Three on NCHSAA list of 100 female standouts
A pair of area basketball standouts and one of the most decorated track and field athletes in the state are among the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 100 female athletes to remember, which was released recently.
South Johnston graduate Genia Beasley and former Garner standout Tresa Brown – who led their high school teams to state championships – and Southeast Raleigh track standout Gabby Mayo were selected.
Beasley was a pioneer for women’s basketball and led South Johnston to the state championship as a sophomore. She was one of Kay Yow’s most important early recruits at N.C. State. She led the Wolfpack to their first ACC title in 1980 and was named a Kodak All-American.
Brown helped lead Garner to the state championship as a sophomore before transferring to Sanderson. She went onto be named ACC player of the year at North Carolina, scoring 1,931 points for the Tar Heels.
Mayo earned 12 individual NCHSAA track and field championships during her time at Southeast. She went onto pick up two medals at the 2006 World Junior Championships during her career at Texas A&M.
Vessie wins Early Bird girls title
Arden Vessie of Corinth Holders won the girls individual title at the 2013 Early Bird Invitational at Wendell Park on Saturday. Vessie finished in 19:16.78, ahead of Becky Meshaw of West Johnston (19:52.05).
West Johnston was third in the girls team standings, while Corinth Holders took fourth and Clayton was fifth. Kaelin Amaya (22:02.25) finished 16th for the Comets.
West ran second in the boys team standings, behind Hope Mills South View. Kyle Christ placed sixth for West Johnston in 16:55.07. Garner finished third in the boys team standings. Senior Justin Burkey finished eighth to pace the Trojans.
Clayton’s boys placed ninth; Cleveland was 10th.
Comets open with pair of sweeps
Clayton opened its girls tennis season with 9-0 sweeps of Harnett Central and Smithfield-Selma last week. Top-seeded Clayton freshman Carmelle Joyner won both of her singles matches at love (6-0, 6-0) for the week.
The Comets’ remaining singles lineup of Elezcia Singletary, Logan Boykin, Katherine Riley, Maya Guha and Spencer Rich didn’t drop a set for the week. In doubles play, Clayton won 48 out of the 58 games played.
Basketball showcase in area
The ASSIST (Athlete Scholastics Support Initiative Securing Success for Tomorrow) fall individual basketball showcase for juniors and seniors will be held Sept. 7 at the Knightdale Recreation Center. The girls session is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with registration at noon. The boys session is from 3:30-6:30 p.m. with registration at 3 p.m. The event has a three game guarantee for each player and will have an educational counselor on site. Register by Sept. 3. The cost is $65 per person. For info or to register, contact William Carter at 804-397-3261 or email@example.com.