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BETHEL — Fike’s Aaron Bancroft was proclaimed the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Pierce-Davis Memorial for the second year in a row as he helped the Golden Demons to a second-place finish overall out of 21 teams in the tournament hosted by North Pitt High.
Bancroft prevailed at the 170-pound weight class for his third straight Pierce-Davis Memorial title, one of four Demons to claim championships. He was joined by senior 182-pounder Joseph Speight, sophomore 195-pound Jayleen Bullock and senior heavyweight Saulo Rodriguez.
Claiming third-place finishes for Fike, which was without a wrestler in five weight classes, were Garrett Weaver at 132 pounds and Vincent Page at 145. Also for the Demons, sophomore Zametrie Bagley went 3-2 and Andrew Woodard was 2-2 on the day.
Falcons place 7th at Swiss Bear Classic
NEW BERN — Sophomore Turner Bass and senior Alex Soroka each claimed runner-up finishes Saturday for C.B. Aycock High at the Swiss Bear Classic wrestling tournament at New Bern High.
Junior Tyler Hughes and senior Torrence Franklin each placed third in their respective weight classes for the Golden Falcons, who finished seventh out of 18 teams with 83.5 points. New Bern won the team title, edging West Carteret 158.5 to 157.
The Falcons also had two wrestlers place in the junior varsity tournament as sophomore A.J. Crocker was the runner-up in the heavyweight division and sophomore Dreyshawn Carter was third at 220 pounds.
Aycock will face Richlands and host South Lenoir in a tri-match Tuesday.
Winner’s FTs give SN win over NC
ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Stacie Winner hit two free throws with half a second remaining on the clock and the Southern Nash varsity girls basketball team completed its fourth-quarter rally to defeat host Nash Central 46-45.
The victory, the Ladybirds’ second in three outings, means they have doubled their 2017-18 season output and won back-to-back games for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Lady Bulldogs dropped to 0-2.
Southern Nash trailed 27-23 after three quarters but ran off 23 points in the final period. Winner was fouled trying to get off a shot before the buzzer and sank both free throws for the win. She finished with 14 points.
Reyna Bailey had 17 points to lead the Ladybirds. She also grabbed eight rebounds. Jalisa Williams pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while senior Shontell Nicholson recorded seven points, six steals and five rebounds.
The 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds host another 2-A Eastern Plains Conference team Tuesday when SouthWest Edgecombe visits Southern Nash.
Score by quarters:
Southern Nash 6 6 11 23 — 46
Nash Central 7 11 9 18 — 45
Lady Panthers stifle Princeton in opener
KENLY — North Johnston broke open a tightly contested, low-scoring affair with an opportunistic defense in the third quarter and pulled away for a 35-18 varsity girls basketball season-opening victory against visiting Princeton on Friday.
The 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-0 in the decisive third quarter, converting some steals into points, “which were hard to come by all night long,” said Lady Panthers head coach Jay Poole.
“Princeton is well coached and made it difficult to get good looks against their defense,” said Poole, whose team led 12-9 at halftime.
Senior Jordyn Scott led North Johnston with 18 points while classmate Lindsey Massengill tossed in 10 points.
Sophomore LeOnna Nelson had five points to lead the 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Bulldogs, who dropped to 1-3.
Princeton will host the rematch Friday. The Lady Panthers visit Rosewood on Tuesday while the Lady Bulldogs welcome Midway the same evening.
Nelson 5, Cummings 4, Moore 3, Wooten 2, Radford 2, Klein 2.
NORTH JOHNSTON (35)
Scott 18, Massengill 10, Pearce 5, Barnes 2.
Score by quarters:
Princeton 6 3 0 9 — 18
North Johnston 9 3 10 13 — 35
Cyclones drop pair to CIC foes
The Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team lost its fourth straight game Friday night, starting out in a 16-1 hole after one quarter on the way to a 59-15 loss at the hands of 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference foe Kerr-Vance Academy.
CCS, now 2-4 overall and 1-3 in CIC play, trailed 34-9 at the half against a Kerr-Vance (2-3, 2-1 CIC) squad that returned four seniors.
“We’re going through some growing pains,” CCS head coach Mark Kent said. “From one through eight, we don’t have anyone who can consistenly score the basketball for us.”
Sophomores Abby Lenhart and Makayla Webb each had five points for the Lady Cyclones. A third sophomore, Alexis Langley, had four.
On Thursday night, CCS trailed 18-14 entering the fourth quarter in a 30-26 loss at Winterville Christ Covenant.
Webb tallied seven points for CCS with junior Micheala Lee adding six points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Cyclones step out of conference Monday at Raleigh Neuse Christian.
Hogge 11, Dickerson 11, J. Negron 19, L. Negron 8, Owens 8, Lyles 2.
Lenhart 5, Langley 4, Walker 1, Webb 5.
Score by quarters:
Kerr-Vance 16 18 15 10 — 59
CCS 1 8 4 2 — 15
Lenhart 2, Gardner 2, Langley 3, Strange 5, Walker 1, Webb 7, Lee 6.
CHRIST COVENANT (30)
Hollenbaugh 4, Kirk 8, Crabtree 2, Entzminger 12, Seyler 4.
Score by quarters:
CCS 3 7 4 12 — 26
Christ Covenant 4 6 8 12 — 30
ENCSD girls off to 1-2 start
With three games in consecutive days, the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf girls basketball team is off to a 1-2 start following games played Nov. 13-15.
The Fighting Hornets eked out a 25-24 win over North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton before returning to Barney Williamson Gym for a 49-17 loss to Rocky Mount Academy. At Zebulon Heritage Christian, ENCSD was handed a 33-14 defeat.
Junior Karla Infante led the Hornets against NCSD with 12 points, with junior Brooklyn Conyers chipping in eight points and five steals.
Infante and Conyers tallied five points each to pace ENCSD against Rocky Mount Academy as sophomore Ieshia Hinton had nine points to lead the way at Heritage Christian. Jemima Kasongo, a senior, finished with five points.
The Hornets began play in the Viking Classic at Tennessee School for the Deaf on Friday and conclude play in the event Saturday.
Knights thumped by Athens Drive
RALEIGH — The Athens Drive High Jaguars pounced on Greenfield in the first quarter, outscoring the Knights 27-8 en route to an 80-63 victory in the Millbrook Showcase as presented by HighSchoolOT.com on Saturday at Millbrook High.
Athens Drive of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A ranks climbed to 4-0 while the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A Knights dropped to 6-2. Greenfield, already without starters Jacari Outlaw and Collin Guilford due to injuries, lost another starter, Trey Pittman, near the end of the first half. However, Knights head coach Rob Salter said his team just wasn’t ready to play from the outset.
“I think our identity all year has been on the defensive end and when you’re making cross-court passes and they’re getting layups, that sort of deflates you on the defensive end,” he said. “Athens just dominated us.”
Salter said that he expects Pittman to be back in action Tuesday when the Knights host Cape Fear Christian. Guilford is out with a concussion and Outlaw, who injured his knee, is out indefinitely.
Junior Creighton Lebo led Greenfield with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Lynch supplied 16 points.
D.J. Robertson, who has signed with Northern Kentucky, led the Jaguars with 28 points.
Lynch 16, Bailey 9, Baker 2, Pittman 2, Lebo 23, Peten 3, Holland 8.
ATHENS DRIVE (80)
Robertson 28, Graham 6, Mitchell 9, Thompson 13, Milchuck 6, Frost 9, Dixon 3, Coble 2, Spruill 2, Harris 2.
Score by quarters:
Greenfield 8 10 18 27 — 63
Athens Drive 27 19 20 14 — 80
Panthers fall to Princeton 86-68
KENLY — With three wins already under its belt, the Princeton High varsity boys basketball team came out firing in the first quarter of Friday’s rivalry showdown at North Johnston.
The 1-A Carolina Conference Bulldogs outscored the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Panthers, playing their season opener, 30-14 in the first quarter on the way an 86-68 triumph. North Johnston played Princeton nearly even the rest of the way but the damage had already been done.
Senior Colby Sullivan and sophomore Jaheim Taylor each scored 25 points for Princeton and combined for eight of the Bulldogs’ nine 3-pointers. Taylor made 5 of 9 from long range and Sullivan, who garnered a team-high 13 rebounds, hit 3 of 6 from 3-point range. Sullivan added six steals and four blocks.
Senior guard Daylan Hinnant had 15 points to lead the Panthers while senior Savon Foye had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Carsse Lucas added 11 points for North Johnston, which shot just 35 percent (24 of 69) from the floor compared to Princeton’s 46 percent (27 of 59).
North Johnston will have its chance at revenge Friday when the Panthers visit the Bulldogs.
Sullivan 25, Taylor 25, Wilkins 6, Joyner 6, Waller 6, Farrior 4, Garris 4, McPhatter 4, Klein 3, Spellman 3, Gurganious, Woodall, Phillips, Pearce.
NORTH JOHNSTON (68)
Hinnant 15, Foye 12, Lucas 11, Vann 8, Pitts 7, Watson 6, Rodriguez 4, Hicks 3, Howell 2, York, Wallace.
Score by quarters:
Princeton 30 22 17 17 — 86
North Johnston 14 22 13 19 — 68
CBA boys emerge Polar Bear victors
GOLDSBORO — Keyed by four victories and seven runner-up finishes, the Charles B. Aycock High boys indoor track team seized first place in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference Polar Bear Indoor Track Meet on a cold Wednesday.
The Golden Falcons amassed 167.33 points, followed by Southern Wayne (137.33), host Eastern Wayne (70.33), Kinston (42), Spring Creek (11) and Goldsboro (10). Spring Creek and Goldsboro are not conference members.
CBA’s girls claimed second place with 72 points. Eastern Wayne set the pace with 83. Then came Southern Wayne (59), Kinston (39), Spring Creek (25) and Goldsboro (17).
Sparking the CBA boys was Davis Carroll with top finishes in the 1,000-meter run with a time of three minutes, 21.6 seconds and in the 1,600 in 5:16.6.
Quevion Henderson clared 5 feet, 2 inches to take the high jump. Chance Hobday won the 3,200 in 11:28.4.
Placing second were Matthew Stoudt in the 3,200, Keontai Taylor in the 55-meter dash and long jump; John Rodriguez in the triple jump; the 4x800 relay of Hobday, Carroll, Stoudt and Todd Gardner; the 4x200 relay of Aaron Macias, Matthew Hammonds, Timothy Banks and Phoenix Williams; and the 4x400 relay of Mason Bailey, Jason Dezern, Shane Nash and Aaron Macias.
Salvaging third-place finishes were Marquard Fedderson in the triple jump, Hunter McDonald in the 3,200 and Michael Slocum in the 500. Winding up fourth were Bailey in the 55 hurdles and Eduardo Pinon in the 3,200.
Spearheading the Lady Falcons with first-place finishes were Jasmine LaTour in the long jump (10-9); Elizabeth Carmack in the 1,000 (4:30.5); and the 4x800 relay of Kristen Ridgle, Courtney Williams, Carmack and Taylor Nevin-Burke (14.24).
Runner-up efforts were posted by Nevin-Burke in the 1,000 and 1,600; and the 4x400 relay of Nevin-Burke, Williams, Denai Watkins and Carmack.
Williams took third ion the 1,000, while Watkins was fourth in the 55 dash.
“Our CBA team members continued to push and grind until the end,” reported coach Joseph Otellio, “which paid off in points. It is great to see our indoor program have two successful meets back-to-back.”
Lady Cyclones beat Kerr-Vance
The Community Christian School girls basketball team upped its record to 3-2 with a 38-23 win over Kerr-Vance Academy on Friday afternoon inside Barney Williamson Gym on the campus of Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.
Abigail Jackson, an eighth grader, led the Lady Cyclones with 17 points. Freshman Lexi Gardner had nine points and freshman Ashley Abrams added eight.
CCS is at Wayne Christian on Thursday.