High school sports look ahead: Dec. 26-28

mblake@newsobserver.comDecember 23, 2013 

Panther Creek’s Gabby Rogers comes down with a rebound during the girls basketball game in Raleigh on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Panther Creek 66-63.

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What to watch for

This week is full of good high school basketball action, with most holiday tournaments starting Thursday and ending Saturday. The brackets for these various tournaments is on the PrepsNow blog at nando.com/prepsnow.

Thursday-Friday tournaments

Girls basketball: Athens Drive in Hoops for Hope Tournament at Heritage High.

Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. tournaments

Boys basketball: Green Hope in South Granville Holiday Tournament; Cary in Lee County Tournament; Apex and Middle Creek in HighSchoolOT.com Invitational; Athens Drive in South Granville Holiday Tournament; Cary Academy and Cary Christian in Cary Academy Tournament; Grace Christian at High Point Christmas Classic at Southwest Guilford.

Girls basketball: Green Hope in Eastern Alamance Holiday Hoopla; Cary and Holly Springs in HighSchoolOT.com Invitational; Apex in Lee County Tournament; Cary Academy and Cary Christian in Cary Academy Tournament.

Friday-Saturday tournaments

Boys basketball: Fuquay-Varina in Bunn Tournament.

Girls basketball: Fuquay-Varina in Bunn Tournament.

Wrestling: Green Hope at Chapel Hill Tiger Classic; area teams at WRAL Tournament, hosted by Athens Drive.

Overtime points

• Holly Springs moved up to No. 1 in The News & Observer wrestling rankings after a 31-30 win over Cary. The Hawks had been No. 4. Cary slid from No. 1 to No. 3.

• In the season’s first News & Observer basketball rankings, Panther Creek’s boys and Cary’s girls were each No. 2. The Cary boys were No. 10, Apex girls were No. 7, Holly Springs girls were No. 12, Panther Creek girls were No. 13, and Cardinal Gibbons girls were No. 14.

SWAC standings

Boys basketball

T1. Panther Creek20101
T1. Apex2043
T1. Holly Springs2037
T3. Cary1153
T3. Middle Creek1154
T6. Fuquay-Varina0227
T6. Green Hope0227
T6. Athens Drive0207

Girls basketball

T1. Cary2080
T1. Apex2071
T3. Holly Springs1182
T3. Panther Creek1164
T3. Athens Drive1144
T3. Green Hope1126
T7. Fuquay-Varina0245
T7. Middle Creek0228


1. Holly Springs40181
2. Cary4161
3. Athens Drive2275
4. Panther Creek2254
5. Apex2235
6. Green Hope1314
7. Middle Creek1317
8. Fuquay-Varina1337

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