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Pasquotank's Stutz wins NCHSAA wrestling state crown

First athlete from school to win state title

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Pasquotank's Darrien Stutz

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pasquotank senior wrestler Darrien Stutz won the 195-championship match at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A individual state championship tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday evening.

Stutz, who ends his season with a 36-5 record, defeated Chase’s Jeremy Miller by pin to secure the championship.

Stutz is the first athlete from Pasquotank County High School to win a NCHSAA state championship.

En route to the 195-pound championship, Stutz won four of his five matches by pin.

In the semifinals, Stutz defeated Jaden Woods of Madison by a 9-2 decision.

Stutz’s 2017-2018 wrestling season also included a Northeastern Coastal Conference individual championship and the NCHSAA 2A East Regional title at 195 pounds.

He was also a key member in helping the Panthers repeat as the NCC individual tournament champion this winter.

COLLEGE SUCCESS

Former John A. Holmes boys basketball player De'Vondre Perry is a freshman on the Temple University men’s basketball team.

Perry, who also goes by Dre, scored a career-high 15 points in the Owls’ 93-86 loss at No. 19 Wichita State on Thursday.

The guard connected on five shots from behind the 3-point line in the contest.

Perry has only missed one game during his freshman season with Temple, while averaging just over three points per game.

In high school, the guard helped the Aces win the Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament championship when he was a freshman.

Perry left northeast North Carolina to finish his prep career at Baltimore Polytechnic in Maryland.

Last spring, he led Baltimore Poly to a state championship.

HODGE co-MVP

Northeastern’s Nolan Hodge made his mark in his one season competing in indoor track and field.

The senior won the long jump and finished second in the high jump at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association indoor track and field 1A/2A state championship meet on Feb. 9 at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Hodge also finished ninth in the triple jump at the state meet.

For his individual effort, Hodge was named co-MVP of the meet with St. Pauls Dakota Oxendine.

Oxendine won the high jump to edge out Hodge.

Hodge told The Daily Advance on Thursday that he had experience in the field events.

Hodge competed in some of the jumps at his previous high school, Trinity High School in Trinity, Texas for the outdoor season before he came to Northeastern this fall.

According to Northeastern track and field coach Tony Johnson, Hodge was initially on the fence about competing in indoor track and field this winter.

The NHS coach added that on the second day of practice, Hodge was ready to compete.

As the season went on, Hodge improved in all three events and eventually qualified for the state meet in all three jumps.

“He just started getting more and more confidence,” Johnson said.

Hodge noted that during the indoor season he put in several hours to improve.

At the state meet, Hodge noted that he had some butterflies being on the state championship stage for the first time.

“But then it was like a regular day after I settled down and got use to it,” he said.

Hodge won the long jump with a distance of 21-6.50, while taking second place with a leap of 6-4 in the high jump.

Hodge is believed to be the first athlete from northeast North Carolina to be named MVP or share the MVP award from the indoor track and field state meet.

“For that to happen, that’s big,” Johnson said. “I’m proud of him.”

His performance at the state meet drew the interest from some college track and field programs.

The last week in February marks the beginning of the outdoor track and field season and Hodge believes he can duplicate his indoor success this spring in all three events.

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