A fast-moving snowstorm blew into the Charlotte-area Tuesday and wreaked havoc with the N.C. high school basketball playoffs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools postponed all after-school activities, including all basketball games involving CMS teams. Throughout the state, the bulk of games were postponed until Wednesday. However, another snowstorm is forecast to hit Charlotte around 7 Wednesday night. The N.C. High School Athletic Association said teams can play as early as 5 p.m., in order to get games done before inclement weather arrives. Some area schools have scheduled games earlier, with permission, in order to try to ensure visiting teams can get on the road ahead of the storm.
An ice storm last week forced the cancellation of most of the state’s conference tournaments, including those involving CMS schools. Most teams have not played in nearly two weeks. Now there’s a threat of more change to the schedule.
“We’re taking it one day at a time,” said NCHSAA spokesperson Que Tucker. “We obviously are beginning to discuss what could happen next week, but it’s nothing we’re prepared to release. We haven’t made any decisions as they would affect the entire state. People are on different schedules, so what we are saying is this: If you can play (Wednesday) night, we want you to play. If you can’t, the next thing to do is move those games until Thursday. That’s where we are. We’ll play it one day at a time and see what happens.”
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Some models are calling for 3 to 5 inches of snow in Charlotte by Thursday morning, and some areas of the state may see more. So, although some games may be played Wednesday, the second and third rounds, originally scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, may be affected.
Western Regional schedule released
For now, the NCHSAA Western Regionals are scheduled for next Tuesday through Saturday at the Joel Coliseum and Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem. The 3A boys (Coliseum) and 2A girls (Annex) play Tuesday; 4A boys (Coliseum) and 1A girls (Annex) play Wednesday; 1A boys (Annex) and 4A girls (Coliseum) play Thursday; and 2A boys (Annex) and 3A girls (Coliseum) play Friday, March 6. The regional championships are scheduled for Saturday, March 7.
Here is the schedule at the coliseum: 3A boys, noon; 4A boys, 2 p.m.; 4A girls, 4 p.m.; 3A girls, 6 p.m. At the Annex: 2A girls, noon; 1A girls, 2 p.m.; 1A boys, 4 p.m.; 2A boys, 6 p.m.
NCISAA states: On for now in Asheville
N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association spokesperson Chappell Carter said the association’s state quarterfinals are still scheduled to begin in Asheville Thursday. Asheville will see at least 3 inches of snow Wednesday night, according to several weather models. The event was pushed back after a severe ice storm hit the area last week.
Carter said the NCISAA was asking schools to arrive Wednesday night ahead of expected snow showers. He said the NCISAA could push back game times, set to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at three sites.
“The weather forecast I’ve gotten is that we’ll have some snow starting around 8 p.m. and it’ll taper off by 3 a.m.,” Carter said. “That’ll give our crews a chance to get everything (at school sites) cleaned up.”
Carter said the NCISAA will make a final decision regarding any changes to the tournament schedule after monitoring the latest forecasts by 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Harding football field could be renamed
Harding High has asked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education to rename its football field for former football coach Dave Harris, who died in 2010. Harris worked in CMS for more than four decades, including a long stint as systemwide athletic director. He coached for 20 years at Harding and won two state titles and sent 73 players to college on scholarship. He was twice state coach of the year and was later named national athletic director of the year.
Christian’s Dennehy commits to Converse
Charlotte Christian senior guard Caroline Dennehy has committed to Converse (S.C.) College. She is averaging 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range for the Knights (20-10), who are scheduled to play High Point Wesleyan in an NCISAA quarterfinal Thursday.
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