Wildcats net another win against Page
East Chapel Hill, ranked No. 3 in the season’s first N.C. High School Tennis Coaches poll, picked up a big win Wednesday with a 5-4 decision against Greensboro Page, considered a favorite along with Grimsley to win the Triad’s powerful Metro Conference.
The Wildcats’ win evidenced their depth. They lost the first three singles matches but got wins from Iskra Jovsimovic, Mackenzie Bright and Kiri Schulz to tie at 3; they then won two of three doubles – with wins by Meghana Holegadde-Jovsimovic and Caroline McLanahan-Sarah McMahon – to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Carrboro downs Jordan in field hockey
Carrboro flexed a little muscle against 4A Jordan last week in field hickey, blanking the Falcons 7-0. Katie Wilson led the way with three goals, while Kirsten Macleod scored two, and Maddie Smith and Juliet Kelly had one apiece, helping Carrboro improve to 4-2.
Creech earns a spot in USGA’s Mid-Amateur
Staci Creech, a pro at UNC’s Finley Golf Course, carded a 3-over-par 75 Wednesday at Charlotte’s Pine Island Country Club to earn one of the seven spots decided for the upcoming U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Kristina Blaylock of Cary shot a 4-under round of 68 to earn medalist honors and to advance to the Mid-Am that will be held Oct. 5-10 at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville.
Other qualifiers include 2012 CGA Women’s Player of the Year, Dawn Woodard of Greer, S.C., (who shot 69 Wednesday); Julie Streng of Greensboro (72); Kim Briele of New Bern (72); venerable CGA champion Patty Moore of Charlotte (75); and Creech of Chapel Hill (75). The last available spot was earned by Angela Stewart of Greenville (77) after a five-hole playoff that included Peg Brady of Huntersville and Taffy Brower of Boynton Beach, Fla., both of whom earned alternate slots.
The Charlotte sectional qualifier was one of 24 held throughout the country and was conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association on behalf of the United States Golf Association.
The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is for women 25 years of age or older. Players must have a USGA handicap index of 9.4 or less.
Three local golfers qualify for N.C. Mid-Amateur
Down in Sanford, Chapel Hill golfers Russ Adams (who shot a 76), Brad Clark (77) and Mark Kozel (80) all earned spots in the 20th N.C. Mid-Amateur that will be played Sept. 6-8 at Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington.
Terry Rathman of Gastonia and Dale Ring of Carthage both carded a 1-over-par 73 to claim medalist honors in qualifying at Carolina Trace’s Lake Course, where 38 players qualified for the CGA’s N.C. Mid-Amateur.
Griffin takes second in Cheves
East Chapel Hill golfer Ben Griffin finished second after just missing a putt on the last hole of last weekend’s Joe Cheves Junior Invitational at Mimosa Hills Country Club.
Griffin was leading the two-day event in Morganton after birdies on holes 12, 14 and 17, but then sent his drive on the 18th behind some trees, ending up with a bogey and a first-round 69. Ryan Stachler of Georgia took the first-round lead with a 67 and played steady down the stretch – with birdies on all the par 5s and pars on the last four holes – to become the first winner from outside North Carolina since 2006.
Griffin bettered his first-round score by carding a 68 in the final round, for a total 137, one stroke behind Stachler. Three golfers tied for third at 138: Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh (who had the tournament’s lowest round of 65); Wake Forest signee Tanner Owen of High Point; and N.C. State signee Will Long of Gastonia.
Griffin was scheduled to play in this weekend’s Junior Players Championship at Ponte Vendra TPC Sawgrass.
Tigers win two against Webb
At Chapel Hill High School last week, the Tigers swept a double-header with Oxford Webb for a pair of tennis victories, winning 9-0 and 7-0.
Ria Das, Emily Easthom, Morgan Alderman, Emily Molina, Louisa Fine and Leslie Shannon all won their singles in the first match, followed by doubles wins by Alderman-Fine, Molina-Shannon and Sam Golden-Elora Dash.
CHHS switched up its lineup for match No. 2, getting singles wins from Gabe Chew, Sam Lane, Lauren Su, Golden, Thais Therrien and Joy Stouffer, then played just one doubles match – a win for Therrien-Stouffer.
The Tigers were coming off an 8-1 win against Northwood on Tuesday, where Chew, Easthom, Lane, Dash and Golden picked up singles wins. Fine-Su, Shannon-Molina and Souffer-Therrien won their doubles match for CHHS.
Hannah Holloway got the lone win for Northwood, outlasting Das 2-6, 6-2 (10-6) at No. 1 singles.
Heels host Carolina Nike Classic
Defending NCAA women’s soccer champion North Carolina returned to Fetzer Field this weekend, playing at home for the first time since a 2012 NCAA third-round victory over Baylor. The 2013 Carolina team features two former East Chapel Hill players who appeared in the NCAA championship game – defenders Caitlin Ball and Hanna Gardner.
The Tar Heels are hosting the annual Carolina Nike Classic. UNC played New Mexico on Friday (see www.newsobserver.com/sports for results) and hosts the Kenbnesaw State Owls at 3 p.m. today. That game is preceded by a match between Duke and New Mexico at noon.
No junior varsity football games
Both Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill opted to call off their JV football games last week – the Tigers versus South Granville and East hosting Carrboro – due to a lack of players. Both programs are contemplating folding the underclassmen into their varsities. But East Chapel Hill athletics director Ray Hartsfield says, “Be assured that this game will be played at a later date.”
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