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Friday, December 19, 2014

EW's Pridgen, Princeton's Frasier to showcase talents in Shrine Bowl

rcoggins@newsargus.com SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Defensive specialist Dayshawn Pridgen and highly-recruited running back Johnny Frasier have -- once again -- each raised the bar a little bit higher for future football players at their respective high schools. Pridgen is the first...

Spring Creek boys dump Hobbton

aetzler@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Since returning from a shoulder injury early in the season, Spring Creek's Jordan Hicks has been a double-double machine for the Gators. The scary thing is, he's not even back in shape yet. And if he...

Boxscore: Spring Creek-Hobbton boys

BOYS Hobbton 11 13 10 16 -- 50 Spring Creek 14 28 18 25 -- 85 HOBBTON (2-6, 0-2) Marquez Surrles 2 1 2-2 9, Omar Farrior 3 0 6-9 12, Ty Hunter 1 0 5-8 7, Nicholas Bryant 2...

Snake-bit Princeton boys fall at Neuse Charter

SMITHFIELD -- Tanner Woodard pumped in a season-high 29 points during Princeton's 51-49 loss to defending Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season champ Neuse Charter on Thursday evening. Earl Gibson and Mike Wooten scored seven and five points, respectively. "We're snake-bit right...

Lakewood boys ease past North Duplin

SALEMBURG -- Lakewood outscored North Duplin by 12 points in the middle two periods and pulled away for a 65-52 victory in Carolina 1-A Conference play Thursday. Tyree Payton led the Rebels' offense with 18 points. Ced Kornegay chipped in...

Tigers erase deficit, top Rosewood boys

WARSAW -- Rosewood let a double-digit halftime advantage slip away in a 50-38 loss to James Kenan in their Carolina 1-A Conference game contested at Harmon Gym on Thursday evening. "We had a hard time scoring a bucket in the...

Lakewood girls defeat North Duplin

SALEMBURG -- Lakewood built a 19-point lead after one quarter and cruised past North Duplin, 61-15, in their Carolina 1-A Conference game Thursday evening. Rylee Pate paced the Rebels' offense with seven points. Deja Aycock supplied three points. North Duplin...

Cox, Ricks spearhead Bulldogs' offense

SMITHFIELD -- Charley Cox and Emily Ricks each tallied 12 points in Princeton's 45-38 triumph over second-year Carolina 1-A Conference member Neuse Charter on Thursday evening. The Bulldogs (4-4 overall, 2-0 CC) face South Creek on Dec. 28 in the...

Mercer flirts with triple-double against James Kenan

WARSAW -- Junior shooting guard Lexi Mercer just missed a triple-double -- 27 points, 12 steals, eight rebounds -- during Rosewood's 64-42 romp over Carolina 1-A foe James Kenan at Harmon Gym on Thursday evening. Point guard Krystal Yelverton contributed...

Jones, Darden spark Golden Falcons

DUDLEY -- Myleah Jones and Ashely Darden scored 16 points apiece and Charles B. Aycock fended off county and Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A foe Southern Wayne, 50-35, on Thursday evening. After seeing their 11-point halftime lead shrink to single digits late...

Spring Creek girls snap 8-game skid

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Ashley Marriner shouldn't have even been on the court. She just wanted to prove she could do it. After a thigh injury in the first half, Marriner was told she probably shouldn't go back into the game....

Eastern Wayne matmen rally past J.H. Rose

Victor Skinner earned a match-clinching, second-period fall and Eastern Wayne rallied past J.H. Rose, 36-31, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference scene. Zach Thomas' pin and Jackson Sisk's two-point decision over the Warriors' Cainen Miller at 126 pounds gave the...

Boxscore: Spring Creek-Hobbton girls

GIRLS Hobbton 10 9 16 10 -- 45 Spring Creek 7 29 8 4 -- 55 HOBBTON (1-8, 0-2) Nina Devone 11 0 9-16 31, Shavonha Bell 2 2 2-3 12, Denise Lamb 1 0 0-0 2. TOTALS -- 14...

Preps digest: JV, middle school news

JV * Boys' basketball: Southern Wayne 66, C.B. Aycock 24 -- Michael Evans led the Golden Falcons' attack with nine points. Teammate Elijah Batts added six points. * Girls' basketball: C.B. Aycock 48, Southern Wayne 12 -- Embria Willis...

Boxscore: C.B. Aycock-So. Wayne girls

CBA 15 10 13 12 - 50 So. Wayne 4 9 18 4 - 35 CBA (11-2, 2-0) Connor Vinson 1 0 0-0 2 Mookie Powell 0 0 1-2 1 Lexi Edmundson 2 0 1-2 3 Myleah Jones 4 0...

Boxscore: C.B. Aycock-So. Wayne boys

CBA 12 4 16 20 - 52 So. Wayne 12 10 20 14 - 56 CBA (1-12, 0-2) Keshawn Cobb 2 0 2-6 6 Tyrique Ford 1 0 2-2 4 Cameron Kornegay 5 1 4-8 15 Bryce Jordan 0 0...

Southern Wayne boys escape C.B. Aycock

cellis@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- With a little under a minute to go and down by five points, Charles B Aycock forward Cameron Kornegay stepped to the free throw line for two shots and a chance to make it a one-possession ball...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reed, Hargrove, Blount each record double-double in UMO victory

UMO Media Relations MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive converted six of nine free throws in the final two minutes, and upended in-state Southeast Region men's basketball foe Wingate University, 75-63, on Wednesday evening. Dominique Reed, Kendall Hargrove and...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Girls' basketball: Grantham 36, Spring Creek 18 -- Alexus Elliott and Erykah Baldwin paced the Bulldogs' offense with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Kayla Herring led SC with nine points. Grantham improved to 3-2 overall this...

Saints' Edgecomb starting to find groove in the pool

rcoggins@newsargus.com A long-distance swimmer by trade, Southern Wayne's Austin Edgecomb is starting to find his groove in grueling multi-lap events. He proved it during the latest multi-team meet contested in the B.G. Darden Natatorium pool inside the Goldsboro Family Y....

Local opinion: Scorekeepers need to pay better attention, or go sit in the stands with their friends

While the electronic age has certainly improved the statistic keeping process for every sport played, it's also presented some problems. Particularly cell phones. And their use at inappropriate times. In just the past three weeks, I have witnessed several basketball...

Blake Poland: EW's quiet leader on the court

aetzler@newsargus.com The sun has yet to rise. Most kids are still sound asleep. But inside the gym at Eastern Wayne sneakers squeak against the hardwood as Blake Poland dribbles right, stops and hits a pull-up jump shot. He knocks down...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Preps digest: JV, middle school sports

JV * Boys' basketball: Goldsboro Heat 56, Durham Flight 34 -- The Heat's Gavin Portela knocked down 23 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the floor and picked Durham for four steals. Cam Yarbrough and Joe Rasmussen contributed...

UMO women fall at Elizabeth City State

UMO Media Relations ELIZABETH CITY -- Arieal Johnson posted a double-double for the University of Mount Olive, which dropped a 61-50 decision to in-state non-conference foe Elizabeth City State on Tuesday evening. Johnson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds...

Boxscore: So. Wayne-N. Lenoir girls

North Lenoir 9 10 15 12 -- 46 Southern Wayne 14 16 14 15 -- 59 North Lenoir (3-5) Quoya Porter 2 0 3-5 7, Dianthony Hall 0 0 1-2 1, Dellnique Ballen 1 2 1-1 9, Erica Lee 3...

Foul-plagued Atkins sparks Southern Wayne girls

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's leading scorer Zaria Atkins watched much of the first half and a good portion of the third quarter from the bench in foul trouble. If the Saints were going to pick up their second win...

McKinney's FT preserves Saints' home win

aetzler@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Free throws nearly doomed Southern Wayne. Shot after shot clanked off the rim during crunch time, which allowed North Lenoir to get back in to the game. But when it mattered most with seven seconds left in...

Gators pull away in final 5-plus minutes

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Taylor Jones might not have been completely satisfied Tuesday evening, but he walked away pleased for two reasons. One, the Gators finally showed some mental toughness. Two, SC is 1-0 in Carolina 1-A Conference play. Gary...

Boxscore: Spring Creek-Lakewood boys

Lakewood 11 5 20 9 -- 45 Spring Creek 17 10 17 18 -- 62 LAKEWOOD (1-4, 0-1) Willie Herring 3 1 0-0 9, Johnny Owens 0 2 0-0 6, Maurice Boone 0 1 2-2 5, Nasiem Devane 0...

Rosewood matmen dominate Clinton, AG

LITTLEFIELD -- Rosewood emerged victorious in 23 contested matches and earned 19 pins during non-conference triumphs over Clinton and host Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday evening. The Eagles handed Clinton a 71-9 setback and dumped the Chargers 60-18. Evan Reiss (152 pounds),...

New Bern boys slip past C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock continued its rough first season under first-year head coach Dave Elmore with a 47-40 loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe New Bern on Tuesday. Cam Kornegay had 11 points and Bryce Jordan added 10...

Tigers defeat Bulldogs in Carolina 1A boys' opener

PRINCETON -- After a slow start in the first quarter, James Kenan rallied 50-44 win over Princeton in each team's Carolina 1-A Conference opener on Tuesday. John Brooks scored 19 points to lead the Tigers, who scored just six points...

North Duplin boys rally past Neuse Charter

CALYPSO -- After trailing by three points at halftime, North Duplin came out firing and outscored Neuse Charter by nine points in the third quarter and claimed a 65-56 win Tuesday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both...

Rosewood girls crush Hobbton

NEWTON GROVE -- Lexi Mercer had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and added six steals and four assists as Rosewood cruised to victory in its conference opener against Hobbton Tuesday. Krystal Yelverton added 10 points for the...

Pate provides half of Rebels' offense in loss

CALYPSO -- Rylee Pate provided half of North Duplin's offense in a 38-18 loss to Neuse Charter in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams Tuesday. Pate scored nine points. McKenna Karsat led the Cougars with 11 points. The...

Cox erupts for 30 points, Princeton girls prevail

PRINCETON -- Princeton guard Charley Cox dropped in a career-high 30 points during a 50-45 win over James Kenan on Tuesday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both teams. The Bulldogs fended off strong play from Maquesha Floyd...

Short-handed Spring Creek girls fall to Lakewood

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Injury- and illness-plagued Spring Creek received double-digit scoring efforts from Amber Buchan and Tysha Teachey in a 64-33 loss to Lakewood on Tuesday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both teams. Buchan, who played on...

Aycock girls handle New Bern

PIKEVILLE -- Ashley Darden led a balanced scoring attack as Charles B. Aycock dominated New Bern 57-37 in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A opener for both teams Tuesday. Darden finished with 14 points. Guards Mookie Powell and Taylor Daniels scored eight...

Covington leads Warriors in ECC 3A/4A opener

Three players scored in double figures for Eastern Wayne during a 72-58 win over South Central in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A opener for both teams Tuesday evening. Jasmine Covington led the way with 19 points, while Tianna Christopher added 17....

Boxscore: Spring Creek-Lakewood girls

Lakewood 16 18 17 13 -- 64 Spring Creek 10 13 5 5 -- 33 LAKEWOOD (4-1, 1-0) Alexsis Williams 1 0 1-2 3, Justina Henry 7 0 0-0 14, Briana Evans 1 0 1-2 3, Rashyda Parker 10 0...

Moses scores 19, Goldsboro girls roll at home

Tyona Moses led three Goldsboro players in double figures with 19 points during an 81-8, non-conference thrashing of Rocky Mount Prep on Tuesday evening. Tawana Jones added 17 points, while Deja Moore scored 10. Jones and Tayzlie Trippie (nine...

Boxscore: Goldsboro-RM Prep girls

RM Prep 0 1 3 4 - 8 Goldsboro 19 24 21 17 - 81 RM Prep: Akira Simmons 1 1 0-0 5 Diana Pittman 0 0 1-2 1 J'Mya Glaze 1 0 0-0 2 TOTALS: 2 1 1-2 8...

Boxscore: Goldsboro-RM Prep boys

RM Prep 10 7 9 4 - 30 Goldsboro 30 27 19 10 - 86 RM Prep: Lamonte Blue 1 0 0-0 2 Mark Tann 0 1 0-0 3 Keshawn Bryant 4 1 0-0 11 Damion Davis 0 0 2-2...

Goldsboro boys overwhelm RM Prep

cellis@newsargus.com Joe Baker stood under the basket and soaked in the admiration. Moments before, during an inbound play, Baker shook his defender, leapt into the air and threw down a thundering alley-oop over a much taller Rocky Mount Prep player....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UNC Pembroke men upset No. 9-ranked University of Mount Olive

PEMBROKE -- JaQuan Blount dumped in a career-high 21 points as No. 9-ranked University of Mount Olive dropped an 86-74, non-conference decision to in-state rival UNC Pembroke on Monday evening. The loss snapped the Trojans' school-record nine-game win streak. Blount,...

Preps digest: Rosewood boys win Carolina 1A opener

Boys' basketball Rosewood 98, Hobbton 70 * NEWTON GROVE -- Dennis Mitchell led three Rosewood players in double figures with 25 points during a 98-70 shootout victory over Hobbton on Monday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Preps digest: JV sports

JV * Boys' basketball: Goldsboro Heat 62, Lighthouse Eagles 35 -- Gavin Portela just missed a double-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Harman Kaler contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Goldsboro (5-4 overall) entertains Durham Flight on...

Hisler will not return to coach UMO women's soccer

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive has begun its search for a new head women's soccer coach. Matt Hisler will not return next season. University policy does not allow athletic department officials to discuss the nature of Hisler's...

19th Eagle Invitational: Holly Springs turns in record-setting performance

rcoggins@newsargus.com Bill Edmundson got a first-hand glance at Holly Springs during a dual match two weeks ago. He walked away impressed. And what he saw Saturday certainly didn't surprise him. Holly Springs successfully defended its crown in dominating and record-setting...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Waters sparks Chargers

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com DJ Waters made his case to become a regular starter in the Wayne Country Day lineup Saturday afternoon. The freshman guard pumped in 10 of his team-best 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Chargers'...

Faith Christian beats Liberty at buzzer

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Faith Christian head varsity basketball coach Stephen Hardison, for three brief seconds, channeled his "inner" Mike Krzyzewski on Friday evening. Tied at 66 with 2.9 seconds left, Hardison called timeout and drew up a play on...

Warriors overcome flat start against Kinston

By ALLEN ETZLER aetzler@newsargus.com Tianna Christopher knew changes would have to start with her if Eastern Wayne wanted to go where they thought -- and still think -- they can go. "My attitude (last year) was some crap," Christopher said...

C.B. Aycock gets big win over Goldsboro

By CAM ELLIS cellis@newsargus.com As conference play begins next week, teams around the area are doing their best to get in any and all final tune-ups before the grueling stretch run begins. For the Charles B. Aycock women's basketball team,...

Waters sparks Chargers

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com DJ Waters made his case to become a regular starter in the Wayne Country Day lineup Saturday afternoon. The freshman guard pumped in 10 of his team-best 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Chargers'...

Faith Christian beats Liberty at buzzer

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Faith Christian head varsity basketball coach Stephen Hardison, for three brief seconds, channeled his "inner" Mike Krzyzewski on Friday evening. Tied at 66 with 2.9 seconds left, Hardison called timeout and drew up a play on...

Warriors overcome flat start against Kinston

By ALLEN ETZLER aetzler@newsargus.com Tianna Christopher knew changes would have to start with her if Eastern Wayne wanted to go where they thought -- and still think -- they can go. "My attitude (last year) was some crap," Christopher said...

C.B. Aycock gets big win over Goldsboro

By CAM ELLIS cellis@newsargus.com As conference play begins next week, teams around the area are doing their best to get in any and all final tune-ups before the grueling stretch run begins. For the Charles B. Aycock women's basketball team,...

Waters sparks Chargers

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com DJ Waters made his case to become a regular starter in the Wayne Country Day lineup Saturday afternoon. The freshman guard pumped in 10 of his team-best 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Chargers'...

Faith Christian beats Liberty at buzzer

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Faith Christian head varsity basketball coach Stephen Hardison, for three brief seconds, channeled his "inner" Mike Krzyzewski on Friday evening. Tied at 66 with 2.9 seconds left, Hardison called timeout and drew up a play on...

Warriors overcome flat start against Kinston

By ALLEN ETZLER aetzler@newsargus.com Tianna Christopher knew changes would have to start with her if Eastern Wayne wanted to go where they thought -- and still think -- they can go. "My attitude (last year) was some crap," Christopher said...

C.B. Aycock gets big win over Goldsboro

By CAM ELLIS cellis@newsargus.com As conference play begins next week, teams around the area are doing their best to get in any and all final tune-ups before the grueling stretch run begins. For the Charles B. Aycock women's basketball team,...

Waters sparks Chargers

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com DJ Waters made his case to become a regular starter in the Wayne Country Day lineup Saturday afternoon. The freshman guard pumped in 10 of his team-best 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Chargers'...

Faith Christian beats Liberty at buzzer

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Faith Christian head varsity basketball coach Stephen Hardison, for three brief seconds, channeled his "inner" Mike Krzyzewski on Friday evening. Tied at 66 with 2.9 seconds left, Hardison called timeout and drew up a play on...

Warriors overcome flat start against Kinston

By ALLEN ETZLER aetzler@newsargus.com Tianna Christopher knew changes would have to start with her if Eastern Wayne wanted to go where they thought -- and still think -- they can go. "My attitude (last year) was some crap," Christopher said...

C.B. Aycock gets big win over Goldsboro

By CAM ELLIS cellis@newsargus.com As conference play begins next week, teams around the area are doing their best to get in any and all final tune-ups before the grueling stretch run begins. For the Charles B. Aycock women's basketball team,...