Chloe Harrington was one step away from the state championship match.
The Northern Nash girls’ tennis player advanced to the state semifinals and finished fourth overall this past weekend at the NCHSAA Class 3-A state tennis tournament. The two-day event was held at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Harrington, the Knights’ top singles player, finished the season with a 17-2 record.
She qualified for the second state meet in her career after placing second at the 3-A Regional, where she won three straight matches in straight sets to reach the championship round.
At the state meet, the junior won her opening-round match, 6-2, 6-3 over A.C. Reynolds’ Reilly Perry. Next, Harrington earned another straight-set victory, this one in the quarterfinals over East Chapel Hill’s Clara Mast.
In the semifinals, Harrington fell, 6-0, 6-0, to Charlotte Catholic’s Maggie Gehrig. Gehrig went on to win the state title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Robinson High’s Madison Hill.
Wrestling held its state championships over the weekend, and a pair of local wrestlers finished third.
Tarboro High’s Brice Browning won the Class 1-A 145-pound third-place match by 14-5 major decision over Mount Airy’s Franklin Bennett.
Browning, who finished the season 19-1, lost his only match in the semifinal. Browning earned a quarterfinal win via pin in 1:39 over Thomas Jefferson’s Nathan Halliday.
In Class 3-A, Northern Nash’s Garrett Williamson (20-2) won his 132-pound first-round match via 11-9 decision over North Buncombe’s Maykol Santi to reach the quarterfinals, There, Williams lost.
Southern Nash’s Terrence Raspberry won the third-place 285-pound match over Southeast Guilford’s Alex McCalop.
Also for the Firebirds, Nash’s Luke Coble (170 pounds) and Jadel Davis (182 pounds) each lost in the first round.