Fike limps but repeats as Big East king

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ROCKY MOUNT — Fike High, the leader after six matches, limped to its second consecutive 3-A Big East Conference boys golf championship while a pair of non-contenders responded with some of their best performances in the final match at Belmont Lakes Golf Club on Monday.

Again led by sophomore Jake Herring, the repeat conference Player of the Year, the Golden Demons, with 2,394 strokes for their seven matches, edged archrival Hunt by 14 shots. The Warriors could gain only four shots Monday and wound up at 2,408.

Franklinton emerged the match winner for the second time this season with a 352 for its low four individuals in wet, windy conditions. Hunt followed at 354.

Closing strong was Southern Nash with a 355, good enough for third place. The team score was the Firebirds’ lowest since 2014. Fike posted a 358 for fourth, followed by Northern Nash (392) and Rocky Mount (492).

Franklinton, for the season, salvaged third with 2,500 strokes. Then came Northern Nash (2,649), Southern Nash (2.744) and Rocky Mount (3,064).

For the seventh time in seven matches, Herring set the individual pace with a 2-under-par 70, besting his nearest challenger by 10 shots and surfacing as the only player with a score in the 70s. However, Herring, who has committed to North Carolina State, was the only Fike golfer in Monday’s top 10.

Second was Franklinton’s Sam Gupton with a 80, followed by Southern Nash senior Jubie Moss with an 85.

Hunt senior Adam Dermer carded an 86 to deadlock Franklinton’s Adam Champion for fourth place.

The second five listed Southern Nash freshmen Carson Winstead and Levy Brantley with 87s, Hunt junior Garrett Johnson with an 88, Northern Nash’s Josh Miller with an 89 and Cameron Whitaker of Franklinton with a 90.

Southern Nash’s Moss, who finished 10th overall, and Winstead, who wound up 11th, earned all-conference acclaim. Brantley was accorded honorable mention.

Coach Allen Wilson described the Southern Nash season as one of “improvement and success.” He pointed out the team lowered its average 10 strokes from the previous season.

Fike and Hunt join Beddingfield  for the Wilson County Championship on Wednesday, while Southern Nash defends its Nash County Championship title on Tuesday, April 30, at Northgreen Country Club in Rocky Mount.