Sports Briefs: Football Contest — and the Winner Is ...
Well, folks, another year of The Pilot football contest has come to an end.
Let’s get to the overall winner a little later, and just take care of the business concerning the weekly winners of this contest.
There were eight contestants, count ‘em, eight contestants that went 12-4 for the week. Now, none of them are going to earn any money because there were three prognosticators that went 13-3 for the week.
But let’s give a shoutout to Dick Kolke of Pinehurst, John Gray of Pinehurst, Jessika Harmon of Biscoe, Tony Grausso of Pinehurst, Pam Wase of Pinebluff, Sandra Blake of Pinehurst, Cecil Blake of Jackson Springs and Bobbie Norris of Aberdeen for their excellent effort this week.
Then let’s talk about Taylor Norris of Aberdeen, Randy McNeill of Cameron and Craig Reaser of Pinehurst. Those three contestants are the ones that picked their way to 13-3 records.
So, of course, as has happened many times this season, the tiebreaker game comes into play to determine who gets what money. That game was Denver’s 31-23 win over Tampa Bay for a total of 54 points.
Based on that McNeill gets the third-place check for $20 because his tiebreaker number was 45. That leaves Norris and Reaser in the running for the $50 first-place prize.
That first-place money is going to go to Reaser based on the fact that he had 50 as his tiebreaker number, while Norris had 49 points. That means the second-place money for $30 goes to Norris.
Entering the final week, Jamie Tindall of Wagram had a one-game lead over Jody Britt of Biscoe and David Weaver of Southern Pines in the overall standings. Well, the standings have ended in a tie because Tindall went 10-6 for the last week, while Britt rallied to a 11-5 mark.
That means Britt and Tindall both have overall marks of 142-66, while Weaver will end the season with a 141-67 mark. The $200 check for winning the overall battle will be split in two, with $100 going to both contestants.
Final Overall Standings
142-66 — Jody Britt, Jamie Tindall
141-67 — Craig Reaser, David Weaver
140-68 — Stephanie Flores
138-70 — Noah Lyons, Annie Norris, Arlene Paz
137-71 — Amanda Latham
136-72 — Tony Grausso, Brian Norris, Kathryn Sabata, Ralph Tindall, Michael Weaver
134-74 — Daniel Burns, Aidan Lyons, Lee Maurath, Seth Norris
133-75 — Michael Covington, Dick Maag, Tony Paz, Ray White
132-76 — Brad Robbins, Bob Suggs, Pam Wase
131-77 — Haynes Brigman, Chase Blake, David Hale
130-78 — Robin Glover-Gonzalez, Kathy Latham, David McKinnon, Bill Norris, Pat VanHulle, Johnny Ward
129-79 — Dal Butler, Gary Deese, Dorothy Maag, John Robbins, Tom Rock
129-63 — Kayla Britt
128-80 — Dorothy Brown, Chuck Latham, Jonathan Luck, John Weaver
127-81 — Woody Burnell, Matt Robbins, Alan Terry
126-82 — Michael Ed Brown, Bruce Caddell, Lori Houghtaling, Dick Kolke
125-83 — Sandra Blake, Randy McNeill, Kevin Miller, Jim Pies
125-67 — Greg and Bryce Davis, Georg Erickson
124-84 — Patty Camp, Barry Miller, Karen Weaver
124-68 — Jeremy Britt, Zane Grey
123-85 — Jessika Harmon, Eric Kopecky
122-86 — Cecil Blake, Stan Whitaker
122-72 — Donathan Hundley Jr.
121-87 — Glenn Camp, Marlene Houghtaling, Bob Hennessey, Holly Hill
121-71 — Beau Davis, Steve Lassiter
119-73 — Glenn “Gator” Boerner
117-91 — Ralph Oldham
113-95 — Cristina Adams
113-73 — Andy Paris
Falcon Girls Lose in OT
The O’Neal girls’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker Friday at Faith Christian, dropping a 40-37 overtime contest to the Eagles.
The two teams ended the regulation time knotted at 35-all, but the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Falcons 5-2 in overtime.
The Falcons’ Maggie Jackson led all scorers with a game-high 16 points, while Cydney Baldwin and Hannah Sullivan chipped in with eight and six points, respectively. Taylor Shelton and Mary Winston Dozier added three points each for the Falcons.
“I could not be more proud of the girls’ effort, and we actually were ahead at several points in the game. However, fouls and depth of bench eventually caught up with us,” said Falcon coach Carl Bryan. “Maggie Jackson continues to be a strong force at either point or shooting guard.
“Mary Winston Dozier is our ‘floor burns’ girl. I think she had four or five times when she was on the floor diving to get a loose ball or a jump ball opportunity. Taylor Shelton was huge on the boards and was very instrumental in getting us second- and third-shot opportunities.”
The Lady Falcons faced a tough Grace Christian squad on Tuesday, followed by a Cape Fear Independent Conference opener against Fayetteville Academy Thursday.
O’Neal Boys Get Win
The O’Neal boys’ basketball team handled Faith Christian Friday 68-38 by effectively using pressure defense to control the homestanding Eagles.
The Falcons’ Jacob Talbert over came two early fouls, dropping five threes on the Eagles to highlight a 25-point, eight-rebound performance. John Roger Moore scored 12 points and Garrett Klumpar scored nine. Jack Johnston added eight points and five rebounds to the Falcon effort.
Nine of 10 Falcon players contributed to the scoring.
Faith Christian was led by Austin Stout with 13 points.
O’Neal (2-2) had a home rematch with Grace Christian Tuesday.
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