East Wake Academy athletic teams opened the fall season about as strong as any school could hope to across the board.
The Eagles’ boys soccer team opened the season with three straight wins and the volleyball team with two in a row, with all of the victories coming in convincing fashion.
Boys soccer: The Eagles got their third win Wednesday as they blazed past River Mill Academy 7-0.
Through that game, the team had outscored its first three opponents by a combined score of 21-1.
The EWA boys shut out Falls Lake Academy 9-0 on Aug. 20, evoking the 55-minute mercy rule.
The team was led by junior captain Bruce Campos (2 goals, 2 assists); senior Ryan Hayworth (2 goals, 1 assist); senior captain Ross Powell (2 goals); senior Mitch Radford (1 goal, 1 assist); senior Brannden Campbell and junior captain Payton Weatherspoon (1 goal each); and sophomore Drake Weatherspoon, and freshmen Jackson Fuster and Blake Jones (1 assist each).
“Lots of guys got on the field to get some valuable playing time and show us what they could do in action”, said EWA coach Michael Sloop. “We’ve got our largest team ever this year, and when the chance comes to give younger kids experience on the field, I’ll take it as much as I can.”
The team entered that game riding the momentum of a 5-1 win over Neuse Charter in the Aug. 18 season opener.
Hayworth and Payton Weatherspoon each had two goals in the game; Drake Weatherspoon had a goal and an assist, Campos had three assists and junior Aidan Royals had one assist.
Volleyball: The Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 win in their conference opener at River Mill Academy on Tuesday. The game scores were 25-14, 22-25, 25-11 and 25-14.
Sophomore Antonia Kearney led EWA with 10 aces, 22 assists and 13 digs. Junior McKenzie Alford had nine aces and eight kills, sophomore McKenzie Loomis added eight kills and sophomore Rachel Stacy had 12 digs.
In their season opener on Aug. 18, the Eagles swept Neuse Charter (25-6, 25-20, 25-16).
Kearney also led in that game with five aces and 19 assists. Alford and sophomore Shakayla Ellis had eight kills each.
Cross country: The boys and girls cross country teams claimed their season opener against Falls Lake Academy on Aug. 20.
The boys team ran away with a 22-43 triumph and the girls won by default since Falls Lake didn’t field the five runners needed to generate a team score.
Top-10 finishers for the boys were Cody Hunt (2nd, 21:56); Zach Belch (3rd, 23:20); Andrew Bryant (4th, 23:26); Tim Price (6th, 24:08); Nathan Casper (7th, 24:08); Caleb Hudson (9th, 24:17); and Carson Brooks (10th, 24:53).
The girls took the top eight spots and nine out of the top-10 against the undermanned FLA team.
Top-10 girls finishers were Haley Turner (1st, 24:52); Ashley Johnson (2nd, 24:54); Emily Powell (3rd, 27:43); Iliana Hertzig (4th, 29:55); Sarah Brown (5th, 30:38); Hope Turner (6th, 31:19); Julie Thomas (7th, 31:20); Kayla Bunn (8th, 31:28); and Allison Keys (10th, 31:36).
Girls golf: Tuesday’s season opener in Durham was a good one for the Eagles.
The team of just three returning players managed a third-place finish out of the five North Central Athletic Conference teams and seven total teams competing at Umstead Pines Golf Club.
Franklin Academy led the way with a team score of 142, followed by N.C. School of Science and Math (150), East Wake Academy (163), Bunn (183), Roanoke Rapids (186), River Mill Academy (DNQ) and Voyager Academy (DNQ).
Junior Caitlyn Seastrunk fired a team-low 48 for EWA, the third-lowest score of the day. Sophomores Katie Tobin and Ali Knight shot 57 and 58, respectively.
The scores surpassed coach Jason Seastrunk’s goal of having all golfer break the 60-stroke mark.