Area sports on tap to return Thursday
By Malcolm Shields
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Weather permitting, area teams will return to competition on Thursday after days of ice and snow have put a halt to the winter sports schedule.
The sports slate for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swimming and wrestling, were put on hold beginning last Friday when the threat of winter weather postponed contests.
With inches of snow and ice remaining in spots throughout the region, games that were scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were postponed.
For Camden boys basketball coach and athletic director Mark Harnly, the earlier than expected burst of winter weather has impacted the schedule.
One example is the Bruins’ matchups against Gates.
The boys and girls contests were originally set to take place on Dec. 2.
Due to the football season getting pushed back a week in October because of Hurricane Matthew’s impact, the conference games were moved to Jan. 9.
With some areas still dealing with icy roads late last weekend, Monday’s game with Gates was moved again to Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Harnly said that in previous years, the winter weather has occurred later in the month.
Along with finding open dates, another hurdle for rescheduling games is working with other schools and their exam schedules.
“Not every school has the same exam schedule,” Harnly said.
Camden has 12 conference games remaining and is set to return to the hardwood against Columbia on Friday.
If there are no more inclement weather events, the Coastal 10 Conference tournament has a chance of taking place.
For Northeastern wrestling coach Larenzo King, the missed meets means less time on the mat.
“We haven’t been able to have practice the last couple of days,” he said.
Along with other sports, working around exam dates and finding a common day to make up meets has been a challenge.
The Northeastern Coastal Conference wrestling tournament is scheduled for Jan. 21.
The River City Invitational, which was scheduled to take place last Saturday at NHS, was moved to Jan. 28.
As for now, King thinks that it will be difficult for the schools from Virginia to recommit to the tournament, since district tournaments in the commonwealth take place around the same time as the meet in Elizabeth City.
He plans to target other schools in North Carolina to replace the Virginia schools that cannot return.
Pasquotank and Northeastern swimming coach Wendy Kobiela said that teams for both schools have not been in the pool since last Thursday.
“It hurts everybody, but we are all in the same boat,” Kobiela said.
The coach is aiming to have a light practice on Thursday evening before Friday’s meet at Albemarle YMCA.
Last Friday’s meet will not be made up and this Friday’s meet will be the last meet before the conference championship on Jan. 21.
As for qualifying for the 2A East Regional, Kobiela added that some swimmers have reached qualifying times, but there are some still attempting to reach their marks.
For the next couple of weeks, Kobiela also wants to work with the relay teams to lower their times for the regional.
Some games that were moved this week have found new dates.
First Flight at Currituck wrestling is on Thursday.
Edenton at First Flight basketball will take place Thursday and Edenton’s home basketball game against Northside is scheduled for Friday, with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30.
Edenton at Hertford County was moved to Feb. 4. Currituck at Northeastern basketball games scheduled for today were postponed with no makeup date determined as of Tuesday evening.
Edenton’s Keimon Bailey was named to the MaxPreps.com 2016 Small School All-American football second team on Tuesday.
According to MaxPreps, the players come from schools that play in state enrollment divisions that generally have less than 1,000 students.
Bailey — a junior — rushed for 2,853 yards with 36 touchdowns. Along with leading the Aces to the 2A state championship game, Bailey was tabbed Edenton’s offensive player of the game in the title game.
On Saturday, Bailey was named to the NCPreps.com all-state team for 2A. The Edenton running back was named The Daily Advance Area Player of the Year.
Bailey was joined by other players from the state in Lincolnton wide receiver Sage Surratt (first team), Shelby wide receiver Jayden Borders (first team), Shelby linebacker Dax Hollifield (first team), Davidson Day linebacker Chase Monroe (first team), Hendersonville defensive back Tykel Landrum (first team), Davidson Day wide receiver Nolan Groulx (second team) and Wallace-Rose Hill kicker Yahir Cano (second team).
The Northeastern boys basketball team earned a spot on NCPreps.com 2A state poll.
The Eagles (7-1) made the list at No. 8 with 21 points.
Other area teams to make the website’s lists include the Bertie girls basketball team at No. 1 in 2A.
The Lady Falcons sport a 12-0 overall record with at 4-0 mark in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.
The Plymouth girls are eighth on the 1A list.