Tuesday night, either Providence or South Mecklenburg’s high school soccer team is going to earn a state championship berth.
And it’s been awhile since either team could say that.
Providence hasn’t been to the state championship since 2000. Providence won state titles in 2000 and 1995 and ‘92. South Mecklenburg, which will host Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game, hasn’t been to the finals since 1985. South Meck won its only state title in 1971.
Today, Providence (18-3-3) and South Meck (21-0-2) are rivals that play in the SoMeck 8 conference. This will be the teams’ third meeting this season. South Meck won 4-1 Oct. 13 and 3-0 Oct. 26. Since that loss, Providence has won five straight matches.
▪ Two other Observer-area teams are alive in the soccer playoffs. In 1A, top-seeded Community School of Davidson plays Mount Airy Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hough High. And in 3A, Weddington hosts Asheville Tuesday at 7.
▪ Saturday’s state finals will be at N.C. State. Games times will be 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Classification times be set after Tuesday’s semifinals.
East Lincoln QB Chazz Surratt continued his race up the N.C. record books Friday. In a 54-7 win over Smoky Mountain Friday, Surratt was 24-of-27 for 407 yards and seven touchdowns.
He now has 16,533 career yards, close to the state record for total offense of 16,590 set by former Independence QB Chris Leak. His brother, Sage Surratt, now has 215 career receptions, which is fourth in N.C. history. He is fifth in career reception yardage (3,509) and third in touchdown receptions (52).
▪ Friday’s N.C. 4AA second-round playoff game between Butler and Mallard Creek will be held at Providence High. Butler, the home team, does not have a stadium large enough to host a class 4A playoff (4,000 seats minimum).
The N.C. High School Athletic Association has finalized attendance numbers it will use to put teams into conferences beginning in the fall of 2017. Each “realignment period,” as they are called, lasts four years. The next one will run from fall 2017 until spring 2021.
Schools were placed into classifications under a percentage model. The top 20 percent were 4A, the next 30 percent 3A, the next 30 percent 2A and the final 20 percent were 1A. Click here for the full chart.
Charlotte Catholic, currently playing 4A, is now 3A, and Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown would move from 4A to 3A. Also, Belmont South Point, a longtime 3A power, is now listed as a 2A school. The NCHSAA will release a preliminary list of conferences soon.
Here is the breakdown for Observer-area schools
4A: South Meck, Ardrey Kell, Myers Park, Mallard Creek, Hough, Olympic, Independence, Butler, West Meck, Garinger, North Meck, Providence, East Meck, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Vance, Rocky River, West Charlotte, Hopewell, Hickory Ridge, Porter Ridge, Harding, Berry.
3A: Marvin Ridge; South Iredell, Cox Mill, Central Cabarrus, Cuthbertson, AL Brown, Ashbrook, Sun Valley, Piedmont, Weddington, Concord, Concord Robinson, Statesville, Charlotte Catholic, Northwest Cabarrus, North Iredell, Forestview, Monroe, North Gaston, Hunter Huss, Parkwood, Stuart Cramer.
2A: South Point, Forest Hills, North Lincoln, East Gaston, West Iredell, East Lincoln, West Lincoln, Mt. Pleasant, Lincolnton, Lake Norman Charter, Central Academy.
1A: Bessemer City, Lincoln Charter, Highland Tech, Pine Lake Prep, Cherryville, Queens Grant, Community School of Davidson, Union Academy, Mountain Island Charter, Piedmont Charter, KIPP Pride.