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While the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoff brackets will be unveiled Monday, the postseason setup has been put in place for North Carolina Christian School Association and North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association teams.

Starting Tuesday, the NCCSA will open baseball and girls soccer playoffs while the NCISAA will start later in the week. Wilson Christian, the reigning NCCSA 2-A champion in baseball and runner-up in girls soccer, will host quarterfinals games Tuesday. The Lady Chargers softball team, which has won six straight NCCSA 2-A titles, will play Friday in the semifinals at Bethel Christian in Kinston, the site of all three NCCSA championships.

Greenfield, coming off its first conference championship in baseball since 2015, earned the No. 2 seed in the NCISAA 1-A playoffs and will play Friday. The Lady Knights and Community Christian will kick off their girls soccer postseason on Friday as well while the Greenfield boys tennis team opens the postseason Tuesday at home.

NCCSA LOOKAHEAD

The Chargers of head coach Ty Bissett enter the postseason on an 11-game winning streak after defeating Bethel Christian 7-0 at home in Friday’s regular-season finale. Wilson Christian (15-3), the No. 1 seed from the East Region, hosts West No. 4 Greensboro Vandalia Christian in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. The Chargers clipped Vandalia (4-9) 7-6 in Wilson on April 12, part of a 6-0 record WCA has against the other seven teams in the playoffs.

A win Tuesday would send the Chargers to the semifinals against the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinals matchup between West No. 2 Ramseur Faith Christian and East No. 3 Goldsboro Faith Christian.

Wilson Christian (11-4-1) is looking for its third straight appearance in the NCCSA 2-A girls soccer championship game. The Lady Chargers defeated Alamance Christian in four overtimes in the 2017 final in Wilson and lost to the Lady Warriors in last year’s championship game, also at WCA. The teams are seeded first in their respective regions so a rubber match in this year’s final is a distinct possibility. The Lady Chargers won the only regular-season meeting, 3-1, at home on March 12.

Wilson Christian will host West No. 4 Gospel Light Christian of Walkertown on Tuesday. A win would send the Lady Chargers to Friday’s semifinals at Bethel Christian against the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinals match between West No. Lexington Union Grove Christian and East No. 3 Wilmington Christian.

With just four teams in the NCCSA 2-A softball playoffs, there will be a double-elimination tournament beginning Friday. The Lady Chargers (4-7), seeded No. 2, will take on host and No. 3 seed Bethel Christian at 1:30 p.m. while top-seeded Union Grove faces No. 4 New Life Christian of Rocky Mount at 3 p.m.

The championship games for all three sports are set for Saturday.

NCISAA PREVIEW

Greenfield (13-6) earned the No. 2 seed as the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference championship and will face No. 7 Northeast Academy (7-8) of Lasker in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The Knights are 2-1 against the other seven teams in the bracket, including a 12-2 win over Pungo Christian on March 26 at Fleming Stadium. Greenfield could see Pungo again as the No. 3 Raiders, who host No. 6 Albemarle Schools in the quarterfinals, will play the Greenfield-Northeast winner in the semifinals Tuesday, May 14. 

Unlike previous years when the semifinals and final were played in Wilson, all rounds will be contested at the site of the highest remaining seed.

The No. 4 Lady Knights (11-7) will host a quarterfinals match against No. 5 Winterville Christ Covenant (9-5) on Friday. A win would put Greenfield in the semifinals Tuesday, May 14, against the winner of Friday’s quarterfinals match between No. 1 Kerr-Vance and No. 8 Woodlawn.

Community Christian (5-9), the No. 7 seed, will visit No. 2 The Burlington School (11-3).

Greenfield’s new tennis courts will be the site of the Division III boys tennis opening-round playoff match against University Christian (5-4) on Tuesday. Both teams are unseeded. Greenfield (5-4) would play No. 6 Woodlawn School (9-2) in the second round Thursday if the Knights win.

The boys tennis finals are set for Saturday, May 18, at Bert Lain Tennis Center on the campus of Salem Academy in Winston-Salem.

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