AREA ROUNDUP: Chargers need just 39 minutes to notch first win

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The Wilson Christian Academy varsity boys soccer team needed just 39 of the regularly scheduled 80 minutes to notch its first 2018 victory Tuesday afternoon.

The host Chargers thumped Fellowship Baptist Academy 9-0 in a match that was stopped with a minute remaining in the first half because of the mercy rule.

WCA next sees action at home against Wilson Preparatory Academy at 7 p.m. Friday. The Chargers possess a record of one win, three losses and two ties.

Twelve players were involved in the scoring and junior Harrison Parker and senior Zach Hunt shared time in goal in posting the shutout.

Sophomore Elliott Resendez opened the scoring in the first minute on a rebound. In the fifth minute, senior Bryce Hughes assisted sophomore Ethan Mitchell’s goal. Three minutes later, senior Jackson Hoskins knocked in a goal on Mitchell’s assist. Next, freshman Jack Ortiz connected on a free kick.

Only Nathan Murray netted two goals, on assists from freshman Alex Torres and junior Thomas Evans, respectively. Sophomore Spencer Parker tallied on an assist from senior Brice Murray and freshman Will Hoskins was the beneficiary of an assist from senior Adrian Dehart. Evans concluded the scoring, with Jackson Hoskins assisting.

Stone’s 3 powers Knights past Parrott

KINSTON — Senior midfielder Jackson Stone had a hat trick and sophomore William Smith scored a goal as the Greenfield boys soccer team won its third straight, knocking off host Arendell Parrott Academy 4-1 on Tuesday.

The Knights fell behind early as Parrott used a counterattack to go up 1-0 before Stone found the net on a free kick from 20 yards out, bending toward the far post as the ball slipped through the keeper’s hands.

Greenfield took the lead for keeps when Stone took a pass from teammate Nathan Lozevski, beat a defender and finished to the far post. Stone got his hat trick on a pass from teammate Sebastian Partida.

Partida also had the assist on Smith, playing a through that Smith one-touched past the Parrott defender.

The Knights, now 5-2-2, will open 1-A/2-A Coastal Plains Independents Conference play Friday at first-year member Friendship Christian of Raleigh.

DASH prevails 6-3 vs. Southwest

CLAYTON — The host DASH homeschool boys soccer team constructed a 3-0 lead and proceeded to a 6-3 victory against the Southwest Wake Wolves on Tuesday.

The United boosted its record to 4-2-1 and welcomes Cary Christian Academy on Thursday.

A goal each from Rene Salas, Eric Barry and Alex Cherry staked DASH to a 3-0 cushion in the opening 30 minutes. Salas, with approximately six minutes elapsed, finished a through-ball assist from Barry. About 12 minutes later, Barry headed in a corner kick from Justin Strickland. Cherry scored on a breakaway after receiving the ball from Salvador Guzman.

The Wolves cut the deficit to 3-1 at halftime.

DASH’s fourth goal occurred some 12 minutes into the second half. Quintan Thayer ended his drought with a putback of a deflection in the box.

After Southwest Wake trimmed the deficit to 4-2, United struck when Guzman capitalized upon a midfield turnover for an unassisted goal.

With United leading 5-3, Joe Rasmussen netted the final goal without about six minutes left.

Thayer was awarded the game ball.

Tigers boot Eagles, 5-2

GOLDSBORO — Behind a balanced attack led by underclassmen, the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys soccer team turned in a 5-2 victory at Wayne Christian on Tuesday afternoon.

The sophomore quartet of Alberto Herrera, Omar Nigoche, Lisandro Ochoa and Devyn Bullock scored for the Tigers, who led 3-1 at the half. Senior Luis Herrera had the other goal, while senior Rodney Wimberly added an assist.

Wilson Prep, unbeaten in two matches, had 23 shots. Seven came from Herrera. Cameron Bryant, a freshman, had four saves in net for the Tigers.

Wayne Christian, a 2-A member of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Independent Conference in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A ranks, remained winless in three matches.

Wilson Prep plays host to crosstown opponent Wilson Christian on Friday.


Lady Bruins double up Tarboro 6-3

TARBORO — Beddingfield claimed its third girls tennis win without a loss by defeating host Tarboro 6-3 on Tuesday.

Karissa Hayes, Yaqueline Rangel and Annie Greene claimed singles wins for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Bruins, who swept doubles to send the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference Lady Vikings to their fourth straight loss to start the season.

Beddingfield will visit Hunt on Wednesday.


Karissa Hayes (B) def. Grace Whitehurst 8-3; Hope Whitehurst (T) def. Cathy Nicholson 8-2; Yaqueline Rangel (B) def. Jordan Thursby 8-2; Ashleigh Perkins (T) def. Jaylah Moore 8-5; Annie Greene (B) def. Grace Creech 8-0; Cynthia Ribustello (T) def. Liz Ameca 8-2.

Hayes-Rangel (B) def. Whitehurst-Whitehurst 8-2; Nicholson-Moore (B) def. Thursby-Creech 8-2; Greene-Vanessa Urieta (B) def. Perkins-Ribustello 8-4.

North Johnston keeps Hunt winless

Hunt was hungry to win its first girls tennis match of the season Tuesday at home against North Johnston, but the Lady Warriors came up short in a pair of singles tiebreakers and fell 8-1 to the Lady Panthers.

The 3-A Big East Conference Lady Warriors dropped to 0-4 while the Lady Panthers, the defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conference champions, rose to 4-3.

North Johnston got singles wins from Maira Teruel, Olivia Gachuz, Samantha Davis, Arial Pearce and Hannah Sherrod. Davis squeezed out a 12-10 tiebreaker in the third set after splitting the first two sets with Megan Tillotson at No. 3 singles while Sherrod needed a third set to dispatch Mckenzie Hinnant at No. 5. Sherrod teamed with Bella Holland to pull out an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles against Hinnant-Camille Ruiz.

Ruiz won at No. 6 for the Lady Warriors’ sole victory.

Veteran Hunt head coach Wayne Hardy noted that he could see improvement in his players, although he’s in some unusual territory.

“I told them I had never lost to Beddingfield and North Johnston in tennis and I’m 0-2 right now!” Hardy said.

The Lady Warriors will host Beddingfield on Wednesday.


Maira Teruel (NJ) def. Cara Moss 6-1, 6-1; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Logan Hinnant 6-2, 6-0; Samantha Davis (NJ) def. Megan Tillotson 0-6, 6-2, (12-10); Arial Pearce (NJ) def. Aly Parbst 6-4, 6-2; Hannah Sherrod (NJ) def. Mckenzie Hinnant 6-4, 4-6, (10-4); Camille Ruiz (H) def. Bella Holland 6-1, 6-1.

Teruel-Gachuz (NJ) def. Moss-L. Hinnant 8-0; Davis-Pearce (NJ) def. Tillotson-Parbst 8-1; Sherrod-Holland (NJ) def. M. Hinnant-Ruiz 8-6.

CCS swept 9-0 at Oakwood

GREENVILLE — Community Christian remained winless through four matches in its first girls tennis season in more than a decade as the Lady Cyclones lost 9-0 at The Oakwood School on Tuesday.

Community Christian will host Kerr-Vance Academy in another 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference match Thursday at Barton College Tennis Complex.


Ellie Osborne (O) def. Ashley Abrams 8-0; Eliza Wood (O) def. Kaylee Liles 8-0; MKayla Robinette (O) def. Lexi Gardner 8-0; Knor Ali (O) def. Olivia Walker 8-6; Whitney Moore (O) def. Hadley Borg 8-4; Sadie Smith (O) def. Tori Oliver 8-1.

Osborne-Wood (O) def. Abrams-Liles 8-1; Robinette-Moore (O) def. Gardner-Walker 8-3; Ali-Smith (O) def. Borg-Oliver 8-2.

Ladybirds post 9-0 win against SWE

PINETOPS — The visiting Southern Nash High girls tennis team claimed its second 9-0 win of the young season against SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Tuesday.

Sweeping the singles for the Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference were Stacey Winner, Katelyn Cox, Brandi Curtis, Alexis Mendez, Karli Pernell and Lesly Rodriguez.

Teaming victoriously in doubles were Winner-Curtis, Cox-Mendez and Pernell-Rodriguez.

Lady Panthers lose 7-2 to Clayton

KENLY — North Johnston dropped a 7-2 nonconference outcome in girls tennis to visiting county foe Clayton on Tuesday, evening the defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conference-champion Lady Panthers’ record to 3-3. The Lady Comets of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference, now 3-2, won all but one singles match and two of three doubles matches. All matches were contested in the pro-set format.

Olivia Gachuz won for North Johnston at No. 2 singles, turning back Hannah Riley 8-4, while Bella Holland-Hannah Sherrod pulled out a 9-7 verdict at No. 3 doubles for the Lady Panthers.

“Great match against a great team,” North Johnston head coach David Anderson. “I am so proud of the way our young ladies are playing. No matter the score they are giving everything they have to get better.”


Crystal Anderson (C) def. Maira Teruel 8-2; Olivia Gachuz (NJ) def. Hannah Riley 8-4; Lily Airington (C) def. Samantha Davis 8-3; Jackie Rollins (C) def. Arial Pearce 8-1; Alexis Perry (C) def. Hannah Sherrod 8-1; Mary-Grayce Narron (C) def. Bella Holland 8-1.

Anderson-Riley (C) def. Teruel-Gachuz 8-1; Airington-Rollins (C) def. Davis-Pearce 8-0; Sherrod-Holland (NJ) def. Perry-Narron 9-7.


Lady Bruins rally by Greene Central

SNOW HILL — The visiting Beddingfield High varsity volleyball team needed five sets to claim a second 2018 victory against nonconference neighbor Greene Central on Tuesday.

The Lady Bruins of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference hiked their record to 4-2 with a 19-25, 13-25, 26-24, 25-22, 17-15 comeback of the Lady Rams of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

Beddingfield was coming off a 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 road loss to 3-A Southern Nash on Monday.

Against Greene Central, the Lady Bruins were triggered by 18 kills from 6-foot-4 junior Makayla Everette. Sophomore Nelah Bottoms contributed nine kills.

“Great all-around hustle by our libero, Kaitlin Abrams, and setter Brittany Dudley kept us in the game the first two sets,” reported Beddingfield head coach Kelly Vinson. “Thankfully, as a team, we woke up in the third set and were able to put together some great passes and hits to pull out a great win.

“It was a great matchup. Greene Central covered the floor extremely well and controlled the serve much of the day.”

Poor serving hampered the Lady Bruins against Southern Nash. Everette managed seven kills and four blocks.

Beddingfield continues nonconference play at home Wednesday against Smithfield-Selma.

Oakwood takes down CCS in 3 sets

GREENVILLE — The Community Christian varsity volleyball team was stopped in three sets by host The Oakwood School on Tuesday. The 25-19, 25-13, 25-12 loss dropped the Lady Cyclones to 1-4 on the seasons.

Morgan Garner served 10 points, including three aces, and had an assist for CCS, which got six kills, three service points and two aces from Lauren Pate.

The Lady Cyclones are home in the Peace Church gym on Thursday against Kerr-Vance Academy.

Lady Falcons drop conference opener

PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team experienced a rude 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference debut Tuesday evening with a 25-14, 25-, 25-12 loss to 4-A New Bern.

The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons dropped to 4-5 overall.

Leading CBA were sophomore Abbey Thomas with three blocks and seven kills, senior Taylor Gay with nine digs and senior Mckenzie Norris with eight assists and two aces. Senior Daelyn Brock had six digs.

Ladybirds win streak snapped by SWE

PINETOPS — After eclipsing its win total from all of last season with a five-game winning streak, the Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team saw that surge come to a close Tuesday afternoon with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 loss at SouthWest Edgecombe.

The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds lost for the first time since their opener in dropping to 5-2.

Junior Lyndsey Turner had six kills, with classmate Olivia Cruz contributing five. Sophomore Alissa Bailey struggled to initiate the offense for the Ladybirds, but finished with 12 assists on 18 credited Southern kills.

Individual statistics were not available for the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Cougars, who climbed to 3-1.

The Ladybirds host Nash Central on Thursday. SouthWest hits the road to face Northern Nash.


Reece paces Lady Chargers to win

GOLDSBORO — Behind three runners finishing in the top five, the Wilson Christian Academy girls cross-country team claimed victory in a multi-team meet Monday, hosted by Wayne Christian at Waynesborough Park.

Ocean Reece finished second overall in the 5-kilometer race, posting a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, to pace the Lady Chargers. Senior Ashley Hardy chopped more than three minutes off her time in the season opener to place fourth in 26:28, just three seconds ahead of WCA teammate Jenna Varnell in fifth place.

Wilson Christian scored 34 points, well ahead of second-place Wayne Country Day with 80.

Wayne Christian’s Paige Court was the winner, finishing in 24:40 while Sallie Gliarmis of Greenfield was 23rd out of 59 runners with a time of 31:48.

On the boys side, Seth Trull led Wilson Christian as he placed third in 20:25. Chargers seventh grader Lyn Scott was sixth in 21:22.

Wilson Christian was third in the team standings behind winner Wayne Country Day and Raleigh Friendship Christian.

Both Wilson Christian teams will return to action Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Halifax Academy.


Fike thumps Rose, ups record to 2-0

The Fike High boys soccer team boosted its record to 2-0 with a 6-2 conquest of visiting Greenville Rose on Tuesday.

With the score knotted 2-2 at halftime, the Golden Demons dominated the second half on a goal each from Isaac Castro in the 36th minute, Spncer Holyoak in the 49th, Ezequiel Lopez in the 65th and Alex San Juan in the 69th. Ernesto Laureano assisted the final two goals, while Elvin Rodriguez recorded the assist on Castro’s goal.

Fike opened the scoring in the first minute on Castro’s goal, which was assisted by Laureano. With the score knotted 1-1, Rodriguez’s goal sent the Demons ahead 2-1 in the 27th minute. Lopez had the assist.

Rose forced a 2-2 halftime standoff with a goal in the 28th minute.

The Demons next see action on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Clayton.

Lady Chargers roll to first victory

The Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team served into its home season by notching its first win after three losses by a 25-5, 25-13 margin against Fellowship Baptist Academy of Durham.

Reagan Barnes served for five aces for the Lady Chargers. Chloe Willard served for 16 points with an ace and managed five assists and a kill.

Peyton Norville led the winning cause with four kills, while Ellyn Watson contributed four assists.

The Lady Chargers travel to Raleigh Christian next Tuesday.

Chargers shut out Christ Covenant

WINTERVILLE — The Wilson Christian Academy boys soccer team posted its second win without a loss by a 3-0 margin against host Christ Covenant on Monday.

Chase Gurgone knocked in the final two goals in the 45th and 58th minutes. Hunter Lewis collected the assist on the final goal.

Seth Collins opened the Chargers’ scoring in the 33rd minute.

WCA next sees action at hom at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Wilson Preparatory Academy.