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Firebirds clinch share of Big East title

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The Southern Nash High varsity boys tennis team clinched a share of the 3-A Big East Conference title with a home win over Franklinton on Thursday, 8-1. The Firebirds finished the regular season 15-1 and 9-1 in conference play. Every player got a win for Southern Nash on Thursday as Dylan Alligood, Hector Perez, David Vasquez, Adolfo Gonzalez, Michael Hernandez all won in straight sets in their singles matches, dropping just 11 set points between the five. Senior Parker Strickland would get revenge for his third set tiebreaker loss to Ben Henry on court one, as Strickland-Vazquez dropped Henry-Dan Garcia 9-7. The junior tandem of Perez-Gonzalez didn’t allow Collin Daniel-Josh Stone a point. The senior tandem of Alligood-Hernandez finished William Porter-Zack Carver, 8-4. Rocky Mount clips Firebirds, 5-4 The Southern Nash High boys tennis team’s bid to claim the outright 3-A Big East Conference title was thwarted April 10 with a 5-4 loss to Rocky Mount. It was the first loss in 15 matches for the Firebirds (14-1, 8-1 Big East), who split singles with the Gryphons (9-2, 8-1 Big East). Southern Nash split singles with wins by senior Parker Strickland at No. 1, senior David Vasquez at No. 4 and junior Michael Hernandez at No. 6. Vasquez eked out a three-set victory over Rocky Mount’s Ryan Schrimper to force the deadlock. In doubles, the tandem of senior Dylan Alligood-Hernandez was the lone victory for the Firebids at No. 3 with an 8-5 conquest of Rocky Mount’s Schrimper-Andrew Rollans. Ladybirds escape against Franklinton After three ties and six lead changes, the host Southern Nash High varsity softball team strengthened its 3-A Big East Conference lead by a 9-8 count against Franklinton on April 10. The ninth consecutive win vaulted the Ladybirds to 7-0 in the conference and to 12-2 overall. Southern Nash pulled out the win when Alissa Bailey doubled into the gap in right-center field to drive in her sister, Taylor Bailey. Taylor Bailey had singled with one out.

Taylor Bailey banged out three hits, Carrigan Ewers was the winning pitcher. Edmundson leads Southern Nash in tri-meet ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Darius Edmundson won three individual events and was part of Southern Nash’s victorious 4x100-meter relay team to help the Firebirds finish second in the 3-A Big East Conference track and field tri-meet April 10 at Rocky Mount High. Edmundson won the 100 and 200 dashes as well as the long jump while teaming with Xavien Smith, Matt Foster and D.J. Johnson in the 4x100, contributing to the Firebirds’ 69-point total, five behind the winning total of Rocky Mount. Franklinton was third with 47 points. Also winning for the Southern Nash boys team were Lamont Williams in the shot put, Shamir Small in the 3,200 run, Hunter Issette in the 1,600 run and the 4x800 relay team of Small, Issette, Darrin Bailey and Artavius Allen. The Southern Nash girls placed third with 48 points behind winner Rocky Mount (77) and Franklinton (62). Jenira McKoy won the 100 and 200 dashes for the Ladybirds while Tristian Foster posted a personal-best time of 47.63 seconds in winning the 300 hurdles. Rayna Bailey (shot put) and Taylor Gardner (pole vault) were also victorious for the Ladybirds. Montague drives in 6 as Firebirds end skid ROCKY MOUNT — Senior Jason Montague spanked his fourth home run of the season and drove in six runs as the Southern Nash varsity baseball team halted a three-game skid April 9 with an 11-6 victory at 3-A Big East Conference foe Northern Nash. Montague finished 3 for 4, including a double, to lead the Firebirds’ 10-hit offensive as they rose to 5-9 overall a 2-4 in Big East play. The Knights departed 2-11 overall and 0-7 in conference outings. Junior A.J. Jones notched his first pitching win of the season as he went five innings, giving up six runs, but only two earned, on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five. Sophomore Trey Mizzelle allowed just one hit over the last two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

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