Playoffs loom as regular seasons come to an end

High school sports roundup

A look at Pinehurst No. 9, where the Hoke County boys’ golf team will be competing for the NCHSAA regional title this weekend. (Pinehurst)

It’s crunch time for high school spring sports. Girls’ soccer, with a week to go in the regular season, is the only sport preparing for playoffs already. Baseball and softball have wrapped up the regular season, and playoff fields have already been announced in golf and tennis.

Boys’ tennis

Hoke went 0-6 in the regular season, which means that the Bucks didn’t receive a bid from the NCHSAA for postseason play.

Boys’ golf

The Hoke County boys’ golf team will be competing in the NCHSAA’s regional championships. The Bucks are headed to Pinehurst for the 4A Mideast Regional on May 6.


Hoke County snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Pinecrest, 11-0. The Bucks closed the regular season with a game Monday at Southern Lee. They are 11-9 on the season and will finish the regular season with a winning record. They’re also 4-8 in the Sandhills. Since Hoke’s string of four straight winning seasons ended following 2017-18, the Bucks have finished with a winning record just one other time in a full season.


Hoke County ended the season with a 5-3 road loss at Purnell Swett. They close the regular season at 2-20, 0-12 in the Sandhills conference. The Bucks ended on an eight-game losing streak that put them at the 20-loss mark for just the second time in the last decade.

The team will say goodbye to departing seniors Reynell Capellan Reyes, Zai Stephens-McIntosh, Caleb Slocumb, Kel Jacobs, Khaled Rentas Rivera, Jakob Evans and Harvey Locklear.

Girls’ Soccer

The season enters its final week. Hoke County won one of three last week. After falling, 3-1, at Southern Lee, they evened up the series at home, 3-2. The busy week ended with a 5-1 home loss to Union Pines.

This week, the Bucks will play a home-and-home series with Pinecrest, then close the regular season at home against Scotland.