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AREA ROUNDUP: Fike, Ladybirds advance into Big East semis

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Fike High, the No. 3 seed, and No. 4 Southern Nash each advanced in the opening round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament Monday.

At home, the Lady Golden Demons ended the season for No. 6 Northern Nash by a 25-17, 25-15, 25-23 margin to even their record at 11-11.

The outcome set up a third meeting with archrival Hunt in the tournament semifinals Tuesday. Hunt, the No. 2 seed, twice defeated Fike during the regular season.

Southern Nash ousted No. 5 Rocky Mount, but a score was not available.

No details were available on either match Monday.

With a 12-8 record, the Ladybirds challenge regular-season champion Franklinton (12-8) in the semifinals.

No details were available on either of Monday’s quarterfinal matches. 

Franklinton and Hunt earned first-round byes.

During the regular season, Southern Nash and Fike split regular-season meetings in deadlocking for third place with 5-5 marks.

Lady Falcons swept by South Central

PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team suffered a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19 setback at the hands of 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Winterville South Central on Monday.

Senior Daelyn Brock had seven kills to lead the Lady Golden Falcons, who fell to 11-11 overall and 4-7 in ECC play. Sophomore Abbey Thomas had six.

CBA will close its regular season Friday, traveling to Eastern Wayne.

BOYS SOCCER

Firebirds celebrate Senior Night win

STANHOPE — The Southern Nash varsity boys soccer team continued its march to second place in the 3-A Big East Conference with a 5-1 Senior Night triumph against Rocky Mount on Monday.

Ending their regular-season home careers with a win were seniors Colin Evans, Tristan Rocco, Carlos Garcia, Ekekiel Gonzalez, B arzilay Velaquez, Cristoval Castro, Jonathan Trejo and Ben Emig.

Pacing the Firebirds’ attackd was Garcia with two goals and an assist. Gonzalez knocked in a goal and had two assists. 

Velazquez connected on a penalty kick and Adrian Flores contributed a goal and an assist.

Up 2-0 at halftime, Southern Nash improved to 6-3 in the conference.

DASH nips WPA with late goal

A late personnel move paid dividends as the DASH United varsity boys soccer team escaped with a 1-0 victory against Wilson Preparatory Academy on a J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex pitch Monday.

With about 20 minutes remaining, United shifted Eric Barry from center back to attacking midfielder. The reward came about 12 minutes later.

Barry chipped a pass over the Tigers’ backline to Salvador Guzman. Guzman responded by sliding his 20th goal of the season past diving WPA goalkeeper Cameron Bryant, a freshman.

DASH held on for its 11th victory and third straight against what coach Steve Barry described as “very tough opponents.”

In the first half, WPA’s best opportunity was a 22-yard laser from Alberto Herrera that DASH goalkeeper Elijah Skinner managed to flick over the crossbar. Numerous DASH chances were either wide or saved by Bryant.

“He’s excellent,” coach Barry commended. “raw but very talented. The whole team is like that — physical and fast. They just need more development, but they are going to be special if they keep working hard.”

The match ended DASH’s season. Because of playing several non-homeschool students, DASH is not elgible to play in the NCHEAC tournament this weekend in Greensboro.

“We discussed it with all our parents and players and, to a person, we all felt that it was the right thing to do to include these players on our team this year,” coach Barry explained. “It helped everyone — a true win-win scenario. It’s been a true blessing and we would absolutely do it all over again.”

JUNIOR VARSITY

Herndon’s 5 goals trigger Firebirds

STANHOPE — Lelyn Herndon, the team captain, booted five goals as the Southern Nash High boys soccer team avenged its only 2018 loss by an 8-1 margin against Big East Conference guest Rocky Mount on Monday.

Alejandro Castro knocked in two goals and Peyton Price netted the other as the Firebirds forged a 5-0 halftime lead.

Jadon Shearin paced Southern Nash with three assists, while Eric Herndandez and Raul Nunez doled out a pair each.

The Firebirds bid to wrap up their fourth straight Big East championship with a victory against Franklinton on Wednesday.

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