The East Wake Academy baseball and girls soccer teams witnessed a considerable amount success in the opening weeks of the spring season, but an equal amount of setbacks.
The baseball team opened the season with a 15-0 loss to the Raleigh Hawks on March 10. The Eagles got back on track, however, with a 13-1 road victory over Friendship Christian School on Monday.
The team was scheduled to enter a tournament at Cary Academy beginning Thursday.
East Wake Academy’s girls soccer team took two steps backward after it began the season with wins over Granville Central (7-1) and Southern Vance (7-0).
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The team’s record was evened following a 9-0 loss to Woods Charter on March 13 and 8-0 loss to Raleigh Charter on Monday.
Neal records a pair of firsts: Former East Wake High pitcher Christian Neal (2012) led William Peace University baseball to its first win of the season and first-ever triumph in the USA South Athletic Conference as the Pacers defeated North Carolina Wesleyan College, 5-2, on Feb. 22.
Neal tossed the entire game allowing one earned run and striking out a program-record 10 batters.
Wesleyan threatened by loading the bases in the ninth inning, but William Peace escaped on a double play followed by a final strikeout by Neal.
The junior led the Pacers in strikeouts with 20 heading into their March 13 game at Methodist.
Pirates swimmers named All-Metro: Corinth Holders senior girls swimmer Michaela Carter and junior boys swimmer Connor Blandford have been named to the News & Observer’s All-Metro team for the winter swim season.
Blandford won the NCHSAA 3A 200 IM (1:53.95) and was second in the 100 backstroke.
Carter, who made the All-Metro team for the second consecutive season, finished second in the NCHSAA 3A 100 backstroke and fourth in 50 freestyle.
Marriott honored: Former Knightdale girls basketball standout Cana Marriott was one of five Virginia State University seniors to receive accolades during the recent Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament.
The Trojans won the tournament, taking down Elizabeth City on Feb. 25 (58-53), Shaw University on Feb. 27 (69-47) and Lincoln University on Feb. 28 (73-49).
Marriott, a guard from Wendell, received the Marine Corps Excellence in Leadership Award at the conclusion of the tournament game against Shaw for her performance with 12 points and five rebounds.
Marriott totaled 14 points, going four-for-four from 3-point range, in the championship game against Lincoln.