Athlete of the Week: Janie Spicer

Athlete of the Week: Janie Spicer

Janie Spicer is a senior for the Union Pines’ girls’ lacrosse team and a previous Athlete of the Week winner after helping lead the Vikings to an undefeated season and their first-ever state championship. Spicer won the Most Valuable Player award in the title game, as well as the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award. The accolades keep coming. Spicer was just awarded one of the NCHSAA’s Heart of a Champion awards for the 2023-24 school year, which recognizes athletes who exemplify outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship on the field and in their community. Spicer will continue her athletic career at Winthrop, where she…
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North Moore’s spring sports standouts

North Moore’s spring sports standouts

Two dozen North Moore athletes earned all-conference honors for the spring sports season this year. Here’s a look at the Mustangs who took home hardware. Mid-Carolina 1A/2A Spring Sports 2024 All-Conference teams Boys’ tennis: Caleb Cockman—The senior had a 7-5 singles record at the number-two spot for the Mustangs, according to MaxPreps’ statistics. Luke Gibbons—The junior played first singles for North Moore, posting five wins. He was also part of the school’s number-one doubles team, going 8-4. Colton Freeman—The junior earned five wins at 3-singles and also teamed with Gibbons as the top doubles duo for the Mustangs. Boys’ golf:…
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Two local players head to NCAA baseball tournament

Two local players head to NCAA baseball tournament

The NCAA baseball tournament starts this weekend, and a pair of graduates from county high schools will be competing to make the College World Series in Omaha. Ten local players were on a college baseball team at some level this season. Two of them are still standing as the tourney shifts into gear at 16 sites around the nation. RJ Sales, a member of Pinecrest’s class of 2021, will be leading UNC Wilmington into the tournament. Sales, who won conference player of the year while leading the Patriots to the Sandhills Conference championship as a senior, is a redshirt sophomore…
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Athlete of the Week: Janie Spicer

Athlete of the Week: Janie Spicer

Janie Spicer is a senior for the Union Pines’ girls’ lacrosse team. The Vikings won their first-ever state title and wrapped up an undefeated season. Spicer led the way winning NCHSAA Most Valuable Player honors after scoring three goals, with four assists, in the championship game. She also took the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award. For the season, Spicer led Union Pines in shots on goal and was second in goals and assists. She also led the squad in ground balls and was second in turnovers forced. ‌
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Union Pines takes state girls’ lacrosse title

Union Pines takes state girls’ lacrosse title

Spring sports wrapped up with a first-ever school title for Union Pines girls’ lacrosse. Here’s a look at the playoff roundup. Girls’ lacrosse Union Pines won the first girls’ lacrosse state title in school history, finishing off a perfect 18-0 season. The Vikings had their biggest scare of the season in the state semifinals, trailing Croatan at the half before rallying for a 14-13 win. Ellie Powell had six goals and Janie Spicer five in the comeback victory. Union Pines then blew out Bishop McGuinness, 20-6, to win the 1A/2A/3A title. Powell had another six goals and Spicer three. The…
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Girls soccer brackets released, while Union Pines reaches girls’ lax final four

Girls soccer brackets released, while Union Pines reaches girls’ lax final four

Union Pines softball and girls’ lacrosse join Pinecrest baseball in the later rounds of their respective state tournaments, while girls’ soccer gets ready to kick off the postseason. Boys’ tennis All three local teams saw their playoff runs come to an end last week. No. 10 seed North Moore fell to No. 7 Chatham Charter, 5-2 in the second round, finishing their season with a 3-9 record. In 4A, No. 5 Pinecrest was upset by No. 12 Broughton in the second round, ending the season with a 13-2 mark. In the 3A bracket, No. 10 Union Pines got a second-round…
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Athlete of the Week: Maddy Telemeco

Athlete of the Week: Maddy Telemeco

Maddy Telemeco is a junior for the Union Pines girls’ lacrosse team. The top-ranked Vikings blew out Havelock, 27-0, in their second-round game in the NCHSAA playoffs. Telemeco led the way for Union Pines with 10 points in the game. She scored four goals and added six assists. She also added four ground balls and controlled six draws. Telemeco leads Union Pines in assists and shot percentage. She’s second in turnovers caused and total points and ranks third on the team in goals.
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Tennis, lacrosse teams still fighting, while baseball, softball suit up

Tennis, lacrosse teams still fighting, while baseball, softball suit up

Playoffs are underway in boys’ tennis, as well as boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. Baseball and softball are joining the NCHSAA postseason this week. Here’s a look at how the area teams are doing in the brackets. Boys’ tennis Pinecrest and Union Pines both won their NCHSAA playoff openers, while North Moore got a first-round bye, meaning all three area teams were still alive as of the start of this week, which saw second-round action take place after press time. North Moore, the No. 10 seed in 1A faced No. 7 Chatham Charter (12-6). No. 5 Pinecrest advanced via forfeit past…
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Playoffs loom as regular seasons come to an end

Playoffs loom as regular seasons come to an end

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…
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Many Moore county teams head into final week of regular season

Many Moore county teams head into final week of regular season

Moore County schools saw many of their spring sports teams play the penultimate week of their regular seasons, with conference titles and playoff berths up for grabs. Baseball North Moore suffered back-to-back losses in conference games. The Mustangs fell to Bartlett Yancey, 10-3, then lost at Seaforth, 5-1. North Moore enters the final week of the season at 11-6. Their 11 wins are more than the Mustangs have had in four of their last 10 seasons. With two games to play in the Mid-Carolina Conference, North Moore is in fourth place, with a one-game lead over Chatham Central, their opponent…
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