Summer hasn’t even arrived and already folks are talking high school football.
Fourteen teams from across the state will participate in the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree on Aug. 13 at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Northern and Southern will represent Durham in the mix. PAC-6 rival and jamboree host Cardinal Gibbons plays Heritage in the day’s last game.
The Knights will face off against Lee County at 2:40 p.m. Northern won six of its last eight games last season and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to D.H. Conley in a 42-39 heartbreaker.
The Spartans will take on New Hanover at 4 p.m. Southern, a state champion in 2013, was last year’s 3AA state runner-up after losing to Crest in the championship game. Rising senior quarterback Jalen Greene threw for 2,214 yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns last season.
Cavaliers well represented in post-season
Durham Academy placed five teams in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s state playoffs.
Seeded No. 3 in the NCISAA 3A ranks, DA’s tennis team had a first-round bye and then defeated No. 6 seed Christ School 5-1 to reach Friday’s state semifinal against No. 2 seed Covenant Day (13-2), to be played at the Charlotte Tennis Club’s indoor facility.
However, no matter what happens in the finals, the Cavaliers’ tennis program can celebrate after setting a single-season school record for wins (20).
Girls’ soccer finished the regular season 13-2-1 and, like the tennis team, also earned a first-round bye as the NCISAA 3A classification’s No. 4 seed.
DA shut out Wesleyan Christian Academy 4-0 in the soccer tournament’s second round and stood 14-2-1 as the Cavs readied to play at No. 1 and undefeated Cary Academy (15-5-0) in a state semifinal on Friday. The winner off that semi is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Saturday to Caldwell Academy against either No. 2 Charlotte Latin (17-2-4) or No. 3 Providence Day (15-2-4).
The No. 2-seed girls’ lacrosse defeated Saint Mary’s School 19-1 last week and then improved to 11-4 as the Cavs defeated Charlotte Latin 18-10 to reach Saturday’s 1 p.m. game against No. 1 Charlotte Country Day (19-1-1) for the NCISAA championship.
DA’s boys’ lacrosse team finished its year at 11-8 after it fell Tuesday at No. 2-seeded Christ School in the Div. I playoffs’ first round. Christ School (14-4) advanced to the NCISAA championship Saturday at No. 1 Ravenscroft (16-2).
Boys’ golf played in the NCISAA state championships after finishing No. 2 in the conference standings. Individually, Allen Smith led DA with a 2-under par 70 to tie for second in the conference tournament.
Cannon School won the NCISAA’s state golf championship with a team total of 573 Monday-Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury. DA (625) came in seventh.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham will host its annual Bull City Golf Classic Fore Kids May 22-23 at Hope Valley Country Club & Golf Course. The dinner and auction is on Sunday, with golf commencing on Monday. Prizes will be awarded for gross competition and net competition, plus other prizes. Visit durhambgc.org/golf_registration/.
And if you just can’t get enough golf – and doing a good deed at the same time – the annual Triangle Golf Challenge is June 17 at 8 a.m. at UNC’s Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill. Co-hosts of the event are N.C. Central men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton and UNC basketball greats Phil Ford and Walter Davis.
Playing categories are Senior for those 65-up, Open Flight, PanHellenic and (possibly) High School. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, and longest drive for both women and men.
Proceeds benefit Communities in Schools Durham and The Banks Foundation, which assists low-income families with down payment assistance. Register at: trianglegolfchallenge.org.
Also, you can set your schedule now for next year’s Triangle Challenge, which will be hosted by North Carolina Central on June 16, 2017. That’s the Friday before the 2017 U.S. Open.
N.C. Central University is seeking a new softball coach after the release of Theresa Stephens last week. Stephens compiled a 44-193 record in five seasons, including this year’s 8-42 finish, which kept the Eagles out of the MEAC tournament for a fifth straight year.
“We appreciate the efforts of coach Stephens the last five seasons, but feel it is time for a change in the leadership of our softball program,” Athletics Director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said.
Associate AD Derrick Magee is overseeing the program while a national search begins.