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Friday, December 9, 2016

WRESTLING: 21st USAF/Eagle Invitational notebook

* C.B. Aycock has won four Eagle Invitational titles. * A total of 10 grapplers protected their No. 1 seed and emerged as individual champions in 2015. Holly Springs, CBA, Rosewood, Millbrook and Corinth-Holders accounted for all 14 gold medals....

WRESTLING: Eagles, Hawks wear targets on their back in Eagle Invitational

rcoggins@newsargus.com That big purple-and-gold target on Rosewood's back gets bigger each time its wrestling team steps onto the mat this season. When you're a reigning dual-team state champ, you don't expect anything less. That will be especially true Saturday when...

WRESTLING: USAF/Eagle Invitational projected No. 1 seeds

Projected No. 1 seeds for the 21st annual USAF/Eagle Invitational scheduled for Saturday at Rosewood High School:• 106 -- Tyress Wade (Fike) • 113 -- Tim Decatur (Rosewood) • 120 -- Daniel Meyers (Holly Springs) • 126 -- Reid Amodeo...

WRESTLING: Rosewood sweeps tri-meet

RALEIGH -- Cameron Helt, Christian Decatur and Seth Finney each posted a 2-0 record in individual action, and Rosewood swept a non-conference tri-meet against Panther Creek and Ravenscroft on Thursday evening. The Eagles picked up nine wins in a 60-21...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Fighting Knights humble Saints

DUDLEY -- Northern Nash secured a 26-point advantage after the opening quarter and cruised past Southern Wayne, 73-62, in non-conference play Thursday evening. Individual statistics were not submitted. Southern Wayne (1-7 overall) returns to action at home Tuesday against New...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Hawks take control in second quarter

La GRANGE -- North Lenoir erupted for 21 second-quarter points and seized command in its 83-60, non-conference conquest of Eastern Wayne inside Wooten Gym on Thursday evening. The Hawks trailed 16-14 after one period, but outscored the Warriors 21-6 in...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bethel Christian downs Wayne Christian

KINSTON -- Darrian Oates knocked down 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Wayne Christian's 80-74, non-conference loss to Bethel Christian on Thursday evening. DJ Waters provided 14 points, three assists and two steals. Martaye Sembly contributed 10 points, four...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Wayne Christian dominates Bethel Christian

KINSTON -- Emma Harbuck led three players in double figures with 16 points as Wayne Christian upended Bethel Christian, 56-35, in non-conference action Thursday evening. Kasey Norris supplied 15 points, while Adayah Ginn scored 12....

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Saints pull off victory over No. Nash

DUDLEY -- Iyahna Bess turned in a 12-point performance as Southern Wayne knocked off perennial 3-A power Northern Nash, 41-27, on Thursday evening. Samiya Bess just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. Kiara Wallace contributed 10 rebounds...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Warriors get a 'Best' effort from Nyesha

La GRANGE -- Nyesha Best delivered a 16-point outing as Eastern Wayne easily handled North Lenoir, 59-40, inside Wooten Gym on Thursday evening. Treycie Ford collected 12 points. Tamarria Smith knocked down seven points, followed by Ziomara Williams with six...

GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL: CBA's Faulkner named ECC 3A/4A volleyball POY

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Riddle me this. What do a clothesline, trampoline and concrete steps leading to the backdoor have in common? If you answered 'things you find in a person's yard,' you are right. Then again, those objects hold a...

PREPS DIGEST: JV, middle schools

JV * Boys' basketball: Wayne Christian 61, Bethel Christian 55 -- Justin Ashford recorded a double-double -- 14 points, 14 rebounds -- in the Eagles' road win. Blake Tinker supplied 12 points and five rebounds. Jaydon Young attempted a...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WRESTLING: Warriors split tri-meet

CLAYTON -- Senior 106-pounder Mario Harper earned the match-clinching points in Eastern Wayne's 42-39 victory over Triton during a non-conference tri-meet contested at Cleveland High School on Wednesday evening. The host Rams defeated the Warriors 58-21. Triton grabbed a 39-36...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Rosewood falls to North Johnston

Conner Vernon led three Rosewood players in double figures with 14 points during a 53-48, non-conference loss to North Johnston on Wednesday evening. Tucker Chapin knocked down 13 points and Chance Howard added 11 for the Eagles, who dropped to...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: RM Prep upends Goldsboro

ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount Prep knocked off Goldsboro 72-69 in non-conference play Wednesday evening. The Cougars suffered their second loss in five outings this season. Jaryan Hargis paced Goldsboro's offense with 22 points. Daryl Gaddis scored 14 points, while...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Kelly has career night for Goldsboro

ROCKY MOUNT -- Tziah Kelly torched the nets for a career-high 30 points as Goldsboro hammered Rocky Mount Prep, 65-18, on Wednesday evening. Destiny Lucas added 14 points for the Cougars, who play host to county rival Eastern Wayne on...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Gators avenge loss to Devilpups

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Destiney Sutton scored a game-high 24 points, point guard Ashley Marriner made clutch free throws down the stretch and Spring Creek emerged victorious 52-42 in a back-and-forth, hotly-contested tilt with non-conference foe Lejeune on Wednesday evening at...

BOYS' BOX: Lejeune @ Spring Creek

Lejeune 10 16 12 5 -- 43 Spring Creek 22 18 10 10 -- 60 LEJEUNE (1-4) Karree Smith 8 0 0-0 16, Austin Mathew 2 3 0-0 13, Malachi Borders 1 0 0-0 2, Erik Seward 5 0 0-3...

INDOOR TRACK: Rosewood's Godwin displays speed

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- While personal bests were the main goal on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, two competitors -- Rosewood's Alex Godwin and Princeton's Austin Sullivan -- went one step further during their Carolina 1-A Conference indoor track meet. Godwin won...

INDOOR TRACK: Carolina 1A meet results

PRINCETON -- Results from a Carolina 1-A Conference indoor track meet contested Wednesday afternoon at Harvey Brooks Field on the Princeton HS campus: BOYS TEAM SCORES Rosewood 138 Lakewood 108.5 Hobbton 75 Red Springs 51 Princeton 34 Spring Creek 23.5...

GIRLS' BOX: North Lenoir @ CBA

North Lenoir 9 6 10 13 -- 38 C.B. Aycock 12 15 11 10 -- 48 NORTH LENOIR (1-5) Raziah Hutchins 6 0 1-4 13, Integrity McPhail 1 0 0-0 2, Kanijah Taylor 1 0 2-2 4, Chephiah Hines 0...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Faulkner's critique may lead to more rebounding drills

bcoley@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Every win isn't going to be a pretty one. Some games, you can cruise. Others are gritty, grind-out affairs that expose more flaws than you'd like. Charles B. Aycock's 48-38 victory over North Lenoir on Wednesday night...

TENNIS: Annual NCTA state singles tournament slated for weekend

rcoggins@newsargus.com Jenny Phelps always has a "Plan B." And she's putting it to good use this weekend. When Hurricane Matthew thrashed eastern North Carolina in early October, Phelps and her N.C. Tennis Association staff realized the 2016 edition of the...

PREPS DIGEST: JV news

JV * Boys' basketball: Spring Creek 53, Lejeune 23 -- JaVon Newsome knocked down 10 points in the Gators' home win Wednesday evening. Demartae Bizzell supplied nine points. SC plays host to Jones Senior on Friday. * Boys' basketball:...

BOYS' BOX: North Lenoir @ CBA

North Lenoir 17 12 12 12 -- 53 C.B. Aycock 15 11 8 9 -- 43 NORTH LENOIR (3-3) Quwuan Barnes 2 1 1-2 8, Lshawn Davis 3 1 4-4 13, Reed Parris 2 2 0-0 10, Jamal Edwards 0...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Third-quarter problems continue for CBA

bcoley@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock head coach Dave Elmore had no issue with how his team fought after the opening tip. Then the third quarter rolled along, and all the magic seemed to disappear in an instant. The drop in...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Spring Creek knocks off Lejeune

jhayes@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- By any scientific standard, velocity equals displacement divided by time. See also this year's Spring Creek varsity boys basketball team. The Gators, long on versatility and even longer on defensive rotations, employed all aspects of the...

GIRLS' BOX: Lejeune @ Spring Creek

Lejeune 8 15 11 8 -- 42 Spring Creek 12 15 4 21 -- 52 LEJEUNE (5-1) Maeve Cook 2 0 2-2 6, Jayda Bodine 3 1 4-6 13, Ashley Washington 0 0-1 2, Denijah Johnson 8 0 3-8 19,...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Golden Falcons throttle Chargers

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock pitched a fourth-quarter shutout during its 56-23 dismantling of non-conference foe Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday evening. The Golden Falcons (5-0 overall) forced 38 turnovers and held the winless Chargers (0-4) to just four field goals over...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Gators dealt road loss

DEEP RUN -- Destiney Sutton tallied 11 points in Spring Creek's 55-26, non-conference loss to South Lenoir on Tuesday evening. Ashley Marriner added eight points for the Gators....

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Eastern Wayne slips past GC

SNOW HILL -- Nyesha Best led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points during Eastern Wayne's 49-46, non-conference triumph over Greene Central on Monday evening. Treycie Ford scored 10 points. Myesha Best and Rayna Gibson registered seven and six points,...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Raleigh Charter turns back Princeton

Jazmaine McCain recorded 15 points as Princeton dropped a 42-34, non-conference decision to Raleigh Charter on Monday evening. Emily Ricks notched eight points. Takiria Cummings contributed six points. The Bulldogs are 2-2 overall this season....

WRESTLING: Aycock grapplers win 'ugly' at Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- Five Charles B. Aycock grapplers each posted an unbeaten record during a non-conference tri-meet with Greene Central and Beddingfield on Tuesday evening. Joshua Wallace, Chris Parks, Austin Doyle, Tyler Hughes and Canon Barrett each went 2-0 for...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Gators claim road win

DEEP RUN -- Jamerion Dawson and Cameron Jones each flirted with a double-double during Spring Creek's 55-40, non-conference triumph over South Lenoir inside Munn Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. Dawson pumped in 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Saints turn back Eagles

DUDLEY -- Polar opposites. Such were the forces on display last evening as Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference pillar Southern Wayne turned back Carolina 1-A member Rosewood, 58-44, in a spirited non-conference varsity girls hoops matchup at "the halo." In every...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Saints hold off spirited Eagles

DUDLEY -- Is it March yet? That was the question many onlookers were left to ponder last night as Southern Wayne withstood a lightning-quick second-half rally before ultimately turning back county neighbor Rosewood, 53-44, in varsity boys' basketball action. Southern...

GIRLS' BOX: Ayden-Grifton @ CBA

Ayden-Grifton 8 3 12 0 -- 23 C.B. Aycock 18 13 11 14 -- 56 AYDEN-GRIFTON (0-4) Kimani Williams 1 0 1-2 3, Maya Hardy 0 0 0-0 0, D'Asia Outlaw 0 0 0-0 0, Angela Davis 1 1...

GIRLS' BOX: Union at Princeton

Union 5 2 10 4 -- 21 Princeton 12 15 15 5 -- 47 UNION (1-2) Justice Johnson 1 0 2-8 4, Brianna Blackmore 1 0 0-0 2, LaTyra English 2 0 2-2 6, Shamyra Hope 0 1 2-2 5,...

GIRLS' BOX: Rosewood @ Southern Wayne

Rosewood 9 3 7 25 -- 44 Southern Wayne 20 8 17 13 -- 58 ROSEWOOD (2-5) Payton Lane 4 2 3-5 17, Braylee Butts 5 0 3-6 13, Hannah Daniels 1 0 0-0 2, Nekia Williams 4 0 1-2...

PREPS DIGEST: JV, middle schools

JV * Boys' basketball: Ayden-Grifton 46, C.B. Aycock 41 -- AliJuan Moore emerged as the Golden Falcons' top scorer with 16 points. Alec Bryan and Jaylan Robinson supplied six points apiece. * Boys' basketball: Spring Creek 51, South Lenoir 33...

BOYS' BOX: Union @ Princeton

Union 3 17 13 13 -- 46 Princeton 13 15 11 15 -- 54 UNION (0-3) Derrick Smith 1 0 1-4 3,Nadir Goodwin 4 4 4-6 24, Cole Bass 1 0 0-0 2, Warren Gay 0 2 2-4 8, Trey...

BOYS' BOX: Rosewood @ Southern Wayne

Rosewood 3 10 18 13 -- 44 Southern Wayne 13 6 12 20 -- 51 ROSEWOOD (0-3) Chance Howard 3 0 5-8 11, Noah Grantham 2 1 0-2 7, Luke Mooring 0 2 0-2 2, Jonathan Peacock 0 2 0-2...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Princeton eases past Union

bcoley@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- In the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's matchup, Union began to make its final push against Princeton. Bulldogs' head coach Jeff Davis just wanted a layup. Not a 10-footer. Not a wide-open 3-pointer -- just an easy...

BASEBALL: Warriors' Wells verbally commits to High Point U

Eastern Wayne baseball standout Tanner Wells verbally committed to High Point University late Tuesday evening. The senior helped lead the Warriors to 13 wins and an appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs last spring....

BOY'S BOX: Ayden-Grifton @ CBA

Ayden-Grifton 13 11 17 12 -- 53 C.B. Aycock 15 12 6 17 -- 50 AYDEN-GRIFTON (3-1) Jaylin Moye 0 3 0-0 9, James Richardson 1 0 0-0 2, Diggy Whichard 3 0 0-0 6, Tyree Wiggins 3 1...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Golden Falcons fall to Chargers

PIKEVILLE -- Trailing by three with 13.7 seconds remaining, Charles B. Aycock wasted nearly 10 seconds before Mike Evans found teammate Eli Batts uncovered at the top of the key. Batts got a perfect look at the basket. As an...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Middle School Digest

Girls' basketball: Grantham 37, Spring Creek 31 -- Alissa Meadows led with 17 points and Morgan Kennedy added 13. Virginia Edmondson led Spring Creek with 25 points. Grantham (1-0) travels to Eastern Wayne Thursday. Boys' basketball: Grantham 43, Spring Creek...

JV Digest

Girls' basketball: WCDS 35, Community Christian 5 -- Janae Jones, Hayden Nielsen and Katie Strickland each had eight points. The Chargers (2-0, 1-0 CPIC) host Oakwood on Dec. 16. Boys' basketball: WCDS 66, Community Christian 28 -- Noah Atwood led...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Devil Pups roll past Rebels

CALYSPO -- Behind a huge 24-point second quarter, Lejeune took down North Duplin 51-14 Monday night. Lejeune outscored the Rebels 24-4 in the second quarter, and 16-4 in the third quarter. Destiny George led the Rebels with six points. North...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Chargers sprint past Cyclones

WILSON -- WCDS cruised to an easy 65-38 victory versus Community Christian on Monday night. Jala Hollman scored a team-high 27 points. Lexi Jeffreys posted 13 points and Lillian Freeman registered 11. Holloman also had eight steals and five assists...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Lejeune tops North Duplin

CALYPSO -- North Duplin dropped a close 68-64 nonconference battle against Lejeune Monday night. Luke Britt led the Rebels with 24 points. Ricky Cameron tallied 12 points. North Duplin (0-1) travels to Lejeune this Friday....

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bulldogs fall to Raleigh Charter

PRINCETON -- Princeton fell just short in a 45-41 nonconference loss to Raleigh Charter Monday night. Austin Sullivan led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Garrett Kelin chipped in 11. Princeton (1-2) hosts Union today....

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Chargers dominate Cyclones

WILSON -- Bouncing back from a loss, WCDS trounced Community Christian 66-39 on Monday night. Jamal King led the Chargers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Atwood scored 17, and Jimmie Sanders posted 12 points and seven assists. John...

Monday, December 5, 2016

WRESTLING: Mario Harper leads EW at Green Hope Grapple

CARY -- Eastern Wayne senior Mario Harper pinned all three of his opponents in the first period and captured the 106-pound championship during the Green Hope Grapple. Harper spent a total of 2 minutes, 57 seconds on the mat. Jaleek...

WRESTLING: CBA's Doyle, Hughes win respective weight classes at GWW

ROCKY MOUNT -- Junior Austin Doyle and freshman Tyler Hughes each seized an individual championship during the Grant Wilder Wilson Invitational. Doyle emerged victorious in the 106-pound weight class with 6-4 overtime decision against Northern Nash's Jordan Whitaker. Hughes pinned...

WRESTLING: Eagles have 7 placers at Pierce-Davis

BETHEL -- Tim Decatur seized the 113-pound individual title and Rosewood had seven placers overall during the day-long Pierce-Davis Memorial wrestled at North Pitt HS. Decatur remained unbeaten in 17 outings this season. Reid Amodeo (126 pounds), Jordan Todd (132)...

GOLF: Walnut Creek LGA

Faye Franklin emerged as the low gross winner during play ending Nov. 29 on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Penny Ritt seized low net. Hiromi Sueki secured low putts....

BOY'S BASKETBALL: Goldsboro Heat dealt loss

Harman Kaler logged 14 points and seven rebounds during the Goldsboro Heat's 45-36 loss to South Wake at the W.A. Foster Recreation Center. Gavin Portela contributed 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. Goldsboro (4-4 overall) entertains Durham on Friday....

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Charlotte Christian defeats WCDS

CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte Christian opened the game with an 11-0 run and cruised past Wayne Country Day, 80-52, in non-conference action Saturday evening. Cole Atwood paced three Chargers in double figures with 13 points. Jimmie Sanders and Jamal King tallied...

PREPS DIGEST: JV news

JV * Boys' basketball: South Wake 44, Goldsboro Heat 21 -- Luke Parks led the Heat with nine points. Hayden Perry contributed six points and seven rebounds. Goldsboro (3-5 overall) plays host to Durham on Friday....

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekend Digest

Wrestling Rosewood goes 2-0 * Louis Tortual posted two pins as Rosewood swept a three-team, non-conference match contested Thursday night. The Eagles defeated North Pitt (58-19) and NCISAA power Ravenscroft (42-27). Christian Decatur, Timothy Decatur and Reid Amodeo each posted...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Girls' Basketball: Bess sisters shine for Southern Wayne

Southern Wayne's Samiya Bess is a nightmare matchup on the court. So is her sister, Iyahna Bess. It's hard enough to guard one of them. If both are in a shooting rhythm, good luck.  Just ask Goldsboro. The Bess sisters...

Boys' Basketball: Cougars race by Saints, 86-59

In the wild, cougars can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. True to its animal mascot, Goldsboro appeared to be sprinting twice as fast in Friday's game against Southern Wayne. The frenetic pace, combined with the Cougars'...

Boys' Basketball: Greene Central overpowers Eastern Wayne, 66-53

To borrow an old basketball phrase, you can't teach height.  Or replicate it, for that matter.  Eastern Wayne High, three days removed from a stirring victory over North Lenoir, fell victim to the expression Friday night, losing 66-53 to a...

Girls' Basketball: Ford's versatile effort carries Warriors

Defense. Stifling defense.  The Eastern Wayne varsity girls basketball team used the concept to create maximum chaos on Friday evening, forcing a staggering 29 turnovers in a 54-42, non-conference victory over neighboring 2-A foe Greene Central.  In a word, the...

Girls' Box Score: Southern Wayne at Goldsboro

Southern Wayne        10    21    20    12    --    63 Goldsboro            10    7    11    19    --    47 SOUTHERN WAYNE (2-4) Rickeal McMullen 1 0 1-1 3, Keyniya Brown 1 0 0-0 2, Kiara Wallace 1 0 0-2 2, Nadia...

Boys' Box Score: Southern Wayne at Goldsboro

Southern Wayne    14    14    15    16    --    59 Goldsboro         19    22    23    22    --    86 SOUTHERN WAYNE (0-6) Rakileen Butler 3 1 0-0 9, Bless Thomas 4 0 2-2 10, WilCliff Senatus 0 0 0-2 10, Quentin Carlton...

Girls' Box Score: Greene Central at Eastern Wayne

Greene Central    11    9    8    14    --    42 Eastern Wayne    16    14    12    12    --     54 GREENE CENTRAL (0-4) Aniyah Jones 2 0 7-12 11, Makhala Jones 2 0 2-4 4, Caroline Presley 1 0 0-0 2, Khalicia Lee...

Boys' Box Score: Greene Central at Eastern Wayne

Greene Central    14    15    13    24    --    66 Eastern Wayne    8    16    11    18    --     53 GREENE CENTRAL (3-0) Donquez Davis 4 1 4-7 15, Rhaheem Edwards 1 2 0-0 8, Torrence Clark 0 0 1-4 1, Don Pigford...