After basically missing the last two seasons of high school lacrosse, Pinecrest senior Logan Laton said a lot of emotions were tied to Friday’s senior night contest against Cape Fear at home.
An ACL injury cost him his sophomore season, and then the quick shutout of sports cut his junior season short after three games. And against the Colts on Friday, Laton continued his tear to open his final season, helping lead the Patriots to a 16-0 win.
One of the top assist players in the state this season, Laton’s style of play personified the goal of senior night for the team that had all six seniors playing significant minutes in the win.
“Our goal tonight was to really spread the ball around and work our offense,” Laton said.
Laton had a pair of assists in the win as the Patriots improved to 3-1 on the season.
“We’ve been really pushing this year and try to change the culture and make it more about the team,” Pinecrest coach Brad Thomson said. “We’ve really been emphasizing and letting the boys know to me an assist is more valuable than a goal. That means you’re looking, your head is up, your eyes are up and you’re looking for other opportunities.”
The pair of assists for Laton on the night improved his season total to 11. Being one of the offensive leaders on the team, Laton knows that he will draw attention from opposing defenses, and is completely fine sharing the ball on offense for the good of the team for a better opportunity.
“They’re going to go for me, they’re going to know I have the ball. So I try to use that to my advantage,” the senior said. “If they’re going to play me tighter, I’m going to beat them, draw a slide and hit another guy. I’m always looking for somebody else because most of the time, taking that shot is selfish and whenever they double you, there’s always a guy open.
“It’s the best feeling in the world, almost better than hitting a goal, honestly.”
Laton also had three goals in the game, as eight of the 16 goals came from the players that were being honored on senior night.
Seniors Jonathan Stansel and Jason Voltz had strong senior night showings with two goals each and senior Luke Bullock had one goal.
“To see some of those seniors that again may not have the opportunity to score goals, it made that special,” Thomson said.
The Patriots led 4-0 after the first quarter and added three goals in the second quarter to go up 7-0. Pinecrest added seven goals in the third quarter, including back-to-back goals 10 seconds apart midway through the third quarter.
Following a goal from Voltz with 7:40 left in the quarter, Stansel won the face-off and went untouched to the goal for a score at the 7:30-mark in the period.
Freshman Weston Thomson had three goals and assisted on three scores as well.
Other goal scorers included Deacon Medwick, Bryant Harris, Andrew Jimenez, Emilio Najm and Ben Wolfe with one goal each.
Pinecrest plays at home against Jack Britt on Tuesday.
Pinecrest Girls Rally Past Jack Britt
The Pinecrest girls basketball team ran off 11 unanswered goals after going into halftime to claim a 16-5 win against Jack Britt.
The trio of sophomore Mya Hansauer, and juniors Kylie Harris and Haley Adamo helped spark the second-half scoring spree.
Adamo scored all four of her goals in the second half and Harris added two of her three goals in the third and fourth quarters. Hansauer had three goals as well, including two to open the game in the first minute as Pinecrest (2-2) went up 4-0 before Jack Britt chipped away to tie the game at 4 going into intermission.
The Patriots host Union Pines on Tuesday for their senior night.
Union Pines Earns Tri-County Sweep
The Union Pines boys and girls basketball teams earned wins on Friday at Harnett Central.
The girls squad clamped down in the third quarter to take control of the contest and win, 52-40.
Emily Bowbliss led the Vikings (7-0, 5-0 TCC) with 16 points and junior Aaliyah Balser had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Sara Adams had eight points and Emma Ring added seven for Union Pines.
The girls team will be at Lee County next on Tuesday.
In the guys game, the Vikings pulled away in the second half for a 47-31 win.
Kelby Wright had 11 points and Isaiah Robbins added 10 for the Vikings.
Union Pines' boys play at home against Triton on Monday in a game that was rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak with the Hawks.
Vikings Top Cape Fear in Girls Lacrosse
Three Union Pines girls lacrosse players netted three goals each as the Vikings claimed a 12-6 win on the road at Cape Fear on Friday.
Shania Jones, Carmen McDowell and Jane Croser each led the Vikings in scoring in the win. Gabby Wood added two goals and River Britt had one.
Union Pines plays at Pinecrest on Tuesday.
Patriots Rout Scots on Hardwood
With a 71-46 win over Scotland on the road on Friday, the Pinecrest boys basketball team sits alone atop the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings.
Other undefeated teams in conference play, Richmond and Jack Britt, lost on Friday leaving the Patriots (7-1, 4-0 SAC) in sole possession of first place. In the final week of the regular season ahead, Pinecrest plays at home against Jack Britt Tuesday, at Richmond on Wednesday and at Hoke County on Friday.
In the girls game, A third-quarter offensive explosion led to a 42-23 win for Pinecrest over Scotland.
Emmie Modlin had 12 points and Britteny Sparrow added six points to lead Pinecrest. The Patriots (6-3, 4-1 SAC) had 10 players score in the contest.
The Patriots host Sandhills Athletic Conference-leading Jack Britt on Tuesday.