Currituck's Johnson, Smith in NCHSSVA sand volleyball finals
High School Roundup
From Staff Reports
Saturday, May 19, 2018
For some members of the Currituck volleyball team, there was no offseason away from the sport.
Kamryn Johnson and Kayleigh Reagan Smith are two of a handful of Lady Knights that transitioned from the hardwood to the sand this spring competing in the North Carolina High School Sand Volleyball Association.
Currituck is in its first season in the association.
The 2018 campaign began in February and concludes this weekend.
The Currituck duo of Johnson and Smith qualified to the association’s Best Pairs tournament today in Wilmington.
Johnson and Smith posted a 9-0 record as a pair and is the No. 1 seed from the Eastern NC Conference.
The Currituck pair have experience playing sand volleyball as a duo with a travel club in Virginia.
The format for the tournament will be similar to tennis with a best 2-out-of-3.
Smith and Johnson are the top seed in Pool 3 that features pairs from Wilmington, Chapel Hill/Durham and Wake conferences.
A total of 20 pairs are split into five pools.
As a team, Currituck finished with a 5-4 record.
Other members of the team include Laura Griffin, Sara Hill, Chloe Oldaker, Kirstyn Middelton, Marissa Moyle, Whitney Shilling, and Merritt Woodson.
Currituck competed in the Eastern NC Conference during the regular season. The conference was one of six leagues in the association.
The Eastern NC Conference also included Perquimans, Croatan, Epiphany, West Carteret, New Bern, Parrott Academy, East Carteret, D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose.
On Sunday, the team playoffs will be held.
The NCHSSVA was established in late-2012 and had its first season in 2013.
The association sponsors male and female sand volleyball teams.
According to the association, membership in the association has grown every year.
The NCHSSVA started with nine schools: Apex High School, Carrboro High School, Cary-Middle Creek High School, New Bern-The Epiphany School, Raleigh-Athens Drive High School, Raleigh-Broughton High School, Raleigh-Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh-Ravenscroft and Raleigh-St. David’s Academy.
Sand volleyball is not sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The goal of the organization is to be a sponsored sport by the NCHSAA in the spring.
According to the NCHSSVA, in order to be sponsored by the NCHSAA, 25 percent of the member schools in the NCHSAA must play the sport.
The 2018 season saw the organization field over 40 clubs throughout the state.
2A TRACK AND FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Weather permitting, Currituck, Northeastern and Pasquotank will send athletes to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state championship meet at North Carolina A&T State University today.
The Currituck girls will be represented by Destiny Ferebee.
The junior, who won the 2A East Regional in the discus, has the third best seeded distance in the event.
Anson’s Patience Marshall has the top seeded distance at 133-2.
Hailee Reinke qualified to the 2A state championship meet in the 3,200 meters and will be one leg of the Lady Knights’ 4x800 meter relay of Jessica Anderson, Abigail Wooten and Trinity Evans.
The Currituck boys will be represented at the state meet in the 4x800 meter relay.
The quartet includes Shane Far, Ryan Camden, Josh Beaumont and Brad Saunders.
Camden, a senior, expects the relay team to compete today.
“We’re going to go out there and give it our all,” Camden said after he signed to join North Carolina-Wilmington track and field team at a signing ceremony at Currituck on Thursday.
Camden noted that the group wasn’t the original four that started this spring, but the current group has bonded throughout the season.
Northeastern will send 2A East Regional girls shot put champion Breanna Proctor to the state meet.
Proctor, a senior, has the fifth-seeded distance in the championship at 34-11.
Marshall is No. 1 in the even with a distance of 39-7.
Proctor will also run on the Lady Eagles’ 4x200 meter relay team of Passion Winslow, Tyquaisha Cousette and Kiara Williams.
In the boys meet, Northeastern’s Nolan Hodge will try to win a state championship in the high jump.
Hodge, a senior, won the 2A East Regional with a leap of 6-6 and is the No. 3 seed at the state meet behind Bandys Alex Reavis and St. Pauls Dakota Oxendine. Both athletes have seeded jumps of 6-8.
Josiah Felton will also compete for a medal in the high jump for NHS.
Hodge will also compete in the long jump.
Adrian Spellman will represent NHS in the shot put.
The Pasquotank boys will be represented in the discus by junior Patrick Riddick.
The Lady Panthers will send its 4x100 meter relay team of Tyauna McCoy, Keyona Moore, Destine Moore and Jaleia Oatman to the championship.