Sports Briefs: Vike Boys Take League Golf at Carolina Lakes
The Union Pines boys’ golf team moved to 2-0 in league play Monday in Sanford.
Union Pines placed first at the 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference meet with a winning total of 323 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club.
Southern Lee shot a team score of 329 to place second, followed in third with a 350 from Overhills.
Vike senior Cody Roberts made the turn with a two-under 34 and carded a 37 on the back to finish with a 71. The one-under score earned Roberts medalist honors at the league match.
Rounding out the top four for Union Pines was individual runner-up Ben Chrystler with an 80 (38-42), followed by fellow sophomore Bryan D’Ostroph’s 83 (43-40) and Vike junior Cal Parsons with an 89.
The undefeated Vikings return to the links for week three of CFVC action Monday in Fayetteville at King’s Grant Golf and Country Club.
Richard’s Hat Trick Leads Vikes — Again
Kooba Richard collected her second straight hat trick of the season Thursday for Union Pines in a 4-1 Lady Viking soccer victory over 4-A Scotland High in Laurinburg.
With the win the visiting Vikes improved to 2-0-0 on the season.
One of three 2012 North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association all-region selections on the current Union Pines roster, Richard now has six goals in two games played this season.
The center midfielder also found the back of the net three times in Union Pines’ season-opening 4-1 win on the road against Hoke County.
Union Pines’ other two returning NCSCA all-region selections from last season are senior fullback Elena D’Argenio and junior forward/midfielder Hanna Kiser.
Senior midfielder Becca Greene also scored a goal for Union Pines and had an assist Thursday in the non-league victory over the Fight Scots.
The Vikings remain on the road for their next match today (Wednesday) in Spring Lake, to take on league rival Overhills (1-1-1) in their 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference opener.
Lady Vikes Win League Opener
The Union Pines Lady Viking softball team claimed a 7-3 victory over Douglas Byrd in its 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference opener Friday in Fayetteville.
With the victory Union Pines improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
Leading the way for the Viking offense on the night was Keilie Poindexter, going 2-for-2 with an RBI, walk and two runs scored. Brooke Briggs (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Kyrin Walker (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) also had multiple-hit performances in the tilt for Union Pines.
In the top of the seventh inning all three players crossed home, along with Union Pines junior center fielder Lexie Coxe in a four-run rally that gave the Vikes a 7-2 lead. Trailing 1-0 though two innings of action, the Vikes tied the game at 1-all when Briggs plated Poindexter with a single to center field.
A two-out RBI off the bat of Poindexter brought home Taylor Davis in the top of the fourth to give Union Pines a 2-1 lead.
Walker led off the top of the sixth for Union Pines with a double to center and later scored on an RBI single by Davis, who finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate, to push the lead to 3-1.
Byrd answered with a single tally in the bottom half of the game, before Union Pines busted the game open with the four-run seventh-inning rally.
Along with having a good night with the bat Walker earned the complete-game pitching victory for Union Pines, allowing three runs on five hits and no free passes while fanning six Eagle batters.
Union Pines was scheduled to play conference foe Overhills Tuesday but the game was moved to tonight (Wednesday).
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