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/
Seven more outstanding individuals in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
The late Jack Holley of Teachey, Ralph Holloway of Morehead City, the late Joe Miller of Wilmington, Chris Norman of Shelby, Moyer Smith of Chapel Hill, Rick Strunk of Carrboro, and Jerry Winterton of Cary have been named as the 28th group of inductees to join the prestigious hall. That brings to 163 the number enshrined.
The new inductees will be honored during special halftime ceremonies at a football game at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, October 18, when North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech. The University of North Carolina has designated the day as the 30th annual NCHSAA Day. The new class will officially be inducted at the special Hall of Fame banquet next spring in Chapel Hill.
The NCHSAA Hall of Fame is supported in part by a special grant from GlaxoSmithKline.
“These individuals joining the Association Hall of Fame this year have had a tremendous impact on high school athletics across North Carolina,” said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. “Their accomplishments are impressive, but the character they exemplify and the lives they touched are truly representative of what the NCHSAA stands for. Their selection maintains the standards of excellence established by our previous inductees, and we are proud to honor these deserving individuals.”
The late Jack Holley won more high school football games as a head coach than any other coach in North Carolina history.
School in Wilmington, where he played on state championship teams in several different sports, before going to Guilford College and graduating in 1963.
Holley coached for 46 years at a variety of stops, including Tabor City, Wallace-Rose Hill, Hallsboro, West Columbus, South Columbus and Harrells Christian Academy. He had two major stints at Wallace-Rose Hill, from 1982-92 and then from 1997-2008. During his tenure, his teams won an amazing 412 games against 96 losses and nine ties, including numerous conference championships, which has put him in the top ten of football coaches nationally. Holley also coached in both the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West all-star games and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
He has been inducted into both the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and the Guilford College Sports Hall of Fame.
Ralph Holloway has compiled an impressive slate as a high school coach as well as an administrator.
Hollloway grew up in South Carolina and then attended Elizabeth City State University, graduating in 1975, with a master’s from East Carolina.
He embarked on an outstanding teaching and coaching career, with stints at the high school level at Burlington Cummings from 1983 to ’89 and then at Kinston from 1989 to ’98. He was defensive coordinator at Cummings when it won the ’87 NCHSAA football crown and guided the women’s track team to a couple of state championships there. He left Cummings to serve as head football coach and athletic director at Kinston.
Holloway then went to West Carteret as athletic director and assistant principal for three years, followed by10 years as principal at East Carteret. He served as president of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA and also on the Board of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.
He is in the Palmetto (SC) High School Hall of Fame as an athlete, the Cummings High School Hall of Fame as a coach, and in the North Carolina Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. He also helped to chair the NCHSAA’s recent Centennial Celebration.
The late Joe Miller, who died unexpectedly earlier in the year, was an outstanding coach and athletic administrator, with his time in North Carolina at New Hanover High School and in the New Hanover County central office.
Born in Sewickley, Pa., Miller graduated from Western Carolina University and began his coaching career in Georgia and Florida before a couple years as an assistant football coach at Kansas State. He arrived at New Hanover High in Wilmington in 1974 and was head football coach there for 20 years, compiling a brilliant 186-56-1 mark with nine conference championships. He also coached New Hanover to slow pitch softball state championships in 1975 and ’76.
He moved to the central office in New Hanover, serving as county athletic director from 1994 to 2011. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the NCHSAA as well as the Board of the North Carolina Coaches Association and also served a term as president of the N.C. Athletic Directors Associatoin (NCADA) Board.
He is a member of the NCADA Hall of Fame and the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris Norman was an outstanding head coach in football as well as a well-respected athletic administrator.
Born in Shelby, Norman attended Shelby High School and then graduated from Gardner-Webb College in 1984. After three years as an assistant coach at East Rutherford, Norman went to Shelby where he was a successful assistant coach before taking over as head coach from 1998 to 2010.
His career coaching mark was a stellar 147-39-1, with three state NCHSAA championships and a perfect 16-0 mark in 2006. The Golden Lions also won 10 conference titles and five regional crowns under Norman. He also served as Shelby’s athletic director for six years as well as coaching men’s and women’s track and field for several years during his tenure.
Norman was the president of the North Carolina Coaches Association in 2011-12 and served four-year terms on both the NCCA Board of Directors and the NCHSAA Board of Directors. He coached in both the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West all-star games and the Shrine Bowl and has worked with the Shrine Bowl combines in the last few years.
Moyer Smith had a stellar career as an athlete, coach, athletic administrator and fund-raiser, with his involvement in the NCHSAA primarily involving sponsorship and the Endowment.
Smith was a standout athlete at Lexington High School and played in the Shrine Bowl before going to the University of North Carolina, where he played football and ran track. Following graduation, he was a head football coach at Albemarle and Lexington before moving to the college ranks as an assistant at Florida State and then at North Carolina.
He moved from coaching into athletic administration at UNC and then later was the president of the UNC Educational Foundation from 1986 until 2002. After his retirement from UNC, he volunteered to work with the NCHSAA as a consultant and fund raiser for a period of seven years. He helped raise over half a million dollars in a number of different initiatives with special Endowment programs connected to specific awards as well as corporate support.
He was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and was the first Lifetime Achievement Award winner given by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).
Rick Strunk has been involved with high school athletics for almost 40 years, with his entire professional career involved with the media.
After graduating from Newton-Conover High School, where he played basketball, Strunk attended the University of North Carolina on a prestigious Morehead Scholarship as well as a National Merit Scholarship. He was sports editor of the daily Observer-News-Enterprise in Newton, sports director of WNNC Radio there and also did eight years of radio and television broadcasting. He served at Lenoir-Rhyne College and at Furman University as sports information director and won 16 national awards for excellence in publications.
Strunk has been on the NCHSAA staff since 1986, helping initiate such programs as NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete, Hall of Fame, the NCHSAA Record Book and its intern program. He served eight years as the chairman of the National Records Committee and twice was master of ceremonies for the National High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He has designed, written and edited many NCHSAA publications and serves as media liaison.
Strunk has received Distinguished Service Awards from the NCHSAA, the N.C. Athletic Directors Association and the NIAAA, and he earned the National Federation Citation award in 2013.
Jerry Winterton compiled an amazing record as a wrestling coach that has drawn both statewide and national attention.
A 1973 graduate of Brockport State in New York, Winterton’s record as the head wrestling coach at Cary from 1981 to 2010 is unmatched, although he also coached four years at East Wake and was an assistant at N.C. State University from 1975-77. He also worked as an assistant football coach at Cary for 14 seasons and head tennis coach for four.
Winterton’s Cary grapplers won 11 North Carolina High School Athletic Association state tournament titles and eight dual team championships. His teams also finished as runners-up in those two events on 13 occasions. His overall record during his stint at Cary was an astounding 621-16, with 28 consecutive conference championships and 138 consecutive victories at one point.
He coached 42 different individual state champions and has been honored previously by the North Carolina chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
THE NCHSAA HALL OF FAME
Class of 1987 (Charter Members)
Bob Jamieson, Greensboro
Leon Brogden, Wilmington
Dave Harris, Charlotte
Class of 1988
Tony Simeon, High Point
Wilburn C. Clary, Winston-Salem
L.J. “Hap” Perry, Chapel Hill
Class of 1989
Russell Blunt, Durham
Lee Stone, Asheboro
Class of 1990
Bill Eutsler, Rockingham
Harvey Reid, Wilson
Jay Robinson, Chapel Hill
Simon Terrell, Chapel Hill
Class of 1991
Thell Overman, Wallace
Frank Mock, Kinston*
Raymond Rhodes, Raleigh*
Richard “Bud” Phillips, Greenville
Class of 1992
Everette L. “Shu” Carlton, Gastonia
George J. Cushwa, Jr., Thomasville
Norma Harbin, Winston-Salem
James G. “Choppy” Wagner, Washington*
Modeal Walsh, Robbinsville*
Everett L. “Shorty” Waters, Jacksonville
Henry Thomas “Toby” Webb, Albemarle
John W. “Jack” Young, Ahoskie*
Class of 1993
Frank Barger, Hickory*
Donald Bonner, Lumberton
George Whitfield, Hamlet
Class of 1994
George “Buck” Hardee, Wilmington
Doris Howard, Fayetteville
Bruce Peterson, Asheville
Homer Thompson, Winston-Salem
Class of 1995
Willie Bradshaw, Durham
Robert P. Colvin, Robbinsville
Joe Paul Eblen, Asheville
Augustus B. “Gus” Purcell, Charlotte
George W. Wingfield, Reidsville*
Class of 1996
Paul Gay, Sanford
John W. “Honey” Johnson, Elizabeth City*
Glenn Nixon, Clayton
Robert R. Sawyer, Greensboro
Class of 1997
Dr. Wiley “Army” Armstrong, Rocky Mount*
Chuck Clements, Gastonia*
David Lash, Winston-Salem*
Larry Lindsay, Wake Forest
Class of 1998
Gerald “Pearlie” Allen, Shelby
Norris “Pee Wee” Jones, Asheville
Bill Mayhew, Troutman
Dr. Craig Phillips, Raleigh
Mary Garber, Winston-Salem
Marvin “Red” Hoffman, Wilkesboro
Dr. Andy Miller, Asheville
Class of 1999
Charles “Babe” Howell, Webster
Paul Jones, Kinston
Jerry McGee, Elizabeth City
Jim Mills, Garner
Joe Mills, Raleigh
Donna Norman, High Point
Robert Paroli, Fayetteville
Class of 2000
Marion Kirby, Greensboro
Don Patrick, Newton
Hilda Worthington, Greenville
Charles England, Lexington*
Class of 2001
Jack Groce, Boone
Tom Northington, Greensboro
Walter Rogers, Roxboro
Wally Shelton, Mount Airy
John Swofford, Greensboro
Morris Walker, West Jefferson
Herb Young, Cary
Class of 2002
Cliff Brookshire, Brevard
Andrea Cozart, High Point
Bill Friday, Chapel Hill
Herman Hines, Reidsville
Bob Lee, Southern Pines
Ray Oxendine, Pembroke
Class of 2003
Gerald Austin, Greensboro
Pat Harrell, Hertford
Hoy Isaacs, Reidsville*
Raymond “Buddy” Luper, Fayetteville*
David Maynard, Burlington
Clarence Moore, Asheville*
Pres Mull, Lexington
Tom Pryor, Edneyville
Stuart Tripp, Ayden
Class of 2004
Mike Brown, Wilmington
John Clougherty, Raleigh
James “Rabbit” Fulghum, Snow Hill
Ed Peeler, Shelby
Ned Sampson, Pembroke
Dave Smith, Washington
Kathy Stefanou, Raleigh
Carroll Wright, Clyde
Class of 2005
Tim Brayboy, Cary
Jim Burch, Cary
Dick Knox, Chapel Hill
Tom McQuaid, Beaufort*
Mike Raybon, Jamestown
Class of 2006
Al Black, Spring Lake
Pat Gainey, Taylorsville
Charlie Gregory, Randleman
Tommy Hunt, Durham
Joan Riggs, Swansboro
Don Saine, Gastonia
Class of 2007
Stuart Allen, Charlotte
Daryl Barnes, Lexington
Bob Brooks, Elizabeth City
Bill Carver, Fayetteville
Elton Hawley, Charlotte
Fred Lanford, Hudson
Bill Rucker, Black Mountain
Ronald Scott, Bear Creek
Class of 2008
Charlie Adams, Chapel Hill
Bill Bost. Catawba*
Ken Browning, Durham
Richard Hicks, Durham
Mac Morris, Greensboro
Jan Stanley, Hendersonville
Tim Stevens, Raleigh
Billy Widgeon, Morehead City
Class of 2009
Brad Faircloth, Greensboro
Gilbert Ferrell, WIlson
Bruce Hardin, Charlotte
Jim Maxwell, Durham
Vicki Peoples, Raleigh
Pete Stout, Salisbury
Carolyn Shannonhouse, Cary
Class of 2010
Harvey Brooks, Trenton
Tunney Brooks, Lumberton
Tom Brown, Maiden
Bob Catapano, Raleigh
Joe Hunt, Hendersonville *
Carolyn Rogers, Hertford
Que Tucker, Morrisville
Class of 2011
Rosalie Bardin, Wilson
Sheila Boles, Wilmington
Jimmy Fleming, Creedmoor
John Frye, Vass
Jerry Johnson, Goldsboro
Mike Matheson, Newton*
John Morris, High Point*
Tom Suiter, Raleigh
Class of 2012
Donnie Baxter, Asheboro
Ronnie Chavis, Pembroke
Lawrence Dunn, Raleigh
Doug Henderson, Greensboro
Lindsay Page, Yanceyville
Larry Rhodes, Gastonia
Robert Steele, Salisbury
Jim Taylor, Shelby
Class of 2013
Bobby Guthrie, Raleigh
Jack Huss, Rutherfordton
Lindsey Linker, Chapel Hill
Shelly Marsh, Smithfield
Dave Odom, Winston-Salem
Cindi Simmons, Webster
Sam Story, Burlington
Ron Vincent, Greenville
Chapel Hill High School soccer head coach Ron Benson says he’ll coach his final game Saturday, win or lose.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Championship appearance is the first in CHHS womens’ soccer program history. The Tigers enter the title game as a No. 9 seed. So far Chapel Hill has taken down No. 1 seed Cardinal Gibbons, No. 2 seed Fike, and No. 5 seed Swansboro in the Regional Final. The Championship pits CHHS against West Regional Champion and No. 6 seed Weddington.
The Tigers have only lost one game this year: a 1-0 decision to Cardinal Gibbons in the regular season.
Coach Benson joined Ron Stutts on the WCHL Friday Morning News to discuss Saturday’s matchup and the remarkable season the Tigers have already seen.
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If the UNC baseball team wins in the NCAA Regionals Friday, Saturday’s NCHSAA State Championship game will be broadcast live on 97.9 FM, 1360 AM, and here at 2:00 p.m. If Carolina loses Friday, Saturday’s soccer game can be heard here.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/tigers-seek-first-womens-soccer-state-title/
The Chapel Hill High School girls’ soccer team appears in its first state title game in program history Saturday after defeating Fike High School of Wilson Tuesday, 2-0 in the East Regional Championship.
The Tigers have made the run through the postseason as the No. 9 seed in the East Region defeating the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5 seeds along the way.
Tune in Friday morning to hear from Tiger head coach, Ron Benson, live on the WCHL Morning News.
The Tigers jumped out to a 23-6 lead after the first quarter of the 3A NCHSAA state championship game, but the Red Tornados never gave up and made it a game in the second half.
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Chapel Hill capped a perfect season with a 69-56 win over Hickory in Saturday’s state 3-A girls’ basketball championship game at the Dean Smith Center.
“I’m so excited,” said legendary Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris. “This is so surreal….every coach dreams of being undefeated and winning a championship. It’s hard to describe how that feels.”
Game MVP Raziyah Farrington poured in 22 points with three rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes. She hit all three of her trey attempts and was 9 of 10 from the line in a terrific performance.
“She did a tremendous job,” Norris said of Farrington. “She played extremely well, including defensively as well.”
Catherine Romaine was a force in the middle, dropping in 14 points while hauling down 10 rebounds. Tamia Eatmon, meanwhile, was terrific at the point in netting 11 points while also drawing her coach’s praise for a stellar effort in running the offense.
The Tigers dominated most of the contest, building a 23-6 first quarter lead as Farrington netted seven of her points. She continued her blistering play early in the second with a layup and trey as Chapel Hill went ahead 28-6.
Chapel Hill went on to control the remainder of the first half, going into intermission with a 38-16 bulge. Early third quarter baskets by Romaine and Jamella Smith made it appear the Tigers were going to romp to the title as they built a 46-20 lead.
The Red Tornadoes, however, went on an impressive 20-2 run that propelled a hungry Hickory squad within 10 points of the Tigers early in the fourth. A Yazman Hannah hoop even brought Hickory within five points with just under five minutes left.
Chapel Hill showed the toughness and grit of a champion from there, bagging their second state title as Eatmon drilled key free throws and Farrington hit a layup.
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The quest for perfection comes to an end Saturday as two undefeated teams fight for the 3A NCHSAA girls’ basketball state title, Chapel Hill High School and Hickory High School.
Chapel Hill lost in the title game last year in Reynolds Coliseum on N.C. State’s campus. This year, the Tigers get to play in their home town in one of the biggest and best-known arenas in the state, UNC’s Dean Smith Center.
Long-time head Tiger, Sherry Norris says this game has become so much more than just representing Chapel Hill High School.
“Every coach dreams of having an undefeated season and coaching a state championship team, and there are so few of us that get to do that,” Coach Norris says. “That’s one of the things that we talk about at practice is that, right now, not only are we representing our school and our community but also the eastern part of North Carolina. We are their team that is vying for this state championship. It’s an honor and a privilege to do that.”
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Tipoff between East Regional Champion Chapel Hill and West Regional Champion Hickory is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Saturday in the Dean Smith Center. You can hear all the action exclusively on Chapelboro.com beginning with WCHL Gameday at 4:30 p.m.
The Chapel Hill High School Student Government is hosting a tailgate party beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dean Smith Center. Parking is $10 per car (the cost to park for the game), but burgers, hot dogs, and condiments will be provided. You will need to bring your own drinks.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/chhs-girls-basketball-seeks-perfection-state-title-saturday/
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A girls’ basketball state final pits two undefeated teams against each other, the East Regional Champion Chapel Hill and the West Regional Champion Hickory.
“The team that normally settles into the game, gets over their jitters, and makes the fewest mistakes is the one who wins,” Chapel Hill Head Coach Sherry Norris says. “Last year we got down, we had to battle back, tied the ballgame, and ended up losing by three, which was unfortunate.”
Chapel Hill and Hickory were supposed to meet last season in the state final, but the west’s No. 1 seed got upset and Harding University High School of Charlotte took down the Tigers in N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.
However, this season the game comes to Chapel Hill, and Coach Norris says she’d like nothing more than to see her girls complete the #QuestForPerfection in their hometown.
“This entire year, they have made history,” Coach Norris says. “That’s our big thing. It’s the first team to ever have an undefeated regular season; it’s the first team to win 31 ballgames—no one has done that. And so every game we have a different benchmark that we look for. That’s one of the ways that we’ve tried to approach that, as making history with this team, and they’ve bought into that.”
You can pre-order tickets now for the state title game this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Pre-sale tickets are available for $9 at the main office of Chapel Hill High School between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and between 2:00 and 4:15 p.m., or you can see athletic director Tim Bennett after 5:00 p.m. on days of home events. Tickets on game day are $10.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/chhs-girls-welcome-hickory-hill-state-basketball-title-game/
The Chapel Hill Tiger girls’ basketball teams’ opposition keeps getting better, but that hasn’t slowed the domination as they defeated the Union Pines Vikings 64-37 in the East Regional semifinals Thursday night.
The Tigers asserted their dominance early jumping out to a 15-2 lead four minutes into the game and forcing a Viking timeout.
The Union Pines offense woke up a bit in the second quarter, but that didn’t slow down Chapel Hill. Mid way through the second frame, the Tigers extended their lead to 17 at 29-12, and Chapel Hill went on a run to close out the half up 39-12.
Chapel Hill’s Raziyah Farrington led all players with 14 points in the first 16 minutes of play; Autumn West tallied eight. Union Pines turned the ball over 14 times in the first half.
The Vikings went on a 7-0 before the one-minute mark in the third quarter, but it hardly dented the lead, and the Tigers snapped the run taking the 48-24 lead into the final frame.
Chapel Hill never relented and cruised to the 27-point victory.
The Tigers shot 40 percent and held the Vikings to 27 percent. Farrington scored a team-high 16 points. Catherine Romaine tallied 14 and West scored a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Vikings’ Nyona Shields led all players with 18 points.
With the win, Chapel Hill advances to the East Regional final Saturday at 12:00 noon. The Tigers face the West Craven Eagles in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. The only loss for the Eagles this season came by the hands of the Tigers 76-52 in the High School OT Holiday Tournament on December 27.
WCHL Championship Sports will be in Fayetteville for the broadcast of Chapel Hill and West Craven. You can hear all the action on 97.9 FM and Chapelboro.com beginning at 11:30 a.m.
In a back-and-forth game, the Orange Panthers never trailed and advanced to the East Regional Final with a 69-56 defeat of West Brunswick Wednesday night.
The Panthers got out to a hot start and took an 18-10 lead into the second quarter. The Trojans brought it back to a five-point difference early in the second, but turnovers got the better of them, and the Panthers extended the lead to 11 mid-way through the frame.
Orange continued the run before halftime and took the 37-22 lead into the locker room.
However, West Brunswick showed its fight to stay alive in the postseason nearly doubling its first-half score and outscoring Orange 21-12 in the third. The Panthers held on to a six-point lead with one quarter remaining.
The Orange defense came up big late in the game, and the offense capitalized. The Panthers pulled away to a double-digit lead again and held on for the 13-point win.
Orange’s Jawan Chambers led all players with 18 points. J.D. Brooks and Eryk Brandon-Dean followed him with 16 points each. The Panthers shot 55.8 percent from the field and held the Trojans to 37.9 percent.
In the first regional semifinal, Hunt used 61.5-percent shooting from the field in the second half to pull away and take the 68-60 defeat of Havelock.
Tipoff between Orange and Hunt is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville. You can hear all the action of the East Regional Final on Chapelboro.com.