Cleveland completed an unbeaten run to the Two Rivers 3A Conference boys tennis dual team championship with a 9-0 victory over Western Harnett and an 8-1 win over Corinth Holders last week. The Rams were 10-0 in conference and take an 11-4 record into the state playoffs.
Dylan Betancourt has complied a 10-0 record in league matches at No. 1 singles for Cleveland, who also saw fellow senior Jay Waltman go 7-0 in league singles matches. Waltman and Betancourt were also unbeaten in doubles play in conference duals.
Corinth Holders finished 8-2 in the conference, taking second place and advanced to the dual 3A playoffs as well.
North Johnston nips Beddingfield in 10: North Johnston took a 4-3 softball win over Eastern Plains 2A Conference rival Wilson Beddingfield on Thursday in 10 innings.
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Olivia Narron and Lexi Godwin had two hits each for the Panthers (11-7, 4-2) in the win.
It was Beddingfield’s first league loss and moved North within a game of first place.
North beat Beddingfield 5-0 in baseball behind Steven Worley’s complete-game three-hit shutout. The Panthers remained unbeaten in the EPC at 6-0.
West completes sweep of Clayton: West Johnston took its second win over Clayton of the week on Thursday with a 4-1 victory. The Wildcats beat the Comets 3-2 on April 19 as well. The wins moved West to 9-1 in the conference and 16-3 overall.
Cleveland turns back SSS: Cleveland defeated Smithfield-Selma 14-4 in baseball on Saturday evening. Ryan Flores went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the win, while Tyler Keenan tripled.
The win moved Cleveland to 7-1 in the Two Rivers 3A Conference and 18-3 overall, a game-and-a-half ahead of the field.
Henry Moore was 2-for-3 for the Spartans (4-16, 1-6) in the loss.
Garner stops Knightdale: Garner stayed in a tie for second place in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball race with a 7-2 win over Knightdale on Thursday. The Trojans are 7-3 in the conference entering this week’s games against West Johnston.
North Johnston advances to 2A dual playoffs: North Johnston made the 2A state boys tennis dual tennis playoffs after a second place finish in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference. The Panthers (15-4 overall, 8-2 conference) had a chance to earn a share of the league title with a Thursday win over Washington, but the Pam Pack took the match 7-2 and held onto the conference championship outright.
“It was a tough loss for the guys,” said North Johnston coach David Anderson. “However, I have never been more proud of the effort they put into this match. We were just a couple points here and there from winning the match. We never gave up and kept playing hard. I believe this match will help us as we begin the conference tournament and the state team tournament the week after.”
North Johnston’s wins on Thursday against Washington came from Jonathan Gonzalez at No. 3 singles and Ian Walston at No. 4 singles.
Pirates roll by Western Harnett: Corinth Holders swept by Western Harnett in baseball, softball and girls soccer on Thursday night.
The Pirate soccer team earned a 9-0 victory, moving to 7-0 in the Two Rivers 3A Conference and within striking distance of the conference title.
Lexie Chase and Rylee Bays scored two goals each for Corinth Holders.
In softball, the Pirates took a 9-5 decision.
Amanda Gillis, Ashlyn Biethman, Aiyana Campbell, Amanda Gillis, Shanan Hester and Rebecca Parker all had two hits in the Pirate victory. Biethman drove in four runs.
Princeton stops Spring Creek: Princeton wrapped up its dual boys tennis slate with a 7-2 win over Spring Creek on Thursday. The Bulldogs finished 3-3 in conference play.
Jacob Williams, Garrett Klein, Kyle Balageo, Blaine Phillips and Woodall Lane won in singles for Princeton, which picked up singles wins from Klein and Alan Farrior and Lane and Phillips as well.
North grad Johnson is all-Peach Belt: UNC Pembroke softball standout Jamie Johnson has been named to the All-Peach Belt Conference softball first-team for the 2016 season.
The North Johnston High grad started all 52 games for the Braves, hitting .377 with 46 runs scored, 30 RBI and 26 stolen bases. The third baseman ranked in the top 10 in eight Sun Belt offensive categories this season.
Rodriguez leads Panthers: Michelle Rodriguez scored three goals as North Johnston beat SouthWest Edgecombe 3-1 in an Eastern Plains 2A Conference girls soccer match on Thursday. Three Panther players had assists in the match: Mary Catherine Davis, Alex Bridgeman and Maira Teruel.
The win moved North to 2-2-1 in the conference.