Sports Briefs: May 7, 2014

May 6, 2014 

Princeton girls third at track regional

Princeton qualified eight individuals and two relay teams for the NCHSAA 1A state championships with a solid performance at the 1A Mideast Track and Field Regional Saturday at Rocky Point Trask High School.

Princeton’s girls were third in the team standings. The Bulldog boys finished sixth. The regional team titles went to Rosewood’s girls and Rocky Point Trask’s boys.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state championships, which will be Friday in Greensboro.

Princeton is sending its girls and boys 800-meter relay teams there. The Bulldog girls (Jasmine Bogle, Jasmine Bombard, Abby Rubio and Courtney Brewer) were fourth in the regional, as was the boys’ foursome of Matthew Stallworth, Earl Gibson, Nicholas Hare and Jarrett Pearce.

Bogle will also compete in three individual events. She finished third in the 100 and was fourth in both the 200 and high jump at regionals. Bombard also qualified in the long jump and triple jump state finals with a pair of fourth place finishes.

Princeton’s Megan Evans and Amber Johnson finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,200. Nicole Evans was the regional runner-up in the pole vault.

Martin Bayles won the regional boys title in the pole vault, clearing nine feet, six inches. Gibson was second in the long jump and Jose Aguillon ran third in the 1,600.

Neuse Charter will send three representatives to the state championships. Maurice Watson will run for the 200 and 400 boys state titles on Friday. He finished second in the 400 at the regional and was third in the 200.

Sara Stephenson finished second in the girls 1,600 and Marika Samuelsson was fourth in the 400.

Cleveland wraps up soccer title

Cleveland downed Western Harnett 3-1 in girls soccer Friday night to clinch the outright Two Rivers 3A Conference championship. The Rams stand 11-4-1 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Cleveland outlasted Western Harnett 4-3 in nine innings to improve to 9-11 overall, 4-5 in the Two Rivers 3A Conference on Friday.

The Rams wrapped up no worse than second place in the Two Rivers softball race with a 12-1 win over Western.

South blanks Smithfield-Selma

South Johnston blanked Smithfield-Selma 15-0 in softball Friday night behind a 12-hit attack. Kayla Allen was 3-for-3 with a home run for the Trojans, while Lauren Higgins and Caroline Dorman had two hits each.

Alexis Massengill doubled for South in the win. Dinalee Spell limited SSS to three hits.

Princeton pulling away in Carolina 1A softball

Princeton upped its lead in the Carolina 1A Conference softball race to two games on the field with a 5-1 victory over Spring Creek Thursday.

Hailey Wood and Tori Paul combined on a four-hitter for the Bullogs. Wood singled and tripled at the plate, while Taylor Carroll, Savanna Massengill, Kortney Edwards and Kelsey Peedin also had hits in the win.

Princeton also downed North Duplin 14-3 on Friday night. Beth Braswell homered and drove in three runs for the Bulldogs (13-4 overall, 10-0 conference).

North’s Williams records three top-three finishes

North Johnston's Tangela Williams posted three top-three finishes at the 2A East Regional Track and Field Championships at Pasquotank HIgh School. Williams won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 6 1/2 inches and was second in the long jump. She finished third in the 200 meters as well.

Freshman teammate Quasheila Thorne will join Williams in the 2A state finals this Saturday in Greensboro. Thorne finished fourth in the 400.

North's Dylan Pinder won the 100 and 200 wheelchair races at the regional and placed second in the shot put.

Pirates rally by Hawks

Corinth Holders rallied from a three-run deficit to down Triton 9-5 in softball Thursday night. The Pirates had a five-run fourth inning and added three more runs in the sixth.

Brandy Davis led Corinth Holders (7-11, 4-5 Two Rivers 3A) offensively with two hits, including a home run and four RBIs. Holly Price and McKenzie Latham both contributed three hits for the Pirates. Summer Long and Price doubled.

Kayla Meares got the complete-game victory for Corinth Holders with five strikeouts and eight hits allowed.

Bulldogs get 10th league win

Princeton moved to 10-0 in Carolina 1A Conference soccer play with a 6-1 win over Spring Creek Thursday night. Emily Woodward and Chelsea Hawley had three goals each for the Bulldogs (12-2 overall) in the victory.

Jessica Brush assisted on four Princeton goals and Hawley picked up an assist as well.

Stephenson, Pirates finish off championship runs

The Corinth Holders golf team and South Johnston sophomore Patrick Stephenson wrapped up their Two Rivers 3A Conference boys golf championships with their performances in the final match of the season last week at Reedy Creek Golf Course.

Cleveland won team honors at the match with a total of 326, but the Pirates' lead in season scoring and their wins in the five previous league matches ensured them of the season crown.

Patrick Schweitz led Cleveland with a 78 in the match as three Rams (Jarred Lisec, 80, and Wyatt Jones, 82) posted scores of 82 or better. Nick Routhier led Corinth Holders with a 78.

Stephenson was the class of the field for the fifth time in six league matches the season, however. He carded an even-par 72.

Stephenson's stroke average on the season was just 72.83 and he didn't card a score higher than 76 in a league match this season.

Corinth Holders' Sam Baxter was the league runner-up, followed by Lisec. Routhier took fourth for the Pirates in the season individual standings. Monty Fields and Kellan Labonte of Corinth Holders and Schweitz and Jones of Cleveland finished in the top 10 for the season, as did Smithfield-Selma's Ethan Faulconer.

Cleveland was the conference season runner-up and South Johnston took third. They joined Corinth Holders in the 3A east regional on Monday.

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