Sports Briefs: Red Springs Knocks Off North Moore
North Moore fell 50-12 to visiting Red Springs Friday in nonconference football action.
Red Springs rode the arm of sophomore quarterback Blake Green to get the win. Green finished 21 of 28 for 361 yards. Julian Brown was on the receiving end of six of them for 186 yards.
The Red Devils took a 38-6 halftime lead on the way to improving its record to 3-0 for the season. North Moore is now 0-3.
North Moore opens Yadkin Valley Conference play next week when it travels to West Montgomery.
Vikings Netters Win
The Vikings volleyball team topped Southern Lee in straight sets Thursday in Sanford.
With the 25-14, 25-17 and 25-10 victory, Union Pines improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in Cape Fear Valley Conference play.
Morgan Bridgers led Union Pines with 28 assists and 10 aces. Fellow Viking senior captain Crystal Hicks had 10 kills.
Continuing her strong and steady contribution for Union Pines, junior outside hitter Brittany Erickson contributed seven kills and five aces to the Viking effort. Meanwhile, sophomore middle hitter Tiffany Hicks had eight blocks and seven kills.
Union Pines returns to the court Tuesday when the Vikings host league rival Western Harnett at 4:30 p.m. in Cameron.
Falcon Harriers Compete
The O’Neal cross-country teams traveled to Wilmington Wednesday, with the girls finishing third and the boys fifth in the five-team Cape Fear Independent Conference meet held at Hugh MacRae Park.
The Falcon girls represented themselves well against larger schools with well developed programs, said Falcon coach Josh Roberts.
Junior Savannah Merritt led the girls’ team, setting a new personal record of 22:17 in finishing second in the race. The time moved Merritt into the school’s top-10 list at No. 3 overall.
Merritt was followed by captain Alana Godbey, crossing the line in 25:42 for an 11th-place finish. Team scores were rounded out by Hunter Atkinson in 15th (26:33), Aleksandra Majka in 27th (27:36) and Allison Johnson in 30th (27:45). Other Falcon runners Bronti Viskovich (34th, 28:19), Elizabeth Trexler (39th, 29:30), Lara Allen (60th, 35:02) and Megan Bloom (61st, 35:21).
The boys’ team posted a score of 114, with eighth-grader Josh Russell leading the way, finishing in 21st place with a time of 21:51. Next over the line for the Falcons were Josh Hager, in 23rd at 21:59 and Kyle Flechsig in 44th with 23:58.
Completing the boys’ score nearly as a pair were Tomi Lawal and Matt Hutchens in 45th (24:13) and 47th (24:16).
Other Falcon competitors were Dakota Merritt (64th, 28:48), John Anderson (71st, 30:16) and Patrick Walters (72nd, 31:18).
The Falcon squads are back in action Wednesday at Fayetteville Academy.
’Stangs Lose Soccer Match
In a soccer matchup between early-season Yadkin Valley Conference co-leaders Wednesday, Albemarle handed visiting North Moore a 4-1 defeat.
Both teams entered the contest sporting 2-0 conference marks.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 halftime lead, then added three more goals in the second half.
The lone goal scorer for the Mustangs was Gerbacio Cabrera, who converted a penalty kick midway through the second half. Alejandro Mendoza and Juan Garcia shared time in goal for North Moore.
North Moore, 3-4 overall, faces South Davidson at home next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
St. David’s Stops O’Neal
The O’Neal volleyball team was defeated in three games by St. David’s Thursday in Raleigh.
The scores of the games were 25-14, 25-6 and 25-17.
Katelyn Hunt leads the team with eight digs, while Scottie McGowan followed with seven digs. Jackie Chamberlain and Taylor Shelton both added four kills each and five blocks. The Falcons are now 6-5 (1-1 conference).
In junior varsity action, St. David’s defeated the Falcons in two games.
The scores of the games were 25-20 and 25-15. O’Neal is now 6-5 overall (1-1 conference).
Sarah D’Annunzio and Teresa Donner led the Falcons with four service aces each. Emily Summers had two kills and Mary Dozier also added a kill.
Both teams face Lee Christian at home on Tuesday.
Patriots Win in Volleyball
The Pinecrest volleyball team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 25-8, 25-12 and 25-23 victory at Lumberton Thursday evening.
The Patriots, now 8-1 overall, were led by Felicia Painter with 13 kills and 13 service points. Keyasa Martin served for 18 points and Megan Thomas contributed 13 assists and six service points.
Also for the winners, Amber Goodwin had seven kills, Ashleigh Welton had five kills and five service points, Rae Nunez served for 10 points and Callie Boone was credited with eight assists.
The Patriots travel to Laney on Saturday before meeting defending conference champion Scotland County in Laurinburg for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday.
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