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April 11, 2014 

The Carrboro Pirates, left to right: (front row) Gresham Parish, James Carmouche, Harry Marx, Sourav Mahanty; (middle row) Ben Abrams, Brandon Betts, Matthew Wolf, Tim Rinehart, Aja Mustafa, Miles Merriweather; (back row) Coach Steve Mosely.

COURTESY OF BILL RINEHART

Ingram to leave Charlotte after semester ends

Former Chapel Hill High School all-state player Denzel Ingram is leaving the Charlotte 49ers basketball program and will transfer, the school announced last weekend. There was no word on where he intends to go next fall.

Ingram, who started 10 games last season as a sophomore guard, averaged 8.1 points and was third in Conference USA in 3-point shooting percentage (44.1 percent).

Ingram played in all 28 games last season and scored a career-high 20 points against Georgia Tech.

As a player at Chapel Hill, he was the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association and NCpreps.com 3A player of the year, and he was named all-state by the Associated Press. As a senior, he helped Chapel Hill go 26-2. That included a 75-71 overtime victory over Broughton in the championship game of the highschoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, where he was named tournament MVP.

Pirates upset top seeds to win Midget League tournament

Finishing their season at 9-3, the Carrboro Pirates took down the top two seeds to win the Recreation and Parks Department’s Midget League tournament.

Seeded third in the post-season, the Pirates topped the sixth-seeded Deacons 33-25 and then upset the No. 2 Tar Heels 33-31 in the tournament semifinals.

Facing the No. 1 Camels (11-1) in the final game, the Pirates gave them their only loss of the year, 32-27, to win the tournament.

Orange takes its time in beating Cardinal Gibbons

It took 11 days to finish, but Orange picked up a big win in Big 8 Conference baseball with a 7-5 victory at Cardinal Gibbons. After falling behind 4-2 on March 28, the Panthers scored 2 runs in the top of the fourth before rain and darkness caused the suspension of play.

Wednesday, after each team got one run to send the game into extra innings at 5-5, Cameron Mehl scored the game-winning run on a passed ball. Bryse Wilson singled home Brad Debo for an insurance run.

Wilson (3-0) pitched 3 innings on March 28 and 6 innings on April 9 for a complete game, striking out 8 and walking 2.

One day later, Orange improved to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in conference games, with a 15-2 shellacking of Southern Durham.

Jordan Toney improved to 4-1 with a 5-inning complete game against the Spartans. The Panthers had 11 hits led by Collin Pope (3), Joe Piscitelli (2) and Debo (2). Wilson homered and drove in two runs. Debo, who’s been on a tear since spring break, had 5 RBI on the night and Josh Kiehle knocked in a pair on runs.

Orange plays Archbishop Moeller of Cincinnati (Ohio) in a special game at 6 p.m. Monday at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, and then the Panthers return to Big 8 action Tuesday at Chapel Hill.

Orr settles in at Chapel Hill Parks & Rec

Jim Orr has been appointed as director of the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, officially taking a post in which he has served on an interim basis since January following the retirement of Butch Kisiah. Orr has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the State University of New York at Brockport and an associate’s degree in math science from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Previously, Orr worked in parks and recreation leadership positions in Black Mountain and Asheville, as well as in Florida at West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.

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