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Lady Knights win in three sets at Lawrence Academy

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MERRY HILL — Behind a balanced effort offensively and defensively, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team emerged with a 25-10, 25-20, 25-17 victory at Lawrence Academy on Wednesday.

Junior Kaelyn Wall flirted with both a double-double and triple-double, notching 16 digs, nine aces and nine kills. Classmate Caroline Stone had seven kills, five aces and two blocks, while senior Sumer Hassan tallied nine aces, six kills and 15 digs.

Senior setter Mary Margaret Coats ran the offense with 21 assists and five service points. Freshman Lily Hess lifted up 15 digs, with senior Catherine Alvarez getting 10 for the Lady Knights (2-4), 1-A members of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference.

Lawrence, affiliated with the 1-A Tarheel Conference, dropped to 2-3.

Greenfield returns home Friday to face Fayetteville Northwood Temple.

Ladybirds defeat Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT —Sparked by sophomore Taylor Bailey, the visiting Southern Nash varsity volleyball team posted a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 nonconference triumph against Nash Central on Wednesday.

Bailey served for 12 aces and registered seven kills to lead the Ladybirds to their seventh win against three losses.

Carrigan Ewers chipped in with five kills, while Lyndsey Turner had four.

Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference continues nonconference play against North Johnston on Monday.

Ladybirds ambushed at West Johnston

BENSON — The Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team walked into an ambush Tuesday evening, falling 25-3, 25-18, 25-17 to West Johnston of the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference.

The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference own a 6-3 record going into their next match against Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.

Southern Nash leaders were Taylor Bailey with five kills, Lyndsey Turner and Olivia Cruz with four kills each and Magan Bland with six service points.

GIRLS TENNIS

Rose’s comeback keys 6-3 Fike win

GREENVILLE — A comeback win at No. 2 singles from junior Avery Rose Brown keyed the undefeated Fike High girls tennis team to a stoutly contested 6-3 nonconference victory at D.H. Conley on Wednesday.

Brown upped her record to 6-2 by overcoming the Lady Vikings’ Mary Beth Cole 3-6, 6-3, (10-4) and staking Fike to a 4-2 margin after singles.

“Avery Rose made a huge difference with the comeback at No. 2,” commented Fike coach Lee Matthews. “The fourth point in singles took a lot of pressure off the doubles.”

Fike clinched with an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles from Logan Adkins-Anna Blair Thomas. At No. 3, Mia Hamblin-Cappa Hill pulled out a 9-7 nail-biter.

Victorious in singles were Thomas at No. 3, Hamblin at No. 5 and Hill at No. 6. At No. 1, Adkins, a junior, was dealt her first loss after seven wins by Conley’s Madison Cullipher.

While Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference climbed to 8-0, Conley, a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, dropped to 2-3.

“Don’t be fooled by the record,” Matthews said. “Conley is a solid team. The previous losses were to New Hanover and Rocky Mount.”

Fike returns to conference play at Franklinton on Thursday.

FIKE 6, D.H. CONLEY 3

Madison Culllipher (DHC) def. Logan Adkins 6-1, 6-1; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Mary Beth Cole 3-6, 6-3, (10-4); Anna Blair Thomas (F) def. Breanna Sullivan 6-3, 6-2; Carey Woodward (DHC) def. Sophia Meszaros 6-4, 7-5; Mia Hamblin (F) def. Meghan Jones 6-1, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) d ef. Kylie Dunbar 6-1, 6-0.

Adkins-Thomas (F) def. Cole-Woodward 8-0; Cullipher-Dunbar (DHC) def. Brown-Meszaros 8-5; Hamblin-Hill (F) def. Sullivan-Jones 9-7.

Ladybirds rout Nash Central 9-0

STANHOPE — On the court, the Southern Nash High girls tennis team were discourteous hosts to former 3-A Big East Conference rival Nash Central on Wednesday, conceding just two total games in contested matches en route to an easy 9-0 victory.

The Ladybirds (6-3) went without dropping a game in singles, with the all-senior lineup of Stacie Winner, Katelyn Cox, Brandi Curtis, Alexis Mendez, Karli Pernell and Lesly Rodriguez getting 6-0, 6-0 wins.

In doubles, Winner-Curtis and Pernell-Rodriguez turned back their respective opposition by 8-0 margins. In the No. 2 doubles slot, Cox-Mendez registered an 8-2 victory.

Winner and Curtis each improved to 6-1 at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. Cox-Mendez now stand 5-1 at the No. 2 doubles flight.

Southern Nash begins Big East play Thursday by hosting Northern Nash.

BOYS SOCCER

Firebirds fall 3-1 to Nash Central

STANHOPE — The host Southern Nash varsity boys soccer team fell behind 2-0 halftime and went on to a 3-1 loss to Nash Central on Wednesday.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference dropped to 1-4-2 and visit another 2-A Eastern Plains Conference foe, SouthWest Edgecombe, on Thursday.

Carlos Garcia drilled in Southern Nash’s second-half goal on an assist from Ezekiel Gonzales.

Guzman’s hat trick propels DASH to win

Salvador Guzman recorded a hat trick, putting away three goals Tuesday as the DASH Homeschool varsity boys soccer team eased its way to a 9-0 mercy-rule shortened win over Fayetteville Homeschool.

Eric Barry put away two goals for DASH, now 5-3-2 overall. Rene Salas, Ian Dixon, Elijah Skinner and Avery Fritsch also scored for DASH, which led 4-0 at the half. Five second-half tallies finished it early, including the clincher 20 minutes into the second half.

Quinten Thayer had two assists.

“Fayetteville is a young team and that allowed us to work on things at times and also play a few players that don’t see as much field time as we would like them to see,” DASH head coach Steve Barry said. “I thought Ian Dixon and Quinten Thayer had very good games for us.”

DASH travels to Southwest Wake Homeschool on Friday.

Tigers overwhelm Faith Christian 8-2

Seven players found the back of the net for the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys soccer team Tuesday night in an 8-2 win over Faith Christian of Rocky MOunt.

Sophomore Alberto Herrera had a pair of goals for the Tigers, now 3-1 overall. Herrera added an assist.

Five additional sophomores tallied goals in Omar Nigoche, Malik Bryant, Corey Atkinson, Lissandro Ochoa and Devyn Bullock. Dylan Skinner, an eighth grader, had the eighth tally off a header.

Bryant, Ochoa and Bullock added assists.

In goal, freshman Cameron Bryant notched four saves. The Tigers, who put 24 of 30 shots on frame, led 2-1 at the half before a six-goal outburst in the second half.

Wilson Prep plays host to Southern Wake Academy on Thursday.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Chargers hold their own against CIC foes

ROANOKE RAPIDS — While Wilson Christian isn’t a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, both Charger cross-country teams acquitted themselves well against competition from that association’s 1-A/2-A Coastal Independent Conference on Tuesday.

The boys team finished third out of nine teams, while the girls finished second in a gathering of three other CIC programs. Community Christian School, also a CIC member, finished eighth in the boys’ proceedings and did not have enough girls runners to qualify for a team score.

Raleigh Saint Thomas More won the boy’s event with a team score of 23. Epiphany (75), Wilson Christian (103), Rocky Mount Faith Christian (110), Rocky Mount Faith Christian (133), Ridgecroft (142), Halifax Academy (170), Community Christian (180) and Oakwood (204) rounded out the field.

Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks counted the times of Seth Trull (8th, 20:35.5), Lin Scott (16th, 22:14), Briceson Martin (20th, 22:56), Andrew Blalock (30th, 24:35) and Carter Zander (33rd, 25:28) were the Chargers’ finishers in the 83-runner field. Martin, Blalock and Zander established new personal bests.

Caleb Daniels’ seventh-place run of 20:35.5 led the Cyclones, who also produced times from Thomas Lane (37th, 26:22), Caleb Boyette (40th, 26:40), Jonathan Baran (45th, 28:13) and Tyler Medlin (76th, 38:31).

Noah Wollersheim of Saint Thomas More won the race in a time of 18:23.

The Lady Chargers finished second despite missing their top runner in Caitlyn Barnes, currently out due to injury. Also out was Katie Glover due to illness. As such, Saint Thomas More outpointed WCA, 19-58 for the team victory. Oakwood was third at 77, with host Halifax Academy in fourth at 81.

Ocean Reece and Jenna Varnell finished sixth and seventh for the Lady Chargers, with Reece finishing in a time of 26:37. Varnell crossed 10 seconds later. The Lady Chargers also computed Ashley Hardy (17th, 29:18), Holland Miller (19th, 30:07) and Brenda Reece (28th, 34:16) as 40 runners competed.

CCS, which deployed four runners, was led by Kaitlyn Manning’s 23rd-place time of 31:23.

Saint Thomas More’s Anna Richard crossed the line first in 22:26, approximately a half second ahead of teammate Lucy Ketterer.

Carroll, Hobday pace CBA to victory

WINTERVILLE — Paced by a third-place finish from Davis Carroll and a fourth-place showing from Chance Hobday, the Charles B. Aycock High boys cross-country team prevailed in a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference seven-team meet at H. Boyd Lee Park on Wednsday.

The Golden Falcons amassed 44 points, followed by Greenville Rose with 58, South Central with 73, D.H. Conley’s B team with 78, New Bern with 92, Eastern Wayne with 177 and Southern Wayne with 192.

CBA’s girls did not field the necessary five runners to qualify for a team score, but all three entrants posted personal bests.

Conley ruled with 44 points, trailed by South Central (54), New Bern (61) and Greenville Rose (66).

In the boys race, Carroll posted a time of 19 minutes, 6.83 seconds, while Hobday finished fourth in 19:29.10. Completing CBA’s top five were Guy Crane in 10th, Christopher Crow in 13th and Brady LaVoie in 14th.

South Central’s Fletcher Bost won the race in 18:19.66, followed by Conley’s Seth McKinney in 18:53.10.

For the Lady Falcons, Taylor Nevin-Burke placed 34th, KyLisa Sewell 41st and Jasmine LaTour 62nd.

Victorious was New Bern’s Hana Smith with a time of 23:04.99.

GIRLS GOLF

Hunt cards record 130 at Northgreen

ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High girls golf team carded a school-record round of 130 for its low three individuals in a tune-up for next week’s 3-A Big Conference match at Northgreen Golf Club on Wednesday.

The 130 shattered by one shot the previous mark established at Willow Springs Country Club last week.

The Lady Warriors of coach Jeff Boykin entered Blue and White squads. The Blue triumphed with the record performance, while the White finished third at 174. Southern Nash emerged the runner-up at 146,while Frankinton shot 188.

Plern Rattanaprakarn, an exchange student from Thailand, again spearheaded Hunt with a round of 1-over-par 37 that included birdies at Nos. 1, 2 and 8. Rattanaprakarn has shot 37, 38 and 39 in her three Hunt rounds.

Senior Sarah Bunn birdied No. 7 en route to a 41 and sealing the deal for Hunt Blue was freshman Allison Boykin with a career-low round of 52. Ashton Barnes shot 55 and Connor Worley 60.

Southern Nash was paced by junior Elisabeth Collie with a 40 that included a birdie on No. 1. Junior Taylor Hall and freshman Samantha Puckett each came in with 53s.

Counting scores for Hunt White were a 53 from Gracie Taylor, a 60 from Kathryn Willoughby and a 61 from Anna Coleman.

The second of six conference matches is scheduled for Monday at Northgreen.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Greenfield bows at Lawrence

MERRY HILL — The Greenfield School volleyball team is still without a victory following a 27-25, 25-22 loss at Lawrence Academy on Wednesday.

Further details were not available for Greenfield, which hosts crosstown rival Community Christian on Monday.

Lady Chargers clip Raleigh Christian

RALEIGH — The Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team launched North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region competition with a 25-5, 25-15 conquest of host Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers boosted their record to 2-3 and next see action at home against Halifax Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Sparking the WCA win were Reagan Barnes with 12 services points, nine aces and two kills; Peyton Norville with four aces, Chloe Woolard with three assists and Ellyn Watson with four assists and three kills.

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