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Firebirds claim tri-match at Southeast Raleigh

Posted on June 13, 2021

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RALEIGH — Southern Nash wrapped up regular-season wrestling action by defeating both its 4-A Cap 7 Conference opponents in a June 9 tri-match at Southeast Raleigh.

The 3-A Big East Conference Firebirds stopped Sanderson 39-24 before stomping the host Bulldogs 48-4. Southern Nash closed the match against the Spartans with four straight wins, triggered by Jackson Wall’s 9-4 decision over Jackson Rivers of Sanderson in their 182-pound bout. Jadel Davis and Trondrayl Newsome won their 195 and 220 classes, respectively, by fall before Terrence Raspberry won the heavyweight match.

Julius Hill, Luis Arellano and Nathaniel Palacios won by forfeit.

Against Southeast Raleigh, Davis and Raspberry recorded pins. Luke Coble, Wall, Newsome, Arellano, Hill and Palacios won by forfeit.

Firebirds smash Gryphons 15-0

ROCKY MOUNT — Sophomore Landen Baker came within a strike of pitching a five-inning no-hitter as his Southern Nash High varsity baseball team pummeled host Rocky Mount 15-0 in a mercy rule-shortened game June 8.

Baker gave up the only hit he allowed with two outs and two strikes on the batter in the bottom of the fifth inning. He struck out eight and walked four while also going 2 for 2 with a double, triple, two walks and an RBI at the plate.

Nine Firebirds had a hit as they totaled 12 hits on the day. A.J. High was 2 for 4 with four RBIs while Carson Beckham was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs and Mason Wells also had a three-run double.

Southern Nash, which advanced to 5-6 overall and 4-5 in 3-A Big East Conference play, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Gryphons departed 1-10 overall and winless through nine Big East outings.

Firebirds claim Big East boys title

FRANKLINTON — Behind five individual first-place finishes and two victorious relay teams, Southern Nash ruled the 3-A Big East Conference track and field championship on the boys side June 7 at Franklinton High.

The Firebirds won the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays while taking second in the 4x200. T.J. Taybron won the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 11 inches while finishing second in the long jump and tying for fourth in the high jump.

Taybron, who also finished fourth in the 400, accounted for 25 of his team’s 177 points as the Firebirds pulled past second-place Rocky Mount with 160.

Northern Nash was third with 60 points, followed by Hunt (54), Franklinton (50) and Fike (43).

Rocky Mount easily won the girls meet with 247 points, well ahead of second-place Franklinton with 95. With 61 points, Hunt edged Southern Nash for third place by two points. Northern Nash was fifth with 54 while Fike placed sixth with 32.

Jalen McClaston won the boys 300 hurdles in 42.14 seconds while taking third in the long jump. He was also on Southern Nash’s winning 4x400 relay tandem with Sean Johnson, Lelyn Herndon and Logan Saunders that finished in 3:45.06. Johnson won the boys 400 in 53.56. Freshman Xavier Horton of Southern Nash won the boys shot put with a heave of 41-5.

The Firebirds’ victorious 4x800 relay unit of Saunders, Kelvin Hill, Darrin Bailey and Tanner Baker came in at 8:51.01. Saunders placed second in the 800 while Bailey was second in the high jump.

The Ladybirds’ best finish was sophomore Jermia Walkers’ win in the pole vault as she cleared 6-6 to top Fike freshman Ava West at 6-0.

Hunt’s only two wins came in throws as senior Aundrey Loftin captured the boys discus crown with a throw of 113-9. He then took second in the shot put at 39-3.

Audrey Earp ruled the girls shot put with a toss of 30-3.

Freshman Ti’Asia Taylor was second in the girls 100 in 13.39 seconds while running on Hunt’s 4x100 and 4x200 relays that each placed second.

Fike freshman Khamani Barnes edged sophomore teammate Triquell Finch to win the boys 110 hurdles in 20.04 seconds. Barnes placed third in the 300 hurdles and tied for fourth in the high jump.

Lady Warriors push past Southern Nash

Without three of his usual starters in the lineup June 7, Hunt High head coach Wayne Hardy knew his Lady Warriors faced a tough challenge at 3-A Big East Conference rival Southern Nash.

He was right.

The Lady Warriors had to fight out out a pair of doubles wins to pull out a 5-4 victory and move above .500 overall at 5-4 while improving to 5-3 in Big East matches.

Trista Waddell, one of two Hunt players to move up a spot, collected a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles to go with top-seeded Ali Parbst’s straight-set win. It took a 10-8 tiebreaker win in the third set of her No. 4 singles match for Hunt’s Lilly Parbst to prevail over Anna Murray.

Ali Parbst and Emerson Mills teamed to breeze to an 8-2 win at No. 1 singles for Hunt before Waddell-Lilly Parbst pulled out an 8-5 win over Maura Kennedy-Anna Murray on the second doubles court to secure the win.

“I’m proud the girls were able to pull this one out,” Hardy said.

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