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FRANKLINTON — The 3-A Big East Conference varsity volleyball season, in regards to Franklinton and Hunt, followed the same script for the second straight year.
Franklinton, in its second year in the conference, repeated as the regular-season and tournament champion.
Hunt not only again finished as the regular-season runner-up but as the tournament runner-up.
The Lady Warriors were stopped 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 by Franklinton in Thursday night’s championship match.
The Lady Red Rams defeated Hunt for the third time this season in boosting their record to 17-4. The Lady Warriors dropped to 13-9.
Franklinton enters the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs as the Big East’s top representive, while Hunt is the league’s No. 2 seed. Both teams were spilled in the opening round last season.
Wilson Prep rallies to tourney title
With a goal in the closing minutes, the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys soccer team rallied to the Triangle Athletic Conference tournament championship with a 2-1 conquest of Southern Wake Academy on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0, the Tigers tied the score when senior Rodney Wimberly headed in a pass from sophomore Alberto Herrera.
Then, in the closing moments, passes from sophomore Devyn Bullock and senior Luis Herrera set up junior Leo Giddens’ decisive goal.
The final minutes were both dramatic and heated. Wilson Prep players drew five yellow cards, while Southern Wake was assessed one red and one yellow card.
The Tigers wound up with 26 shots and freshmen goalkeepers Cameron Bryant and Jerome Bridgers combined for six saves. Wimberly cranked six shots, followed by Giddens, Alberto Herrera, Luis Herrera and senior Denardrick Gray with four each.
CBA boys register 3rd-place finish
WINTERVILLE — With several runners posting career-best times, the Charles B. Aycock High boys cross country team registered a third-place finish in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship meet at Boyd Lee Park on Wednesday.
The Charles B. Aycock girls entered just three runners and did not qualify for a team score.
In boys and girls, the rest of the conference was no match for D.H. Conley.
The Vikings boys placed five runners in the top six and 10 in the top 13 in with a near-perfect 20 points. South Central claimed second with 67 points, followed by CBA (82), Greenville Rose (85), New Bern (129), Southern Wayne (182) and Eastern Wayne (203).
The Golden Falcons were paced by Chance Hobday with a seventh-place time of 17 minutes, 27.06 seconds. Hobday earned all-conference acclaim, while teammate Davis Carroll just missed with a 11th-place time of 17:57.45. Hobday and Carroll raced to career-best times.
Completing the Falcons’ top five were Guy Crane in 19th place, Todd Gardner in 28th and Brady LaVoie in 35th.
The individual winner was Fletcher Bost of South Central with a strong time of 16:32.48.
Runner-up Peyton Walters of Conley trailed Bost by 4.05 seconds. Completing the top six, respectively, were the Vikings’ A.J. Miller, Owen Thorndike, Seth McKinney and Jalen Wilson.
In the girls race, Conley landed three of the top four spots and 10 of the top 15 in totaling 26 points. South Central emerged the runner-up with 41 points, trailed by New Bern (89), Greenville Rose (97) and Eastern Wayne (114).
Victorious was South Central’s Natalie Baldwin with a time of 20:40.05.
Grabbing the next three spots, respectively, for Conley were Jennifer Perez, Emma Cole and Annika Stokes.
Taylor Nevin-Burke led CBA with a 44th-place showing.