The N.C. High School Athletic Association will race through its dual-team wrestling championships this week. The first two rounds are Tuesday and the quarterfinals and semifinals are Thursday. The state titles will be decided Saturday.
The individual regionals are scheduled for Feb. 13 and 14 with the championships on Feb. 19-21.
Holly Springs (25-0), the top-ranked team in the area, and Durham Riverside will be among four 4A East host schools for the first two rounds this week.
Holly Springs wrestles Richmond County in the first round. The winner faces either Leesville Road or Clayton.
Riverside goes against Knightdale with the winner facing Millbrook or Northern Durham.
Athens Drive wrestles at Fayetteville Britt, which also is hosting Lumberton vs. New Bern.
Cary, No. 2 in the area, travels to Fayetteville Cape Fear for a first-round assignment against Wilmington Laney. Southern Pines Pinecrest and Cape Fear is the other matchup.
Gymnastics: Clayton was the surprise winner in the large team competition in the N.C. gymnastics championships Saturday at the Raleigh School of Gymnastics.
The Comets, in their first effort in the large team group, ended Green Hope’s three-year reign in the class, 150.4 to 150.05.
The NCHSAA does not have an official gymnastics championship, but several area high school have teams.
Competition is divided into large team and small team divisions. Large teams can enter five gymnasts in each event with the top four scores counting for the team score. Small teams can enter three or four gymnasts in each event with the top three scores counting.
Clayton’s title run was led by Sloane Patterson, who finished third in all-around and was top four in all four events. Madyson Scott tied for fifth in all-around and Jessica Joslyn tied for 10th.
Green Hope sophomore Sabriyya Rouse was the all-around large team champ and won vault, bars and beam. She was second to Millbrook’s Lydia Sobhan on floor.
In the all-stars portion of Large Team, Athens Drive’s Sam Orebaugh won all-round and tied with Sara Watson of South Columbus on vault. Watson also won bars. April Bass of Wilmington Ashley won beam, with Garner’s Lauren Rogers winning on floor.
Corinth Holders junior Lydia Davis dominated the small team competition. She won the all-around title and the floor (posting a perfect 10) and shared titles with Middle Creek’s Elizabeth Farin on bars and with Panther Creek’s Maria Esposto on beam. Esposto won vault.
Panther Creek won the small team championship.
In small team all-stars, Ta’Nia Thompson of Cleveland won all-around, vault and floor, while Cierra Davis of Princeton won bars and Tara Schwagerl of Wilmington Hoggard won floor.
Frazier goes fast: Ravenscrot’s Ryen Frazier broke her own N.C. record by running the fastest indoor mile ever by a high school girl (4 minutes, 41.56 seconds) Saturday at the Hilton Garden Invitational in Winston-Salem., according to NCpreptrack.com. Frazier finished sixth against a field that included collegiate and post-collegiate runners.
Frazier topped her old time of 4:42.55 set last November.
She is expected to run in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday.
Three-way tie in SWAC: Holly Springs, Green Hope and Athens Drive are tied for first in the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A girls basketball standings with 8-2 records.
Holly Springs has lost to twice to Athens Drive, which has lost to Green Hope and Apex. Green Hope has lost to Holly Springs and Apex.
Green Hope is at home against Athens Drive on Tuesday and plays at Holly Springs on Friday before facing Apex and Panther Creek next week.
Holly Springs also has games left with Middle Creek, Panther Creek and Apex.
After playing Green Hope on Tuesday, Athens Drive wraps up conference play against Middle Creek, Fuquay-Varina and Cary.
Lee Montgomery contributed to this story.