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Monday, January 16, 2017

WRESTLING: Rosewood brings home first-ever Firebird Duals championship

STANHOPE -- Rosewood captured its first-ever Thomas Cowles Memorial Firebird Duals team championship on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles defeated perennial Big East 3-A power Rocky Mount, Middle Creek, Farmville Central and Leesville Road. Joey Behrend, Christian Decatur, Tim Decatur...

WRESTLING: Wallace wins another individual crown, CBA takes 10th as a team

WENDELL -- Joshua Wallace emerged as the 182-pound individual champion and short-handed Charles B. Aycock placed 10th overall during the Jolly Roger Invitational contested at Corinth-Holders on Saturday. The Golden Falcons failed to fill seven weight classes due to...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Chapin scores 19 as Rosewood topples North Duplin

Tucker Chapin poured in a team-high 19 points during Rosewood's 51-36 conquest of Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin on Saturday evening. Noah Grantham added 10 points in the Eagles' win. Luke Britt paced the Rebels' offense with 14 points....

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Eagles' Butts records double-double against Rebels

Braylee Butts recorded a rare double-double -- 26 points, 15 steals -- as Rosewood rolled past North Duplin, 62-24, on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene Saturday evening. Butts also pulled down four rebounds. Payton Lane contributed 16 points, four assists...

SWIMMING: EW's Gross notches win, Jones continues to rack up AQs

Eastern Wayne's Josh Gross emerged as a first-time winner this season and fellow Warrior Jazmin Jones continued to rack up automatic qualifying berths for the eastern 3-A regional during the latest swim meet contested at the Goldsboro Family Y....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

STORY: Whitfield welcomes new batch of inductees

rcoggins@newsargus.com Helen Goldsby stepped into the Goldsboro High auditorium Friday evening. She looked around. Nothing had changed. The stage spotlights glistened in her eyes. "It's been well-kept," she said. It felt like home. With the voice of a nightingale, Goldsby...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Chargers easily dispatch Eagles

Jala Holloman scored 20 points to lead Wayne Country Day School past rival Wayne Christian, 73-42, in girls' varsity basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Clifford Gymnasium. The victory moved WCDS to 11-7 overall. After shaking off a sluggish first...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Chargers cruise past Eagles

jhayes@newsargus.com It was over early. The Wayne Country Day School varsity boys' basketball team exploded for 11 three-pointers in the opening half on Saturday at Wayne Christian, creating an insurmountable advantage en route to a 91-65 triumph over the Eagles,...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bulldogs fall in OT

jhayes@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- On Thursday evening, Princeton varsity boys' basketball coach Jeff Davis expressed this thought on his Twitter feed: "Huge back-to-back wins last night and tonight. Trying to make it three in a row tomorrow at home versus Lakewood."...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: CBA uses 3-point baskets to down EW

bcoley@newsargus.com The high school 3-point line is 19.75 feet away from the basket. For Eastern Wayne and C.B. Aycock, that distance felt like two feet Friday night. The Warriors and Golden Falcons' guards tormented each other with their hot shooting....

BOYS' BASKETBALL: EW uses balance to beat CBA

bcoley@newsargus.com What is the true definition of Eastern Wayne basketball, you ask? Bill Manning will tell you it's attacking the basket, spreading the floor and providing multiple threats. His Warriors checked every box on that list in their 78-61 victory...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Bulldogs dominate Lakewood

PRINCETON -- Jazmaine McCain registered 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Princeton varsity girls' basketball outfit rolled to a 45-17 triumph over Carolina 1-A foe Lakewood on Friday evening. The victory moved PHS to 8-5 overall and...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- WCDS @ WCS

Wayne Country Day 25 24 21 21 -- 91 Wayne Christian 18 14 11 22 -- 65 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (14-8, 2-0) Cole Atwood 1 7 3-4 26, Mitch Turnage 0 0 1-2 1, Jimmie Sanders 5 3 5-7...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- Lakewood @ Princeton

Lakewood 10 6 23 15 17 -- 71 Princeton 14 14 7 19 12 -- 66 LAKEWOOD (4-6, 2-3) Keyshawn Bailey 0 1 3-4 6, Johnny Owens 2 1 1-2 8, Quamaine Williams 5 4 4-4 26, JJ Johnson...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- CBA @ Eastern Wayne

C.B. Aycock 9 21 17 14 -- 61 Eastern Wayne 20 16 16 26 -- 78 C.B. AYCOCK (4-10, 0-5 ECC) Michael Evans 3 0 1-2 7, Semaj Yelverton 1 1 2-2 7, Eli Batts 1 0 7-10 9,...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- CBA @ Eastern Wayne

C.B. Aycock 13 13 16 20 -- 62 EasternWayne 19 9 15 13 -- 56 C.B. AYCOCK (8-6, 1-4 ECC) Tanika Powell 2 4 6-8 22, Arlanda Faulkner 0 0 2-3 2, Alexis Edmundson 0 1 10-14 11, Cassandra Lassiter...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- Lakewood @ Princeton

Lakewood 0 3 2 12 -- 17 Princeton 14 16 8 7 -- 45 LAKEWOOD (2-7, 1-4) Kiarye Bailey 2 0 2-5 6, Sallena Oates 1 0 0-0 2, Tamia Rich 3 1 0-0 9, Adia Edwards 0 0 0-2...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- WCDS @ WCS

Wayne Country Day 15 20 25 13 -- 73 Wayne Christian 7 11 15 9 -- 42 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (11-7, 2-0) Janae Jones 2 0 0-0 4, Langley Barnes 1 0 0-1 1, Jala Holloman 8 1 1-2 20,...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Gators clamp down on Tigers

 WARSAW -- Senior guard Destiney Sutton drilled the nets for a team- and game-high 28 points during Spring Creek's 55-32 romp over Carolina 1-A Conference foe James Kenan on Friday evening. Sutton snared eight rebounds, handed out five assists and...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Blue Devils run past Cougars

DEEP RUN -- Tziah Kelly tallied 19 points as Goldsboro endured a 56-39 loss to South Lenoir in Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference play Friday evening. Natiana Barnes added eight points for the Cougars. Goldsboro is off until Jan. 20 when...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Hobbton gets past North Duplin

 NEWTON GROVE -- Nina Devone led all scorers with 21points as Hobbton rolled past North Duplin, 46-29, during their Carolina 1-A Conference clash Friday evening. Mary Taylor Jones emerged as the Rebels' offensive leader with 14 points. Alyssa Santos and...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Gators slip past Tigers

WARSAW -- Najee Young drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left as Spring Creek upended James Kenan, 54-51, during their Carolina 1-A Conference game contested at Harmon Gym. Young finished with seven points. Cameron Jones just missed a double-double...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Eagles soar past Neuse Charter

 Jonathan Peacock emerged one of three Rosewood players in double figures with 15 points during a 62-48 triumph over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Neuse Charter on Friday evening. Chance Howard supplied 13 points, while Conner Vernon scored 10. CJ Rouse...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Blue Devils overwhelm Cougars

 DEEP RUN -- Goldsboro tumbled to 1-2 in Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference play with an 84-44 loss to South Lenoir inside Munn Gym on Friday evening. Jaryan Hargis paced the Cougars' offense with nine points. Daryl Gaddis registered eight points....

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Hobbton too much for North Duplin

NEWTON GROVE -- Omar Farrior pumped in a game-high 21 points, leading Hobbton past North Duplin, 66-47, on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene Friday evening. Luke Britt knocked down a team-leading 14 points for the Rebels. Malik Cobb chipped in...

WRESTLING: CBA splits pair

 PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's grapplers dropped a heart-breaker to D.H. Conley, but rebounded with a resounding victory over Eastern Wayne during their Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference tri-meet Friday evening. Down by 23 points, the Golden Falcons recorded four consecutive...

JV DIGEST

* Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day 76, Wayne Christian 52 -- The Chargers' Jaden Cooper torched the nets for a game- and team-high 30 points on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Gattis scored 12 points and Noah Atwood provided nine points. Wayne...

Friday, January 13, 2017

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Oates has 36-point night for Wayne Christian

Full virtuosity. One might very well say that of Darrian Oates, whose baseline-to-baseline, 36-point outburst propelled the Wayne Christian varsity boys' basketball team to a 77-64, non-conference triumph over Greenville Christian on Thursday evening in Patetown. The victory, which halted...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Colby Sullivan paces Bulldogs past North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Colby Sullivan drained the nets for a team-high 23 points during Princeton's 51-47 conquest of Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin on Thursday evening. Earl Gibson Jr. registered nine points, followed by Garrett Klein with eight points. Ryan...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Benson, McCain lead Princeton

CALYPSO -- Jordan Benson and Jazmaine McCain tallied 13 points apiece during Princeton's 42-31 triumph over North Duplin in a Carolina 1-A Conference matchup Thursday evening. Takivia Cummings dropped in 10 points. Alyssa Santos and Mary Taylor Jones paced North...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- GCA @ Wayne Christian

Greenville Christian 2 7 3 1 -- 13 Wayne Christian 22 25 8 9 -- 64 GREENVILLE CHRISTIAN (0-9, 0-3) Olivia Cripe 0 0 0-3 0, Morgan Dawson 0 0 0-1 0, Lauren Wagner 1 0 0-0 2, Marianna...

PREPS DIGEST: JV, middle schools

JV * Boys' basketball: Wayne Christian 61, Greenville Christian 59 -- Jayden Young dropped in a team-high 26 points the Eagles' non-conference victory Thursday evening. Jeremy Bently added 11 points and Will White (six rebounds, four assists) chipped in...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Wayne Christian dominates Greenville Christian

Pressure defense and shooting-drill prowess. That combination proved sound enough for the Wayne Christian varsity girls' basketball team on Thursday evening, as evidenced by its 64-13 victory over non-conference foe Greenville Christian Academy. The 51-point landslide moved the Eagles...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- Cape Fear Christian @ WCDS

Cape Fear 14 10 14 22 -- 60 WCDS 16 16 16 18 -- 66 CAPE FEAR CHRISTIAN (13-8) Michael Okoye 5 0 0-3 10, Michael Grigg 1 5 0-0 17, Isaiah Tatum 5 1 3-3 16, Peter Olatunj 4...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: WCDS counters Eagles' height with sharp perimeter shooting

bcoley@newsargus.com Cape Fear Christian waltzed into Wayne Country Day's gym boasting a massive height advantage. A 6-foot-9 guy here, 6-foot-8 guy there. Then there was a 6-foot-4 sharpshooter for good measure. The Chargers mustered a small shrug. They've see these...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- GCA @ Wayne Christian

Greenville Christian 15 20 16 13 -- 64 Wayne Christian 21 26 15 15 -- 77 GREENVILLE CHRISTIAN (4-10, 1-2) JJ Fisher 8 1 3-3 22, Cole Dial 1 0 0-0 2, Marquis West 1 0 0-2 2, Davis...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Simmons' 40-point output paces Trojan women

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- When in doubt, look for No. 4. You can find her in the corner. She might be near the free throw line. Or perhaps she's lurking underneath the basket. Wherever Daria Simmons appeared on the court...

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UMO men lose lead, fall to Lees-McRae

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- This one felt like a punch in the gut -- a loss that could damage postseason aspirations. And head coach Joey Higginbotham wishes his University of Mount Olive men's basketball team could get it back. Lees-McRae...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Kinston defeats Goldsboro

Anzarya Cobb scored 12 points, snared six rebounds and paced a balanced, start-to-finish attack as Kinston triumphed 47-32 over Eastern Carolina 2-A foe Goldsboro on Tuesday night at Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium. The victory moved Kinston to 6-7 overall...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Kinston, Goldsboro stage another classic

Pacemaker optional. That was the formed general consensus of a lingering post-game crowd Wednesday evening at venerable Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium, which was treated to a thrilling, edge-of-sanity Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference matchup between Highway 70 foes Kinston High and...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Princeton gets first league win of season

SMITHFIELD -- Austin Sullivan recorded a double-double -- 13 points, 10 rebounds -- as Princeton upended Neuse Charter, 69-57, in a Carolina 1-A Conference game Wednesday evening. Colby Sullivan emerged as the Bulldogs' top scorer with 19 points. Garrett Klein...

WHITFIELD HALL OF FAME: 45th class has 'local' flavor

rcoggins@newsargus.com There's no telling what can happen when George Whitfield unexpectedly knocks on your door. His visit certainly surprised Charles Davis. The two discussed Davis' recovery from knee replacement surgery, chewed the fat about baseball a little bit and then...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: BOX -- Rosewood @ Spring Creek

Rosewood 18 16 13 10 -- 57 Spring Creek 11 20 11 14 -- 56 ROSEWOOD (5-8, 4-1 CC) Rylee Myers 1 0 0-0 2, Payton Lane 2 2 1-6 11, Brayle Butts 9 0 2-4 20, Hannah Daniels 4...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lane nails game-winning shot

BY BEN COLEY bcoley@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Two seconds is an eternity in basketball. That's all the time Rosewood's Payton Lane had Wednesday night as the Eagles inbounded the ball down one point to Spring Creek. And boy, did she...

PREPS DIGEST: JV, middle school news

JV * Boys' basketball: Spring Creek 57, Rosewood 29 -- Demartae Bizzell pumped in a game-high 23 points for the Gators. Tyrese Artis contributed 14 points. Middle schools * Boys' basketball: Grantham 48, Mount Olive 40 -- Tayvon Callahan...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Box -- Rosewood @ Spring Creek

Rosewood 12 9 10 15 -- 46 Spring Creek 9 14 12 12 -- 47 ROSEWOOD (2-11, 2-3 CC) Chance Howard 3 0 3-5 9, Noah Grantham 1 0 2-4 4, Luke Mooring 0 1 0-0 3, Jonathan Peacock 1...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Edwards' FT lifts Spring Creek

Spring Creek 47, Rosewood 46 * SEVEN SPRINGS -- Before Wednesday's matchup against Rosewood, Spring Creek head coach Taylor Jones told his players that it was going to be a dogfight. Jones doesn't lie. Grinding through a turnover and foul-infested...

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Box -- Kinston @ Goldsboro

Kinston 14 12 9 12 -- 47 Goldsboro 5 8 7 12 -- 32 KINSTON (6-7, 1-1) Sherice Jones 2 0 0-0 4, Samantha Lee 0 0 2-2 2, Leslie Sutton 0 0 0-2 0, Quiara Powell 1 0...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WEATHER: Preps action returns beginning today

Wayne County Public Schools remained closed Tuesday due to icy roads that melted by mid-afternoon. The doors are open today. And that means one thing -- basketball is back. The "Highway 70 Series" resumes today when long time rivals...

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMO to play Down East Wood Ducks in exhibition game

MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive will play an exhibition game against the Down East Wood Ducks on April 3 at historic Grainger Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m. The Wood Ducks are a Single-A affiliate of the...

GOLF: Jetton notches ace at GMGC

'Deno' Jetton recorded a hole-in-one during a recent round of golf played on the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course. Jetton used a 5-wood from 155 yards out to ace No. 4. Playing partners Melvin Lee, Joe Atkinson, Ken Loftin and John...

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Chatham can't handle Heat's Kaler

Harman Kaler pumped in a team-leading 18 points as Goldsboro Heat defeated Chatham, 52-43, on Tuesday evening. Kaler also pulled down seven rebounds. Gavin Portela supplied a double-double -- 13 points, 15 rebounds -- go along with five assists and...

PREPS DIGEST: Middle schools

Middle schools * Girls' basketball: Greenville Christian 37, Wayne Christian 14 -- Sydney Rosso led Wayne Christian's offense with five points. Teammate Olivia Sutton chipped in four points. The Eagles visit Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Thursday. *...