MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Tigers capture Tri-Capital Conference tournament title

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The Wilson Prep baseball team used a seven-run fourth inning Thursday afternoon to capture the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice Tri-Capital Conference tournament championship with a 13-3, five-inning victory over the Raleigh Hawks.

Gage Lockhart, Kaden Ferrell and Evan Barnhill combined to hold down the Hawks offense, while Kaden Ferrell collected two triples and drove in five runs for Wilson Prep (9-2). From a 2-2 tie, the Tigers posted three runs in the third and seven more in the fourth. A single run in the fifth enforced the 10-run mercy rule.

Lockhart had two hits. Austin Wooten and Justin Ellison each tripled and scored three runs for the Tigers of head coach Tony Ellison. Jeff Lockhart serves as the primary assistant.


WPA falls 1-0 in TCC tourney final

ROLESVILLE — A first-half corner kick that found its way into the net for host Thales Academy proved to be the difference against Wilson Prep in Thursday’s Tri-Capital Conference girls soccer tournament championship game.

“I am so proud of the way the girls today, they left everything out on the field,” Lady Tigers head coach Terry Byrd said. “We had our opportunities to score but their keeper made some good saves.”

Wilson Prep goalkeeper Emma Etheridge more than held her own, coming up with 19 saves. The Lady Tigers managed six shots on goal with five of those coming from Lilian Stegall.

Byrd noted that a WPA goal was disallowed because of an offsides call.

“I know if we could had tied it up we would have won and became the tournament champions,” he said. “I can’t take anything away from Thales-Rolesville; they are one of the best teams in the state.”