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Cleveland, Clayton and North Johnston advance in boys tennis duals

Cleveland, North Johnston and Clayton all advanced in the NCHSAA dual team boys tennis playoffs with first round victories this week. Second round matches are set for May 10.

North Johnston wasn’t fazed by a four-plus hour ride to Kill Devil Hills and dropped First Flight 5-1 in the first round of the 2A dual tennis playoffs on Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a very long bus ride to First Flight, which is located in Kill Devil Hills, but it was well worth the trip,” said North coach David Anderson. “The guys warmed up and then played a near flawless match. They were hitting the ball well and moving all over the court.”

North entries Tyler Jackson, Jonathan Gonzalez, Ian Walston, Jeremiah Coley and Hunter Moore all won in straight sets to give the Panthers the playoff win.

First Flight top seed Jack Brady was the only player to win his match on the afternoon, downing Trey Motley in straight sets.

The Panthers will meet either St. Pauls or West Bladen in the second round this coming week.

Clayton made quick work of Richmond County in the opening round of the NCHSAA 4A dual team tennis playoffs on Wednesday, earning a 6-0 victory and a trip to next week’s second round.

The Comets (19-0) lost just four games in the match. Klein Evans, Banks Evans, Brooks Campbell, Naren Guha, Christopher Riley and Dillon Hyde grabbed Clayton’s victories.

Cleveland (12-4) stopped Western Harnett 6-3 in the 3A dual playoffs. The Rams, champions of the Two Rivers 3A Conference, will play at Wilson Fike in the second round next week.

Walston wins EPC singles title: North Johnston junior Ian Walston won the Eastern Plains 2A Conference singles championship last week, downing teammate Trey Motley, 6-1, 6-1, in the championship match. All four of Walston’s wins came in straight sets. His closet match was a 6-2, 7-5 win over SouthWest Edgecombe’s Zach Arrington in the semifinals.

Walston wins the conference title a season after missing out on regionals by a match, losing in the semifinal round. He will carry a 19-2 singles record into the state individual regional.

Mobley advanced to the championship match after rallying from a set deficit to defeat SouthWest Edgecombe’s Dillon Garbrandt, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The Panthers’ Tyler Jackson and Jonathan Gonzalez advanced to the doubles semifinals before bowing out of the conference tournament.

North’s quartet all qualified for the individual 2A regionals.

Conley turns back Garner: Garner’s lower singles seeds kept the Trojans alive into doubles play but it wasn’t enough as Greenville Conley earned a 5-2 victory in the 4A dual playoffs on Wednesday. Garner’s singles wins came from John Yokley at No. 5 and Spencer Kieft at No. 6 singles. Both players are sophomores.

Conley clinched the victory with a 10-3 win from Connor Christian and Jaxon Wiley in No. 1 doubles play. The Trojans finished the season with a 15-7 record.

East Carteret stops Princeton: East Carteret downed Princeton 9-0 in the 1A dual playoffs on Wednesday in Beaufort. The Bulldogs finished the season at 4-7 overall in dual matches and 3-3 in the conference.

Pirates fall to Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill defeated Corinth Holders 6-0 in the 3A playoffs on Tuesday. The Pirates finished second in the Two Rivers 3A Conference this season and were 8-7 overall.

Corinth Holders will lose Alex Rose, Adam Williamson, Grayson Adams, Sam Brant and Brady Best to graduation.

Adams and Best were the Two Rivers 3A Conference doubles champions this season.