The Chapelboro Cup will be presented to the Chapelboro high school football team with the best overall record at the end of the regular season. Bitter rivalries have formed through the years between the teams of Orange and northern Chatham counties. Four of the six teams battle for a conference title each season now with Northwood and Cedar Ridge making the move to the 3A Big 8 conference.
Orange made it deep in the 3A state title playoffs last season, but Chapel Hill may very well be the team to beat this season. And, you can’t count out Carrboro or East Chapel Hill to play spoiler in any matchup.
In the event of a tie, the following tiebreakers will determine a winner:
1. If two teams are tied, the winner of the head-to-head matchup will be awarded the Chapelboro Cup.
2. If more than two teams are tied, or the teams that are tied did not play each other, the best team’s record against other Chapelboro teams will determine the Chapelboro Cup Champion.
We wrap up our weekly preseason high school football series with a trip up over to Carrboro High School. The Jaguars struggled to a 4-7 finish last season. But now, a new era begins for Jaguar football with Jason Tudryn’s departure for UNC and longtime defensive coordinator Melvin Griffin stepping in to take the reins.
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A year after a 15-1 season that ended with a state runner-up finish, the Jaguars failed to replicate any of that kind of championship magic in 2013.
Coach Griffin, who assumed the head coaching duties in June, will have his hands full getting the Jaguars back to the top of the 2A Mid-State conference this fall.
Coach Griffin had been working with the former Carrboro skipper Tudryn since 2007. But Coach Griffin says their connection goes back even further, to their days playing college football.
“It was great to work under Coach Tudryn. We realized through our conversations in the summer of ’07 that we played against each other while he was at UMass and I was at William & Mary in the Yankee conference. He gave me full control of the defense,” Coach Griffin says.
The coaching duo grew close on and off the field. Coach Griffin says his former boss helped him improve as a game planner.
“We worked together for the past seven years. Our families have grown close. Our kids have grown up together. I learned a lot from Coach Tudryn about studying films and practice plans,” Coach Griffin says.
Coach Griffin says offseason workouts have garnered impressive attendance. But he says the offensive and defensive line depth remains an issue heading into Friday night’s scrimmage just a week out from the regular season opener against Cedar Ridge.
“We had great attendance. Things are going smoothly. We’re trying to replace our entire defensive and offensive lines. That’s where we’ve been slow. But we’re getting ready for our scrimmage,” Coach Griffin says.
What is Coach Griffin specifically looking for in the final days of preparation? For starters, he says he’s most excited about the talent and skill returning at the perimeter positions.
“We’re looking for our perimeter skill guys to compete. We have a lot of talent coming back on the perimeter. They gained a lot of experience last year playing as freshmen and sophomores due to the injuries we had,” Coach Griffin says.
The quarterback position is up for grabs at Carrboro due to an injury incurred during basketball season that opened up a signal caller showdown between two unproven seniors.
In addition to identifying a starter there, Coach Griffin says he’s stressing the importance of their protection, and that must come from the offensive linemen.
“All in all, we know the young offensive line is going to make mistakes. What we’re really looking for is for the linemen to be aggressive and fire off the ball,” Coach Griffin says.
Coach Griffin’s Jaguars face a daunting early nonconference schedule that includes competitive 3A and 4A squads. But he says he relishes the challenge and thinks it will help his team for conference play down the line.
“It helps us out a lot. We’ll see multiple formations and different styles. Northwood has a lot of talent coming back. Chapel Hill is up-and-coming this year. We do have a challenging non-conference schedule that will help us prepare,” Coach Griffin says.
As far as what will constitute a successful year for Carrboro, Coach Griffin is keeping it short and simple.
“A successful year is a return trip to the playoffs. Once we get into the playoffs, we’ll let the chips fall where they may, but we’re really looking forward to a return trip to the playoffs,” Coach Griffin says.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/grid-carrboro-high-jaguars/
All three of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City’s high schools, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill High School, and Carrboro High School, will be graduating throughout the day on June 14th at the Dean Smith Center.
East Chapel Hill High’s ceremony begins at 9 a.m., Chapel Hill High’s ceremony begins at 1 p.m., and Carrboro High’s ceremony begins at 5 p.m.
East Chapel Hill will also be streaming their graduation event live on their website beginning at 8:30 a.m. until noon.http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/chccs-high-schools-graduation-preview/
The Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship Award has selected a Carrboro High School student-athlete as its 2014 recipient.
Katie Wilson, a two-time all-state girls’ field hockey athlete, was selected among a host of nominations from teachers and coaches.
The scholarship award is funded through Orange United Methodist Church and given to varsity student-athletes in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in memory of one of the church’s members, Avery “Coy” Maddry. Maddry graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1990 and died the following year as a freshman at North Carolina State University.
Wilson played a total of three sports with the Jaguars, including two years of both swimming and lacrosse. She is attending Sewanee: The University of the South to continue her field hockey career.
“Katie has all the qualifications for the award,” said Rick Strunk, a member of Orange United Methodist. “She integrates all of the traits that we look for in a very positive way.”
In its 24 years of existence, the Coy Maddry Memorial Scholarship has provided almost $40,000 to students in pursuit of a continued education.
Wilson will receive a grant of $1,000 and be recognized during the church’s worship service on Sunday, June 1.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/carrboro-student-athlete-honored-scholarship/
It’s officially Jaguars Men’s Tennis Day in the Town of Carrboro.
At the beginning of Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle performed a duty that she called “a lot of fun,” and she’s already done it twice during the five months she’s held the office.
That is, she’s twice had the honor of writing a proclamation recognizing a local high school sports team for winning a state championship.
“Now therefore, be it resolved that I, Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 28th as Carrboro Jaguars Men’s Tennis Day; and urge all residents of the Town of Carrboro to take every opportunity to congratulate these players and their coaches for their remarkable achievement, this the 27th day of May, 2014.”
Lavelle said that one of the fun parts was doing the research on the State Champion Carrboro High School Jaguars Men’s Tennis Team – and two months ago, she did the same for the State 3A Champion Chapel Hill Lady Tigers basketball team.
Here’s how Jaguars Day came to be proclaimed in Carrboro today:
“On May 17, 2014, the Jaguars captured their first state tennis title; a resounding 5-0 victory over the Brevard Blue Devils, and won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A State Dual Championship,” Lavelle said.
As Lavelle pointed out, the team had a two-year streak of runner-up finishes before finding that the third time is, indeed, the charm.
The mayor called all the players up front, one-by-one, to stand for a group photo.
While doing so, she singled out the accomplishments of Carrboro High junior Max Fritsch, who was selected as the State Championship’s Most Valuable Player, as well as Conference Player of the Year.
Fritsch is also the team’s most valuable player, as well as a state doubles champion, along with teammate Jacob Zinn.
The mayor also noted freshman Jason Wykoff, who received the State Championship Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, and is the team’s Freshman of the Year.
Jaguars Coach Jon Noyes was there with his team at Town Hall. He got up behind the podium to list the numerous honors that his team members racked up this year.
And then he said this:
“You guys did a fantastic job this year, and I’m really proud of you.”
So if you see a Jaguar from the Men’s Tennis team around Carrboro today, tell him you are, too.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/boa-meeting-527/
UNC Football didn’t have to look far for a successful high school coach that will usher in the state’s top talent.
Carrboro High School head coach, Jason Tudryn resigned this week after accepting the position as UNC’s first Director of High School Relations.
“From being in a high school setting for the last, close to, 20 years and being in Florida, where it’s a highly-recruited state and having some high school players come out of Carrboro High School, I’ve gotten to experience it from the other side of the coin, if you will, and hoping to lend some of those experiences to my new position to be able to help us here at Carolina become even better,” Tudryn says.
Larry Fedora has stated since he took the head coaching position at Carolina in 2012 that his goal is to keep the most talented Carolinians in North Carolina.
“For Carolina and Coach Fedora to be able to create a position like this that helps us reach those people and helps them see us as people that would be willing to build their futures with is an exiting opportunity for me personally,” Tudryn says. “And, it’s very important for the state of North Carolina to make sure that all the talent in the state stays in-state.”
Carrboro High was founded in 2007, and Tudryn is the only person to hold the head coaching position. He built the program to state title contention by 2012 when the Jaguars lost their only game of the season to South Iredell in the 2012 2AA NCHSAA state title game.
“That was a chapter of my life that I’ll never forget,” Tudryn says. “I really anticipated being at Carrboro until I was old and grey. My dad was a high school coach for close to 40 years. I saw first hand the ability to experience all of the positive impacts he had on two communities, really.”
He says there was no way to turn down this opportunity, especially being so close to home.
“This is just an opportunity for me that wasn’t going to come by again, and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Tudryn says. “When I told the kids that I was leaving, I told them chapters close and end, and the story continues. They have a chance to continue on what we’ve built on. I think we turned our program into one of the most respectable programs in the state. The challenge for the older guys is to take the lessons that we’ve taught them over the years and to have them bear fruit, if you will, in prolonging the tradition of our young program.”
Jaguar A.D. April Ross made the announcement in an email Tuesday afternoon. She said “We wish Coach Tudryn much success in his new endeavors. He is a dedicated professional who has a tremendous work ethic and commitment to excellence. He will be truly missed by the Carrboro Community.”
In turn, Tudryn says he couldn’t have been happier working for anyone other than Ross.
“It’s an untold story, really, about how important administration is in the whole process in the success of each high school program or any sports program, really,” Tudryn says. “April Ross is the reason that that school’s so successful. They’ve won multiple Wells Fargo Cups. She is a friend, she’s a mentor, and I’ve been really thankful to have her come into our lives.”
Ross said Carrboro anticipates announcing Tudryn’s replacement in early June.
Tudryn started with Carolina on Monday.
Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at UNC, Kevin Best said in an email that Tudryn will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with high school coaches as well as developing summer camps and clinics.
Coach Fedora is out of town and could not be reached for comment.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/chs-coach-tudryn-unc/
A group of students at Carrboro High School have taken the initiative to teach foreign languages to students at Culbreth Middle School.
For about a year now, Carrboro High School senior Lee Mook and some other student volunteers have been teaching classes every Thursday at Culbreth Middle School.
The classes are held between the drowsy hours of 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. Carrboro High School Junior Maddie MacMillan is one of the volunteer teachers. She admits she’s not a “morning person,” but she’s happy to be there, regardless.
“It’s so much fun going to Culbreth every morning,” she says. “The amount of motivation that the Culbreth students have is outstanding. I’m blown away by every single day.”
MacMillan will be taking over the leadership of the Language for Youth program next year after Mook, its creator, graduates. And there’s talk of expanding it to other schools.
Mook says he got the idea for the program when he noticed the small number of students enrolled in Chinese-language classes at Carrboro High. That puzzled him.
“It started as just an idea I had to go to Culbreth Middle School and teach Chinese language,” he says. “From studying Chinese for a couple of years, I’d seen that it was a very, very important thing in the world, and that it would continue to be important.”
Mook credits Culbreth Middle School Principal Beverly Rudolph for being so receptive to his idea.
“Middle schoolers don’t have the opportunity to take Chinese classes,” he says, “and so the first time they’re getting the chance to do it is in high school.”
What started as one Chinese-language class has snowballed into around 50 students learning Spanish French, Chinese, Japanese and German from teachers that are just a couple of years older than themselves.
Academically & Intellectually Gifted Specialist Helen Motta of Culbreth Middle School has also been instrumental in the program’s success. For one thing, she helped out with advertising the program to potential students and teachers.
After that, she says, the program sells itself:
“Once they started coming, they keep coming, because the classes are fun, and they learn a lot.”http://chapelboro.com/news/pre-k-12-education/student-teachers-carrboro-high-bring-language-youth-culbreth-middle/
This month, Carrboro High School is staging its spring musical, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” The show opens on Thursday, March 20, and runs through Sunday, March 23, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools faculty and staff get in for free.
WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke on the Wednesday afternoon news with five of the cast members, plus director Brett Stegall and assistant director Rachel Harris.
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Just two Chapelboro high school basketball teams remain in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs after round two Wednesday night.
The 3A East Regional’s No. 1 seed Orange held off No. 16 seed Chapel Hill for the 72-63 win. Orange junior Jawan Chambers and senior JD Brooks each contributed 16 points in the victory while senior Keegan Crabtree came on late to hit his average of 14.
Click here to listen to the game.
After one quarter, Chapel Hill had a three-point lead, 19-16. But, the team that’s so good at getting out to an early lead kept its cool and pulled ahead in the second quarter. With a 43-34 lead at the half, the Panthers stifled late surges by the Tigers and advanced.
Chapel Hill junior Jeremy Werden tallied a game-high-tying 16 points, part of which brought the Tigers from being down 15 to only down seven in the fourth quarter.
The contest marked the final game for three Tigers, Shane Turner, Josh Hennen, and Karl Hill, but they take with them a regular season title of the 3A Big Eight Conference and a trip to the NCSHAA second round.
Orange hosts neighbor and rival Eastern Alamance Friday night in the third round. You can hear every bounce of the ball as we’ll have the call from WCHL Championship Sports. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Chapel Hill girls continued their winning ways Wednesday night with another dominant victory, 59-13 against Swansboro.
The 3A East Regional No. 1-seeded Tigers left no question in the outcome jumping out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead. After an uncharacteristic 8-5 second quarter, the Tigers didn’t allow a point to be score in quarter number three and coasted to the 46-point win.
Chapel Hill junior Raziyah Farrington shot 71 percent from the field and led all players with 15 points; senior Cat Romaine followed with ten points.
No. 9 seed Northern Guilford waits in the wings for Chapel Hill and will travel to the Hill Friday night.
Keeping an eye on a potential Big-Eight rematch, the No. 10-seeded Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders remained alive with an upset of the No. 7-seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors.
Jess Lowe’s Crusaders have a tough road ahead if they want to meet the Tigers for a fourth time this year, though. No. 2 seed Northern Nash hosts Cardinal Gibbons Friday. If the Crusaders can make it into the Sectional Finals, it’ll likely be to face No. 3 seed West Craven.
The Carrboro Jaguar girls’ 2A NCHSAA playoff run came to an end Wednesday night with a 77-52 defeat by the hands of Beddingfield.
The No. 24-seeded Jaguars pulled off the biggest upset of the first round with a ten-point defeat of the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils. However, No. 8 seed Beddingfield was just too much for Carrboro as the Jaguars’ season came to a close with an 8-18 overall record.
Round two of the 2A and 3A North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls’ basketball playoffs continue Wednesday night with three areas teams looking for more.
No one was surprised by the 60-point win handed out by the 3A NCHSAA girls’ East Regional No. 1 seed Chapel Hill against No. 32 seed Topsail. The Tigers are averaging 40-plus-point wins this season, carrying their 27-0 record into the second round.
Chapel Hill hosts No. 16 seed Swansboro out of the Coastal conference Wednesday night. In the Coastal Championship, Swansboro lost to West Craven 58-26. The only loss of the season for West Craven was by the hands of Chapel Hill, 76-52 in the High School OT Holiday Tournament.
Wednesday night’s game between Chapel Hill and Swansboro tips at 6:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill High School.
Conference foe Cardinal Gibbons came as close as any 3A team this season to knocking off Chapel Hill in the Big Eight title game. The No. 10-seeded Crusaders continue with round-two play Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. against the No. 7-seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors in Goldsboro.
The No. 24 Carrboro girls advanced to the second round with the biggest upset of day one in the 2A NCHSAA playoffs. The No. 8-seeded Beddingfield Bruins, who went unbeaten at 10-0 in the Eastern Plains conference this season, host the Jaguars in Wilson Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Follow @WCHLSports on Twitter for updates of the second-round matchups. WCHL Championship Sports will broadcast a third-round game Friday night.
Click here for a preview of the Chapel Hill-Orange NCHSAA second-round game.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/nchsaa-playoffs-chapel-hill-carrboro-girls-round-two-wednesday/