16th Oct2012

Lady Patriots roll into second round of conference tourney

by Lee Wagner

BURGAW – Just after his retirement as the coach of the Pender High School volleyball team the administration at Pender deemed it right to name the volleyball court at Pender the Ray Horton Volleyball Court – a fitting tribute for their longtime coach who led the Lady Patriots to back-to-back NCHSAA 1A state titles in 2009 and 2010.

Monday night Horton returned as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs of Wallace-Rose Hill in the first round of the Tri-County 1A Conference volleyball tournament, and well some of his previous players – now playing in college – like Jessica Sanabria (Randolph) and Haley Lanier (Catawba) welcomed their former coach back with smiles and hugs, the current members of the Lady Patriots volleyball team weren’t nearly as hospitable.

Senior Kayvia Thompson had 10 kills and nine aces, junior Jackie Sanabra had 22 assists and two aces, and senior K. B. Hansley had six kills and five aces as Pender dismantled Wallace-Rose Hill 3-0 (25-9, 26-24, 25-12) on Monday in the opening round of  the Tri-County 1A Conference Tournament on the Ray Horton Volleyball Court at Pender.

Pender (16-5) now moves on to face James Kenan, the No. 3 seed, at 5:00 p.mn. today (Tuesday) at Union. James Kenan beat Hobbton 3-1 (25-14, 19-25, 27-25, 25-23). Lakewood, who tied with Pender for the regular-season title, defeated Union 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-10). The Lady Leopards will face Midway, a 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 11-25, 25-20, 15-12) winner over Trask, at Union approximately 30 minutes after the Pender vs. James Kenan match.

The winners of the two games tonight will meet on Wednesday for the conference tournament and – most likely – the top seed out of the conference in the upcoming NCHSAA 1A state tournament, which begins on Saturday.

“It was pretty much what I expected,” Pender Coach Matt Davis said. “We played well without the crowd being in it too much and I told the girls that’s what we will have to do in the playoffs, especially if we have to go on the road.”

While the second game was close from a scoring standpoint, the match was really more defined by the first and third games. The Lady Bulldogs almost looked like a deer in a the headlights as Pender took a 5-2 lead early, increased it to 9-4 then to 14-5 before putting the icing on the cake with a 10-point run.

Thompson was on serve in the 10-pointer and she had four aces to go along a kill and two kills from Hansley. Pender had 24 aces on the night as Wallace struggled mightily with the serve/receive.

Davis opted to rest his starters at the beginning of the second game and the Lady Bulldogs took advantage a bit, although the Pender second unit – with two girls (Alli Crist and Gelleana Mendez) up from the junior-varsity for the tournament and the playoffs on the floor – played well.

The game was close, and actually tied at 8-8, 10-10, and 12-12, before Wallace went on a six-point surge to open an 18-13 lead. That is when Davis went back to the first unit, and that group outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-6 the rest of the way in securing a two-point victory. Thompson was again on serve with Pender down 24-21 and she served out the match with two aces, two unforced mistakes by Wallace, and a kill by Hansley.

“We played with the younger girls because from here on the rotation is going to get tighter and I wanted them to get some playing time, and they played well,” Davis said. “When they got up by five I decided to put the starters back in just so they could get their legs back under them for the third game, and they got on a roll to pull it out.”

With a potential three games in three days and the state tournament on Saturday, the starters were back on the court for the third game because Davis did not want to see a fourth game.

That game lost its competitiveness early as Pender jumped out to early leads of 5-1 and 10-2 before a three-point run and a five-point spurt provided Davis and the Lady Patriots with a 19-4 advantage, at which point mass substitutions ensued.

Now Pender must get ready for James Kenan, a team they beat 3-1(25-14, 25-18, 16-25, 25-20) on Sept. 4 at James Kenan, and 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-8) at Pender on Sept. 27.

Tradition says it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season, and Davis knows his girls will have to be at the top of their game if they want to be playing for that No. 1 seed on Wednesday.

“We know they have a very good middle hitter and blocker, and they’re dangerous if they get the pass to the setter and she (the hitter) gets her opportunities,” Davis said. “We just have to avoid making silly mistakes and make sure we cover her up at the net and I think we’ll be okay.”

WRH                9-24-12

Pender            25-26-25

Pender: Kayvia Thompson 10 kills, 9 aces, 5 digs; Alyssa Carter 4 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces; Ruby Gasca 1 kill, 1 ace; Katy Stewart 5 assists; Brenee’ Jones 1 dig; K. B. Hansley 6 kills, 5 aces; Cassidy Miller 3 aces, 2 digs; Brianna Pittman 5 kills, 2 blocks; Jackie Sanabria 22 assists, 2 aces; Meghan Cleary 1 kill; Amber Pyland 2 kills; Hannah Peterson 1 ace; Gelleana Mendez 1 kill; Journey Knowles 1 kill, 1 block.

WRH: Brittany Scarborough 1 kill; Kamryn Sessoms 3 kills; Hailey Williams 1 kill, 1 ace; Halee Knowles 5 kills; Allis Aycock 2 aces, 1 block; Jamira Henry 2 kills; Reagan Page 1 kill; Amber Dixon 2 aces.

14th Oct2012

Topsail honors fallen local hero

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – In our daily lives we all too often throw the word, “hero,” around way too easily, sometimes referring to athletic achievements, to people like 12-year old Kimberly Batchelor who is battling a rare form of cancer, to policemen and firemen who serve and protect us in ways we don’t often appreciate, and to everyday citizens who put their lives in jeopardy at times, and who donate organs so others may live.

Roget’s Thesaurus defines hero as, “brave man, superman, champion, conqueror, and idol,” and I assume that’s why we include athletes in with all of those other true heroes listed above, although I personally believe that is stretching the term.

But last night at a football game at Topsail High School and Croatan, the Pirates “family” took time to honor one of their own – a man that deserves the title hero in the ultimate definition of the word.

Friday night Topsail offered a special tribute to Army National Guard Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Butler IV, a 2006 graduate of Topsail High School where he excelled on the baseball diamond, on the football gridiron, and in the classroom.

Butler gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country on Oct. 1 in Afghanistan when a cowardly suicide bomber targeted his patrol group, killing Butler and two of his comrades.

Butler served as a Military Police Officer with the North Carolina National Guard’s 514th Military Police Company out of Winterville. Butler leaves behind his wife, Holly, and their seven-month old son, Thomas Jefferson Butler V, and several extended family members.

T’. J.’s former Coach, Ian Roper, offered these words about T. J.

“He was an awesome kid, a joy to coach, and a great teammate,” Roper said. “He was a kid that all parents want to be their kids, to grow up to be like. His death is a tragedy but his life was a gift to anyone that knew him.”

Friday night, and throughout the rest of the season, the Black Hats (Topsail football team) will proudly wear No. 10 on their helmets in honor of T. J., and his ultimate sacrifice.

At halftime, Topsail Principal Berry Simmons and Athletics’ Director B. J. Horne presented a very heroic Holly Butler a football to be given to their son, a check which was the results of donations made at and before the game, and non-perishable food products to restock a pantry that was depleted during the family’s grieving process.

What made the halftime ceremony extra special was that Holly Butler and T. J.’s parents came despite the fact she, and his parents, laid their beloved husband and son to rest earlier in the day.

Topsail also took time to honor all current and former Military personnel on Military Appreciation Night. Topsail public address announcer Tripp Jacobs addressed the crowd prior to a moment of silence for Sgt. Butler and the National Anthem with these words,

“Tonight Topsail High School welcomes and would like to recognize members of our military forces. These brave young men and women have dedicated their lives to service, and through their sacrifices we are able to live in a free country and enjoy many freedoms that are often taken for granted.

“We would also like to thank the families of these brave soldiers for the many sacrifices they make in order to keep things running on the home front. Your support does not go unnoticed, and is truly appreciated.

“Now we asked everyone to please stand and join me as we observe a Moment of Silence in T. J.’s memory. We will conclude the moment of silence with our National Anthem.’

The Topsail family asks everyone to keep the Butler family in our prayers throughout the days and weeks ahead, and may God bless the soul of this man who best exemplifies the title, “HERO!”

 

13th Oct2012

Pirates rally in second half for 32-14 win over Croatan

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD – Emotions are feelings that can run a huge gamut, and last night at Topsail High School on Military Appreciation Night emotions pretty much ran the full spectrum – from sadness, to honor, to shock, to subdued honor and respect, and finally, to joy in a football game that ended with a Pirates come-from-behind victory.

It was a sad scene at the beginning as there was a moment of silence for a local fallen hero – Army National Guard Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Butler IV – who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his nation when a suicide bomber drove into a group of American servicemen, ending the life of Butler, a 2006 graduate of Topsail who excelled on the baseball diamond and on the football field as well as in the classroom, and two of his comrades.

The shock of the evening came in the first half of the football game between the home-standing Pirates and visiting Croatan as the Cougars vaulted out to a 14-3 lead heading into the halftime break.

The honor and respect part came at halftime, and that goes to Holly Butler, the wife of Sgt. Butler, who came to the game along with Butler’s parents knowing that the Topsail family was honoring her husband on the evening of the day they laid this fallen hero to rest.

Then came the joy in the form of a 29-point second half that help the inspired Pirate players, who will wear Butler’s former No. 10 on their uniforms for the remainder of the season, to gain an important conference victory.

Josh Jessup’s 41-yard touchdown scamper with 7:54 seconds left in the game provided Topsail with an 18-14 lead, and subsequent touchdowns by Devin Williams and a second by Jessup provided the insurance as Topsail defeated Croatan 32-14 on Friday in a key East Central 2A Conference football game.

Topsail now stands at 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference with games left at home next Friday against Richlands (3-6, 2-3), and on the road on Oct. 26 at Swansboro (4-5, 1-4). Croatan fell to 4-4 and 2-3 in conference play. Should the Pirates win out they would be guaranteed a spot in the 2AA playoffs.

Last year the East Central 2A Conference had Topsail and Swansboro in the 2AA bracket, and East Duplin, Northside, and Croatan in the 2A bracket – meaning five teams from the conference were playoff eligible. Last night the Pirates took a major step toward reaching that playoff goal.

“From here on out every game is a playoff game,” Topsail Coach Bryan Davis said. “And if we play every game with that mentality it will help us not only get in but it will help us when we get there because we will be used to the one-and-done pressure. That’s part of what makes this such a big win.”

And the Pirates did it in a big way with 29-unanswered points in the second half after watching the Cougars take a 14-3 lead into the halftime intermission.

“We made a few adjustments and Coach got us lined up in the right defense and we flew around, played Topsail football, and didn’t miss tackles like we did in the first half,” said Topsail senior linebacker and wide receiver Mason Kimmel, who finished the game with five tackles.

The Pirates definitely needed some adjustments after a first half in which second-quarter touchdowns by Marshall Judon (5 yards) and 6-foot-3 wide receiver Mitchell Smith (a 29-yard scoring pass from Kyle Hopewell) overshadowed a 39-yard, first-period field goal off the toe of Topsail’s Alec Webster.

Croatan had 202 total yards to Topsail’s 99 yards in the first half, and they held a tremendous 12-3 advantage in first downs over that first minutes.

“In the first half our execution was poor on both sides of the ball,, and our defensive shortcomings were on me because it took me a while to figure out what they were doing,” Topsail Coach Bryan Davis said. “We did a terrible job of covering their pitch man and we did a better job with that and on defense in general in the second half.”

Croatan managed a total of 88 yards (34 rushing and 54 passing) over the second 24minutes while the Topsail offense came alive to the tune of 175 yards. It also helped that the Cougars turned the ball over five times (3 fumbles and two interceptions), giving them 16 in three consecutive losses to Northside (7), East Duplin (4), and the Pirates.

The comeback started early in the second half when an anticipated Cougars’ punt turned into a Topsail two-point safety when the ball was snapped over the punter’s head and rolled out of the back of the end zone.

Croatan punted after the safety and Topsail had good field position at the Croatan 45-yard line. Six plays later, aided b a personal foul against the Cougars, they had closed their deficit to 14-11 when Williams rambled 20 yards into the end zone and Webster connected on the point-after.

Midway through the fourth quarter the Pirates took advantage of a short 27-yard punt by Croatan and took over on the Cougars’ 49-yard line. Jessup provided the lead with a 41-yard run with 7:54 left on the game clock.

A fumble on Croatan’s next series gave the Pirates renewed life at the Croatan 21-yard line and on the second Pirate offensive play sophomore quarterback Austin Schoenleber hooked up with Williams on a 20-yard scoring play to make it 25-14 with 6:04 left in the game.

Croatan went for it on fourth-and-11 on their next series in an effort to get back in the game but the pass on fourth down was incomplete and Topsail had the ball on the Cougars’ 41-yard line. Jessup capped a 41-yard, seven-play drive with a four-yard touchdown burst and it was game, set, and match.

“We did a little more sprinting out in the second half to negate their blitzes and the guys (linemen) did a good job, and we were simply better able to execute our game plan,” Schoenleber said.

Croatan          0-14-0-0=14

Topsail            3-0-8-21-32

First Quarter

Topsail – Alex Webster 39 Field Goal, 1:29

Second Quarter

Croatan – Marshall Judon 5 run (Kyle Colburn kick), 1:40

Croatan – Mitchell Smith 9 pass from Kyle Hopewell (Kyle Colburn kick), 0:14.9

Third Quarter

Topsail – Safety, ball snapped out of end zone on punt attempt, 11:12

Topsail – Devin Williams 10 run (Kick blocked), 8:53

Fourth Quarter

Topsail – Josh Jessup 41 run (Alec Webster kick), 7:54

Topsail – Devin Williams 19 pass from Austin Schoenleber (Alec Webster kick), 6:04

Topsail – Josh Jessup 4 run (Alec Webster kick), 1:38

Team Statistics                       Topsail                        Croatan

First Downs                                12                                 16

Rushing                                    39-189                         36-113

Passing                                 7-11-85-0                    9-24-143-2

Fumbles/Lost                 1/1                               5/3

Punting                                  2-63=31.5                2-41=20.5

Individual Statistics: Rushing – Topsail: Devin Williams 17-92; Josh Jessup 13-102; Hunter Jacobs 3-6. Croatan: Marshall Judon 15-31; Lonnie Murray 8-52; Kyle Colburn 6-19; Andrew Colburn 4-15. Passing – Topsail: Austin Schoenleber 7-11-85. Croatan: Kyle Hopewell 4-12-60, Marshall Judon 4-11-106, Kyle Colburn 1-1-17. Receiving – Topsail: Mason Kimmel 3-27, Hunter Jacobs 2-35, Addison Futrell 1-4, Devin Williams 1-20. Croatan: Lonnie Murray 3-62, Mitchell Smith 3-62, Beau Bryan 1-14, Marshall Judon 1-6, Kyle Colburn 1-minus-1. Defense – Topsail: Devin Williams 20 tackles; JakeemSmith 6 tackles, fumble recovery; Mason Kimmel 5 tackles; Addison Futrell 3 tackles, nterception, fumble recovery; Trevor Savidge 3 tackles, fumble recovery; Justin Lemaster 3 tackles; Cole McGinn interception. Croatan: Dillon Bannigan 4 tackles; Kyle Colburn 4 tackles; Mitchell Smith 2 tackles; Andrew Colburn 2 tackles; Caleb Orr 2 tackles; Bobby Straub 2 tackles; Eric Ellmo 2 tackles.

13th Oct2012

Lady Patriots topple Lady Titans, tie for first place

by Lee Wagner

BURGAW – After a somewhat disheartening loss to Lakewood on Tuesday that created a tie for first place in the Tri-County 1A conference, Thursday night could have been one of those “look past” games for the Pender High School volleyball team, except for two things.

The first was the game was against their closest (by location) rival in Trask, and those two teams simply do not like to lose to each other – heck, neighborhood bragging rights are on the line here.

The second is it was Senior Night at Pender, and there was no way this group of seniors, who have come so far in just two seasons under a new coach, were going to lose their final regular-season home game – and they did not.

Senior Kayvia Thompson made her last regular-season game a memorable one with 13 kills, three aces, and a dig, and classmate K. B. Hansley had six kills, an ace, and three digs as Pender closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (25-13, 27-25, 25-12) win over an always-scrappy Trask Titan team on Thursday on Senior Night in a Tri-County 1A Conference game on the Ray Horton Volleyball Court in Burgaw.

The Lady Patriots finished the regular season with an overall record of 16-5, and a 12-1 conference record, which allows them to share the regular-season conference title with Lakewood. The No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCHSAA 1A state tournament will be decided in next week’s conference tournament – whichever team wins or finishes higher in the tournament will be the top seed. Pender will face Wallace-Rose Hill at 6:00 p.m. at home on Monday to open tournament play.

The Lady Titans finished the regular season with an 8-10 overall record and a respectable 7-7 conference record. They will travel to Midway on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. start in the conference tournament.

“You can’t say enough about what our four seniors (Thompson, Hansley, Brenee’ Jones, and Ruby Gasca) meant to this team,” Pender Coach Matt Davis said. “They have put in the work to get to where they are, and they deserve all the rewards that come with it. More than their play their leadership is what will be the toughest thing to replace. Most teams would be hard-pressed to find one leader like any of our four seniors.

“They have worked hard all year to make sure they have trained up the next generation of Pender volleyball players and though they won’t be replaced, their legacy can be built upon by those younger girls whom they’ve mentored.”

On a night set aside to honor the seniors, Thompson, Jones, Hansley, and Gasca pretty much ran the show in the first game against the Lady Titans. After the festivities between the junior-varsity game and the varsity game, composure was hard to come by, but once the game started that wasn’t a problem.

Thompson had five kills in the opener and Gasca and Hansley had service runs of five or more points, and Jones added three blocks to the equation in a somewhat-relaxed 13-point victory.

Despite the fact it was Senior Night, Davis kept up his practice of getting the non-starters time on the court. Throughout the early portion of the game the Lady Titans, who built a 20-12 lead, which prompted Davis to put the seniors back on the floor, and they responded.

Those players needed an adjustment period and the Lady Titans ran the advantage out to 23-14 before the Lady Patriots mounted a charge behind Hansley and Thompson, who had three kills each.

Junior Cassidy Miller took over the serve for Pender with the Lady Patriots trailing 24-18 and ran off a seven-point spurt to tie the game at 25-25 when Pender lost the serve. A front-line kill by Thompson and a back-line big hit from Hansley gave Pender the 27-27 overtime win.

Davis chose to allow the seniors to end the night on the floor in the third game, and the score got lopsided quickly. Alyssa Carter started the game with a strong serving stint of four points, followed by Hansley with five points of her own, and Pender was up 9-2.

Leading 12-6, Thompson took the serve for the Lady Patriots and the lead mushroomed to 17-6. At 20-7 it was time for the Pender seniors to have one final curtain call, and they all left to a standing ovation from the crowd after four good years of hard work.

“It was their Senior Night and they really came out ready to play, Trask Coach Karen Byrd said.

The Lady Titans junior-varsity team fared better than the varsity by beating Pender 2-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-23) in a close, hard-fought match. Rebecca Cooper had eight points and two blocks, and Brynee Coleman and Emilee Buchanon each added eight points in the win. The young Lady Titans finished 10-8 overall and 8-6 in the conference, winning their last five matches

Trask              13-25-12

Pender            25-27-25

Pender: Kayvia Thompson 13 kills, 3 aces, 1 dig; K. B. Hansley 6 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs; Brenee’ Jones 2 kills, 3 blocks, 2 ace, 1 dig; Ruby Gasca 2 aces; Jackie Sanabria 29 assists, 1 kill, 1 block, 1 ace; Alyssa Carter 8 kills, 1 ace; Brianna Pittman 8 kills, 3 blocks; Journey Knowles 2 blocks; Meghan Cleary 2 kills; Katy Stewart 4 assists, 1 ace; Amber Pyland 2 kills, 1 dig.

Trask: Rachel Wilson 5 kills; Anna Brodmerkel 8 assists; Kassidy Tyer 8 points, 4 aces, 10 digs.

12th Oct2012

Win over Richlands provides Lady Pirates
with third-straight outright title

by Lee Wagner

RICHLANDS – Now it’s official, you can move things around and dust where necessary because there is a new trophy ready to be placed in the trophy case at Topsail High School.

After going out and clinching no worse than a tie on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-19) road win over Croatan, the Lady Pirates once again climbed on the activity bus on Thursday, and this time they quickly and efficiently disposed of the Lady Wildcats to achieve the first of three major goals they set before the year began.

The first, of course, was to win their third-straight East Central 2A Conference championship in this their final year as a 2A school. Chalk that one up to mission accomplished!

The second goal is to complete the conference schedule without a single blemish, and Thursday’s win was their 13th in 13 tries so far this season – now only Swansboro (9-8, 8-5) stands in the way of that goal. The win over Richlands was also the Lady Pirates’ 43rd-consecutive conference win dating back to the last two games in the 2009 season.

A win on Tuesday – Topsail’s Senior Night – would be No. 44, and while winning three conference titles in a row in this tough and highly-competitive conference is almost enough of a major accomplishment, finishing unbeaten in conference play for a third-consecutive season is almost unprecedented.

The third goal – is a trip to Raleigh in about three weeks, but that is a story for another day.

Junior Sammi Proulx had 13 service points and eight digs, junior Chandler Skipper had 10 digs, senior Lacey Akerley came off the bench to rack up eight points and seven kills, and sophomore Annie Johnson – in just her third varsity game since being called up from the junior-varsity team – showed it was a good decision with one point, two kills, and six digs as Topsail defeated Richlands 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-15) on Thursday in an East Central 2A Conference volleyball in Richlands.

Topsail is now 18-3 overall and 13-0 in the conference after their 10th victory in a row. The one-sidedness of the game also allowed Topsail Coach Hill Pearsall to rest a lot of his starters, thus giving the dedicated bench players some valuable – and much-appreciated – floor time.

“Last night I was talking to (seniors) Carlie (Smith) and Angie (Poage) and they told me they had only lost one game in conference since they have been playing (against East Duplin), and that is quite a streak,” Pearsall said. “It takes the commitment of the girls to buy into what I want done – systems of defense, how to block in different situations, and making chances mid-game.

“This year, more than ever, I feel we have done a good job with that. I have had a great group of young ladies come through over this run. Two have gone on to play college volleyball. I have been fortunate that someone has stepped up to fill the void left behind by graduated players. We have had some tight games over that span with East Duplin and Swansboro, especially, which helped maintain our rivalries. Forty-three (43) straight wins is a testament to how hard the girls work in and out of season, and what can be accomplished by teamwork and self-motivation.”

Topsail            25-25-25

Richlands       10-  9-15

Topsail: Kayla Hyatt 6 kills, 3 blocks; Sammi Proulx 13 points, 8 digs; Reagan Holloway 7 points, 2 kills; Sarah Woodward 3 points, 5 kills; Angie Poage 7 points, 3 kills, 17 assists; Carlie Smith 3 points, 11 kills, 10 digs; Jenna Register 3 points, 6 assists; Kaleigh Bordeaux 10 points, 3 digs; Chandler Skipper 10 digs; Lacey Akerley 8 points, 7 kills; Annie Johnson 1 point, 2 kills, 6 digs.

12th Oct2012

Back-line defense, teamwork keys as Lady
Bulldogs sink Lady Mariners

by Lee Wagner

HOLLY RIDGE – If there is one thing that is certain that came out of last night’s Coastal Plains 1A Conference volleyball game between the teams from Dixon and East Carteret High Schools it’s the Lady Bulldogs are tired.

Dixon had to go to four games to beat Jones, Sr. on Tuesday, took the long activity-bus ride to Bayboro for a key match with Pamlico, which they won in five games, then returned home for their third game in three nights to face the Lady Mariners of East Carteret.

But the second satisfying thing that can come out of that exhausting run is the Lady Bulldogs won all three, and their quest to at least share the title in the conference stays on course – at least for another evening – and a lot of credit for keeping that goal intact was the play of a group of outstanding seniors on Senior Night.

Senior Caitlin played a super game, especially on the back line, and finished with 13 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, and a miraculous 25 digs, and classmate and BFF Allison Brown had 21 service points, 10 kills, 3 aces, and 14 digs as Dixon outworked East Carteret en route to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8) marathon Coastal Plains 1A Conference victory at Dixon on Senior Night.

The victory has the Lady Bulldogs sporting a 10-6 overall record and an 8-1 conference mark. They have one game left – at Lejeune on Tuesday. They are deadlocked with Southwest Onslow (13-4, 8-1), which defeated the Lady Devil Pups 3-0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-17) last evening. The Lady Stallions have one home game left on Tuesday against dangerous Pamlico (11-5 5-3). The only conference losses suffered by Pamlico came at the hands of Dixon (twice) and SWO.

“This is the third match this week like this,” said Dixon Coach Heather Moore with a sigh of relief after the game. “We went four with Jones, five with Pamlico, and now five with East Carteret, so it’s been a tough week.

“I thought we had a little bit of a letdown tonight and it wasn’t any one thing. We made little errors and our serve was not always on the way it should have been. They (East Carteret) were scrappy and they had those two huge blockers (LaShonda Rogers and Shaina Taylor) tonight. I don’t remember them from the first time but they sure were big at the net tonight.

“Our back line has saved us several times this year, and they were definitely a big factor tonight, they played a fantastic game. Caitlin, especially, was awesome. Winning this is definitely a relief. Had we lost we’d be out of the race for first, and now it all comes down to Tuesday.”

Trexel was awesome but there were a plethora of heroines for the Lady Bulldogs on this evening. Brown was a force on both the back line and at the net, racking up 10 kills to go along with her 14 digs. Miranda Davis had 17 kills and 13 digs, Kelsey Pearce had 22 assists, five kills, six digs, and four aces, and Alyssa Aqufredda had nine kills.

All of those girls, along with Darian Meridyth and Kellie Peterson – both of whom also played well – were among the seniors honored.

To be honest things looked pretty bleak after both the first and third games for the Lady Bulldogs. East Carteret used six combined kills (three each) by Rogers and Taylor and nine unforced errors by the Lady Bulldogs to grab a one-game-to-none advantage with a 25-22 first-game win.

Dixon had several medium-large leads early in the contest but the Lady Mariners fought back with runs of five, six, and a game-ending five points to secure the victory. Taylor had two kills and Shelby Clark had a big ace in that final game-clinching surge.

The second game gave new meaning to the term “back-and-forth,” as the teams were deadlocked 10 times – the last at 22-22. Trexel had 10 digs in that game to help stymie any consistent East attacks. A kill by Aquafredda and a ball hit out of bounds by a Lady Mariner gave Dixon a leg up at 24-22, but a ball hit into the net by Dixon gave the service back to East Carteret at 24-23. That lasted one point as a Brown kill off an assist from Peterson tied the match at one game apiece.

While the third game only had six ties, it was no less competitive. Dixon led 23-20 before East went on a five-point, game-ending rally that included two kills by Taylor and an ace by Taylor Yeomens. Dixon helped out in a big way in the Lady Mariners win with 14 unforced errors.

Down two-games-to-one and with their collective backs to the wall, the Lady Bulldogs fought hard, as did the Lady Mariners. The fourth game produced 14 ties, the final one at 24-24 after a three-point surge by East and before Dixon got the serve back on a kill by Trexel. A ball hit out of bounds by East Carteret gave Dixon a 26-24 win, and sent the match into the ever-dangerous 15-point deciding game.

Surprisingly – after four-straight close games decided by three points or less – the final game was almost a no-contest. Brown was serving as Dixon scored three-straight points to take an early 4-1 lead. East came back to tie the game at 4-4 but the Lady Bulldogs answered with a four-point spurt – behind kills from Aquafredda and Brown and an ace by Trexel – to open an 8-4 advantage,

A Dixon hitting error gave East Carteret the serve but the Lady Bulldogs got it right back courtesy of a kill by Davis. Davis followed that up wit another big hit and an East player net violation made it 11-5.

The Lady Mariners got two back, a kill by Rogers and an ace by Haley Burroughs, to close to within four at 11-7 but a kill by Pearce gave the Lady Bulldogs the serve,, and they never gave it back.

Pearce’s kill made it 12-7, a kill by Davis made it 13-7, and back-to-back big hits from Pearce made it 14-7. It was only right, then, that Pearce would finish off the game, and the match, with one final slam.

“We tried to get a hand on everything because the front line was depending on us,” said Trexel in explaining the fine back-line effort. “Everything starts with a pass from the back.

“At times during matches we tend to get frustrated and that happened tonight but we realize as we go along we have to work as a team, and in the end tonight everyone came together.”

E. Carteret     25-24-25-25-  8

Dixon              22-25-23-26-15

Dixon: Allison Brown 21 points, 19 kills, 14 digs, 5 aces; Bailey Saeger 3 kills, 3 blocks,  1 dig; Caitlin Trexel 13 points, 25 digs, 2 aces, 1 kill; Alyssa Aquafredda 3 points, 9 kills, 1 assist; Kelli Peterson 10 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs; Kelsey Pearce 6 points, 22 assists, 5 kills, 4 aces, 6 digs, 1 block; Miranda Davis 8 points, 17 kills, 13 digs, 2 assists; Darian Meridyth 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 assists.

East Carteret: Taylor Yeomans 1 kill, 1 ace, 36 assists; LaShonda Rogers 12 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace; Baleigh Barker 4 kills, 1 ace; Haley Burrouighs 4 aces; Shaina Taylor 15 kills, 5 blocks; Shelby Clark 4 kills, 1 ace; Faith Gillikin 2 aces; Brittany Lewis 1 kill.

12th Oct2012

Week 7 area High School football preview

by Lee Wagner

Each Friday Topsail News Online’s Lee Wagner will give a breakdown of each game our four local high school football teams will play. The feature will include breakdowns for not only our local team but their opponents. Stay tuned each week.

CROATAN COUGARS  AT TOPSAIL PIRATES

WHERE & WHEN: At Topsail High School, Hampstead, 7:30 p.m.

COACHES: Topsail – Bryan Davis, 7th year (37-25); Croatan – David Perry.

SEASON’S RECORD: Topsail is 4-3 after wins over Clinton (28-14), South Lenoir (47-20), Ashley (26-7), and Trask (16-13), and losses to Pender (22-20), Northside (35-10), and East Duplin (26-21). Croatan is 4-3 with victories over Clinton (14-6), Swansboro (14-13 in overtime), East Carteret (39-6), and Pamlico (21-0), and losses to East Duplin (14-0), Northside (41-13), and West Carteret (41-7).

NEXT GAME: Topsail is home against Richlands and Croatan is at South Lenoir.

LAST PLAYED: Topsail beat Croatan 27-6 on Oct. 14, 2011.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have lost to Northside and East Duplin, and both have beaten Clinton.

KEY PLAYERS FOR CROATAN: RB Marshall Judon, QB Kyle Hopewell, WR Mitchell Smith, WR Beau Bryan.

KEY PLAYERS FOR TOPSAIL: Sr. RB/OLB Devin Williams, Soph. QB Austin Schoenleber, Sr. QB/WR/OLB Matt Gilgo, Sr. TE/DE Trevor Savidge, Sr. TE/LB Mason Kimmel, Sr. OL/DE Ben Houghton, Jr. OL/LB Jakeem Smith, Sr. PK Alex Webster, Sr. P/WR/DB Palmer Rice, RB/LB Josh Jessup.

FOR CROATAN TO WIN: In the results that I have seen the Cougars do not seem to have much of a running game and they will need to establish one if they have any hopes of leaving Hampstead with a victory. Hopewell can throw the ball, though, and early success there could open up the run game. Defensively, this is a team that has given up 213 points (26.6 per game) – 41 to Northside and 41 to West Carteret (4-4). Their wins have come over teams with a combined record of 9-21. All that said I do not see them stopping Topsail.

FOR TOPSAIL TO WIN: As the health gets better and the players return, this team is going to get better. Defensively they must shut down Hopewell and the Cougars’ passing game and make them grind out yards on the ground. Offensively keep mixing it up and spreading it around. There are some good athletes at the Pirates’ skill positions and that should be enough here to get them third place in the conference.

WALLACE-ROSE HILL BULLDOGS AT PENDER PATRIOTS

WHERE & WHEN: At Pender High School, Burgaw, 7:30 p.m.

COACHES: Pender – Tony Hudson, 2nd year (6-12); WRH – Joey Price.

SEASON’S RECORD: Pender is 3-4 with wins over Midway (46-13), Hobbton (52-0), and Topsail (22-20), and loses to James Kenan (40-20), Union (35-28), Whiteville (41-18), and North Brunswick (21-16). WRH is 5-3 with wins over Union (27-13), Trask (38-0), Midway (13-10), Lakewood (27-24), and Whiteville (27-16), and losses to Clinton (14-6), New Hanover (28-7), and East Duplin (38-6).

LAST PLAYED: WRH beat Pender 35-20 on Oct. 14, 2011.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played Whiteville, Union, and Midway. Both beat Midway, WRH beat Whiteville and Union, and Pender lost to Whiteville and Union.

NEXT GAME: Pender is home against Lakewood and WRH is at Hobbton.

KEY PLAYERS FOR WRH: RB Marquell Newkirk, QB Bobby McKenzie, WR/DB Taekwon Carr.

KEY PLAYERS FOR PENDER: Soph. FB Sam Dixon, QB Nickey Wells, OL/DL Kymothy Murphy, OL/DL Jacob Dew, RB/LB Caleb Johnson, WR/S Rashawn Deloach, RB/CB Julius Powell, G/DE Zach Jones, T/DE Andre Donaldson

FOR WRH TO WIN: For Pender’s sake I hope I am wrong here but WRH, in a somewhat down year, is still better than most (James Kenan aside) in the Tri-County 1A Conference. The balance between offensive points and defensive points is close (152-143) but 80 of the points given up have come against New Hanover, East Duplin, and Clinton – the Bulldogs’ three losses. The disparity against conference teams is 105 on offense and 47 on defense. WRH must stop Dixon and contain Wells. If they do that, they secure an overwhelming victory because Price always seems to come up with speedy running backs that sustain drives, and keeping the Pender offense on the sidelines would be a huge boost.

FOR PENDER TO WIN: During the Tom Eanes era the Patriots ran the triple-option to perfection, starting with the fullback, and that is Dixon on this team. Pender must pound the ball inside to bring the WRH defense close together, then hit the outside with Wells making solid decisions. Also, do not turn the ball over against this bunch – they have a penchant for turn turnovers into touchdowns. Defensively stop the run. If WRH is going to beat you make them do it through the air.

DIXON BULLDOGS AT JONES SR. TROANS

WHERE & WHEN: At Jones Sr. High School, Trenton, 7:30 p.m.

COACH: Dixon – Ray Swaney, 4th year (14-27); Jones Sr. – Jon Davis, Sr.

SEASON’S RECORD: Dixon is 4-3 after wins over Pamlico (37-14), Spring Creek (33-7), Princeton (24-20) and Mattamuskeet (34-0), and losses to Southwest Onslow (48-19), Swansboro (30-22) and North Duplin (28-24). Jones Sr. is 0-7 with losses to SWO (50-0), Lejeune (20-7), Fairmont 28-2o), Union (21-7,Havelock (55-6), James Kenan (29-6), and Kinston (7-7).

NEXT GAME: Dixon is at East Carteret and Jones, Sr. is home against Pamlico.

LAST PLAYED: Jones Sr. beat Dixon 51-0 on Oct. 14, 2011.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played Princeton, North Duplin, Spring Creek, and SWO. Dixon beat Princeton and Spring Creek, and lost to North Duplin and SWO. Jones Sr. has lost to all four

KEY PLAYERS FOR PAMLICO: Sr. QB Miguel Foy, WR/KR/FS Glen White, LB Chris Villapando.

KEY PLAYERS FOR DIXON: Sr. QB/S C. D. Hansley, Sr. C Travis Padgett, Sr. TE/DE Bryan Moore, Sr. T/DT Austin Rosensteel, Sr. DT Jake Strong, Sr. DT Eric Parker.

FOR JONES SR. TO WIN: The Trojans have scored 53 points in seven games (7.5 per game) and given up 240 (34.3) so that does not bode too well against Dixon, even at home. Garnered just 170 total yards in loss to Lejeune last week and stats say Dixon has better defense that Devil Pups. Any hope here lies in ability to move the ball downfield on sustained drives, or find a way to strike quickly – and often. Defensively the effort must be near perfect to stop solid Bulldogs’ offense.

FOR DIXON TO WIN: Health, or a lack of it, could play a factor here but I think the Bulldogs are too strong on both sides of the ball to lose to the Trojans. Move the ball, be patient and take what the defense gives you – you don’t have to be spectacular, just methodical. Defensively bottle up any semblance of Trojans’ passing game and make Trojans run. They had 73 yards on 20 carries (3.7 yards-per-carry average) last week against Lejeune.

UNION SPARTANS AT TRASK TITANS

WHERE & WHEN: At Trask High School, Rocky Point, 7:30 p.m.

COACHES: Trask – Bill Mercier (0-4); Union – Douglas Burley.

SEASON’S RECORD: Trask is 0-7 after a 24-6 loss to Hobbton, a 38-0 loss to WRH, a 27-3 loss to Lakewood, a 22-19 loss to Midway, a 42-14 loss to Ashley, a 26-14 loss to North Brunswick and 16-13 loss to Topsail. Union is 4-4 with wins over Hobbton (28-7), Pender (35-28), Jones, Sr. (21-7), and Fairmont (22-6), and losses to WRH (27-13), James Kenan (44-6), Clinton (18-12), and Laney (21-14).

NEXT GAME: Trask is at James Kenan and Union is home against Midway.

LAST PLAYED: Union beat Trask 21-14 on Oct. 14, 2011.

COMMON OPPONENTS: Both teams have played Hobbton and WRH. Both lost to WRH while Union beat Hobbton and the Titans lost to the Wildcats. .

KEY PLAYERS FOR UNION: QB/RB/LB/K Alfredo Garcia, RB/LB Daniel Glover, TE/LB Justin Smith, OL/DL Anfrenee Cromartie.

KEY PLAYERS FOR TRASK: WR/FS Arthur Brown, WR/DB Ethan Bishoff, FB/LB Quan Brown, RB/DB Jakita Lane, RB/LB D. J. Love, TE/DE Kemodrick James, T/NG Josh Smith

FOR UNION WIN: This is going to come out cruel, but show up! There are more problems in Titantown that can be corrected in a week after seven-straight losses. Union scores some and Trask does not stop well; Union plays decent defense, and the Titans cannot score. Simply stop the Titans’ run game and force them into mistakes. Offensively do not turn it over, and that will allow the Spartans to put the ball in the end zone more times than Trask.

FOR TRASK TO WIN: The Titans will be heavy underdogs in all of the rest of their games after losing to Hobbton, so there is no pressure here. Just go out and play and have some fun. RELAX! Outside of the people in the lockerroom (and I am sure there are some doubters there) no one expects the Titans to win, and that could work in their favor. That and there’s a good chance Union will come in overconfident with tough games against Midway and at Lakewood still to play.

12th Oct2012

THS to honor graduate Sgt. TJ Butler at Friday night’s game

by Ken Clarke

HAMPSTEAD – Topsail High School will honor one of its own and all military personnel at Friday night’s football game against Croatan.

In a press release from the central office on Thursday the Pender County school system announced it would be holding military appreciation night at the Topsail High School home football game along with honoring Sgt. TJ Butler, a 2006 Topsail High School graduate who was killed on Oct. 1 by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

The press release states that all military personnel (with an ID) will be admitted to the game for free and will be recognized during halftime.

“There will be collection tubs at the front gate for people to donate food items to the Butler family,” states the release. “If there is a surplus of food other military and their families in the area will receive donations.”

Fans are also asked to wear red, white and blue to the game.

For more information contact THS Athletic Director B.J. Horne at 270-2755.

11th Oct2012

Huge win for Lady Bulldogs at Pamlico makes
race for top spot more intriguing

by Lee Wagner

BAYBORO – The one thing that always sticks in your head when you make the long trip to Bayboro to face any Pamlico High School sports team is you certainly don’t want to make the return trip with a loss on your ledger. It makes for a quiet and depressing ride.

That fact alone notwithstanding, Dixon volleyball Coach Heather Moore knew it was going to be tough to win on the Lady Hurricanes home court – it almost always is – and there was the fact it took the Lady Bulldogs five games (20-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-14, 15-8) to eke out a 3-2 win over Pamlico in Holly Ridge just seven days ago.

A lot to think about, and a lot to digest for the Lady Bulldog players, but not only did they digest it, they rose to the occasion and spoiled Pamlico’s Senior Night in the process.

Senior Kelsey Pearce has been a major sparkplug for the Lady Bulldogs all season, and Thursday night was no different as she recorded eight service points, five kills, five aces, five digs, and 16 assists to lead Dixon to a second grind-it-out 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 13-25, 25-17, 15-8) over Pamlico in a key Coastal Plains 1A Conference volleyball game in Bayboro.

Dixon is now 9-6 overall and an important 7-1 in the conference. They are currently deadlocked at the top of the standings with Southwest Onslow (12-4, 7-1) with the Lady Hurricanes (11-5) sitting in third in the conference with a 5-3 record.

The Lady Bulldogs have East Carteret at home tonight (Thursday) on their Senior Night, then they travel to Camp Lejeune for a regular-season ending match against the Lady Devil Pups next Tuesday.

SWO has Lejeune at home tonight before facing Pamlico at home next Tuesday. Wins in both games by both teams will produce a shared conference title. But if either loses a game – and SWO does have the tougher challenge against the Lady Hurricanes – the championship hardware goes into the other one’s trophy case.

“This was a huge win,” said Moore in a phone interview on Thursday morning. “We knew we had to win to stay in the race for first. “Our passing was fantastic but we made some crucial mistakes we don’t typically make like missing free balls and hitting balls out of bounds, and we missed a lot more serves that normally we don’t miss, but they really came together in that crucial fifth game.”

An amazing stat is both fifth games in both matches between the two teams ended with the Lady Bulldogs winning 15-8.

As it turned out, winning that first game was critical for Dixon. Tied at 12-12, the Lady Bulldogs won seven of the next 10 points to forge a 19-15 advantage. A kill by Alyssa Aquafredda put the punctuation mark on the first-game victory.

Things turned from bright to bleak for the Lady Bulldogs as Pamlico scratched out a two-point win in the second game to even the match at 1-1, then overwhelmed Dixon by 12 in the third game to take a two-games-to-one lead.

But Pearce and her teammates responded to the challenge and they grabbed the lead and held on for an eight-point win in the fourth game on a Pearce kill to tie the match at two games apiece, sending it into that always worrisome 15-point final game.

But, again, the Lady Bulldogs were equal to the task as they jumped out to a 9-3 lead and never looked back. A bad serve by Pamlico accounted for Dixon’s 15th point, setting off a wild celebration on the Lady Bulldogs’ side of the net.

So Dixon only needs to come away with wins over two teams they have already defeated. The Lady Bulldogs beat East Carteret 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-13) in Beaufort on Sept. 25, and they beat Lejeune 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-18) in Holly Ridge on Sept. 27.

Dixon              25-24-13-25-15

Pamlico           21-26-25-17-  8

Dixon: Miranda Davis 10 points, 6 kills, 9 digs, 1 ace; Allison Brown 8 points, 14 digs, 7 kills, 5 aces; Kelsey Pearce 8 points, 5 kills, 5 aces, 5 digs, 16 assists; Caitlin Trexel 11 points, 19 digs, 4 aces; Alyssa Aquafredda 4 points, 7 kills, 3 digs; Darian Meridyth 4 kills, 2 assists.

Pamlico: Kenzie Davis 8 kills; Kerri Taylor 17 points, 16 kills; Gumball 11 kills; Hudgins 13 assists.

11th Oct2012

Lady Patriots fall in five at Lakewood

by Lee Wagner

SALEMBURG – Sports are a fickle friend, sometime you play poorly, and sometimes you play well and the other team simply plays a little bit better.

The second part of that statement is what befell the Lady Patriots of Pender High School last night when they boarded an activity bus for the long trek to Salemburg for a crucial Tri-County 1A Conference volleyball game against the Lady Leopards of Lakewood High.

The Lady Pirates played well, the Lady Leopards just played a little bit better.

Sophomore Brianna Pittman had 11 kills and an astonishing 17 blocks, senior K. B. Hansley had 10 kills, a block, two aces, and seven digs, and her classmate Kayvia Thompson added nine kills, three aces, and 13 digs but it was simply not the Lady Patriots’ night as they dropped a 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 15-25, 25-16, 14-16) decision to Lakewood in a crucial Tri-County 1A Conference volleyball game.

The loss by the Lady Patriots (15-2, 12-1), along with the subsequent win by Lakewood (12-1 in conference),left the two teams tied atop the conference standings. Lakewood has a game left at Union on Thursday while the Lady Patriots welcome Trask to Burgaw. If both win they would be declared co-champions and the No. 1 seed out of the conference in the upcoming NCHSAA 1A state playoffs would be decided by which teams finishes higher in the conference tournament, which begins on Monday.

“All I can say is we played well, I can’t find fault in what the girls did,” Pender Coach Matt Davis said. “You look across the board and we had what we wanted with all of our hitters real close in kills. We served well forcing numerous bad passes and aces.

“You’ve got to remember there’s another team on the floor, too. They played well also and it really was anybody’s night, could have gone either way. That’s what I tried to tell the girls, not to be discouraged or get down. Really it shouldn’t make a difference win or lose in how we feel after a game if we played with everything we’ve got and tonight that’s what we did.

“I was extremely pleased with Brianna, she really stepped up and made it tough on Lakewood with 11 kills and 17 blocks. We’ll take this loss and keep moving forward.”

On Lakewood’s Senior Night (8 seniors were honored) Pender and Lakewood played to a virtual dead heat with the scoring total for the five games deadlocked at 103-103.

In the first game, the Lady Leopards stated out hot and were on top with a 9-4 advantage. But the Lady Patriots were not fazed and rallied with strong serving from Alyssa Carter to pull to within two at 13-11. Pender tied the score at 13-13 but the Lady Leopards surged ahead again and took leads at 22-21 and 23-22. Pittman recorded a kill and a block to put Pender on top at 24-23 but Lakewood went on a three-point surge with two kills and an ace to snare a 26-24 first-game win.

Pender jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the second game but Lakewood answered with a three-pointer to tie the game at 3-3. Thompson was on serve at that point and the Lady Patriots worked their way out to an 8-3 lead, and they were never threatened in the game after that. Jackie Sanabria ran off four quick points to make it 12-4, and the lead mushroomed out to 19-9 behind strong service runs by Thompson and Hansley.

The momentum had swung in Pender’s favor and the runs took the crowd out of the match a bit. Pender was leading 24-13 when Lakewood went on a seven-point splurge but a well-placed tip by Pittman tied the match at 1-1.

The third game was back-and-forth with the Lady Patriots trailing most of the game, but never by more than a point or two. Pender was leading 14-13 when a ball was called out by the line judge only to be overruled by an official. Pender went from being on a run and potentially up by two to now being tied and frustrated.

That call changed the complexion of the game and Pender never regained its footing as the Lady leopards closed out a 25-15 win.

“I was shielded from the view of the play but our players seemed adamant the ball was out, as did our fans,” Davis said.

Because of the play of both teams neither could put together a run to gain control of the fourth game. Down 12-10, Sanabria went on serve and the Lady Patriots finally took control of the game. Sanabria ran off four-straight points that forced passes into the net from Lakewood that Pittman took full advantage of with several kill/blocks.

When Sanabria’s service run ended it was 17-12 in Pender’s favor, and Ruby Gasca followed that run with a three quick points to push the score to 20-13. Carter closed out the game with a four-point spurt – the last of which was a decisive ace.

In four of the last five matches between these two conference rivals the outcome came down to a fifth game, and this evening would be no different. Pender opened a 4-1 lead, forcing a Lady Leopards’ timeout, and that seemed to fire them up as they fought back to take a 6-4 lead.

Pender tied the game at 7-7 then completed a run that produced a 10-7 lead. Lakewood came right back and forged in front at 11-10, but Pender responded with two points to go ahead at 12-11.

Both teams had girls flying all over the court not wanting the ball to hit the floor but unfortunately Pender came up on the short end of a two-point score.

“It’s matches like this that remind you why you love this game,” Davis said.

Pender            24-25-15-25-14

Lakewood      26-20-25-16-16

Pender: Kayvia Thompson 9 kills, 3 aces, 13 digs; K. B. Hansley 10 kills, 1 block, 2 aces, 7 digs; Brenee’ Jones 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 dig; Ruby Gasca 2 aces, 5 digs; Jackie Sanabria 34 assists, 1 kill, 3 blocks, 3 aces, 1 dig; Alyssa Carter 7 kills, 1 assist, 4 aces, 6 digs; Brianna Pittman 11 kills, 17 blocks; Cassidy Miller 1 ace, 6 digs.

Lakewood: Teisha Rich 20 kills, 8 points, 5 blocks, 1 assist; Allyson Heinz 35 assists, 10 points; Morgan Herring 19 points, 17 kills, 1 block; Bailey Dudley 11 points, 8 kills, 5 blocks; Severance 26 points, 2 blocks; Katie Stewart 6 points, 1 kill; Rashyda Parker 9 kills,  8 blocks; Anna Heinz 8 points, 2 aces.

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