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KENLY — After a pair of lengthy rain delays and the loss of lights at the North Johnston High courts Tuesday night, Beddingfield High senior Karissa Hayes emerged as the singles queen of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference.
But it wasn’t without reservation.
Hayes, who stormed her way to a 15-0 singles record in her first three matches of the day, split sets with senior Olivia Gachuz in the singles final.
With Hayes holding a 4-3 lead in the third set and cramps setting in on Gachuz, the lights at North Johnston overheated. The coaches planned to find alternate lighting sources to continue, but Gachuz approached North Johnston head coach David Anderson and announced she couldn’t continue, which allowed Hayes to win via default.
Nevertheless, both players will qualify for next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East regional at Greene Central High.
The proceedings survived two separate delays, one of two hours and another one of 90 minutes.
“I’m excited to get three (players) in,” Beddingfield head coach Jeremy Howard said of his team’s regional prospects. “Karissa, being as competitive as she is, she didn’t want it to end that way.”
The Beddingfield doubles tandem of Cathy Nicholson-Jaylah Moore reached the finals before falling to North Johnston’s Samantha Davis-Arial Pearce in the finals, as Davis-Pearce claimed the rubber match between the teams with a 6-3, 6-1 win. The owners of a 9-2 record, both losses from Nicholson-Moore have been administered by NJ’s Davis-Pearce (13-3).
Also qualifying in singles from North Johnston was senior Maira Teruel, who defeated Nash Central’s Radjail 8-3 in the third-place match. The EPC, as a five-team league in 2018, will send three singles and three doubles representatives into regional play.
SouthWest Edgecombe boasted a regional doubles qualifier after the team of Janie Wallace-Lizzie Johnson claimed third place.
Seeds move into Big East semifinals
ROCKY MOUNT — The four singles and doubles seeds all advanced into the semifinals in Tuesday’s opening session of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament on the North Carolina Wesleyan College courts.
Wednesday’s singles semifinals matchups send No. 1 Logan Adkins of Fike against No. 4 Caroline Land of Rocky Mount and No. 2 Stacie Winner of Southern Nash against No. 3 Grace Cottrell of Franklinton.
In doubles, No. 1 Caroline Broderick-Katie Moss of Rocky Mount opposes No. 4 Avery Rose Brown-Anna Blair Thomas of Fike; and No. 2 Chloe Harrington-Nisaya Thomas of Northern Nash challenges No. 3 Carson Browder-Mary Katherine Broderick of Rocky Mount.
Because of a new NCHSAA rule, only three of the semifinalists in singles and doubles will qualify for the 3-A East Regional. Limiting entrants to three instead of four will require a playoff between Wednesday’s semifinals losers in singles and doubles.
Lady Rams sweep ECC championships
SNOW HILL — Fresh off the program’s 25th consecutive conference championship, the Greene Central girls tennis team made it a clean sweep of the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference individual tournament Tuesday on its home courts.
Madison Holloman won the ECC singles championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Washington’s Kayla Clark, while the team of Logan Wilson-Mackenzie Harper wrapped up the ECC doubles crown with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Washington’s Claire Shepard-Mia Pagnani.
Also qualifying for next week’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East regional was the tandem of Alanna Head-Hinson Britt, who claimed third with a 6-0, 6-3 win against Ayden-Grifton’s Sari Dosch-Nyashia Sutton.
Greenfield impresses on Senior Night, 6-0
The Greenfield School varsity boys socce team observed Senior Night by continuing its late-season roll with a 6-0 win against North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Tuesday evening.
Jackson Stone, one of four seniors honored, triggered the triumph with two goals and four assists. The other seniors are Riley Jennings, Luke Flaherty and Patrick Smith.
The Knights started fast with a goal in the opening minute. Stone finished a cross from Sebastian Partida.
In the second minute, Partida, after a touch, cranked in a shot from 18 yards out after Stone dropped off a pass. The 2-0 margin stood at halftime.
Then came four Greenfield goals in a 15-minute span in the second half.
Nick Sessoms knocked in his first goal after fielding a through ball from Stone; the Sessoms-Stone combination clicked again with Sessoms winning a one-on-one test against the Friendship goalkeeper; Bryson Wall scored off a set piece with Stone. Wall ripped a shot between two defenders and past the keeper; finally, Stone smashed a shot into the upper right corner after fielding a cross from Eli Ferrell.
The Knights registered a 22-7 advantage in shots and Stone’s season totals climbed to 31 goals and 16 assists.
Greenfield boosted its conference record to 5-1 and stands 11-7-2 overall.
“Thank you to the seniors who where honored tonight for a phenomenal career so far,” commented first-year Greenfield head coach Eric Nguyen.
DASH blanks North Wake 2-0
RALEIGH — Rene Salas tallied a goal and an assist, and Elijah Skinner preserved the clean sheet despite challenges in the second half as the DASH United varsity boys soccer team turned in a 2-0 victory over the North Wake Storm on Monday.
Twelve minutes in, Salas polished off a one-on-one matchup with the North Wake keeper and poked it away. Roughly ten minutes later, Salas stayed on the attack and slid a through ball to Salvador Guzman, who sent it by the keeper to give DASH (9-6-2) a 2-0 halftime cushion.
Skinner, at 6-foot-2, turned in several saves to keep the scoreline clean over the final 40 minutes. The result avenged a 3-1 loss to the Storm one week ago.
“North Wake is our biggest homeschool rival, so anytime we win its great but doing it in front of their home crowd is always exciting,” DASH head coach Steve Barry said. “I couldn’t be more proud of Elijah. He had a very tough game last time out and tonight he played like we all know he is capable. Truly outstanding.”
Warriors top Gryphons 5-2
Hunt maintained its hold on second place in the 3-A Big East Conference boys soccer standings with a 5-2 defeat of visiting Rocky Mount on Monday.
Kevin Moreno and Alex Cruz scored two goals and had an assist each for the Warriors, who raised their league record to 5-2 and improved to 6-8-2 overall. The Gryphons exited 1-6 in Big East play and 2-11-1 overall.
Carlos Chavez also scored for the Warriors while Michael Le and Daniel Mondragon contributed assists.
Hunt will visit Southern Nash on Wednesday where a win will lock up second place for the Warriors.
Greenfield notches Senior Night victory
With the four seniors as key contributors, the Greenfield School varsity volleyball team observed Senior Night with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 victory against North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference rival Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Tuesday.
Sumer Hassan provided six aces, 10 service points, 36 digs and 11 kills; Catherine Alvarez produced eight service points, four aces, 30 digs and six assists; Mary Margaret Coats notched 15 service points, five aces, 10 digs and 25 assists; and Teresa Hadley came through with four service points and 10 digs.
The Lady Knights also got 15 service points, six kills, three blocks and 26 digs from junior Caroline Stone. Junior Kaelyn Wall amassed seven service points, 27 digs, two blocks and 13 kills. Freshman Lily Hess had 18 digs.
Greenfield head coach Jadelyn Castillo spoke of a “bittersweet day.”
“The girls played an amazing game,” Castillo said. “the connection they had and the fire they played with ... exactly what I have been asking of them the entire season. I’m so proud.
“But we are also losing four amazing players. I’m trualy going to miss them and wish them the best.”
Greenfield evened its CPIC record at 3-3 and improved to 7-8 overall.
Hartsfield’s aces key Lady Chargers
Junior Ashley Hartsfield boosted her service ace total to 29 for the last three matches as the Wilson Christian Academy varsity volleyball team remained undefeated in a home match Tuesday evening.
Hartsfield served for 11 more aces to go along with 23 assists and three kills in a 25-14, 25-9, 25-10 North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region domination of first-year region member New Life Christian of Rocky Mount.
“She’s crushing it,” Lady Chargers head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said of Hartsfield.
Wilson Christian climbed to 16-0 overall and to 7-0 in the region. The Lady Chargers welcome Raleigh Christian for a region test at 6 p.m. Friday.
Complementing Hartsfield were senior McKenna Griffin with 11 kills, sophomore Tori Linkous with 10 kills, senior Christy Jones with two kills, two assists, five aces and five digs; and senior Reagan Lamm with seven aces and two digs.
Lady Warriors set 18-hole mark
Nine-hole or 18-hole rounds, the record-setting season continued for the Hunt High girls golf team in the last of six 3-A Big East Conference matches Monday afternoon over the par 36-35—71 Willow Springs Country Club layout.
The teams played 18 holes in a conference match for the first time this season and champion Hunt responded with a school-record 256 for its low three individuals.
The Lady Warriors of coach Jeff Boykin completed their sweep of the conference matches. Southern Nash, the overall runner-up, again placed second at 308. Franklinton shot 376, followed by Fike at 418.
While Hunt repeated as the team champion, Plern Rattanaprakarn, a junior exchange student from Thailand, wrapped up the individual crown. Senior teammate Sarah Bunn emerged the runner-up while Southern Nash junior Elisabeth Collie, the 2017 Big East Player of the Year, wound up third.
Hunt wound up with 909 strokes for 63 holes, followed by Southern Nash (1,074), Franklinton (1,320) and Fike (1,406).
With birdies at Nos. 5, 8 and 17, Rattanaprakarn paced the field with a round of 36-41—77. Rattanaprakarn claimed medalist honors in all six matches.
Bunn turned in the second-best score of 42-40—82. The Lady Warriors also counted a 52-45—97 from sophomore Connor Worley. Freshmen Ashton Barnes and Allison Boykin shot 99 and 115, respectively.
Wilson Christian thumps New Life
The Wilson Christian volleyball team continued its recent tear with a 25-13, 25-8 triumph against New Life Christian of Rocky Mount on Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers served for 22 aces in hiking their record to 11-5.
Sparking WCA were Jennifer Edmondson with 12 digs and five aces; Chloe Willard with 10 assists, two kills and four aces; Haley Carnes with seven kills, seven digs and three aces; and Kendall Sykes with two digs and seven aces.
Greenfield stops Friendship Christian
The Greenfield School volleyball team posted a 25-20, 25-18 win against visiting Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Tuesday.
Warriors tie Rocky Mount 1-1
Israel Garcia netted Hunt’s only goal in the Warriors’ 1-1 draw with visiting Rocky Mount in boys soccer action Monday.
The Warriors saw their record go to 3-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in 3-A Big East Conference play.
Hunt visits Southern Nash on Wednesday.