Spartan golfers dominate at Chicora
Smithfield-Selma’s girls golf team registered a pair of dominating team and individual wins in the Two Rivers 3A Conference girls golf match Monday. The Spartans finished at 140 as a team, seven strokes ahead of host Triton at Chicora Country Club.
SSS sophomore Haley Talton was the medalist with a 38, winning by seven strokes over Corinth Holders’ Peyton Labonte.
Triton finished second in the team standings (147), ahead of Corinth Holders (152), South Johnston (159) and Cleveland and Western Harnett (both 170).
Parker Watson added a 48 for Smithfield-Selma, while Maggie Riley shot 54.
Sydney Wheeless carded a 52 for South Johnston and Tabby Herzig led Cleveland with a 57.
Trojans wrap up golf title
There’s one more match left in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls’ golf season, but technically the league throne is occupied.
That’s not much of a surprise. The Garner girls – largely thanks to triplets Arianna, Lauren and Nichole Ceyrolles – have won the conference title every year since 2010.
On Tuesday at Wil-Mar Golf Club, Knightdale’s home course, Nichole and Lauren Ceyrolles shot 42 and 43, respectively, to take medalist and runner-up honors. Adding a third-place 44 by Emily O’Neil into the mix, the Trojans (129) cruised to a 12-stroke decision over West Johnston (141) in the match and clinched their fourth-straight league title at the same time.
The win at Wil-Mar left Garner (42) with a 7-point lead over West Johnston (35) in the season team standings. The most one team can gain on another in a single match is 5 points, since the winning team is awarded 6 points and 1 point is given to the team that finishes at the bottom of the pack.
By that logic, Knightdale (19 team points) is a lock to finish in fourth place this season – sandwiched between third-place Clayton (28) and fifth-place Southeast Raleigh (12). Only Rolesville, which trails Southeast by just 1 team point, can make a move in the final match of the season.
Neither East Wake nor Harnett Central had a girls’ golf team this season.
Knights golfers Ivey Brooks and Erin Giunco shot 52 and 60, respectively, on their home turf Tuesday. Knightdale recorded a team score of 174, counting a blind score of 62 to satisfy a 3-golfer requirement. The score was good for fourth place, where the Knights have landed in five of the seven matches this season.
The Wil-Mar match marked the second straight in which every team placed in the same order as the current team season standings. It was the fourth time the teams finished in that order this season.
The final conference match of the season is set to begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Pine Hollow Golf Club, Clayton’s home course.
North splits Eastern Plains 2A matches
North Johnston split a pair of Eastern Plains 2A Conference boys soccer matches last week, topping Farmville Central 6-0 and falling to Washington, 4-0.
Six different Panthers scored in the win over Farmville Central: Trae Jones, Caleb Byrd, Pio Camacho, Bailey Lail, Mason Cook and C.J. Jackson. Byrd had three assists in the win.
Princeton girls, Stephenson run to wins
Princeton’s girls won another Carolina 1A Conference cross country match Wednesday, topping the field on their home layout with a score of 30 points. Rosewood was second at 63.
Neuse Charter’s Sara Stephenson was the individual girls winner in 23 minutes flat.
Altheia Balageo led Princeton with a fifth place finish, leading a string of five Bulldogs across the finish line in places 5-9. Abby Rubio, Amber Johnson, Chelsea Hawley and Courtney Brewer also made the top nine list.
The Bulldogs are now ranked ninth in the state among girls 1A teams.
Maurice Watson of Neuse Charter was the highest finishing area boys’ runner in fourth (19:35), just head of Princeton’s Jose Moreno (19:36) and Matthew Edwards (19:39).
South Johnston volleyball sweeps Clayton
South Johnston swept by Clayton in girls volleyball on Sept. 30, 25-19, 25-23, 31-29. Alexis Massengill had 18 digs in the match, while Krista Collins contributed 10. Massengill also led South with nine kills.
Bulldogs edge Cougars on pitch
Princeton edged Neuse Charter 2-1 in overtime in boys soccer Wednesday. The Bulldogs won on Romario Bautista's overtime tally on an assist from Vincente Mendez. Cameron Parker scored Princeton's first goal in the match.