Three on NCHSAA list of 100 female standouts
A pair of area basketball standouts and one of the most decorated track and field athletes in the state are among the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 100 female athletes to remember, which was announced recently.
South Johnston graduate Genia Beasley and former Garner standout and current Clayton High School girls basketball assistant coach Tresa Brown – who led their high school teams to state championships – and Southeast Raleigh track standout Gabby Mayo were selected.
Beasley was a pioneer for women’s basketball and led South Johnston to the state championship as a sophomore. She was one of Kay Yow’s most important early recruits at N.C. State. She led the Wolfpack to their first ACC title in 1980 and was named a Kodak All-American.
Brown helped lead Garner to the state championship as a sophomore before transferring to Sanderson. She went onto be named ACC player of the year at North Carolina, scoring 1,931 points for the Tar Heels.
Mayo earned 12 individual NCHSAA track and field championships during her time at Southeast. She went onto pick up two medals at the 2006 World Junior Championships during her career at Texas A&M.
Vessie wins Early Bird girls title
Arden Vessie of Corinth Holders won the girls individual title at the 2013 Early Bird Invitational at Wendell Park last weekend. Vessie finished in 19:16.78, ahead of Becky Meshaw of West Johnston (19:52.05).
West Johnston was third in the girls team standings, while Corinth Holders took fourth and Clayton was fifth. Kaelin Amaya (22:02.25) finished 16th for the Comets.
West ran second in the boys team standings, behind Hope Mills South View. Kyle Christ placed sixth for West Johnston in 16:55.07. Garner finished third in the boys team standings. Senior Justin Burkey finished eighth to pace the Trojans.
Clayton’s boys placed ninth; Cleveland was 10th.
Garner wins conference golf match
Garner golfers posted five scores in the 40s Tuesday to win the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls golf match at Wilmar Golf Club. The Trojans finished at 127, 16 shots ahead of West Johnston. Clayton was the only other GNRC school to register a team score, finishing at 160.
Lauren Ceyrolles led Garner with a 41 for medalist honors, while Nichole Ceyrolles added a 42 and Emily O’Neill shot 44. Alexis Eaddy (46) and Arianna Ceyrolles (47) also scored in the 40s for the Trojans.
Preslee Honeycutt shot 45 for West, while Monika Vidlickova shot 46.
Olivia Hall had a 47 for Clayton.