Five Observer-area teams, including two from Mecklenburg County, will try to win N.C. High School Athletic Association championships Saturday.
• The 38th NCHSAA volleyball finals are at N.C. State.
In 4A, Mecklenburg Countys Hough High is 32-1 and in the finals for the first time. Hough avenged its only loss against Winston-Salem Mount Tabor earlier this week, led by outside hitter Julia Brown and middle hitter Jazmine Lindor. Wakefield (24-2) is also in the finals for the first time. Hough will face Raleigh Wakefield (24-2) at 7:30. Wakefield is also in the finals for the first time.
Hough is attempting to become the third straight Mecklenburg County team to win the 4A final, following Providence (2011) and Ardrey Kell (2012).
The 5 p.m. 3A final matches Carson High from China Grove (34-0) against Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (27-0) in a battle of unbeaten teams. Gibbons beat Carson in the 2012 state final and returns to the champonship game for a ninth straight season.
• Time Warner Cable will be providing television coverage of all four state championships. The games will air on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (HD 520) on Time Warner Cable systems in the Carolinas. They will later be available on TWCs Local On Demand. Patrick Kinase and Lyndsay Rowley will call the games for TWC.
• Three Observer-area teams will play in the 24th annual NCHSAA dual team tennis finals at the Burlington Tennis Center.
At 12:30 p.m, Ardrey Kell (15-0) tries to polish off an unbeaten season in its first state final. The Knights face Carys Panther Creek (20-1), also in its first state final. Panther Creek beat 11-time state champ Raleigh Broughton in the third round. Ardrey Kell beat western power Myers Park in its regional final Wednesday.
At 9:30 a.m., Salisbury (17-3) faces Durhams N.C. School of Science and Math (17-0) in the 2A final. Salisbury is in the finals for the 13th time and has won three previous state titles. Salisburys doubles team of Alexandra Drye and Madeline Hoskins won the state title at last weeks individual championships.
Also at 9:30, Weddington (13-4) plays Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (27-1) for the 3A title. Gibbons is in the dual team final for the fifth time, seeking a second state title. Gibbons won in 2011. Weddington was runner-up in the 2003 final and is led by 3A state champ Heidi Swope. Gibbons Devin Knors and Lizzie Galush won the state doubles title at last weeks individual state championships.
Basketball: South Pointe hires former Butler girls coach
Former Butler girls coach Stephanie Butler is now coaching at Rock Hills South Pointe High. Butler replaced Brett Childers, who took the head girls job at Fort Mill. Butler has 17 years of coaching experience in high school and has also coached in college.
Before coming to South Pointe, Butler was the assistant womens basketball coach at Southern Illinois University.
From 2006-10, she led Butler High to several national rankings and a 121-26 record. The Bulldogs won the 2010 4A state title. Butler was named Southwestern 4A coach of the year three times, won five conference tournament championships and was the 2010 Observer coach of the year.
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