With two weeks to go in the spring sports season, area teams are jockeying for position atop the Mideastern Conference standings.
On the baseball diamond, Topsail has emerged as a favorite to be among the top 3A clubs left in the state after running through four straight non-conference games over the last two weeks with wins over Orange and the defending 4A state champions in West Forsyth.
The Pirates carry a 10-game winning streak and one-game lead over Hoggard and New Hanover heading into games against the Wildcats and Vikings over the next five days.
Topsail was ranked No. 1 in the state for 3A teams last week and No. 19 in the national rankings, according to Maxpreps.com.
The Topsail softball team has cruised to an unbeaten mark inside league play at 6-0, with a half-game edge over Laney.
The West Brunswick Trojans are building momentum at 4-3 in conference, coming off four straight wins and a tournament title at last week’s spring break tournament in Shallotte.
Hoggard is the team to beat once again this season with a pair of Division I commits guiding the way. Sayres McKenna and Maddie Crumpton were instrumental in last week’s result over previously unbeaten Laney. Hoggard is in front by a game in the standings and riding an 11-match win streak.
The Bucs sit one game back at 5-1 in league play, while New Hanover has been riddled with injuries, but remain in the mix at 3-2 in conference.
Laney has also had some tough luck as of late as Anna Rae Porcelli and Jenson Edwards were both sidelined for the Hoggard game because of injuries.
Coming off a pair of wins on Friday against Laney, the Hoggard boys and girls lacrosse teams remain undefeated in conference and in first place atop the division standings.
Both teams are 6-0 in conference play. The boys have outscored league opponents 89-15 this season, while the Lady Vikes look to bounce back after a weekend setback 16-8 to Charlotte Catholic.
Under the direction of first year coach Kirk Schmidt, New Hanover has taken control of the Mideastern Conference. Marshal Waren (7-1) has suffered just one individual setback this season, while three sophomores have guided the Wildcats to an 8-0 mark in league competition.
Patrick Senior, Lucas McLatchy and Taylor Gaines are all off to strong starts with a combined 14-3 record.
The New Hanover County Track Championships will be held at Laney High School on Thursday, April 16. The meet starts at 4 p.m.
Wilmington Christian secured its third straight Wilmington High School Invitational tournament title this past week at the city’s newly renovated Municipal Golf Course.
Joey Funderburg captured individual medalist honors to lead the Patriots, two shots ahead of teammate Blake Taylor.
West Brunswick is the top team among Mideastern Conference members thanks to the strong play of Landon Patterson.
Jackson and Samuel Young have kept Laney in competition, while New Hanover and Hoggard round out the top four teams inside the league.
Mideastern Conference baseball standings
Team Conf. W-L Overall W-L
Topsail 5-1 15-1
Hoggard 5-2 10-5
New Hanover 5-2 11-4
West Brunswick 4-3 13-3
Ashley 3-4 8-6
Laney 2-6 7-8
South Brunswick 0-6 5-10