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Sports Briefs: Wake Christian falls in Kickoff Classic

Bulldogs fall in Kickoff Classic

A pair of second-half goals by Croatan Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park ended Wake Christian Academy’s five-match winning streak in boys soccer. The loss, which came during the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Kick-Off Classic, leaves the Bulldogs at 5-2-1.

Will Glas (15 points on six goals and three assists) and Jeffrey Tan (11 points on four goals, three assists) lead WCA in scoring this season.

Trojans win at River Ridge

Garner won the Sept. 3 Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls golf match at River Ridge with a combined score of 124, eight strokes ahead of West Johnston.

Nichole Ceyrolles of Garner was the event medalist with a 38, while Lauren Ceyrolles and Emily O’Neill added 43s to the winning tally.

Monika Vidlickova of West Johnston shot 40, while Preslee Honeycutt and Blair Koonce both finished at 46.

Clayton was third at 153, paced by Olivia Hall, while Knightdale shot 177 and Southeast Raleigh totaled 185. Allison Stilley led Southeast Raleigh’s scoring.

Mudcats finish season of individual highs, team lows

The Mudcats finished the second half with a 35-35 record, eight games behind second-half champion Salem. Thanks to a bad first half, Carolina was a league worst 57-83 for the season.

Hitting was the strong suit for the Mudcats all season as they led the Carolina League in average at .266 as a team.

Jordan Smith led the league with 151 hits for the Mudcats.

Carolina hurler Cody Anderson, who was named the league’s top pitcher last week, led in the league with a 2.34 earned-run average.

Francisco Lindor, Joey Wendle and Anderson were selected as honorary year-end All-Stars for the Carolina League. The Mudcats’ three honorees are tied with the Potomac Nationals for the most on the 19-player list. Managers, general managers and media voted for this year’s superlatives.

Lindor and Anderson were both named to the midseason All-Star team before a call-up to the Double-A Akron Aeros this summer. Wendle garnered attention for his outstanding season in his first full year in professional baseball.

The Mudcats averaged 3,354 fans a night at Five County Stadium. That’s slightly down from the 2012 average of 3,418.

The Carolina League playoffs began Wednesday with Lynchburg taking on Potomac and Salem meeting Myrtle Beach.