The high school baseball playoffs continue Friday with public school teams in regional semifinals and private school teams beginning state championship series.
Observer-area teams are alive in many brackets. A quick look:
▪ In 4A, Providence High, the 2015 N.C. 4A state championship, plays at Skyland Roberson (24-1) Friday night at 7. The Panthers (21-4) are hunting a fourth straight regional championship series appearance and pushing for a second state championship berth in three years.
Lake Norman (25-3) hosts Southeast Guilford (21-4) at 7 p.m. Friday night. Lake Norman has won 12 straight games under coach Ty Winnington.
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▪ In 3A, two-time defending state champion Marvin Ridge (23-2) is still alive and will host Union County rival Cuthbertson (20-5) Friday night at 7 in a game that may attract a few fans. The winner will face either Crest (18-6) or West Rowan (21-4), a pair of area teams that play Friday night at 7 at West Rowan.
▪ Two area teams are alive in 2A: R-S Central (22-3) hosts West Davidson Friday at 7; and Lake Norman Charter (18-6) is at Forbush at 7:30. Two teams are also alive in 1A: North Stanly (19-5) hosts North Stokes (13-12); and Pine Lake Prep (15-5) is at Murphy (20-5) at 5 p.m. Friday.
▪ Two area teams will play for N.C. private schools championships in best-of-3 series that begin Friday. In 3A, Charlotte Christian (30-3) will face High Point Wesleyan (25-1) in Game 1 at Raleigh Ravenscroft at 5:30 p.m. Game 2 is Saturday. In 2A, Northside Christian faces Faith Christian at 4 p.m. at Westchester Country Day. Game 2 is Saturday.
NCHSAA Baseball Pairings
Providence (21-4) at Skyland Roberson (24-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Southeast Guilford (21-4) at Lake Norman (22-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Holly Springs (21-4) at Greenville Rose (23-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Fuquay-Varina (19-6) at Wilmington New Hanover (22-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Cuthbertson (20-5) at Marvin Ridge (23-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Crest (18-6) at West Rowan (21-4), 7 p.m. Friday
West Brunswick (18-7) at Hampstead Topsail (20-5), 6 p.m. Friday
Pittsboro Northwood (22-3) at Northern Guilford (23-2), 7 p.m. Friday
West Davidson (20-5) at R-S Central (22-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Lake Norman Charter (18-6) at Forbush (22-3), 7:30 p.m.. Friday
Randleman (21-4) at South Granville (24-1), 7 p.m. Friday
North Lenoir (21-4) at Edenton Holmes (23-2), 6:30 p.m. Friday
North Stokes (13-12) at North Stanly (19-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Pine Lake Prep (15-5) at Murphy (20-5), 5 p.m. Friday
Whiteville (20-5) at Bear Grass Charter (23-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Durham Voyager Academy (17-5) at Rosewood (22-3), 6:30 p.m. Friday
NCISAA State Final Pairings
Friday’s State finals (best of 3)
1A at the Oakwood School: Lawrence Academy vs. Kerr-Vance, 4 p.m. (Game 2, Sat, noon; Game 3, if needed, after Game 2)
2A atWestchester Country Day: Northside Christian vs. Faith Christian, 4 p.m. (Game 2, Sat, noon; Game, if needed, after Game 2)
3A at Raleigh Ravenscroft: Wesleyan Christian (25-1) vs. Charlotte Christian (30-3), 5:30 p.m. (Game 2, Sat, noon; Game 3, if needed, after Game 2)