Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Notes: Sept. 1

Three on NCHSAA list of 100 female standouts

A pair of area basketball standouts and one of the most decorated track and field athletes in the state are on the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 100 female athletes to remember, which was released recently.

South Johnston graduate Genia Beasley and former Garner standout and current Clayton High School girls basketball assistant coach Tresa Brown – who both led their teams to state championships– and Southeast Raleigh track standout Gabby Mayo were all selected.

Beasley was a pioneer for women’s basketball and led South Johnston to the state championship as a sophomore. She was one of Kay Yow’s most important early recruits at N.C. State and led the Wolfpack to their first ACC title in 1980. She also was named a Kodak All-American.

Brown helped lead Garner to the state championship as a sophomore before transferring to Sanderson. She went on to be named ACC player of the year at North Carolina, scoring 1,931 points for the Tar Heels.

Mayo earned 12 individual NCHSAA track and field championships during her time at Southeast. She went on to pick up two medals at the 2006 World Junior Championships during her career at Texas A&M.

Garner wins conference golf match

Garner golfers posted five scores in the 40s Tuesday to win the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls golf match at Wilmar Golf Club. The Trojans finished at 127, 16 shots ahead of West Johnston. Clayton was the only other GNRC school to register a team score, finishing at 160.

Lauren Ceyrolles led Garner with a 41 for medalist honors, while Nichole Ceyrolles added a 42 and Emily O’Neill shot 44. Alexis Eaddy (46) and Arianna Ceyrolles (47) also scored in the 40s for the Trojans.

Preslee Honeycutt shot 45 for West, while Monika Vidlickova shot 46.

Olivia Hall had a 47 for Clayton.

West teams finish in Early Bird top fives

Arden Vessie of Corinth Holders won the girls individual title at the 2013 Early Bird Invitational at Wendell Park on Saturday. Vessie finished in 19:16.78, ahead of Becky Meshaw of West Johnston (19:52.05).

West Johnston was third in the girls team standings, while Corinth Holders took fourth and Clayton was fifth. Kaelin Amaya (22:02.25) finished 16th for the Comets.

West ran second in the boys team standings, behind Hope Mills South View. Kyle Christ placed sixth for West Johnston in 16:55.07. Garner finished third in the boys team standings. Senior Justin Burkey finished eighth to pace the Trojans.

Clayton’s boys placed ninth and Cleveland was 10th.

Cleveland wrestler wins scholarship to Iowa college

Cleveland High School graduate Dakota Hill has signed a wrestling scholarship with Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The NAIA school plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with schools in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

Hill was a three-year starter for the Rams and finished third in the state at the 2013 NCHSAA 3A state championships. He was named Cleveland’s most outstanding wrestler in 2013 and was the Rams’ most improved wrestler in 2012.

“We are excited about the addition of Dakota to our growing program,” said Graceland coach Zack Mullins. “The success Dakota had during high school in both the classroom and on the mat makes me excited to get him on campus in the weeks to come and get to work.

“Not only has he had success but he carries the characteristics I am building this program upon.”

Dakota is the son of Kevin and Lynn Hill and will major in business administration and sports management.