Chapel Hill wins “Battle of the Bear’s Den”
Chapel Hill High School sophomore Zachary Allen was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at last weekend’s Battle of the Bear Den after helping host CHHS go 4-0 in the five-team dual.
Usually at 106 pounds, Allen wrestled up to 113 against Cape Fear’s Brandon Hogue and pinned him with 3 seconds left in the match to help Chapel Hill win 39-32.
Chapel Hill also defeated Purnell Swett 48-2, Gray’s Creek 42-35 and Lee Senior 51-27.
Allen improved his individual record to 27-17 so far this year.
Tommy Morrison (138 pounds) went 4-0 last weekend to go to 33-9 and joined two other Tigers with more than 30 wins: Roberto Sibrian (182) at 34-17 and Hudson Price (285) at 35-6.
Eliot Martin (132) also went 4-0 and is now 29-15 with one dual match left in Chapel Hill’s regular season.
"The kids looked fresh and wrestled with a plan, showing signs of progressing,"
Chapel Hill coach Tripp Price said. "We’ll continue to work on improvement as the regular season ends Wednesday at Orange."
Chapel Hill (23-5) is scheduled to visit defending state 3A champion Orange (21-2) Wednesday – weather permitting -- for a 6 p.m. start. Both are undefeated s far against Big Eight Conference opponents, and Wednesday’s outcome likely will decide which team gets the league’s No. 1 seed going into the N.C. High School Athletics Association dual-team tournament, which starts Feb. 4.
Orange has one more match left after Chapel Hill. The Panthers are scheduled to host Southern Durham on Thursday, a match rescheduled from earlier this month because of poor weather.
Seymore, Walter take firsts in Racing the Roof 5K road race
Sasha Seymore of Chapel Hill was the overall winner of last Saturday’s Racing the Roof 5K inn Chapel Hill, finishing with a time of 19:38.9. Kathryn Walter was the first female finisher, in at 19:56.0 and finishing third overall.
Age-group winners in the 5K, which helped raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, included: (19 & under Female) Martha Fuqua of Chapel Hill, 23:15.8; (19 & under Male) Daniel Hull of Dallas, Texas, 21:03.8; (20-39 Female) Ann Lay of Raleigh, 25:30.8; (20-39 Male) Greg Turmel of Durham, 19:53.3; (40 & up Female) Jenny Terry of Durham, 24:19.0; and (40 & up Male) Jonathan Abbis of Cary, 21:06.2.
Baroff receives his all-state soccer honors
Peter Baroff of Woods Charter officially received his award last weekend for being named all-state in soccer. Baroff, a sophomore, scored 49 goals last season to help Woods Charter (17-4) win the North Central Athletics Conference championship and reach the fourth round of the state 1A playoffs. He was named the NCAC soccer player of the year.
Orange drops a couple of spots in N&O rankings
Cardinal Gibbons handed Big Eight 3A Conference boys basketball leader Orange its first league loss of the season with a 54-47 win on Friday night. That dropped Orange (15-3, 7-1) two spots in the News & Observer rankings of area teams down to No. 7.
Northern Durham remained at No.1 in the boys rankings, while Chapel Hill stayed at No. 1 in the girls’ rankings.
In other are games last Friday, Chapel Hill defeated Northwood 69-65 in Big Eight boys basketball. That, coupled with Orange’s loss moved Chapel Hill (12-5, 7-1) back into a tie with the Panthers for first place in the Big Eight.
Also, despite a game-high 22 points from Arkavious Parks, East Chapel Hill fell 66-53 last Friday to Hilside in PAC-6 boys basketball.