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Marvin Jones: Adding to what has already been a stellar indoor season, former Cedar Ridge high jumper Marvin Jones won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title on Tuesday. Jones earned the gold medal at the MEAC Indoor Track & Field championships in Virginia Beach, VA with a 2.10 meter leap. It is his second MEAC high jump championship and his third MEAC deal. In the 2020 MEAC Indoor championships, Jones claimed the bronze. In the 2021 MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Jones won the gold medal. Jones has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held in Birmingham, AL on March 11 and 12.

Joey Berini: Berini saw action in each of the first three games for the #12 East Carolina baseball team in its opening series of the season against Bryant University at LeClair Stadium in Greenville last weekend. In the opening game, the Bulldogs defeated the Pirates 10-2. Berini entered the game as a second baseman in the 7th inning. He reached on a one-out single in the eighth inning. On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored a somewhat controversial 5-4 win in ten innings over the Pirates. Berini started at 2nd base and went 0-for-2. On Sunday, Bryant completed the sweep of the Pirates with a 4-3 win, scoring the game-winning run in the ninth inning. Berini entered the game in the fifth inning to play second base. He went 0-for-3.

Cooper Porter: The Pensacola State Junior College baseball team has started its season. Porter, a sophomore who was once committed to N.C. State, closed out the Pirates’ 12-3 win over the College of Central Florida on January 28 in Auburndale, FL. Porter threw two perfect innings in the seven-inning matchup. On February 6, Meridian Community College edged Pensacola State 3-2. Porter threw the last two-and-one-thirds innings and surrendered only two hits with one strikeout. On February 11, East Georgia College knocked off the Pirates 11-4. Porter relieved starter Jake Cohen in the fourth inning. Over two innings, Porter surrendered two runs over two hits with one walk. On February 14, John Logan College rallied to defeat Pensacola State 6-5. Porter suffered his first loss. He threw two-and-two-thirds innings and struck out six. He surrendered three runs off three hits. Porter returned as a position player in an 8-1 win over Bryant Stratton on February 19 in New Orleans. Playing third base, Porter went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk. Later that day, Delgado Community College upended the Pirates 10-2. Porter went 1-for-3. The following day, Porter went 0-for-2 as Delgado defeated Pensacola State 3-0.

Tori Dalehite: The UNC Greensboro softball team continued its season in the Spiro Classic at UNCG Softball Stadium last weekend. In the opening game, the Spartans defeated Rider 10-1 in five innings on February 18. Dalehite started at 2nd base and did not have an official at-bat in the game. She walked twice and had a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning to score Grace Loftin. Dalehite scored off a home run by Makenna Matthijs in the fifth inning. On Saturday, the Spartans rolled past George Washington 7-3. Dalehite went 3-for-3 with a run scored and two doubles. With the Colonials leading 3-1 in the fifth inning, Dalehite doubled down the right field line to bring in Grace Loftin. Dalehite scored the game-tying run off a sacrifice fly by Matthijs. Later on Saturday, UNCG rolled past Rider 8-1. Dalehite, starting at 2nd base, went 1-for-3. The Spartans finished a perfect weekend by beating George Washington 10-1 in six innings. Dalehite went 0-for-3. UNC Greensboro will continue its season with the UNCG Invitational, which starts on Friday. The Spartans will face Loyola Chicago at 2:30PM.

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