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Zach Mayo

Zach Mayo

Zach Mayo is a reporter for HighSchoolOT.com and a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. You can follow Zach on Twitter @ZachMayoHSOT and he can be contacted at zmayo@wral.com.

South Granville poised for championship performance


May 30, 2013

South Granville High School logo

South Granville High School logo

When the South Granville High School Vikings (24-1) take the field Friday evening to compete for the 2A state softball championship, balance will be key.

The girls have been nothing short of dominant this season, outscoring their opponents 208-27 since their first and only loss on March 30. The success can be attributed to a healthy balance of offensive firepower and masterful pitching.

Third-year starter Kasey Newcomb takes the mound for the Vikings, and she is a big reason the team has kept opponents in check on the scoreboard. She has 22 wins on the year with 118 strikeouts and a 1.59 ERA.

The Vikings have also proved they can swing for the fences with a balanced batting lineup that shares the scoring responsibility. The team has 7 players with more than 25 hits this season, and 6 players with more than 25 runs.

"You've got to score a lot of runs and give your pitcher some run support," said South Granville coach Jackie Day. "We spend greater than 95 percent

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Local track talent demands statewide attention


May 16, 2013

2013 Wake County Track & Field Championship

2013 Wake County Track & Field Championship

When the most talented high school track and field athletes compete in the 4A state championships Saturday in Greensboro, Triangle-area schools will be represented well.

Green Hope High School hosted the 4A Mideast Regional on May 11, which was full of dominant performances and record-breaking marks that ensure local athletes can compete with the best of North Carolina.

Here are some athletes and events to watch for:

Girls Pole Vault:

Kristen Lee of Wakefield, the top female pole vaulter in North Carolina, recorded a mark of 13 feet, 5 inches in the regional meet to shatter her own state record. If she has some jump left in the tank, there is plenty reason to believe she will win her signature event at the state level.

If not, Rayna Yvars of Green Hope and Anna Eaton of Apex are also making the trip to Greensboro. This means the area sends 3 of the top 5 vaulters in the state to compete for the championship.

Jon Beyle, East

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