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Conley sweeps regionals again


D.H. Conley seniors Virginia Morrison, Brianna Bello, Meredith Bullard, Abigail Burns, Connor Dennison, John Anderson and Julia Kohake, from left, with coaches Jennifer Neague and Eric Sawyer after Conley won the NCHSAA 3-A Eastern Regional championships on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Swimmers from J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley advanced to the state championship meet after plenty of Pitt County success at the 3-A East Regional competition Saturday in Cary.

Conley dominated for the second straight year in both the girls’ and boys’ regional standings, winning the boys’ meet with 353.3 points and the girls also were first with 367. The Rose girls’ team (325.5) finished in second place, and the Rose boys (164) were fourth.

In the 4-A regionals, South Central’s Bethany Tart sped to a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 52.91 seconds, and she was third in the 100 free.

Conley’s Trevor Torres had a strong showing, picking up wins and valuable points in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle swims.

The team of Torres, Garrett Despres, Riley Brown and Turner Cook also won the 200 medley relay. DHC diver Kaitlyn Glynn totaled 283.40 points and defeated her lone opponent, Rose’s Lillian Ozimek, in the 1-meter diving competition.

Other DHC winners included Abigail Burns, Meredith Bullard, Brooke Despres and Ruth McGee (200 free relay), and the team of Jacob Bell, Garrett Despres, Connor Dennison and Torres (400 free relay).

Rose came out firing in the girls’ 200 medley relay, as Madeline Smith, Emma Hastings, Lily Grace Blackmon and Corry Eason finished first in 1:54.69. Their Conley counterparts, consisting of Bullard, Burns, Brooke Despres and McGee, were second.

Other Rose winners included Hastings (200 IM, 500 freestyle) and Smith (100 free), and Eleanor Blount, Hastings, Grace McCarthy and Smith in the 400 freestyle relay.

Conley hoops

Before D.H. Conley’s boys’ basketball team extended its win streak to four games and recorded a key Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference victory versus C.B. Aycock on Friday night, the Conley girls routed Aycock 65-18.

Jenna Wooten led the way with 16 points, followed by Alisha Anderson with 12 and 11 from Kiara Johnson.


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High Schools

February 18, 2019

North Pitt head girls basketball coach William Knight preached focus ahead of his squad’s opener to the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference tournament Monday night against Nash Central. 

The message was well received, as the Panthers dominated in a 73-42 victory. 

NP was led by the trio…


February 18, 2019

Farmville Central head basketball coach Larry Williford announced Monday morning that star sophomore shooting guard Terquavion Smith had officially given his verbal commitment to N.C. State.

“He went to N.C. State’s team camp last summer and that’s where they identified him,…


February 17, 2019

GREENSBORO — With the high school wrestling season officially in the books following Saturday night’s state finals, coaches are beginning to reflect on their seasons and plan ahead for next year. 

The North Pitt Panthers captured a Pitt County championship and 2-A Eastern…


February 16, 2019

GREENSBORO — After two days of intense competition leading up to Saturday night, Ayden-Grifton senior wrestler Ray Darden brought home the state championship crown at 195 pounds during 2-A action at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Darden defeated Will Frady of Smoky Mountain via a 3-2…

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February 16, 2019

With 5:30 left in the fourth quarter on Friday, Ayden-Grifton looked to capitalize on its furious second-half comeback and take its first lead of the night against Greene Central on senior night. 

A quick bucket in transition from Josh Wright tied the game at 46, but a pass between the legs of…


February 14, 2019

South Central boys’ basketball coach Chris Cherry picked up his 450th career win and the Falcons finished their regular season strong, winning 71-26 on senior night against D.H. Conley. The Falcons got off to a hot start, led by North Carolina commit Day’Ron Sharpe getting a putback…


February 14, 2019

Farmville Central senior big man Dyquavis Wilkins is nearing the end of his high school basketball career, with just a trip to the playoffs left between him and graduation. Wilkins spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about his time with the Jaguars and his future.

Q: How did you get started in…


February 13, 2019

South Central cruised to its 12th straight victory in front of a packed crowd, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, defeating C.B. Aycock, 56-25.

Williams visited Winterville to check in on commit and Falcons superstar forward Day’Ron Sharpe. 

“Coach Williams is a great man,…


February 13, 2019

College signings continued at J.H. Rose on Tuesday morning, as four more athletes across three sports confirmed where they will be heading to play at the next level.

Former Rose football captain David Sawyer Jr. announced he would sign with Columbia University (N.Y.). The prestigious Ivy League…


February 10, 2019

Multiple Pitt County high school wrestling teams competed in regional competitions Friday and Saturday. 

North Pitt led the way in the 2-A East Regional, held at Croatan High School, finishing third out of 25 schools with 118 points.

Raheem Jones finished first at 182 pounds after defeating…

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