Hoke spring teams close in on end of regular season

High school sports roundup

Junior Connor Oldham attempts to evade a tag during the first of Hoke’s two games against Pinecrest this week. (David Sinclair)

Hoke County saw many of its spring sports teams play the penultimate week of their regular seasons. The Bucks will try to get into position for upcoming conference tournaments and, potentially, state playoffs, as the regular season winds down.


Hoke County saw its losing streak extend to four games with three losses last week.

The Bucks fell to Southern Lee, 11-6, then hit the road for a 13-1 loss at Scotland and a 6-0 loss at Union Pines.

Freshman Niya Jones started all three games, recording eight strikeouts. She also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-3 against Union Pines and driving in a run against Southern Lee.

Alyssa Cascavilla had two hits and two runs against Southern Lee, drove in the only run against Scotland and recorded Hoke’s only two hits and also turned in two innings on the mound.

Hoke is 10-9 on the season and will try to clinch a winning regular season record this week with a league game against Pinecrest. The Bucks are 3-8 in the Sandhills Conference.


Hoke County baseball had a rough week, losing all three games. Their losing streak was extended to seven straight defeats, heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Bucks fell to Red Springs, 11-1, then got swept in a home-and-home against Pinecrest, losing 9-1 on the road and 15-0 at home.

The baseball team got swept by Union Pines last week, extending their losing streak to four straight.

Eric (EJ) Carter got the Bucks’ only hit and drove in the team’s only run in the Red Springs game, plating Reynell Capellan Reyes. Carter also doubled and scored against Pinecrest. Capellan Reyes, Caleb Slocumb, Carson Hewitt and X’Zavier Stephens-McIntosh all added hits in the opener against Pinecrest. Connor Oldham got the Bucks’ only hit in the second Pinecrest game.

Hoke is now 2-19 on the season, 0-12 in the Sandhills conference. They’ll close the regular season with a non-conference game at Purnell Swett this week.

Girls’ Soccer

There are still two weeks left in the soccer season, so things aren’t winding down quite as quickly on the pitch. The Hoke girls went 0-2-1 last week. They lost, 7-2, at Union Pines, fell at Lee County, 7-0, then earned a 1-1 tie with Richmond. Sophomore Jaelyn Gimenez scored two goals on the week, including the only score of the game against Richmond. Senior Sachi Mathews had an assist against Union Pines, while Evalynn Groemm had a four-steal game in the Richmond tie.

The Bucks are packing four league games into this week, with a home-and-home against Southern Lee and home games against Union Pines and Pinecrest.

Also on the schedule

Boys’ varsity golf had a meet on Monday, at Whispering Pines Boys’ tennis hosted Lee County on Monday. Track will compete in the SAC Championships at Pinecrest over the weekend.