High School Sports

NCHSAA roundup: athlete of the year awards, playoff scores, conference track

Garner High was one of the winners Thursday at the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s annual meeting, held the day after the spring board of directors meeting.

Garner won the Commissioner’s Cup for community service for its “March Madness” basketball game for students with special needs.

Among the other awards, Asheboro’s Nick Coe, a national champion wrestler and all-state football player heading to Auburn next year, was the male athlete of the year.

Hiwassee Dam’s Haylie Shope was the female athlete of the year after starring in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Transfers: Two of the Triangle’s best boys basketball players are transferring to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for their senior seasons.

Ravenscroft junior Mike Okuaru and Garner junior Thomas Allen, both N&O All-Metro picks last season, announced their moves Thursday.

Okuaru averaged 14.6 points per game and was an all-state NCISAA player. Allen was Greater Neuse 4A player of the year and averaged 21.6 per game.

Track and field: Cleveland continued its dominance of the Two Rivers 3A track and field conference championships on Wednesday as the boys won their fourth straight title and the girls, led by MVP Sydni Fields, won their fifth.

Fields won all four events she was in. South Johnston’s Fabian McDonald won the long jump (21-6½) and both the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.4) to take boys’ MVP honors. Corinth Holders was runner-up in both.

In other conference championships, the Durham School of the Arts girls and Franklinton boys won the Northern Carolina 2A, the South Central girls and J.H. Rose boys won Eastern Carolina 3A/4A titles and Princeton’s boys and Rosewood’s girls were runner-up in the Carolina 1A to Hobbton. The Union Pines girls won the Cape Fear Valley 3A while the boys were runner-up to Fayetteville Terry Sanford.

Playoffs: The NCHSAA playoffs continue Friday with the lacrosse playoffs. Most games are 7 p.m. but some boy-girls doubleheaders are set for 6 and 8 p.m.

Boys tennis has individual regionals Friday and Saturday and the dual-team playoffs continue Tuesday. See below for scores and matchups.


4A East

First round scores: Green Hope 6, South View 0; D.H. Conley 5, Garner 2; New Hanover 6, East Chapel Hill 0; Millbrook 6, Pinecrest 0; East Wake at Enloe; Cardinal Gibbons 9, Jack Britt 0; Panther Creek 5, Wakefield 1; Clayton 6, Richmond County 0

Second round Tuesday: Green Hope at D.H. Conley; Millbrook at New Hanover; Cardinal Gibbons at Enloe; Panther Creek at Clayton

3A East

First round scores: Fike 7, West Carteret 0; Cleveland 6, Western Alamance 3; Union Pines 8, Orange 1; Ledford 7, Topsail 2 ; Northern Guilford 6, Rocky Mount 0; Terry Sanford 7, Western Guilford 2; Eastern Wayne 5, White Oak 1; Chapel Hill 6, Corinth Holders 0

Second round matches: Cleveland at Fike; Ledford at Union Pines; Terry Sanford at Northern Guilford; Eastern Wayne at Chapel Hill

2A East

First round scores: Washington 9, Bunn 0; N.C. School of Science and Math 5, Carrboro 2; Durham School of the Arts 5, Kinston 1; Clinton 6, South Columbus 0 // Edenton Holmes at Croatan (Mon.); Providence Grove 7, Goldsboro 2; West Bladen at St. Pauls (7-2); North Johnston 5, First Flight 1

Second round matches: Washington at N.C. School of Science and Math / Durham School of the Arts at Clinton // TBA at Providence Grove / North Johnston at St. Pauls

1A East

First round scores: East Carteret 9, Princeton 0; Chatham Charter 5, Louisburg 3; Voyager Academy 6, North Moore 0; Raleigh Charter 9, Southeast Halifax 0

Second round matches: Gates County at East Carteret / Chatham Charter at (Williamston) Riverside // Voyager Academy at Rosewood / East Columbus at Raleigh Charter


4A East

First round scores: Athens Drive 12, Enloe 9; Heritage 16, J.H. Rose 6; Holly Springs 17, Ashley 2; Wakefield 10, New Hanover 9

Second round Friday: Athens Drive at Hoggard; Millbrook at East Chapel Hill; Heritage at New Bern; Jordan at Middle Creek; Holly Springs at Broughton; Laney at Leesville Road; Wakefield at Apex ; Green Hope at Cardinal Gibbons

1A/2A/3A East

First round Friday: Northwood at Chapel Hill; Havelock at South Brunswick; First Flight at Northside (Jacksonville;) Orange at Croatan. BYE: Topsail, Jacksonville, Carrboro, Cedar Ridge, Carrboro



First round scores: Laney 9, Carrboro 5; East Chapel Hill 20, Pinecrest 8; Topsail 14, Heritage 3; J.H. Rose 14, Leesville Road 13

Second round matches: Carrboro at Cardinal Gibbons; Millbrook at Middle Creek; East Chapel Hill at Hoggard; Green Hope at Ashley Topsail at New Bern / Wakefield at Apex / J.H. Rose at Broughton / Jacksonville at Chapel Hill

Mike Potter contributed.

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps