AREA ROUNDUP: Front-running Fike clips Franklinton

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Seniors Jaylen Guillen and Myles Cyrus and junior Jonathan Boykin each knocked in a pair of goals to spark the 3-A Big East Conference-leading Fike High varsity boys soccer team to a 9-3 conference triumph against visiting Franklinton on Monday evening.

The Golden Demons also got two assists each from Cyrus and junior Kevin Mendoza in climbing to 7-0 in the conference and to 11-2-1 overall. Franklinton, which entered tied with Hunt for second place, dipped to 4-3 in the Big East.

Fike continues conference action at Rocky Mount on Wednesday evening.

The Demons won at a cost Monday evening. Both junior Mason Lee and Guillen received red cards and will be suspended for two matches. Fike head coach Chris Mizelle said each was carded for “very minor infractions.”

Fike forged a 5-1 halftime margin behind two goals from Guillen and one each from sophomore Gavin Wheeler, Mendoza and Boykin. Cyrus doled out two assists and Mendoza, Lee and sophomore John Conoley one each.

Tallying second-half Fike goals were Cyrus on a penalty kick and an assist from Mendoza, Boykin on an assist from Wheeler and in unassisted fashion from freshman Taylor Sullivan.

The Red Rams managed a goal in each of the 21at, 54th and 68th minutes.

Seniors Tanner Sullivan and Saulo Rodriguez handled goal-keeping duties for Fike.

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.

Firebirds flatten Northern Nash 7-0

ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Carlos Garcia buried a free kick for a goal to jumpstart his Southern Nash High boys soccer team to a 7-0 romp at Northern Nash on Monday.

Garcia added another goal and an assist while senior captain Zeke Gonzalez had a hat trick of three goals to go with an assist as the Firebirds remained in the hunt for a North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A playoff berth. Southern Nash climbed to 7-8-2 overall and 5-3 in 3-A Big East Conference matches. The Knights dropped to 5-9-2 overall and remained winless through seven league outings.

Scoring one goal each for the Firebirds were Adrian Flores and Robinson Ochoa while Ramiro Rangel, Cristoval Castro, Adrian Rangel and Flores each had an assist.

Eliel Benitez came up with five saves in goal in registering the shutout.

The Firebirds will host Hunt on Wednesday in a match that could determine second place in the Big East.

Tigers fall 3-1 at Wilmington Christian

WILMINGTON — Senior Rodney Wimberly had Wilson Prep’s lone goal in a 3-1 varsity boys soccer loss Monday at Wilmington Christian.

Freshman Cameron Bryant made 11 saves in goal for the Tigers but Derek Poe scored twice and Cristian Pacheco had one goal for the Patriots.

The Tigers will host Smithfield-Selma on Friday at 5 p.m.


CBA falls in 4 to Rose

PIKEVILLE — Host C.B. Aycock lost in four sets to J.H. Rose in Monday’s varsity volleyball match, dropping the Lady Falcons to 10-9 overall and 3-5 in 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference play.

Daelyn Brock led Aycock with 11 kills to go with 14 digs while Abbey Thomas registered 10 kills while hitting at a .350 clip. Thomas also had five blocks and five digs. Audrey Dail led CBA with 15 digs.

Rose upped its record to 11-5 in all matches and 4-4 in ECC play.

Aycock will visit South Central in Winterville 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.