March 15, 2014
CLEVELAND — The third time was the charm for Daniel Ownbey.
Ownbey, who was an All-American in his first two years at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, won his first national title on Saturday at the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championships.
The 141-pound junior, known for his stamina, forced a key stall point with 15 seconds left in the third period to get a 2-1 win over Ouachita Baptist’s Joshua Myers.
It’s the second national title in three years for the program, which had Mike Williams win in 2012.
Ownbey was one of three placers for the Braves. Senior Justin Pencook took fourth at 157 pounds and Blaze Shade took eighth at 174. Collectively, the Braves finished 11th in the team standings.
Ownbey got a 6-4 overtime win against over eighth-ranked C.J. Napier of Fort Hays State in the semifinals to advance to the title match, and then went toe-to-toe with Myers before getting the winning point. The wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods but Ownbey prevailed when Myers was issued his second stall warning late in the final round.
Pencook had a 7-5 overtime victory over Lake Erie’s Zak Vargo in Saturday’s consolation quarterfinals before being pinned in the second period by St. Cloud State’s Clint Poster. Shade lost 7-0 to Colo. State-Pueblo’s Trevor Grant in the seventh place bout.
LHS alum earns D1 All-American honors
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With a throw of 69 feet, 8 inches, former Lumberton High standout and current North Carolina State sophomore Nicole Chavis earned All-American status for the first time, taking sixth-place in the womens weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.
She’s the first student-athlete in program history to earn first-team All-American honors in the event.
The throw was a personal-best and set an N.C. State indoor record, breaking her previous indoor record set two weeks ago at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.
“I’m really proud of the indoor season that I had this year,” Chavis said. “Coach Tom Wood and I have worked endlessly trying to adjust to different throwing rings and how my throw has changed in itself. To finish in sixth and become a first-team All-American is a dream come true.”
Lumberton soccer wins rout
FAYETTEVILLE — The Lumberton soccer team had a scoring frenzy to beat South View on Saturday.
The Pirates (3-1) scored six goals in the first half and won 9-0.
Chloe Locklear led the Pirates in scoring with two goals and two assists. Helena Massol had three goals, Madison Sirmans had two, and Michaela Nash and Madison Britt had one each. Britt and Kendall Blaine each had an assist.
Lumberton baseball, softball lose
FAYETTEVILLE — The Lumberton baseball and softball teams each lost at South View on Saturday.
The Pirate baseball team had a hot start in the first inning, but fell 4-2.
Lumberton (3-3) had three straight hits to start the game and get out to a 2-0 lead, but had only two more hits after that.
“We came out on fire and just got real flat,” said coach Paul Hodges.
South View scored all four runs in the first three innings and was limited to seven hits.
Daniel Oxendine led Lumberton with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Raleigh Forrest took the loss.
St. Pauls’ baseball team also lost, falling 7-1 to West Bladen.
The Lumberton softball team (0-5) took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of its 7-3 loss to South View before allowing five runs in the bottom half.
“We couldn’t stop the snowball from going downhill,” said Lumberton coach Mackie Register. “We’re not finishing games and we’re having that one inning where we have a breakdown.”
The bottom of the sixth included two of the Pirates’ five errors, the only two walks Danielle Smith allowed all game and a few big hits from South View.
Summer Prevatte led the Pirates, going 1-for-3 with a triple. Smith suffered her third loss this season.