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.
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“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.”
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 lighting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration forms are available at McGee’s Middle and West Johnston High or by contacting Joey Worley at email@example.com.
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.