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FRANKLINTON — Hunt High senior Dionte Alston earned the award as the top male performer in field events Wednesday at the 3-A Big East Conference track and field championships at Franklinton High.
Alston, the state 3-A indoor long jump champion and owner of the best outdoor long jump in the state this spring at 23 feet, 6 inches, didn’t pass that mark Wednesday but he did win the long jump with a 23-0.5. Alston’s triple jump of 42-5 placed second behind teammate C.J. Ward’s winning leap of 42-9.75.
Alston also had a great day on the track, finishing second in the 100-meter dash in 11.33 seconds behind Franklinton’s Steve Green, who finished in 11.11. Alston was also part of the Warriors’ victorious 4x100 relay in 43.39, but that was Hunt’s only other first-place finish on the boys side as the Warriors finished fourth in the six-team field.
Northern Nash, led by track MOP Jordan Richardson, dominated the track events, earning 119 of its 141.5 total points in running events to win the boys meet. Southern Nash was second with 109, followed by Franklinton (94), Hunt (88.5), Rocky Mount (61) and Fike (60).
The Firebirds finished 1-2 in the shot put with seniors Ricky Knight (45-2) and Lamont Williams (44-1) taking the honors. Hunter Issette was second in the 3,200 run, Jalen McCalston was second in the 300 hurdles and Trysten Roberson was the pole vault runner-up while the Firebirds 4x800 relay was also second.
Fike was without senior jumper Elijahwon Cooper, who missed the meet, but the Golden Demons got a first place from Davis Nicol in the pole vault as he cleared 12-0. Chase Eaton was second in 110 hurdles.
Franklinton won the girls meet with 138 points, narrowly edging second-place Rocky Mount with 136. Southern Nash was third with 119, followed by Northern Nash (69), Hunt (61) and Fike (26).
The Ladybirds got wins from Taylor Gardner in the pole vault (7-0), Rayna Bailey in the shot put (29-1.5), Jenira McKoy in the 100 dash (12.96), Jadiza Jimenez in the 1,600 run (6:18.27) and Tristian Foster in the 300 hurdles (48.64). Foster was the runner-up behind McKoy in the 100 dash while McKoy placed second in the 200 dash. Southern Nash also took second place in the 4x800 relay.
Shaniah Spells won the discus with a toss of 95-6 for the Lady Warriors’ only win while Jada Carpenter placed second in the high jump.
The Fike girls’ best showing was a runner-up finish in the 4x200 relay while Jalia Yelverton placed third in the 400 dash.
Qualifying athletes will return to Franklinton on Saturday, May 11, for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional meet.
Knights clinch share of CPIC title
GREENVILLE – Greenfield clinched at least a share of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference varsity baseball title with a 20-0 thumping of host Pope John Paul II Catholic High on Wednesday.
The Knights, now 12-6-1 overall, won for the sixth time in seven CPIC outings. Greenfield can lock up the conference title Friday with a win against second-place Wayne Country Day at Fleming Stadium. Pope John Paul II remained winless through 14 games, including eight versus CPIC foes.
Ty Weatherford picked up the win on the mound for the Knights. Jacob Wiggs was 2 for 2 and William Smith went 2 for 3 to pace the Greenfield offense. Justin Holland doubled in his only at-bat.
Bruins upended by Jaguars 7-5
The Beddingfield High baseball team will head into its final game of the season in search of its first win following a 7-5 setback to 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival Farmville Central on Wednesday night.
The Bruins, who remained winless through 14 games and nine contests within the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth inning. Sophomore Adrian Soto singled, and back-to-back doubles from senior Austin Slate and junior Rio Montes helped bring the Bruins back. But the Jaguars (3-12, 2-7 EPC) replied with two runs in the top of the sith to account for the final margin.
Junior Ty Johnson took the loss in relief for Beddingfield, allowing six hits over three innings. Johnson struck out four and walked three.
Beddingfield brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh after senior Austin Slate, who was 4 for 4 with a double, led off with a single. However, the next batter hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end the threat.
Montes was 3 for 3 with a double for the Bruins, who close their season at Farmville Central on Thursday.
Score by innings:
Farmville Central 110 032 0 — 7
Beddingfield 101 030 0 — 5
LP-Ty Johnson 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Beddingfield: Austin Slate 4-4, 2B, Rio Montes 3-3, 2B, RBI, Adrian Soto 1-3, Mann Farmer 1-3.
Greenfield trio savors Senior Night
The Greenfield School varsity girls soccer trio of Sumer Hassan, Safa Ashmed and Catherine Alvarez was treated to a Senior Night to cherish Wednesday evening on the Forbes Field pitch.
The Lady Knights of head coach Eric Nguyen ended the regular season with a 2-0 conquest of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference archrival — marking the first time Greenfield has defeated WCD in five-plus years.
The Lady Knights wound up with a 10-8 record going into the postseason.
The match was scoreless until, in the 68th minute, Serenity McNair took a through ball from Margaret Covington, split two defenders and finished with an accurate shot to the lower left corner.
Some six minutes later, Caroline Stone fielded a punt from Hassan, confidently controled it, turned and played the ball to Kaelyn Wall. Wall sent a through ball to McNair, who netted her second goal by curling a shot around the WCD keeper’s right side.
Greenfield managed 14 shots, while 2-A Wayne Country Day amassed 16. WCD also had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
Firebirds 3rd at Nash Championship
ROCKY MOUNT — Instead of repeating as the winner of the Nash County Championship, the Southern Nash boys golf team settled for third place Wednesday at the third annual county championship match at Northgreen Golf Club.
The Firebirds posted a score of 381, six shots behind runner-up Northern Nash with 375 while Nash Central won the match with a score of 364.
Freshman Carson Winstead’s 89 was the low score for the Firebirds, good for third overall, while senior Thomas Jeffreys finished his Southern Nash career with a 95. Senior Jubie Moss carded a 96 while Dontavius Kingsberry-Evans provided the final counting score with a 101.
Winstead and Moss have qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional on Tuesday, May 7, at Reedy Creek Golf Club in Four Oaks.
Error-plagued CBA falls in semifinals
WINTERVILLE — Seven errors led to 10 unearned runs and, for the Charles B. Aycock High varsity softball team, a 14-3 loss in five innings to No. 2-seeded South Central in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament semifinals Wednesday evening.
With a 13-8 record, the Lady Golden Falcons await their playoffs fate as the No. 2 3-A representative from the conference.
Abby Thomas delivered CBA’s big hit, a solo home run in the third inning. Taylor Gay, Abigail Lancaster and Shawna Williams each had one hit. Starting CBA pitcher Marie Kidd took the loss.
Winning South Central pitcher Izzy Moore, in five innings, allowed four hits, two earned runs and one walk while striking out five.
South Central of the 4-A ranks opposes top-seeded and 3-A D.H. Conley in Friday’s championship game.
Score by innings:
C.B. Aycock 101 10 — 3
South Central 154 4x — 14
WP-Izzy Moore 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO. LP-Marie Kidd 3 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.
LEADING HITTERS — Charles B. Aycock: Abby Thomas 1-2, HR; Shawna Williams 1-2, Tayulor Gay 1-3, Abigail Lancaster 1-3; South Central: Sarah Ebling 3-3, Anna Mewborn 2-4.