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November 5, 2013 

Field hockey moves into final week

Carrboro got the jump on its opponents and booked a spot early in the final four of the N.C. high school field hockey championships next weekend at Forsyth Country Day School.

The No. 2 seeded Jaguars defeated No. 10 Charlotte Myers Park 1-0 Saturday in a second round game. That means Carrboro will play in Friday's semifinals against No. 6 Chapel Hill, which edged No. 3 R.J. Reynolds 1-0 in sudden death OT on Monday in Winston-Salem.

No. 1 East Chapel Hill defeated No. 8 Northwest Guilford on Tuesday evening. That puts five-time defending champion East back into the state semifinals, were it will play Charlotte Catholic at 4 p.m. on Friday. Chapel Hill and Carrboro play at 6 p.m. Friday in the other semifinal.

The state finals are Saturday at Forsyth Country Day – third-place game at 1 p.m. and the state championship game at 3 p.m.

Check northcarolinafieldhockey.com for results.

Tigers and Jaguars advance in soccer

No. 1-ranked Chapel Hill shut out Big-8 Conference rival Northwood 5-0 Saturday to advance to the third round of the NCHSAA 3A soccer playoffs, where the Tigers (23-1-1) will host upset-minded South Brunswick (7-10-3) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ben Fisher scored twice for Chapel Hill against Northwood (12-8-1), while Connor Albrecht had one goal and one assist. Luke Ciocca and Alex Walker each scored once against the Chargers, and John Walden assisted on two goals.

Carrboro also won last weekend, eliminating Mid-State fellow member Graham 1-0. Murat Calikoglu scored the game-winner nine minutes into the second half, assisted by Luke Hickey. No. 7 seeded Carrboro (15-5-2) went to Washington for a third-round 2A game Tuesday against the No. 2 Pam Pack (18-1-2). See www.newsobserver.com for results.

Moore takes OCS season points title

Rougemont’s Craig Moore went into Saturday’s twinbill of Late Model racing at Orange County Speedway with a 28-point lead on his nearest competitor. As long as he avoided a race-ending wreck, he had smooth sailing toward his first points cup. He finished second behind Chuck Lawson, of Providence in the first Late Model event and then won the point championship in style by winning the last race of the season at OCS.

“Man, I’ve been wanting this since I was a little kid,” Moore said.

In the closest race of the night, 2010 champion Justin Newlin eked out a win over Lawson by an eighth of a car length in the Limited late Model finale.

In other races, Corey Purnell won the Street Stocks event, Jarret Milam took the Pure Stocks trophy, Junior Chriscoe completed his domination of the Super Mini Trucks season, and Carson Hudson won the Bandos race.

Smith wins 100 back for Carolina

Former Chapel Hill High School swimmer Carly Smith won the 100-yard backstroke last weekend at Koury Natatorium and helped the Carolina varsity sweep nationally ranked Louisville.

The No. 17 UNC men defeated No. 13 Louisville 186-161, while the No. 9 UNC women downed the No. 12 Cardinals 213-140.

Smith led off UNC's winning 400-yard medley relay team on the first day of competition and swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay than finished second on Saturday. She won the 100 back Saturday with a time of 55.59.

Anglers snag PBC championship

Jay Garrard and Mark Herndon of Durham County caught five bass weighing 19.81 pounds last weekend at Jordan Lake to win the 2013 Piedmont Bass Classics ( www.piedmontbassclassics.com ) points championship. The also had the catch-and-release tournament's biggest fish, 7.79 pounds, to bring their total winnings to $2,806.

Elliott Warnock

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