MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Elm City teams sweep Tricounties meet at West Edgecombe

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ROCKY MOUNT — Both cross-country teams from Elm City Middle School continued their stranglehold on the Tricounties Athletic Conference scene Tuesday by sweeping a meet at West Edgecombe.

The boys scored 35 points for their five scoring runners, edging out the 41 of second-place Rocky Mount. West Edgecombe was third with 49 as Rocky Mount Pattillo (133), Darden (134) and South Edgecombe (152).

In the girls’ race, the Lady Vikings outpointed host West Edgecombe, 29-35 for the team title. South Edgecombe was third with 87 and Patillo was fourth with 98.

Rocky Mount Middle and Darden did not carry enough runners to qualify for a team score.

Elm City’s boys placed all their runners inside the top 12, with Lavon Dickens leading the pack with a second-place time of 12:15. Mason Ross (6th), Kalif Artis (7th), Kaleb Artis (8th) and Hank Berry (12th, 14:44) followed.

The Lady Vikings repeated the feat in their race, again scoring a quintet of top-12 finishes.

CeCe Johnson led the way in a time of 14:50 to finish runner-up individually for Elm City. Willa Boyer (4th, 15:31), Zoe Mitchell (5th, 15:32),  Emma Grace Spencer (11th, 16:46) and Ainsley Boyd (12th, 16:47) rounded out Elm City’s scoring runners.

Lake Wilson doubles up Greenfield JVs 6-3

Using a rally at No. 4 singles from Ethan Boyette, the Lake Wilson boys tennis team set the stage for a quick clincher in doubles with a 6-3 victory over the junior varsity team from Greenfield on Tuesday.

Lake Wilson, the site of boys club tennis at Elm City Middle, picked up singles victories from Snyder Pearson at No. 1, Hatten Gore at No. 2, Lawson O’Hara at No. 3 and Boyette at No. 4. Boyette trailed Greenfield’s Jackson Perdue 7-4 before rallying in the eight-game pro set. Pearson won his match at No. 1 singles by an 8-0 margin.

Gore-O’Hara put the match away in doubles, racing to an 8-2 win against Greenfield’s Carter Peele-Hanson Ngo. Pearson-Boyette picked up an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles for Lake Wilson’s sixth point.

Greenfield picked up wins from Charles Thomas at No. 5 singles and Porter Wells at No. 6.

Charles Thomas teamed with James Thomas to procure the Knights’ final point at No. 3 doubles.

Lake Wilson (2-0) visits Red Oak on Wednesday.