AREA ROUNDUP: Herreras lead Wilson Prep to mercy-rule shortened 9-0 victory

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Senior Luis Herrera knocked in four goals and sophomore Alberto Herrera contributed three assists and a goal in leading the Wilson Preparatory Academy to a 9-0 varsity boys soccer victory against Southern Wake Academy on Thursday.

The Tigers of coach Terry Byrd upped their record to 4-1 in a match that was stopped after 65 of the scheduled 80 minutes because of the nine-goal lead rule.

Netting a goal each for the Tigers were senior Justin Miller, senior Rodney Wimberly, sophomore Lisandro Ochoa and sophomore Devyn Bullock. Senior Davis Barefoot and sophomore Malik Bryant each doled out an assist.

In goal, freshman Cameron Bryant stopped five shots in recording the shutout.

Greenfield defeated by Wake Christian

RALEIGH — The Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team knew rugged competition loomed in the Ravenscroft Invitational.

The Knights of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A ranks encountered just that in a 7-0 loss to 3-A NCISAA member Wake Christian on Thursday.

Up next for the Knights of first-year head coach Eric Nguyen is a test at 3 p.m. Friday in the invitational against Charlotte Christian. Greenfield’s record dipped to 6-3-2.

Nguyen noted his Knights created a pair of first-half chances, involving William Smith and Jackson Stone. Greenfield kept the deficit at 2-0 through the first 12 minutes of the second half.

“Credit to Wake Christian,” Nguyen said. “They are a strong, organized group. We were missing three guys, which could have made a huge impact on the game. But, nonetheless, we will build on the result and be ready to go (Friday).”


WCA stops Halifax Academy in 3 sets

The host Wilson Christian Academy remained undefeated by a 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 margin against Halifax Academy on Thursday evening.

The Lady Chargers possess a 7-0 record heading into Friday night’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region assignment at Berean Christian Academy of Fayetteville.

Among WCA leaders against Halifax was sophomore Tori Linkous with 10 kills. Senior McKenna Griffin added eight kills. Junior Ashley Hartsfield stayed busy with two kills, three aces, two digs and 17 assists.

Sophomore Dani Reece produced three kills, three aces and seven digs, while junior Lydia Renfrow turned in a stout all-around performance.

Slow start hurts CCS in home loss

Despite a stronger effort the last two games, the host Community Christian School volleyball team dropped a 25-16, 25-23, 25-23 outcome to Epiphany School of New Bern on Thursday.

“We started out extremely slow,” commented Lady Cyclones coach Kelly Shealy. “We fought back in the last two games, but it just wasn’t quiet enough.”

Logan Woodard served for four aces among five points and had two kills for CCS. Lauren Pate led with 10 kills and her nine service points included four aces. Makayla Webb and Abigail Jackson each notched five service points, while Kayla Farmer responded with 11 assists and two points.

Community Christian is the guest of Greenfield School on Monday.


Undefeated Fike blanks Franklinton

FRANKLINTON — Logan Adkins at No. 1, Anna Blair Thomas at No. 3, Mia Hamblin at No. 5 and Cappa Hill at No. 6 each hiked her record to 8-1 in the undefeated Fike High girls tennis team’s 9-0 3-A Big East Conference win at Franklinton on Thursday. The Lady Golden Demons breezed to 2-0 in the conference and 9-0 overall, while Franklinton emerged 0-2 and 2-2, respectively.

Fike visits 3-A D.H. Conley of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference on Monday before Tuesday’s showdown at home against Rocky Mount for possession of the Big East lead.

Also in singles for Fike, Avery Rose Brown improved to 7-2 at No. 2 and Sophia Meszaros stands 4-5 at No. 4. The Lady Demons dropped just four games in doubles.

“The girls did a good job dealing with the heat again today, and also with the third match in three days” commented Fike coach Lee Matthews. “We shortened the doubles with the match decided.”


Logan Adkins (F) def. Rachel McDonald 6-0, 6-0; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Grace Cottrell 7-5, 3-0 (retired); Anna Blair Thomas (F) def. Carter Gilliam 6-1, 6-0; Sophia Meszaros (F) def. Olivia Wilson 6-3, 6-2; Mia Hamblin (F) def. Emma Styers 6-0, 6-2; Cappa Hill (F) def. Jeanna Vordron 6-0, 6-0.

Adkins-Thomas (F) def. McDonald-Gilliam 6-1; Brown-Meszaros (F) def. Cottrell-Wilson 6-2; Hamblin-Reagan Brown (F) def. Styers-Vordron 6-1.

Hunt gets doubles sweep in defeat

After being blanked in singles, the Hunt High girls tennis team bounced back with a doubles sweep in a 6-3 3-A Big East Conference loss to Rocky Mount on Thursday.

The Lady Warriors dropped to 0-2 in the league and next see action at North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Monday.

With Rocky Mount’s singles performers sitting out the doubles, Hunt responded with wins from Logan Hinnant-Megan Tilloston at No. 1, Cara Moss-Ali Parbst at No. 2 and Camille Ruiz-McKenzie Hinnant at No. 3.

At No. 6 singles, McKenzie Hinnant dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to the Lady Gryphons’ Polly Medlin.

Rocky Mount climbed to 2-0 in the conference.


Caroline Broderick (RM) de f. Cara Moss 6-0, 6-0; Carson Browder (RM) def. Logan Hinnant 6-0, 6-1; M. Broderick (RM) def. Megan Tilloston 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Land (RM) def. Ali Parbst 6-0, 6-0; Maddie Daisimer (RM) def. Camille Ruiz 6-2, 6-1 ; Polly Medlin (RM) def. Mckenzie Hinnant 6-4, 6-2.

L. Hinnant-Tilloston (H) def. Marta Lopez-Kathryn Osterhout 9-7; Moss-Parbst (H) def. Sara Raper-Ashyta Schrimper 8-3; Ruiz-M. Hinnant (H) def. Darcy Tyndall-Stella Harris 8-2.

Ladybirds fall 8-1 to Northern Nash

STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash High girls tennis team was dealt an 8-1 3-A Big East Conference loss by county rival Northern Nash on Thursday afternoon.

The Ladybirds dipped to 0-2 in the Big East and to 5-4 in all matches.

Southern Nash got a singles win from Brandi Curtis, while Stacie Winner and Karl Pernell lost in split-set tiebrakers.


Wilson Christian overcomes Halifax

The host Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team evened its record at 3-3 with a 25-22, 14-25, 25-14 victory against Halifax Academy on Thursday.

The Lady Chargers bounced back with a vengeance in the third set.

Peyton Norville wound up with six kills, eight service points and four aces. Paige Barnes complemented with seven kills and six service points.

Chloe Willard delivered 11 service points and six assists. Kendall Sykes led WCA with 13 service points and four aces.

Ellyn Watson added five assists.

The Lady Chargers visit Berean Baptist Academy of Fayetteville on Friday.