Former Methodist University and high school assistant Jon Sherman will be the next head football coach of East Chapel Hill's Wildcats. He has been handling the day-to-day operations of the Wildcat program since Bill Renner announced at the end of the state playoffs that he was stepping down after three years at East.
Bill Renner, who led the East Chapel Hill to its best regular-season finish in football since the school opened in 1996, is stepping down as head coach of the Wildcats. He met with the team after classes Monday to inform them of his decision.
East Chapel Hill alum Kerri Dice has earned a share of the lead in the first round of the CGA's 63rd North Carolina Women's State Amateur Championship at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton. Carole Jones of Hillsborough leads the tournament's State Tee division.
Morgan McGee of Durham Hillside and Maddie McCallie of Durham Riverside shared PAC-Six 4A girls basketball player of the year award.
Today is National Signing Day, when high school athletes from fall sports make their official commitments to college teams.
While several high school seniors who play Olympic sports are signing as well, much of the emphasis for many schools is placed on football programs.
Locally, offensive lineman William Heine of East Chapel Hill has committed to Georgetown and Chapel Hill's R.J. Quick has signed on for Winston-Salem State.
Heine, a 6-5, 280-pound senior played at right tackle for East, helping to protect record-setting QB Drew Davis in coach Bill Renner's "five-wide" offense. Heine will be joining his brother James at Georgetown, who's a pitcher for the Hoyas' baseball team.
Quick, not the biggest Tiger at 5-11, 180 pounds, was still one of the biggest guns as a top receiver for coach Issac Marsh as CHHS went 10-3 last season. He was also one of the quickest, no pun intended, with 4.5 speed.
The University of North Carolina is announcing its commitments — including Phil Williamson of Jordan — from the Class of 2012 this afternoon. See UNC Now (http://blogs.newsobserver.com/uncnow) for the latest on Carolina's recruits, and ACC Now (http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/home) for updates on Duke and N.C. State.
No. 1 Garner 41, No. 6 Southeast Raleigh 34 (FINAL)
No. 2 Leesville Road 55, Heritage 0 (FINAL)
No. 3 Hillside 45, East Chapel Hill 7 (FINAL)
No. 4 Wake Forest-Rolesville 55, Millbrook 23 (FINAL)
No. 5 Wakefield 45, Broughton 21 (FINAL)
No. 7 Fuquay-Varina 21, Apex 0 (FINAL)
No. 8 Triton 22, Eastern Wayne 0 (FINAL)
No. 9 Southern Durham 43, Northern Durham 7 (FINAL)
No. 10 Middle Creek 28, Holly Springs 14 (FINAL)
No. 11 Cary 28, Green Hope 8 (FINAL)
No. 12 Cardinal Gibbons 35, Orange 21 (FINAL)
Athens Drive 29, Lee County 21 (FINAL)
Chapel Hill 17, Southern Vance 12 (FINAL)
Cleveland 62, South Johnston 59 (FINAL)
East Wake 59, Smithfield-Selma 13 (FINAL)
Enloe 26, Sanderson 21 (FINAL)
North Johnston 30, Franklinton 29 (FINAL)
North Raleigh Christian 24, Wake Christian 21 (FINAL)
Northwood 42, Union Pines 7 (FINAL)
Panther Creek 20, Jordan 12 (FINAL)
Riverside 15, Person 12 (FINAL)
Ravenscroft 42, Charlotte Christian 21 (FINAL)
Warren County 40, Corinth Holders 6 (FINAL)
West Johnston 35, Clayton 30 (FINAL)
Due to rain and a soggy field at Linny Wrenn Stadium, East Chapel Hill's Piedmont Athletic 4-A Conference football game at Durham Riverside High School has been rescheduled for Monday evening at 7 p.m.
East Chapel Hill senior quarterback Drew Davis, who set the state record with 43 completions a week ago, almost matched his total Friday night in a 69-42 victory over Durham Jordan.
Chapel Hill withstood the 239 yards rushing mounted by South Granville's Josh Bailey and opened the season with a 19-13 win Friday night on the road. In other games involving area teams, both played in-county, Carrboro out-lasted Central Davidson 47-36 and Orange looked strong in downing Person 42-14. East Chapel Hill lost to East Wake 28-21. Northwood was stung by East Duplin, 56-6, and Cedar Ridge fell 57-37 at Eastern Alamance.
Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill will stage an earlier than usual version of their intense soccer rivalry Thursday night in the finals of The O.C. invitational tournament.
The cross-town rivals will play at 8 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Carrboro High School in The O.C.'s championship game. That match will be preceded by Carrboro hosting Jordan-Matthews in the third-place consolation final at 6 p.m.
Over at Culbreth Middle School, Cedar Ridge will play Cary Academy at 5 p.m. Thursday, and Northwood will face Western Alamance at 7 p.m.
The O.C. junior varsity championship will be played tonight at 6 p.m. at Culbreth, featuring Carrboro against Chapel Hill.
In Tuesday's championship semifinals for the varsities, Chapel Hill fought off the talented and still under-rated visitors from Jordan-Matthews for a 4-3 win, and East Chapel Hill advanced to the title game after winning a penalty kick shootout with Carrboro.
The Wildcats and Jaguars were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, and then were still tied through one round of penalty kicks before East won the shootout in sudden death, 7-6.