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Student Teachers from Carrboro High Bring ‘Language for Youth’ to Culbreth Middle

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.”

“How To Succeed” At Carrboro High

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.

Listen to their conversation.

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NCHSAA Playoffs: And Then There Were Two

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.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket

NCHSAA Playoffs: Chapel Hill, Carrboro Girls’ In Round Two Wednesday

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.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
2A Girls’ Bracket

Click here for a preview of the Chapel Hill-Orange NCHSAA second-round game.

Orange, Chapel Hill Boys To Meet In NCHSAA Second Round

Originally posted February 24, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

Five area teams made it past the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, and one giant round-two meeting waits in the wings.

In 3A boys’ play, No. 1 seed Orange cruised to a 75-51 victory against No. 32 seed South Brunswick. The Panthers host the No. 16-seeded Chapel Hill Tigers Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Western Guilford Hornets, 55-53 with a buzzer-beater by Josh Hennen.

**The Chapel Hill-Orange game will be broadcast exclusively on Pregame coverage beings at 6:30 p.m.; tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinal Gibbons boys’ season came to a close with a 68-55 decision against Havelock.

The Chapel Hill girls put on yet another dominant performance with their 77-17 defeat of Topsail. The No. 1-seeded Tigers host the No. 16-seeded Swansboro Pirates Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Pirates took down Orange County’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolves 47-28.

Also in 3A girls basketball, the Northwood Chargers season came to an end after an overtime defeat by the hands of Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford. The Bulldogs took down the Chargers 44-40.

No. 10 seed Cardinal Gibbons snuck past No. 23 seed Eastern Guilford, 60-56. On Wednesday, the Crusaders hit the road to take on the No. 7 seeded Eastern Wayne Warriors in Goldsboro.

In 2A girls’ play, the No. 24-seeded Carrboro Jaguars pulled off a big upset against the No. 9-seeded Red Springs Red Devils, 48-38. The Jaguars face another tough opponent in the second round, the No. 8-seeded Beddingfield Bruins in Wilson Wednesday night.

The Carrboro boys didn’t fare as well, falling 62-50 as the No. 22 seed to No. 11 seed Warren County.

To see all the brackets of the NCHSAA tournaments, you can read this story on our website,

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket
2A Girls’ Bracket
2A Boys’ Bracket

NCHSAA Basketball Tournaments Tip Monday Night

The 2014 North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball championships tip off Monday night with seven Chapelboro teams set to do battle.

The Chapel Hill girls extended their winning streak to 26 and added the Big Eight tournament championship to their resume with a 48-38 win against Cardinal Gibbons. With that, the Tigers took the No. 1 seed in the east regional of the 3A playoffs and host the Topsail Pirates Monday at 6:00 p.m.

The Chapel Hill boys were knocked out of the Big Eight tournament in the semifinals, 52-48 to Southern. The 16th-seeded Tigers host their first-round game against the 17th-seeded Western Guilford Hornets Monday at 7:30 p.m.

With a win, the Tigers could meet the conference- and county-foe Orange Panthers in round two. The Panthers received the No. 1 seed in the east regional and host the 32nd-seeded South Brunswick Cougars. The Panthers were unset in the Big Eight tournament championship by the Southern Spartans, 67-53.

The Carrboro boys took the No. 22 seed in the 2A east regional and travel to Havelock to take on the Rams Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

***Correction: Carrboro faces No. 11 Warren County in round one.

The 24th-seeded Jaguar girls are also on the road Monday night in Red Springs to take on the ninth-seeded Red Devils.

Cedar Ridge and Northwood both made the journey up to 3A this season, and in their first year, both schools’ girls’ teams made it to the postseason. The 17th-seeded Red Wolves travel to Swansboro to battle the 16th-seeded Pirates; the 22nd-seeded Chargers are on the road against the 11th-seeded Bulldogs of Terry Sanford in Fayetteville.

Other teams with local ties making into the state playoffs are the Cardinal Gibbons boys with a No. 27 seed, the Cardinal Gibbons girls with a No. 10 seed, and the Sothern girls with a No. 29 seed.

2014 NCHSAA State Championships
3A Girls’ Bracket
3A Boys’ Bracket
2A Girls’ Bracket
2A Boys’ Bracket

Carrboro Mid State Basketball Tournament Runs Cut Short

The Carrboro Jaguars’ tournament runs were cut short Thursday night, and now they await state tournament seeding.

The boys fell for the third time this season to Graham, 65-46. The Red Devils move on for a much easier contest than originally expected in the final as the No. 1 seed, regular-season-undefeated, Cummings, was knocked out by No. 4 seed Jordan-Matthews.

The 2A Mid State title will be decided Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Burlington.

The Carrboro girls fell to Cummings, 70-50. The Jaguars and Cavaliers split the regular season, but Carrboro couldn’t overcome the home-court advantage Thursday night.

The Cavaliers host the Reidsville Rams Friday at 6:00 p.m. for the 2A Mid State championship.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announces state tournament seedings Saturday. The Carrboro boys are 15-8 and finished with a 6-4 record in conference play; the girls finished the season 7-17 overall.

The Grid: Carrboro

CARRBORO— The dog days of summer provide a definite lull in the normal buzzing of sports activity in every other season. With the unfortunate void, minds tend to wander to the end of August, when the glories of football return.

Although on a national scale, the college and professional games garner nearly all the attention, for some purists, there is nothing better than Friday night lights. Yes, high school football reigns supreme in many regions.

And if you can cast your eyes past the giant in the room that is UNC in these neck of the woods, you may just find a palpable mix of passion and performance on the gridiron that has many locals all fired up!

This time on The Grid, I had the opportunity to sit down with Head coach Jason Tudryn at Carrboro High School.

***Listen to the full interview***

State runner-ups in the 2AA division a year ago, the Carrboro Jaguars are rapidly closing in on their 2013 season opener against Cedar Ridge on August 23rd.  Coach Tudryn says it is important for his players to move on from last season.

“I think it’s important for our guys to realize that it is no longer 2012. Dwelling in the past isn’t going to benefit anybody. So I think that’s a challenge for them to understand that winning isn’t easy,” Tudryn said.

Tudryn says he believes football to be about more than just physical ability. The intangibles are what make the difference. He shared a little bit of his coaching philosophy with us.

“There’s a mental game involved in this thing. And it’s about physical conditioning, it’s about competition, it’s about courage, and playing with honor and class. If you do that a higher percentage of the time, we are going to have a greater chance of winning on Friday night,” Tudryn said.

When asked about his team’s goals, Tudryn didn’t have to think long. Why you may ask? Well, Carrboro has always had the same four goals. And there is nothing fancy about them.

First, win the Orange County title, then grab the conference championship, snag the regional championship, and finally claim the state championship trophy.

The Jaguars came so close to accomplishing that fourth and final goal last season, but although Tudryn says his squad lost quite a few important seniors, he hopes his players will understand that every team will now be extra motivated to take them down.

“They better be really focused on the fact that they have a giant bulls eye on their chest going into every Friday night. Every team we play has got us circled on their calendar,” Tudryn said.

Ultimately, Tudryn really likes Carrboro’s makeup. He says his team’s determination and love for competition puts them in a solid position to continue their rich vein of form and make some more noise in 2013.

“I like the competitive nature of the crew that we have. I think they have something inside of them that loves to compete. I think that will come out when they get to the time to play on Friday,” Tudryn said.

But how far will this “competitive nature” be able to carry the Jaguars? After all, it is mighty tough to replace all of last season’s Carrboro senior leaders that fell three points shy of a state title.

However, I wouldn’t put it past this “crew” to put the pieces back together and check off some more of those yearly goals. One thing is for sure, Coach Tudryn seems focused and hungry for more. If the players truly buy in as well, look out!

Next up on The Grid, we’ll hear from Coach Pat Moser down at Orange High School as his team puts in the final preparations for the season that gets underway in a couple weeks’ time.

Carrboro High Wins Wells-Fargo Cup

CARRBORO - The coaches and athletic director at CarrboroHigh School say the school’s Wells Fargo Cup wins are thanks to the community and the people that make up the school.

Carrboro high school won the Wells-Fargo cup for the Carolina-12 conference and the 2A division. Wells Fargo Cup points are based on finishes in state championship events.

The Jaguars received high points for its women’s cross country state championship, a pair of state finals berths for men’s soccer and football, second-place finishes for men’s and women’s swimming, and a few individual championships in track and field, among others.

Athletic director April Ross says she’s proud of the students and coaches that made the wins possible.

“We have tremendous pride in CHS Jaguar athletics and it is not only in the school and the academic arena, but going out onto the playing field, the kids are taking that excellence and success and putting it out on the athletic field” said Ross.

The Wells-Fargo cup includes all sports throughout the year. The track and field team saw individual championships from Grace Morken in the 800 and 1,600 meters races, Scott Peretin in the discus and shot put, and Carrboro’s 4×800 and 4×400 relay teams. Coach Mimi O’Grady says the future of the team wasn’t always known.

“I coach the men’s and women’s distance athletes on the team, and I showed up not exactly sure how we were going to perform by May, but one day at a time we ended up having the strongest state finish we’ve ever had” said O’Grady.

The Carrboro Track & Field team had many senior this year that helped to bring the Wells-Fargo Cup home. O’Grady says despite the graduation, she is not concerned about the team’s performance in the upcoming year. She says she looks forward to seeing the new athletes perform.

“On the girl’s side I did lose quite a bit of heavy hitters, six seniors all together, four that were big score keepers, on the men’s side though less of a loss.  I lost two senior guys and the men’s team is going to have a good cross country season with a whole crop of very strong rising seniors” O’Grady comments.

With a strong track team, Coach Melvin Griffin comments on where it improved this year to pull in extra points for the cup.

“Realized that we are able in the past two years, even though we have been successful, to score points in the hurdles, sprints, and the throws which helped us out. And then obviously this year with the boys who did finish third, only had five boys in the state meet and finished third; and an individual Scott Peretin win shot and disk” said Griffin.

Carrboro High is the youngest high school in the district with seven years under its belt. For more information, click here. For the complete standings, click here.

CHS Graduates Sixth Class, 176 Seniors

CHAPEL HILL - Carrboro High School is the newest in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district. But the 2013 student government president, Kristen Lee says looking back on where she ended up going to school, she wouldn’t change it for the world.

“When I first stepped foot in Carrboro High School, I thought to myself, ‘why am I not at Chapel Hill High’, a school with rich history and murals, or perhaps East, a school with an impressively wide range of courses” Lee says. “But only a few weeks in, I realized what made Carrboro, Carrboro: it’s people, its mentality, its location, its beauty, its potential.”

East Chapel Hill started Commencement Saturday with 350 graduates and 19 valedictorians. Carrboro added 176 people to its alumni and while it only had three valedictorians, they too had powerful messages.

LaVerne Mattocks marked the end of her first year as principal at Carrboro High School on Saturday. She says looking back on her first year she has many accolades for which to be proud of the school, including state recognition.

“You know that the countless hours of studious endeavors, missed social events for studying, and accumulated days, hours, (and) months of standardized testing actually leads to your school being ranked No. 2 in the state of North Carolina, according to U.S. News and World Reports,” Mattocks says.

Check back soon to hear all the comments and a gallery of photos from Carrboro’s commencement.