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Friday, January 30, 2004

Eagles upset EW boys; Warrior girls win

West Craven's Willie Perry struggled scoring around the basket for most of Thursday's contest at Eastern Wayne. Unfortunately for the Warriors, he didn't struggle when it counted. With his team clinging to a one-point lead, Perry tipped in a...

MOC baseball preview -- Trojans are getting to work

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carl Lancaster likes hard work. The head baseball coach at Mount Olive College appreciates effort on the practice field. And the endeavors of his Trojan baseball team as preparations wind down for Mount Olive's baseball opener...

Prep girls basketball roundup

Blue Devils hold off Rams DEEP RUN -- Nicole Corn drained four critical free throws in the final minute as South Lenoir stopped Greene Central 56-48 in a Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference contest Thursday. The Rams closed the gap...

Prep boys basketball roundup

DEEP RUN -- Paul Novicki hit two crucial free throws with eight seconds left as South Lenoir knocked off Greene Central 52-47 in Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference action Thursday. The Blue Devils led 47-41 with less than two minutes...

The Tar Heel Top 10

The waiting, predicting and nail-biting will soon be over. It will be one of the most important sporting events in North Carolina history if the Panthers beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. To many, Carolina getting there already is...

C.B. Aycock wrestlers swarm Eastern Wayne

Short-handed all season long due to injuries and lack of interest, the Eastern Wayne wrestling team has done its best when competing in a dual-team format. Individual victories have been the primary focus since the Warriors surrender precious points...

Kinston uses big second halves to sweep CBA

PIKEVILLE -- After three days of no school -- and no practice -- the key to both Kinston-Charles B. Aycock basketball matchups Thursday night had a lot to do with shaking the house-bound doldrums and getting back into playing...

Thursday, January 29, 2004

MOC women maul Newport News

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team hadn't posted a winning record against non-conference opposition in Wendy Lawrence's head coaching tenure until Wednesday evening. The Lady Trojans concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule 5-3 with...

Mount Olive Picked fourth in men's tennis

Mount Olive College has been picked fourth in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's tennis preseason poll, as selected by the CVAC men's tennis head coaches. Mount Olive earned one first-place vote and received 72 points in the poll. Mount...

Prep games rescheduled

* Goldsboro will play basketball at at West Carteret on Feb. 9. * Spring Creek will meet Farmville Central at Farmville Feb. 5. * Greene Central's basketball teams will be at South Lenoir tonight. * North Duplin's basketball teams...

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

MOC men win 10th straight, Lady Trojans fall

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brad McDougald led six players in double figures with 13 points as host Mount Olive picked up its school-record 10th consecutive win with an 89-67 victory against St. Andrews in NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's...

MOC men in Division II top 25 poll

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive is listed among "Others Receiving Consideration" for the second consecutive week in this week's NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25, released Tuesday. The Trojans are ranked among the top 30 men's basketball teams in the nation....

Eagle JV's win

Wayne Christian's Eric Williams turned in a triple-double as the Eagles' JV boys emerged with a 55-19 win over Carter Christian at home on Saturday. Williams had 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and added eight steals in his third...

Prep games rescheduled

* Eastern Wayne's wrestling match against Charles B. Aycock will be held Thursday in the old gym. The Warriors will also take on West Craven in basketball on Thursday night in the new gym. * Goldsboro's Friday game with South...

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Bill Clingan

MOUNT OLIVE -- When Bill Clingan attends an area high school basketball game, he gets to scout and evaluate local talent. But there is also a good chance the 16-year Mount Olive men's basketball coach has a personal interest...

Bill Clingan's coaching legacy

Joey Higginbotham men's assistant, Mount Olive College Russell Royal men's assistant, Mount Olive College Wells Gulledge head varsity boys, Kinston Russell Stevens head varsity boys, Jacksonville Keith Lynch head varsity boys, North Wilkes Jeff Gainey head varsity boys, Fayetteville...

Weather postponements

The winter weather conditions have forced postponements in both high school and collegiate sports schedules in the area. All of the prep basketball games and wrestling matches scheduled for tonight have been postponed. Only one -- Charles B. Aycock's...

Monday, January 26, 2004

NJ's Woddall sings with Pitt

KENLY -- First-year Pitt Community College softball coach Kevin Davenport was ready to go the extra mile to sign North Johnston senior Ashley Woodall -- even if it meant staying overnight and sleeping on the Woodall family couch during a...

MOC's games postponed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Weather conditions forced the postponement of tonight's Mount Olive College basketball games against St. Andrews. The games are tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday night at College Hall, with the Mount Olive-St. Andrews women's game set for 5:30 p.m....

CBA, Rosewood strong in Warrior Invitational

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock placed 11 wrestlers among the top three in their respective weight classes en route to dominating the 2nd annual Warrior Invitational contested Saturday at Wilson Hunt. The Golden Falcons easily out-distanced runner-up Pasquotank 214.5-117.5....

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Youth, inexperience plague Cougar boys

Youth and inexperience crept into Goldsboro High's basketball's game and led to critical mistakes against Washington's boys in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play Friday evening. Two fourth-quarter turnovers, within a 15-second span, proved costly as the Pam Pack...

Aycock girls, Saint boys top rivals

DUDLEY -- Defense was a staple of the Southern Wayne boys basketball team's regular-season and Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament championship run last year. Five new starters and one year later, the Saints are finding their defensive stride again....

EW - W Carteret

Eastern Wayne's boys basketball team certainly believes in share-and-share alike. It's the kind of philosophy that keeps then in the hunt for the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season title. Eastern Wayne put five players in double figures and shot...

Spring Creek nearly hits century mark

CALYPSO -- Spring Creek came out gunning and nearly hit 100 points as the Gators chomped North Duplin 99-66 Friday night in a key Carolina 1-A Conference clash at the Rebels' gym. "They shot the ball extremely well, especially in...

Rosewood girls suffer first Carolina loss

FARMVILLE -- Rosewood's girls took Farmville Central down to the last four minutes before the Lady Jaguars went on a late run to beat the Lady Eagles 59-46 Friday night in a battle of Carolina 1-A Conference leaders. The 18-4...

Saints dominate Millbrook Quads

RALEIGH -- Seven Southern Wayne wrestlers finished the day unbeaten as the Saints captured three victories in the Millbrook Quads contested Friday at Millbrook High School. Mastafa Springston, Stephen Witt, Reggie Faire, Josh Richards, Jonathan McKinney, Kevin Hash and Thomas...

Rosewood knocks off Princeton

PRINCETON -- Rosewood placed first in 12 of 13 events and received three individual first-place finishes from Brandon Briggs in a 90-18 victory against Princeton in Class 1-A Carolina Conference indoor track competition. Briggs prevailed in the long jump (17...

Galarza paces Mount Olive men

BANNER ELK -- Johnny Galarza led a balanced offensive attack with 13 points as Mount Olive College hammered Lees-McRae 98-71 in an NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in the East...

Pirates picked 5th in preseason CUSA baseball poll

CHICAGO -- Coming off of its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and armed with 17 returning lettermen, Tulane has been selected as the preseason favorite in the 2004 Conference USA baseball poll, chosen by the league's 12 head coaches. East Carolina...

Friday, January 23, 2004

Golden Falcons dismantle number one ranked Eagles

PIKEVILLE -- Intensity, emotion and even a smidgeon of revenge factored into Charles B. Aycock's impressive -- and overwhelming -- 68-3 victory against traditional Class 1-A wrestling power Rosewood on Thursday evening. The Golden Falcons entered the contest disheartened by...

Trojans head to Banner Elk in CVAC action

MOUNT OLIVE -- This has been an exciting week for the Mount Olive College men's basketball team. The Trojans opened the week with a conference win, then earned rankings in both the regional and national polls. The Trojans will cap...

Mount Olive women go west

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team is looking to regain its early-season momentum. The Trojans will take on a team this weekend that may have found its momentum. Mount Olive hopes to get back above the...

Saints topple South Central

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's Christina Lopez scored 18 points as the Saints improved to 7-0 in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play with a 60-42 win over South Central at home on Tuesday Zakaya Jones added nine points for...

Jr. High and Middle schools

Wayne Christian boys 44, Cape Fear Christian 26 -- Eric Williams earned his second triple-double -- 15 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists -- of the season; and fourth of his career. Ethan Ipock added seven points and eight rebounds....

Visiting Cyclones outlast Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- Karter Yutzy turned in a double-double -- 30 points, 12 rebounds -- in Princeton's 59-53 non-conference loss to independent schools power Community Christian on Thursday. Yutzy tallied 24 points in the second half, including 16 in the fourth...

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Realignment - Wayne Schools may make shorter trips

It’s very early in the process, but a lot of questions have come out of the initial phases of the new realignment of the N.C. High School Athletic Associaton. The process, undertaken every four years, restructures the NCHSAA’s member schools...

Saint matmen fall to Patriots

DUDLEY -- West Carteret put the finishing touches on its second straight Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference regular-season wrestling championship at the expense of Southern Wayne on Wednesday evening. The Patriots dominated the middle weight classes, as usual, and...

Prep basketball roundup - Gator boys balanced

CLINTON -- The balance continues. One night removed from having five players with at least nine points against North Johnston, Spring Creek put four players in double figures in a 72-68 road win at Union High on Wednesday. The Gators...

Prep swimming - Warrior girls place second

ROCKY MOUNT -- Eastern Wayne's girls swam to a second-place finish at a multi-team meet at the Rocky Mount YMCA on Tuesday. The Warriors were paced by two first-place efforts by Ashley Robinson. Robinson took first in the 200 IM...

RW Williams win honor

Rosewood High School's Javon Williams has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year. The Red Zone Player of the Year Program is a nationally sponsored recognition program that identifies high school football players that embody...

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Gator boys show balance

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's Josh Bishop picked up a steal and dribbled past midcourt, quickly firing a pass into the post to Brian Armstrong. When a couple of North Johnston defenders collapsed, he found Grey Wilson, who buried...

Rosewood jumps out fast on rival Princeton

Getting off to a good start is such an important part of a basketball game, it is often mistaken for coach-speak when put into words. Princeton's coaches and players understand the concept all too well. Both Bulldog teams got...

Rams get scorer back, top Cougars

SNOW HILL -- Gerry Kesselbach hadn't been in the starting lineup the last two games, but he proved during recent practices that he belonged among the first five. First-year coach Kevin Hart had sacrificed Kesselbach's ball-handling duties and scoring...

NL's Humphrey to play at Pitt

Kevin Davenport took a couple of practice swings and stepped into the batter's box. The pitcher toed the rubber, went through her windup and fired a perfect pitch which sailed in right below the kneecaps. Strike one! Davenport went...

Goldsboro sweeps West Craven

It was all smiles for the Goldsboro basketball coaches after wins over visiting West Craven last night. "A big, big win for us," said boys coach Randy Jordan after his Cougars held off a late rally for the 48-41...

Mount Olive men ranked No. 2 In poll

Mount Olive College's men's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in this week's NCAA Division II East Region Poll, the first regional poll of the season. The regional ranking is the highest-ever for Mount Olive men's basketball. Mount Olive is...

Girls basketball roundup

WASHINGTON -- Eastern Wayne's Jessy Perkins led all scorers with 18 points as the Warriors took a 58-48 win over Washington on Tuesday on the road. The win pulled Eastern Wayne's record to an even 5-5 in the ECC. Sierra...

Prep wrestling roundup

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock notched eight pins and romped past South Central 69-12 in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference wrestling match Tuesday evening. The Golden Falcons claimed sole possession of second place in the ECC at 4-1 --...

Boys basketball roundup

WASHINGTON -- Eastern Wayne overcame a slow start at Washington to overcome the Pam Pack 62-45 in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play on Tuesday. The Warriors (11-4, 9-1 ECC 3-A) trailed 27-20 at the half, but went on to...

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

MOC men continue streak with defense

MOUNT OLIVE -- Belmont Abbey men's basketball coach Dip Metress gave Mount Olive its only first place vote when preseason Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference rankings were announced last October. Watching his Crusaders fall 73-56 to the Trojans on Monday backed...

Belmont women top Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The desire and hunger to put wins on the board is obvious when watching the Mount Olive College women's basketball team. But the youth and inexperience has taken its toll this season, which has led to...

Wayne Christian girls defeat Norlina

Wayne Christian's Ashley Longwell scored a game-high 17 points as the Eagles claimed a 57-34 lead over Norlina on Friday. Jessica Chong and Stacie McCary added 10 points for the Eagles, who improved to 10-7 overall and 7-0 against...

Monday, January 19, 2004

C.B. Aycock finishes 5th at Sara Wilkes

EDEN -- Eleven Charles B. Aycock wrestlers placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes, leading the Golden Falcons to a fifth-place finish overall in the Sara Wilkes Invitational contested at Morehead High School this weekend. "The competition...

Charger varsities sweep Flora MacDonald

RED SPRINGS -- Spenser Briggs poured in a game-high 24 points as Wayne Country Day eased past Flora MacDonald 55-46 in a non-conference contest Saturday evening. Kevin Logan, Chris Exum and Shivar Person complemented Briggs' effort with six points each....

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Cougar girls, Falcon boys take victories

The difference in a good girls high school basketball team and a great one is usually a guard -- a hot-shooting, quick-passing guard that gets her teammates the ball while knowing when to shoot it herself. The Goldsboro Lady...

Mount Olive native to enter N.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Mount Olive native Leora "Sam" Jones has been selected for induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Jones, a standout basketball player for Southern Wayne High School and a star for East Carolina University in basketball, went to...

Rosewood boys pick up win over Rebels - Eagle girls roll

The Rosewood boys basketball team picked an important game to have their best free-throw shooting performance of the season. Sophomore guard Dustin Overman drained two-of-two at the line with 7.8 seconds left in the game to secure a hard-fought,...

Mount Olive men win seven straight

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sharome Holloway scored all of his 11 points in the final seven minutes of the game as host Mount Olive withstood Erskine's comeback for a 68-60 win in NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics men's basketball Friday evening...

North Lenoir picks up basketball sweep of Greene Central

LAGRANGE -- North Lenoir won both ends of their basketball games with Greene Central Friday night. But while Lady Hawks coach Wayne Floyd had few worries in his club's 74-20 rout of the Lady Rams, boys coach Charlie Stevens...

Conqueror boys fall to Falls Road

Faith Christian Academy's varsity boys shot poorly from the free throw line and it cost the Conquerors at the end of Friday's game with Falls Road of Rocky Mount, losing 58-53. Faith went just 4-of-15 from the line, while...

Reusch wins three events as Rosewood shades North Johnston

Rosewood's Jeremy Reusch prevailed in three events, helping the Eagles nip North Johnston 61-53 in a Class 1-A Carolina Conference indoor track meet. Reusch recorded a first-place mark of 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. He completed the...

Native football coach honored by Panthers

CHARLOTTE -- Goldsboro native and Apex High School football coach Bob Wolfe was honored recently by the Carolina Panthers as the 2003 Coach of the Year. Wolfe was recognized for the honor during the Panthers' game December 21 against the...