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BHS stuns Red Rams

BUNN -- Bunn High School came up with one of its biggest girls soccer victories of the season as the Ladycats defeated Franklinton in a key Northern Carolina Conference matchup.

Playing at home, the Ladycats potted a pair of goals in the second half and upset the Lady Rams, who had defeated them earlier in the campaign.

Bunn, however, was the winner in the rematch by a 2-1 total at the BHS Soccer Complex.

The score was 0-0 at halftime, but the Ladycats were able to use second-half markers from Yesenia Ascenio and Kayla Sellars to nab the triumph.

Sellars' goal came off a corner kick and proved to be the eventual match-winner.

"We played great on both sides of the ball,'' said Bunn Coach Charles Haley said. "I'm proud of my girls -- they needed a win like this to see just what they are capable of doing when they focus and play together as a unit. This was a great win for us.''

Bunn is now 5-10 overall to go with a 3-6 mark in the NCC, which is good enough for sixth place overall.

Franklinton seemed destined for the third spot in the NCC, but that finish is in question now as the Lady Rams are now on a two-game losing skid in conference action.

Franklinton, coached by Isaac Welker, is now 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the always-competitive NCC.

LHS TENNIS: Louisburg High School celebrated its Senior Night last Wednesday with a 9-0 home victory over Southeast Halifax in LHS' regular season boys tennis finale.

Louisburg carried a 15-1 overall mark -- and the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference championship -- into the first round of the Class 1-A State Playoffs.

LHS was slated to host Durham Voyager Academy on Tuesday in the opening round.

Louisburg's results from the match against Southeast Halifax were as follows:

• No. 1 Singles -- Pedro Barreto (Louisburg) def. Diane Blackman 6-0, 6-0
• No. 2 Singles -- Alejandro Rivera (Louisburg) def. Carlos Lubiano 6-0, 6-0
• No. 3 Singles -- Dillan Phillips (Louisburg) def. Courtney Powell 6-2, 6-1
• No. 4 Singles -- Quint Hester (Louisburg) def. Justice Holloway 6-0, 6-1
• No. 5 Singles -- Jimmy Coley (Louisburg) def. Ky'Aire Goode 6-3, 6-0
• No. 6 Singles -- Zach Johnson (Louisburg) def. Khalil Edwards 6-0, 6-1
• No. 1 Doubles -- Reed Wheless-Christian Rowe (Louisburg) def. Diane Blackman-Courtney Powell 8-0
• No. 2 Doubles -- Dylan Newton-Max Cockman (Louisburg) def. Dylan Hudson-Wilson G. Smith 8-4

BHS BASEBALL: Bunn secured a key 5-4 decision over the Roanoke Rapids Yellow Jackets last Friday at home in a key Northern Carolina Conference diamond event.

Josh Boone was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Thomas Deans, who was coming back from a two-week hill layoff due to poor weather.

The game went into the bottom of the eighth inning until BHS earned the winner. Logan Jackson started the rally with a single before Boone sacrificed and ended up reaching base.

After being unable to execute another sacrifice bunt, Bunn struck out before Spencer Brickhouse was intentionally walked to load the bases -- Brickhouse's third intentional walk of the game.

With two outs and the sacks full, BHS junior veteran Nick Sanders took a two-strike offering and went to left field for a single that plated pinch-runner Colton Morton with the winning run.

The Yellow Jackets were ahead 3-2 thanks to a trio of unearned runs. For the game, Bunn committed five errors and allowed six walks.

In the fourth inning, Davey Morgan hit a shot with the bases loaded, but Roanoke Rapids came through with a great catch in the outfield.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ian Land led off with a towering home run off a fast-pitch fastball. The ball landed near the parking lot of the Bunn Library.

BHS took the lead the same inning on a Nick Williams safety squeeze. That put the Wildcats ahead by a 4-3 margin.

Roanoke Rapids tied the score in the top of the seventh off a walk and a pair of passed balls.

But Bunn was able to come up with the winner in the bottom of the eighth inning.

BHS pitchers combined to allow just four hits, but the Wildcats were hampered by walks and fielding miscues.

Bunn also defeated Franklinton on Monday on the road by an 11-1 total.

Brickhouse led off the game with a towering triple off the fence and came home on a sacrifice fly courtesy of Sanders.

The Wildcats sealed the victory with seven runs in the top of the fourth stanza of action.

Land was 3-for-4 with two doubles to spark BHS, which is now 14-1 overall to go with a 9-0 mark in the Northern Carolina Conference.

Pictured (Above): SPLENDID SENIORS. Louisburg High School boys tennis coach Johnathan Waugh poses with seniors (l to r) Zach Johnson, Max Cockman, Quint Hester, Dillan Phillips, Pedro Barreto, Jimmy Coley and Dylan Newton. LHS won the TRAC Championship this season. (Photo Submitted)

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