The team to beat, it seems, the past two years in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoffs was Fike.
After all, the Golden Demons lost to Charles B. Aycock in the Eastern semifinals in 2007 on the Golden Falcons' way to the state title. Then last season, Fike was defeated by eventual state champion Rocky Mount in the Eastern semis.
So it stands to reason that West Brunswick should be celebrating a state title in a week or so since the Trojans eliminated Fike in the third round Friday night.
Well, maybe not.
Our good friend and high school sports guru Charles Alston points out that for the past three years at team which has lost to Jamestown Ragsdale has gone on to win the state title. In addition to Rocky Mount last year and CBA in 2007, D.H. Conley fell to Ragsdale in 2006, the same year current UNC star Alex White lead the Vikings to the state championship.
That puts Northern Nash in the limelight as the Knights lost to Ragsdale early in the season.