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D.H. Conley soccer players Gabby Krikman (left) and Haven Best sign with Cape Fear Community College on May 6.

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Athletes from three area schools have made their commitments to teams at the next level. 

Greene Central held a spring signing day for three of its seniors on Tuesday afternoon, including a historic moment for the Rams girls soccer team.

Senior Alyssa Keatts became the first player from GC to sign and play at the collegiate level. She signed with Division II Pfeiffer, and despite playing mostly in midfield for the Rams, she’ll be playing goalkeeper for the Falcons. Keatts plans on studying exercise science at Pfeiffer.

“It means a lot,” Keatts said. “I’m really proud and thankful for the opportunity to play at the next level. I felt Pfeiffer was a really good fit for me athletically and academically and the coaches made a big impact on my decision.”

Jekael Gay and Donte Johnson both signed to play basketball at Fayetteville Technical Community College, joining fellow local prospect and South Central guard RaQuann Vann.

“I feel like I’ve grown up today,” Gay said about his signing. “Being coached well and working on the fundamentals of basketball got me here. It’s awesome that I still get to be teammates with Donte. Going to FTCC is an opportunity for me to get better on and off the court.”

Johnson added he will miss being a Ram, but thanked head coach Blue Edwards and his staff for the opportunity he was given. 

“It’s a brotherhood here,” Johnson said about his time at GC. “I love my teammates and coaches and I’ll really miss them. It’s all about hard work and dedication at the next level. If you work hard and do the little things, it will always pay off in the end.”

 -Laieke Abebe

Panthers volleyball stars sign

Two North Pitt volleyball standouts, Casandra Watson and Briana Dillard, also will continue their careers. 

Watson, who finished with over 1,000 kills in her high school career, will join the Fayetteville State squad next season, while Dillard will stick close to home, signing with Pitt Community College. The pair helped the Panthers bring home a 2-A state basketball title in the 2017-18 season. 

Conley soccer seniors off to Cape Fear

D.H. Conley seniors Haven Best and Gabby Kirkman will be taking the next step together, as they both signed with Cape Fear Community College on Monday. 

“I’ve always wanted to play in college,” Best said. “Coach (Ryan) Deppa reached out to me and I really enjoyed the campus when I went to visit.”

Kirkman admitted that Best’s commitment drew her to Cape Fear, along with her dream to transfer to the Naval Academy. 

“I went and visited the campus and just fell in love,” Kirkman said. “The coach was awesome and I’m looking forward to it. I want to study something in the medical field, but I plan to reapply to the Naval Academy, so I’ll take some of the classes I need for that while I’m at Cape Fear.”

Falcons claim 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference track and field title

South Central swept the 3-A/4-A ECC track championships on May 2 at New Bern High School. 

The Falcons boys finished with 169.1 points, while the girls also earned the top spot with 185.5 points.

Girls winners for SC included Corinne Cox (800), Paige Witteborg (3200) and Ninevah Reddick (triple jump). 

Boys winners included Fletcher Bost (1600), Kendrick Britton (300 hurdles), Jemere Artis (triple jump), Brandon Hardy (shot put), Phillip Chen (discus) and the boys 4x400 relay team of Cameron Clark, Durrell Simpson, Nkosi Tyson and Britton.

D.H. Conley’s boys team took third with 112.5 points. The Vikings girls team finished second with 103.6 points.

Winners for the Vikings girls squad were Emma Cole (1600) and the girls 4x800 relay team of Cole, Eve Curtis, Annika Stokes and Hayley Ferrell.

Vikings boys winners included Jalen Wilson (800), Peyton Walters (3200) and the boys 4x800 relay squad of Eli Orians, Wilson, AJ Miller and Zach Tucker.

J.H. Rose’s boys team took fourth (86.70), and the girls finishing second (113). 

Winners for the Rampants girls team were Jordan Sales (100, 400, 200), Jenequa Wilson (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and the 4x400 relay team.

Boys winners included Michael Allen (100), Daishon Donald (200) and the 4x200 relay team. 

Panthers Whitehurst brings home conference honor

North Pitt track and field athlete Tylon Whitehurst was crowned 2-A Eastern Plains Conference male field athlete of the year over the weekend.

Whitehurst took home gold in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. 


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