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Lumberton Declared NCHSAA Class 4A Basketball State Co-Champions

Lumberton’s Pirates were declared the Class 4A 2020 Men’s Basketball State Co-Champions Thursday by the NCHSAA Board of Directors following their Spring Meeting. The meeting was held via a virtual platform.

The Pirates are coached by former South Columbus coach Bryant Edwards who is the son of Bladen County native Worley Edwards.

All of the 2020 Basketball Regional Champions were declared co-champions following the decision to cancel the 2020 Basketball State Championships due to COVID-19.

The Board of Directors also changed the soccer playoff calendar to a Monday-Thursday format for the early rounds. An even bigger change was that regular season men’s and women’s soccer games can now end in a tie after two 10-minute overtime periods instead of going to a shootout.

Also approved by the Board of Directors was an adjusted contact definition and new contact limitations for football which was developed in partnership between the NC Football Coaches Association and the NCHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Other approvals included a policy mirroring the State Board of Education’s decision to extend the validity of Pre-Participation Examinations conducted on or after April 1, 2019, and a State Board of Education decision to allow academic eligibility for any student meeting local promotion standards during the fall semester of 2020-2021.

The Board also approved the distribution of grant funds in excess of $120,000 to member schools requesting and awarded through the inaugural NCHSAA Grant Program.

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