Garner Cleveland: Sports

May 6, 2014

Five qualify for state finals

Johnston County will send a pair of doubles teams and one singles player to this weekend’s NCHSAA state individual boys tennis championships. Clayton’s Klein Evans made his way to a third place finish in the 4A Mideast Regional at Middle Creek High School, clinching his second straight 4A state singles championship berth.

Johnston County will send a pair of doubles teams and one singles player to this weekend’s NCHSAA state individual boys tennis championships.

Clayton’s Klein Evans made his way to a third place finish in the 4A Mideast Regional at Middle Creek High School, clinching his second straight 4A state singles championship berth.

Evans finished third. He bowed to Millbrook’s Logan Weber in the championship semifinal, then topped Wakefield’s Blake Carter in three sets in the third place match. Evans was a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 winner.

In the 3A regional at Barton College, the Corinth Holders doubles’ tandem of Jacob Altman and Jamie Schap became the first state tennis championship qualifiers in school history with a fourth place finish in the regional.

Corinth Holders’ top singles seed William Xia fell in the second round and Two Rivers 3A Conference doubles champions Braxton Brewington and Christian Green bowed out when their second round match conflicted with the CHHS prom on Friday night.

North Johnston’s doubles team of Bailey Lail and C.J. Jackson earned a state finals berth with their fourth place finish in the 2A Eastern Regional at Greene Central. Lail and Jackson fell to Greene Central’s Robby Taylor and Dylan Costello 6-3, 6-1 in the championship semifinals, then fell in the third place match for seeding at the state finals.

Dual Team Playoffs: Clayton continued its dominating run in dual play with an 8-0 victory over Fayetteville Britt in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Klein Evans, Naren Guha, Brooks Campbell, Ian Bliss, Noah Depriest and Vance Lanier all won in straight sets singles matches for the Comets.

Evans and Campbell and Guha and Bliss combined on doubles wins as well.

Corinth Holders moved on in the 3A playoffs as well with a 5-1 decision over Asheboro. The Pirates (10-2) met Southern Nash in a second round match on Tuesday. Cleveland’s season ended with a 5-1 loss to Western Guilford. The Rams were 10-3 this season.

In the 2A dual playoffs, North Johnston fell to Carrboro, 5-0. The Panthers finished the season with a 12-7 record.

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