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North Pitt's Shiheim Suggs, front, wrestles on Jan. 4, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 5, 2019

D.H. Conley walked away winners on the mats at Farmville Central on Friday night, finishing with wins over the Jaguars, North Pitt and South Lenoir. At full strength, the Vikings have a wrestler for any opponent in any weight class. 

DHC earned several forfeits, but grapplers such as Nicolas Stox (113 pounds) and Ethan Lenysyzn (120) still managed to earn multiple victories on the night. 

Head coach Micheal Taylor has been pleased with the effort he’s seen throughout the season. 

“So far we’ve been working hard,” Taylor said. “It’s really showing. Everyone has bought into the program. We’ve done a great job at keeping the kids motivated.”

The Panthers finished 2-1 on the night, led by Alex Espinosa-Johnson (220) and Cameron Jones (185), who both finished 3-0.

Head coach Chris Young has just one hope for his team as the Panthers enter into the new year.

“Get healthy, that’s my No. 1 resolution for this program,” Young said. “Right now, we are struggling with that. If we get healthy we should be good to go.”

The host Jaguars finished 1-2 and are looking to improve under new head coach Ray Marshall. 

Senior Drew Grider led the charge for FC at 285, including a hard-fought fall victory over NP’s Samuel Romulo in just more than five minutes.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Marshall said. “We are in a building phase as a team. We’ve had some coaching changes, and because of that we are struggling with our lineups. Here in the upcoming year we are hoping we can become better competition for our opponents.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


South Central 80, Eastern Wayne 60

The No. 23 nationally ranked Falcons improved to 11-1, 2-0 after an 80-60 victory over Eastern Wayne. With a 40-28 lead at halftime, SC cruised in the second half to another big win. 

SC won’t play again until Jan. 11, when the Falcons travel to face New Bern. 

Greene Central 79, North Lenoir 57

Greene Central moved to 8-5, 3-0 after another conference win.

The victory marks the sixth consecutive non-tournament win for the Rams, not including the team’s loss to Farmville Central in the Parker’s Pitt County Christmas Tournament. 

After a slow start, GC has picked up steam at the midpoint of the season. The Rams will host West Craven on Jan. 8.

All-state football

RALEIGH (AP) — Quarterback Sam Howell of Indian Trail Sun Valley and Charlotte Vance linebacker Power Echols were The Associated Press offensive and defensive prep football players of the year in North Carolina for the 2018 season on Friday, joining D.H. Conley receiver CJ Johnson.

East Forsyth’s Todd Willert was AP coach of the year after an unbeaten run to the Class 4-A state championship.

Echols led the 32-player AP all-state team, appearing on 15 of 17 ballots from statewide sports writers in results released Friday. The sophomore was among three all-state picks for Vance, joining Andre White at tight end and defensive back Xavier Marshall for the state 4-AA finalist.

Clayton and Cornelius Hough were the only other schools with multiple all-state picks. Clayton had defensive lineman Savion Jackson and defensive back William “J.R.” Walker. Hough had defensive back Tyus Fields and punter Conner Maynard.

Howell, a senior who committed to Florida State before signing with North Carolina, earned 13 votes along with Mount Airy receiver Donavon Greene and Elizabeth City Northeastern defensive lineman Traveon Freshwater — an East Carolina signee who made the team for a third straight season.

Walker, Fields, Johnson and Belmont South Point offensive lineman Larry Dowdy were all-state picks for the second straight year.



Ayden boys 69, Chicod 22

Ayden remained perfect at 6-0 after a win over Chicod on Thursday night. Ayden’s two reliable scorers, Alex Moye and Terrance Nicholson, both finished with 15 points in the win.

They will be back in action Monday when they host Bethel. 

Hope girls 42, Aycock 18

Hope’s girls also remained undefeated after a win over Aycock. The Mustangs were led by Kylah Silver (14 points), Aubrey Mayberry (seven points) and Karma May (seven points). 

Hope will return to the court Monday when it travels to face A.G. Cox.

Bethel girls 25, C.M. Eppes 21

Bethel rolled to 5-1 on the season behind 10 points from Tanasia Jenkins and eight from Miranda Tucker.

Dixon scored 10 to lead to Eppes.


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January 05, 2019

D.H. Conley walked away winners on the mats at Farmville Central on Friday night, finishing with wins over the Jaguars, North Pitt and South Lenoir. At full strength, the Vikings have a wrestler for any opponent in any weight class. 

DHC earned several forfeits, but grapplers such as Nicolas…

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