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NJ earns return trip to 1-A/2-A tourney

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GOLDSBORO — Led by senior Traclyn Clark’s 87, North Johnston finished third at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A/2-A girls golf  East Regional on Monday, landing the Lady Panthers a spot in the state 1-A/2-A championship tournament for the second year in a row.

Clark finished seventh overall on the par-72, 5,000-yard layout at Lane Tree Golf Course. North Johnston, which reached the state tournament for the first time in 2018, also got counting scores from seniors Alexis Gupton and Victoria Crocker, who shot 114 and 117, respectively. 

North Carolina School of Science and Math emerged as the regional champion with a score of 304 while Carrboro placed second with a 317, one stroke ahead of North Johnston.

Junior Katherine Schuster of First Flight High in Kill Devil Hills claimed the individual title with a sizzling round of 70, the only score below part. Maci Beaver of Roanoke Rapids was second with a 76.

The NCHSAA 1-A/2-A championship is slated for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines.