Friday to Wilmington Hoggard (16-1) for a second-round game.

Tennis playoffs get underway

The NCHSAA dual-team tennis tournament got underway this week with four local teams in action. Big-8 champion Chapel Hill defeated Corinth Holders in a match on thge Tigers; home courts, while the others were on the road – East Chapel Hill at undefeated New Hanover, Orange at Union Pines, and Mid-State champion Carrboro at undefeated NCAC champion N.C. Science & Math in Durham.

East Chapel Hill and Orange had yet to report scores, but Carrboro lost 5-2 to NCSSM, which has reached the state semifnals two years in a row.

See Sunday's edition of the Chapel Hill News or newsobserver.com for other results.

The NCHSAA individuals tournament begins Friday with the first and second rounds. The regionals conclude Saturday, and semifinalists will advance to the state championship round the following weekend.

Smith wins OPAC baseball title

Smith Middle School captured the Orange-Person Athletic Conference baseball championship with a 10-2 win against Phillips in April, finishing the regular season at 10-1.

Anchored by 10 eighth-graders, the Cyclones bounced back from an opening loss to reel off 10 consecutive wins.

Along the way, Smith dealt perennial OPAC power Stanford its only loss of the season, 21-10. Leadoff man Alex Hussey drew two walks and slapped a base hit to set the tone offensively, while designated hitter Tom Viles drove in four runs on two hits.

“The loss to Gravelly (Hill) was basically a first-game wake up call,” said team captain Porter Lonegan.“We got focused. We learned how to respond to adversity.”,

Eighth-graders Joe Swanekamp (.735), Grant Stough (.595), Jackson Snider (.474) and Benton Copeland (.444) led Smith at the plate. The Cyclones outscored opponents 129-25 and averaged more than 12 runs per game. The same quartet pitched in rotation and combined for 82 strikeouts and a collective ERA of 1.55.

With Dylan Nicastro back in the lineup after a bout of illness, the Cyclones clinched the OPAC Southern Division title with a 4-2 win aganst Culbreth. Eli Benjamin and Ian Hamilton provided the offensive spark.

Highlanders win 11th straight as playoffs begin

The Highlanders Rugby Club of Chapel Hill ended its regular season strong, beating a Raleigh side 20-5 last Friday. That put HRC’s record at 6-0 record in its league after an unbeaten streak of 11 games overall.

The Highlanders scored a total of 56 tries this season, conceded only eight – and four of those came in a lose win against rival Union County.

Seeded No. 1, HRC advances to the state tournament semifinals for a rematch with No. 4 Raleigh – game time 3 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh Rugby Club on Poole Road.

The winner then faces either Union County or Charlotte Tigers. The semifinal winners also earn a spot in the High School Nationals in May.

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