CFCC hosts third annual Carly Rae Classic tournament

CFCC hosts third annual Carly Rae Classic kicked off this evening
Published: Oct. 18, 2023 at 10:55 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2023 at 11:16 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Cape Fear Community College kicked off its women’s basketball season with the third annual Carly Rae Classic tournament.

“The tournament is named after the late Carly Rae Baron, a beloved student and former CFCC women’s basketball player whose life was cut short,” the announcement from the college stated.

The tournament was held Friday and continues Saturday, Nov. 3-4. Games were played at the following times:

Friday, Nov. 3

  • Denmark Tech vs. Brunswick Community College at 5 p.m.
  • CFCC vs. USC Salkehatchie at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4

  • CFCC vs. Denmark Tech at 1 p.m.
  • USC Salkehatchie vs. Brunswick Community College at 3 p.m.

“Carly Rae was a dedicated student, avid basketball player, aspiring model, and friend to many,” the CFCC announcement states. “On November 1, 2020, Carly passed away. She was a source of inspiration and positivity for her teammates, with a laugh that could light up an entire room. The Carly Rae Classic tournament was established in 2021 to celebrate her life and love of the game.”

Many of the current players on the women’s basketball team say they never got the chance to meet Baron, but they try to embody the type of player they’ve heard she was.

“At first we were all asking questions like ‘Who is Carly Rae?’ but once our coach talked about how great of a person she was and the type of teammate she was, we wanted to embody who she was as a person and we want to come out here and play for her and not disappoint her. Keep her legacy living on,” first year player Jaci Bolden said.

For more information about the tournament and the legacy of Baron, please visit the Cape Fear Community College YouTube page. Additional venue information can be found on the CFCC Athletics website.