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ROCKY MOUNT — The swimmers of the 3-A Big East Conference returned to the pool Wednesday afternoon, but the week spent away for the Thanksgiving holiday didn’t change a fundamental tenet of the league’s pecking order.
The Hunt High boys are still the team to beat.
With Ethan Maddrey gaining or contributing to four first-place swims, the Warriors outdistanced themsevles from their next-closest competitor in Rocky Mount, 180-121 at Harrison Family YMCA.
Among Big East schools, Fike finished third with 95, followed by Northern Nash (65), Southern Nash (56) and Franklinton (53).
A pair of 2-A Eastern Plains Conference schools in Nash Central and SouthWest Edgecombe competed, with the Bulldogs, former Big East members, finishing fourth overall with 72. SouthWest Edgecombe was ninth with 23. Tarboro, members of the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference, finished sixth with a team score of 64. Indeed, Maddrey set the table for the Warriors, winning the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 57.58 and capturing the 200 IM in 2:10.14. In relay events, Maddrey teamed with Dante Gaetano, Zac Taylor and Nick Tew to get first place in the 200 medley relay in 1:53.58. In the 200 free relay, Maddrey, Tew, Taylor and Sanjeev Francis touched the wall first in 1:40.85.
Gaetano recorded an individual first-place finish for Hunt, finishing the 100 breaststroke first in 1:13.87. In the greuling 500 freestyle, Shane Matrejek emerged victorious with his mark of 6:19.01.
Southern Nash’s Alex Terry displayed proficiency in shorter distances, winning both the 50 freestyle (25.24) as well as the 100 freestyle (57.91)
Hunt buttressed its advantage over Rocky Mount with four second-place showings, including Taylor in the 50 freestyle, with Francis logging dual second-place finishes individually in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. Fike’s Benjamin Woodard was second in the 500 freestyle.
Francis, Matrejek, Jack Stevens and Ethan Martinez were second in the 400 free relay finale, while Fike’s Woodard, Max Fogleman, Nakaya and Fukutaro Katayama swam to a second-place showing in the 200 medley relay.
The Golden Demons got third-place swims from Nakaya (200 IM, 100 butterfly) and Fogleman in the 500 freestyle.
Tew and Matrejek were third in the 100 and 200 freestyle, respectively.
In the girls’ event, Southern Nash, behind three first-place swims, emerged as the top performers from The Wilson Times readership area with 91 points, good for third place overall and second in the conference. Rocky Mount outpointed EPC member Nash Central at the top of the table, 195-117.
Following were Hunt (85), Fike (81), Northern Nash (58), Franklinton (40), SouthWest Edgecombe (35), Tarboro (30) and Beddingfield (20), also of the EPC.
The Ladybirds had two first-place swims from Madalyn Bardowell, as she won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:29.38 and the 500 freestyle in 6:55. Marley Winstead was first in the 100 freestyle after traversing the pool in 1:07.65. Beddingfield’s Annie Greene was victorious in the 100 breaststroke with her time of 1:25.07 and added a second-place finish in the 200 IM.
Other second-place performances went to SouthWest Edgecombe’s Lizzie Johnson in the 500 freestyle and Fike’s Kaiya Patton in the 100 backstroke. For Southern Nash, Winstead, Ashlynn Luckey, Alissa Bailey and Taylor Bailey were second in the 200 free relay.
Three relay teams picked up third-place showings, with Hunt’s Nora Stinagle, Brinley Warren, Rebekah Pierce and Emma Fatzaun (200 medley relay), Fike’s Patton, Caroline Searcy, Akari Nakaya and Catharine Hill (200 free relay) and Southern Nash’s Madyson Quincy, Alissa Bailey, Taylor Bailey and Bardowell.
In the 100 freestyle, SouthWest Edgecombe’s Emma Rogers was third in the 100 freestyle.
The Big East’s third meet of the year is scheduled for next Wednesday.
Deans, Robinson lead ENCSD victory over Virginia SD
Jeremiah Deans and Alfonza Robinson combined for all but five points in the host Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf boys basketball team’s 40-14 victory against Virginia School for the Deaf on Thursday night in Barney Williamson Gymnasium.
Dean not only drilled in 18 points but notched seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. Robinson fired in 17 points and came up with three steals.
Joshua Eason chipped in 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Hornets evened their record at 2-2 and next see action this weekend in the Viking Classic at Tennessee School for the Deaf.
CBA boys emerge Polar Bear victors
GOLDSBORO — Keyed by four victories and seven runner-up finishes, the Charles B. Aycock High boys indoor track team seized first place in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference Polar Bear Indoor Track Meet on a cold Wednesday.
The Golden Falcons amassed 167.33 points, followed by Southern Wayne (137.33), host Eastern Wayne (70.33), Kinston (42), Spring Creek (11) and Goldsboro (10). Spring Creek and Goldsboro are not conference members.
CBA’s girls claimed second place with 72 points. Eastern Wayne set the pace with 83. Then came Southern Wayne (59), Kinston (39), Spring Creek (25) and Goldsboro (17).
Sparking the CBA boys was Davis Carroll with top finishes in the 1,000-meter run with a time of three minutes, 21.6 seconds and in the 1,600 in 5:16.6.
Quevion Henderson clared 5 feet, 2 inches to take the high jump. Chance Hobday won the 3,200 in 11:28.4.
Placing second were Matthew Stoudt in the 3,200, Keontai Taylor in the 55-meter dash and long jump; John Rodriguez in the triple jump; the 4x800 relay of Hobday, Carroll, Stoudt and Todd Gardner; the 4x200 relay of Aaron Macias, Matthew Hammonds, Timothy Banks and Phoenix Williams; and the 4x400 relay of Mason Bailey, Jason Dezern, Shane Nash and Aaron Macias.
Salvaging third-place finishes were Marquard Fedderson in the triple jump, Hunter McDonald in the 3,200 and Michael Slocum in the 500. Winding up fourth were Bailey in the 55 hurdles and Eduardo Pinon in the 3,200.
Spearheading the Lady Falcons with first-place finishes were Jasmine LaTour in the long jump (10-9); Elizabeth Carmack in the 1,000 (4:30.5); and the 4x800 relay of Kristen Ridgle, Courtney Williams, Carmack and Taylor Nevin-Burke (14.24).
Runner-up efforts were posted by Nevin-Burke in the 1,000 and 1,600; and the 4x400 relay of Nevin-Burke, Williams, Denai Watkins and Carmack.
Williams took third ion the 1,000, while Watkins was fourth in the 55 dash.
“Our CBA team members continued to push and grind until the end,” reported coach Joseph Otellio, “which paid off in points. It is great to see our indoor program have two successful meets back-to-back.”
Southern Nash upends Beddingfield, 41-34
STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team evened its early season record at 1-1 with a 41-34 victory over visiting Beddingfield on Wednesday.
Senior Stacie Winner had 11 points for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds, who trailed 24-23 at halftime and carried a 33-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
Junior Rayna Bailey added 10 points for the Ladybirds.
No information was available for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins, who opened their season at Tarboro on Tuesday night with a 44-26 defeat.
Beddingfield hosts Fike on Friday night as Southern Nash visits Nash Central.
No scorers available.
SOUTHERN NASH (41)
Nicholson 7, Taybron 3, Gaure 6, Bailey 10, Winner 11, Williams 4.
Score by quarters:
Beddingfield 18 6 3 7 — 34
Southern Nash 17 6 10 8 — 41