A look ahead in southwestern Wake high school sports, Dec. 18-21

December 18, 2013 

Cary Christian’s Caleb Ellis (22) drives the lane for a layup as Grace Christian’s Grant Baker (32) and Alex Ash (30) defend during Grace Christian’s basketball game at Cary Christian on Friday, December 13, 2013. Cary Christian won the game 65-30.

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Game of the week

The year’s biggest wrestling showdown takes place Wednesday at Holly Springs when undefeated Cary visits the Golden Hawks at 7 p.m.

Holly Springs, fourth in The News & Observer rankings, has only lost one match this year, a 35-25 loss to 3A powerhouse Morehead High, and won the Rosewood Eagle Invitational. In addition to being undefeated in tournament play, Cary won the prestigious Jim King/Orange Invitational. The two teams are built completely different – Cary is strong in its lighter weights while Holly Springs’ strength is in its heavier weight classes.

“It’s going to come down to who does their jobs and not give up pins. That’s really the name of the game in high school wrestling anyway,” Cary coach Taylor Cummings said. “We know they’re gunning for us, and we don’t want to lose to anyone.”

Wednesday

Indoor track: SWAC sprint events at Middle Creek, 3:45 p.m.

Swimming: Apex, Leesville Road, Fuquay-Varina and Harnett Central at Triangle Aquatic Center.

Wrestling: Cary at Holly Springs; Fuquay-Varina at Green Hope; Athens Drive at Apex; Middle Creek at Panther Creek

Thursday

Boys basketball: Green Hope at Middle Creek; Panther Creek at Cary; Apex at Fuquay-Varina; Jordan at Holly Springs; Wake Christian in Wilson Greenfield Tournament (TBD).

Girls basketball: Middle Creek at Green Hope; Cary at Panther Creek; Fuquay-Varina at Apex; Jordan at Holly Springs (5:30 p.m.)

Indoor track: SWAC distance events at Apex, 3:45 p.m.

Swimming: Green Hope, Sanderson, Millbrook and Clayton at N.C. State; Cardinal Gibbons, Northern Vance and Northwood at Triangle Aquatic Center (6:30 p.m.)

Wrestling: Cardinal Gibbons at Southern Durham (6 p.m.)

Friday

Boys basketball: Athens Drive at Lee County (8 p.m.); Northwood at Cardinal Gibbons; Davidson Day at Raleigh Grace Christian (7 p.m.); Cary Christian at Cary Academy (7:45 p.m.); Wake Christian in Wilson Greenfield Tournament (TBD).

Girls basketball: Athens Drive at Lee County (6:30 p.m.); Cardinal Gibbons at Northwood; Davidson Day at Raleigh Grace Christian (5:30 p.m.); Cary Christian at Cary Academy (6:15 p.m.) Middle Creek vs. North Moore at Holiday in the Pines Tournament hosted by Pinecrest High.

Gymnastics: Cary, Green Hope, Athens Drive and Middle Creek at Morgans Gymnastics in Smithfield.

Swimming: Cary Academy, Sanford Grace Christian and Raleigh Hawks Home School at SAS Natatorium.

Wrestling: Day one, Cary, Middle Creek and Panther Creek at Mark Adams Holiday Classic at Cary High; North Raleigh Christian at Cary Academy.

Saturday

Boys basketball: Wake Christian in Wilson Greenfield Tournament (TBD).

Girls basketball: Middle Creek in the Holiday in the Pines Tournament hosted by Pinecrest High.

Indoor track: Area teams at JDL Holiday Invitational in Winston-Salem.

Wrestling: Day two, Cary. Middle Creek and Panther Creek at Mark Adams Holiday Classic at Cary High (all day). Green Hope, Cardinal Gibbons, Athens Drive, Holly Springs and Apex at Sonny Inskip Duals at Northern Durham (all day).

Overtime points

• Green Hope’s swim teams defeated runner-up Panther Creek, third-place Wakefield and last-place West Johnston in a meet last Thursday.

• In the Bull Durham Holiday Classic on Saturday, Panther Creek wrestling took fourth.

• Holly Springs girls basketball suffered its first defeat of the year, falling to Athens Drive. Holly Springs boys won their first of the year against Athens Drive.

• At the JDL High School Kick-off indoor track meet. Cary’s Layla White won the 500, Green Hope’s Elly Henes won the 1600, Cary’s girls won the 4-by-400 and 4-by-800, Apex’s Sydnei Murphy won the 55-yard dash and long jump.

• In the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference, four wrestling teams are tied for fourth in the league, but the conference is even closer than that. Apex, which sits third in the standings, only defeated last-place Fuquay-Varina 42-40.

SWAC standings

Wrestling

Conf.Overall
WLWL
T1. Cary3060
T1. Holly Springs30171
3. Apex2134
T4. Athens Drive1265
T4. Panther Creek1244
T4. Green Hope1214
T4. Middle Creek1216
8. Fuquay-Varina0327

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