It won’t be quite as easy as it was last week, when the basketball teams from North Surry and Mount Airy turned the NCHSAA 1A/2A West Regional finals into the Surry County Invitational, but fans who want to see all three local teams in today’s state championship games will be able to do so.
The eight state championship games for 2016-17 were split between the Dean E. Smith Center on the campus of the UNC-Chapel Hill and Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh. Mount Airy’s girls were assigned to the Smith Center, where they will play Pamlico County for the 1A title in the day’s first game, at noon.
This game should end by roughly 2:30 p.m., and any fans who wish to also support the Greyhound boys and girls in their quest to claim a 2A state title will have only 27 miles to travel in order to reach Reynolds. The powers that be at the N.C. High School Athletic Association made it possible for Surry County sports fans to take in all three games, as North Surry’s girls won’t take the floor until game three at the Wolfpack’s historic venue. The Lady Hounds will take on Clinton in a game where both teams are placing a 22-game winning streak on the line.
Both of the girls teams are seeking the first state championships in their respective program’s histories. North Surry’s boys, who take to the court following the end of the North girls’ final, are seeking their fifth all-time, but first since 1989. The Greyhounds will be facing Northside-Jacksonville, which enters with a perfect 29-0 record. However, it and the 27-4 Hounds have virtually identical MaxPreps power rating numbers, making the game a toss-up on paper.
Both of the local girls teams are clear favorites using that system, but of course, games aren’t played on paper, and all three teams are hoping for a big turnout from the entire Surry County community once again this Saturday.
The schedule-maker did their part to make it possible.