North Johnston scored a historic playoff win Tuesday afternoon at St. Pauls, advancing to the third round of the NCHSAA dual team boys tennis playoffs for the first time in school history with a 6-2 win.
The Panthers will meet Climax Providence Grove in a regional semifinal match on Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m.
“The guys played with a lot of heart and focus,” said North Johnston coach David Anderson. “They were cheering each other on and really believing that we could win.”
North won four of six singles matches with Tyler Jackson, Jonathan Gonzalez, Ian Walston and Jeremiah Coley all earning straight-set decisions. Coley won a first-set tiebreaker 7-0 in his match on the way to a 7-6, 7-5 victory.
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North closed out the win with triumphs at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Jackson and Gonzalez beat St. Pauls’ Alex Hernandez and Victor Garcia 10-2 at No. 1 and Motley and Walston were 10-5 winners at No. 2 doubles.
The win moved North to 17-4 in duals this season. Providence Grove is 6-5 on the season.
Two Rivers entries advance to state championships: Cleveland’s Dylan Betancourt and the Corinth Holders’ doubles duo of Grayson Adams and Brady Best advanced to the NCHSAA 3A state individual championships with their performances in the regionals last week.
Betancourt, the Two Rivers 3A singles champ, will make his second straight appearance in the singles state finals.
Best and Adams were Two Rivers 3A doubles champs and are in the state finals in their first year of playing tennis.
South takes baseball opener: South Johnston advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A baseball playoffs with a 6-1 win over West Carteret on Tuesday night. The Trojans moved to 15-8 with the victory and will play at C.B. Aycock in the second round.
Dixon upsets North Johnston: Dixon grabbed a 4-3 win over North Johnston in the 2A baseball playoffs at Doug Parnell Field on Tuesday night, ousting the East’s No. 1 seed in the first round.
North Johnston finished the season at 20-3.
The Panthers were 39-8 over the past two seasons and lose only standout Dallas Krob to graduation from the 2016 team, which featured 10 juniors.
Princeton hurlers baffle Cougars: Princeton pitchers Matthew Daughtry and Tanner Flowers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Bulldogs downed Robbersonville South Creek 6-0 in the opening round of the 1A baseball playoffs on Tuesay night.
Daughtry went five innings, allowing a hit and striking out 11 with no walks. Flowers struck out five and allowed a hit in his two innings of work.
Nick Phillips had an RBI single in a four-run Princeton fourth inning. The three other Bulldog runs in the frame scored on South Creek errors.
Seth Price had two hits in the win for the Bulldogs.
Pirates edge Northern Nash: Corinth Holders stopped Northern Nash 1-0 in the opening round of the 3A baseball playoffs. The game’s only run came in the fourth inning.
Pirate batters drew five walks against Knight pitchers on the night. The Corinth Holders’ pitching staff held Northern to four hits.
Braswell tosses no-no for Princeton: Beth Braswell held Northampton County hitless in Princeton’s 18-0 first-round 1A softball playoff win on Tuesday night. Braswell struck out 11 of 16 batters she faced on the night, walking just one.
Princeton had 13 hits in the win. Braswell was 4-for-4 with two doubles and Brianna Myers went 3-for-4 with a double.
Kelsey Peedin and Megan Bryant both had two hit games as Princeton moved to 17-1 and into the second round.
West Johnston tops league rival: West Johnston turned back a familiar opponent in the opening round of the 4A softball playoffs on Tuesday, stopping Rolesville 10-2. It was the third meeting of the season between the two Greater Neuse River 4A Conference rivals.
West pitcher Megan Mills struck out 15 Ram batters on the night, while allowing four hits and three walks. None of the Rolesville runs scored were earned.
West Johnston moved to 19-4 with the victory.
Bulldogs roll in 1A soccer: Five different Princeton players scored as the Bulldogs dominated Oxford Prep in the fist round of the 1A girls soccer playoffs on Tuesday. Senior Chelsea Hawley had three goals for the Bulldogs, while Maddie Adkins and Emily Woodward added two goals each.
Hayden Hinson and Rachel Creech both had goals as well.
Amber Johnson, Woodward and Creech also assisted on Princeton scores.
Northern Guilford ousts SSS: Northern Guilford grabbed an 8-0 victory over Smithfield-Selma in the opening round of the 3A girls soccer playoffs on Tuesday. Seven different Nighthawk players scored goals in the match.
Smithfield-Selma finishes the season with a 9-12 record. The Spartans lose five players to graduation: Parker Watson, Logan Batten, Cecilla Macias, Brenda Antonio and Kara Harrison.
Corinth Holders blanks Topsail: Corinth Holders shutout Hampstead Topsail 6-0 in its 3A girls soccer playoff opener. Carolina Solis led the Pirates (18-3-1) with two goals and two assists.
Lindy Morgan, Grace Farmer, Summer Maxwell and Rosemarie Fitzpatrick also scored goals. Samantha Iorio, Lexie Chase, Farmer and Maxwell picked up one assist each.
Rachel Witkin made six saves to get the shutout in goal.
Neuse Charter survives in 1A soccer: Neuse Charter outlasted Oxford Prep 3-2 in overtime to advance to the second round of the NCSHAA 1A girls soccer playoffs on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars picked up two goals from Kayla Ham and one from Kindra Webb in the victory.
Neuse Charter (5-14-1 overall) jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead but Oxford Prep’s Yazmin Ramirez scored twice in the second half to force overtime.
Fuquay-Varina stops West Johnston: Fuquay-Varina ended West Johnston’s girls soccer season with a 7-1 victory in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs on Wednesday night.
Brittany Greene and Megan Greene had two goals each for the Bengals (17-4-1). Robin Pollard scored West’s only goal of the night.
The Wildcats finished the year 12-6-3 and Pollard, a junior, totaled 59 goals on the season. West loses three seniors to graduation: Emily Rentz, Elizabeth Carver and MacKenzie Barber.