GOODWIN WALK-OFF CAPS 7TH INNING SURGE, PERFECT PAC-6 SEASON
A two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Riverside catcher Micah Goodwin drove in two runs off Northern reliever Ryan Williamson on Thursday, preserving both senior night and a perfect season in the PAC-6 4-A for the Pirates.
“It can’t get much better than that,” Goodwin said.
Williamson had intentionally walked Goodwin in the sixth, but Northern coach Greg Pruitt allowed the submarine-style pitcher to bring it to the Riverside senior when the stakes were extremely high.
Goodwin delivered big-time, along with Jonathan Rhew and Joe Wood, who both scored in the seventh after reaching on singles. Riverside’s Kory Behenna got on with a walk and scored the third run in the seventh.
In the third, Northern designated hitter Mack Fenlon homered to push the Knights out to a 6-2 lead.
The Pirates were on the ropes.
RIVERSIDE SEASON ENDS AS CATAMOUNTS TAKE PLAYOFF OPENER
The oars Riverside used to row into the first round of the 4-A playoffs fell apart in the third quarter against Panther Creek on Wednesday.
The Catamounts from Cary, a wild-card team, exploded for seven third-quarter goals in Linny Wrenn Stadium to separate from the third-seeded Pirates in a 12-3 road win.
“They scored two or three in the last minute of that third quarter, and that really just took the life out of us. It was disappointing,” Riverside coach Glenn Estacio said. “That was definitely the turning point in the game.”
Riverside made it 3-3 in the third when C.J. Carpenter set up Luke Berndt for a goal.
Panther Creek got that back and then some, responding quickly with goals from Ben Richter and Matt Artman.
Riverside has been unbeatable in the 4-A PAC-6 and on Friday against struggling Jordan was nearly unhittable with Pirates southpaw Will Hibbard combining with reliever Blake Morgan on a one-hitter in a 5-0 home win.
Jordan track coach Chris Starkey is hanging up his whistle to pursue opportunities as an assistant principal, which made winning the boys’ PAC-6 title in his final meet all that sweeter.
Just in the nick of time for its seniors, the Jordan boys’ track team finally won a PAC-6 4-A Track & Field Championship. Hillside’s girls overpowered the field and grabbed the girls’ PAC-6 title, senior long jumper Imari McLean leading the way.
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Jason Tudryn, who took Carrboro High School into the varsity football ranks and came within an eyelash of winning a state title in his sixth season at the helm, has left the program to join the staff of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. ... Plus, rain claims much of Tuesday's schedule including some dual-team tennis playoff action, PAC-6 4-A track championships and PAC-6 golf championship.
Riverside pitcher Kory Behenna picked up his fifth win of the season despite a shaky start as the defending PAC-6 champs downed visiting East Chapel Hill 3-2 in a low-hitting makeup game Monday night
MAX SMITH SWEEPS EAST CHAPEL HILL TEAMMATE ROBERT BOND IN SINGLES FINALS
Max Smith of the state's No. 1-ranked East Chapel Hill boys' tennis team beat teammate Robert Bond 6-2, 7-5 to claim the 4-A PAC-6 singles title at the PAC-6 Championships Wednesday.
David Senerchia and /Dillon Leovic of Northern downed their crosstown rivals, Charles Herst and Patrick Taylor of Jordan, 7-5, 6-1 to win the doubles title.
Each of the finalists, along with the semifinalists they beat to advance to the championship round, have qualified for next weekend's state individual regional state 4-A tournament at Greensboro Page High School.
Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.
N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren of Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
The N.C. State sophomore from Durham announced Tuesday that he will forego his final two seasons of college basketball eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.
“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates at NC State for allowing me to compete for this great university,” Warren said in a statement released by N.C. State. “It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level. Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at N.C. State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”
Warren played at Durham’s Riverside High School before playing his last two seasons of high school basketball at Raleigh’s Word of God Academy and Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
After averaging 12.1 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Warren emerged as one of the nation’s most prolific scorers this season.
The 6-8 Warren led the ACC by scoring 24.9 points per game, which was the No.3 scoring average in Division I this season. He made an ACC-best 52.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, making him just the third player in ACC history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
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Middle school students and their parents need to know that Hillside and Southern aren’t the only high schools around here with good football, Riverside’s Chris Howell said after being introduced as the Pirates’ new coach on Friday.
Area teams lead or share leads in five of six conferences that include area high school interscholastic athletic programs after the winter season in Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition.
Southeast Raleigh defeated Riverside 57-47 and will play No. 5 Hillside on Saturday. The winner of that game gets to play for the state championship on March 15.