AREA ROUNDUP: Stone’s hat trick triggers Knights to win over Ridgecroft

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The Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team stepped away from 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play with a 3-0 triumph against Ridgecroft School on Thursday.

The Knights hiked their record to 8-6-2 and return to conference warfare at Pope John Paul II of Greenville on Tuesday.

Senior Jackson Stone opened Greenfield’s scoring by taking a through ball from Matt Kirby, beating two defenders and cranking a low, left-footed shot to the back corner of the goal.

Next on a set piece, Sebastian Partida lofted a corner kick that Stone calmly finished to the back of the net. 

Stone completed his hat trick (three goals) on an assist from William Smith. Smith split two defenders with a crisp pass to Stone, who ripped a shot into the back of the net.

The Knights amassed a 27-6 margin in shots and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.



Hunt beaten in 5 by Franklinton

The host Hunt High varsity volleyball team extended defending champion Franklinton five sets before dropping a 25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13 3-A Big East Conference decision Thursday evening.

The Lady Warriors lost for the first time in three conference matches and dipped to 6-7 overall. Franklinton remained undefeated against Big East foes. Hunt continues conference play Monday evening at Rocky Mount.

Meghan Martinez sparkled for Hunt with 17 kills, 13 digs and three aces. Sisters Greysen and Michaela Evans each delivered 10 kills. Brianna Moore set up 37 assists and served for 12 points. 

Allyson Matthews notched 27 digs and three aces among 11 service points. Matthews was credited for playing awesome defense.

Beddingfield drops two league tests

FARMVILLE — The Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team was dealt a second straight 2-A Eastern Plains Conference loss by a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 margin to Farmville Central on Thursday evening.

The Lady Bruins were coming off a 25-27, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 loss to North Pitt.

Beddingfield continues conference play at home Friday evening against Nash Central.

“Tonight’s match against Farmville Central was not filled with as much fight by the Lady Bruins,” said Beddingfield head coach Kelly Vinson. “We looked very sluggish. It was a very frustrating evening. We were not on our ‘A’ game. We missed serves early on and allowed too many balls to hit the floor without attempts to pass them up.”

Senior Kaitlin Abrams sparked the Lady Bruins with 12 service points and scrappy defense that produced nine digs.

Against North Pitt, Makayla Everette registered 11 kills, followed by AaNiyah Sherrod with. Neleh Bottoms served for 10 consecutive points in Beddingfield’s first-set win.

“But it was not enough to swing the momentum for the entire evening,” Vinson noted. “Each game was very well fought.”


Fike thumps Ladybirds 8-1

STANHOPE — The visiting Fike High girls tennis team completed the first half of 3-A Big East Conference competition with an 8-1 conquest of Southern Nash on Thursday.

In defeating the Ladybirds for a second time, Fike improved to 4-1 in the league and to 11-1 overall. Southern Nash fell to  1-4 and 7-6, respectively.

League play continues for both squads as Fike welcomes Franklinton on Tuesday, and Southern Nash visits league-leading Rocky Mount on Monday.

The Lady Golden Demons clinched with singles wins from Logan Adkins at No. 1, Avery Rose Brown at No. 2, Anna Blair Thomas at No. 3, Mia Hamblin at No. 5 and Cappa Hill at No. 6.

Adkins posted career win No. 97 in boosting her 2018 record to 11-1 and later added No. 98 in doubles play. Hill also stands 11-1. Thomas and Hamblin each improved to 10-2.

The Ladybirds averted a shutout with a 6-4, 6-0 win from Alexis Mendez at No. 4.

“This was the first match for us in nine days, and the girls’ games admittedly showed some rust,” commented Fike coach Lee Matthews. “As the match progressed, they managed to knock the rust off and began to look more comfortable out there.”



Logan Adkins (F) def. Stacie Winner, 6-0, 6-4; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Katelyn Cox 6-4, 6-4; Anna Blair Thomas (F) def. Brandi Curtis, 6-3, 6-1; Alexis Mendez (SN) def. Sophia Meszaros 6-4, 6-0; Mia Hamblin (F) def. Karli Pernell 6-3, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) def. Lsely Rodriquez 6-1, 6-0.

Adkins-Thomas (F) def. Winner-Curtis 8-3; Brown-Hamblin (F) def. Cox-Mendez 8-6; Hill-Reagan Brown (F) def. Pernell-Jessica Salazar 9-7.


Hunt bounced 8-1 by Northern Nash

Coming off its only win of 2018, the host Hunt High girls tennis team was handed an 8-1 3-A Big East Conference loss by Northern Nash on Thursday.

The Lady Warriors averted a shutout with a 6-4, 6-4 win from MacKenzie Hinnant at No. 6.

The Lady Warriors were also denied in a pair of third-set tiebreakers.

At No. 3, Megan Tillotson dropped a 6-2, 5-7, (10-8) decision and, at No. 5, Camille Ruiz bowed 6-2, 3-6, (10-8).

Hunt was limited to winning just six games in doubles.

Coach Wayne Hardy’s Lady Warriors welcome conference-leading Rocky Mount next Tuesday.



Harrington (NN) def. Cara Moss 6-0, 6-0; Thomas (NN) def. Logan Hinnant 6-1, 6-1; Dees (NN) def. Megan Tillotson 6-2, 5-7, (10-8); Vaughan (NN) def. Abby Parbst 6--2, 6-3; Palmer (NN) def. Camille Ruiz 6-2, 3-6, (10-8); MacKenzie Hinnant (H) def. Sarah Nelms 6-4, 6-4.

Harrington-Thomas (NN) def. L. Hinnant-Tillotson 8-1; Dees-Vaughan (NN) def. Moss-Parbst 8-1; Nelms-Paige Ward (NN) def. Ruiz-M. Hinnant 8-4.




Hunt boys, Ladybirds take 2nd place

RED OAK — The Hunt High girls and the Southern Nash boys trailed the front-running Northern Nash teams in the latest 3-A Big East Conference cross-country meet at Red Oak Middle School on Wednesday.

Northern Nash’s girls set the pace with 19 points, followed by Hunt with 66, Fike (75), Southern Nash (102) and Franklinton (106). Rocky Mount did not qualify for a team score.

In the boys race, the Knights dominated with a perfect 15 points, followed by Southern Nash (79), Fike (83), Franklinton (94), Rocky Mount (117) and Hunt (144).

Northern Nash’s girls boasted the top three finishers and six of the top 10.

Placing fourth was freshman Jadiza Jimenez of Southern Nash with a time of 23:44. Fifth was Hunt senior Isabel Reed in 23:46.

Lady Knights freshman Elana Griffin triumphed in 22:37, followed by senior teammates Kelsey Richardson (23:16) and Mackenzie Proctor (23:22).

For the Lady Warriors, senior Emma Fatzaun finished 10th, senior Rebekah Pierce 11th, junior Caarolina Vazquez-Ba 22nd and sophomore Mollie Lamm 26th.

Pacing Fike were freshman Blair Boyette in 15th and junior Vallery Gore in 16th.

Northern Nash’s boys commanded the top five spots and six of the top 10. Senior Jordan Richardson continued to dominate with a first-place time of 17: 38, followed by teammates Joseph Dees, Matt Wright, Justin Marshall and Chance Savage.

Southern Nash was sparked by juniors Hunter Issette with a sixth-place time of 19:19 and Shamir Small with a seventh-place showing of 19:30.

Completing the top 10 was Fike junior Amando Robles (19:50.19).

Leading Hunt was junior Chelear Forbes in 11th place. The top 15 include Fike senior Chibby Uwakwe in 13th and junior Ugo Uwakwe in 15th.



Greenfield edged by Lawrence, 5-4

The host Greenfield School girls tennis team could not pull off the needed two wins in doubles and dropped a 5-4 decision to Lawrence Academy on the Barton College courts Thursday.

The Lady Knights claimed a singles split with wins from Anna Grace Bedddingfield at No. 2, Maya George at No. 4 and Bailee Hayes at No. 6. George won via a tiebreaker.

However, only the No. 2 doubles combo of Fletcher Worrell-George could pull out a win for Greenfield.