High School Roundup

Williams qualifies for state

Princeton’s Jake Williams finished third in the 1A Mid-east regional last week to qualify for the state championships to be held this Friday in Cary.

Golfers compete in regionals

Golfers from North Johnston and Princeton competed last Monday in their respective individual regional championships to round out their seasons.

For North Johnston, Zack Ramirez and Justin Richardson led the group of four Panthers, both shooting a 106 at Land O Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville in the 2A Mid East regional. Brice Godwin carded a 109 while Blaine Crocker ended his day with a 117.

Panthers fall in first round

The North Johnston boys tennis team fell to North Lenoir, 5-1, in the first round of the 2A dual team playoffs last week.

The Hawks won five of the six singles matches contested. Graham Walston earned the one point for the Panthers defeating North Lenoir’s James Lewis 5-7, 6-4, 10-0.

NJ girls track places 3rd

The North Johnston girls track team finished in third place in the Eastern Plains Conference championship held last week at Nash Central. Nash Central finished in first place and Beddingfield came in second.

Bulldogs snag one last win

After dropping two conference games last week, the Princeton baseball team defeated James Kenan, 9-6, to close out its season last Friday.

Seniors Blake Sapp and Ryan Woodard drove in three and two runs, respectively. Alex Garcia, Will Gurganious and Sapp all had two hits each in the win for the Bulldogs (7-11, 5-7.).

Panthers soccer finishes second

Despite losing its last two conference games of the regular season, the North Johnston girls soccer team still finished in second place in the Eastern Plains.

The Panthers (7-10-2, 5-4-1) fell to Nash Central (EPC champs) 2-0 and then to SouthWest Edgecombe 8-3. Barrett Davis scored her 19th and 20th goals of the season against the Cougars and Maira Teruel netted the other goal.

Princeton softball to share title

With a chance to clinch the title outright with a win, the Princeton softball team was forced to share the Carolina Conference championship with Rosewood as the red-hot Eagles beat the Bulldogs 7-4.

Rosewood’s Laine Marak hit a two-run homer and a solo shot and Mackenzie Amodeo added a long ball as well. Casey Mitchell hit her fifth homerun of the season to help the Bulldogs and Gracelyn Massey scored on an error in the top of the seventh to cut into Rosewood’s lead but the Bulldogs (14-5, 10-2) could get no closer.

Princeton soccer closes with pair of wins

The Princeton girls soccer team first defeated Lakewood, 7-1, before downing Rosewood, 5-3, on the road in the last week of the regular season.

Against the Eagles, senior Allie Britt had a memorable hat trick performance with two of her three goals coming from free kicks. Veronica Blackman and Rachel Creech rounded out the scoring as Princeton responded after falling behind in the first half with four goals in the second half.

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