Cary's varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams were forced to forfeit tonight's season finales against Athens Drive to prevent the school from surpassing the maximum number of regular-season games allowed by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
Cary had been approved for multiple endowment games, but endowment games in general cannot extend the season (go over the maximum).
The wording in the NCHSAA handbook had Cary officials thrown off.
In the basketball part of the handbook, it says: "an Endowment game may be played, which does not count against the season limit."
In the endowment game section of the handbook, it says: "These games are optional, one per sport. Exceptions to one Endowment game per sport require NCHSAA approval. They may not extend the season, and do not count against the season limitation in that sport and will not be used as part of the tie-breaking system."
Cary read that as multiple endowment games don't count against the season limits. The NCHSAA's definition of a regular season (that can't be extended), however, is 23 games or 24 with one endowment.
With one game to go, there are still many scenarios left to play out in Tri-9 Conference battles in boys' and girls' basketball.
Only one of the Eastern Plains Independent Schools Conference finals at Kerr-Vance Academy were played this year. The girls' title was called off with weather threatening. The boys' title was played, with Rocky Mount Academy defeating Raleigh Grace Christian in overtime.
In case you missed the story or the photo gallery, Green Hope won its first-ever state championship in boys' swimming.
The following photo of Seth Maslowski, the anchor leg on the team's winning 200-yard medley relay. And it's great, right? All the emotion you could hope to see in a state champion.
It's also perfect for being made into a meme, which his friends Atalay Onol and Basira Knight took care of today on Twitter.
They're just too good to not share.
And with their permission, I'll do just that with four of the best ones:
One blog with all the Tri-9 info from this year's boys and girls swimming & diving conference, regional and state championships.
Tri-9 championships story: Green Hope boys & Apex girls win
Tri-9 championships photo gallery
4A East regional story, Green Hope wins both
4A state championship story, Green Hope boys win, GH girls 2nd
4A state championship photo galleries