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In an all-Fike High final, the No. 2-seeded duo of sophomore twins Jena and Macy Hebbard conquered the unseeded pair of Logan Adkins-Anna Blair Thomas for the doubles championship in Tuesday’s final session of the 3-A Big East Conference girls tennis tournament on the Barton College courts.
Hebbard-Hebbard posted a 7-5, 6-2 triumph.
In the semifinals, Adkins-Thomas ousted the top-seeded tandem of Rocky Mount’s Caroline Broderick-Lauryn Clark by a 6-3, 6-4 count. The Hebbard twins advanced past the No. 3 team of Rocky Mount’s Katie Moss-Carson Browder 6-2, 6-2.
The Hebbard twins boosted their record to 8-0, while Fike coach Lee Matthews hailed the play of Adkins, a sophomore, and Thomas, a junior, in ousting the Nos. 4 and 1 seeds en route to the finals.
“And they gave their teammates a run for their money,” Matthews added.
The top two seeds tangled for singles supremacy with No. 1 Grayson Tanner of Northern Nash prevailing 6-2, 6-1 against No. 2 Stacie Winner of Southern Nash.
Tanner, in the seminfials, bested Fike sophomore and No. 4 seed Avery Rose Brown 6-1, 6-1, while Winner was extended to three sets before stopping Rocky Mount’s Mary Katherine Broderick 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
All of the semifinalists in singles and doubles earned berths in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional next Friday and Saturday (Oct. 19-20).
3-A Big East tennis results
No. 1 seed Grayson Tanner (Northern Nash) def. (4) Avery Rose Brown (Fike) 6-1, 6-1; (2) Stacie Winner (Southern Nash) def. Mary Katherine Broderick (Rocky Mount) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Tanner def. Winner 6-2, 6-1.
Logan Adkins-Anna Blair Thomas (Fike) def. (No. 1 seed) Caroline Carothers-Lauryn Clark (Rocky Mount) 6-3, 6-4; (No. 2) Jena Hebbard-Macy Hebbard (Fike) def. (3) Katie Moss-Carson Browder (Rocky Mount) 6-2, 6-2.
Hebbard-Hebbard def. Adkins-Thomas 7-5, 6-2.
Warriors-Firebirds clash postponed
Lightning and the forecast for a thunderstorm resulted in the showdown for the 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer top spot between Southern Nash and host Hunt High being postponed Wednesday evening.
The junior varsity match was completed, but the varsity nightcap never kicked off.
The clash between conference co-leaders has been rescheduled for 7 Thursday evening — either on the Hunt pitch or J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.
The teams possess 6-1 conference marks with three matches remaining. The Warriors won the first meeting at Southern Nash.
WCD is next test for Greenfield
AHOSKIE — The Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team was unable to tune up Wednesday night for its showdown in Goldsboro with Wayne Country Day for the 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference tournament championship.
The Knights’ scheduled non-conference match with Ridgecroft was suspended in the eighth minute and then canceled because of persistent lightning.
Greenfield, the reigning North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion, and Wayne Country day split a pair of regular-season showdowns.
North Johnston blanks Beddingfield
KENLY — The front-running North Johnston High varsity boys soccer team remained undefeated against 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opposition with a 5-0 victory against visiting Beddingfield on Tuesday.
The Panthers drilled in all five goals in the first half in rising to 5-0 in the conference and to 9-8-1 against all foes.
Senior Alexis Hernandez spearheaded North Johnston with two goals and two assists.
Junior Jose Rios, junior Blaine Crocker and senior Rakim Stancil each netted a goal, while senior Adolfo Rosales doled out two assists and senior Hugo Ramirez added one.
Junior Panthers goalkeeper Jonie Moreno notched four saves, while sophomore Bryan Rico was in goal for Beddingfield.
C.B. Aycock spills South Central in 5
PIKEVILLE — The host Charles B. Aycock High varsity volleyball team ended regular-season play in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference by spilling South Central in five sets Tuesday.
The 3-A Lady Golden Falcons rallied to win the last two sets and survive a 25-22, 21-25, 26-28, 27-25, 15-13 marathon, which left CBA at 6-6 in the conference and 12-8 overall.
Senior Arlanda Faulkner responded with a career-high, whopping 38 kills to trigger the Lady Falcons. Junior Daelyn Brock added 12 kills.
Senior Hannah Carter served for three of CBA’s 11 aces, while Faulkner set the pace with nine total blocks. Senior Cassandra Lassiter recorded a career-high 41 digs, followed by Brock with 25, Faulkner with 23, senior Dekiya Thompson with 18 and Carter with 12.
Carter was also busy with a career-high 46 assists.
South Central leaders were freshman Ali Ruffin with 15 kills, junior Courtney Powers with four aces,, freshman Brylee Phillips with four blocks, freshman Paris Joyner with 18 digs and sophomore Grace Sweers with 35 assists.
CBA dominates Wayne County meet
GOLDSBORO — The Charles B. Aycock High boys cross country team placed four runners in the top seven in seizing the Wayne County Cross Country Championship at Waynesborough Park on Monday.
The Golden Falcons’ Deshawn Owens won the race in a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds as CBA posted a score of 27 for its top five runners.
Southern Wayne placed second with 68 points, followed by Wayne Country Day with 83. Then came Spring Creek (114), Rosewood (119), Eastern Wayne (123) and Faith Christian (210). Goldsboro did not field the necessary five runners to qualify for a team score.
For CBA, Owens was complemented by Davis Carroll in third place (16:25), Randall Hobday in fourth (16:37), Brady Lavole in seventh (17:09) and Guy Crane in 12th (17:38).
Josh Raynor of Southern Wayne finished the runner-up, 25 seconds behind Owens, Completing the top five was Connor Bauer of Rosewood with a time of 16:55.
Greenfield falls in season finale
AHOSKIE — The Greenfield School boys soccer team ended its season with a 1-0 loss at Ridgecroft on Wednesday.
Ridgecroft netted its goal in the second half.
Knights goalkeeper Nick Wester was credited with seven saves. Ridgecroft posted a 10-5 margin shots and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.