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AREA ROUNDUP: Demons blank Gryphons to claim Big East championship

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ROCKY MOUNT — Freshman Taylor Sullivan scored Fike High’s first two goals as the Golden Demons blanked host Rocky Mount 4-0 in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference boys soccer match, giving them their eighth straight league win without a loss.

The Demons’ victory, coupled with Hunt’s 5-1 loss at Southern Nash on Wednesday, delivered Fike, 12-2-1 overall, the Big East title outright. It’s the first league crown under head coach Chris Mizelle, in his fifth season. It’s also Fike’s first boys soccer regular-season title since 2006 when they shared the 3-A NEW 6 Conference crown under head coach Toni Varacchi. The Demons’ last outright regular-season championship came in 2005.

“It’s a been a really good group to work with and I feel like they’ve responded to everything we’ve asked them to do and have been open to the coaching we’re trying to give them,” said Mizelle, who is assisted by Larry Crocker. 

Sullivan pounced on the rebound of Israel Villalobos’ shot and slammed it into the net for a 1-0 Fike lead in the 14th minute. That score stood until 13 minutes into the second half when Sullivan finished a low cross from junior Kevin Mendoza on the right side.

Three minutes later, the Gryphons (2-12-1, 1-7 Big East) produced an own goal. In the 75th minute, Mendoza scored the final goal when he took a through ball from Jonathan Boykin and finished with his left foot from the top of the box.

Senior Tanner Sullivan, the older brother of Taylor, kept Rocky Mount scoreless in goal for the first 75 minutes of the match before ceding duties to Saulo Rodriguez for the final five minutes.

The Demons finish the regular season with a pair of home matches next week, hosting Northern Nash on Monday and welcoming Hunt on Wednesday.

Gonzalez nets 4 as SN tops Hunt

STANHOPE — Southern Nash spotted Hunt a first-half goal in Wednesday’s 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer match before Firebirds senior captain Ezekial Gonzalez erupted for four goals in the second half to help Southern Nash to a 5-1 victory.

The win boosted the Firebirds to 7-8-2 overall and 5-3 in the Big East, tying them with the Warriors for second place. The loss dropped Hunt to 6-9-2 overall and allowed Fike to clinch the Big East title outright.

Senior Carlos Garcia had the Firebirds’ other goal and added a pair of assists while Rubinson Ochoa also had a helper.

The Firebirds will host Rocky Mount on Monday on their Senior Night while the finish the regular season with matches at Franklinton on Monday and at Fike on Wednesday.

 

GIRLS TENNIS

Fike’s Adkins is Big East singles champ

ROCKY MOUNT — Fike High junior Logan Adkins measured up to her status as the No. 1 seed in seizing the singles championship in the 3-A Big East Conference girls tennis tournament on the North Carolina Weseleyan College courts Wednesday.

Adkins, in the championship match, conquered Southern Nash senior Stacie Winner, the No. 2 seed, by a 6-3, 6-3 count.

In the semifinals, Adkins advanced past No. 3 Grace Cottrell of Franklinton, 6-3, 6-3. Winner outlasted No. 4 Caroline Land of Rocky Mount, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, (10-3) in the semis.

Adkins became Fike’s first conference singles champion since Cameron Milne prevailed in 2015, her freshman year.

Adkins and Winner each advanced into next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Wesleyan.

The top-seeded duo of Caroline Broderick-Katie Moss claimed doubles supremacy with a 6-1, 6-1 conquest of No. 2-seeded Chloe Harrington-Nasaya Thomas of Northern Nash.

Seeded No. 4, the Fike tandem of junior Avery Rose Brown-senior Anna Blair Thomas lost to No. 1 Caroline Broderick-Moss 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) in the semifinals. Brown-Thomas needed to win the clash of semifinal losers to earn a regional berth, but lost 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) to No. 3 Carson Browder-Mary Katherine Broderick of Rocky Mount.

Adkins wound up with four tournament wins. In Tuesday’s session, she opened a 6-1,6-0 victor against Franklinton’s Carter Gilliam and, in the quarterfinals, ousted Northern Nash’s Ayshia Palmer 6-1,6-1.

After a first-round bye, the Lady Golden Demons’ Brown-Thomas thumped Southern Nash’s Karli Pernell-Lesly Rodriguez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Southern Nash’s Winner opened with a 6-0,6-0 win against Hunt senior  Megan Tillotson, and erased Northern Nash’s Lisa Dees 6-1,6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Fike’s other singles entry wsas Sophia Meszaros, who dropped a three-set 4-6, 6-3, (10-6) decision in the opening round to Franklinton’s Rachell McDonald. In doubles, the Fike duo of Mia Hamblin-Cappa Hill lost 6-3, 6-2 to Rocky Mount’s Browder-Mary Katherine Broderick.

As the No. 2 representative from the Big East, Fike, coached by Lee Matthews, is scheduled to oppose Coastal Conference queen Jacksonville in the opening round of the 3-A dual-team playoffs. That match is tentatively set for Wednesday.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Carroll, CBA take 2nd in ECC meet

WINTERVILLE — Davis Carroll, with a second-place finish, led the Charles B. Aycock High boys cross-country team to a runner-up finish in Wednesday’s 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference meet at the Boyd Lee Center.

Carroll posted a time of 18 minutes, 49.61 seconds in trailing f ront-runner A.J. Miller of D.H. Conley across the finish line. Miller dominated in 17:42.86.

Conley also seized the team victory with 25 points, followed by the Golden Falcons with 44. Then came South Central (65), Greenville Rose (111), New Bern (132), Southern Wayne (177) and Eastern Wayne (180).

Other CBA finishers were Guy Crane in sixth place, Brady Lavoie in 14th, Christopher Crow in 18th and Todd Gardner in 19th.

The CBA teams are scheduled to compete in the Wayne County Championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Bryan Sports Complex.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY

Mendoza’s 2 goals not enough for Fike

ROCKY MOUNT — Despite two goals from Jonathan Mendoza, the Fike High boys soccer team was dealt a 3-2 3-A Big East Conference loss by Rocky Mount on Wednesday.

The Gryphons grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead, but Mendoza rallied the Golden Demons to a 2-2 tie with goals in the 39th and 52nd minutes. Rocky Mount netted the decisive goal in the 57th minute.

The Demons slipped to 1-5-1 in the conference and to 3-6-1 in all matches. Fike welcomes archrival Hunt next Wednesday.

Firebirds a win away from title

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash High boys soccer team moved within a win of clinching the 3-A Big East Conference championship with a 4-1 conquest against visiting Hunt on Wednesday aftenoon.

The Firebirds can clinch the title with a win against Rocky Mount in a match scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday.

Jadon Shearin sparked the Southern Nash offense with two goals and an assist. Peyton Price and Raul Nunez each notched a goal and an assist. Eric Herndandez collected an assist.

Southern Nash goalkeeper Alejandro Ledezma was credited with three saves. Tony Martinez, Eddie Guerra-Valdez, Jesus Casterjon and Johnathan Salazar responded with solid defense.

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