Fall sports playoff round-up: 10/16-10/23

Chatham County teams start competition in state playoffs.


State playoffs are here for numerous falls sports across North Carolina, and many Chatham County teams have already started dancing.  

With one round down for volleyball, two rounds down women’s dual team tennis and regionals finished for women’s golf, here’s how Chatham teams and athletes are doing on their paths to a state championship.  


In the 2A East bracket, No. 29 Northwood pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far, beating No. 4 South Columbus, 3-2.  

No. 6 Seaforth defeated No. 27 Jordan-Matthews in straight sets to advance to the second round. Sophomore Keira Rosenmarkle recorded a team-high 19 kills with junior Maris Huneycutt providing 30 assists.  

In the 1A East bracket, No. 5 Woods Charter continued its dominance in a 3-0 win over No. 28 Chatham Central.  

No. 25 Chatham Charter fell in straight sets to No. 8 Neuse Charter.  

Women’s Tennis 

In the 1A dual team bracket, No. 10 Chatham Charter defeated No. 7 Southside, and No. 2 Chatham Central beat No. 15 Bertie in the second round.  

Chatham Charter and Chatham Central had byes in the first round.  The Knights and the Bears will face off in the third round at Chatham Central Wednesday.  

For 2A, No. 16 Northwood had to forfeit its first round match against No. 17 NCSSM-Durham due to injuries and illness on the team.  

However, No. 4 Seaforth is holding strong after defeating No. 13 Ayden-Grifton, 5-0, to advance to the third round. The Hawks will host No. 5 Holmes Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. 

Women’s Golf 

In the 1A/2A East Regional Championship, three Chatham County golfers qualified for state championships.  

With a score of 75, Mackenzie Crossman of Chatham Charter won the 1A Eastern Regional Championship Monday.  

Two Woods Charter golfers, Teddy Taylor and Paige Apolito, qualified as well. Taylor finished fifth in the regional competition with a score of 85, and Apolito finished 14th with a score of 97.  

State championships will begin on Oct. 30.