The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will be donating large amounts of equipment for the four state championship sports this weekend.
Championships, like everything else this school year, look different than ever before.
Never before have baseball, wrestling, tennis and athletics finals been held on the same weekend. In fact, tennis and baseball championships are usually six months apart.
Student athletes from all five local schools will compete for the championship this Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Some individually, some in pairs, and some in full teams.
1A Tennis for girls
Both Mount Airy and East Surry are sending doubles teams to the 2020-2021 NCHSAA Women’s State Individual Tennis Championships 1A.
The tournament takes place at Cary Tennis Park and starts at 9 am.
East Sophomore Sarri Tara Martin and Evelyn Rudisuely compete as the top seed in the West. The duo went 6-0 in the regular season, 3-0 in the Northwest Conference 1A tournament, and 4-0 in the Western Regional Finals.
East Sarri has never had a women’s doubles team winning a state championship. The only two female state champions from Sarri East were singles titles won by Lauren Wang in 1998 and Megan Shelton in 2009.
Mount Airy elder Olivia Perkins and freshman Ella Brant enter the tournament as third place in the West. The pair of Bears finished 5-5 in the regular season, 2-1 in the NW1A conference tournament and 3-1 in the western regional final.
The last Mount Airy doubles team to win the State Championship were Christy Sanders and Keri Whitehead, who won three consecutive 1A / 2A titles between 1987 and 1989. The last individual state champion from Mount Airy in 2011 was Jordan Jackson.
Martin and Rudisueli will face Krisha Avula and Samantha Levin of the Raleigh Charter in the first round. In the first round, Perkins and Brant face off against the defending state doubles champions 1A, Franklin Academy’s Anisey Sison and Abby Armistead.
The winners of each of these matches will meet in the semi-finals.
The 1A Athletics Championships also kick off at 9am on Friday. The championship is hosted by North Carolina State University A&T.
Sixteen student athletes from Mount Airy, East Surry and the Millennium Charter Academy qualified for the State Championship Meet, finishing fourth in their competition in the regional competition. Three of the competitors won regional championships: William Mayfield of Mount Airy, Ava Utt of Millennium Charter, and Isaac Waden of East Surry.
Mayfield qualified for four types of events: 400 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump.
The Blake Hawks from Mount Airy qualified for three events: 200m, Long Jump and Triple Jump. Teammate Kayden Ratcliffe qualified for the 800m.
Three lady bears qualified for the state tournament. Gracie Butcher became the leader, qualifying in two disciplines: long jump and triple jump.
Josie Combs qualified in discus throw and Sydney Seagraves in shot put.
Millennium’s lone selector, Utt, is ranked first in the high jump.
East Sarri had three boys who qualified for the state competition. Vaden qualified in shot put, Sam Witt qualified in shot put and Cooper Motsinger qualified in 3200 meters.
Two girls from East Sarri and one relay team qualified.
Faith Braithwaite qualified in the 100m, Clara Willard qualified in the discus throw, and the relay team of Braithwaite, Jamaria Lowry, Amber Midkiff and Bella Hutchence will compete in the 4×100 relay.
The East Surry baseball team won their fourth West Region title to advance to the 1A State Championship Series.
The Championship Series is the best 2-of-3 format. Game 1 against the Perquimans kicks off Friday at 8:00 pm at JP Riddle Stadium in Fayetteville. Game 2 will take place on Saturday at 2:00 pm and game 3 (if necessary) at 5:00 pm or 8:00 pm.
East Sarri started the season with a 12-7 defeat to South Stokes and has not lost since. The Cardinals have won 17 straight games, the program’s longest winning streak since the 2014 team, which also reached the state championship streak, won 31 straight games.
East Sarri – 0: 3 in the state championship. The Cardinals made their first 3A State Championship in 1982, beating East Bladen 2-1 (0-1, 2-1, 0-6). East Sarri returned to the title game in 2007 and lost 2-1 to Princeton (3-7, 4-3, 3-7). East Surry last played in the championship against Whitewill in 2014, losing again 2-1 (7-4, 0-10, 2-3).
The Cards, the second seed in the West, will act as the away team in Game 1 and the home team in Game 2.
East Sarri beat Davidson Public School 15 3-2 in the first round, Cherryville 7th 9-2 in Sweet 16, Uwharrie Charter 3rd 10-1 in Elite Eight and 8th Mountain Island Charter 7-1 in Western Regional Finals.
The Perquimans, the No. 1 seed in the East, are 16-2 and have won their last 12 games. The Pirates defeated No. 16 Ocracoke 16-0 in the first round, No. 9 Hobbton 10-0 in Sweet 16, No. 4 Bear Grass Charter in Elite Eight, and No. 2 Granville Central 3-1 in the East Region. The final.
The 1A State Wrestling Championship will be held at Glenn High School and is set to start at 11 a.m.
The event will feature eight local wrestlers, including one hoping to become a state champion. Mount Airy dispatches six fighters, and East Sarri dispatches four.
Mount Airy (weight in brackets): Edwin Agabo (195), Franklin Bennett (145), Alex Cox (126), Hope Horan (106), Saverio Lennon (220) and Connor Medwar (152).
Bennett is the reigning 1A 145 state champion looking to defend his title. Bennett holds a 21-1 record this season.
Connor Medwar, 152nd West Region Champion, is also returning to the State Championship match. Medvar finished third in the 132nd grid in 2020 and looks set to climb several podium spots this weekend. Medvar has a 23-0 record this season.
Horan, Agabo, Lennon, and Cox qualified for their first state championship. Horan holds a 15-6 record and recently finished second in the 113 pound bracket at the Women’s Wrestling Invitational. Cox is 21-2, Agabo is 9-5, and Lennon is 14-6.
As for East Surry, both Daniel Villasenor and Eli Becker compete in their first state championships.
Villasenor will be in the 195 table and has a record of 14-7. Becker will compete in table 182 and has a 17-2 record.
Three wrestlers from Surry Central will compete in the 2A State Championship at Wheatmore High School. The tournament starts at 9 am.
Central’s three skilled wrestlers are Jeremiah Price, Jacob Price and Carson Croes.
Defending the 2A 145 state champion, Jeremiah Price hopes to win his second title in so many years. The sophomore currently has a record of 16-0.
Krause benefited from a 2020 sophomore spot. He currently holds a 16: 3 record and will compete in the 170 grid.
Jacob Price holds an 18-2 record and will compete in the 152 class.
The 2A State Athletics Championships kick off Saturday at 4:00 pm at North Carolina State University A&T.
After winning the Midwest 2A Regional Championship with Team Surry Central, seven girls qualified for the competition: Mia McMillen, Ivy Tony, Peggy Prewett, Yeira Muñoz, Shanell Daniels, Lanie Fitzgerald and Ella Priddy.
McMillen qualified for four different sports: 100 meters, 200 meters, 300 hurdles and long jump.
Prewett and Tony qualified in pole vaulting, Daniels qualified in discus throw, and Muñoz qualified in the 3200 meter sprint.
The relay team of Tony, Muñoz, Priddy and Fitzgerald qualified in the 4×800 relay.
Charlie Hernandez was the only Surry Central boy to qualify for the state championship over 300 obstacles.
Elijah Moore, Jared Hiatt and Amelia York will represent North Sarri at the State Championships.
Moore qualified in discus throw, Hiatt qualified in long jump, and York qualified in 1600 meter sprint.