Panthers wrap up soccer playoff trip
North Johnston wrapped up a playoff bid in the 2A soccer playoffs with a 2-1 victory over North Pitt Thursday night, Oct. 24. The Panthers finished third outright in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference with a 6-3-1 conference mark, going 8-11-1 during the regular season.
Caleb Byrd broke a 1-all tie in the second half when he followed up a shot by Pio Camacho which couldn’t be controlled by the North Pitt goalkeeper.
Camacho scored North Johnston’s first goal off of a flick pass from Marcos Orozco in the first half. A Byrd throw in started the scoring run.
Panthers’ goalie Max Kirby had nine saves for North Johnston, which also got big defensive efforts from C.J. Jackson, Ryan Coley, Ricardo Padilla, Chad Little and Jose Diaz.
West runners qualify for 4A state finals
West Johnston standouts Becca Meshaw and Kyle Christ qualified for this weekend’s NCHSAA 4A cross country state championships as individuals on Saturday at WakeMed Park. They were the only local 4A runners to make it out of the difficult 4A mideast regional, which included both state team championship favorites and several leading state title individual contenders.
Meshaw placed 12th among girls in 19 minutes, 12.97 seconds. Christ finished 13th in the boys’ race in 15:46.04.
Garner’s Justin Burkey (22nd in 16:21.74), West’s Adam Greco (45th in 16:57.94) and Southeast Raleigh runners Jayquan Williams (37th, 16:48.23) and Jason Putman (42nd in 16:54.78) finished in the boys’ top 50.
Clayton’s lead runner was Alex Roy, finishing in 17:33.7 for 64th place.
Southeast was ninth in the team standings with 289 points, and West Johnston finished 10th (314). Broughton won the boys title with just 24 points.
West’s Robin Pollard finished 24th in the girls race (19:54.3) and teammate Lauren Hermane finished 39th. Clayton’s Carmen Tormey finished 44th (20:38.67), two spots ahead of teammate Kaelin Amaya (20:40.19).
Eboni Robinson led Southeast Raleigh in 60th place. Garner’s Zenaida Ayala finished in 25:00.49.
West’s girls were seventh in the team standings with 208 points. Clayton took 12th. Green Hope won the regional with 36 points.
NCS runner finishes fifth in regional
Neuse Charter School standout Marika Samuelsson finished fifth in the 1A Mideast regional cross country meet at WakeMed Park on Saturday, earning an individual bid to the state championships in Kernersville. Samuelsson clocked in at 21:13.
Princeton’s girls’ cross country team just missed out on a team berth in the state finals finishing fifth in the Mideast regional at WakeMed Park. The Bulldogs finished with 129 points, three behind Whiteville for the final team berth.
The top four finishing teams in each region and the top five finishing individuals not on one of those teams advanced to this weekend’s state championships.
Neuse Charter almost had two runners in the state finals, but Sara Stephenson finished 11th (21:56), a spot behind Rosewood’s Ashley Duran for the fifth and final indivudal bid.
Princeton was led by Chelsea Hawley in 23rd place and Amber Johnson in 26th. Altheia Balageo took 29th to give the Bulldogs three top 30 runners. Abby Rubio placed 31st.
Maurice Watson of Neuse Charter finished 14th in the boys’ race in 17:58, while Princeton’s Matthew Edwards and Hunter Mitchell were 25th and 26th, respectively.
Runners from North Johnston took part in the 2A East regional in Greenville. North’s Jacob Creech finished 35th (19:20.06) in the boys’ race, while Breanna Lee finished 50th for North’s girls in 25:02.38. North’s girls were 12th in the team standings.
Newport Croatan swept both regional titles.
Dixon advances to state final eight
Cleveland freshman Victoria Dixon advanced to the state 3A girls tennis quarterfinals in singles play Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Dixon defeated Claudia Steffey of Gastonia Ashbrook in the first round, 6-3, 6-0, but fell to Helen Zang (Fayetteville Terry Sanford), 6-4, 6-1, in the state semifinals.
Dixon was the Two Rivers 3A Conference individual champion this season.