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Currituck's Samuel Hodge (top) during the 113-pound third place match against Lake Taylor (Va.) at the River City Invitational wrestling tournament at Northeastern High School, Saturday, January 12, 2019.


From staff reports

Monday, February 11, 2019

Multiple area wrestlers were crowned regional champions at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Individual 2A East Regional Saturday at Croatan High School.

Northeastern’s Jonathan Ward (138 pounds) and Raven Atkins (220 pounds) along with Currituck’s Samuel Hodge (113 pounds) won regional championships in their respective weight class.

Ward, the defending regional champion at 138 pounds, defeated North Pitt’s Dalton English by a 16-4 major decision in the championship match.

Atkins defeated North Lenoir’s Elijah Swinson by a 2-1 decision for the 220 crown.

Hodge defeated Washington’s Brodie Moore by a 4-1 decision in the championship match.

Northeastern’s Scott Marazoff, who secured his 100th career win during the regional tournament, finished third overall at 126 pounds.

He defeated Washington’s Gavin Woolard by a 4-2 decision in the third-place match.

Pasquotank’s Thong Tran also took third place at 152 pounds as the senior defeated Washington’s Mykel Warren by an 11-1 major decision.

Currituck’s Trent Walker also finished third in his weight class.

Walker, a senior, defeated Croatan’s Colton Sullivan by pin in the 160 pound third-place match.

By earning a top four spot at the regional, the wrestlers advance to Thursday’s opening round of the NCHSAA Individual State Championship tournament in Greensboro.

Washington was the top team at the regional with 170.5 points, Northeastern was seventh with 87 points, Currituck took 10th with 79.5 points and Pasquotank was tied for 18th with Greene Central with 26 points.

At the Class 1A individual tournament at Rosewood High School, John A. Holmes did not have a wrestler finish in the top four in their respective weight class.

Edenton’s Jonathan Salinas (145 pounds) and Tyrese McClease (220 pounds) advanced to consolation semifinals, while Jordan Huerta (138 pounds), Aaron Jones (120 pounds) and Riddick White (113 pounds) advanced to consolation third-round matches.

Uwharrie Charter Academy posted the most points with 202. points.

Edenton was 15th with 40 points.


Multiple athletes earned medals at the NCHSAA 1A/2A Indoor Track and Field State Championship meet at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem Saturday.

Northeastern’s Wonderful Banks finished third in the boys’ long jump with a leap of 21-1.

Northeastern’s Kiara Williams finished fourth in the girls’ 300 meter run to earn a medal.

The Pasquotank boys’ 4x400 meter relay team of Sam Bingham, Adrian Sanchez, Quan Bui and Gregory Barnes finished second in the event with a time of three minutes, 37.39 seconds.

Croatan won the event with a time of 3:30.58.

Currituck’s Christian Spencer finished 13th in the boys’ high jump, while John A. Holmes’ Aaron Pryce finished sixth in the boys’ 300-meter run.


Camden sent athletes to compete at the NCHSAA 1A/2A Swimming State Championship meet at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary Saturday.

Camden’s Ethan Jones finished sixth in the boys’ 100 backstroke and the 200-individual medley.

The Bruins also finished 15th in the boys’ 200 medley relay and 14th in the boys’ 400 freestyle relay.

The relay teams were comprised of Jones, Gabriel Keeling, Christopher Praisler and Nathan Royal.

NC School of Science and Math won the boys’ team title, while Carrboro won the girls’ team crown.


Albemarle School had three athletes earn all-conference honors for the 2018-2019 boys’ basketball season.

Guards Brandon Gilliam and Logan Dunn were named to the Tarheel Independent Conference all-conference team, while Avery Krywanczyk was named to the TIC all-tournament team.

The Colts lost in the opening round of the TIC tournament Tuesday.