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Can local teams make history after spring break?

Posted on April 19, 2022

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Wakefield golfer Justin Cristinziano is averaging an individual score of 39.2 so far this season.

Marty Simpkins | Wake Weekly file photo

Wakefield golfer Justin Cristinziano is averaging an individual score of 39.2 so far this season.

Avery Hill leads Heritage's softball team with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings from the mound this season.

Marty Simpkins | Wake Weekly file photo

Avery Hill leads Heritage's softball team with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings from the mound this season.

Luke Stevenson leads Wake Forest's baseball team with a batting average of .632. The junior has recorded 12 hits, 11 runs, nine RBIs and two home runs so far this season.

Marty Simpkins | Wake Weekly file photo

Luke Stevenson leads Wake Forest's baseball team with a batting average of .632. The junior has recorded 12 hits, 11 runs, nine RBIs and two home runs so far this season.

Wakefield golfer Justin Cristinziano is averaging an individual score of 39.2 so far this season.

Marty Simpkins | Wake Weekly file photo

Wakefield golfer Justin Cristinziano is averaging an individual score of 39.2 so far this season.

Avery Hill leads Heritage's softball team with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings from the mound this season.

Marty Simpkins | Wake Weekly file photo

Avery Hill leads Heritage's softball team with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings from the mound this season.

Avery Hill leads Heritage's softball team with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings from the mound this season.
Luke Stevenson leads Wake Forest's baseball team with a batting average of .632. The junior has recorded 12 hits, 11 runs, nine RBIs and two home runs so far this season.
Wakefield golfer Justin Cristinziano is averaging an individual score of 39.2 so far this season.

marty@wakeweekly.com | 919-424-1779

Marty Simpkins

Marty Simpkins

WAKE FOREST — Most local high schools just had their spring break, which means now is a good time to check up on how everyone’s sports teams are doing so far this year.

Starting with baseball, Wake Forest and Rolesville are neck and neck for the lead in the NAC 6 conference. The Cougars are 14-3 overall and the Rams are 13-4 overall. Both teams lost once to Wakefield, which is third in the conference at 12-5 overall.

Heritage, which won the NAC 6 conference last year, is falling behind at 8-8 overall and is 3-3 in conference play. This year’s conference race will come down to the last game of the season, which is Thursday, April 28.

In that week, Wake Forest will play Millbrook at home Wednesday, Arpil 27, which should be an automatic victory. The Rams, however, will play a hungry Heritage team on the road April 28. Not only will that game decide the conference champion, but it also might kick the Huskies out of the playoffs depending on how they do down the stretch.

For softball, it’s a three-way race between Heritage, Wakefield and Rolesville for the conference title. The Huskies are currently on top of the NAC 6 with an overall record of 8-3 and an undefeated 5-0 record in conference play.

Wakefield is 10-3 overall and 4-1 in NAC 6 play and Rolesville is 10-4 with a 4-1 record in conference play. The Wolverines and Rams split their season series between each other earlier on in the season, so it will all come down to who can beat Heritage.

As for the defending conference champions, Wake Forest is struggling with a 7-5 record and is 2-3 in conference play. The Cougars still have a shot of making the state playoffs, but it will depend on their performance down the stretch with opponents such as Rolesville, Heritage and Millbrook coming up.

Heritage will try to hold onto its top spot in the conference entering the final week of the regular season. The Huskies will have to fend off rivals Wakefield, Wake Forest and Rolesville. The biggest game of the season will probably be the final game when Rolesville takes on Heritage at home Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.

In boys lacrosse, Heritage is having its best season in school history with an overall record of 8-3 and an undefeated 5-0 record in conference play.

The Huskies have already taken down Wake Forest twice and have beaten Wakefield, Rolesville and Millbrook earlier this season. If Heritage can hold on and get a win at Millbrook on Tuesday, April 26, it could win its first conference title in program history.

Wakefield is the only opponent standing in the way with a record of 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. We’ll see if the defending conference champion Wolverines can make a push for the NAC 6 title again when they face Wake Forest at home Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.

In girls lacrosse, Wake Forest is on pace to win its first conference championship in school history. The Cougars are 10-2 overall and undefeated in conference play at 4-0.

Wake Forest has had some impressive wins over Heritage, Rolesville, Millbrook and Wakefield so far this season. The Cougars have won the majority of their matches by double-digits.

Heritage is the only other team with a chance of ruining their conference title run. The Huskies are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play, with their only loss of the season coming from Wake Forest.

The two rivals will face each other in a big rematch slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, at Heritage. That game will possibly determine who will win the NAC 6 conference title.

In girls soccer, Millbrook and Heritage are fighting for first place in the NAC 6. The Wildcats are undefeated at 12-0-1 overall and 7-0-1 in conference play. The Huskies are 9-1-2 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play.

Millbrook beat Heritage 1-0 at home March 14, but then the Huskies tied the Wildcats 3-3 at their stadium April 1. Meanwhile, Wakefield is third in the conference at 9-3 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

The Wolverines have already been swept by Millbrook and also lost to Heritage 1-0 on March 23. It looks like Millbrook might finish the regular season as conference champs, but the Huskies are still in the hunt with two matches left.

In boys tennis, Wakefield has already secured its third NAC 6 conference championship in a row after beating Millbrook 7-2 at home April 6. The Wolverines finished the regular season 11-2 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

Wakefield went undefeated in conference play for the fourth year in a row, making it the first time in school history that has ever happened.

Wake Forest finished third in the NAC 6 conference with an overall record of 7-6 and 4-4 in conference play.

Finally with boys golf, Wakefield is currently in first place ahead of Wake Forest and Heritage. With just one match left in the regular season, the Wolverines are on pace for their first conference title in program history.

If Wakefield finishes second in its final match of the season and Wake Forest finishes first, both teams will tie for first place. If the Wolverines come in second and a different team comes in first, Wakefield will win the conference championship outright.

It should be an exciting season finale for spring sports April 28. We’ll see if history can be made as your favorite local teams give it their all in the final week.

Marty Simpkins is sports editor of The Wake Weekly. He can be reached at 919-424-1779 or marty@wakeweekly.com.

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