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2006 swim stars pursue Olympics

The five of the swimmers and divers who helped set 10 records in 12 events during the 2006 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A swimming and diving championships are pursuing berths in the London Olympics during this week's U.S. Olympic Trials.

Text of NCHSAA ballot

           CURRENT: "Any North Carolina public or non-boarding parochial high school is eligible for membership provided it is accredited by State Department of Public Instruction and provided it adopts and maintains the following code of participation in high school athletics…"

           PROPOSED CHANGE: "Any public secondary school in North Carolina is eligible for membership provided it is funded as a 'free public school' in accordance with provisions in the state constitution and adopts and maintains the following code of participation in high school athletics…"

           ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PROPOSAL ONE: The change would eliminate the three current non-boarding parochial schools from the membership and one that has been approved to join for the 2012-13 academic year. Non-boarding parochial schools have been a part of the NCHSAA membership for about 50 years.

           Currently, the non-boarding parochial schools have additional restrictions as conditions of NCHSAA membership: (1) Any student-athlete may not receive financial aid of any sort (academic, etc), and receiving aid would make the student ineligible, and (2) a transfer restriction; a student has to have been in attendance at the non-boarding parochial school the two most recent semesters to be eligible. That second restriction means if a student transfers from an NCHSAA public school member to one of these schools, he or she is ineligible for one year. The transfer rule is customarily waived when the student transfers from a non-member school, either in state or out of state.




           Charter schools with a high school athletic program are eligible upon request for assignment by the NCSHAA to an athletic conference, and as such are on equal standing with all schools in that conference until the conference season concludes. At that time, if two or more teams from charter schools qualify for a playoff berth in a bracketed sport that culminates in an NCHSAA state championship, they will be consolidated into a separate playoff bracket for that team championship.

           Individuals from member charter schools who qualify for playoff competition in non-bracketed sports above the conference level will compete with athletes from other public high schools in the NCHSAA.

           ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PROPOSAL TWO: There are currently approximately 20 charter schools in the NCHSAA membership, all of whom are in the 1-A classification. This provision would pull charter schools out of the regular 1-A playoffs, if they qualify through the regular conference procedure, and then they would meet in some kind of separate tournament format leading to a championship. This would represent an exception to the current procedure for offering championships by classification.

The recommended changes for both proposals, if approved, would take place in conjunction with the next realignment cycle, beginning at the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

NCHSAA voting on Gibbons' status

N.C. High School Athletic Association member schools will vote this week on whether Cardinal Gibbons, and other parochial non-boarding schools, can remain in the organization.

Carrboro soccer No. 1, CHHS No. 3

Carrboro's undefeated girls soccer team remains No. 1 in the latest statewide ratings of NCHSAA 2A schools by Chapel Hill High School has moved up to No. 3 in the 3A classification.

Carrboro (9-0-2), which was tied 2-2 Tuesday night at 4A East Chapel Hill, next plays Cedar Ridge on Monday.

Chapel Hill (10-2-0) has won four straight, but took off spring break and hasn't played since a 9-0 shutout March 28 of Northern Vance. The Tigers host Oxford Webb (8-3-0) tonight and travel to East Chapel Hill (6-4-3) on Thursday.

NCHSAA names Norris as coach of the year

Chapel Hill's Sherry Norri has been named the 2012 women's Toby Webb Coach of the Year by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.  Norris, who has coached two  volleyball teams and one girls' basketball team to past NCHSAA championships, has led Chapel Hill teams to more than 1,100 total wins over 34 years.

Millbrook teachers, like the Wildcats, are ‘All In’

Carla Allen knows what a good story is. Allen is also good at pushing the story forward and adding a new element to make the tale even better.

When Allen heard of the Wildcats’ new ritual this postseason to use royal blue poker chips as a reminder for the team to be “All In,” she wanted to get the whole school involved.

Millbrook held a pep rally Friday afternoon to celebrate the Wildcats reaching the NCHSAA 4A championship game for the second consecutive year. During the event, many teachers and staff members wore the same T-shirt: A royal blue shirt with “We’re All In” going across the chest.

Carolina Museum open Saturday for NCHSAA fans

The Carolina Basketball Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for free tours by fans attending NCHSAA cahmpionship games next door at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Carolina Basketball mueseum open Saturday for tournament fans

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association notes that fans attending the state basketball championships Saturday will have a great opportunity to see another attraction in Chapel Hill.

The Carolina Basketball Museum is a showcase of the great tradition of Tar Heel basketball and is being made available for fans of the NCHSAA championship. There is no charge to tour the museum, which will open at 9 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The museum is located in the Ernie Williamson building next to the Smith Center. It contains a great collection of memorabilia and displays about the history of Carolina basketball. Fans attending the NCHSAA finals can visit the museum prior to their team's championship or after they leave the high school game during museum hours of operation.

The first game at the Smith Center tips off at noon and sends Chocowinity Southside against defending champion Bishop McGuinness of Kernersville for the 1-A women's championship.  Four games are scheduled for the Smith Center and the other four will be played at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.

No. 1 seed Chapel Hill postpones first games

Due to snow in Guilford County and their opponents' problems with travel, Chapel Hill's top-seeded boys' and girls' basketball teams will postpone their first-round games in the NCHSAA Mideast Regional pod to Tuesday evening.

The CHHS girls (24-2) will host No. 16 seed Eastern Guilford (15-12) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. That's followed by a 7:30 p.m. boys game between No. 1 Chapel Hill (25-1) vs. No. 16 seed Southern Guilford (8-17).

The Northwood boys' game with Granville Central in the NCHSAA 2-A Mideast also has been moved, to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Carrboro girls; game at Northwood is still on for Monday night, with a 6 p.m. start.

Davis sets NCHSAA record for completions

East Chapel Hill quarterback Drew Davis, the son of former University of North Carolina coach Butch Davis, has set a state high school record for completions in a single game.

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