Sports Briefs: Week of September 2

Posted 9/2/20

Sports briefs

Independent schools will play football in late September

The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association is moving forward with football.

In an Aug. 25 email, …

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Sports Briefs: Week of September 2

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Woods Charter selling masks, pajama pants

If you’re a Woods Charter student, parent, teacher or fan, you have until Sept. 8 to order a Wolves-branded face mask and/or fleece pajama pants via Google Form.

The deadline to order the two items — a nod toward the coronavirus pandemic and the school’s ongoing learn-from-home set-up — is at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

To order $26 pajama pants, visit this link: And to order a $10 mask, visit this link:

Independent schools will play football in late September

The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association is moving forward with football.

In an Aug. 25 email, NCISAA director Homar Ramirez told the association’s 97 private member schools that football teams can start practices on Sept. 8 and games on Sept. 21. The NCISAA Board of Trustees also approved an alternate season option, in which member schools can play their fall sports in February and April, and said no games, indoor or outdoor, will allow fans for the time being.

The NCISAA’s decision is a stark deviation from that of the NCHSAA, which governs over 400 public and charter/non-parochial schools. The NCHSAA announced Aug. 12 its member schools will hold football seasons in the spring, from Feb. 26 to April 9, with a season contest limit of seven games.

NCISAA football is an admittedly smaller pool, though. According to its website, 19 schools play standard 11-man football and 15 schools play eight-man football. One school, SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, had preemptively canceled its fall football season before the NCISAA’s announcement.

Chatham County has five NCHSAA-affiliated schools and no NCISAA-affiliated schools. The closest two independent schools to the county are Lee Christian School and Grace Christian School, both in Sanford, although neither of those schools field a football team.

Chatham Striders meetings start this month

The Chatham Striders, an “invigorating and educational walking and wellness series” run by the Chatham County Council on Aging, will hold its first session at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 via Zoom.

The group will meet remotely on the second Tuesday of each month this fall. To register for an event, visit the council’s website at

For more information, contact Liz Lahti at 919-542-4512 or, or Faye Tillman at 919-742-3975 or

NCHSAA passes on lacrosse, track schedule tweaks

The NCHSAA made no changes to its 2020-21 lacrosse and track schedules despite an appeal from coaches, as reported by the statewide news site HighSchoolOT.

HSOT’s Nick Stevens reported that the NCHSAA board of directors “took no action” in its Aug. 25 meeting to address concerns detailed in a letter from the N.C. Lacrosse Coaches Association and a petition signed by track coaches across the state.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse season is currently scheduled to run Jan. 25 through March 12. But coaches requested an April start date, worried about potential attrition and a lack of flexibility for dual-sport athletes since lacrosse season overlaps with the winter men’s/women’s basketball, football and men’s soccer seasons.

Track coaches pushed for the NCHSAA to add indoor track back to the 2020-21 schedule. The association kept cross country and outdoor track on its schedule, released Aug. 12, but canceled the indoor track season in fear of a lack of facilities.

According to HSOT, the NCHSAA sent letters to both groups last Tuesday, altering them no motions were made for any actions requested in their proposals. All five of Chatham County’s high schools field track teams, but only Northwood has a men’s and women’s lacrosse team.


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