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Sports Briefs: Trio shares medalist honors at Cardinal Country Club

Trio shares medalist honors at Cardinal

South Johnston’s Patrick Stephenson, Matt Hayes of Corinth Holders and Hunter Pike of North Johnston all shot 40 in a Johnston County boys prep golf match Thursday at the Cardinal Country Club.

Hayes’ round helped lead Corinth Holders to an eight-stroke victory at 165.

Nick Routhier and Kellen Labonte both had 41s for the Pirates and Ian Apsey had a 43.

Smithfield-Selma took second place a 173, four strokes ahead of West Johnston.

Austin Peedin led the Spartans with a 42, while Ethan Faulconer shot 43 and Chandler Parrott and Miles Flemming carded 44s.

West was led by Brice Connors’ 41 and a 44 from Max Leyland.

South Johnston finished at 180. Brooks Skinner shot 41 for the Trojans.

North Johnston shot a 185 with Andy Green’s 44 helping out the Panthers’ cause. Cleveland finished at 187, led by Bryson Peters’ 41, and Clayton carded a 198 total.

Lee Smith shot 47 for the Comets.

Clayton tennis blazes to 3-0 start

The Clayton boys tennis team is off to a 3-0 start after 9-0 wins over Garner, Rolesville and Knightdale last week.

Klein Evans, Brooks Campbell, Naren Guha, Christopher Riley, Dillon Hyde and Noah Depriest all won in straight sets against Garner on March 9. The Comets dropped just four games in sweeping the three doubles matches.

Vance Lanier won at No. 6 singles against Rolesville, with Hyde, Riley, Guha, Campbell and Evans capturing the other victories in singles.

The Comets dropped just two of 36 games in single play against Knightdale on Thursday.

Riley and Hyde, a pair of freshmen, are unbeaten in singles play and have yet to drop a set in their first three high school matches.

Princeton off to 4-0 start in soccer

Princeton is off to a 4-0 start in girls soccer after convincing wins over North Johnston (8-1 and 6-1) and Goldsboro (7-1 and 6-0).

The Bulldogs are putting up some impressive numbers individually. Chelsea Hawley and Kassandra Velasquez share the team with seven goals each, while Hawley and Jessica Brush have seven assists each. Brush totaled five of those assists in a 6-1 win over North on March 10.

Corinth Holders blanks Wilson Hunt

Corinth Holders came alive at the plate in the final two innings, to grab a 6-0 softball win over Wilson Hunt on Thursday. The Pirates scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Sophomore Summer Long and senior Holly Price led the Corinth Holders’ offense with three hits each. Alyana Campbell, Shanan Hester and Kelsie Hocutt had two hits each.

Comets stop Southeast Raleigh

Clayton rolled by Southeast Raleigh 22-1 on Friday afternoon in softball. Brianna Davis was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a double and a triple for the Comets in the win, while Bailey Perdue went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double.

Kayla Marshburn and Mindy North added two hits each to Clayton’s offensive attack.

Sophomore pitcher Hannah Ryan worked a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts on the mound.

Princeton wallops Southern Wayne

Princeton rode a nine-run fourth inning to a 17-0 softball victory over Southern Wayne on Thursday. Taylor Carroll had a two-run single and an RBI single later in the inning, while Hailey Wood added an RBI double in the big frame. Kelsey Peedin also singled in a run.

Peedin went 4-for-5, while Carroll had three hits and four RBIs total on the day. Charley Cox and Casey Mitchell also had three-hit nights.

Beth Braswell held the Warriors to one hit and struck out five with no walks.