Local roundup: Chance earns top-25 finish at states

From staff reports
Posted 10/26/21

Tuesday saw Triton's Neva Chance enjoy a standout finish at states, and Overhills boys soccer battle Harnett Central with a trip to the conference tournament title game on the line.

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Local roundup: Chance earns top-25 finish at states


JACKSON SPRINGS — Triton senior Neva Chance finished tied for 25th following two rounds in this year's North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A Women's Golf State Championship, held at FoxFire Resort and Golf this week.

The All American Conference Girls Golf Player of the Year carded a 187 (+43) total over two days, including a 94 during Tuesday's final round. Chance posted three total birdies in her first state title appearance. 

Lady Hawks teammates Sueanna Bass (+56) and Tristan Ennis (+71) finished tied for 43rd and 60th, respectively. Bass, a freshman, dropped eight shots off her opening-round 104 (+32) on Day 2. 

Triton's collective score of +170 earned a fifth-place finish among 10 qualifying teams.

Western Harnett newcomer Jewel Gilchrist Lopez finished three strokes ahead of Bass, carding a 197 (+53) in her first state championship appearance. 

And South Johnston junior Lainey Edwards posted a 194 (+50) in what was her third straight trip to states.  

Overhills soccer gets to AAC title game

Following a 3-1 win at in-county foe Harnett Central Tuesday, the Overhills boys soccer team will play for the All American Conference tournament title.

Ryan Riopedre, Sean Riggs and Bryan Ortega-Martinez each scored for the Jags, who used a 2-0 halftime advantage, and a 1-1 split after the break, to pace the victory. Freshman goalkeeper Daniel Sykes notched 18 saves.

Overhills (7-10, 5-8 AAC) has the chance to receive an automatic bid to the 4A state playoffs with a win at Terry Sanford in the championship game on Wednesday. 

Harnett Central (11-5, 10-2 AAC) is guaranteed a postseason berth after finishing atop the conference standings in the regular season.

Triton falls to Terry Sanford in semis 

In the night's other semifinal matchup at Harnett Central, Triton dropped a 2-1 decision to Terry Sanford. 

All the goals came in the first half Terry Sanford's Davis Molnar and Bryant Birch finding the net for the Bulldogs. 

Triton (14-7-1, 8-4 AAC) now looks to Friday's state playoffs 3A East bracket reveal to see if it cracks the field of 32 teams. 

Hawks win 2nd county gridiron battle 

Tuesday saw the Triton football team get a 56-21 win over Western Harnett on the road. 

Bradon Watts led five different Hawks (3-6, 3-3 All American Conference) with rushing touchdowns, finding the end zone twice on just eight carries. 

J.J. Cowan paced the group with 191 yards on the ground and also added a TD. Camauri McDougald, Eligah Holmes and Jalen Evans each added rushing scores, with Evans also adding a passing TD. 

Holmes also ran an interception back to the house for the Hawks, who now own two wins against in-county opponents in as many attempts. 

Triton closes the regular season at home Friday against archrival Harnett Central, while Western Harnett travels to Terry Sanford.


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