No. 1 high school sports story of 2017-18 | Area teams, individuals win at states
By David Gough
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
There was a lot of success in this area when it came to last year’s high school sports season.
As mentioned previously in this countdown over the last week, several teams and individuals put together great seasons resulting in long postseason runs.
Some of them reached regional championships, some of them won regional championships, but just a few of them finished as the best in North Carolina at their level.
Just two teams and four individuals were able to finish at or near the top making them the No. 1 high school sports story of the 2017-18 high school sports year.
The first team that proved to be the best in the state was the Currituck girls golf team. The Lady Knights took home the 1A/2A state title last October.
In poor weather conditions at Longleaf Club and Country Club in Southern Pines, Currituck dominated the competition.
It totalled 551 strokes over the two-day tournament, finishing 119-over-par. The next best score came from Mount Airy who had 29 more strokes than the Lady Knights.
Mount Airy and the three schools who placed behind them were only separated by 27 strokes, so Currituck didn’t have much trouble at all earning its crown.
Bailee Twiford led the Lady Knights by finishing third out of the 78 individuals that played in the event. The first day was her best, finishing just three-over-par.
The only girl who scored better than her over the course of 18 holes was First Flight’s Katherine Schuster. Schuster ran away with the competition shooting par over the two days.
Brittney Tyndall was 48-over-par for Currituck as Sarah Conley finished 58-over-par.
The other local team that fared well at state championships was the John A. Holmes boys track and field team.
The Aces didn’t win the 1A outdoor state championship in May, but they came close finishing second overall at North Carolina A&T State University.
Their 38 points over the course of the meet led them to finish behind Polk County by just six points.
Two of the four individuals that won state championships came from the John A. Holmes track team. Aaron Pryce and Ckayvion Everett both won gold in their events.
Pryce won gold in two events. The first event was the 300-meter hurdles. He barely got ahead of Franklin Academy’s Stephen Elliott by a tenth of a second. The official time was 39.81.
The second gold that the junior won was a relay event. In the 4x200 meter relay, the team of Zakeem Brooks, Xavius Capehart, Eric Phelps and Pryce ran 1:31.18.
Originally good for second place, they received gold due to Tarboro’s disqualification.
Everett won his gold medal in the field. The senior jumped a length of 22-2 to win the long jump event.
During indoor track season, Northeastern’s Nolan Hodge was able to take home gold at state championships.
At the 1A/2A NCHSAA indoor track championships in February, the senior won the long jump with a measure of 21-6.50.
He also place second jumping a height of 6-4.0 in the high jump competition.
Also in February was wrestling state championships. Pasquotank’s Darrien Stutz was the lone area wrestler to win gold at the event.
The senior, in his only year at Pasquotank and second as a wrestler, at all won the 195-pound weight class. He pinned four of his opponents on the way to the championship match.