Earl’s Pearls 10/16

Earl’s Pearls- Local Sports Tidbits from Earl Vaughan Jr. 

  • The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association will hold seeding meetings this weekend to set the pairings for state playoffs in three sports: boys’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and girls’ tennis.
  • The blank brackets aren’t available yet on the NCISAA website, but a number of Cumberland County private schools figure to be in the mix for seeds and postseason competition. Once they are completed sometime Sunday afternoon, you can find the NCISAA state playoff pairings at NCISAA.org. 
  • While this week’s feature story in The Press Box focuses on the return of high school football workouts for the Cumberland County Schools, two other sports have already started practice for regular season competition: cross country and volleyball. They will both begin play in November.
  • Terry Sanford boys’ basketball coach Karl Molnar recently confirmed that the 2021 Dream Jam basketball showcase will not be held, as Cumberland County Schools do not permit multi-team events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Molnar said he would start planning for the 2022 event and send out invitations in the near future.
  • The offices of the N.C. High School Athletic Association in Chapel Hill will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
  • All 10 Cumberland County Schools senior highs in the N.C. High School Athletic Association have earned Level I status in the National Federation of State High School Association’s School Honor Roll.
  • The honor roll promotes professional development of high school coaches by requiring them to complete online courses through the NFHS Learning Center.
  • The schools earning Level I status include Cape Fear, Douglas Byrd, E.E. Smith, Gray’s Creek (first in the United States), Jack Britt, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, South View, Terry Sanford and Westover.