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North Wake takes 2nd in CCSSL

North Wake, a summer league baseball team composed of Heritage High players, finished as runner-up in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League.

North Wake fell to Carolina Beach (Wilmington Ashley) 6-1 in the championship game last week.

The league, in its eighth year, includes teams from as far east as Wilmington and as far west as Greensboro.

Several area teams compete in the league, including Sanderson, Broughton, Millbrook and Leesville Road. Sixteen of the league’s 62 teams made the three-day playoffs tournament.

Leesville topped East Wake, 8-5, in the first round before falling to eventual champion Carolina Beach.

North Wake defeated Northwest Guilford, New Bern and Apex to reach the championship game.

The CCSSL showcase games, featuring 80 of the league’s top players, were scheduled to be played Tuesday at Duke University.

Area players selected to the Senior Showcase were:

East Wake’s Paschal Ammons and Austin Dickens, Millbrook’s Chris Scott and Brian Miller, Enloe’s Austin King, Wake Christian’s Beau Barger, Broughton’s Eric Collins, Heritage’s Graham Upton and Sanderson’s Matt Koehler.

Area players selected to the Futures Showcase were: Heritage’s Dylan Reget, Justin Kunz and Caleb Coyle, East Wake’s Coley Mizell, Sanderson’s Cory Wood, Leesville Road’s Andrew Papp and Dillon Cooper, Millbrook’s Alex Royalty and Logan Ross, and Broughton’s Jake Baize.

Junior Olympics: Several area athletes competed with the nation’s best at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships at North Carolina A&T last week.

Enloe’s Dominick Patterson, affiliated with Hurdle First Track Club, won the 15-16 boys 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.14 seconds.

Another Hurdles First athlete, Timara Chapman, placed first in the 13-14 girls pentathlon.

Isaiah Bowman, of Raleigh-based Carolina Elite, won the 13-14 boys javelin with a distance of 172 feet, 10 inches.

Football practice: N.C. High School Athletic Association teams begin official practice Thursday.

Most teams have had voluntary workouts all summer, and many have participated in 7-on-7 passing events, but the NCHSAA mandatory five-day conditioning period begins next week. Each player must have five days of conditioning before body-to-body contact.

The NCHSAA board discussed the need for the conditioning period years ago. Several members argued it was not needed because the players had been working throughout the summer. But the majority believed the conditioning period was needed to guarantee each player had at least five days to acclimate to the heat and stress of practice.

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