Northeastern's Hodge tops state in long jump

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Northeastern's Nolan Hodge


From staff reports

Saturday, February 10, 2018

WINSTON SALEM — Northeastern’s Nolan Hodge won the state title in the long jump at the 1A/2A NCHSAA indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track in Winson Salem Friday.

Hodge recorded a jump of 21-6.50 in the finals to take first place in the event, topping the second place finisher by two and a half inches.

The Eagles senior also took second place in the high jump with a jump of 6-4.0, while teammate Josiah Felton took third in the high jump at 6-0.0.

Hodge and Felton were just two of several area performers to record impressive finishes at the championship meet.

Northeastern’s Kiara Williams took fourth place in the girls 500 meter dash with a time of 1:23.73.

Currituck was led by Amberine Brown, who finished third in the 55 meter dash at 7.38 seconds.

Ryan Camden took sixth place in the 1000 meter run for the Knights, finishing at 2:48.59.

John A. Holmes was led by their 4x200 meter relay team, which took fifth place at 1:36.57

The relay included Aaron Pryce, Zakeem Brooks, Xavius Capehart and Eric Phelps.

Other area finishers included Pryce taking 16th in the boys 300 meter, Brown taking 22nd in the girls 300 meter, Currituck’s Sarah Dover and Madison Davis took 10th and 19th in the 1000 meter and Northeastern’s girls 4x200 relay team of Williams, Deniqua Valentine, Candace Barclift and Tyquaisha Cousette took fifth place.

Northeastern led the area in the team standings, finishing sixth in the boys competition with 26 points, while their girls team took 23rd overall with nine points.

Currituck girls took 26th with nine points, while the Knights’ boys team finished 37th overall with four points.

Edenton’s boys team took 37th with four points.


Swimmers from Northeastern, Currituck and Camden took part in the 1A/2A NCHSAA swimming state championship meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary Friday evening.

Camden’s Ethan Jones earned the areas top finish at the meet, taking fifth place in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:02.16.

Jones also took seventh place in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 54.66.

Camden’s 400 free relay team of Jones, Christopher Praisler, Nathan Royal and Gabe Keeling took 19th.

Currituck’s boys 200 meter relay team of Chase McLaughlin, Jonathan Gillette, Samuel Fletcher and Ryan Condon took 15th.

McLaughlin, Gillette, Condon and Finley Woodson placed 18th in the 400 free relay.

Northeastern’s Emily Breaux took 12th in the 100 free, while teammate Julianna Connor finished 23rd.

Connor also took 16th in the 100 meter backstroke, while Breaux finished 19th.

Breaux, Connor, Hannah Evans and Abby Furst finished in 23rd place in the 400 free relay.

In the team standings, Northeastern girls placed 33rd, Camden boys took 20th and Currituck boys finished 36th overall.


Northeastern 67, Pasquotank 43: The Eagles topped the Panthers 67-43 in a Northeastern Coastal Conference contest at Elizabeth City State on Friday night.

The contest was the last of the regular season for both teams.

Northeastern (18-4, 10-0 NCC) jumped out to a 32-15 lead after the opening half as they finished the regular season unbeaten in conference play.

Garfield Brown led the Eagles to their ninth-straight wins with a team-high 16 points.

Damar Sutton added 11 points and eight rebounds for Northeastern, while Jeromy Bailey Jr. added eight points.

Pasquotank (2-19, 2-8 NCC) had their losing streak reach five in a row with the defeat.

Greenville-Trinity Christian 74, Victory Christian 58: The Eagles were defeated 74-58 on the road by Trinity Christian Friday night.

Victory Christian (8-8) was led by Cameron Rosenberger with 18 points, while Terrell Sharp also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Dalton Evans added nine points and Jonathan Rosenberger finished with eight in the road loss.

Kyle Swimme led the Eagles with eight rebounds.

Trinity was led by Devin Smith with 26 points and Brad Harris with 12.


Victory Christian 39, Greenville-Trinity Christian 32: The Victory Christian girls basketball team defeated Trinity 39-32 on the road Friday night.

The Lady Eagles were led by a double-double from Ayden Larabee, who finished the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while also recording five assists.

Victory Christian moved to 12-6 on the season with the victory.

Pasquotank 46, Northeastern 36: The Lady Panthers took a 31-12 lead after the opening half and held on for a 46-36 win over the Lady Eagles in a Northeastern Coastal Conference clash at the Vaughan Center Friday night.

Pasquotank (18-3, 8-2 NCC) was led by 11 points from Kennedy Griffin and 10 points from Amaya Simpson.

Mikasia Jordan led the Lady Panthers with seven assists, while Griffin added five assists.

Breanna Proctor led the way for Northeastern (4-14, 2-8 NCC) with a double-double, pulling down 23 rebounds and scoring 20 points.

Tasharli Spellman also finished in double figures for the Lady Eagles with 10 points.