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New Hanover’s Marshal Waren and Chase Horton of Hoggard will be the top two individuals representing the area at next week’s 4A East Regional after Waren took victory over Horton, who retired because of injury with a one-set advantage in the singles final at the Mideastern Conference Tennis Championships on Thursday.

From left-to-right: Marshall Waren, Jack Cooper, Patrick Senior, Taylor Gaines, Lucus McLatchy. Photo courtesy Hughes Waren
From left-to-right: Marshall Waren, Jack Cooper, Patrick Senior, Taylor Gaines, Lucas McLatchy. Photo courtesy Hughes Waren

Playing under beautiful conditions on center court at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex in the heart of Wilmington, Horton took the opening set 6-2, and sat one game away from clinching the match before he started cramping. Waren battled back to 6-6 when Horton was forced to retire because of medical issues.

Waren had taken the two previous matches during regular season with a three-set tiebreak result on March 9, followed by a 6-3, 6-2 victory later in the year. He is 10-1 in singles play this season, while Horton won his 40th career high school match earlier in the day. He also recently signed his letter of intent to continue his athletic career next semester at NCAA Division II Methodist University.

The top three individuals and doubles teams from the conference tournament advance to the regional.

Laney’s Zack Taffer took third in singles with a 6-1, 6-5 win over Miles Hirchak (Hoggard).

Taylor Gaines and Patrick Senior defeated Dom Scialabba and Dillon Cook (Hoggard) 6-5, 6-4 in the doubles final to make it a clean sweep for the Wildcats. The tandem of Lucas McLatchy and Jack Cooper (New Hanover) qualified to regions with a third-place finish.

The Wildcats also earned the dual team title with a perfect 12-0 mark in league play and are awaiting word on its first round opponent in the 4A state tournament.

Mideastern Conference 3A Tennis Tournament 

Caleb Hemphill cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jason Loher to earn top spot in singles play at Thursday’s Mideastern Conference 3A Tennis Tournament.
Hemphill and Loher both advanced to next week’s regional competition, while Dylan Russ and Noah Pieper secured a one seed as doubles champions. Hunter Hemphill and Lukas McCuiston will join their teammates from South Brunswick in regions.
Singles: Semifinals- No. 1 Caleb Hemphill (SB) def. No. 4 Cameron Huffman (WB) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5; No. 2 Jason Loher (T) def. No. 3 Kevin Gore (WB) 6-2, 6-1

Finals- No. 1 Caleb Hemphill (SB) def. No. 2 Jason Loher (T) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles: Semifinals- No. 1 Dylan Russ/Noah Pieper (SB) def. No. 4 Mayo/Norton (WB) 6-0, 6-0; No. 6 H. Hemphill/McCuiston (SB) def. No. 2 Aaron Littrell/Hunter Cheney (WB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Finals- No. 1 Russ/Pieper (SB) def. No. 2 H. Hemphill/McCuiston (SB) 6-0, 6-1


New Hanover golfers edge field at Belvedere Country Club 

New Hanover shot its best round of the season on Thursday as the Wildcats took home a six shot win for its first victory of the season.
Sam Young took individual medalist honors with a three-over-par 74 to pace Laney on the Par 71, 6,236 yard course at Belvedere Country Club in Hampstead. Jackson Young finished one stroke off the pace for the Bucs, but all four players for New Hanover shot 81 or better to secure the result.
Six different golfers closed in the 70’s, while 10 others in the field placed in the 80’s

TEAM SCORES: No. 1 New Hanover 316; No. 2 Laney 322; No. 3 W. Brunswick 328; No. 4 Hoggard 376; No. Topsail 383; No. 6 South Brunswick 396; No. 7 Ashley 468

New Hanover: B. Mickle 75, B. Moore 79, J. Sandlin 81, S. Thompson 81
Laney:  Sam Young- Medalist 74, J. Young 75, H. Dubel 86, C. McCarthy 87
West: T. Vaughan 77, L. Patterson 79, D. Howard 83, D. Boyer 89
Hoggard:  S. Jarden 84, R. Vause 91, W. Steyskal 96, C. Pando 105
Topsail: S. Crowell 76, K. Dowling 99, K. Whittaker 102, J. Falzano 106
South. X. Williams 88, H. Disbrow 88, M. Hardison 105, K. Faulkner 115
Ashley: B. Hudson 84,  C. Beehan 127, Z. Miller 128, W. VanAlstein 129

Girls Soccer

New Hanover 5     Ashley 0

Meredith Criner recorded the hat trick and L.B. Shapiro had two assists in a 5-0 shutout for New Hanover.

Sally Sloan and Colleen Martinez also found the back of the net for the Wildcats.

Swansboro 1    Hoggard 0

Laney 2    Topsail 1

Baley Edwards tallied two goals and Sydney Young made six saves to lift Laney 2-1 over Topsail on Thursday.

Alex Butorovich assist Edwards on one of the goals.



Ashley 5     Dixon 2

Evan Laverick went 2-for-3 with a double and run batted in to lead Ashley in a non-conference win 5-2 over Dixon.

Donovan Francis chipped in with a double and 2 RBIs and Price King earned the victory on the mound. King allowed two runs on one hit in four innings of work, while Drake Overton tossed the last three frames to pick up the save.

Ashley is 10-9 overall this season and return home for Senior Recognition Night against Laney on Friday at 6 p.m.

North Brunswick 4     South Brunswick 0

Trey Parrish picked up the win on the mound and Garrett Scoggins had three hits to pace North Brunswick in a 4-0 shutout over South Brunswick on Wednesday.


Ashley 6    Trask 5

North Brunswick 13     Topsail 7

Jessi Williams tossed allowed just three earned runs in seven innings of work and struck out eight to help North Brunswick past Topsail 13-7 on Wednesday night.

Preston Ellenburg went 3-for-4 to pace the Scorpion lineup, while Stacy Fodrie had two hits with 2 RBIs and two runs scored.


Cape Fear Academy 14     Northside 3  (girls)
CFA- Goals: Juliet Taylor (3), Eugenia Jenkins (2), Lizzie Sweyer (2), Nnemka Agbafe (2), Liza White (2), Maya Tucker (2), Monique Olson (1)
Assists: Juliet Taylor (2), Nnemka Agbafe (1), Liza White (1), Maya Tucker (1)
Saves: Jillian Tucker (8)