SPORTS BRIEFS: Matinee Races Sunday At Harness Track
The historic Pinehurst Harness Track will host the 60th running of the Matinee Races at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5.
Gates open at 11 a.m. and opening ceremonies starting at 1 p.m. Admission is $5.
Attendees are encouraged to purchase a program for $2 and participate in the "Pick a Winner" promotion.
Other than rail parking, there is no charge for parking. There will be a shuttle available to and from the mile track to accommodate overflow parking.
There will be a food concession on the grounds selling hot dogs and hamburgers for those who forget to bring tailgate lunch.
For more information, contact Dave Janone at 692-7906.
O'Neal in Baseball
Caldwell Academy took advantage of a wild Falcon pitching staff to earn a 12-2 win Monday.
Falcon pitchers issued 11 walks in the game.
According to head coach Matt Peal, the team's hard work on defense was strong, and the team is still working on improving game to game.
"We are using every situation we get to get better," Peal said.
The Falcons (0-2) return to action Thursday when the travel to play Flora MacDonald at 4 p.m.
Locals Meet in
With 15 or more local high school graduates currently playing college baseball, the former teammates or neighborhood rivals are bound to cross paths on the diamond now and then.
Such was the case when No. 19 East Carolina and No. 26 UNC-Wilmington met last Wednesday in Greenville.
Seahawk freshman Steven Davis, a former Yadkin Valley Conference Player of the Year at North Moore, came on in relief in the fifth inning with his team trailing the Pirates 3-0. The lefthander retired all seven of the batters he faced, striking out a pair.
The score was the same in the top of the eighth when Pinecrest graduate Seth Maness took the mound for East Carolina. He retired the side in order and then struck out former Patriot teammate Ryan Foreman as a pinch hitter leading off what became a scoreless ninth.
The save was the first for Maness, the Conference USA selection as pre-season pitcher of the year and a member of several pre-season All-American teams. The Pirate sophomore went a month without posting a win before improving to 2-0 in a 13-3 victory over the University of Central Florida on Mar. 21. He pitched effectively as a starter again on Saturday in a game won by the Pirates, but did not receive credit for the victory.
After posting a 4-1 record last week East Carolina (20-5) is now ranked 16th in the Baseball America Poll.
Named the Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week about three weeks ago, Davis has continued to get the job done for the 17-5 Seahawks. The scoreless outing against East Carolina lowered his ERA in 12 relief appearances to 0.82.
He has a record of 3-0 with three saves and has not allowed an earned run in his last seven times out. His ERA and opponent batting average (.086) lead the conference. Last weeks efforts included two scoreless innings in an 8-1 loss to UNC on Tuesday.
Anderson's Hat Trick
The Pinecrest girls sit alone atop the Mid-Southeastern Conference soccer standings after Monday's 5-1 victory at Jack Britt.
The Patriots improved to 5-0 in the league and 6-3 overall behind a hat-trick by senior Lyndsey Anderson. They entertain Westover tonight at 7 p.m.
The Buccaneers dropped to 4-1 in the conference and 4-4-1 overall.
In the preliminary contest, the Pinecrest jayvee team (6-2) defeated Jack Britt 4-0 for its fourth shutout win in a row.
About 10 minutes into the varsity match, Anderson scored on the rebound off a shot by Ally Parziale that hit one of the posts of the goal.
Before the intermission, Bailey Pages connected off of an assist from Sarah Senior, and Kate Hieronymus finished a free kick by Pages, making it 3-0.
Caitlin Novak countered for the Buccaneers early in the second half to make it 3-1. But the Patriot offense beat the Buc off-side trap twice to provide some breathing room. Both goals were scored by Anderson on through balls from Cary Keegan and Hieronymus.
Sarah Dejak and Shannon Potter shared the goalkeeping for Pinecrest. Scotland County shares second place in the conference with Jack Britt, also at 4-1.
The Carolina Barnstorming Tour basketball game on April 20 at Union Pines is sold out. The game will feature UNC seniors Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green and Duke seniors Greg Paulus and David McClure.
The gym capacity for the game has been reached and no tickets will be sold at the door.
For those who have tickets, the game begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session from 6:30 to 7.
There also will be a three-point contest and a dunk contest.
The event is a charity fund-raiser with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Moore Magic AAU basketball team.
PHS Golf Wins
Game in a Row
Bryan Stewart shot a two-under par 70 to lead the Pinecrest boys' golf team to its fourth Mid-Southeastern Conference victory ina row at Gates Four Country Club on Monday. The Patriots' 298 team total also included a 74 by Sam Packard, a 76 by Colin Jameson and a 78 by Phillip Riggsbee.
Patriot coach Sandy Sackmann was pleased with the team's performance on the course that will be the site of the regional tournament.
"They did a great job on a tough course," the coach said. "I was especially pleased with Bryan's round and happy for Phillip that this was the first time we have used his score. I know we are capable of having six scores in the 70s which is what we need for regionals and states."
The other team scores were Jack Britt, 313, Richmond Senior, 315, Scotland County, 339 and Hoke County, 433. Pinecrest entertains Green Hope, Holly Springs and AC Flora of South Carolina at Pinehurst No. 4 on Thursday. No. 4 will be the site of the 4A state tournament in May.
For the second time in three weeks, Pinecrest's Lexie Schustrom has broken a record in the 3,200-meter run at a meet held on a college campus.
The Patriot junior competed last Friday in the the high school girls' 3,200 held at N.C. State that is a part of the Raleigh Relays.
In a field that included runners from Pennsylvania and Virginia, she finished in fifth place with a time of 11:08. That was four seconds better than the previous Pinecrest school mark of 11:12 set last year by Lauren Bishop, now a freshman member of the N.C. State team.
The winner of the girls' 3,200 was Raleigh Millbrook freshman Samantha George with a time of 10:57.
A little more than two weeks ago, Schustrom set the meet record at the Phoenix High School Classic held at Elon College with a time of 11.19.9.
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