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ROCKY MOUNT — Led by the exploits of senior Hunter Issette, the Southern Nash High boys cross-country team coasted to victory Saturday in the North Carolina Wesleyan Invitational.
Issette’s individual winning time of 18:05 bested runner-up Ian Ireland of South Lenoir by 16 seconds as the Firebirds placed all five of their scoring runners inside the top 20.
Southern Nash outpointed team runner-up South Lenoir 46-73, with Winterville South Central in third at 77. Hunt (95), Wilson Christian (120), Rocky Mount Academy (125) and Franklinton (131) rounded out the field.
Issette was supplemented by senior Shamir Small in third place with a time of 18:29. Junior Darin Bailey crossed the line in seventh (19:29), while senior Noah Fulghum (18th, 20:34) and junior Tanner Baker (22nd, 21:13) completed the Sothern Nash scoring.
Fike’s Amando Robles ran as an individual, finishing 11th in 19:45.
Fourth-place Hunt netted three finishes in the top 15, paced by junior David Cardenas in 19:12. Sophomore Dane Reynolds (19:59) and junior Caleb Daniels (20:15) were 14th and 16th in the 73-runner field, respectively.
Senior Garrett Johnston (30th, 22:05) and sophomore William Stinagle (42nd, 23:02.99) also factored into the Warriors’ scoring.
Wilson Christian picked up a pair of top-10 showings from freshman Seth Trull and eighth grader Lin Scott. Trull’s time of 19:31 was enough to finish eighth, while Scott crossed two seconds later for a ninth-place effort.
Sophomore Hudson Holloman (28th, 21:55), eighth grader Brett Walston (47th, 23:39) and eighth grader Brayden Joyner (49th, 23:43) comprised the Wilson Christian scoring quintet.
In the girls race, Wilson Christian finished second only to North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A member Winterville South Central.
The Lady Chargers were outpointed 31-45 by the Falcons, with a trio of 3-A Big East Conference schools collecting the final positions in Franklinton, Hunt and Southern Nash.
Franklington was third with 78 as Hunt (94) and Southern Nash (124) rounded out the field.
For Wilson Christian, freshman Holland Miller was second individually in a time of 23:44.1 — just over two seconds shy of South Central sophomore Peyton Eubanks at 23:41.73. Three additional WCA runners notched top-10 finishes with sophomore Ocean Reece in seventh at 24:41.16. Ava Zander (9th, 24:59.09), Megan Clark (10th, 25:14.94) and sophomore Lindsey Price (19th, 26:30.48) followed.
Hunt counted the runs of junior Mollie Lamm (11th, 25:30.87), sophomore Larissa Hosier (17th, 26:07.66), freshman Emma Robbins (25th, 27:10.51) and junior Shea Larkin (26th, 27:11.73) as well as sophomore Rayne Philpott (28th, 27:40.48).
In a field of 48 girls runners, Southern Nash tallied two top-25 showings in junior Brooke Lucas (12th, 25:32.94) and junior Dorothy Blankshain (29th, 27:45.26).
Cyclones blanked by Halifax Academy in opener
ROANOKE RAPIDS — The Community Christian School eight-player football team experienced a challenging start to its 2019 season Friday night with a 44-0 loss at Halifax Academy.
CCS, playing its 1-A Colonial Carolina Conference opponent in a game that doesn’t count in the league standings, fell behind 24-0 at the end of the first quarter and 30-0 at the half.
Two TDs from Halifax in the third quarter triggered the running clock.
Halifax, which did not punt, outgained the Cyclones by roughly a 2-to-1 margin and amassed 329 yards on the ground against the thin CCS numbers.
Eli Eger led CCS with 110 yards on 22 carries, with Copeland Farmer pacing the defensive effort with 11 stops.
WCA gets sweep in region opener
FUQUAY-VARINA — The undefeated Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team served into North Carolina Christian Schools Association 2-A East Region competition Friday with a 25-8, 25-15, 25-14 road win against Hilltop Christian.
The Lady Chargers boosted their record to 3-0 and visit Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.
Senior Ashley Hartsfield sparked WCA with 11 assists and four aces. Tori Linkous again led in kills with nine, while Emily Barnes contributed six assists.
Danielle Reece chipped in with five kills and four assists, while Payton Norville served for five aces.