No. 5 sports story of 2017 | Edenton football, Currituck volleyball return to regional finals

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Edenton head coach Paul Hoggard (right) and Edenton senior running back Keimon Bailey guided the Aces to back-to-back regional final appearances.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

During the fall season it was deja vu for two area teams.

The John A. Holmes football team and the Currituck volleyball team both made return trips to the East Regional Final in 2017.

Both teams were powered by strong regular seasons and multiple victories in the state playoffs.

In 2016, the Edenton football won the 2A East Regional Final with a 50-14 result against South Columbus to advance to the 2A state championship game.

In the state title game, the Aces lost to Reidsville 58-12.

This fall, the Aces went undefeated in the Class 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference and earned a bye into the second round of the 1AA state playoffs.

The Aces soundly defeated league foe Manteo 42-13 in the second round and Lakewood 49-7 in the third round to advance to the 1AA East Regional Final.

Edenton could not duplicate last season’s success in the regional final as the Aces fell to Tarboro 50-7 at Tarboro on Dec. 1.

Tarboro went on to win the 1AA state championship the next week.

Edenton concluded its season with a 12-2 record.

On their way back to the 2A East Regional Final, the Lady Knights survived two five-set matches against Bartlett Yancey in the second round and against South Granville in the fourth round to secure a rematch against Carrboro.

Currituck lost to the Lady Jaguars in three sets in the final in 2016.

In this fall’s final, the Lady Knights were not at full strength against the Lady Jaguars as Kamryn Johnson did not play in the match due to a concussion.

Carrboro ended Currituck’s season for the second consecutive season with a three-set victory in the final at Carrboro on Oct. 31.

Carrboro went on to win its second consecutive state title on Nov. 4.

The Lady Knights ended the 2017 campaign with a 26-4 record.