Quad County 3A eliminates basketball tournaments

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Quad County 3A Conference athletics directors agreed Thursday afternoon to cancel the season-ending boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments.

COVID protocols have affected every school since the return from Christmas break.

Southern Wayne has undergone pauses for its boys' and girls' basketball programs, and had several games postponed.

“[We did this] so that all schools could try to play all of their conference games,” said Southern Wayne AD David Lee. “Of course, all of this is subject to change due to COVID or the weather at any time.”

Wayne County Public Schools closed its campuses for all extra-curricular activities Friday and through the weekend. The county is under a winter storm watch and could receive a considerable mixture of ice and snow Thursday evening into Friday morning.

Southern Wayne will not play a quadruple header Jan. 26 against Wallace-Rose Hill. Both schools need the date to make up conference games.

Lee released this tentative schedule:

  • Jan. 24: East Wake at So. Wayne, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: Saints JV/varsity girls at South Johnston, 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 2: Saints JV/varsity boys at Fike, 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 17: Smithfield-Selma at So. Wayne, 4 p.m.

“We have not rescheduled the away games at Goldsboro that we missed earlier in the season as of yet,” Lee said. “If we are able to do so, we will.”

The QCC wrestling tournament scheduled for Saturday at Smithfield-Selma has been rescheduled for Monday, weather pending. Weigh-ins begin at 2 p.m. and first-round matches are slated to start at 3:30 p.m.

None of the teams wrestled a full conference dual schedule due to COVID pauses and other issues. The regular-season champion advances to the NC High School Athletic Association dual-team playoffs.

Coaches planned to discuss either a single- or double-elimination format for the individual tournament. 

The season-ending QCC swimming championships are Jan. 26 at the Goldsboro Family Y.

The Spring Creek-Goldsboro varsity doubleheader scheduled for today in "The Swamp" tips off at 5 p.m.

COVID continues to affect the Gator girls, who have played just one of three Neuse Six 2A contests.

Daniel Robinson, co-athletics director, announced earlier in the week that the Gators have disbanded their JV boys' team for lack of numbers.

North Duplin announced that its basketball games at Carolina 1A rival Rosewood scheduled for tonight have been moved to Monday.

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