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Preliminary brackets for boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis

The NCHSAA has posted preliminary brackets for volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis playoffs. All of these fall sport playoff brackets have a particular slot associated with each team's finish in the conference standings. There are also a limited number of wild-card spots.

National softball powers Alexander Central and North Davidson await Clayton and Holly Springs later tonight

The two teams that wait on the opposite of the 4-A final four brackets — Alexander Central and North Davidson — for Triangle-area schools Clayton and Holly Springs are medal-heavy veterans of the early June battles at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. They're also ranked among the top prep softball squads in the nation.

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Softball plays tonight

EDITOR'S NOTE: Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina are playing Saturday night at 6 p.m. due to today's rainfall.

A potent Fuquay-Varina attack is expected to face Holly Springs’ Erica Nunn, one of the top high school softball pitchers in the state tonight, in the fourth round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs tonight.

Q&A preview: Holly Springs vs Ashley baseball, best-of-3 series

The Holly Springs baseball program, led by a number of seniors who will graduate as the school's first four-year graduating class, is on the doorstep of a possible state championship berth. The squad became the first Golden Hawks team to reach the 4-A East final in any sport with Tuesday's win against Leesville Road.

Next up: a three-game series with Wilmington's Ashley High.

I've brought in a righty from the coast to answer some questions about the Golden Hawks' opponent.

Holly Springs opens at home

Holly Springs and Wilmington Ashley will begin a best-of-three baseball series on Thursday.

Softball teams vie for Final Four spot

By week's end, we'll be down to four teams in each classification for the softball playoffs. Each class' final four teams move to next week's state championships at Walnut Creek as part of a double-elimination tournament.

Baseball's regional winners to be decided this week

The regional semifinals are Tuesday. Winners will play against each other in a best-of-three series starting on Thursday for the regional titles. The state championships are next weekend, with two of the classes playing a best-of-three series at Five County Stadium and the other two at N.C. State's Doak Field.

Girls soccer regionals this week

Leesville Road, Cardinal Gibbons and Carrboro will each host East regional finals this week. The state championships are this Friday and Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.

NCHSAA dual-team tennis semifinals

Millbrook faces East Chapel Hill in 4-A and Eastern Wayne plays at Cardinal Gibbons in the NCHSAA dual-team tennis semifinals.

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

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