Firebirds exert Big East dominance
Marty Simpkins | Restoration NewsMedia
Franklinton's Charlie Lilienthal gets the ball away from Southern Nash defender Frank Gonzalez in a Sept. 27 game at Franklinton. The Firebirds won 4-1, snapping the Red Rams' 12-game winning streak.
ROCKY MOUNT — Southern Nash gained ground on the rest of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference boys soccer field with a 4-2 victory at Nash Central on Thursday, coupled with Franklinton’s 1-0 loss at Rocky Mount.
The team’s eighth straight win, with all victories coming against conference opposition, left the Firebirds 13-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big East, two games ahead of the Red Rams (13-2, 6-2). Northern Nash fell to 1-8 and 1-6, respectively.
Seniors Jared Gonzalez scored a pair of goals while classmate Raul Nunez furnished a goal and an assist. Another senior, Ramiro Rangel, netted the fourth goal. Mason Wells, Jonathan Robles and Frank Gonzalez each was credited with an assist.
Alex Benitez stopped four Knights shots in goal.
The Firebirds host Roanoke Rapids (6-3, 3-3) on Monday.
Ladybirds 3rd in Big East meet
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Southern Nash finished third in the girls race at the fourth 2-A/3-A Big East Conference cross-country meet of the season, held Sept. 29 at Roanoke Rapids High. Leading Ladybirds finishers were Jadiza Jimenez, Dahlia Romero, Grayson Deans, Miriam Salazar and Jessica Garcia.
The Firebirds were fifth in the boys team points, but just two points behind the third-place team. Leading finishers were Eric Braxton, Treon Baker, Bryson Rackley, Owen Ordess and Andrew Thompson.
Personal record times were turned in for Dahlia Romero, Mauricio Romero, Grayson Deans and Jennifer Garcia.
Southern Nash closing in on Big East crown
BUNN — Led by senior Samantha Puckett’s medalist round of 49, the Southern Nash girls golf team fired a 160 to win the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference match at The River Golf Club on Sept. 29.
Mackenzie Gamble shot a 50 and senior Caroline Thornton carded a 61 for the Ladybirds in their 24-stroke win over runner-up Franklinton. Northern Nash was third with 194, followed by Bunn with 206 in the team scores.
Southern Nash can clinch the conference title next week with a nine-hole match Monday at Northgreen Country Club and the 18-hole conference championship back at The River on Wednesday.
Firebirds’ streak grows to 7
ROCKY MOUNT — Five players each scored a goal as Southern Nash pushed its winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 conquest of host Nash Central in 2-A/3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer action on Sept. 29.
The 3-A Firebirds, who improved to 12-2 overall, remained atop the Big East with a 7-0 mark while the 2-A Bulldogs dropped to 1-7 and 1-6, respectively.
Jared Gonzalez and Raul Nunez each had a goal and an assist while Samuel Wheaton, Wilfran Sanchez and Jonny Robles each scored a goal. Ramiro Rangel, Frank Gonzalez and Izzy Leon each passed out an assist.
Alex Benitez made four saves in goal.
Ladybirds blank Bunn
BUNN – Southern Nash won for the sixth time in eight 2-A/3-A Big East Conference girls tennis matches with a 9-0 conquest of host Bunn on Sept. 28.
Victorious in both singles and doubles for the Ladybirds were Hannah Mennig, Amber Patterson, Anna Brooks Murray, Maura Kennedy, Dari’elle Whitley and Mackenzie Kennedy.
Firebirds seize control of Big East
FRANKLINTON – With three goals in the first half, Southern Nash ran past host Franklinton 4-1 in a battle for first place in the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference boys soccer race Sept. 27.
Raul Nunez scored two goals and made an assist while Jared Gonzalez also knocked in a pair of goals. Mason Wells, Frank Gonzalez and Gee Juarez had assists for the Firebirds, who advanced to 6-0 in Big East matches. Southern Nash, which improved to 11-2-1 overall, hasn’t lost since dropping its first two games of the season.
It was the first loss in 12 games for the Red Rams, now 5-1 in the conference.
Ladybirds top Nash Central
ROCKY MOUNT — Jadiza Jimenez finished second overall to pace the Southern Nash girls in a Sept. 27 meet at Nash Central. Grayson Deans was eighth and Dahlia Romero was ninth for the Ladybirds, each in personal-record time.
Eric Braxton’s fifth-place finish led the Firebirds.
Also posting personal bests were Miriam Salazar, Jessica Garcia, Marbello Delgado, Matthew Coble, Eric Braxton, Bryson Rackley, Trevon Baker, Owen Ordess, Mauricio Romero and D.J. Pridgen.
Ladybirds pair vies for Big East medal
WAKE FOREST — While Southern Nash is running away with the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference girls golf chase, Ladybirds Samantha Puckett and Mackenzie Gamble are waging a battle for the top individual honor.
The teammates shared the medalist honor each with a 44 during a nine-hole match at Brevofield Golf Links on Sept. 27, leaving them tied for the season lead.
Junior Mercedes Ledbetter carded a career-low 47 to qualify for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional and round out Southern Nash’s scoring. Already qualified for the regional are Tabatha Tomaszewski, Jasmine Horrigan, Gamble and Puckett.
The Ladybirds posted a team score of 135, followed by Franklinton (184), Bunn (190) and Northern Nash (194).
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