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WINSTON-SALEM — C.B. Aycock senior Deshawn Owens had a season-best time of 4 minutes, 37.26 seconds as he finished 15th out of 29 in the boys 1,600-meter run Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track. His seed time was 4:38. Owens also finished 19th out of 29 in the boys 1,000 run with a time of 2:45.09.
Hunt’s India Barfield placed 18th out of 26 in the girls shot put with a toss of 30 feet, 5.75 inches, below her entry distance of 32-4.5, while Lady Warriors teammate Nydaija Arrington was 26th with an effort of 27-1, below her seed distance of 31-4.5. Durham Hillside’s Kayla Beasley won with a meet-record heave of 44-11.75 while Waxhaw Marvin Ridge’s Kamryn Henderson was second with a distance of 43-4, topping the previous 3-A meet record of 41-1.25, set by Western Alamance’s Alexis Dickerson in 2014.
Hunt’s Jamison Kyles placed 12th out of 17 in the boys shot put with a heave of 43-3.75, under his seed distance of 43-11.5. Smithfield-Selma’s Joshua Faison won with a toss of 50-9.
Aycock senior Arlanda Faulkner was 16th out of 37 in the girls triple jump with a distance of 32-1.75, below her season-best of 34-10. Faulkner was also 23rd in the long jump with a leap of 12-3.25 and was 13th in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.99 seconds.
Bland highlights Bruins at state meet
WINSTON-SALEM — Beddingfield High senior Aaron Bland turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes to highlight performers from The Wilson Times readership area in Friday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A/2-A indoor track championships, held at JDL Fast Track.
The Bruins tied for 10th in the 54-team field with West Craven, Ashe County and High Point T.W. Andrews.
Bland qualified for the finals in both the 55-meter run and the 55-meter hurdles. He finished fourth in both events, navigating the 55 dash in 6.55 seconds during the finals and 7.95 in the 55 hurdles. Junior Zach Adams and freshman Travon Newsome competed in the 55-meter dash prelims, but did not advance. Sophomore Davallice Rasberry took part in the 55 hurdles but didn’t advance to the finals.
Sophomore Johnathon Harris leapt his way to an eighth-place result in the long jump after going 20-1 in the finals. Freshman Kamare Watson was sixth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:39.91 and 14th in the 3,200 in 10:33.54.
Senior Marcus Parker was eighth in the triple jump at 40 feet, 7 inches.
SouthWest Edgecombe picked up a point to tie for 51st alongside South Rowan and Community School of Davidson.
Senior Jahkele Goins was eighth in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.76. In the 55 dash, junior Jelan Smith and senior Taighee Edwards failed to advance.
Junior Jaquez Powell was 10th in the shot put for the Cougars, traversing 42-2. Meanwhile, the 4x200 SouthWest relay team of Smith, junior Jaquan Edwards, sophomore Tayshon Pittman and Goins were 17th in a time of 1:42.17.
Firebirds pull away from Red Rams
STANHOPE — After both teams combined for 29 points in the first half, Southern Nash rode the hot hand of Jalen Lucas in the third quarter to pull away from visiting Franklinton for a 52-29 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys basketball win Friday.
Lucas drained four 3-pointers in the third quarter on his way to a team-high 15 points as the Firebirds moved to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big East.
The Red Rams remained winless in eight league contests and dropped to 2-18 overall.
Southern Nash will host Rocky Mount on Tuesday and visit Franklinton in Friday’s regular-season finale.
Ladybirds stun Lady Rams for 1st win
STANHOPE — How’s this for a shakeup in the 3-A Big East Conference race?
The Southern Nash High varsity girls basketball team, which had lost 39 straight Big East regular-season conference games entering Friday night’s home game with Franklinton, used a strong third quarter to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and produce a 32-29 victory.
Stacie Winner led the Ladybirds with 11 points while Jalisa Williams scored eight and Rayna Bailey added seven points.
It was also the first win of 2017-18 for the Ladybirds, who prevailed for the first time in 19 games and eight league contests in 2017-18. Franklinton, now removed from any chance to share the Big East championship, fell to 13-7 in all games and 4-4 within the league.
Southern Nash trailed 18-11 at halftime before a 13-point outburst in the third quarter put the Ladybirds in front entering the final period.
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Fike tops Hunt 16-10
Lindsey Curlings bucketed six points Friday night to lead the Fike High girls basketball team to a 16-10 victory over 3-A Big East Conference archrival Hunt.
The Lady Golden Demons (11-6, 5-3 Big East) are home to Northern Nash on Tuesday. Hunt, which visits Franklinton on Tuesday, remained winless in eight league tests. The Lady Warriors were led by the four points of Destiny Norris.
Chargers foiled by Wilmington 55-34
WILMINGTON — The Wilson Christian boys basketball team was handed a 55-34 setback by host Wilmington Christian on Friday night.
Sophomore Thomas Evans led WCA with 11 points with Seth Thompson, a freshman, adding nine.
WCA (8-15) finishes its season at Alamance Christian on Tuesday.
Cyclones season ends in CIC semis
ROCKY MOUNT — The Community Christian School boys basketball team was defeated in the semifinal round of the 1-A Coastal Independents Conference tournament Friday night with a 61-44 loss to Rocky Mount Academy on the campus of Rocky Mount Faith Christian.
Jeremiah Williams had 14 points for the Cyclones, with Josh Williams tacking on 12.
CCS ends the season with a 12-4 record.
C.B. Aycock wins season finale
PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock High girls basketball team shut out Southern Wayne in the second and fourth quarters en route to a 27-16 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference win Wedneday that ended the regular season for both teams.
The host Lady Golden Falcons outscored Southern Wayne 15-0 in those two quarters in improving to 5-7 in the league and 9-7 overall.
Sparking CBA were Jada Spruill with 11 points, Shi Speight with eight and Cire Herring with six.