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.

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, March 4 to Friday, March 8.

Men’s tennis shutout Durham School of the Arts on Monday in their first match of the season before traveling to NCSSM where the team lost a close match 5-4. Freshman Aidan Chung and junior Miles Dolan each had significant wins against their opponents, both winning 6-0, 6-0.

Women’s lacrosse started their season strong by beating Northwood after scoring the first 13 goals. The team was able to build depth and boost morale by getting every player time on the field during their dominant win. Next up is an away game Friday at Riverside.

Men’s lacrosse lost a close game on Wednesday to NCSSM, 10-14. The team plays again tonight away at Voyager.

Softball mercy ruled Chapel Hill on Wednesday with a final score 16-3. Senior, Sindely Castaneda led the team in scoring. The team then traveled to Bartlett-Yancy the next day and unfortunately lost 0-10. But despite the score, the team played well and will look to continue this trend in future games.

Baseball also lost 0-10 in their first game of the season to Bartlett-Yancey. However, this was one of the hardest games of the season for the team, so a strong season is still possible.

Track competed against NCSSM in their first meet of the season at home, Thursday March 7. The meet was close, but the scores have not yet been reported. Both the men’s and women’s teams performed well despite cold temperatures.

The women’s soccer game on Thursday was cancelled last minute due to a scheduling conflict.

A look into MLB Opening Day

The off season is almost over, and opening day is coming soon. On March 28, the 2019 MLB season will begin, and all 30 teams will be playing on the earliest opening day in the history of the MLB (besides international openers). Even though opening day is soon, there are still many free agents that are looking to be offered a contract. Some standout players on the list of free agents include Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel. On the other hand, there are some free agents that just recently signed during the off-season. For example, Manny Machado made a $300,000 deal for ten years with the San Diego Padres. This was the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports. Another recently signed free agent is Marwin Gonzalez. He made an agreement with the Minnesota Twins for a two year $210,000 deal. Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal for 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, just recently as well. The other agents hope to be offered a contract soon.

Thursday, March 28: all times are in Eastern Time, subject to change

1:05 pm: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

1:05 pm: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

2:10 pm: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

3:05 pm: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

3:37 pm: Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays

4:00 pm: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

4:05 pm: Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers

4:07 pm: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

4:10 pm: Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

4:10 pm: Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins

4:10 pm: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

4:10 pm: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

4:10 pm: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

4:15 pm: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

7:08 pm: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

*All games will be available to watch on MLB.TV

Be sure to tune in on March 28 for the beginning of a new and exciting MLB season.

ICYMI Sports Update

Every week the JagWire will recap sporting events that took place over the past week. In case you missed it, see below for the results from Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22.

Women’s basketball played Durham School of the Arts on Monday in the first round of the Midstate Conference Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, the team lost 64-37, which ended their season.  

Men’s basketball also traveled to Cummings to play Graham on Tuesday as the third ranked team in the Midstate Conference. The team advanced past the Red Devils 84-41 in the first round, then beat Reidsville 58-59 in the semifinals. The Jags will face off against Bartlett Yancy tonight in the finals. Tipoff is at 7:30, be sure to show out and show your support.

Women’s soccer will get a chance to start their season strong with a home scrimmage against Leesville Road High School this Friday.

Despite the relatively light week, Spring Sports are underway as they prepare for the start of the Spring Season.

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

Swimming brings home Conference Championship

This past Wednesday, January 23, Carrboro High School Varsity and JV swim teams competed at Conference Championships at Duke University in Durham. The competing teams were recurring opponents North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM), Durham School of the Arts (DSA) and Reidsville. This was the last meet before the Regionals and States meets.

The Carrboro girls came in first overall at Wednesday’s meet, scoring 185 points and crowning the Varsity and JV teams as Conference champions. The Carrboro boys teams came in second with 129 points.

Both the girls and boys did very well, raking in many All Conference titles. To gain this title, the swimmer must place first or second overall in their event. The girls won 11 All Conference titles while the boys won four titles.

All Conference winners for the CHS girls included seniors Paloma Baca, Anneliese Merry and Audrey Costley, as well as freshmen Emily Carpenter, Eve McCallion, Kate Hegland and Lindy Bilden. All Conference winners for the CHS boys were senior Ian Ward and juniors Lincoln Wurster and Alex Prakken.

This was the last meet to make qualifying times before High School Division 1A/2A Regionals. With the swim season coming to its end, CHS swimmers are prepared to give it their all at Regionals and States.

Bugs vs. Ballers: a look into rec basketball

Stink Bug Nation poses after Monday’s game. From left to right: Mason Cox, Lincoln Wurster, Jack Morgan, Daniel Sheyko, Sebastian Phalling, Teddy Johnson, and Braden Hunter.
Photo courtesy Shamael Partridge

At 9 pm on Monday, January 28, a group of students piled into the Chapel Hill Community Center stands to watch the highly anticipated rematch between two CHS rec basketball teams: the Stink Bugs and Big Baller Brand (BBB).

The Stink bugs, featuring sophomore Jack Morgan and junior Teddy Johnson, opened the game with a strong run, jumping out to an early first quarter lead behind sharp shooting by Johnson. Big Baller Brand, led by seniors Serhat Calikoglu and Kevin O’Donnell, fought their way back into the game on the back of Calikoglu, who knocked down three 3-pointers.

From the second quarter on however, it was the Jack Morgan show. Morgan got the basket at will, using an array of dribble moves to get through the BBB 2-3 zone, which many times resulted in Morgan shooting free throws.

“It was a big game, so I had to take it over to win. After getting blown out the first time we played, we couldn’t get embarrassed again,” said Morgan regarding his aggressive tactics in last night’s contest.

He finished the game with 30 of his team’s 43 points. Morgan is a starting shooting guard for the Carrboro junior varsity team, but enjoys rec basketball games more.

“These games are way easier than school. Driving [to the basket] is much easier for me and I can get creative. In school I try to be more of a spot up shooter,” said Morgan.

While Stink Bug nation celebrated their seemingly easy win last night, BBB star Serhat Calikoglu believes the game could’ve gone much differently if he wasn’t ejected early in the 3rd quarter.

“Unfortunately the referees tried to make themselves bigger than the game. Had I been allowed to play the rest of the game it would’ve been a different outcome because everyone knows Jack Morgan can’t guard me,” said Calikoglu.

Calikoglu finished with 11 points in nine minutes of play. Members of both rec teams are looking to add new members to their clubs for the summer season, recruiting across all CHS grades.

CHS wrestles at Conference tournament

Top, from left to right: Brian Buck, sophomore; Israel Medrano, senior; Hank Hultman, senior; Aidan Thorne, sophomore; Matteo Fulghieri, senior Bottom, from left to right: Jacobie Lewis, senior; Alex Malagon, junior. Photo by Louise Monnet

On January 26, the Carrboro wrestling team hosted the 2019 2A MidState Conference tournament. The CHS team wrestled at home against Bartlett Yancey, Reidsville, Cummings and North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM).

Carrboro placed second overall with 111 points out of the five teams. They also finished with three runner ups and three Conference champions out of nine wrestlers competing. Brian Buck, Alex Malagon and Israel Medrano were the runner ups for CHS. Aidan Thorne and Matteo Fulghieri and Hank Hultman were crowned conference champions.

Reidsville finished first with 137 points and five conference champions, Cummings finished third with 104 points and three conference champions, Bartlett Yancey finished forth with 85 points and two conference champions and NCSSM finished fifth with 68 points and one conference champion.

Hultman and Fulghieri claimed their second conference titles of their careers. Carrboro wrestlers Buck, Malagon, Medrano, Thorne, Hultman and Fulghieri were named All-Conference, finishing top two in their weight class. Additionally, Jacobie Lewis was named All-Conference under an at large bid, voted by the coaches. As a final victory of the day, Matteo Fulghieri was voted the MidState Conference Wrestler of the year. This marks the fourth consecutive year a CHS wrestler has claimed this title.

Carrboro Swim Team Makes A Splash

Carrboro swim team participated in their second official swim meet of the season, called “Paws in the Pool,” following their freshman-sophomore meet, November 17, the previous week. On November 11, CHS swam against rivals Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill High School at Homestead Aquatic Center. With over around 100 kids participating, it was a great opportunity for first time swimmers to get ready for conference, and a fun meet overall.

CHS women came first in the following events: 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200-yard freestyle, 100 fly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay, and 100 breaststroke, along with many notable second & third places from the men.

Impressive swimmers who participated in the meet were Lindy Bilden, Audrey Costley, Paloma Baca, Annelise Merry, Eliot Hansberger, and Ian Ward all finishing top 3 or above in their races.

Heritage Aquatic Center, photograph taken by junior, Gemma Pekar.

“It was my first meet of high school swimming; I haven’t swam in 5 years and was really nervous, but I pulled through with the help of my teammates and it ended up being really fun,” said freshman Aaron Faircloth.

Overall CHS came in second behind East, with 177 points combined from the men and women’s scores. Chapel Hill followed in third place. Stay current on swimming and other CHS sports through the JagWire’s weekly sports update..

200 Goals for Cox

On April 26, one of the best women’s lacrosse athletes Carrboro High has ever seen reached another milestone; senior Mackenzie Cox scored her 200th goal against Riverside, completing two centuries worth of goals over her four years playing for CHS. The goal came during this year’s senior night game, punctuating a 14-13 win for the Lady Jags.

Cox joined the women’s lacrosse team in 2015, her freshman year at CHS, and has started in each of her four years playing for the team. Over those four years, she’s accumulated 207 total goals, 220 overall points, and averaged 4.8 ground balls recovered per game. Those statistics have earned Cox three consecutive Carrboro Offensive Player of the year awards, with a fourth expected this year. Similarly, Cox’s on-field achievements have earned her a spot on the first All-Conference team for the past three years, with her spot on this year’s team pending confirmation.

“I was motivated by always wanting to play the best I could for my teammates and coach. I would also like to say thank you to all of the players and especially my dad that have helped me along the way because without them I never would have the amazing experience that I did on the Carrboro women’s lax team,” said Cox. Being the leader in all-time goals for Carrboro’s women’s lacrosse team is an enormous achieve- ment, and Cox credits hard work in getting her there.

“I never imagined being able to make a record like that,” Cox said.

In completing her two centuries of goals, Cox reaches a milestone that no other Carrboro student has before — Cox is the first and only Lady Jag to score over 200 career goals. Going forward, Cox looks to maintain involvement in lacrosse; she aims to play club la- crosse at UNC-Wilmington next year, and to coach and help out with youth teams in the area.

Cox credits those youth teams with giving her access to the sport early on, leading to her later success. For young players, she says, it’s vital to always give your full effort.

“Never let anyone tell you are not good enough to do anything,” Cox said, a fitting sentiment for someone who has accomplished so much.

eSports Aren’t Easy

Game day: fans flood arenas wearing team jerseys, searching for events to meet their dream players and gain an autograph. Those who don’t make it to the event itself sit impatiently by their laptops and T.V.s waiting for their streaming service to begin airing. All wait to watch those who’ve spent hours honing their skills. But these ‘athletes’ aren’t who you think they are. They aren’t big football or basketball players — they’re gamers.

Competitive video game playing, known as eSports, is on the rise. If you play video games — especially Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA) — you are sure to know about eSports and how they work. However if you haven’t, here is some information on the sport that’s grabbing attention from gamers.

Any game can be made into an eSport when there’s a clear winner, but the game type that is most popular is MOBA. In MOBAs, players form teams and compete tournament-style in arenas and large game maps. Examples of such games are League of Legends (LoL), Dota 2 and Overwatch.

Each game has its own fan base and has companies like NHL who hold tournaments that gain more popularity over time. A lot of supporters of ‘real’ sports are supporters of eSports as well, like ESPN, which doesn’t only stream football, but also LoL and Dota 2. Most of these competitive games are also aired on streaming platforms such as Youtube and Twitch. Now, a big question to a new person may be, “what do these gamers gain by professionally competing?” The answer to that is simple. Most players come in to gain the cash prizes and glory like ordinary athletes would.

International competitions have especially big cash prizes that amount to millions of dollars and sponsorships to team involved. Many leagues now offer salaries along with that. Though this may seem like an easy job to handle, most players in eSports leagues don’t last long, and many of these players get looked down upon by those who don’t play video games. Not only that, but to get into these leagues a player must have a high rank or status in their game and must possess certain skills that most other gamers don’t have. They also need strategic minds and reflexes fast enough to outplay an enemy in the heat of the moment while millions of fans watch them.

eEports is steadily growing along with the amount of fans that keep up with it. If it continues at this rate, then people will learn more about competitive video games, and eSports could become closer to gaining mainstream acceptance.