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Pitt County trio ready for state championships

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Terquavion Smith is passed the ball during a game against Greene Central on Saturday.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Three Pitt County teams survived Saturday’s regional final games to advance to the state championships Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum on N.C. State’s campus.

Falcons ready to complete title journey

South Central’s boys basketball team is all too familiar with deep playoff runs.

In 2017, SC advanced to the East Regional final before a one-point upset, 44-43, at the hands of 17-seeded Leesville Road ended the hopes of the two-seed Falcons. In 2018, the Falcons advanced to the East Regional final again before falling to future East Carolina star Jayden Gardner and the Heritage Huskies, 61-55.

“Not playing hard is non-negotiable,” head coach Chris Cherry told the media after the Falcons’ 70-50 thrashing of Millbrook on Saturday at Minges Coliseum.

Superstar forward Day’Ron Sharpe told media postgame that the feelings and failures of the past two seasons motivated SC (29-1) in this year’s playoffs. Sharpe and his squad will face Western Region-winning and six-seed West Charlotte on Saturday. Tip-off is set for noon. 

Young core guides Jaguars to finals

It would be difficult to tell the Farmville Central boys team was comprised of just one senior, forward Dyquavis Wilkins, in its starting lineup. 

The Jaguars (31-0) starting rotation, which along with Williams contains two juniors and two sophomores, plays with the poise and confidence of a team ready to capture its second state title in four seasons. 

Led by the dynamic guard duo of Justin Wright and Terquavion Smith, FC cruised in its fourth meeting with rival Greene Central this season, 78-59. Now Smith, Wright and the rest of the undefeated Jaguars squad will have to topple Forest Hills to bring home yet another title under Williford. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Joyner, Camron lead FC to state final

FC will bring both its undefeated girls and boys squads to Raleigh in hopes to sweep the 2-A classification. The Jaguars (27-0) girls return to the state final for the first time since 2006, led by a pair of stellar forwards in freshman Amiya Joyner and junior Je’Shyra Carmon. Head coach Hollis Harper heaped praise onto the entirety of the town’s athletic programs for their continued success.

“Everyone knows the middle school went undefeated, the junior varsity team went undefeated and the girls and boys varisty went undefeated,” Harper said. “This is great for the Farmville program and I just hope it continues next week.”

Harper’s game plan of forcing turnovers through tight defense has brought continued success to his young squad, which has just two seniors, Zion Shepard and Diantynese Williams.

Their defense will surely be tested when fellow top-seeded teams clash in the Jaguars’ matchup with Mountain Heritage at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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

SOCCER

D.H. Conley 2, Apex Friendship 1

DHC walked away with a victory at the Brittany Showcase in Wilson this past weekend. The vikings were led by goals from Haven Best and Gabrielle Kirkman. 

Jenna Rupp and Mary McKnight were credited with assists. Conley (5-0, 1-0) will host C.B. Aycock tonight at 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

Wilson-Fike 3, J.H. Rose 2

A late rally by Fike put J.H. Rose on the wrong end of the final score Monday night handing the Rampants their first loss of the season. 

Grant Charles Jarman (1-4, 3B, RBI), Ryker Galaska (1-4), Clay Stanley (1-4) and Noah Stox (1-3, RBI) led the way at the plate for JHR.

Rose (5-1, 2-0) will host Southern Wayne Friday. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

SOFTBALL

EB Aycock 7, Ayden 6

Josiah Killinger scored the game winning run in Aycock’s tight win over Ayden Middle Saturday. Shea Jenkins recorded eight strikeouts in the win.

Hope 15, CM Eppes 0

Hope improved to 2-0 on the season after a blowout win over CM Eppes. Brinley Hamilton picked up the win for the Mustangs from the circle while also finishing 1-1 at the plate. 

Hope will travel to face Greene County Wednesday.

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High Schools

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Another batch of local high school athletes signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

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June 13, 2019

After recently seeing his D.H. Conley athletic career come to a close Shea Ward continues to improve his game on the diamond. The Pitt Community College commit is playing with the Post 39 Legion team this summer before joining the Bulldogs. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Ward about his…

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