Sports Briefs: SCC Wins Back-To-Back Region X Golf Titles
The Sandhills Community College men’s golf team successfully defended its Region X championship Tuesday, defeating Louisburg College by three strokes at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Garner.
Kevin MacDonald led the way for the Flyers, shooting consecutive 75s to finish the tournament in second place individually. Phillip Riggsbee (74), Matt Nunez (78) and Matt Forbis (79) rounded out scoring for the champs Tuesday.
Eric Hutchins paced SCC on Monday with a tournament-best 70 and finished in a tie for third place with Riggsbee and Nunez at 155.
The Flyers finished with a team score of 606, compared with Louisburg’s 609.
Coach Gus Ulrich was recognized as Region X Coach of the Year.
The next stop for the Flyers will be the NJCAA Tournament in Chautauqua, N.Y., June 6 - 10. SCC fared well at the event last year, finishing third overall. Nunez finished 16th and Riggsbee finished 31st at the event.
O’Neal Girls Tie CFA
The O’Neal School girls’ soccer team hosted conference leader Cape Fear Academy at Mauser field on Tuesday, battling to a scoreless draw.
Cape Fear entered the game undefeated in the Cape Fear Independent Conference at 4-0-2, while the Falcons entered the match in fourth place in the conference at 3-2-2.
The match started with the Falcons dominating possession for the first 20 minutes in which a breakaway chance by Mary Dixon on a penetrating pass by Abbey Dahl was denied by the Cape Fear keeper.
Cape Fear took control for the final 20 minutes of the half, forcing freshman keeper Alex Quevedo to come up with some nice saves to keep the match scoreless at halftime.
The second half was back and forth with both teams playing solid defense. The Falcons’ defensive unit of Teresa Griffin, Maggie Jackson, Amelia Schirmer and Piper Davis shut down any potential buildup from the visiting Hurricanes.
After regulation play the game was still a draw at 0-0.
The Falcons entered overtime, ready to get the win against the Hurricanes, who beat the Falcons 3-0 in the first matchup of the season, but after an additional 20 minutes of fast-paced soccer, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
This marked the fourth overtime match of the season for the Falcons, who have yet to concede an overtime goal. It also marked the sixth shutout for keeper Alex Quevedo in 14 games.
The Falcons moved to 6-4-4 overall and 3-2-3 in the conference (third place). They were scheduled to resume play Thursday at Fayetteville Christian.
Falcon Nine Come Back
Senior centerfielder Brandt Davis’ sliding catch of a bases-loaded line drive sparked a comeback win for the O’Neal Falcons at Grace Christian School in Sanford Tuesday.
The visitors overcame a 6-3 deficit and won by a score of 13-7. Junior hurlers Matt Schoemmell and Jordan Hunt threw well on a wet day as Martin Zigovsky, Charlie Johnson and Joseph Taylor provided strong defense as well as timely hitting.
The Falcons play again at Fayetteville Christian tonight.
Wallace Recognized by WRAL-TV
Moore County sports fans who tuned in to WRAL-TV’s 6 p.m. news broadcast Tuesday had the opportunity to see a local student-athlete recognized for his hard work on and off the field.
North Moore senior Tyler Wallace, a three-sport standout at the school, was chosen as the latest recipient of Tom Suiter’s Extra Effort Award. A film crew was on campus last week for interviews.
Wallace played quarterback and defensive back for the school’s football team, was a power forward on the basketball team and is a shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team.
Wallace is ranked No. 1 academically in his class. A link to the video can be found on thepilot.com.
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