PINETOPS — Three Beddingfield High varsity girls soccer players netted their first career goals Thursday as the Lady Bruins took another step towards second place in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference with a 9-0 mercy-rule shortened win at SouthWest Edgecombe.
The Lady Bruins, now 6-8-1 overall and 5-2 within the EPC, got the terminating goal in the 78th minute with an unassisted finish from freshman defender Mirian Herrera. Freshman Jasaray Pope, freshman Ashley Alacron and junior Autumn Ray scored their first goals as Lady Bruins. Pope finished unassisted in the 36th, while Alacron followed in the 62nd. Ray knocked in her unassisted tally in the 67th.
Beddingfield, which outshot SouthWest 19-4, took control early in the fourth minute after senior Grace Sullivan found classmate Haley Beamon for the opening goal.
Beamon fed junior Rebecca Bier roughly five minutes later to send the Lady Bruins up 2-0. Beamon bagged another goal in the 20th, and in the 22nd, senior defender Maribel Herrera banged in a penalty kick.
Sullivan provided an unassisted goal in the 37th, sending Beddingfield into halftime with a 6-0 lead.
“My girls came out and took care of business in the first half,” veteran Beddingfield head coach Glenn Griffin declared. “That allowed us to get some valuable playing time for some of the newer girls.” In goal, freshman CiCi Simmons and junior Shania Hooks each played a half in combining on the shutout.
The Lady Cougars fell to 1-9-2 in all games, including an 0-6-1 stretch in the EPC.
Gonzalez’s three goals key Ladybirds past Nash Central
STANHOPE — Neftali Gonzalez’s hat trick (three goals) boosted the Southern Nash High varsity girls soccer team to a regular-season ending 3-2 victory against visiting Nash Central on Wednesday.
The Ladybirds finished 2-8 in the 3-A Big East Conference and 8-12 overall.
Southern Nash scored first with Lety Cantera feeding Gonzalez. The Lady Bulldogs then rallied to a 1-1 halftime deadlock.
In the second half, Gonzalez again sent Southern Nash ahead by converting an assist from Diamond Ward. Gonzalez completed her hat trick on a Cantera assist to stake the Ladybirds to a 3-l margin.
Nash Central netted its second goal in the closing moments on a direct kick.
SouthWest Edgecombe qualifies pair for regional
SNOW HILL — SouthWest Edgecombe High boys tennis players Dillon Garbrandt and Zach Arrington each qualified for next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Regional with semifinals appearances in the Eastern Plains Conference tournament being contested on the Greene Central High courts Wednesday.
Garbrandt received a first-round bye and triumphed in the quarterfinals. Garbrandt dropped a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 decision to North Johnston’s Trey Motley in the semifinals.
Arrington also drew a first-round bye and posted a second-round victory. In the semifinals, Arrington bowed 6-2, 7-5 to North Johnston’s Ian Walston.
Walston also conquered the Cougars’ Cody Garbrandt in the second round by a 6-2, 6-1 score. Cody Garbrandt won his first-round match.
In the opening round, SouthWest’s Nick Andrews fell 6-4, 6-2 to North Johnston’s Jeremiah Coley.
The Cougars were represented by Khalil Davis-Jesus Garcia in the doubles and the duo was ousted 6-0, 6-0 by Washington’s Holt McKeithan-Ben McKeithan.
TRACK AND FIELD
Lady Demons take tri-meet; boys claim second place
The Fike High girls track team edged archrival Hunt and Northern Nash in a tri-meet at Fike on Wednesday afternoon, while Fike’s boys finished second behind Northern Nash.
The Lady Golden Demons prevailed with 52 points, followed by Northern Nash with 49. 5 and Hunt with 45.5.
Northern Nash’s boys ruled with 76.5 points, followed by Fike (46) and Hunt (37.5).
Fike’s girls were sparked by firsts from senior Elery Williams (13 feet, 11 inches) in the long jump, Casey McPhillips in the high jump (4-4), Brianna Edwards in the pole vault (7-0), Cyani Wheeler in the 100-meter dash (12.75 seconds), the 800 relay of McPilllips, Khiya Richardson, Williams and Wheeler with a time of 1:58.38, the 400 relay of Casey Foster, Nirrya Foster, Williams and Wheeler (52.68) and Wheeler in the 200 (27.31).
Hunt’s front-runners were India Barfield in the discus (101-1), De’Naija Wilsher in the triple jump (24-8) and Madison Whitfield in the 400 (1:15).
Northern Nash recorded four first-place finishes, led by Halie Huffman with victories in the 800 and 1,600.
The shot was not contested because of field repairs and there were no entries for the 300-meter hurdles, 3,200 run and 1,600 relay.
Northern Nash set the boys pace on the strength of 10 top finishes, taking three of the four relays and getting firsts from Polensky in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Northern Nash and Hunt split the available points in the shot put.
Leading Fike with first-place finishes were Delante Hall in the long jump (19-9), Shakaun Daniels in the triple jump (41-0), Gage West in the pole vault (8-9), Caleb Schmitzer in the 1,600 (5:19) and the 800 relay of Hall, Daniels, Amir Ethridge and Sam Strickland (1:32.59).
Hunt’s Zack Farmer threw the discus a winning distance of 155-11, and the Warriors’ Marcus Medina-Artis captured the 200 in 22.87.
Holt leads C.B. Aycock boys to 2nd place in ECC meet
GREENVILLE — Behind victorious performances by Trevor Holt in the shot put and discus, the C.B. Aycock boys track and field team placed second among four teams in a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference meet Wednesday at J.H. Rose High.
Holt threw a personal best 49 feet in the shot. He was followed in the discus by teammate Elijah Bryant.
Also winning events for the Golden Falcons were Joseph Mooneyham in the 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 48 seconds, and Kamarion Graham in the 200 dash in 22.76 seconds.
Aycock’s 4x800 relay team of John Parrish, Cameron Sims, David McIver and Deshawn Owens won for the seventh consecutive meet, finishing in 8:53.
The Falcons posted 68 points, second only to Rose with 125. D.H. Conley was third with 45 and Southern Wayne was fourth with 17.