Clayton edges Cleveland to stay unbeaten
Clayton edged Cleveland 5-4 in girls’ tennis Thursday to stay unbeaten on the season, moving to 13-0.
The Clayton Comets won four singles matches with unbeaten freshman Carmelle Joyner winning at No. 1 singles over fellow freshman Victoria Dixon of Cleveland, 6-3, 6-1. Logan Boykin and Katherine Riley ran their singles records to 13-0 for Clayton as well with their singles wins, while Stephanie Wilder took a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4, win at No. 6 singles.
The Comets are playing without standout senior Maya Guha, who injured her shoulder and will hopefully return for the final week of the regular season.
Elezcia Singletary and Boykin won the deciding doubles match for Clayton with a 8-4 win over Cleveland’s Casey Quiel and Christina Holbrook.
Cleveland’s singles victories went to No. 2 seed Amber Reese (6-3, 7-5 over Singletary) and Kara Odham (6-2, 6-3 over Spencer Rich).
The Rams’ Dixon and Reese downed Joyner and Riley 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, while Odham and Natalie Dershem took an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.
Rosewood rallies by North Johnston
North Johnston’s boys’ soccer team got on the scoreboard early but couldn’t make the lead stick in a 2-1 loss to Rosewood Thursday.
Defender C.J. Jackson scored for the Panthers three minutes into the match, heading home a throw in from midfielder Caleb Byrd.
Rosewood equalized late in the first half and got the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the closing minutes.
“All 14 players gave great effort and contributed to the team effort,” said North coach Jody Edwards. “We had a few unlucky beraks in the game and will use all of these preseason games to help us get ready when we start conference play (this week).”
Princeton sweeps James Kenan
Princeton held James Kenan to single-digit scores in the first two sets on the way to a three-set sweep of James Kenan, 25-7, 25-9, 25-13, on Thursday. The Bulldogs are 8-0 in the Carolina 1A Conference and 12-1 overall after the win.
Savanna Massengill led Princeton with 15 blocks and four kills, while Taylor Carroll added eight kills.