Hoggard lacrosse, soccer advance in playoffs; area baseball, softball teams eliminated

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Girls Lacrosse 

No. 1 Hoggard 12     No. 3 East Chapel Hill 11

Julia Buehler.
Julia Buehler.

Julia Buehler scored with two minutes to go to break a tie game as the Hoggard Vikings survived and advanced to the final four of the state playoffs following a 12-11 triumph over No. 3 East Chapel Hill at Scott Braswell Stadium on Friday night.

The Wildcats jumped out to a three-goal lead before Taylar Herman put Hoggard on the board as Buehler and Kendall Goldblum put in two more unanswered scores to tie it three-all. With the game deadlocked at five after the break, both teams stayed within one goal of each other before Buehler’s game-winner with 2:01 remaining.

The Vikings moved to 10-1 at home and 16-3 overall. No. 1 Hoggard will face No. 1 Cardinal Gibbon in the east regional on Tuesday, May 19.

Hoggard: Goals- Kendall Goldblum (5); Julia Buehler (4); Taylar Herman; Maya Ebrahimnejad; Lindsey Yelton

Assists- Kendall Goldblum; Julia Buehler; Taylar Herman (2); Maya Ebrahimnejad

Saves- Abbey Brown (8)


4A Tournament

No. 2 D.H. Conley 3    No. 18 New Hanover 1

D.H. Conley carried a three-run lead after one inning of play as the Vikings held off New Hanover 3-1 on Friday to move on in the 4A tournament.

The Wildcats left eight runners on base in the game. New Hanover had the bases full in the fifth, but could only bring in one to make it a two-run deficit on an RBI by Max Johnson.

Cory Everett went 3-for-4 with a run scored for New Hanover. The Wildcats end the year at 18-9 overall.

2A Tournament 

Shelton Perkins. Photo courtesy- North Brunswick Athletics
Shelton Perkins. Photo courtesy North Brunswick Athletics.


No. 4 Fairmont 6     No. 13 North Brunswick 4

Shelton Perkins hit a two-run shot in the top of the first and delivered an RBI triple to give North Brunswick a two-run lead before Fairmont rallied for five runs in the fifth to eliminate the Scorpions 6-4 in the second round of the 2A playoffs on Friday night.

Following Perkins’ triple to go up 3-1, Garrett Scoggins plated his teammate with a bloop single to left to give North Brunswick a three-run cushion.

Michael Simmons hits a two-run double to trim the Scorpions’ lead to 4-3, which was followed by three consecutive hits by Fairmont to take their first lead of the game. The Tornadoes scored five runs on four hits in the frame.

North Brunswick closed the year 16-8 overall.



4A Tournament

No. 5 Hoggard 3     No. 21  Green Hope 0

Jess Bennion tallied twice and Karen Juarez added a goal in the 62nd minute as Hoggard shutout Green Hope 3-0 on Friday to advance in the 4A Tournament.

Jess Bennion. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Jess Bennion. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams.

The Vikings improved to 19-2-2 as the five-seed in the east region.

Bennion put the home side in front with less than 10 minutes to go in the opening period before scoring off a penalty kick following a handball around the 50th minute.

Hoggard will host No. 29 Holly Springs in the third round of the playoffs next week.

No. 8 Raleigh-Broughton  5     No. 9 Laney 1

Raleigh-Broughton defeated the Bucs 5-1 on Friday.

Daisy King scored in the 12th minute to put the Caps up 1-0, and Savannah Jones made it a two-goal lead midway through the first half before Sarah Grace Lasso found the back of the net one minute before the break.

Meredith Brown and Emma Willard added two more scores in the second half to secure the result.

Laney fell to 17-2-1 to finish the year.


3A Tournament

No. 9 Terry Sanford 1      No. 8 Topsail 0

In a tight defensive battle, Terry Sanford scored in the 75th minute to defeat Topsail 1-0 in a second round 3A playoff game in Hampstead.



4A Tournament 

No. 10 South Central 11        No. 7 Laney 5  

Lindsey Sutton broke a scoreless game with a three-run home run in the fourth to help guide No. 10 South Central to an 11-5 victory over No. 7 Laney on Friday.

The Bucs close the year 16-9 overall, while the Falcons improved to 19-4 and advance to the third round of the 4A playoffs.

McKenzie Benton.
McKenzie Benton.

After recording a double play to wiggle out of trouble in the bottom of the fourth, South Central scored four in the fifth and two more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

3A Tournament

No. 6 Swansboro 4     No. 11 West Brunswick 2

Swansboro jumped out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the first and held off West Brunswick in a 4-2 victory to send the Trojans home for the season.

The Pirates used a sacrifice fly, two-out single, and an error to score their runs in the first before West Brunswick answered in the top of the fifth.

Skylar Wickel and T.T. Davis hit back-to-back singles to spark the rally, while Caroline Gore loaded the bases with a two-out hit. An errant throw by the Swansboro catcher cut the Trojans deficit to two and McKenzie Benton placed a ball perfectly in the defense to make it a one-run game before the Pirates got one back in the bottom of the inning.

The Trojans close the year at 20-6 overall and say goodbye to seniors Ariana Thomas, Leilani Emile, Caroline Gore, Ashley Smith, and Jordan Clemmons.