Sports Briefs: Golfer Vanzant competes in regionals

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, October 27, 2022

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Vanzant 31st in regional

Davie senior golfer Emerson Vanzant carded a 16-over 88 to tie for 31st place out of 70 golfers in the Central Regional at Longleaf Golf Club in Southern Pines on Oct. 17.

Although she missed the state cut by three strokes, Vanzant showed considerable improvement over her regional showing from 2021, when she shot 99 to tie for 46th. After finishing eighth in the conference to make the all-conference team for the second time, Vanzant tied for sixth among Central Piedmont Conference players at Longleaf. The top five players from the CPC: West Forsyth’s Mary-Paige King (69), Reagan’s Anna Howerton (73), Reagan’s Ella Reed (79), West Forsyth’s Paige Sidney (79) and Reagan’s Ellie Acrey (85). The top scores were a pair of 69s.

“This brings to an end a great senior season for Emerson,” coach Bob Donley said.

Pinecrest captured the 14-team event at 3-under 213. West Forsyth (236) and Reagan (237) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Davie had two all-conference players in 2022. Junior Sophia Garza grabbed the last spot, 13th.

Volleyball loses in 1st round

Davie’s volleyball team went 1-2 in the last week of the season.

In the first round of the CPC Tournament, the fourth-seeded War Eagles rolled past No. 5 Reynolds 25-13, 25-8, 25-12 at Davie on Oct. 17. The Demons finished 7-16.

But in the semifinals, Davie ran into juggernaut Reagan in Pfafftown on Oct. 18. The top-seeded Raiders dominated 25-12, 25-11, 25-16.

The Raiders are having an incredible season. Not only did they improve to 33-0 when they beat Davie, they captured their 91st set in 92 tries. The only team to take a set from Reagan was McMichael on Sept. 10.

No. 23 Davie bowed out in the first round of the 4-A playoffs, losing 25-20, 25-14, 25-17 at Marvin Ridge on Oct. 22. The 10th-seeded Mavericks improved to 22-7 after tying for first in the Southern Carolina Conference. Davie finished 12-10 to extend a proud streak: coach Amber Brandon’s eighth winning season in eight years.

Pinebrook beats WRD

Wade Ridenhour threw three touchdown passes and the varsity Pinebrook Trojans blew out William R. Davie 26-0 on Oct. 21.  Ridenhour (5-7-78) hit Hudson Pfaff twice and Christopher Gonzalaz once on scoring passes of 21, 23 and 11 yards, respectively. Nathan Smith had the other TD on a 5-yard run.  Justin Green had five tackles. Myshon Clement had three tackles and an interception. Gonzalaz and Pfaff recovered fumbles. Peyton Jordan provided solid blocking.