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AREA ROUNDUP: Lady Demons net 1st win for Sulkowski

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BAILEY — First-year Fike volleyball head coach Heather Sulkowski picked up her first victory coaching the Golden Demons as her program beat Southern Nash 25-18, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19 to capture its first victory of the season Tuesday. 

Starting off 3-A Big East Conference play with a victory, Fike (1-8, 1-0) handed the Ladybirds (6-3, 0-1) their second loss in a row.

Junior Kendall Harris led Fike hitters with 10 kills, while senior Anna Black had six aces and 13 digs. Sophomore Kendra Dumong compiled five blocks and senior Reece Nelson contributed 30 assists. 

Senior Caroline Searcy added nine kills, five which came in the crucial last set. 

In the loss, a multitude of kills shared by Southern Nash players stood out. 

Carrigan Ewers led the team with seven kills, followed by Olivia Cruz with six kills and Lyndsey Turner and Taylor Bailey with 5 kills each. 

Ashton Moore had multiple key digs to keep the Ladybirds alive. 

Southern Nash will continue conference play with a matchup against Northern Nash in Rocky Mount on Thursday. That same day, Fike will welcome defending Big East champion Franklinton.

Greenfield defeated by John Paul II

The Greenfield School varsity volleyball team was dealt a 25-17, 25-17, 25-23 loss by John Paul II Catholic in 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference action Tuesday.

The Lady Knights fell to  0-2 in the CPIC and to 1-4 overall. John Paul II was tipping off conference play and climbed to 5-1 overall.

Leading the Lady Knights were Kaelyn Wall with four aces, eight kills and two blocks; Caroline Stone with two aces, nine kills and a block; Gabrielle Vester with three aces and three kills and Ysabella Saldi with 15 assists.

Lady Chargers turn in best performance

GREENVILLE — The Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team was praised by head coach Ryan Vanderboegh for its “absolute best performance” of the season in defeating host Greenville Christian, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 Tuesday evening.

The Lady Chargers improved to 7-1 overall and to 2-1 in North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region encounters.

Senior Ashley Hartsfield provided spark with seven aces, four kills, 28 assists and four digs. Junior Tori Linkous blasted 21 kills to go with four aces and three blocks.

Junior Danielle Reece supplied 12 kills and six digs, while senior Madison Carnes reponded with her best all-around performance that included three aces, three kills and five digs.

Sophomore Peyton Norville chipped in with eight digs, while seniors Lydia Renfrow and Anna Hill each managed seven digs.

The Lady Chargers seek to redeem themselves when they welcome Berean Baptist of Fayetteville for a region test at 6 p.m. Friday.

Panthers sweep SSS after early battle

KENLY — The North Johnston High volleyball team rallied from a seven-point deficit deep in the first set and carried the momentum to a 27-25, 25-10, 25-18 win over 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference opponent Smithfield-Selma on Tuesday.

After winning a close first set, the Panthers (2-6) wasted little time taking control in the second set over the Spartans (0-6), going on a 7-0 run midway through the game to take a generous lead. Then the home team closed it out without much trouble by winning eight points in a row to take a 2-0 lead. 

North Johnston head coach Nicole Davis said after pulling out the first set, she saw major improvements from her team between the sets, noting her team cut down dropped balls from four to one and had no service errors during that period as the Panthers played more focused. 

“We were kind of dragging,” Davis said of the first set. “We made three or four plays, out of system plays at the net and we won those. And then we got a little excited and went back into the second set and played better.”

In the final set, North Johnston battled with Smithfield-Selma in the early points, but went on an 18-9 run following an early 7-9 deficit to secure the win. At one point, the Spartans came within one point of tying North Johnston before the Panthers won eight of the last 10 points.

 Senior outside hitter Hailey Medlin led the Panthers with six kills and four digs. Gabby Hales contributed seven blocks in the win. 

North Johnston will play Beddingfield on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Kenly for its first conference match of the year. 

Cyclones capture first conference win

The Community Christian volleyball team beat Winterville Christ Covenant 25-13, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22 on Tuesday to win its first 1-A/2-A Coastal Independent Conference match of the season.

The Cyclones (3-5, 1-3) were bolstered by 13 service points, four aces, 10 kills and one assist by Logan Woodard. Lauren Pate contributed 14 service points, seven aces, four kills and six assists, while Shaelyn Harold added one service point and four kills. 

Makayla Webb compiled eight servce points and two kills, while Abigail Jackson had 13 service points.

Community Christian welcomes Greenfield Thursday at home.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Wilson Christian teams place second

HENDERSON — Both Wilson Christian Academy cross country teams placed second in Monday’s Coastal Independents Conference eight-team meet hosted by Kerr-Vance Academy.

 The Chargers’ boys amassed 29 points for their top three finishers as compared to nine points for Saint Thomas More of Raleigh, the winner of the five-kilometer race.

Then came Rocky Mount Academy (31), The Epiphany School (33), Christ Covenant (34), Faith Christian School (51), Community Christian (87) in seventh and Halifax Academy (93).

With 35 points, the Wilson Christian girls trailed Saint Thomas More (seven points). 

The Epiphany School salvaged third with 39 points, followed by Rocky Mount Academy (41), The Oakwood School (44), Halifax (52), Kerr-Vance Academy (69) and Christ Covenant (70).

With the same teams competing, the Lady Chargers placed fifth in the previous meet.

Pacing the Wilson Christian boys was freshman Seth Trull with a fifth-place time of 22 minutes, 2 seconds. Lin Scott took seventh in 22:21.

Rounding out the Chargers’ top five were Hudson Holloman in 18th, Brett Walston in 30th and Carter Zander in 34th.

Community Christian’s top finisher was senior Thomas Lane with a 24th-place time of 25:41. Sophomore Caleb Boyette placed 35th.

Saint Thomas More was spearheaded by a one-two showing from sophomore Timothy Flood (20:02) and senior Liam Mack (20:26).

The first Wilson Christian girls finisher was Holland Miller in 10th place at 28:16. Makaila Rodriguez wound up 18th, Ocean Reece 19th, Ava Zander 25th and Christian Watson 41st.

Community Christian did not field the necessary three runners to qualify for a team score and got a 26th-place finish from junior Olivia Walker, while junior Kaitlyn Manning came in 34th.

Saint Thomas More boasted four of the top five finishers. Sophomore Anna Richard prevailed in 22:47.

Wilson Christian coach Dwight Vanderboegh explained the times over a course that featured trails, a horse farm and challenging hills were slower than in previous meets at Faith Christian and Community Christian.

In the mixed 2,500 middle school run, Community Christian’s Connor Ferguson placed ninth.

BOYS SOCCER

Greenfield thumps John Paul 9-0

The goals flowed early and often for the Greenfield boys soccer team in a 9-0 mercy rule win over fellow 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independent Conference member Greenville John Paul II Catholic High at home on Tuesday.

In just the sixth minute, the scoring for the Knights (8-1-1, 2-0) began. Sebastian Partida played a through ball wide to William Smith, who crossed it to Zeke Ferrell for a one-touch finish and the 1-0 lead.

Just two minutes later, Matt Kirby’s pass to Nathan Lozevski was slide past the keeper to make it 2-0, and in the 11th minute, Bryson Wall crossed the ball to Jeremy Alvarez who scored the third goal.

Shortly after scoring, Alvarez assisted on three goals by Ferrell in the 15th, 16th and 18th minute.

By the 33rd minute, Alvarez was repaid for his passes that set up scores with a dish from Hayden McLamb that he slammed home past the keeper for his second goal of the day and a 7-0 lead. In the 38th minute, Alvarez scored his third goal and the final one of the first half on an assist by Lee Powell.

Alvarez cut past two defenders and rocketed the ball past the goalie in the 53rd minute to end the game. In the win, Greenfield tallied 19 shots to just three by the Saints, while boasting a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Knights will travel to Ahoskie Ridgecroft on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 

Mendoza-led Fike blanks Cleveland

Led by two goals from Kevin Mendoza, the Fike High varsity boys soccer team continued its resurgence with a 3-0 triumph against visiting Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference on Tuesday night.

The Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference, up 1-0 at halftime, improved to 3-2 and continue nonconference play against Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mendoza knocked in the first-half goal in the 18th minute.

The Demons padded their lead in the 49th minute as Taylor Sullivan finished an assist from Gavin Wheeler. Mendoza drilled in his second goal in the 55th minute.

Bruins blank Princeton 5-0

Beddingfield boys soccer head coach Mark Aldrich proclaimed it “rare” for his team to produce consecutive shutouts but the Bruins hope it becomes a trend after blanking Prin     ceton 5-0 in a nonconference home match Tuesday.

The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Bruins, coming off a 1-0 win Monday at Wilson Christian, emerged 3-2 with their second 2019 defeat of the 1-A Carolina Conference Bulldogs, who dropped to 0-6.

“Princeton hasn’t won a game, but it was the first time they have been shut out,” Aldrich commented. “We did spread them out better tonight than we did the first game, which gave us better scoring opportunities.  Our scorekeeper said we had 24 shots to their 2.”

Rogelio Ortiz-Flores scored from just outside the box in the first half and bookended the shutout with his second goal in the 62nd minute to complete the scoring. Christian Ramos-Carbajal drilled in a penalty kick in the 56th minute and, two minutes later, connected from the field to push Beddingfield’s lead to 4-0.

The Bruins’ other goal came in the waning seconds of the first half when Jesus Mendoza, who had been playing defense before moving up to striker, slammed in a rebound of teammate Apolinar Fuentes’ shot.

Beddingfield will host Goldsboro in another nonconference match Thursday evening at 6.

Chargers stay unbeaten in region

GREENVILLE — The Wilson Christian Academy boys soccer team remained unbeaten against North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opposition with a 5-1 win at Greenville Christian on Tuesday.

The Chargers rebounded from Monday evening’s 1-0 loss to Beddingfield to rise to 6-2-2 overall. WCA faces another region test at home at 6 p.m. Friday against Berean Baptist of Fayetteville.

Against Greenville, the Chargers broke a 1-1 tie in the 14th minute on senior Robert Murray’s goal that was assisted by sophomore Nathan Vilaverde.

WCA’s lead became 3-1 at halftime on sophomore Will Hoskins’ goal in the 39th minute. William Provo, another sophomore, assisted.

The Chargers controlled the secomd half, adding to the scoring when Murray converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute and on junior Elliott  Resendiz’s unassisted goal in the 76th minute.

Senior Gabe Barnes opened the Wilson Christian scoring in the fourth minute on an asisst from junior Ethan Mitchell.

The Chargers registered a 41-3 margin in shots and, in goal, senior Harrison Parker and sophomore Josh Vanderpool had just one save.

Six goal scorers in Firebirds’ win

PINETOPS — Six different players scored at least one goal as the visiting Southern Nash boys soccer team claimed a 7-1 victory against SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference kicked to 5-0-1, while SouthWest dropped to 0-3-1.

Southern Nash constucted a 3-0 halftime cushion.

Jared Gonzalez led the Firebirds scoring with two goals. Johnny Mendoza, Alexis Arroyo and Adrian Flores each notched a goal and an assist. Lelyn Herndon and Brian Cuevas each netted a goal.

Argel Aguiano emerged the assists leader with a pair, while Jadon Shearin added an assist.

Southern Nash continues nonconference play against Smithfield-Selma on Thursday, while the Cougars are the guests of Tarboro on Thursday.

GIRLS TENNIS

Fike sees first loss at Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — The Fike girls tennis team fell 6-3 to Rocky Mount on Tuesday for its first loss of the season and first defeat in 3-A Big East Conference play.

“This was a disappointing, tough loss for the girls, but we have to bounce back quickly with Northern Nash coming in Thursday,” head coach Lee Matthews said.

The Golden Demons (7-1, 2-1) lost singles matches in two sets on each of the first three courts and on court 6 to give the Gryphons (3-0, 3-0) an early 4-2 lead headed into doubles competition. Sisters Chandler and Cappa Hill each captured victories for Fike, improving respectively to 8-0 records in singles play so far this season. Chandler Hill did not drop a game, while Cappa Hill dropped one in the second set to her opponent.

In doubles play, played in pro sets, Rocky Mount won two out of three matches to earn the victory, with the competition on court 1 drawing the closest at 8-5.

Fike will host Northern Nash on Thursday.  

 

ROCKY MOUNT 6, FIKE 3

Caroline Broderick (RM) def. Logan Adkins 6-3, 6-1; Carson Browder (RM) def. Avery Rose Brown 6-4, 6-1; Caroline Land (RM) def. Sophia Meszaros 6-1, 6-1; Chandler Hill (F) def. Tatum Janke 6-0, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) def. Emily Bennett 6-0, 6-1; Kathryn Osterhout (RM) def. Mary Thomas Watkins 6-3, 6-4.

Broderick – Browder (RM) def. Adkins-Chandler Hill 8-5; Land–Janke (RM) def. Brown–Meszaros 8-1; Cappa Hill–Watkins (F) def. Bennett–Osterhout 8-2.    

 

Beddingfield clips Nash Central, 8-1

The host Beddingfield High girls tennis team boosted its record to 2-1 against 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opposition with an 8-1 triumph against Nash Central on Tuesday.

The Lady Bruins evened their overall record at 4-4 in clinching the outcome with five singles wins.

Victorious in singles were senior Christmas Haynesworth at No. 1, junior Annie Greene at No. 2, senior Cynthia Milan at No. 3, senior Anna Gardner at No. 5 and senior Jasmin Arias at No. 6.

Head coach Jeremy Howard revamped his doubles lineup, with senior Karina Alvarez-junior Jessica Farmer winning at No. 2 and sophomore Abby Edmundson-junior Jazmine Sanchez prevailing at No. 3.

Beddingfield was coming off a 7-2 loss at home to 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference powerhouse Greene Central on Monday.

Winning for the Lady Bruins were Greene at No. 2 singles and Arias at No. 6.

Howard noted Greene Central’s lineup consisted of its Nos. 4-6 singles players in the top three spots and reserves occupying positions Nos. 4-6.

 

BEDDINGFIELD 8, NASH CENTRAL 1

Christmas Haynesworth (B) def. Alexis Hedgepeth 8-4; Annie Greene (B) def. Kaylee Ray 8-0; Cynthia Milan (B) def. Savannah Smith 8-0; Oriana Battle (NC) def. Liz Ameca 8-4; Anna Gardner (B) def. Caitlin Proctor 8-1; Jasmin Arias (B) def. Lanie Ricks 8-4.

Greene-Gardner (B) def. Hedgepeth-Battle 8-1; Karina Alvarez-Jessica Farmer (B) def. Ray-Smith 8-1; Abby Edmundson-Jazmine Sanchez (B) def. Proctor-Yoselyn Garcia 8-3.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Hunt wins 25-11, 25-17 in Big East debut

The host Hunt High volleyball team boosted its record to 9-1 with a 25-11, 25-17 triumph against Northern Nash on Tuesday afternoon in the 3-A Big East Conference opener for both teams.

The Lady Warriors took command with 13 service points, including five aces, from Bailey Kirby in the first set. Kirby also provided excellent setting.

Benefiting from Kirby’s sets were Taylor Ferrell and Nathaly Castillo with numerous kills. Ferrell and Castillo joined Ashton Frazier in keying the defense.

“I’m proud of the entire team with how well they work together,” said Hunt coach Matt Lemmons. “Their chemistry is basically a coach’s dream. This is the most unselfish group I’ve been around, and I attribute that to how well they’re playing.”

The Lady Warriors continue conference play at home at 4 p.m. Thursday against Rocky Mount.

Parker’s aces not enough for Knights

Isabelle Parker served for nine aces in a losing cause as the Greenfield School volleyball team was turned back 25-22, 25-21 by John Paul II Catholic of Greenville on Tuesday.

Lady Chargers stay undefeated

GREENVILLE — The Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team extended its undefeated start to the 2019 season to six matches by a 25-7, 25-13 margin against Greenville Christian on Tuesday.

Leading the Lady Chargers were Izzy Barnes with 13 points, six aces, 10 assists and two kills; Sophia Nesbit with eight points, three aces, six kills and two blocks; and Gracie Farmer with four points and three aces.

WCA welcomes Berean Baptist of Fayetteville at 4 p.m. Friday.

Lady Golden Demons nearing .500

The Fike volleyball team improved to 4-5 with a 25-12, 25-18 commanding win over Southern Nash on Tuesday. 

Katyria led the team with seven digs, while Jada Lamm added seven kills and Avery Lentz contributed eight aces.

Fike will be back on the court Thursday against Franklinton at home.

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