Championship weekend_ pasquotank, camden, currituck winners in wrestling, swimming – daily advance

It was nearly a given for the Bruins in a Coastal 10 race where it only competed against Manteo. Football field width For the Knights — who had to outlast perennial champ First Flight — it proved to coach Susan Buzzard how hard work can pay off.

“It’s really exciting,” said Buzzard, who was also named boys coach of the year for the Northeastern Coastal Conference. “I’ve had to build (the county youth program) from the ground up and this is the first time I’ve seen guys carry it up here.”

For the girls, First Flight was again the NCC champion while Camden made it a clean sweep in the Coastal 10. Fantasy baseball mock draft Northeastern’s Emily Breaux, a two-time Area Swimmer of the Year, nabbed her first NCC swimmer of the year honor.


Camden’s Brock Robertson was named the Coastal 10’s top boys swimmer. Fastpitch softball tournaments The Camden girls were led by Madeline Boolba (200 free winner) and Olivia Kerschl (200 individual medley).

Only a few years ago the Currituck boys were lucky to have just one or two boys in the water. Sprinkler irrigation Buzzard decided to improve in the offseason by taking on a club team to help bolster numbers once they reached high school.

“We’ve been here about eight times,” said Buzzard of the Albemarle pool, which she was later thrown in as a celebratory tradition by swimmers after a victory. “We’ve got a 19-yard hot tub, but we make the best of it.”

Some of those young swimmers who impressed for Currituck include Chase McLaughlin and Jonathan Gillette, who were part of the winning 200 medley relay with Josh Price and Finley Woodson.

However, one of the loudest cheers on the deck came for Currituck senior Kyle Dixon, a recent commit to Chowan football who is far from the typical swimmer’s physique at 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds.

Seniors are recognized from each school by standing on the blocks throughout the day, and Dixon also made that moment memorable — he capped it by making a cannonball dive into the water that nearly splashed everyone.

“I just wanted to do it to be different,” said a smiling Dixon, who said he has practiced swimming during warmer months by taking a 10-mile trek mapped out from the county’s mainland to Corolla via the Currituck Sound. “These are great people to be around, and they encourage you.”

A strong Northeastern Coastal swimmer, Hunter Crook, and the Bruins’ Ethan Jones were on the final leg and were nearly even in the final yards before Jones touched the wall first.

Of course, that meant Camden’s group of Jones, Robertson, Braden Barham and Gabe Keeling won only for the Coastal 10 while the Nighthawks took the event in the NCC.

Other swimmers were able to shave off seconds from previous meets to better help for regional consideration, such as the Edenton girls’ 400 free relay of Whitney Cranford, Amy Turner, Ellie Rinehart and Anna Bass.

Wendy Kobiela was named the NCC girls’ coach of the year. Basketball wives season 5 episode 7 She took on the boys and girls teams at Northeastern and Pasquotank after the Panthers were unable to find a coach.

“She’s a good coach and a really great person,” said Breaux, who has learned from Kobiela for much of her time in the area. “That made me tear up, so I was happy we could do that for her.”

Although she had a smaller squad than in previous years when she’s won team conference championships, the short-handed Lady Eagles still managed to finish second to First Flight.

Hosted by First Flight, the Panthers claimed the title thanks in part to individual winners such as Thong Tran (138 pounds), Judiah Simpson (160) and Anthony Bonner (182).

Although Currituck had more individual champs with Michael Culpepper (145), Jacob Lassiter (152), Albert Harris (220) and Chris Franco (285), what gave the Panthers the edge was a number of second place finishes and bonus points given for major decisions and pins.

“It’s great for not just the program but for the school as a whole,” Sutton said. “You really want to do something special for the guys who went through those tough years.”

Simpson and Bonner both won via pin while Tran put out a gutsy performance, wrestling most of the day with a broken lip before earning the 138-pound victory with a 6-5 decision in the final.

The Nighthawks’ Jeremiah Derby took an 8-1 decision against Pasquotank’s Javiaughn Basnight in the 120 final, one of four Panthers who were a match away from titles.

“This was great, but we’re not done yet,” said Sutton, noting the upcoming individual 2A East Regional and perhaps the team’s invite to the 2A dual team playoffs.

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