Cardinal Gibbons' Morgan Reid is the Carolina Six 3A girls basketball player of the year.
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.
Chapel Hill High School won a coin flip Saturday to get the top seed in the Carolina-6 Conference's girls basketball tournament. That means, if they win their semifinal game on Wednesday, that the Tigers would host the finals for both boys and girls in the Carolina-6 Conference tournament on Friday night.
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.
East Chapel Hill had another good night passing the ball in its 35-28 win Monday night at Durham Riverside. With all the footballs flying at Linny Wrenn Stadium, it might be easy to overlook the improvement in the Wildcats' defense and special teams.
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.
The junior varsity football game between Cedar Ridge and Cardinal Gibbons, which was scheduled originally for Hillsborough, will be played instead at the Raleigh school's campus. Kickoff is now set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cardinal Gibbons field.
Among the casualties of Hurricane Irene even before it hits North Carolina will be The Brittany Soccer Showcase. That means Carrboro's boys soccer match with a talented Swansboro team, originally scheduled for Friday night in Wilson, is cancelled.
Most Triangle high school football teams are still scheduled to play Friday night, but many of those playing farther east or south are opting to play Thursday night or postponing for a later date to avoid the heavy rainfall expected along the I-95 corridor over the weekend.
For example, Durham Hillside at Fayetteville E.E. Smith has been moved to Thursday.
The Brittany for the Boys soccer showcase in Wilson, which was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, was also canceled. It's traditionally been a major draw for prep soccer, bringing in scores of teams every year.
Mike Petty, a spokesman for The Brittany organizing committee, said the decision to cancel was made so that traveling teams would be able to change their motel reservations, chartered buses and dining plans.
“To allow them to make their cancellations in time to avoid charges, it is necessary to make our ‘go, no go’ decision now rather than waiting for later weather updates and the right decision is to cancel,” Petty told the News & Observer. “If we err, we choose to err on the side of caution.”
The Chapel Hill News and the News & Observer's Preps Now blog will update you on changes to high school schedules as they are received.
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.