Sports Briefs

February 21, 2014 

CHHS ends regular season at No. 1

To no one’s surprise, Chapel Hill remained No. 1 in the News & Observer’s final rankings of area girls basketball teams. Orange was No. 6 in the boys’ rankings.

Coach Sherry Norris’s Tigers had the Triangle top offense through 21 games, averaging 74 points a game. That’s more than 10 above the next most productive team, Chatham Central, (63.7).

Chapel Hill also held opponents to 31.3 points a game, second best in the Triangle behind Franklin Academy (30.3). That’s a margin-of-victory average of a whopping 42.7 points a game.

Northern Durham was No. 1 in the boys’ rankings.

You can see the complete poll and stats at www.newsobserver.com/sports.

Federation changes prep football rules

High school football rules will have an additional emphasis on protecting players this fall. Players may not aim and initiate contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders.

Targeting will be considered illegal contact.

Also, the kicking team on kickoffs must line up within 5 yards of the free kick line. The change will reduce the distance players can run to the free kick line and reduce their speed.

The National Federation of State High School Association’s committee also clarified the definition of a defenseless player:

A defenseless player is one who, because of his physical position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable to injury.

Orange has impact on baseball poll

Orange is the lone local team ranked in Impact Baseball’s preseason poll of North Carolina high schools.

The Panthers, who finished 26-4 last year under veteran coach Dean Dease, start off at No. 3 in the 3A poll ( www.impactbaseball.com/) behind No. 1 Fayetteville Terry Sanford and No. 2 Belmont South Point.

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