Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
ROCKY MOUNT — The Hunt High boys and Fike girls swim teams splashed the fourth step in sweeping 3-A Big East Conference regular-season meets in the Harrison Family YMCA pool on Wednesday.
The Warriors dominated with 184 points, followed by Nash Central with 86, Rocky Mount and Tarboro with 82 each, Southern Nash (73), Fike (61), Northern Nash (60), Franklinton (19), SouthWest Edgecombe (15) and Beddingfield (11).
Fike’s girls held off Nash Central 185-152. Rocky Mount placed third (84), trailed by Northern Nash (83), Hunt (63), SouthWest (59), Franklinton (44), Southern Nash (33), Tarboro (21) and Beddingfield (16).
Beddingfield, SouthWest Edgecombe, Tarboro and Nash Central are not conference members.
Hunt was triggered by a pair of first places each from Ethan Maddrey and Sanjeev Francis, and a trio of relay victories.
Maddrey ruled the 200 freestyle in a minute, 57.54 seconds and claimed the 500 freestyle in 5:21.39.
Francis prevailed in the 50 freestyle in 23.78 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 59.90.
Victorious in the relays were the 200 freestyle of Francis, Zac Taylor, Charlie Graham and Maddrey in 1:41.30; the 200 medley relay of Francis, Dante Gaetano, Taylor and Nick Tew; and the 400 freestyle relay of Maddrey, Graham, Adam Dermer and Tew.
Thus, Maddrey and Francis each competed in four first-place events.
Placing second for the Warriors were Dermer in the 200 freestyle, Ben Tong in the 200 individual medley, Shane Matrejek in the 500 freestyle and Gaetano in the 100 breaststroke.
Graham wound up third in the 100 freestyle.
Recording Fike’s top finishes were the runner-up 200 freestyle relay of John Gliarmis, Benjamin Woodard, Ryo Nakaya and Max Fogleman and a third-place effort from Fogleman in the 100 breaststroke.
Beddingfield’s Jonathan Leyson was sixth in the 100 breaststroke. For SouthWest, the 200 freestyle relay salvaged sixth.
The Lady Golden Demons seized seven first-place finishes, with Sarah Jones and Cassie Jones each winning a pair.
Sarah Jones paced the field in the 200 freestyle (2:16.43) and 500 freestyle (6:07.64).
Cassie Jones ruled the 100 butterfly (1:13.11) and the 200 individual medley (2:39.74).
Madeline Harrell won the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.17.
Triumphant relays from Fike were the 400 freestyle unit of Sarah Jones, Abby Hodges, Harrell and Cassie Jones (4:30.61); and the 200 medley of Sarah Jones, Harrell, Cassie Jones and Hodges.
Sarah Jones and Cassie Jones each swam in four first-place event and Harrell accomplished that feat in three.
Taking second for Fike were Kaiya Patton in the 100 backstroke and Abbey Rogers in the 500 freestyle.
Harrell placed third in the 50 freestyle, while Hodges finished third in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Emily Day sparked Hunt by capturing the 50 freestyle in 27.48 and taking second in the 100 freestyle.
The 400 freestyle relay of Day, Emma Fatzaun, Rebekah Pierce and Sarah Michael Mercer wound up third.
Beddingfield’s Annie Greene emerged the 200 individual medley runner-up and salvaged fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
SouthWest’s Emily Coltrane triumphed in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:15.21.
Second half boosts Knights past Saints
Facing an opponent missing two of its leading scorers, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team, in the opinion of head coach Rob Salter, went through the motions in the first half Thursday night.
Greenfield led 35-30, and the Knights were finding themselves second to loose balls.
In the second half, the Knights’ effort picked up considerably as Greenfield outpaced Greenville Pope John Paul II 27-10 in the third quarter on the way to a 87-58 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference win.
The Knights moved to 15-6 overall and 3-0 in CPIC play ahead of a rivalry clash at home against Wayne Country Day on Friday night.
“The first half, they beat us to every 50-50 ball,” Salter said. “The defense got us going. We caused havoc defensively in the second half and did a better job anticipating passes.”
Seniors Coby White and Elijah McCadden each had a double-double, with White collecting 30 points and 10 rebounds. McCadden added 16 points and 13 boards.
Sophomore Jacari Outlaw netted 13 points as the third GFS player in double figures.
POPE JOHN PAUL II (58)
Guilford 13, Wilks 4, Wooland 2, Yarrell 8, Forrest 17, Payton 14.
White 30, McCadden 16, Bailey 8, Outlaw 13, Baker 9, Pittman 7, Foster 2, Andreasen 2.
Score by quarters:
Pope John Paul II18121018—58
Rebounding struggles cripple NJ
KENLY — Rebounding struggles proved more than the host North Johnston High varsity boys basketball team could overcome in dropping a 75-64 2-A Eastern Plains Conference decision to North Pitt on Wednesday evening.
Coming off a league win against Beddingfield the previous evening, the Panthers fell to 1-2 in the conference and to 8-6 against all foes.
‘We killed ourelves on the boards,,” commented North Johnston head coach Chris Batten. “Outside of rebounding, we did a lot well. But we gave up 20 offensive rebounds in the first half alone. We were a little better but still gave up nine more in the second half.
“It’s hard to win when you give second and third opportunities, and we have to get better about gaining possession whe we get defensive stops. We spent too much energy playing decent defense to not rebound any better than we did.”
North Johnston fell behind 22-16 after one quarter and managed to outscore North Pitt only in the third quarter. That margin was one point.
Senior Rakim Stancil drilled in a season-high 27 points for the Panthers, while senior Kameron Williams bucketed 20.
North Johnston connected on six shots from 3-point land, whith Stancil knocking down three and Williams a pair.
NORTH PITT (75)
Scoring not available
NORTH JOHNSTON (64)
Hinnant 5, Stancil 27, Whitley 6, Williams 20, Foye 6.
Score by quarters:
Defense carries Lady Knights
The Greenfield School varsity girls basketball team denied visiting Greenville Pope John Paul II a basket in the opening quarter, and did not allow double digits in any quarter Thursday night en route to an easy 45-15 win over the Lady Saints in 1-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference action.
The Lady Knights (5-6, 1-2 CPIC), who led 25-2 at the half, were led by the 22 points of Kaelyn Wall. While Wall outscored the visitors on her own, Chloe Howard also chipped in 11 for Greenfield.
“We played one of the best defensive halves we have played in the first half,” Greenfield head coach Bruce Wall said. “We got fast break points, and Chloe was knocking down some good shots.”
Kaelyn Wall, the daughter of the head coach, tallied five steals.
Greenfield is back in action Friday night against archrival Wayne Country Day.
POPE JOHN PAUL II (15)
Ross 5, Zhaski 6, Wynn 2, Glegor 2.
Howard 11, Brittle 2, Hassan 6, Holland 4, Wall 22, Stone.
Score by quarters:
Pope John Paul II0249—15
Last-second shot sends CCS to win
On a backdoor play, sophomore Cheyenne Gardner scored a last-second field goal on a layup to send the host Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team to a 25-24 victory against Ridgecoft of Ahoskie on Thursday evening in the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf gym.
In a half-court set, Gardner took a feed from senior Olivia Bullock and finished.
“It was beautiful,” exclaimed first-year CCS head coach Mark Kent. “It was there all night, and we finally ran it.”
The Lady Cyclones survived a 3-for-23 performance at the foul line in improving to 9-6.
Seniors Anna Jackson and Morgan Lane each netted seven points for CCS, while Gardner managed six.
Brooke Rose led Ridgecroft with eight points.
CCS is host to Kerr-Vance Academy on Friday night.
King 6, S. Lane 4, Brown, Rose 8, E. Lane 4, Boone 2.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (25)
Jackson 7, Bissette 2, Bullock 1, Garner, Lne 7, Pate, Winstead, gardner 6, Langley 2.
Score by quarters: