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December 6, 2013 

Orange dominates Cardinal Gibbons in conference opener

Defending 3A wrestling champion Orange opened its conference season Wednesday with a dominating, 76-6 victory at Cardinal Gibbons. With their lineup strengthened by the return of several veterans who were occupied with football until the previous week, the Panthers won 13 of the 14 matches.

Panthers Joe Scott (120 pounds), Gonzalo Garcia (126), Jared Flynn (132), Collin Smith (138), Trent Tanner (145), Dylan McKinnon (152) and Byron Stephenson (285) all won with pins, and David Peters-Logue (182) won a major decision.

CHHS XC Alumni Run set for Dec. 22

The 9th Annual Chapel Hill High School Cross-Country Alumni Run has been planned for 1 p.m., Dec. 22, at CHHS.

All former cross-country runners, family and friends are invited to run or walk the 5k course. The event also includes a Munchkin Ramble for up-and-coming runners. Food and beverages, plus a raffle and prizes will follow the run.

Participants should meet near the track at CHHS Culton-Peerman Stadium. Runners are encouraged to wear their favorite CHHS T-shirt from past years.

Run registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children. T-shirts are available ($15 for adults and $10 for children). All proceeds benefit the CHHS cross-country teams.

For more information, contact: Chris Nadowski at Nadolski@aol.com.

Sports Club to host UNC soccer’s O’Reilly Werry

Heather O’Reilly Werry, a former UNC women’s soccer All-American and Olympic gold medal champion, will be the guest speaker for the December meeting of the Chapel Hill Sports Club.

The CHSC’s monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, starting at noon with a luncheon at Squid’s restaurant off Fordham Blvd.

For more information about the Sports Club, email pepper@nchsaa.org.

Audubon Society ready for annual bird census

The Audubon Society is taking a break from its regular “bird walks” through local environs in December and will instead conduct its annual Christmas Bird Counts for Durham, Chapel Hill and Jordan Lake on Dec. 15, 22, and Jan. 5, respectively. Those interested in participating should contact Tom Driscoll at spttdrdshnk@yahoo.com. Bird counters of all skill levels are welcome.

NCHSAA Board tables talk on ‘mercy rule’

The N.C. High School Athletics Association convened its fall meeting last Thursday in Chapel Hill, taking up multiple topics. Those included: expansion of lacrosse playoffs and the state indoor track championships; seeding of all 64-team playoffs; new rules for all-star and playoff games; and a requirement that all NCHSAA coaches receive more training on dealing with concussions.

Sometimes, what’s not discussed is just as significant. The NCHSAA opted to put off until spring a motion that would require a “mercy rule” for football. The initial idea is to mandate a “running clock” or even an end to football games where a team gains a 42-point lead.

The board decided to allow more time for discussion and review, but some action on the motion is expected in the spring.

See Wednesday’s News for more details.

Just a reminder ...

St. Thomas More School and the local Knights of Columbus will host a “Special Knight” of basketball, 4-6 p.m. today to benefit Special Olympics.

The event will include exhibition games, a free-throw shooting contest plus a raffle and door prizes.

A donation of $2 per person, or $5 for a family, is requested. For more information, contact John Aluise at 919-967-3882.

W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News

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