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High school teams try to reschedule baseball, softball games

Rain and wintry weather have affected area high school athletics teams to the point that games are being dropped from schedules.

Teams are limited to four games a week by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. The season can’t be pushed back because the championships are held at venues that are not on high school campuses.

“It is very frustrating,” Green Hope baseball coach Mike Miragliuolo said. “We’ve lost two games because of the weekly limitations.”

Mike Joyner, the Wake Forest High School athletics director, said the Cougars have been able to keep almost all of its spring sports games, but he fears more bad weather. A rainy week probably would force the cancellation of some games.

“So far, we have moved things around and been able to keep our number of games intact for the most part,” Joyner said. “One or two more days of bad weather, and we will be struggling to fit in all of the conference games. It is getting tight. And they are calling for more snow/ice on Tuesday.”

Miragliuolo wishes the NCHSAA would keep the season limit to 24 games, but allow teams to play more often.

“I am not sure how cutting games entirely (which does not happen often in most other sports) is best for our student-athletes,” he said. “They just want to play and we are limiting their opportunities. Forget winning and losing, I’d be happy to pitch my JV pitchers in varsity non-conference games just so the kids could play.”

Mariners AD dies: Clem Williams, the longtime athletics director at East Carteret High near Beaufort, died on Tuesday.

Williams, 67, was a 1965 graduate of Millbrook High, where he was a four-sport letterman. He won state championships in the long jump in 1964 and 1965. He later ran track at East Carolina.

He coached track in Pitt County before going to East Carteret as an assistant principal and athletics director.

Apex coach resigns: Jay Huffman has resigned as the Apex High girls’ basketball coach after three seasons to spend more time with his family. He had a 44-32 overall record and led the Cougars into the playoffs each year. Apex was 20-5 in 2013-14.

He and his wife have a 16-month-old child.

“My wife and I have been talking about it for a little while now,” Huffman said. “Priorities change.”

Ress wins honors: Cary junior Justin Ress, the NCHSAA 500-yard freestyle champion, was the high point scorer in the N.C. Senior Swimming Championships last week while swimming for the Marlins of Raleigh.

He won the 400 individual medley and helped the Marlins to the team title.

Ress also was the top scorer in the 2014 Southeast Senior Sectional last month. He was third in the 1,000 and 1,650.

“You have to be quite versatile and be able to get ready for multiple events in order to be the top scorer in competitive championship meets like this. He has a bright future for sure,” said MOR coach Paul Silver.

Cox returns: Bayley Coleman-Cox, a 2013 Durham Jordan graduate, will join her Hampton University teammates on Sunday at Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill for the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Hampton, 28-4 and the No. 12 seed, will play fifth-seeded Michigan State at 12:30 p.m.

Area leaders: Juniors Lilly Stanley of Green Hope and Madeline Bromley of Athens Drive lead area girls in lacrosse scoring with 27 points each. Stanley has 15 goals and Bromley has 17.

Senior Ian Levin of East Chapel Hill tops the boys’ lacrosse scorers with 26 points, including 12 goals.

Erwin Triton sophomore Megan Goff is off to a fast start in girls’ soccer with 16 goals and 36 points.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

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