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Hilltop Invitational baseball tournament set to begin

The Hilltop Invitational, the Triangle's largest spring break baseball tournament, begins Thursday and uses the fields at East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, Orange and Cedar Ridge high schools to host two eight-team tournaments.

The "American Division" is hosted by East Chapel Hill and Orange and features Cary, East Chapel Hill, East Forsyth, South Granville, Burlington Williams, Granville Central, Maury (Va.) and Orange.

The "National Division" is hosted by Chapel Hill and Cedar Ridge and features Cardinal Gibbons, Durham Jordan, Surry Central, Cedar Ridge, Southern Alamance, Kernersville Glenn, Tallmadge (Ohio) and Chapel Hill.

Carolina-12 Basketball Tournament Results

The Carolina-12 Conference, which has both 1A and 2A members, splits its post-season basketball tournament by classification.

Northwood's boys were upset by Carrboro in the 2A tournament final, while the Northwood girls defeated host Granville Central.

Roxboro Community's boys thwarted a Cinderalla run by Franklin Academy in the 1A final, while River Mill's girls defeated Franklin Academy in the other final played at Durham's Voyager Academy.

Here is the N&O story from the 2A tournament.

Second round NCHSAA softball pairings

In 4-A: Wilmington Laney at West Johnston; Clayton at Fayetteville Britt; Garner at Scotland; Northern Durham travels to Holly Springs; Apex is at Wake Forest-Rolesville; Leesville Road is at Person; Riverside is at Fuquay-Varina

Friday's NCHSAA East girls basketball sectional finals

A showdown of one-loss Millbrook and one-loss Green Hope leads the 4-A lineup, while a Chatham County rivalry is renewed in the 2-A ranks as Northwood visits Jordan-Matthews.

Winners of Friday's sectional final (third round) will advance to next week's East regionals in Fayetteville. See the rest of the NCHSAA girls basketball playoff match-ups in the East by clicking "Read More" below.

N.C. Media state basketball polls

Garner boys and Green Hope girls are ranked No. 2 in their 4-A polls. The Princeton boys fall from No. 1 to No. 3 in 1-A boys.

NCHSAA dual-team wrestling playoffs

Today starts the wrestling dual-team playoffs. Teams meet in four-team pods today, with the advancing team moving on to Thursday for another four-team pod. The state championships will be held at school sites on Saturday.

N&O girls basketball rankings

Green Hope and Millbrook continue to hold the top two spots in the N&O girls basketball rankings, but Graham River Mill and Raleigh Sanderson break into the top dozen.

N&O girls basketball rankings

The top six teams in the N&O girls high school basketball rankings remain unchanged, but the bottom half of the top dozen are shuffled.

Green Hope and Millbrook are firmly entrenched at the top.

N&O girls basketball rankings

The Piedmont Athletic 4-A Conference is so balanced that it is hard to get a read on which team is best.

Durham Riverside, which moves to No. 4 in the Raleigh News & Observer high school girls rankings this week, beat Northern Durham, which is ranked No. 5. Northern has a loss to No. 6 Durham Hillside. Northern beat Hillside last Friday.

N&O girls basketball rankings

Green Hope, Millbrook girls are Nos. 1 and 2, but much of the rest of the rankings are shaken.

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