Playoffs loom as regular seasons come to an end

Spring sports roundup
Pinecrest’s boys’ tennis team poses for a team photo after wrapping up an unbeaten conference season and league title. The Patriots now head to the playoffs as a No. 5 seed. David Sinclair

It’s crunch time for high school spring sports. Girls’ soccer, with a week to go in the regular season, is the only sport preparing for playoffs already. Baseball and softball have wrapped up the regular season, and playoff fields have already been announced in golf, lacrosse and tennis.

Boys’ tennis

North Moore finished the regular season with a 3-9 record and received the No. 10 seed in the 1A bracket. The Mustangs received a first round bye and will take on No. 7 Chatham Charter (12-6) in the second round.

At 12-1, Pinecrest earned a No. 5 seed in 4A and will face No. 24 Riverside (7-9) in the first round.

Union Pines enter the postseason at 8-4. That gets the Vikings a No. 10 seed at 3A and a date with No. 26 Jacksonville (6-8).


Pinecrest’s boys split their last two regular season games, beating Jack Britt, 13-2, then losing, 13-10, at Willow Spring to snap a 15 game winning streak. The Patriots are 17-3 and won the conference with a 10-0 record.

That earned them a No. 6 seed in the 4A bracket and a first-round bye. They’ll play the winner of No. 11 Athens Drive and No. 22 Millbrook.

The Pinecrest girls beat Jack Britt, 20-6, and end the season with a seven-game unbeaten streak and five wins in a row.

The Patriots are 13-3-1, 6-2 in conference. They also earned a No. 6 seed and first round bye in the 4A bracket. They’ll face the winner of No. 11 Laney and No. 22 Corinth Holders.

The Union Pines girls beat Middle Creek, 20-14, to wrap up a 13-0 regular season and a conference title at 8-0. They earned the top seed in the 1A/2A/3A girls’ bracket and will face No. 16 Havelock.

The Union Pines boys’ team took a 10-4 win over Garner to end the regular season with a 10-6 mark, 8-2 in the league, and a five-game winning streak. The Vikings earned a No. 4 seed in 3A and will receive a bye. They’ll play the winner of No. 13 Swansboro and No. 20 Fike.

Boys’ Golf

North Moore, Pinecrest and Union Pines will all compete in the NCHSAA regional championships. North Moore will head to Goldsboro’s Lane Tree Country Club for the 1A Mideast Regional on May 6. Pinecrest is in action on the same day at Pinehurst Country Club in the 4A Mideast Regional. Union Pines is at Fayetteville’s Highland Country Club for the 3A Mideast Regional, also on May 6.

By North State Journal Staff

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