By on November 18, 2023

2023 3A Men’s Soccer State Champions: First Flight High School. (Photo credit: NCHSAA)

First Flight takes 3A soccer title

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Call us the County of Champions. For the second time this year, a Dare County high school has won the State Championship in soccer as the First Flight High School men’s squad completed an unbeaten season and a dominant playoff run with a 3-0 win over Hickory in Greensboro on Saturday, Nov. 18

First Flight entered the title game with a virtually unblemished 21-0-1 record, the only non-victory being a regular season tie with Manteo. They entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the 3A bracket while finals opponent Hickory was the No 1 seed in the West Region.

Goal-keeper Colin Rhodes was named game MVP with Head Coach Juan Ramirez. (Photo credit: NCHSAA)

According to reporting on the High School OT site, the team’s goal scorers in the championship contest were Nathan Tsonev, Curren Breiholz and Mark Hernandez. Goal-keeper Colin Rhodes was named game MVP.

In the six tournament wins that brought them the state title, First Flight outscored its opponents by a stunning 26-2 margin. The First Flight men’s team last won a soccer State Championship in 2016 and this year marks the sixth time in a decade that the local soccer powerhouse has made it to the finals game.

In an interview with the Voice shortly before the beginning of the playoffs, Head Coach Juan Ramirez was optimistic about his team’s chances in the tournament, stating that “I think we have great potential. It’s a good group of young men, very cohesive, we play well together, they really push each other. They’re very good friends.”

In taking home the trophy, the First Flight men’s team joins the Manteo High School women’s team, which captured the State 2A soccer title on June 3 by defeating defending champ Wheatmore in the final, 5-3. That Manteo team also finished its dream season with an undefeated 25-0-2 record.

Congratulations all around to a First Flight team that just concluded its own dream season in spectacular style.



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

Time: Dec 6, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 9069 2985

One tap mobile

+17866351003,,82390692985# US (Miami)

+13126266799,,82390692985# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location

  • +1 786 635 1003 US (Miami)
  • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • +1 470 250 9358 US (Atlanta)
  • +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
  • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
  • +1 213 338 8477 US (Los Angeles)

Meeting ID: 823 9069 2985

Find your local number:

Join by SIP

Join by H.323

  • (US West)
  • (US East)

Meeting ID: 823 9069 2985




  • Glenn

    Congratulations! How awesome is that! Not bad for a small coastal community in N.C! Congratulations to all the players, staff
    & coaching staff! Great way to start Thanksgiving week!

    Saturday, Nov 18 @ 3:31 pm
  • Ray Hedgepeth

    Congrats to the entire team ! Nicely done.

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 6:49 am
  • proud father

    Cam Summerton scored the first goal.

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 6:51 am
  • kdh backseat reviewer


    The bar has been established. 23 is the dream.

    Congratulations. Enjoy your accomplishment.

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 8:35 am
  • Glenn Jr

    I agree with the other comment, thuper job!

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 10:04 am
  • Drajon

    MaxPreps is the premier organization that reports on high school sports across the nation. Their rankings are computer generated, and they include all classes including both public and private schools in their rankings. And right now they rank First Flight as the fifth best team in the state and the 32nd best team in the nation. First Flight will undoubtably move up in the final polls. All NC teams nationally ranked above First Flight lost in the playoffs. Rabun Gap is actually in Georgia and I don’t know why they are listed with the North Carolina schools. Don’t be surprised to see First Flight emerge as the top team in the state and in the top 25 in the nation.

    Sunday, Nov 19 @ 1:16 pm
  • Miguel

    I echo everything written here. Drajon, thanks for that info.
    This is a tremendous accomplishment for our team!

    Monday, Nov 20 @ 8:33 am
  • Drajon

    The final poll is out (click on the same link above). First Flight is now ranked #1 in the state and #22 in the nation.

    Tuesday, Nov 21 @ 5:34 pm
Join the discussion