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AREA ROUNDUP: Altered Hunt girls tennis lineup wins on Senior Day

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With singles players Nos. 4 through 6 being required to move up a spot in the lineup with No. 3 Megan Tillotson absent because of sickness, the Hunt High girls tennis team responded with a 6-3 Senior Day victory against 3-A Big East Conference rival Franklinton on Tuesday.

The Lady Warriors of coach Wayne Hardy improved to 3-6 in the conference and to 3-12 overall. Hunt ends its season at archrival Fike on Thursday.

Hunt forged a 4-2 singles lead and clinched with an 8-2 triumph from the No. 2 doubles team of Camille Ruiz-McKenzie Hinnant. At No. 3, the Lady Warriors’ Ali Parbst-Layla Overby prevailed 8-5.

Cranking out Hunt singles wins were Logan Hinnant at No. 1, Ruiz at No. 3, Parbst at No. 4, and McKenzie Hinnant at No. 5.

“The girls responded well after bumping up a position,” Hardy said. “We need a solid practice (Wednesday) to get ready for Fike on Thursday.”

Hunt’s seniors are Tillotson, Logan Hinnant, Ruiz, McKenzie Hinnant and Overby.

HUNT 6, FRANKLINTON 3

Logan Hinnant (H) def. Rachell McDonald 6-3, 4-6, (10-6); Grace Cottrell (F) def. Cara Moss 6-0, 6-1; Camille Ruiz (H) def. Carter Gilliam 6-4, 6-2; Ali Parbst (H) def. Olivia Wilson 6-3, 6-1; McKenzie Hinnant (H) def Emma Styers 6-3, 6-3; Jenna Vordran (F) def. Layla Overby 6-2, 6-3.

McDonald-Cottrell (F) def. L. Hinnant-Moss 8-6; Ruiz-M. Hinnant (H) def. Gilliam-Styers 8-2; Parbst-Overby (H) def. Wilson-Vordran 8-5.

Thomas enjoys Sr. Day wins for Fike

Anna Blair Thomas picked up her 84th and 85th career wins on the day that she and her fellow Fike girls tennis team seniors Libby Thompson, Blair Kite and Caroline Howell were honored.

Thomas won her No. 3 singles match and teamed with Avery Rose Brown to prevail at No. 1 doubles as the Lady Demons locked up the No. 2 spot in the 3-A Big East Conference with an 8-1 win over Northern Nash on Tuesday.

Thompson and doubles partner Logan Adkins won their match on the No. 2 court. Fike swept singles play as Adkins, Brown, Meszaros, Mia Hamblin and Cappa Hill all won their matches.

“The girls took care of the match in singles and sent the seniors out on a high note,” said Fike head coach Lee Matthews.

The Lady Demons, who play at Hunt on Thursday, rose to 14-2 overall and 7-2 in Big East matches while the Lady Knights, playing without No. 1 Chloe Harrington, departed 8-3 and 5-3, respectively.

FIKE 8, NORTHERN NASH 1

Logan Adkins (F) def. Nisaja Thomas 6-1, 6-1; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Lisa Dees 6-3, 6-2; Anna Blair Thomas (F) def. Meredith Vaughn 6-2, 6-0; Sophia Meszaros (F) def. Ayshia Palmer 6-3, 6-2; Mia Hamblin (F) def. Paige Ward 6-3, 6-2; Cappa Hill (F) def. Kaileigh Lee 6-0, 6-0.

Brown-Thomas (F) def. Thomas-Palmer 8-3; Adkins-Libby Thompson (F) def. Vaughn-Ward 8-2; Dees-Lee (NN) def. Blair Kite-Caroline Howell 8-0.

BOYS SOCCER

Chargers make short work of Conquerors

Junior Harrison Parker spent the first 15 minutes of Tuesday’s match in goal for the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team.

He then moved into the field and put away a pair of goals, the latter coming on a 65th-minute assist from senior Brice Murray to finish off a 9-0 victory over Goldsboro Faith Christian.

WCA (9-4-2, 5-1 NCCSA 2-A East) scored five times within the first 12 minutes, allowing Parker to leave his line and be replaced by senior Zach Hunter, who played the final 50-plus minutes in net. It was the first action for Hunter in net in his high school career, according to Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson.

Junior Gabe Barnes had a hat trick for Wilson Christian, scoring in the opening minute. He added finishes in the 4th and 34th minutes, getting assists from Hunter, sophomore Ethan Mitchell and junior Thomas Evans. Mitchell finished with three assists.

“We came out strong,” Samson said. “We worked the ball really well and put ourselves in really good position.”

In the seventh minute, sophomore Elliot Resendiz put away a feed from sophomore Jack Ortiz. Roughly five minutes later, Mitchell notched his second assist with a pass to Will Hoskins.

Parker scored his first goal in the 20th minute. Bryce Hughes, a senior, completed the Barnes hat trick in the 34th with his assist. Mitchell collected his third point in the 38th, finding senior Jackson Hoskins for an 8-0 Chargers lead.

Samson credited the work of senior Brian Paul from his centerback position.

WCA, which outshot Faith Christian 33-1, hosts Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Thursday.

DASH suffers 3-1 loss to North Wake

The DASH United boys soccer team was unable to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and dropped a 3-1 decision to homeschool conference rival North Wake Storm on Tuesday.

United’s record fell to 8-5-2 and coach Steve Barry’s team visits the Wilmington Cardinals Homeschool on Friday.

The Storm forged its 2-0 cushion in the first 19 minutes.

Then, with some five minutes left in the first half, DASH’s Eric Barry skillfully weaved through the Storm defense and scored to trim the deficit to 2-1 at intermission.

DASH was unable to finish good opportunities for the equalizing goal in the first 20 minutes of the second half. With less than 20 minutes left, the Storm tallied the clinching goal off a header on a free kick.

“We started the game fairly flat and I put that on myself and our captains,” the United’s coach Barry commented. “We will see the Storm again next week and, hopefully, we will have a better mindset.

“On a positive note, I thought senior Joe Rasmussen and junior Jordan Bailey played really well tonight.”

Wilson Prep stops North East Carolina Prep

The Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys soccer team bombarded the North East Carolina Prep defense for 55 shots in posting a 7-0 victory Tuesday.

Senior Rodney Wimberly led the Tigers’ assault with a pair of goals, while senior Luis Herrera delivered a goal and an assist.

Netting a goal each were sophomore Alberto Herrera, sophomore Lisandro Ochoa, senior Denardrick Gray and senior Aaron James. Alberto Herrera cranked 19 shots.

In goal for Wilson Prep, freshman Cameron Bryant, who played all but 10 minutes, notched seven saves. Junior Nick Hyman had one save.

Firebirds stop Red Rams 3-0

STANHOPE — Eliel Benitez recorded five saves for his first shutout, allowing the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team to turn in a 3-0 win over 3-A Big East Conference foe Franklinton on Monday.

Sophomore Adrian Flores, senior Ezikiel Gonzalez and senior Carlos Garcia all had goals for the Firebirds, who moved to 5-7-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play, creating a three-way tie for second in the league after the conclusion of Monday’s matches.

Junior Johnny Mendoza had two assists for Southern Nash.

Franklinton dipped to 10-3-1 in all matches, 3-2 in Big East play.

Southern Nash hosts Fike on Wednesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Beddingfield falls to North Pitt in 3

Conference miseries continued for the Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team with a 25-19 25-16, 25-21 loss to visiting North Pitt on Tuesday.

The Lady Bruins dropped to 1-5 in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference and to 7-7 overall. North Pitt improved to 6-1 and 9-6, respectively.

Top Beddingfield performers were 6-foot-4 junior Makayla Everette with eight kills AaNiyah Sherrod with seven and Kaitlin Abrams with three. Neleh Bottoms served for three aces.

The Lady Bruins continue conference play Thursday at Nash Central.

Undefeated WCA sweeps past Faith

The undefeated run for the Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team continued with a convincing 25-14 25-13, 25-11 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region victory against Faith Christian of Goldsboro on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Chargers climbed to 5-0 in the region and to 13-0 overall. Up next is a region test at home against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Wilson Christian was coming off an emotion-charged conquest of Fayetteville Berean Baptist on Monday and Lady Chargers head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said: “We were a little bit sluggish. But I am very pleased with the way we’re playing.”

Sophomore Tori Linkous paced WCA with 11 kills while senior McKenna Griffin registered eight. Sophomore Dani Reece chipped in with six digs and two kills.

Junior Ashley Hartsfield served for 10 aces and supplied 24 assists. Senior Christy Jones managed two kills and two service aces.

Ladybirds outlast Lady Knights in 5

ROCKY MOUNT— The visiting Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team took over third place in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 25-12, 21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10 conquest of Northern Nash on Tuesday.

The Ladybirds improved to 4-3 in the conference and to 11-6 in all matches.

Southern Nash welcomes conference runner-up Hunt on Thursday. The match will honor Emma Bailey, who suffered extensive injuries in a late-spring wreck, and proceeds go toward the support of her and her family.

Pacing Southern Nash against the Lady Knights were Lyndsey Turner with 12 kills, Taylor Bailey with seven kills and Carrigan Ewers with six kills. Alissa Bailey had assists on 21 of the 28 kills.

Magan Bland served for five aces and the Ladybirds collected 10 points on her serves.

Lady Falcons get by Eastern Wayne

PIKEVILLE — Junior Victoria Patnaude and junior Daelyn Brock combined for 24 kills to lead the host Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-12, 11-25, 25-23 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference victory against county rival Eastern Wayne on Tuesday.

Patnaude hammered 14 kills and Brock notched 10 as the Lady Golden Falcons emerged 2-4 in the ECC and 8-8 overall. CBA breaks from conference play to visit Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference on Wednesday.

Junior Lydia Butler added eight kills for CBA. Patnaude and sophomore Abbey Thomas each served for four aces. Patnaude and Thomas each had four blocks.

The Lady Falcons amassed a staggering 113 digs with senior Taylor Gay accumulating 31 and Brock 21. Sophomore Audrey Dail was credited with 12, Butler with 11 and Thomas and senior Mckenzie Norris with 10 each. Assists leaders were junior Jenna Oliver with 23 and Norris with 15.

GIRLS GOLF

Hunt rules again in Big East match

ROCKY MOUNT — Owners of all three birdies sank on the day, the Hunt High girls golf team added another weekly victory to its 2018 resume Monday against 3-A Big East Conference competition in the fourth conference match of the year at Northgreen Country Club.

Behind Plern Rattanaprakarn and Sarah Bunn, the Lady Warriors fired a 129 for their low three individuals, outpacing second-place Southern Nash by 30 shots. Franklinton (188) and Fike (193) followed.

Rattanaprakarn, who earned the 9-hole medalist honor, shot a 37 and birdied the Nos. 2 and 7 layouts. Bunn sank a birdie on No. 7 en route to a 39. Connor Worley had a 53.

For Southern Nash, Elisabeth Collie’s 47 led the way for the Ladybirds, who fielded the minimum three golfers for a team score. Taylor Hall’s 53 and the 59 of Samantha Pucket followed.

Fike was represented by the 63 of Carrie Myrick, the 64 of Mallory O’Brian and the 66 of Alana Robbins.

A tune-up session for next week’s match at Willow Springs Country Club is scheduled for Wednesday.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Daniels leads Cyclones at RMA

ROCKY MOUNT — Caleb Daniels posted a sixth-place time of 20:18 to lead Community Christian School performances in Monday’s 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference meet on the campus of Rocky Mount Academy.

Daniels’ run anchored a sixth-place showing as a team by the Cyclones, who accumulated 55 points. With the top three runners being scored, Rocky Mount Academy placed every runner in the top four to win the meet with seven points.

Winterville Christ Covenant was second with 25 points as Epiphany (34), Halifax Academy (48), Raleigh Saint Thomas More (54), CCS, Rocky Mount Faith Christian (66), Oakwood (67) and Kerr-Vance Academy rounded out the field.

In a 67-competitor field, the Cyclones counted the times of Thomas Lane (20th, 22:26.5) and Caleb Boyette (31st, 24:22).

Henry Forrester of RMA won the boys’ race in a time of 18:51.

In the girls’ race, Olivia Walker’s 12th-place run in 26:57 led the Lady Cyclones in a field of 31 competitors. Kaitlyn Manning (19th, 28:59) and Katarina Medlin (23rd, 31:03) rounded the scoring runners for CCS, which finished fifth with 49 points.

Morgan Hudomint of Halifax Academy won the girls’ race in a time of 22:47.

Saint Thomas More won the race by sweeping positions two through four. Oakwood (26), Halifax Academy (31), Rocky Mount Academy (37), CCS (49), Christ Covenant (63) and Kerr-Vance Academy (65) comprised the rest of the field.

WCA wins inaugural Greenfield meet

Ashley Hardy’s time of 25:10 led a quintet of Wilson Christian girls cross-country runners across the line Monday as the Lady Chargers emerged victorious in a four-team meet hosted by Greenfield School at Gillette Athletic Complex.

It was the first cross-country meet hosted by the Knights in program history, with Hardy’s time tops among runners in the field of 31 competitors.

All five WCA runners finished in the top 13, allowing the Lady Chargers to outlast Wayne Country Day 37-60. Raleigh Friendship Christian was third at 62, with Wayne Christian fourth at 63. Greenfield, led by the 18th-place run of Sallie Gliarmis, did not have enough runners to qualify for a team score.

Hardy was followed by Ocean Reece in fourth at 25:53 as Jenna Varnell (8th, 26:25), Katie Glover (11th, 27:15) and Holland Miller (13th, 27:43) rounded out Wilson Christian’s scoring.

Emily Newton, who was 26th in 34:30, also ran as an individual for Greenfield.

In the boys’ race, the Knights nearly claimed victory in their first home meet, but were edged 46-47 by 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Friendship Christian. Wilson Christian was third with 55.

For Greenfield, Jackson Stone was second in the 40-runner field, crossing the line in a time of 20:13. Following inside the top 10 for the Knights were Dane Reynold (7th, 21:18), Gian Paul Giron Morales (8th, 21:21), Will Powell (9th, 21:36) and McGuire Metts (29th, 30:18).

Friendship, led by Daniel Morrow’s individual winning time of 19:34, placed all its scoring runners inside the top 15.

Wilson Christian was paced by a pair of top-10 times, including Seth Trull in fifth at 20:51 and Lin Scott in sixth at 21:02. Andrew Blalock finished 12th in 22:09. Rounding out WCA’s quintet of scorers were Briceson Martin in 17th at 22:52 and Jacob Kearney in 20th, logging a time of 23:59.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Edmondson-keyed WCA sweeps Faith

Sparked by Jennifer Edmondson with 12 digs, 15 service points and four aces, the host Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team posted a 25-11, 25-11 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region win against Faith Christian of Goldsboro on Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers hiked their record to 8-5 and continue a busy week at home against Hilltop Christian of Fuquay-Varina at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Other WCA statistical leaders were Peyton Norville with nine points, an ace and seven digs; Chloe Willard with 16 assists and three digs; and Kendall Sykes with nine kills and four digs.

SN dumps Franklinton 3-0

STANHOPE — Eric Hernandez and Jaidon Shearin finished with one goal and one assist each for the Southern Nash boys soccer team in a 3-0 win over Franklinton on Monday.

Lelen Herndon added the other goal for the Firebirds, with Peyton Price notching an assist.

Southern Nash (7-1, 3-1 Big East) hosts Fike on Wednesday.

Lady Chargers lose at Berean

FAYETTEVILLE — Wilson Christian lost in two sets at Berean Baptist on Monday, falling to 7-5 on the volleyball season.

Paige Barnes served nine points, including two aces, to lead the Lady Chargers. She added a pair of kills. Ellyn Watson served five aces while Jennifer Edmundson contributed four digs.

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