AREA ROUNDUP: Francis, Maddrey lead another Big East swim victory for Hunt

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ROCKY MOUNT — Sanjeev Francis and Ethan Maddrey each swam to a pair of individual first places and were members of the same victorious relay in leading the Hunt High boys swim team to another 3-A Big East Conference win Wednesday in the Harrison Family YMCA pool.

The Warriors amassed seven first-place finishes in accumulating 176 points, Fike placed second with 101, with Rocky Mount third (84), Northern Nash fourth (83) and Southern Nash sixth (48).

Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference wound up fifth (61), while SouthWest Edgecombe managed 38 points and Tarboro 36.

Rocky Mount ruled the girls meet with 160 points, followed by Nash Central with 124. Then came Fike (100), Hunt (83), Southern Nash (52), Northern Nash (51), SouthWest Edgecombe (19), Beddingfield (18) and Tarboro (8).

Hunt’s Francis seized the 100-yard freestyle in 54.42 seconds and the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.93.

Maddrey prevailed in the 100 butterfly (56.80) and the 100 backstroke in 1:00.65. 

Maddrey and Francis were joined by Zac Taylor and Nick Tew in capturing the 200 freestyle relay with a time of one minute, 38.03 seconds.

Other Warriors’ firsts came from Dante Gaetano in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.30 and the 400 freestyle relay of Tew, Kenny Alzate, Nolan Parrish and Shane Matrejek with a time of 4:09.10.

Placing second for Hunt were Matrejek in the 500 and 200 freestyles and Ben Tong in the 200 individual medley. 

Salvaging third were the 200 medley relay of Jack Stevens, Tong, Andrew McVey and Alzate; Taylor in the 100 butterfly and Tew in the 100 freestyle.

Other winners: Lance Norris of Nash Central, 500 and 200 freestyles; and Jack Lancaster of Tarboro, 50 freestyle.

Runners-up included: The Fike 400 relay of Benjamin Woodard, Nicholas Eaton, Fukutaro Katayama and Ryo Nakaya; Fike’s 200 medley relay of Katayama, Max Fogelman, Woodard and Nakaya; Nakaya in the 50 freestyle, and Fogelman in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Salvaging third were Fike’s Benjamin Woodard in the 500 freestyle and the Southern Nash 200 freestyle relay of Dylan Alford, Greyson Curtis, Collin Reavis and Alex Terry.

Pacing SouthWest Edgecombe were fifth-place showings of the 200 freestyle relay of Lane Hodge, Brayden Mobley, Austin Summerlin and Daniel Varnell and the 200 medley relay of Summerlin, Hodge, Mobley and Varnell.

Rocky Mount’s girls were boosted by six first-place swims. Double winners were Jenna Lavely in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle and Clara Lord in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

Nash Central’s Sarah Hicks triumphed in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Beddingfield’s Annie Greene sparkled with a first-place time of 1:24.22 in the 100 breaststroke and a runner-up time of 2:47.90 in the 200 individual medley. Greene lost to Nash Central’s Rachel Winston in the previous meet. In Wednesday’s meet, Winston settled for second.

Posting runner-up efforts were Kaiya Patton of Fike in the 100 backstroke, Emily Day of Hunt in the 50 and 100 freestyles, the Hunt 400 freestyle relay of Rebekah Pierce, Day, Sarah Michael Mercer and Brinley Warren; Madalyn Bardowell of Southern Nash in the 500 freestyle, and the Fike 200 medley relay of Patton, Caroline Searcy, Kate Berry and Catharine Hill.

Winding up third: Hunt’s Warren in the 500 freestyle and the Fike 200 freestyle relay of Patton, Searcy, Berry and Hill.

SouthWest Edgecombe’s top finisher was Lizzie Johnson with fourth place in the 200 freestyle.



Warriors fall short vs. No. 8 Knights

ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High varsity boys basketball flirted with a stunning upset to tip off 3-A Big East Conference play Tuesday at Northern Nash before the host Knights, ranked eighth among state 3-A teams by Maxpreps.com, pulled out a 72-69 victory.

The Warriors, playing for the first time since defeating Beddingfield in the finals of the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28, fell to 8-4 overall while Northern Nash extended its winning streak to 13 games after losing its season opener. Tuesday’s outcome was the Knights’ narrowest victory this season.

Freshman Davon Jones led Hunt with 14 points and 10 rebounds while senior Zion May also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Senior Malcolm Coley had 12 points and junior ShaKei Hines added 11 points for Hunt, which shot 48 percent from the floor, matching the Knights’ accuracy, and 40 percent from 3-point range to just 24 percent from long range by Northern Nash.

The Knights were led by senior Joseph Cherry-Blue with 31 points and nine rebounds while senior Darquez Flowers added 11 points.

Hunt heads to Rocky Mount as conference play continues Friday while the Knights visit Southern Nash.


HUNT (69)

Wade 8, Coley 12, Taylor 8, Hines 11, Clay 6, Jones 14, May 10.


Reams, Page 9, Flowers 11, Cherry-Blue 31, Richardson, Battle 9, Wiggins 4, Brown 8.


Score by quarters:

Hunt 17 19 18 15 69

Northern Nash 24 15 14 19 72


DASH clinches top East playoff seed

RALEIGH — The DASH United boys basketball team secured first place in the Coastal Plains divison and the East Region’s top playoff seed with a 58-44 conquest of the North Wake Storm in a showdown of the North Carolinians for Home Education Athletic Comission’s top two East Region teams on Thursday.

United trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and was down 29-24 at halftime. However, DASH limited the Storm to 15 points in the second half.

Jacob Dienes tossed in 12 of his 18 points in the first half to keep DASH in the game, and Elijah Skinner drilled in 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half. Skinner connected on both of his attempts from 3-point range and went 5 for 5 at the foul line.

Jonathan Weeks added 10 points for United.

Matthew Hanna’s 11 points paced the Storm.

With a 17-2 record, DASH welcomes the Wake Forest Eagles on Friday evening in Rocky Mount.


DASH climbs to 16-2, clips South Wake

ROCKY MOUNT — The DASH United boys basketball team boosted its record to 16-2 with a 63-44 victory against visiting South Wake on Tuesday in a showdown of two of the top North Carolinians for Home Educators Athletic Commission’s East Region teams.

Jacob Dienes keyed the balanced winning attack with 14 points. 

Eric Barry tossed in 10 points, while Jordan Bailey and Elijah Skinner each netted nine. Jonathan Weeks chipped in with seven points.

South Wake’s Travis Shearin canned a game-high 15 points.

DASH entered as the first-place team in the Coastal Plains division, while South Wake occupied third place.