East Hoke wrestling goes back to back

Eagles win second straight conference wrestling title

The East Hoke Middle School Eagles pose for a team photo after winning the Southeastern Middle School Athletic Conference wrestling title. (COURTESY PHOTO)

The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t the only team celebrating back-to-back titles. The East Hoke Middle School Eagles also defended their crown this month.

East Hoke won the Southeastern Middle School Athletic Conference wrestling championship, which was held at Richmond Senior High School on Feb. 3. It was the second straight year that the Eagles have taken the wrestling crown, the first time the school’s grapplers have taken back-to-back championships.

State champion in track

Hoke sophomore William Leak earned a state title in long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 10.0 inches. He also finished fourth in the triple jump.

Girls’ basketball earns split

The Hoke County girls’ basketball team split a pair of home conference games last week, beating Southern Lee, 57-18, then falling to Union Pines, 44-36.

Ashanti Little led the way in the senior night loss, with 10 points, after scoring 9 in the win over Southern Lee.

The Lady Bucks will end the regular season Tuesday night vs Pinecrest. Their record is 4-17 overall and 2-9 in conference play. The Lady Bucks are in sixth place in the Southeastern Conference.

Boys’ basketball also splits

It took overtime for Hoke County to come out on top with a 54-49 senior night win over Union Pines. Jaylen Sturdivant led the way for the Bucks with 15 points. Braydon McCoy poured in 14 points with four 3-pointers and a bucket late. Hoke will travel to Pinecrest Tuesday Night to wrap up the regular season. The boys are 14-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play in third place in the Southeastern Conference.

Earlier in the week, Hoke fell at home to Southern Lee, 61-53. Sturdivant has 12 points in the loss, while sophomore Darius Breeden hit all three of his three-point attempts on his way to a game-high 15 points.