Sports Briefs: Week of Sept. 30

Posted 9/30/20

Northwood’s third-place finish led Chatham County’s five high schools in the final NCHSAA 2019-20 Wells Fargo Conference Cup final standings, which were announced Sept. 16 ...

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Sports Briefs: Week of Sept. 30

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Northwood leads county schools in Wells Fargo Conference Cup

Northwood’s third-place finish led Chatham County’s five high schools in the final NCHSAA 2019-20 Wells Fargo Conference Cup final standings, which were announced Sept. 16.

The NCHSAA awards the conference cup to the top school in each of its conference, based on total athletic success across all programs. Each individual conference determines its own point system; most are based on participation and conference standings.

With 69 points, the Chargers finished third to Chapel Hill (84) and East Chapel Hill (69) in the Big 8 3A Conference. Chatham Charter had the second best finish in the county — the Knights ended up fifth in their eight-team Central Tar Heel 1A Conference.

Chatham Central (Yadkin Valley 1A), Jordan-Matthews (PAC 7 2A) and Woods Charter (Central Tar Heel 1A) all finished sixth in their respective conferences for a third-place tie among county schools.

The NCHSAA’s state-wide Wells Fargo Cup champions were the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders of Raleigh in 4A; the Weddington Warriors of Matthews in 3A; the Carrboro Jaguars in 2A; and the Lincoln Charter Eagles of Denver in 1A. The NCHSAA has been holding these statewide competitions for 41 years.

Chatham Chargers baseball playing in Swepsonville this month

The Old North State League Futures Invitational — a high school baseball showcase event — began at Swepsonville Ballpark in early September and continue with games through Oct. 15.

One team in the event is the local Chatham Chargers. Their remaining games are on Oct. 1, Oct. 6, Oct. 8, Oct. 13 and Oct. 15. All games are at 5 p.m., with a 7 p.m. doubleheader game also on Oct. 15.

The ONSL, which also held a 2020 summer league, partnered with Prep Baseball Report for the six-week showcase event. All games will be livestreamed at, and scouts will attend games. The league will also follow COVID-19 protocol.

Chargers have big XC weekends

Northwood junior Colin Henry had a career weekend at the Carolina Liberty Invitational.

He set an 11-second personal record with a time of 16:19.80 in the varsity men’s 5K run. Henry finished ninth out of 84 runners at the Hope Mills event — he also set a new record for Northwood juniors and logged the second best time in school history for the event, head coach Cameron Isenhour said.

Junior Caroline Murrell, who also ran unattached in the event, finished eighth among 58 runners in the varsity women’s 5K event with a time of 19:48.40. Also this weekend: Northwood senior Malachi Levy set an 18-second personal record with a 10:08 two-mile run — equivalent to a 16:14.3 5K run.


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