Weekly Sports Update

Every week the Jagwire will recap the sporting events from the past week. Check below to see the winners and scores from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26.

Men’s tennis lost to NCSSM on Monday in the quarterfinal round of the State tournament. The team finished the season 10-5 overall and 8-2 in the conference. Individually, singles players Cal Baruch and Aidan Chung and doubles team John Blobe and Jake Twer competed in the State tournament. Chung earned All-State honors.

Women’s soccer defeated Central Davidson on Wednesday 4-1 in the third round of the State tournament. The team plays again at home tonight against First Flight at 6:00. Be sure to show out to support the Jags.

Track will compete in the individual state tournament on Friday. The team competed in regionals last Friday where the Carter Macklin, Hannah Priesser and the women’s 4×800 won first place.

Be sure to check back next week for another sports update.  

Weekly Sports Update

Every week the Jagwire will recap the sporting events from the past week. Check below to see the winners and scores from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26.

Men’s tennis won in the first round of postseason 5-1 on Tuesday. The team plays next Monday against NCSSM in the quarterfinal round and will compete individually in the NCHSAA state tournament tomorrow.

Softball also played in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday. The team fought hard but lost a tough game to South Columbus. The team finished the season 10-5 overall and 8-3 in the conference.

Women’s soccer shutout Oak Hill in the first rounds of their postseason and will play again tonight against East Duplin.

Be sure to check back next week for another sports update.  

Overbeck commits to UNC volleyball

Sophomore Carson Overbeck will be playing for UNC’s volleyball team starting 2021.

On April 11, Carson Overbeck, sophomore, announced her verbal commitment to UNC volleyball. Overbeck has been an integral part of the CHS varsity volleyball team since her freshman year. Overbeck additionally plays as a libero or defensive specialist for Triangle Volleyball Club. Now, Overbeck is excited to continue the next phase of her volleyball career at UNC.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to go to UNC. It’s been a dream of mine. When the opportunity came, I was really excited and knew that it was where I wanted to go,” said Overbeck.

Overbeck thinks that UNC has a very accepting and friendly culture and can’t wait to be a part of it.

“Everything is always so exciting. I love the coaches. All the players love the school and the team. All of the student athletes are really happy at UNC. I really wanted to be a part of that,” said Overbeck.

Volleyball has been an important factor in Overbeck’s life because of the fun of playing and the friends she gets to play with.

“I’ve always been really passionate about volleyball. I love the sport. I used to play soccer too, but I felt like I liked volleyball better, and I liked going to practice. I enjoy playing it with my friends,” said Overbeck.

Volleyball is not only a source of happiness in Overbeck’s life but also something that pushes her to work hard and do her best.

“For volleyball, I’m willing to go to practice, get better and put in the extra time,” said Overbeck.

Overbeck has worked hard not only in her sport but also in the classroom to get this opportunity. Overbeck thinks that time management has been crucial for her achieving balance between her volleyball and school work.

“Time management is very important. With practice every week, you need to stay ahead of your school assignments and put in the extra time,” said Overbeck.

Steve Scanga, CHS varsity volleyball coach, is excited about Overbeck’s commitment and looks forward to seeing her progress as a CHS and a UNC volleyball player.
“It is wonderful to hear that Carson has committed to UNC. She is an excellent athlete with great focus and drive, and I am certain that she will be a fine addition to the UNC program. I am looking forward to her playing with the Jaguars for two more years before she moves on to
the next level,” said Scanga in an email interview.

ICYMI: Sports Update

Every week the JagWire will recap the sporting events from the past week. Check below to see the winners and scores from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19.

Men’s tennis traveled to the Conference tournament hosted by NCSSM. Two singles players, Aidan Chung and Cal Baruch, and two doubles teams John Blobe/Jake Twer and Will Brady/Miles Dolan advanced to the semifinal rounds and qualified for the Regional tournament to be played in May.

Women’s lacrosse hosted Senior Night on Monday versus Jordan High School. Despite the final score, the seniors played a strong game and led the team to 12 goals. The team had two other tough games against St. Mary’s and away at Jordan, but the team was able to hold their own scoring a combined 16 more goals.

Men’s lacrosse had a close game at home versus Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Despite the eventual loss, the team fought hard and even scored one final goal as time expired. The team remains undefeated in conference play and will look to continue that streak in coming games.

Baseball won two conference games this week against Graham and DSA before losing to East Chapel Hill on Thursday. The team’s next games are away at Reidsville and DSA.

Softball had two big wins over Granville on Tuesday and Thursday thanks to a strong performance by sophomore Emily Collier. The team then continued this momentum by defeating DSA 21-6 which improved their overall record to 9-4 (7-3 in conference play).

Women’s soccer won all three of their games against Bartlett-Yancey, Reidsville and Graham this week, adding to their undefeated record in conference play. The team’s dominant performance not only resulted in three more wins but in three perfect games in which they did not allow a single goal.

Track and field hosted a Senior Night on Thursday, before their meet against Bartlett-Yancey, Franklin Academy and Voyager. Both men and women’s track performed well, dominating on the distance side, and winning the meet overall. Men scored 85.5 points and women scored 110 to secure the win.

Be sure to check back next week for another sports update.

CHS Athletes Commit

Betts (center) poses with his football team.

On April 17, seniors Brandon Betts and Elise Deshusses each committed to respective colleges in the gymnasium for athletics. Parents, coaches and friends all joined to celebrate the student-athletes.

“I’m proud of Brandon, I’ve played with him for three years now and have seen how hard he works. I’m really proud of him,” said Samuel Rodriguez, senior.

Betts signed for football at Barton College. He has been playing since middle school and has been an All-Conference player for several years. Along with his athletic career, he has a very impressive academic career, receiving the award of excellence for The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists at John Hopkins.

“First I’d like to thank God for giving me the ability to play the sport I love to play, second my coach for helping me through this journey and third my family for encouraging me and raising me,” said Betts.

Deshusses (left) signs with her mom.

Elise Deshusses signed to run track and field at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has been on the cross country and track teams since freshman year. Besides her running, she is ranked 22 in the class and has a weighted GPA of 4.55.

“I’d like to thank all my supporters, my parents, and my coach! I’m really excited and couldn’t have made it this far without them,” said Deshusses.

Athletic Director April Ross commended each athlete in a speech during the signings, while parents and friends looked on. Coaches also made speeches to recognize the two athletes.

ICYMI: Sports edition

Every week the JagWire will recap sporting events that took place over the past week. See below for the results from Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12.

Softball mercy ruled both Cummings and NCSSM on Tuesday and Wednesday this week thanks to a strong performance by senior Iza Tudryn. The team will look to continue this dominant streak today at Reidsville.

Baseball traveled to Cummings on Tuesday where they won (23-6) before losing at home on Wednesday to Bartlett Yancey. The team’s next game is also today away at Reidsville.

Men’s tennis lost to Chapel Hill on Thursday 0-9, but was able to build their depth by bringing up a couple players from JV to help out the Varsity team.

Women’s lacrosse had a couple of tough losses this week to Wake Forest and East Chapel Hill. However, the team is still improving and and developing as shown by goals scored by freshmen members of the team.

Men’s lacrosse won a decisive game against Webb on Thursday 16-1 featuring goals by many different players.  

Track traveled to Cummings to take on Cummings, Bartlett Yancey and Graham high schools. The men and women each won the meet for Carrboro, women finishing with a total score of 86 and men 92.5.

Be sure to check back next week for another sports update.

March Madness grips Carrboro

Carrboro students filled out their winning brackets and submitted them to the Carrboro High School 2019 group. Photo courtesy Ike Bryant

It’s time once again for America’s second favorite pastime (or first depending on who you ask): March Madness. The 80th NCAA tournament is officially underway and fans around the world are preparing for another grueling three weeks.

The tournament began on March 19, with the two of the first four play in games and will conclude with the National Championship on April 8. Favorites to make the Final Four include the four one seeds (Duke, UVA, UNC and Gonzaga) and a couple of two seeds (Kentucky and Tennessee).

The first-seeded UNC Tar Heels are looking to continue the momentum of the regular season in which they finished 26-5 overall and 16-2 in the ACC. The team also boasts an ACC Regular Season Championship and an undefeated road record in Conference play. After a disappointing loss to Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals, the team earned a one seed in the Midwest Region.

Duke, the preseason favorite, suffered a minor setback following a shoe-related catastrophe in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke star Zion Williamson ripped through the sole of his shoe 33 seconds into the UNC-Duke rivalry game. Williamson was out again in following games against Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest but returned in time to lead the team to an ACC Championship. Heading into the tournament the team is the overall one seed and a top pick to win it all.

The University of Virginia, the second overall pick, is looking to redeem themselves after an embarrassing loss last year to 16-seeded UMBC. This was the first time in NCAA history that a one seed has lost first round.

The final one seed, Gonzaga, is also looking for redemption after losing to the Tar Heels in the 2017 National Championship. However, the team lost in their conference tournament to 11-seed St. Mary’s, once again proving that anyone can lose at any time.

Here at school, over 90 students and teachers are participating in an SGA sponsored CHS tournament challenge group. Of the entries in this group, 52 have picked UNC to win it all, 16 picked Duke, seven picked UVA and four picked Kentucky. Other picks include Gonzaga, Tennessee and Purdue.

Carrboro students’ picks range from carefully crafted brackets to whimsical brackets based on favorite colors, like senior Brian Kelly did. Many students fill out multiple brackets to increase their chances or simply have fun with their picks.

“If I don’t know anything about the team I pick the team from the state that’s less humid,” said junior Summer Bunting.

No offense to anyone here at Carrboro, but while these bracket picks could be an indicator of who looks good on paper, no one (including certified bracketologists) has any idea how this March will go. In fact, you are more likely to be killed by a falling coconut, become a billionaire, get struck by lightning, or become President of the United States (but really how hard can that last one be…) than fill out a perfect bracket.

A Look Ahead to The Lacrosse Season

On Wednesday, March 6, the men’s lacrosse season kicked off with an early road test against the Jordan High School Falcons. The Jags fell in a hard-fought 14-10 game, but have much more lacrosse to play. Senior captains Tommy Holt and Joseph Kelly have high hopes for the rest of the season.

“Our team looks good this year. We graduated a large senior class last year, but developed the underclassmen to mesh with the veterans so we’ll be able to win a lot of games”, Kelly states.

Going into his last year of high school lacrosse, Kelly hopes to win Goalie of The Year for a back-to-back season, but more importantly, he’s focused on being a good captain and setting an example for his younger teammates.

Holt also expressed thoughts about the underclassmen.

“The team will be good in the future with young talent like Mason Cox and the Osborne brothers, Nick and Jonathan,” said Holt.

Kelly and Holt both professed the big goals for this year’s team, which include beating rivals Chapel Hill and East, winning the conference championship and making a deep run in the state playoffs.

On March 11, the Jags hosted Cedar Ridge for their home opener. Led by Mason Cox, the Jaguars won in an easy 16-6 effort.

First track meet runs smoothly

Senior Roman Perone (left) runs the 100m hurdles with sophomore Brian Buck (right). Photo by Jade Simpson

On Thursday, March 7, Carrboro competed in its first track meet against North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM). The team ended strong with the women winning 76-29, while the men lost 58-64.

Track meets are scored per event, so each athlete gains points for their team by placing highest in their events.

The meet went smoothly despite having three new coaches, Kenneth Cunningham, Riley Mulhern and Coach Dale, Carrboro’s football coach.

They have the rest of their conference season to look forward to, as well as their non-conference regional season.

Mimi O’Grady, the team’s central coach, talked about improvements to the team over a text interview.

“The men’s and women’s teams [were] both very strong; Carrboro men can quickly dominate the conference by pulling together focused relay teams,” said O’Grady.

The next track meet will be Thursday, March 21, against Durham School of the Arts and Graham home at Carrboro, starting at 4:30 PM.

A blue-blood rivalry

UNC will face-off against Duke tomorrow in one of the toughest basketball rivalries in basketball history. Illustration by Nina Scott

This Saturday, March 9, UNC and Duke will face off again in one of the most anticipated sporting events in college basketball. The last time the two teams faced off, on February 20, Zion Williamson was pulled 33 seconds into the game – due to a knee sprain as the result of busting through his shoe.

Williamson has not played in a game since the incident in late February, and he has not announced whether he will play in Saturday’s game.

Ticket prices are nearing $9,000, and will continue to rise as the game approaches. Ticket prices for the previous game rivaled ticket prices for the Super Bowl.

President Obama and Phil Ford were in attendance at the previous match up. There hasn’t been word of who is thought to be attending Saturday’s game, but UNC students have been camping out since Thursday, in anticipation. Fans look forward to rushing Franklin Street, should the Tar Heels pull out another win.

Duke was favored by nine points at the previous matchup, but UNC ended up winning by 16. The stakes for tomorrow’s game are much higher, since whoever wins is likely to be a one seed heading into the NCAA tournament.

Matt Cone, a CHS social studies teacher, says that, “[Coach K’s] team will get dominated.”

March 9 is also Senior Night for the Tar Heels. Sunday will be the last game in the Dean Dome for seniors Kenny Williams, Cam Johnson and Luke Maye, and potentially for freshmen Nassir Little and Coby White.