Cedar Ridge Women’s Tennis

Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week: Adeline Cummings

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is sophomore tennis player Adeline Cummings. Cummings has played either #1 or #2 singles for the Red Wolves this season. As a #1 singles player, she has won five times, including a match on August 31 against Northwood where she won 2-6, 6-4, 15-13. That helped the Red Wolves defeat the Chargers 6-3. In her first match of the season, Cummings defeated Southern Alamance 6-1, 6-0. Two days later, she won her singles match against Durham School of the Arts Adeline is in her third year playing tennis. Her father was an All-State player in Florida. This season, Cummings has helped the Red Wolves secure a 3rd place finish in the Central Carolina Conference. Despite having just one senior on the team, the Red Wolves have won three more matches than they did in 2021. Cummings will continue her sophomore season next week at the Central Carolina Conference Championships at the Burlington Tennis Center. Cummings is expected to be in the singles tournament. 

Women’s tennis notebook: Cedar Ridge wins on Senior Night; Orange on verge of CCC title

The Cedar Ridge women’s tennis team may only have one senior on its roster, but they made sure that Senior Night was one worth remembering.

The Red Wolves improved to 7-4 in the Central Carolina Conference with a win over Western Alamance on Wednesday night. With the victory, Cedar Ridge, 9-7 overall, also clinched third place in the CCC, which gives them a fighting chance at a wildcard birth for the upcoming 3A State Dual Team Playoffs.

The only senior on the Cedar Ridge roster is Natalie Lyons, who had a commemorative banner complete with photos hanging up beside the entrance of Cedar Ridge Tennis Courts during its match on Wednesday. Cedar Ridge junior Cameron Mayhew won her match at #2 singles to clinch the dual match for the Red Wolves. Mayhew was extended to a second set tiebreaker, which she captured 7-5 to take her eleventh singles win this season.

Orange 7, Northwood 2: The Orange women’s team is now one win away from the team’s first-ever 3A conference championship. It would also, quite possibly, be the first conference championship won in women’s tennis in school history, regardless of classification.

On Wednesday, the Lady Panthers defeated Northwood in Pittsboro. #1 singles player Erin Sollars, a junior, won two matches on the night. Sollars won her singles match 6-2, 6-3. Once again, Sollars teamed with her younger sister, Shannon Sollars, to win at #1 doubles 8-4 and clinch the team match for the Lady Panthers.

Erin Sollars now has 23 overall wins this year. The team of Erin and Shannon Sollars is 12-3 this season.

Junior Makayla Davis and senior Sydney Rogers also won two matches on the night. Davis captured her singles match 6-2, 6-2. Rogers won at #5 singles 6-0, 6-2.

Davis and Rogers teamed together at #2 doubles to prevail 9-8 Davis and Rogers won off a tiebreaker that ended 7-2.

Senior Madelyn Horn, who now has 25 overall wins on the season, won the marathon match of the night. Horn captured her match at #6 singles 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 (10-point tiebreaker).

The senior team of Isabel Jones and Katelyn Van Mater won at #3 doubles 8-3. Orange is 10-1 in the Central Carolina Conference, currently tied in the loss column with Walter Williams. Orange and Williams split their season series. The Lady Panthers only remaining conference match will be against Eastern Alamance on Thursday night. It will also be Senior Night at Orange High Tennis Courts. Horn, Rogers, Van Mater, and Jones will all be honored during a pregame ceremony.

Cedar Ridge 7, Eastern Alamance 0: On Monday in Mebane, Cedar Ridge rolled to its fourth shut out win of the season against the Eagles. Mayhew won at #1 singles 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Ella Caltabiano won at #2 singles 6-0, 6-0. The Red Wolves only lost six games in the five singles matches. Caltabiano improved to 11-4 in singles matches in 2022.

Sophomore Adeline Cummings won at #3 singles, while junior Catherine Ballenger won at #4 singles. Ballenger now has 12 overall wins in 2022. Annabeth Lundberg won 6-1, 6-0 at #5 singles.

Cedar Ridge’s doubles team of Raven Mowles-Aring and Molly Alvesson won the only doubles match 8-0.

Orange 9, Person 0: Orange climbed closer to a share of the Central Carolina Conference regular season championship with a win over Person on Monday at Panther Tennis Courts. Of the nine matches, Orange didn’t lose a game in four of them.

Erin Sollars won 6-0, 6-1 at #1 singles. Shannon Sollars won at #2 for her 24th overall win of the season. Senior Katelyn Van Mater earned two victories on the day. Van Mater won at #5 singles 6-0, 6-0. She teamed with Jones to take home a win at #2 doubles 8-0.

Jones won at #3 singles 6-1, 6-1. Horn captured a victory at #4 6-2, 6-0. Grace Allred won at #6 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Erin and Shannon Sollars rolled to an 8-0 victory at #1 doubles. Horn and Allred teamed to win 8-3 at #3 doubles, the most competitive match of the day.

Women’s tennis notebook: Cummings, Mayhew help Cedar Ridge women’s tennis go 3-0 for the week

Women’s Tennis: Cedar Ridge 9, Person 0: While Walter Williams has established itself as the team to beat in the Central Carolina Conference, the race is on for the league’s second automatic spot in the 3A State Playoffs.

Cedar Ridge made itself into a contender this week with three strong victories, starting with its conference opener on Monday. The Red Wolves swept Person in Roxboro 9-0. Adeline Cummings, who was elevated to #1 singles, won her match 6-2, 6-0. Junior Cameron Mayhew, the younger sister of Central Carolina Conference Men’s Player of the Year Josh Mayhew, won her match 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Ella Caltabiano (#3), junior Catherine Ballenger (#4), junior Annabeth Lundberg, (#5) and junior Rowan Mowes-Aring (#6) all won their singles matches.

Lundberg and Mowes-Aring were the only Red Wolves to win two matches on the day. They teamed together to win at #1 doubles 8-1. Molly Alversson and Addie Payne, a pair of sophomores, captured the #2 doubles match 8-1. The tightest match of the day was at #3 doubles where Chloe Pankratz and Lila Rhoades were extended to a tiebreaker after battling Cassidy Swank & Jessica Williams to an 8-8 tie. Pankratz & Rhoades won the tiebreaker 7-1.

Cedar Ridge 7, Southern Alamance 2: On Tuesday, the Red Wolves defeated the Patriots for the second time this season. Cedar Ridge won all six of its singles matches. Cummings, again starting at #1 singles, won the most competitive match of the day against Southern’s Faith Moore. Cummings prevailed 7-6 in the opening set, winning the tiebreaker 8-6. Cummings sewed up her fifth singles victory of the season winning the second set 6-2.

Mayhew captured her match at #2 singles 6-2, 6-2, her third victory of the year. Caltabiano (#3) won 6-1, 6-0 for her fifth victory of 2022. Catherine Ballenger won 6-1, 6-0. Annabeth Lundberg (#5) won 6-0, 6-2 to wrap up the Red Wolves’ third dual win of the season. Mowes-Aring finished the singles sweep 6-1, 6-1.

Caltabiano and Ballenger teamed together to win at #1 doubles 8-0, the only doubles win of the day for the Red Wolves.

Cedar Ridge 6, Northwood 3: In a dual matches that featured three singles matches going to 10-point, third-set tiebreakers, Cedar Ridge prevailed in its third match in three days on Wednesday.

Cummings had the longest match of the year in the CCC against Northwood’s Destyn Roder 2-6, 6-4, 15-13 in the 10-point tiebreaker. Later in the day, Cummings and Mayhew claimed a forfeit win at #1 doubles after a Northwood player had to retire due to a foot injury. For the week, Cummings won five matches overall.

Cedar Ridge won five out of six singles matches to take the dual match win. Ella Caltabiano (#3) prevailed 6-2, 6-4; Ballenger, who won four matches this week, prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 at #4 singles. Lundberg won at #5 6-3, 2-6 11-9.

Mowles-Airing completed the dual match win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at #6.

Cedar Ridge is now 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the Central Carolina Conference. They travel to Orange on Tuesday.

Orange 8, Western Alamance 1: After winning three of its first four in the opening weeks of the season, the Orange women’s tennis team defeated Western Alamance in its CCC opener in Hillsborough on Tuesday.

#1 singles player Erin Sollars wound up in a three-set match for the second time this year. Sollars defeated Amelia Weaver 2-6, 6-3, 10-5 to improve to 4-1 on the season. Sollars would go on to team with her younger sister, Shannon Sollars, to win at #1 doubles 8-0.

Shannon Sollars won her #2 singles match 6-2, 6-2. Seniors Isabel Jones (#4 singles) and Madelyn Horn (who has now won seven overall matches this year) also won their singles matches to secure the dual match win.

In the only other doubles match, Jones and Makayla Davis won at #2 doubles 8-1.

Walter Williams 8, Orange 1: It a battle for first place in the CCC, Williams easily prevailed over Orange in Burlington on Wednesday. Sydney Rogers, who is also the starting kicker for the Orange football team, earned Orange’s only victory on the day. Rogers defeated Williams Gracie Hartle 6-3, 6-4. Orange is now 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the CCC. They will travel to Voyager on Thursday. The Lady Panthers defeated the Vikings in its season-opener on August 16 in Hillsborough.

Cedar Ridge’s Josh Mayhew & Lev Bearman discuss clinching a share of the CCC Championship

The 2022 Cedar Ridge men’s tennis team has become the first squad in school history to claim a share of a conference championship as a 3A team. The Red Wolves swept Williams in a doubleheader on Thursday night to clinch a portion of the Central Carolina Conference championship. Junior Josh Mayhew won both of his singles matches at #1 by scores of 8-0 and 8-0. Mathew, who became the first Cedar Ridge player in history to play in the finals of a state championship singles match last year, is 11-0 in singles play this year. Sophomore Lev Bearman also won both of his singles matches against the Bulldogs at #3 singles. Bearman won his opening match 8-6, then won the nightcap 9-7. Holden Rachlin and Derrick Stephens also won their singles matches for the Red Wolves, while Eli Rachlin and Holden Rachlin teamed to win their #1 doubles match to clinch the win in the second match against the Bulldogs. The Red Wolves will complete a suspended match against Northwood this week, which could lead to Cedar Ridge cementing the conference championship outright. The Central Carolina Conference Tournament is coming up Wednesday.

The Magnificent 7: The wonderful return of conference tournaments

Photo by Angie Hurdle

There’s a wonderful uncertainty about conference tournaments that you can’t experience until you see it yourself.

Look no further than Monday night at Orange. The Lady Panthers volleyball team faced Western Alamance, a team that Orange had little trouble with in the regular season. Just last week, Orange traveled to Elon, could have parked in a one-hour zone and faced no repercussions, disposing of the Warriors 25-22, 25-8 and 25-15.

It was considerably different on Monday. No one could explain why, but the Warriors jumped out to a 2-sets-to-nothing lead. Perhaps Orange looked ahead to a potential third matchup against Cedar Ridge on Tuesday. Perhaps Western Alamance was more motivated to make a run for a 3A State Playoff birth.

A week after dominating the Warriors, the Lady Panthers had to rally and rally in order to pull out its second five-set win of the season, and its first since the season opener against Jordan. To start the fifth set, Western Alamance led 5-0 after several close calls went against Orange, which sparked a comeback triggered by junior Allie Wilkerson, who has consecutive kills.

After Avery Miller earned a side out for Orange to reduce the Western Alamance lead to 10-6, Orange sophomore libero Sadye Porter lined up to serve. And she would serve nine consecutive points to finish out the match. During that run, Wilkerson had two blocks and two kills, including match point as Orange finally earned a 15-10 fifth set win and the match.

The lesson is that in conference tournaments, nothing is ever certain.

While conference tournaments were common in men’s and women’s basketball during the Big 8 Conference, they were a non-entity in volleyball. But not in the Central Carolina Conference. And now, on Tuesday night, Orange and Cedar Ridge will meet for a third time this season.

As Western Alamance proved on Monday, it’s hard to beat a team three times.

It was another strong week for Hillsborough volleyball last week, which brings us to the Magnificent 7. Here are the seven athletes who established themselves last week on the tennis court, volleyball court, soccer pitch and gridiron:

Olivia Aitkin: A three-sport athlete at Cedar Ridge, Aitkin qualified for the 3A Central Women’s Golf Regionals. Aitkin competed in the Central Carolina Conference Tournament at Mill Creek Country Club in Mebane. Aitkin also recently committed to play softball at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Melissa Benkowitz: The Cedar Ridge volleyball team had three players register 100 kills during the regular season. Benkowitz, who was arguably East Chapel Hill’s best player in 2020, transferred to Cedar Ridge over the summer and has grown into her role as an outside hitter. In the regular season finale against Carrboro last Wednesday at Red Wolves Gymnasium, Benkowitz led Cedar Ridge with eight kills. She also had six digs as the Red Wolves broke the school record for most wins in a regular season with 23. Cedar Ridge also finished with a perfect 12-0 record in the CCC after sweeping Williams on Monday.

Chloe Patz: A senior co-Captain for the Cedar Ridge women’s tennis team, Patz earned her first trip to the Mideast Regionals during the Central Carolina Conference tournament on Friday. Patz defeated a participant from Northwood to extend her season. Patz has been Cedar Ridge’s regular #2 singles player this season and has had several key victories, including one against Northwood on September 27 to ensure a 6-3 win. Northwood would go on to claim a share of the CCC championship with Walter Williams.

Jera Hargrove: Reached the 3A Mideast Regional women’s tennis finals for the third time in her career last week. Hargrove teamed with Erin Sollars in doubles play to defeat Williams’ Kaori Naruse and Lauren Turner during the Central Carolina Conference Tournament at the Burlington Tennis Center. Hargrove reached the Mideast Regionals in her freshman and sophomore years as a singles player. She was one of six Orange women’s tennis players who qualified for the Mideast Regionals.

Avery Miller: Had 12 kills and eight digs as the Orange volleyball team ended the regular season with a 3-0 win over Eastern Alamance on Thursday. It was Miller’s final regular season game for the Lady Panthers. Last Tuesday, Miller had five kills in a win over Western Alamance.

Ella Wimsatt: Led Orange with eleven kills in the win over Western Alamance. Also had a strong game against Eastern Alamance in Mebane as Orange secured fourth place in the CCC. The Lady Panthers will likely host a 3A State Playoff game on Saturday.

Konnor Johnson: The Orange freshman midfielder scored two goals as the Panthers defeated Person 4-2 on Wednesday at Rocket Stadium. Johnson also set up several scoring opportunities for the Panthers in its 1-1 draw with Cedar Ridge at Orange Soccer Park on October 11. It was the first brace for Johnson in his varsity career. He has four goals on the season.

Orange women’s tennis team makes dual playoffs; Mayhew & Patz make regionals for Cedar Ridge

While past records of local women’s tennis are frustratingly incomplete, the Orange women’s tennis team can certainly say they’ve accomplished something that hasn’t been done in a long time.

They’ve made the 3A State Dual Team Playoffs.

On Monday morning, the Orange women’s tennis team received a wildcard entry into the 32-team 3A State Tournament. The Lady Panthers, who finished 15-4, will face Quad City Conference Champion Wilson Fike (17-1) on Wednesday.

Orange is the first women’s team from Hillsborough to reach the 3A State Team Playoffs since the 2016 Cedar Ridge Red Wolves won the Big 8 Conference Championship. That year, Cedar Ridge reached the state quarterfinals, beating Swansboro in the opening round and Walter Williams in the round of 16.

While MaxPreps records extend back to only 2013, this is the first time that Orange has ever reached the 3A State Tournament. It could very well be the first time Orange women’s tennis has made the state tournament, period, but there aren’t any records that can definitively prove that.

What is certain is that all six of Orange’s participants in last week’s Central Carolina Conference tournament have made the 3A Mideast Regionals.

In addition, two Cedar Ridge singles players Cameron Mayhew and Chloe Patz both earned spots to the regionals during the conference tournament at the Burlington Tennis Center last Friday.

Orange’s doubles team of Tea Jones and Shannon Sollars earned one spot in the regionals. Jones and Sollars opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Northwood’s Evelyn Dallman and Anna Gilliam. In the match to determine a regional bid, Jones & Sollars defeated Williams’ Aniella Profillo and Gracie Hartle 6-3, 6-2.

Orange had a second doubles team advance to regionals. Jera Hargrove and Erin Sollars received a bye into the second round. They defeated Williams Kaori Naruse & Lauren Turner 6-1, 6-2.

This will be Hargrove’s third trip to the Mideast Regionals. As a freshman and a sophomore, she reached regionals as a singles player.

Cedar Ridge’s freshmen team of Adeline Cummings and Ella Caltabiano won their opening round match over Preson’s Annie Adcock and Cassidy Swanik 6-1, 6-0. Western Alamance’s Amelia Weaver and Avalyn Ward defeated Cummings and Caltabiano to reach the regionals.

In singles play, Cedar Ridge’s Mayhew didn’t have a match on the day. She was the #1 overall seed and advanced straight to next weekend. Mayhew is the younger sister of Cedar Ridge’s Josh Mayhew, who reached the 3A Men’s State Championship match last year. It’s the second straight year that Cameron Mayhew has reached the Mideast Regionals.

Cedar Ridge senior Chloe Patz, a Co-Captain who was named the Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week last week, defeated Northwood’s #6 player 6-2, 6-0 to advance to regionals for the first time.

For the second year in a row, Orange’s Finley White reached the Mideast Regionals. While defeated a player from Northwood to reach in the second round.

Orange’s sophomore Grace Pell defeated a player from Williams to advance to regionals, which will also be held at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week: Chloe Patz

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is senior tennis player Chloe Patz. On September 27, Patz won her #2 singles match against Northwood 1-6, 6-2, 10-8. The Red Wolves went on to win the dual match 5-4 against the Chargers, who tied for the Central Carolina Conference regular season championship with Williams. On Monday, Patz defeated Williams’ Haven Amick 6-0, 6-2 at #2 singles, which was Senior Day for the Red Wolves. It was Patz’s second win against Williams this year. Patz, co-Captain Olivia Kelly, Hannah Wallace, and Hannah Shinnick where honored during their last regular season match. Cedar Ridge has battled with the best teams in the Central Carolina Conference this season. Patz started the season with a 8-1 victory over Aloha Horton of Person in a 7-2 Cedar Ridge win. She will also be one of Cedar Ridge’s representatives for the Central Carolina Conference tournament, which starts Friday at noon at the Burlington Tennis Center. The Red Wolves will wrap up the regular season on Thursday with a road trip to Elon to face Western Alamance. Cedar Ridge will try to even its conference record to 5-5.

Odds and Sods: Orange women’s tennis defeats Cedar Ridge; women’s golf

Women’s Tennis:

Orange 7, Cedar Ridge 2: For the third year in a row, the Orange women’s tennis team will have a winning season.

Not only that, but with one more win, the Lady Panthers will have its most wins since they returned to the 3A ranks in 2012.

On Wednesday, Orange completed a season sweep of Cedar Ridge with a 7-2 win at Orange Tennis Courts. It concluded a long 48-hour stretch fo the Lady Panthers that started on Tuesday when they completed a suspended match against Walter Williams, then played an entire dual match against the Bulldogs.

Against the Red Wolves, Orange (11-4 overall, 5-3 in the Central Carolina Conference), senior Tea Jones had two wins on the day. At #4 singles, Jones won 6-4, 6-2. Jones teamed with senior Jinkie Andrews to win at #3 doubles 8-4. So far in 2021, Jones has an overall record of 16-8.

Cedar Ridge sophomore Cameron Mayhew also earned two wins on the afternoon. Mayhew captured her match at #1 singles 6-3, 7-5. After dark, Mayhew teamed with senior Chloe Patz at #1 doubles to win over Finley White and Grace Pell 8-1.

Pell, a sophomore, improved to 11-4 in singles action this year. At #2 singles, Pell prevailed in a three-set match over Patz 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 (10-point tiebreaker). It was the fifth time this year that Pell has played in a three-set match, and the second time it happened against Patz.

Senior Jinkie Andrews won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at #3 singles for Orange. Sophomore Erin Sollars and freshman Shannon Sollars earned singles victories for Orange.

Jera Hargrove & Erin Sollars won at #2 doubles 8-3.

Cedar Ridge 5, Northwood 4: On Monday, Cedar Ridge became the first women’s tennis team two hand Northwood a loss in CCC action.

After nearly three hours of action, the entire dual match came down to the final doubles match. Cedar Ridge’s freshmen duo of Ella Caltabiano and Adeline Cummings defeated Northwood’s Kaylee Fisher & Kendall Leberge 8-3 to earn the Red Wolves biggest win of the season.

Cedar Ridge captured three of the five singles matches. Sophomore Cameron Mayhew pulled out a tight match over Evelyn Lippers 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. Mayhew is 6-2 in singles action this year.

The Red Wolves won both singles matches that went to three sets. At #2, Patz defeated Julia Earnshaw 1-6, 6-2, 10-8. At #5 singles, senior Olivia Kelly defeated Fisher 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. Cummings won at #6 singles 6-1, 6-2.

Walter Williams 5, Orange 4: In the completion of a suspended match from earlier this month, Williams held off to take sole possession of 2nd place in the CCC.

The completion of the suspended match wasn’t decided until the final doubles match. Williams’ Kaori Naruse & Lauren Taylor defeated Andrews & Jones 9-7 to take the match. Pell and Andrews won singles matches for Orange.

Orange evened the overall dual match with wins at #1 and #2 doubles. Finley White and Grace Pell teamed to win at #1 doubles 8-6. At #2 doubles, Erin Sollars and Jera Hargrove won 8-2.

Williams 5, Orange 4: Another match that wasn’t decided until #3 doubles. White & Pell won at #1 doubles 8-5, while Hargrove & Sollars captured the #2 doubles match 8-1.

Pell won at #2 singles 8-3. Shannan Sollars won the only other Orange player to win a singles match, defeating Lauren Turner 8-5.

Orange is 11-4 overall, 5-3 in the CCC with two dual matches remaining in conference play. Orange will hold its senior night match next Thursday against Roxboro Community School.

Women’s Golf:

In the fourth Central Carolina Conference meet of the season, Cedar Ridge senior Olivia Aitkins had her best finish of the season at Caswell Pines Golf Course in Blanch. Aitkins finished with a 49 and wound up tied for fifth in a eight-team meet.

Aitkins, who committed to play softball at Amherst College last week, was the highest placer among any of the Hillsborough participants.

Orange’s Samantha Durham had her best round of the season with a 50, which was best among the Lady Panthers. Orange senior Sarah Durham had a 57. Shannon Dorsi, Kayla Pope and Lucia Godinez also participated.

Eastern Alamance’s Emily Matthews finished first with a 33. Western Alamance’s Makayla Martinez finished 2nd with a 39, and the Warriors won the overall team standings with 137. Northwood was second with 144.

Alumni Update: former Cedar Ridge punter Gill front and center in Wolfpack win over Clemson

Trent Gill: The N.C. State football team grabbed the headlines across the college football world with a thrilling 27-21 win over #9 Clemson in double overtime in front of 56,919 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on Saturday night. It was State’s first win over a top-10 team since 2012. Gill, a former Cedar Ridge linebacker, placekicker and punter, delivered the opening kickoff of the game. All three of Gill’s kickoffs went for touchbacks. The Wolfpack punted six times. Each time, Gill did the honors and had an impressive average of 51 yards per punt. His longest was 57 yards. Four of his six punts traveled over 50 yards. Gill was also the holder on field goals and extra points. On Sunday, N.C. State entered the Associated Press top 25 rankings for the first time this year at #24. The Wolfpack will play its final non conference game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday in Raleigh.

Adam Chnupa: The Elon Phoenix football team had yet another heartbreaking loss on Saturday. This time, William & Mary defeated Elon 34-31 at Rhodes Stadium in Elon. Chnupa, who was Gill’s teammate at Cedar Ridge, played on special teams for the Phoenix. It was Elon’s Colonial Athletic Association opener. So far this young season, the Phoenix’s two loses to FCS opponents have come by a combined margin of five points. Elon is 1-3 and will travel to Richmond on Saturday.

Bryse Wilson: After winning his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Wilson was played on the 10-day Injured List, ending his season. He was removed from the game against the Miami Marlins after 68 pitches because of a strained left hamstring. Wilson was traded by the Atlanta Braves to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. In eight games, Wilson threw 40.1 innings for Pittsburgh. He has a 4.91 ERA. Wilson is expected to start rehabilitation immediately with only one week remaining in the regular season.

Kayla Hodges: Hodges scored another goal for the Elon women’s soccer team in its Colonial Athletic Association opener. On Sunday afternoon, Hodges collected a loose ball in the middle of the penalty area and tucked it into the lower left corner of the net to tie the game against UNC Wilmington in the 84th minute. The Seahawks would get the game winner in the 89th minute from Audrey Harding to prevail 2-1 at UNCW Soccer Stadium. Hodges now has three goals this season. She played all 90 minutes. Elon is 5-4, 0-1 in the CAA and will host Delaware next Sunday at Rudd Field.

Brittany Daley: The Division III Greensboro College women’s soccer team defeated Pfeiffer 1-0 at N.E. Lefko Field in Misenhemier on Saturday. It was the Pride’s USA South Athletic Conference opener. Daley started at centerback and played her routine 90 minutes. Last Sunday, Greensboro played a scoreless tie against Piedmont College at Pride Field. This time, Daley played 110 minutes, including extra time. Greensboro improved to 3-4-1 overall, 1-0 in the USA South.

Jordan Rogers: The Division III William Peace women’s soccer team played to a scoreless tie against Mary Baldwin at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Saturday. Rogers started as a wingback and played all 90 minutes. Also last week, despite being undefeated in three consecutive games, the Pacers named Ozzy Peralta as its interim head coach, replacing Reid Clewis, who had been on the job since December 2017.

Bailey Lucas: The Division III Meredith volleyball team split a quad match at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA on Saturday. The Avenging Angels swept Mary Baldwin 3-0 on scores of 26-24, 25-16 and 25-13 at Knight Arena. Later in the day, Southern Virginia defeated Meredith 3-1 on scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, and 25-12.

Lucas, after missing three matches, made her return to the starting lineup against the Fighting Squirrels. Lucas had 16 assists, three aces and four digs.

Against the Knights, Lucas started. She finished with one kill, 12 assists, one ace and eight digs. Meredith is 8-5, 2-1 in the USA South Athletic Conference.

Odds and Sods: Mendez scores goal as Cedar Ridge men’s soccer wins 2nd straight; women’s tennis

Men’s Soccer: Cedar Ridge 2, Eastern Alamance 0

Days after scoring two goals against Orange in the Hillsborough Derby, Cedar Ridge’s Chris Mendez added to his team-lead in goals.

On Monday night, Mendez scored the game-winning goal as Cedar Ridge defeated Eastern Alamance 2-0 at Fred Brady Stadium in Mebane. Senior Jorge Salazar added insurance for the Red Wolves, who improved to 3-7 overall, 2-1 in the Central Carolina Conference. It was the second straight conference win for the Red Wolves.

Mendez now has seven goals on the season. Salazar is second on the team with seven points.

Goalkeeper Benjamin Weaver earned his second clean sheet of the season. It was his second straight win in net.

The Red Wolves were supposed to face Western Alamance on Wednesday night at Red Wolves Stadium, but the game was rained out. Cedar Ridge will host Person on Thursday night in Hillsborough.

Orange 4, Person 1

Orange co-Captain Jasper Tell scored the game-winning goal as the Panthers earned its first win in the Central Carolina Conference over Person on Monday night at Orange Soccer Park.

Junior Dylan Silverman assisted on the opening goal, then added Orange’s second goal later in the first half. In the second half, junior Cooper Zinn notched his third goal of the season. In the final ten minutes, junior Jack Pendergast added the first goal of his varsity career.

Orange’s trip to Northwood on Wednesday night was rained out. The Panthers will travel to Southern Durham on Friday.

Women’s tennis: Williams 5, Cedar Ridge 1:

Last Wednesday, the Red Wolves had just enough time to squeeze in six singles matches against Williams. Three of them went to 10-point tiebreakers in the third set, all of them claimed by Williams.

Red Wolves senior Chloe Patz won the Red Wolves only match at #2 singles over Haven Amick of Williams 7-6, 6-4. Cedar Ridge is 3-3 overall, 2-3 in the CCC. Their match scheduled for Wednesday against Person was rained out. The Red Wolves host Durham School of the Arts on Thursday.

Cross Country:

Two months after finishing 2nd in the state in the 3,200 meters, Orange senior Spencer Hampton made a major impression by finishing 2nd in the Friday Night Lights Festival, one of the biggest cross country events of the regular season at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex at Mount Tabor on September 10.

Hampton finished 2nd out of 238 runners with a time of 16:07.30. The only runner in the entire field to finish ahead of Hampton was North Lincoln’s Stephen Fernetti, who came in six seconds ahead of Hampton.

The strong showing by Hampton helped Orange finish fifth among 30 teams. In addition to Hampton, Orange’s Gabriel Schmid finished 10th. Sophomore Alden Cathey came in 23rd. Senior Ethan Horton came in 83rd and junior James Wheelis came in 93rd.

Providence captured the men’s team competition.

In the women’s race, Orange freshman Carolina Cathey was the top finisher, coming in 123rd. Kassi Scarantino, Sophia Schultz, Maggie Saunders and Margaret Hales also competed for Orange.

Women’s golf:

The latest Central Carolina Conference women’s golf meet was held at the Valley in Burlington on Monday. Orange senior Sarah Durham, this week’s Orange Panther of the Week, finished fifth overall out of 23 competitors with a 51. It was her third top five finish in three matches this year.

Sarah’s younger sister, Samantha, finished only one stroke behind her sister with a 52. Shannon Dorsi, Kayla Pope and Lucia Godinez also competed for Orange.

Cedar Ridge’s Olivia Aitkin tied for 9th with a 59.

Northwood won the team meet with a 151, two strokes better than Eastern Alamance’s 153. Orange came in fourth out of five teams with 168 strokes.