November 26, 2013 

3 Tigers named to N&O All-Metro team

Three players from Chapel Hill High School’s 24-2-1 soccer team were named over the weekend to the News & Observer’s All-Metro squad: Ben Fisher, Nate Hebert and Chandler Weedon.

Fisher was the Big-8 Conference Player of the Year. He led all Triangle public-school players in assists (20) and also scored 16 goals. He’s verbally committed to play next year at UNC-Wilmington.

Hebert led Chapel Hill in goals scored, with 25 goals to lead his team. He also added eight assists, helping Chapel Hill become the greater Triangle area’s top scoring public-school team, with 4.7 goals per game.

Weedon excelled at winning headers at either end of the field. He headed a defense that led the Triangle’s NCHSAA schools in shutouts (16) and ranked behind only Jordan (4.5) in goals allowed per game (5.1).

Chapel Hill, ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season before a playoff loss to Jacksonville, ended up No. 3 in the N&O’s final ranking and at No. 3 statewide in the rankings.

Carrboro (17-6-2) finished at No. 11 and was one of only two 2A teams in the final N&O rankings.

Youth rules in Woods Charter’s inaugural 5K

Teenagers dominated top spots in last Saturday’s inaugural Into the Woods 5k run at the Woods Charter School’s cross-country course.

Jeffery Williams, 16, won in a time of 19:28, followed in by 15-year-old Kevin Johnston (19:47). David Pass, 45, was third (20:46).

The Williams name was also well-represented by Jon Williams, 46, in fourth (20:57) and David Williams (21:01), who was a ninth-grade member of the Woods cross-country team this fall.

Mary Wezyk, 39, was the first female finisher, with a time of 23:50. Penny Bernard (23:53), 55, was second. Woods Charter cross-country runner Mattison Francis, age 15, was second in 24:44.

Following the race, participants were welcome to explore the school’s Winter Woods Holiday Shoppe and to take part in the inaugural Woods Chili Cookoff.

Proceeds went to the Woods Charter Foundation and the athletic department.

Sales tax increase will affect tickets

Sports fans will be paying more for tickets in the near future. Exactly when is not quite clear.

A new law that takes effect Jan. 1 expands the state sales tax to a broad range of admissions charges including movies, college and professional sporting events, concerts, plays and museums.

The new charges will boost total taxes from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent, depending on the location.

Despite the Jan. 1 starting date, the impact on ticket prices will be delayed for many events. That’s because tickets that initially go on sale before Jan. 1 aren’t subject to the new tax even if those tickets aren’t purchased until 2014.

In other words, Carolina fans attending a basketball game in January won’t pay the tax, because those tickets are on sale already. But they will pay more for NCAA games inside the state, because those tickets have yet to be offered.

W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News

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