After an eventful winter break that saw a number of local teams competing both before and after Christmas, regular-season schedules resume this week, with a number of teams hitting the hardwood or the mats starting today.
After Lee County wrestling participated in the Sgt. Mark Adams tournament right before Christmas, the Grace Christian women and the Lee Christian men took part in events away from home during the week between Santa’s visit and the New Year. In addition, Lee County hosted a basketball tournament for both men’s and women’s teams. The Apex men and Green Level women took the trophies back home to the Triangle--but both Lee teams got much-needed wins on opening night of the three-day event.
Grace Christian won four times in three days, culminating in a dramatic 61-60 victory over 4A power Hillside on day three of the Champion Durham Classic to win the title. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the Falcons fell to Bethel Christian and in a rematch with the Chatham Thunder, by scores of 79-58 and 52-37, respectively.
Sanford’s two private schools will face each other for the first time in 2021-22 tonight. Four games between Grace and Lee will be played at the Crusaders’ Torgerson Gym, starting with middle school girls and boys at 3:15 and 4:15, respectively. After the JV game at 5:15, the men’s varsity game will tip off at 6:30.
The Grace men, 15-2 on the season, are ranked fourth among the state’s NCISAA 1A teams going into the new year. Grace’s women, now 18-1, hold down the top spot by a large margin. They will return to action on Thursday, when the South Wake Sabres visit and play both Crusader varsity teams, starting at 5:15 p.m.
Southern Lee basketball is back in action tonight at Pinecrest, then travels to Western Harnett on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt. Lee County returns to the hardwood on Wednesday night with a non-conference visit from Jordan-Matthews. Bowling returns on Thursday, when both Lee public schools travel to the Laurinburg Bowling Alley for two conference meets. The Yellow Jackets are the official hosts for one, and Richmond County for the other.
Wrestling resumes tonight at Union Pines High School, where the Vikings will be hosting Scotland County and Southern Lee starting at 6 p.m.