High School Sports

Weather impacts Charlotte-area high school sports schedules

A wicked ice storm that had impact across the state Monday night continutes to wreak havoc with high school basketball and wrestling schedules.

The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association postponed its state basketball touranment, due to weather-related issues in Asheville. First round games were scheduled Tuesday, at the site of the higher seed, with quarterfinals, semifinals and finals running Thursday through Saturday in Asheville.

At least one area team, Charlotte Christian’s boys, were scheduled to play a first round game Tuesday, but NCISAA officials decided to allow teams to reschedule first-round games at their leisure in time for the conclusion of the tournament, which will now resume with quarterfinals in Asheville Jan. 26.

In Charlotte, CMS closed schools Tuesday, which meant the system’s three high school conference basketball touraments were postponed for the second day. They were originally scheduled to begin Monday afternoon. School officials hope to begin play Wednesday in the MECKA 8, Southwestern 4A and SoMeck 8 tournaments. The MECKA has teams from Cabarrus County and the Southwestern 4A has a team from Union County, so both school systems would also likely have to be open for those two tournaments to tip off.

CMS director of athletics Sue Doran said that if school is out Wednesday, the tournaments could be moved to a Thursday-Saturday schedule. Usually, the N.C. High School Athletic Association asks schools to complete tournaments on Friday so the playoffs, which begin next week, can be seeded Saturday. But commissioner Que Tucker said the NCHSAA is evaluating its options.

She said the NCHSAA may allow conference tournaments to finish Saturday, with no bearing on playoff seeding, and keep the normal seeding schedule. Or, she said, the NCHSAA could push playoff seeding to Sunday. In many cases, a team outside of the playoffs can earn a No. 2 postseason seed by winning its conference championship. Also, a lower seed can move up.

Tucker said the NCHSAA will make a decision Wednesday at noon on how to proceed. It also will make a decision on the state wrestling tournament scheduled to run Thursday-Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tucker said that tournament could not be pushed to a Sunday finish because both the Greensboro Coliseum and the Greensboro Coliseum Annex were booked.

“There’s a lot of balls we’re juggling trying to figure out what to do,” Tucker said. “Some school systems could be closed Thursday. When school systems are closed, they won’t let buses roll, and if that’s the case, conference tournaments may not start on Thursday.”

Tucker said she was aware of the importance of conference tournaments -- to help leagues raise money, earn higher playoff draws and to break regular-season ties -- and she didn’t want to disturb those unless absolutely necessary.

“We’re going to poll folks across the state and see what (conditions are) like,” she said. Wednesday morning, “we’ll make determinations as to what we feel is best. Any rumors or tweets saying that we’ve made that decision, flush them, that’s not the case.”

High School Basketball Pairings

Boys’ Pairings

NCISAA 3A

First round

Charlotte Christian at Rabun Gap, Tues, 6; SouthLake at Christ School, ppd, date TBD; N. Raleigh at High Point Christian; Forsyth Country Day at Charlotte Latin, Wed, 5:30

NCISAA 2A

Tuesday’s first round

Cary Christian at Westchester Country Day; Harrells Christian at Freedom Christian; Carolina Day at Village Christian; Calvary Baptist at Asheville Christian, ppd, Wed

NCISAA 1A

Tuesday’s first round

Oakwood at Lawrence Academy; Crossroads Christian at Cape Fear; Hickory Grove at Wayne Country Day; Terra Ceia at Neuse Christian

Note: NCISAA state quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, originally scheduled for Thursday-Saturday in Asheville, were postponed due to weather. Those events will now be held Feb. 26-28. First round games, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be rescheduled at the convenience of the competing schools. Keep checking back for updated games.

MECKA 8

Wednesday at Hough

W. Charlotte vs. Vance, 5

Hough vs. A.L. Brown, 8

Wednesday at Hopewell

Mallard Creek vs. North Meck, 5

Robinson vs. Hopewell, 8

SOMECK 8

Wednesday at Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell vs. Providence, 7:30

Wednesday at Olympic

Charlotte Catholic vs. South Meck, 6

Olympic vs. West Meck, 7:30

Wednesday at Providence

Harding vs. Berry, 7:30

SOUTHWESTERN 4A

Wednesday at Independence

Rocky River vs. E. Meck, 4

Garinger vs. Myers Park, 5:30

Porter Ridge vs. Independence, 7

Girls’ Pairings

NCISAA 3A

First round TBD

Forsyth Country Day at Hickory Grove; High Point Christian at Charlotte Christian; Durham Academy at Raleigh Ravenscroft; Covenant Day at Charlotte Latin, Wed, 4

NCISAA 2A

First round TBD

Cary Christian at Saint David’s; Fayetteville Academy at Concord First Assembly; Harrells Christian at Asheville Christian; Village Christian at Caldwell Academy

NCISAA 1A

First round TBD

Statesville Christian at Lawrence Academy; Neuse Christian at Burlington School; Raleigh Trinity at Victory Christian; Hickory Christian at Ridgecroft

Note: NCISAA state quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, originally scheduled for Thursday-Saturday in Asheville, were postponed due to weather. Those events will now be held Feb. 26-28. First round games, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be rescheduled at the convenience of the competing schools. Keep checking back for updated games.

MECKA 8

Wednesday at Hough

Hopewell vs. Vance, 3:30

Hough vs. A.L. Brown, 6:30

Wednesday at Hopewell

Mallard Creek vs. W. Charlotte, 3:30

Robinson vs. North Meck, 6:30

SOMECK 8

Wednesday at Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell vs. Olympic, 6

Wednesday at South Meck

Berry vs. Providence, 6

South Meck vs. Harding, 7:30

Wednesday at Providence

Charlotte Catholic vs. W. Meck, 6

SOUTHWESTERN 4A

Wednesday at Myers Park

Rocky River vs. Independence, 4

Butler vs. Garinger, 5:30

Porter Ridge vs. E. Meck, 7

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