Dixon finishes in top 8 at state 3A tennis finals
Cleveland sophomore Victoria Dixon advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCHSAA 3A girls tennis singles championships before bowing out on Oct. 24. The Rams’ standout lost to Adrienne Hayes of Asheville, 6-0, 6-2, at the Burlington Tennis Center.
Hayes went onto win the state championship with two victories on Saturday.
Dixon, who was making her second straight appearance in the state championships, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win against Mary Beth Jackson of Cameron Union Pines on Friday morning.
“Victoria has grown as a player and continues to show a lot of promise for the future,” said Cleveland coach Emily Purvis. “Over the past year, I have seen her become much more driven and focused on improving her game, both mentally and physically.
“Victoria is truly a joy to coach, and I look forward to seeing what the next two years brings for her.”
Central eliminates West Johnston
West Johnston fell to conference rival Harnett Central 3-0 in the opening round of the NCHSAA 4A boys soccer playoffs on Tuesday. The Wildcats finished the season with a 9-12 record.
It was the second time West and Central had met in a week’s time. Harnett Central took a 4-1 win in both teams’ regular-season finale on Oct. 22.
The Wildcats lose five players to graduation: Seth Bondurant, Tyler McClymonds, Christian Santos, Sean Livermore and Ludvig Ravniokke.
Princeton falls at Granville Central
Granville Central turned back a game Princeton squad 2-0 in the opening round of the 1A boys soccer playoffs on Tuesday. The Bulldogs were 3-14-1 on the season.
Princeton loses Cameron Parker, Austin Chanmanivone, Jose Aguillon and Marcos Gonzales to graduation.
Field repair funds needed
Clayton Little League is raising money to help complete renovations to the baseball fields at Clayton Middle School. The league for ages 5-14 is the largest baseball program in the Clayton area and is sanctioned by Little League International. The fields at CMS need repairs for safety issues and because of increased use. All funds will be directly used for the project.
Plans include purchasing 120 tons of infield dirt, new bases on both fields, new sod and related materials, overseeding with winter rye grass, weed control, LED scoreboards and a lightning system on at least one of the fields. Funds are also needed to pay for rental of landscaping equipment and workers to complete the project.
For info, visit claytonlittleleague.org online or contact Mike Orlowski at 919-763-2421 or email@example.com.
Shutouts earn Perkinson honors
Garner High graduate Kenneth Perkinson, a redshirt sophomore at UNC Pembroke, was named the Peach Belt Conference’s goalkeeper of the week for the second time this season after recording shutouts against Mars Hill and North Georgia.
Perkinson currently leads the PBC in save percentage (.825), is second in goals against average (0.87), fourth in goals against (11) and fifth in saves (52). This is the second time he has earned this laurel in his career.
Fall baseball skills camp on tap
The 2014 McGee’s Crrossroads Athletic Association/West Johnston Fall Baseball Skills Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at McGee’s Crossroads Middle School. The cost is $60 per camper or $100 for two kids from the same family. Baseball players in grades 6-12 are invited to attend. Players will be split into middle school, junior varsity and varsity divisions for instruction. The camp staff, led by West Johnston High baseball coach Joey Worley, will feature Cliff Allred, a former college player and coach, Rod Gorham, a former college player, and Carmine Pagano, a former college player and San Diego Padres strength and conditioning coordinator. Registration forms are available at McGee’s Middle and West Johnston High or by contacting Joey Worley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephenson finishes second in state championship
Four Oaks resident and South Johnston High student Patrick Stephenson finished second in the Triangle Youth Golf Association Boys’ State Championship Oct. 18-19 at Keith Hills Country Club.
Eric Bae, the defending champion, made a birdie on the first playoff hole to break the tie with Stephenson after both players finished at 143, 1-under-par for the 36-hole tournament. Bae’s birdie putt was a 25-footer.
Patrick Schweitz of Clayton tied for 46th in the tournament and Garner’s Brice Connors tied for 49th.
Clayton’s Mike Johnson finished fourth in the Senior Men A division of a Carolinas Golf Association one-day tournament at The Club at Chapel Ridge on Oct. 19.
Brandon Britt of Benson finished tied for fifth in the Men B division of a Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Tournament at Bermuda Run Country Club on Oct. 26.