Camden boys win AAC swimming crown


The Camden High School boys swim team won the Albemarle Athletic Conference title Saturday at the Kill Devil Hills YMCA.


From staff reports

Monday, January 21, 2019

KILL DEVIL HILLS — The Camden boys and Manteo girls won the Class 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference swimming titles Saturday at the Kill Devil Hills YMCA.

The Camden boys team had 69 points, while Edenton-John A. Holmes had 60 and Manteo had 52.

Camden coach Ricki Furlong said that this year was rough as she lost quite a few seniors. Most of her boys team members are underclassmen.

“This was a year that they really progressed and fought hard to learn as much as they could,” she said. “Their goal this year was to really fight hard and improve. I'm very more appreciative of them achieving that goal for themselves.”

Three-time Area Swimmer of the Year Ethan Jones was part of the 200 medley relay in the backstroke and the 400 free relay.

Furlong noted that the senior also is a tide swimmer for the Virginia Tide.

“He is one of our best,” she said.

Aces coach Rachel Johnson was named boys coach of the year for the second year in a row. 

“This is the second year that I've been voted men's coach of the year,” she said of the honor. “I think all the teams have about the same amount of boys. It was just a matter of which boys worked harder throughout the season and not just today that determined the conference standings.”

The MVP was Brandon Armstong, also with John A. Holmes.

On the girls side, Manteo led with 72 points, while Holmes was second with 67 points and Camden placed third with 66.

Camden’s Furlong won coach of the year for the girls teams. The MVP was Manteo senior Caroline Mode.

Camden freshman Paige Strecker swam the 100-meter backstroke and was part of the medley relay team and the 200 free relay.

Miles Layton, The Chowan Herald


TARBORO — The John A. Holmes wrestling team won the Tarboro Invitational Saturday at Tarboro High School.

Edenton posted 132 points, East Montgomery was second with 116 points, North Lenoir was third with 113 points, Pamlico was fourth with 109 points, SouthWest Edgecombe was fifth with 80.5 points, Greene Central, Manteo and Tarboro were tied for sixth with 71 points each, South Lenoir was ninth with 51 points, Louisburg was 10th with 37 points and NorthEast Carolina Prep was 11th with 32 points.

The Aces had two wrestlers win their weight division.

Jordan Huerta won the 138-pound division championship with a pin of SouthWest Edgecombe’s James Lewis in the championship match.

Dezmontre Gilliam won the 160-pound title with a pin of Pamlico’s Trevor Wood.

Edenton earned second-place results from Riddick White (113 pounds), Alex Bergiven (132 pounds), Jonathan Salinas (145 pounds), Trace Murray (152 pounds) and Tyrese McCleese (220 pounds).

Edenton’s Aaron Jones (120 pounds) and Chase Ward (126 pounds) finished third in their weight division.


John A. Holmes 50, Northeastern 40: The Lady Aces (9-5) secured the non-conference win at home Saturday afternoon.

Jessica Jenkins and Nakiyah Arnold led Northeastern (1-11) with nine points each, while Jenkins added a team-high 14 rebounds.


Northeastern 50, John A. Holmes 48: Northeastern’s Deandre Proctor scored 20 points to lift the Eagles (3-6) to the non-conference win at John A. Holmes Saturday.

Kamari Braswell followed with 10 points, William Riddick scored eight points, while Jahri Leigh and Aaron Harris scored six points each for NHS.

Riddick also had 14 rebounds in the win.

Keenan Downing led Edenton (12-2) with 14 points, Keimonte Raynor followed with eight points, Mitjonta Stanley and Antuan Sharpe posted seven points each, Nakevin Hill had four points, Ervin White and Tyree Capehart had three points each and Zion Boston posted two points.