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November 21, 2013 

Carrboro High School's Spencer Brown signed his national letter of intent last Wednesday, committing to play baseball on scholarship at High Point University. Brown was an all-conference player three years in a row for Carrboro, where he was a catcher, pitcher and shortstop, and he served as team captain two years. Parents, athletes and coaches, please send your signing photos to chnsports@newsobserver.com. We want to share as many of them as possible.

COURTESY OF KELLIE WAGNER

East heads to Chapel Hill

High school basketball Friday will feature some rivalry games, with Chapel Hill hosting a double-header with East Chapel Hill and Carrboro visiting Cedar Ridge for another double-header. Girls play at 6 p.m. and boys at 730 p.m. in both locations.

At Chapel Hill, Lason Perkins is in his first season as head coach of the Tigers, and CHHAS heads into the boys game Friday at 1-1, having beaten Franklinton and losing to 4A Northern Durham.

Chapel Hill’s boys went 24-5 last year under Tod Morgan and reached the third round of the 3A playoffs before losing to state champion Webb. The CHHS girls return almost their entire team from the group that reached the state championship final and finished 29-2.

Friday’s games will be the season-openers for both of East Chapel Hill’s varsities.

At Hillsborough, Friday's game will reunite former Carolina-12 rivals Carrboro and Cedar Ridge, who've gone their separate ways this year. Carrboro's boys team, now in the Mid-State 2A, is coming off its best year ever, having gone 23-4 overall and finishing 16-0 last season in conference games. Cedar Ridge, 9-17 last year, is now in the 3A Big-8 Conference.

Carrboro’s girls are 1-0 after beating former 1A state power River Mill Academy, 55-37, on Tuesday.

Freedman 3rd in Winternational

Young golfer Hailey Freedman of Chapel Hill, a student at Phillips Middle School, carded rounds of 83-89172 to finish third in the Girls Division of the season's first Winternational Junior Series event at Pinehurst. Maria Cassas of Apex High School, won the division with 75-88–163.

Jushchuk wins Southern Village 5K

Carrboro High School cross-country runner James Jushchuk, a strong finisher on woodland courses, had no trouble running on pavement last weekend, winning the South Village 5K road race Sunday with his time of 18:27.96. Patrick McGahan of Chapel Hill was second (18:35.66) and Chris Grigsby of Durham third (19:06.32).

Simion Sielei was the first female finisher, coming in at 20:43.47, followed in by former DSA runner Nora Hannapel (20:54.22) and Chapel Hill High School junior harrier Elise Matera (21:35.26).

Hetrick takes first in Eve Carson Memorial5K

Starting off from UNC's campus last Saturday, David Hetrick of Chapel Hill won the Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education, finishing in 17:08.8. East Chapel Hill High School's William Krakow was second in 17:15.4.

Heather Werry won the women's division in 19:44.9. Shannon O'Neil took second with a time of 19:448.0.

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