The N.C. High School Athletic Association will hold its annual regional meeting Thursday at N.C. State’s Vaughn Towers. High school athletics directors and principals from area schools will meet with NCHSAA leaders.
The meeting is designed for the NCHSAA staff to get feedback from the schools.
One of the primary items for discussion will be the next conference realignment. The NCHSAA places schools in conferences once every four years. Leagues change as schools open and close or increase and decrease in enrollment.
The next alignment will begin in 2017, but the process will begin next year. It takes about a year to put the schools into conferences and complete the appeals process.
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The NCHSAA is expected to consider some changes in alignment.
Among the options being discussed is adding separate leagues for football. The NCHSAA also will look at the number and the size of classifications. Each classification currently has about 25 percent of the NCHSAA schools.
Cross country: The Broughton boys were an impressive winner Saturday in the adidas XC Challenge at the Wake Med course in Cary.
The Caps topped second-place Hope Mills South View 84-140. East Chapel Hill (184) and Cardinal Gibbons (185) were third and fourth.
Junior Jeremy Brown (15 minutes, 28.6 seconds) led Broughton with a third-place finish behind South View’s Phil Hall (15:12.1) and West Johnston’s Kyle Christ (15:23.9).
Cardinal Gibbons (176) and Chapel Hill (190) were second and third behind Blacksburg, Va. (50) in the girls’ championship. Blacksburg is ranked No. 3 in the country by milesplit.com.
Green Hope, which did not run at the meet, is No. 15 in the milesplit.com girls rankings and Cardinal Gibbons is No. 43.
Cardinal Gibbons freshman Marissa Bishop (18:18.2) was seventh and the top area girls’ finisher Saturday.
Garner Hall: Former baseball coach Henry Liles and former athletes Steve Hudson and Carol Merritt are among the individuals who will be inducted into the Garner Magnet High Hall of Fame next spring.
Liles’ baseball teams won 10 conference titles during his 15-year tenure. Hudson played basketball and baseball at Garner and was Mount Olive College male athlete of the year in 1991 after setting several school baseball records. Merritt was a state champion in the 300 meters indoors and the 400 meters outdoors and set seven school records while competing at Wake Forest University.
In addition, the school will induct its girls’ basketball teams from the 1950s.
Nunn honored: Holly Springs retired the softball No. 20 worn by former pitching standout Erica Nunn during Friday’s 48-10 football victory over Durham Jordan.
Nunn was a high school All-America selection and a two-time News & Observer Softball Player of the Year. She had a career 0.58 ERA, 10 no-hitters, 37 shutouts, 12 one-hitters and one perfect game.
She now plays at South Florida.
Coast Guard soccer: Conor Regan, a 2011 North Raleigh Christian graduate, and Caelan Harshaw, a 2013 grad from Cary Academy, are starting on the Coast Guard Academy’s undefeated men’s soccer team.
Harshaw has two assists for the Coast Guard, which is 7-0 with seven one-goal victories.
Questions: Reader Catherine Auman DeMaere poses a question that I can’t answer.
The Orange High football stadium is named Glenn Auman Stadium in honor of her father, who coached at the school.
The Fayetteville Seventy-First Stadium is named Loyd E. Auman Stadium, in honor of Glenn’s brother, a former principal at the school.
A. Is there another set of brothers in North Carolina who have had high school stadiums named in their honor?
B. I’m doing a story on who was/is the best high school football coach ever in the area. The coach must have coached in the area for 10 years or more.
If you have a suggestion, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me why.