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Northern fares well at Invite

RED OAK -- The aftereffects of Hurricane Dorian put a dent in the field at the annual Knights Invitational Cross Country Championships last Saturday.

Due to the poor weather, several schools were unable to commit to the prestigious event, which was hosted by Northern Nash High School at the Red Oak Middle School Course.

Only 13 schools -- eight boys and five girls -- were able to field enough performers to qualify for the team standings.

Heritage, with 41 points, edged Enloe (42) by just one tally for the top spot in a battle of Wake County schools.

Host Northern Nash was third at 88 markers, while Rocky Mount was fifth at 131.

Heritage was the runaway girls team champ with 17 points, with St. Thomas More, also from Wake County, taking second at 67 points.

Heritage swept the top three girls individual spots, led by Melissa Bourne in first place with a time of 21:07.53.

Northern Nash's Elana Griffin was 11th at 23:23.62, and Rocky Mount's Clara Lord was 12th at 25:00.28.

Heritage's Max Geckler was the boys winner at 17:36.38 -- over one minute ahead of his nearest competitor.

Rocky Mount's Malachi Pippen, only a freshman, was the top Nash County finisher with a performance of 18:56.50.

Northern Nash was paced by Justin Marshall (10th at 19:01.53) and Matt Wright (14th at 19:24.00).

MUDCATS: Carolina Mudcats pitcher Noah Zavolas has been voted the 2019 Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, as announced recently by the league front office.

Zavolas additionally earned Starting Pitcher All-Star honors while teammate Mario Feliciano earned Most Valuable Player and All-Star honors at catcher on the honorary year-end All-Star team.

At the time of the announcement, the 23-year-old Zavolas was 6-5 with a 2.98 ERA, 23 walks, 102 strikeouts and a Carolina League best 1.14 WHIP over 22 starts and 133.0 innings pitched. Zavolas was also the Carolina League's leader in BB/9 (1.56), K/BB (4.43), FIP (3.21) and xFIP (3.36) while also ranking second in earned run average (2.98) and second in innings pitched (133.0).

"It's a huge honor," said Zavolas. "Having (Manager Joe Ayrault) pull the team together and announce that news with everyone there was a special moment, something that I wouldn't have traded. Especially given being shutdown and still being here with the guys. If it was going to happen, this is the right place for it to happen."

BOWLING: Singapore's Cherie Tan capped a dominating performance at the 2019 QubicaAMF Professional Women's Bowling Association Players Championship by winning her first career major championship Sunday at Buffaloe Lanes North in Raleigh.

The 31-year-old left-hander was the player to beat throughout the week at the third major of the 2019 PWBA Tour season and delivered nine strikes in the title match to post a 245-204 victory over Shannon O'Keefe of Shiloh, Illinois. Tan collected $20,000 for the win.

The championship round of the 2019 PWBA Players Championship was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

"It's really awesome to come away with back-to-back wins, because it's something everyone wants but is so hard to achieve," said Tan, who won a gold medal (Masters) during her final event last weekend at the World Bowling Women's Championships in Las Vegas. "I'm really pleased with the results."

CANES: The Carolina Hurricanes will hold the 20th annual Caniac Carnival on Sept. 29 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

The event will offer fans free admission to the Hurricanes' final game of the 2019-20 preseason against the Washington Capitals, free parking and discounts on select food and beverage items.

Tickets will be required to enter the free preseason game and all tickets are general admission seating.

Tickets will be distributed online on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on Sept. 4 at Hurricanes.com/CaniacCarnival.

In addition to the free preseason game, the 2019 Caniac Carnival will feature activities for fans of all ages inside and outside PNC Arena.

Beginning at 10 a.m., fans can enjoy over 20 inflatable rides, interactive displays and corporate partner booths.

Pictured (Above): EARNING A PROMOTION. Caleb Garcia, a Franklin County teen in Kenny Buffaloe's Kyokushin Karate adult/teen classes at the ROCK in Roanoke Rapids was recently promoted in rank. These ranks were officially recognized and endorsed by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan. Sensei Kenny Buffaloe is the official North Carolina Representative of this worldwide organization with over 20 million members in 168 countries. Pictured are (l to r) Senpai Christian Buffaloe, class assistant; Caleb Garcia of Justice and Sensei Kenny Buffaloe, Class Instructor. (Photo Submitted)

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