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

Spring sports roundup
Audrey Kilgore (3), Sam Lineback (30) and the rest of Pinecrest’s girls’ lacrosse team leaves the field after a 12-11 win over Laney to advance in the playoffs. David Sinclair

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 No. 28 Garner. The Patriots now face No. 12 Broughton.

No. 10 Union Pines beat No. 23 Franklinton by a 5-4 score and now face No. 7 Cape Fear.

Boys’ Lacrosse

In boys’ lacrosse state playoff action, Pinecrest earned a first-round bye in 4A. The No. 6 seed Patriots then fell to No. 11 Athens Drive, 11-10, to end their season. Pinecrest led 4-0 after the first period but couldn’t withstand an Athens rally.

Union Pines also drew a first-round bye in 3A. The No. 4 Vikings then topped No. 13 Swansboro in the second round to move on to a date with No. 5 Carrboro in the round of 16. Union Pines jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one period, then managed to cruise to a 12-8 win over Swansboro.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Pinecrest girls are into the 4A Sweet 16. The No. 6 Patriots had a first-round bye, then got past No. 11 Laney, 12-11, their sixth win in a row. Allie Hirst had six goals and an assist, while Peyton Page added four goals and three assists in the win. Pinecrest moves on to face No. 3 Chapel Hill.

Union Pines is also in the round of 16, at the 1A/2A/3A level. The Vikings got a first round bye as the top seed, then hammered No. 16 Havelock, 27-0. Freshman Makenzie Burnham (1 save) and junior Isabelle Bonillo (2 saves) split time in goal and ended up with a combined shutout. Next up is No. 8 Seaforth.


At 13-7, 9-6 I the Mid-Carolina Conference, North Moore got a bid to the state playoffs in the 1A bracket. The No. 9 seed Mustangs face No. 24 East Columbus (9-9).

Pinecrest drew a No. 4 seed in 4A, on the strength of a 21-4 record and 11-1 Sandhills record, good for a regular season title. The Patriots open with No. 29 Green Hope (12-12).

At 10-14, 4-8 in the Sandhills, Union Pines did not receive a bid from the NCHSAA. The team says goodbye to seniors Chandler Ring, Austin Mooring, Grey Booker and Tyler Lewis,


North Moore enters the NCHSAA playoffs with an 11-9 record, 10-5 in the Mid-Carolina Conference. The Mustangs earned a No. 20 seed in 1A and open with No. 13 Northside – Pinetown (15-4).

Union Pines received a No. 14 seed at 3A after finishing the regular season with a 15-7 record, 9-3 in the Sandhills. The Vikings open with No. 19 Cedar Ridge (12-7-1)

At 2-16, 0-12 in the Sandhills, Pinecrest’s season is over. The NCHSAA passed the Patriots over for a bid, ending the high school careers of seniors Raven Ross-Gillespie, Nakia Collins, Maggie Drake and Anjali Williams.

By North State Journal Staff

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