New Hanover soccer snaps Ashley’s 18-game win streak; Hoggard boys, Laney girls XC grab conference crown is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.


New Hanover 4    Ashley 1

New Hanover handed Ashley its first loss of the year on Thursday night as the Wildcats grabbed a 4-1 result over the Screaming Eagles.

Jack Kiernan.
Jack Kiernan

Jack Kiernan scored all four goals for New Hanover, while Shaffer Lisle recorded two assists. Roman Lewis made six saves for the Wildcats, who improved to 6-4 in conference and 14-7-1 overall.

Ashley saw its 18-match win streak come to an end. The Screaming Eagles dropped to 10-1 in league play and 18-1 overall, but still hold a one-game lead atop the division heading into the final week of the regular season.

Hoggard 6     West Brunswick 0

Andrew Robinson scored the first of two goals off a penalty kick in the seventh minute to give Hoggard an early edge as the Vikings blanked West Brunswick 6-0 on Thursday.

Jared Robertson also tallied twice, while Cesar Cruz and Austin Redenbaugh each found the back of the net. Cruz grabbed two assists for Hoggard, who improved to 8-2 in conference and 11-5-3 overall. The Vikings sit one-game back from Ashley for first-place in the division.

Hoggard boys, Laney girls capture Mideastern Conference Cross-Country Championship 

The Hoggard boys and Laney girls cross-country teams followed a strong performance at last week’s New Hanover County Championships by clinching the Mideastern Conference Title among the seven-member race at Hugh McRae Park on Thursday afternoon.

The Hoggard boys cross-country team won the county and conference titles this season. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
The Hoggard boys cross-country team won the county and conference titles this season. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Robinson Snider (Hoggard) crossed the finish line first for the second time in as many races, finishing the 3.1 mile course in 16:25.65, a little over 10 seconds ahead of Topsail’s Trent Pyrtle. Jamie Whitmer took fifth, while Sydney Weigman and Erik Dahlgren closed the top 15 to help guide the Vikings to a team title.

Henry Kunsz (Hoggard) placed third at 16:36.84 and Chad Campbell (Topsail) finished fourth, less than one second behind Kunsz.

Hoggard’s top five runners had an average time of 17:09.11, just ahead of Topsail’s 17:12.17, which gave the Vikings just enough breathing room to claim the championship.

While the boys race came down to the wire, the Laney girls grabbed three of the top four spots and placed four in the top 10 to capture the Mideastern Conference crown after winning last week’s New Hanover County race.

Led once again by freshman Natalie Tyner (19:35.35), this year’s county champion, the Bucs used a strong effort from Cameron Smithwick and Haley Smithwick as the siblings took third and fourth, respectively. Sara Pellizzari (Hoggard) placed second at 20:07.23, while Lilli Johnson finished fifth for the Vikings.

All four Wilmington teams had representatives in the top 10, with Julia Boudreau (Ashley) and Charlotte Jones (New Hanover) turning in good times on one of the fastest tracks in the area.

Natalie Tyner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Natalie Tyner. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Individual runners

No. 1 Robinson Snider, Hoggard, 16:25.65

No. 2 Trent Pyrtle, Topsail, 16:35.96

No. 3 Henry Kunz, New Hanover, 16:36.84

No. 4 Chad Campbell, Topsail, 16:37.32

No. 5 Jamie Whitmer, Hoggard, 16:39.18

Team scores: No. 1 Hoggard, 55; No. 2 Topsail, 55; No. 3 New Hanover, 64; No. 4 Laney, 86; No. 5 Ashley, 116; No. 6 South Brunswick, 138; No. 7 West Brunswick , 206

Individual runners (girls)

No. 1 Natalie Tyner, Laney, 19:35.35

No. 2 Sara Pellizzari, Hoggard, 20:07.23

No. 3 Cameron Smithwick, Laney, 20:25.65

No. 4 Haley Smithwick, Laney, 20:27.84

No. 5 Lilli Johnson, Hoggard, 20.48.70

Team scores: No. 1 Laney, 35; No. 2 Hoggard, 45; No. 3 New Hanover, 60; No. 4 South Brunswick, 122; No. 5 Topsail, 136; No. 6 Ashley, 142; No. 7 West Brunswick, 190