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Pirates double up on 4-A Northern Athletic titles

Cleveland wins 2nd straight Greater Neuse crown

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KNIGHTDALE — Corinth Holders won both the regular-season and tournament championships in the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference last week. The Pirates grapplers clinched the regular-season crown with a 67-12 team win over Rolesville. Then on Saturday at Knightdale High, the Pirates placed in 10 of 13 weight classes, including four first-place finishes from Javari Wright, Jeffery Palmer, Nathan Mckenna and Andrew Doss, to win the tournament with 190 team points.

Corinth Holders 190, Heritage 141, Rolesville 139.5, Wake Forrest 97.5, Wakefield 77.5, Knightdale 45

SMITHFIELD — Cleveland took home its second straight 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference tournament championship and third straight regular-season championship at Smithfield-Selma on Saturday.

The Rams won with a team score of 153 behind two first-place finishes from Alejandro Figueroa and Deondre Honomichi. Clayton came in second with 132.5 points while West Johnston was third with 110.5 and had two first-place finishers with Gavin McKendrick and Ryan Schroer. The host Smithfield-Selma came in fifth with 47 points and had two runners-up with Alex Estrada and Michael Nichols. South Johnston came in last with 19 points and one winner in Traequan Williams.

Cleveland 153, Clayton 132.5, West Johnston 110.5, East Wake 48, Smithfield-Selma 47, South Johnston 19


CH teams combine for 4-A NAC title

RALEIGH — Corinth Holders swimming team took home first place as a team at the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference championship meet Saturday.

The Lady Pirates took home first place with 414 team points while the Pirates placed third with 259 points. Combined the team points added up to 673.

Corinth Holders 673, Wakefield 627, Heritage 603, Wake Forest 353, Rolesville 333


Batten gets Big South preseason nod

Longwood University senior catcher and North Johnston alumna Kaylynn “Bug” Batten was named the Big South Conference Preseason Player of the Year. Batten was an All-Big South first-team selection last season after catching every inning of her team’s season in her junior year.


NC’s Taylor hits scoring milestone

SMITHFIELD — Anna Taylor became the first middle school girl in Neuse Charter’s school history to hit 500 career points with 24 points against Four Oaks in a 51-29 win last Friday. Taylor is currently at 539 career points in 26 games.