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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Prep hoops -- Defense sparks Cougar boys

Randy Jordan coined a new phrase in describing his Goldsboro High School boys basketball team. "We are extremely young," he said. "But we are an experienced young." While that might seem a contradiction in terms, all was made clear when...

Prep hoops -- Gator boys, Princeton girls claim wins

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek's boys and Princeton's girls used different, game-winning tactics in their respective Class 1-A Carolina Conference openers Monday evening. The Gator boys created an up-tempo game with their man-to-man defense and four players scored in double figures...

EW teams fall to Cardinals

When Eastern Wayne's basketball teams begin Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play tonight against South Central, both the Warrior boys and girls coaches believe a tough non-conference schedule will have them prepared for their visitors from Winterville -- although both...

Prep hoops roundup

KENLY -- North Johnston's Helen Moore showed her versatility with 25 points, nine rebounds and six steals as the Panthers cruised to a 58-30 win at home over South Lenoir. Lakisha McFadden added 11 points for the Panthers (2-0), while...

Mount Olive women's soccer earns academic award

The Mount Olive College women's soccer program was recognized for academic excellence as Mount Olive was among the schools to earn the 2003-04 NSCAA/Adidas Women's Soccer College Team Academic Award, it was announced Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches...

Mount Olive women top Apprentice

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Ladora Charles scored all of her 19 points in the second half and Keona Corley dished out 11 assists to lead Mount Olive to a 64-43 victory over the Apprentice School in non-conference women's basketball Monday...

Monday, November 29, 2004

Warriors seventh, Eagles ninth at Turkey Invitational

WILSON — The out-spoken son of a military dad, Eastern Wayne freshman Chris Tesar couldn’t help but feel a little cocky during Saturday’s 2nd annual Turkey Invitational at Hunt High School. Seeded No. 2 at 103 pounds, Tesar needed...

Newport News Appretice School is Lady Trojans' next opponent

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team returns to action for the first time in nearly two weeks as the Trojans head to Newport News, Va., tonight to take on Newport News Apprentice in a non-conference match-up....

Sunday, November 28, 2004

North Lenoir sweeps Kinston, breaks 21-year losing streak

LAGRANGE -- The curse is finally over. After twenty-one years of frustration that Boston Red Sox fans could relate to, the North Lenoir boys basketball team exacted revenge on in-county rival Kinston. In fact, the Hawks won both ends of...

Mount Olive College basketball

BLUEFIELD, WV -- Elton Coffield led four players in double figures with 19 points and every Trojan player scored as Mount Olive College defeated tournament host Bluefield State 98-80 in the consolation game of the Currence Classic Saturday at Bluefield....

NC BASS Federation State Finals

At the NC BASS Federation State Finals tournament at Lake Norman recently, the Kenly Bass Masters won top awards in three of four categories.These awards were based on club activities for the year 2003. Editor Jeff Narron and the Kenly...

Outdoors with Gene Price

Swimmers saved by protective dolphins Four swimmers, all lifeguards, were enjoying the water 100 yards off a New Zealand beach on October 30. Suddenly they found themselves surrounded by a pod of dolphins. Rob Howes, one of the lifeguards, said...

Friday, November 26, 2004

OPINION -- Final chapter of a great run

I've been trying to find the first column I wrote for the News-Argus. I can't remember what it was about or when it ran -- I would guess somewehere in the spring of 1994 -- but I am not having...

Trojans play in West Virginia tournament this weekend

Last weekend, Bluefield State's men's basketball team competed in Mount Olive College's Men's basketball tournament. This weekend, the Trojans return the favor. Mount Olive takes on West Virginia State tonight in the first round of the Currence Classic, hosted by...

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Local sports briefs

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Spring Creek scored points aplenty in an 82-47 win over non-conference foe Midway on Tuesday. The Gators (1-1) led 34-20 at half and added 28 third-quarter points to swamp the Raiders. Josh Bishop led the scoring with...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Greene Central matmen win two of three matches

SNOW HILL -- "Lift his head, Marquis!" Greene Central wrestling coach Daniel Miner shouted those instructions to his 215-pounder, Marquis Eanes, who surprisingly turned South Central's Mike Griffin on his back late in the first period Tuesday evening. Miner knelt...

Prep girls basketball

Saints fall to Greenville Rose GREENVILLE -- Dionne Dotson tallied a team-leading eight points, but it wasn't enough in a 45-33 non-conference loss at J.H. Rose on Monday evening. Shakoria Clark added seven points and Ebony Darden contributed six for...

Prep boys basketball

Spenser Briggs led three players in double figures with 26 points as unbeaten Wayne Country Day thumped Terra Ceia 74-44 in non-conference play Tuesday evening. Adam Wright provided 20 points and Oscar Ball added 11 for the Chargers, who climbed...

Trojan volleyball duo on all-region team

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Mount Olive College outside hitters Heidi Busch and Anna Luft each earned AVCA Division II Volleyball All-Atlantic Region honors announced Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Busch was named to the All-Region first team for...

Running on North Lenoir can prove leathal -- ask Havelock

LAGRANGE -- A warning to the upcoming opponents of North Lenoir's basketball teams -- don't try to run on the Hawks. Havelock's teams gave it their best shot Tuesday night at Wooten Gym, and the Rams came up on the...

Local sports briefs

SJAFB youth basketball Registration for youth basketball at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will be held from through Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Center, Building 4103, at 1035 Langley Avenue. Participation is limited to...

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Green Central's Chase selects Barton

SNOW HILL -- Summer Chase figured her collegiate future would involve numerous hours of study since she plans to double major in history and political science, and work toward a law degree. Now, she needs to find some practice time...

Prep girls basketball

CLAYTON -- Helen Moore tallied a game-high 13 points as North Johnston opened its season Monday evening with a 43-29 victory against county rival West Johnston. "We didn't play very well offensively or defensively," veteran Panthers coach David Bagwell said....

Prep boys basketball

HOLLY RIDGE -- Princeton used a game-clinching 15-3 run and remained unbeaten in two outings after its 61-39 non-conference victory Monday evening at Dixon. Karter Yutzy, a News-Argus All-Area selection last season, paced the Bulldogs' offense with a game-high 19...

Local sports briefs

MOC's Jacobs named to all-region soccer team MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College women's soccer player April Jacobs has been named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region Division II women's soccer third team. Jacobs becomes the Trojans' first-ever women's soccer all-region...

Monday, November 22, 2004

Rivals loosen Aycock's grip on title, but Golden Falcons survive ... barely

PIKEVILLE -- The Charles B. Aycock wrestling team refuses to completely release its talons from the Falcon Invitational tournament plaque. But a couple of county rivals at least loosened the Golden Falcons' grip Saturday evening. Eight Aycock grapplers advanced to...

Local sports briefs

MOC's Busch selected to region all-tournament team LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Mount Olive College outside hitter Heidi Busch was named to the all-tournament team at the Atlantic Regional of the 2004 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championships. Busch recorded 16...

Sunday, November 21, 2004

MOC wins Pickle Classic

MOUNT OLIVE -- After a Mount Olive Pickle Classic Tournament that saw Mount Olive put up 202 points combined, it was a bit surprising to hear Trojan men's basketball coach Bill Clingan talk about improving the defense. "We need to...

MOC torches Bluefield State

MOUNT OLIVE -- It was all Mount Olive in their opening game of the 39th Annual Pickle Classic. The Trojans easily handled Bluefield State 100-56. A raucous crowd of over 1,000 watched an impressive start by the Trojans. Bluefield's first...

Wilson Hunt ends CBA's run

WILSON -- When it came to defense, Charles B. Aycock gave out quite a few lessons this football season. On Friday, the Golden Falcons took a lesson from Wilson Hunt as the Warriors blanked Aycock 20-0 in the second round...

Pamlico drops Kenan from playoffs

WARSAW -- Despite a disappointing 17-6 loss to Pamlico in the second round of the Class 1-AA (large school) N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs on Friday, twenty James Kenan seniors walked off Bill Taylor field having helped accomplish what...

Western Alamance QB sparks win over Hawks

LAGRANGE -- A two-year letterman, Western Alamance quarterback Bo Jordan knew exactly how to counter attack North Lenoir's defensive tenacity against the run. The junior quarterback simply opened up the passing game and worked it to near perfection Friday...

Prep basketball roundup

WENDELL -- Faith Christian's T.J. Sasser and Aaron Sladick scored 12 points each as the Conquerors defeated Tri-Cities (TN) 40-36 in the championship game of the Southeastern Invitational Tournament. Stephen Sloan added 11 points for Faith (4-0), which faces Liberty...

Friday, November 19, 2004

News-Argus Tennis Player of the Year -- Leslie Sasser

PIKEVILLE -- Dedication. Determination. Good self-discipline. "You've got to have all three of those (traits) be successful in tennis," said veteran Charles B. Aycock coach Luke Vail. Vail addressed those characteristics while discussing the play -- and career -- of...

Lovett signs with Wolfpack

LOUISBURG -- Eric Lovett grabbed his gear and headed toward the Frazier Field diamond for another afternoon of fall baseball practice. He chatted with his Louisburg College teammates until head coach Billy Godwin caught his attention. Godwin called him over...

North Lenoir sweeps Warriors to open season

It had to be a very long short bus ride back from Institute to New Hope last night for both of Eastern Wayne's varsity basketball teams. The girls lost 61-33, while coach Marvin Bowman's boys dropped a 70-50 decision. The...

Local basketball

RALEIGH -- Goldsboro's Tim Kornegay poured in 23 points in his first varsity game as the Cougars claimed an 83-79, season-opening overtime win at Southeast Raleigh on Thursday. The Bulldogs' Renwick Pridgen banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to...

Falcon Invitational set for Saturday

PIKEVILLE -- The progression of Wayne County wrestling continues. The dedication to offseason conditioning, particularly strength and stamina, has helped the area schools gain respect among their peers -- programs that have consistently flourished over the past decade. That admiration...

Pickle Classic: A-to-Z

Everything you wanted to know about the Pickle Classic from A-to-Z: A) ALUMNI WEEKEND takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Mount Olive College as part of the 39th Annual Pickle Classic. B) BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE is one of...

Trojan tennis opens with national ranking

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive is ranked No. 28 in the nation and No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II Men?s Tennis fall rankings, it was announced Wednesday. The national ranking is the highest...

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Girls Golfer of the Year -- Brittney Taylor

Brittney Taylor is savvy -- both about the game of golf and the political theater, which she hopes to be involved in someday. The daughter of Brenda and Tony Taylor of Goldsboro loves to play the game, and she is...

Newberry a surprise team

Last year, Newberry was picked to finish last in the South Atlantic Conference, but went on to finish fourth in the regular season standings and come within one game of a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA II...

After last season's success, Trojans can't wait to start this season's journey

MOUNT OLIVE -- It's another basketball season, and Mount Olive College men's coach Bill Clingan is anxiously awaiting tipoff for Friday night's season-opening game against Bluefield State in the Mount Olive Pickle Classic. "I'm looking forward to seeing how this...

Tigers satisfied? Not yet

WARSAW -- 10-2. A stout record like that would usually lead to a feeling of satisfaction in most high school football programs -- especially under a second-year coach, and certainly after losing only once in a tough, Class 1-A Super...

Old teammate brings hot, talented squad to LaGrange

LAGRANGE -- He wanted them to hurt emotionally from the pain of the heartbreaking postseason loss to Western Guilford. He wanted them to understand the necessity of remaining committed -- through the offseason -- of keeping North Lenoir among the...

Golden Falcons soaring into unfamiliar playoff territory

A lot of people thought the end of Charles B. Aycock's playoff football game last week against Northeast Guilford was thrilling. Some thought it was thrilling for no reason. Golden Falcons coach Randy Pinkowski said he has received criticism for...

Local basketball

Faith Christian's Aaron Sladick led the Conquerors with 12 points as Faith defeated Liberty Christian of Fayetteville 55-18 on Wednesday in its season-opener. T.J. Sasser added 10 points for Faith, while Steven Sloan and Josh Brannan posted nine points each....

A look at past Pickle Classics

Ten years ago -- 1994 The 1994 Pickle Classic championship came down to Mount Olive and arch-rival Barton, and fittingly, the game went down to the wire. Tony Thompson scored 28 points as Mount Olive rallied from a second-half deficit,...

Local golf news

MOC Almuni Golf tournament MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College's Alumni Homecoming Weekend begin Friday with the college's annual alumni golf tournament at Southern Wayne Country Club. Check in time will be at 11:30 a.m. and the superball tournament will...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

News-Argus Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year -- Will Collins

Eastern Wayne senior Will Collins posted some lofty achievements in his four-year cross-country career. In his final three seasons, he was the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference champion and the N.C. High School Athletic Association eastern regional winner all three...

Rams rock at Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Both Charles B. Aycock's girls and boys basketball teams made solid second-half runs at aggressive Greene Central squads. The downfall for the home teams proved to be sluggish first halves and the visitors ability to answer their surges....

Bobcats seek improvement

When the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference expanded to 11 schools in 1995-96, Lees-McRae finished seventh in the men's basketball conference standings and won seven conference games. Over the next eight seasons, the Bobcats won as many as seven games only once...

Graduate glance

Like any other college freshman, Goldsboro graduate Clintoria Bryant is learing quickly that the next level isn't quite as easy. Her basketball coach at Louisburg College, Michael Holloman, is pleased overall and believes she will continue to progress. "She's doing...

Bulldogs blast Johnston Christian

PRINCETON -- Karter Yutzy, the 2004 News-Argus Player of the Year, poured in a game-high 24 points in Princeton's season-opening 71-16 victory against Johnston Christian. Freshman Raphael Gaskins, who transferred from Norwayne Middle School, added 14 points in his varsity...

A look at past Pickle Classics

1984 Pickle Classic MOUNT OLIVE -- LeMonte Johnson's steal and layup with 38 seconds put Mount Olive in the lead and the Trojans held on for a 75-72 win against Lenoir Community College to win the 1984 Pickle Classic. The...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Girls cross country Player of the Year -- Princeton's Braswell makes one big impression

PRINCETON -- Heather Braswell had heard Summer Graham's encouragement all last year. The established distance star and defending state 1-A mile and two-mile champion told the young sophomore regularly that she would be a natural for cross-country. "Summer kept trying...

Williams on Miami's active roster

During the past ten weeks as a member of the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, Quintin Williams admits he has had a hard time dealing with his teammates packing up and leaving for road games. "It was hard to watch them...

MOC volleyball beats the odds

MOUNT OLIVE -- All signs pointed to a disaster for the Mount Olive College volleyball team. Junior outside hitter Heidi Busch sustained a severe ankle injury early in the week. Doubt filled the players' heads as they realized their top...

Trojans' freshmen step up

MOUNT OLIVE -- One statistic not included in boxscore tells you everything you need to know about freshmen Candice Collins and Ashley Napoles. That statistic is versatility, a sometimes little noticed characteristic that can change a team's chemistry on the...

MOC Pickle Classic preview -- Bluefield State

When a basketball team wins only three games during a season and is outscored by an average of 20 points per game, it's difficult to find too many positives. But if there's a silver lining for Bluefield State, five players...

Pickle Classic -- 30 Years Ago

Alex Taylor scored 24 points for Mount Olive in each of the Trojans' two games, but it wasn't enough as Mount Olive finished fourth in the Pickle Classic, held at Southern Wayne High School. Mount Olive, still a two-year college...

Prep basketball roundup

Chargers open season with blowout win Wayne Country Day's Spenser Briggs scored 21 points to pace seven players in double figures as the Chargers cruised past the North Carolina School for the Deaf 133-45 on Monday. Oscar Ball added 18...

Family YMCA runners compete in Wilmington race

WILMINGTON -- Several members of the Goldsboro YMCA's running club participated in the Battleship Half Marathon and 5K Sunday in Wilmington. Donnell Hamilton (1:55:24), Nicole Bogue (2:12:38), Leigh Goroski (2:33:43) and Jennifer Scott (2:46:59) all ran in the half marathon,...

Monday, November 15, 2004

News-Argus Soccer Player of the Year -- Andrew Corley

When the season started, Eastern Wayne soccer coach Jorg Wagner needed a consistent, complementary player to play alongside senior forward Joe Gossett. He got that from junior Andrew Corley -- and a lot more. Corley, a junior varsity player last...

Volleyball Trojans earn NCAA Tournament bid

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has earned its first-ever NCAA volleyball championship bid. The Trojans will be the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic Regional in the 2004 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship, it was announced Sunday. The...

2003 Classic began bog season

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 2003-04 Mount Olive College men's basketball season will be remembered as the greatest ever in school history. It was a season that saw the Trojans set school records for most wins in a season and the...

Three full-time starters return -- experienced Trojans seek higher finish

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wendy Lawrence is not ready to jump and yell "Fear the Trojans" quite yet, but the fifth-year Mount Olive College coach knows that CVAC rivals realize that her program is on the rise. Three Trojans return, including...

High school notes

Wayne Christian's girls open season with victory Wayne Christian School's girls basketball team opened the season Friday with a 35-29 victory over Faith Christian of Rocky Mount. With the game tied at 14-14 at the half, the Eagles scored 14...

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Class 3-A -- C.B. Aycock 18, NE Guilford 17

PIKEVILLE -- A rain-soaked Hardy Talton Stadium in northern Wayne County seemed more like a Hollywood set Friday night. Charles B. Aycock's football team put together the kind of game-winning drive in the postseason that most coaches and players usually...

Class 3-A -- Nash Central 31, So. Wayne 20

DUDLEY -- Playing catch up. It's not a favorable thing to do in the playoffs when every play on every down is crucial, but that's the situation Southern Wayne faced 11 minutes into Friday night's battle against Nash Central. The...

Class 1-A -- Lejeune 34, Rosewood 16

The soaking, cold rain provided a provided a perfect backdrop for the mood after Rosewood's football season ended Friday night. The Eagles watched as the clock ran down to zero and visiting Lejeune had taken a 34-16 victory in the...

Class 3-AA -- E. Randolph 33, Eastern Wayne 0

RAMSEUR -- The Eastern Randolph Wildcats completed step one in their mission to return to the championship game with a 33-0 blanking of the Eastern Wayne Warriors, in first-round Class 3-AA (large school) N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff action...

Class 2-AA -- North Lenoir 24, Randleman 21

LAGRANGE -- Antonio Hamilton's four touchdowns and 333 yards of rushing led North Lenoir to a 24-21 come from behind win over visiting Randleman in the opening round of the Class 2-AA (large-school) state football playoffs. "Poetic justice," said North...

Class 2-A -- SW Onslow 22, Greene Central 0

JACKSONVILLE -- Southwest Onslow opened defense of its state championship Friday night with a 32-0 blowout of visiting Greene Central in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A (small-school) playoffs. The Stallions' defense carried much of the load, limiting...

Class 1-AA -- N. Brunswick 36, Spring Creek 0

LELAND -- If one looked at the score of the opening round Class 1-A (small school) N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff game between Spring Creek and North Brunswick, the thought might prevail that Scorpions coach Garry Bishop was a...

Class 1-A -- East Wilkes 33, N. Duplin 6

RONDA -- East Wilkes had smooth sailing on a sea of mud and took a 33-6 win over North Duplin in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small-school) football playoffs, Friday night at C.E....

Gators, Eagles headline all-Carolina tennis squad

Regular-season champion Spring Creek and archrival Rosewood dominated the selections for the 2004 all-Carolina 1-A Conference girls tennis team. Leading the Gators were the No. 1 doubles of Sarah Warren-Stacy Smith, who emerged the 2004 N.C. High School Athletic Association...

Greene Central dominates, as usual, the EPC all-tennis squad

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central's entire starting lineup earned spots on the 2004 all-Eastern Plains Conference 2-A girls tennis team, while two members took the league's top awards. Junior Meredith Rouse picked up the player of the year award, while...

Seven Wayne County players earn all-ECC tennis honors

Seven players representing four Wayne County schools have earned spots on the 2004 All-Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls tennis team. Four-time ECC champion Charles B. Aycock had three selections -- sophomore Raychel Batts, junior Carlyn Claiborne and senior Leslie Sasser....

1-A soccer playoffs -- Devilpups survive Tigers in OT

WARSAW -- The final whistle sounded Saturday afternoon at Bill Taylor Field, signaling the end of James Kenan's best soccer season in school history after a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Lejeune in overtime in the Class 1-A N.C. High School...

Barton stuns Mount Olive in CVAC Tournament

LAURINBURG -- The Mount Olive College volleyball team showed a great deal of heart and determination in its quarterfinal-round conference tournament match Saturday. But with the nation's fifth-leading attacker sitting on the bench with an injury, heart and determination weren't...

Mount Olive inks guard from Virginia

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive head men's basketball coach Bill Clingan has signed Justin Melton to a National Letter-of-Intent on announced Friday. Melton is the Trojans' first signee of the early signing period, which began this week. Melton, a 5-foot-10...

Trojan men gain valuable experience at UNC

CHAPEL HILL -- It can be hard to find positives from a loss, but the Mount Olive College men's basketball team learned many things from playing the University of North Carolina on Friday that will help them throughout the rest...

Class 1-AA -- James Kenan 28, Williamston 7

WARSAW -- The magic of "42" lives on for the James Kenan Tigers. James Kenan used two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put away visiting Williamston 28-7 in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-AA (large-school) football...

Friday, November 12, 2004

OPINION -- MOC controls its own destiny

The Mount Olive College men's and women's soccer teams set a standard in Trojan athletics by capturing the NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Tournament championships last weekend in western North Carolina. Can the Trojans complete the fall sweep in...

Jackson signs with Western

PIKEVILLE -- A lot people anxiously await the graduation of Jenny Jackson from Charles B. Aycock High School this spring. Most of them are softball coaches from schools that play the Golden Falcons. It's not hard to see why those...

Wilkerson plays -- and lives -- through pain

PIKEVILLE-- Meredith Wilkerson plays softball with all the passion she can muster. Whether playing for Charles B. Aycock High School's successful program in the spring or for a traveling team in the off-season, Wilkerson loves the game and plays it...

MOC volleyball preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College volleyball team arguably finished the regular season as the hottest team in the conference. The Trojans hope an 11-day layoff doesn't cool them off. Mount Olive is the No. 2 seed and gets...

MOC-UNC men's preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tonight could mark the most anticipated game in Mount Olive College men's basketball history. And it won't even count on the Trojans' record. Mount Olive goes up against the University of North Carolina for the first time...

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Prep soccer playoffs -- Spartans end Warriors' season

SMITHFIELD -- Eastern Wayne did all the right things defensively Wednesday evening against offensive juggernaut Smithfield-Selma. Jin Lee marked Victor Blanco well on the wing and denied the freshman forward any chance of touching balls on the sideline. Chris Brown...

Prep soccer playoffs -- Rosewood falls to Lejeune

CAMP LEJEUNE -- Rosewood's Goss Kendall scored the Eagles' lone goal on Wednesday as Lejeune handed Rosewood a 4-1 loss in the third round of the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. The Eagles, the third seed from...

Prep soccer playoffs -- Kenan moves on to regional final

WARSAW -- Four great individual plays. One big win for the James Kenan soccer program. The Tigers scored four goals in the final 36 minutes to claim a 4-1 win over Topsail in the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic...

Prep football -- Saints, Falcons finally at home for playoffs

The old saying is true, no matter what application is used -- there is no place like home. But as far as playoff football is concerned at both Charles B. Aycock and Southern Wayne, there never has been any place...

Prep football -- Area playoff match-ups

Class 3-AA No. 13 Eastern Wayne at No. 4 Eastern Randolph The opponent: The Warriors make a long drive to face a Wildcat team that played in the 3-A state title game just last year. Eastern Randolph, which finished second...

MOC soccer teams among national stat leaders

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's soccer team is tied for first in the nation in total goals, Melanie Cobb ranks among the top five women's soccer players in the nation in goals and points per game and...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Platters star will perform benefit at Whitfield Clinic

This year, the George Whitfield Baseball Clinic is going back to the fifties. Whitfield, who operates the oldest and respected baseball clinic in the United States every January in Goldsboro, is adding an attraction to benefit Goldsboro High School. Milton...

Playoff road teams rack up the miles

Taking to the road on Friday? Here's a quick run down of the distances the area teams and opponents and their respective fans will be traveling. Eastern Wayne makes the longest trip of any of the county schools, with a...

MOC sports briefs

Mount Olive gets first-ever women's soccer poll spot MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive capped its best season in school history and the greatest single-season turnaround in NCAA Division II women's soccer history with its first-ever regional ranking, tying at No....

Middle School basketball

Greene County 19, Welcome 12 -- Shonice Pettaway scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Greene County (1-0), which travels to C.M. Epps today....

Graduate glance

Goldsboro graduate Chantae Bryant's versatility is paying off for her current team at Montreat College. Bryant, known more for her outside play for the Cougars, is proving she can hold her own in the post as well for the NAIA,...

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

'Chilly Willy' goes big time with WWE

William Jones has a dream he hopes he can accomplish in the next five years -- to become the World Wrestling Entertainment Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. "I'm not thinking of the world championship that fast," he said. "But I am aiming...

North Duplin to take charter bus

Any student, fan or parent of North Duplin High School interested in a chartered bus trip to the Rebels' football playoff game at East Wilkes High School should call the school by Wednesday morning. The bus will leave Friday at...

Monday, November 8, 2004

Five teams start playoffs at home, five on road

Ten area prep football teams will be taking the next step of their seasons Friday night -- the first round of the state playoffs. And in some cases, that next step is going to cover a lot of ground. While...

Trojan men complete CVAC soccer tourney sweep

MOUNT OLIVE -- Saturday's win over Queens was the biggest in Mount Olive College men's soccer history. After Sunday, it was the second biggest. Reid Clewis scored a goal in the 28th minute and tournament Most Valuable Player Chris Roush...

Locals fare well at 1-A, 2-A championship meet

GREENSBORO -- Runners from Princeton and North Johnston's girls team made strong showings at the N.C. High School Athletic Association's state cross-country championships Saturday at Tanglewood Park. Princeton's Heather Braswell finished in 16th place in a time of 22:07, while...

MOC sports briefs

Men's Basketball Falls To UNC Wilmington 62-46 I WILMINGTON -- Sharome Holloway recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Mount Olive fell to Division I UNC Wilmington 62-46 in a men's basketball exhibition...

Several Trojans honored with CVAC soccer awards

BELMONT -- Mount Olive College forward Cory Worrell was named Men's Soccer Player of the Year and was one of six Trojan players to earn all-conference honors as the 2004 All-Carolinas-Viginia Athletics Conference Men's Soccer Team was announced during ceremonies...

Sunday, November 7, 2004

MOC women win CVAC soccer title

BELMONT -- The team picked to finish last in the women's soccer conference standings is the team coming home with the championship trophy. Gina Dos Santos scored two goals and tournament Most Valuable Player Melanie Cobb capped the match...

Falcons fall in eastern regional finals

MOUNT OLIVE - A tournament-tested, offensive-minded operation. That's how veteran Charles B. Aycock girls tennis coach Luke Vail characterized juggernaut East Chapel Hill - the six-time defending N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team champion. No one will challenge...

Rams denied elusive state title

BURLINGTON -- Seven trips equals seven losses. It's a frustrating and disappointing equation that Greene Central girls tennis coach Donald Clark certainly doesn't favor. But it happens to be the result that occurs each season when the Rams appear...

Bulldogs dominate Tigers

TEACHEY -- The highly-anticipated matchup between Class 1-A Super Six heavyweights Wallace-Rose Hill and James Kenan never materialized before a standing-room-only crowd of 1,500-plus fans at Thell B. Overman Field. In fact, you could say the championship tilt went to...

Southern Wayne upsets West Craven

VANCEBORO -- Southern Wayne's Walter Best scored a touchdown to put the Saints within one at West Craven, then converted a shovel-pass for the two-point conversion as the Saints knocked off West Craven 28-27 on Friday on the road. Best...

Aycock posts huge numbers at Washington

WASHINGTON -- Charles B. Aycock quarterback Wesley Whitley threw for a season-high 302 yards with three touchdowns to three different receivers as the Golden Falcons closed the season with a 52-35 win at Washington. The point total (52) and total...

Tarboro wins EPC title

TARBORO -- North Lenoir football coach Wayne Jackson compares the Class 2-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs to a game of "Football Survivor." His Hawks enter the postseason hoping to bounce back off of a 38-13 loss at Tarboro...

Warriors fall in regular season finale

KINSTON -- Eastern Wayne High School football coach Jeff Price had the look of a man that knew something special was just out of his grasp. "Our goal as a staff after off-season preparations was that we thought we had...

Rosewood tops rival Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- After their 48-6 win at Princeton, it's on to the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs for the Rosewood football team. The Eagles earned the No. 2 seed in the Carolina Conference. Coach Daniel Barrow's club...

Rebels blank Gators

CALYPSO -- North Duplin quarterback Brad Lloyd was involved in all three touchdowns as North Duplin closed out the regular-season with a 22-0 victory over Spring Creek Friday at Grubbs Field. Lloyd ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw...

Rams crush South Lenoir

SNOW HILL -- Junior tailback Chris Hodges ran for 152 yards and scored three touchdowns as Greene Central popped South Lenoir 41-6 in the regular-season finale Friday at the James R. Fulghum Ahtletic Complex. The victory puts Greene Central (6-5,...

MOC men advance to championship

BELMONT -- Mount Olive goalkeeper Chris Roush made a save on Queens' final penalty kick attempt and senior Michael Fuhrer put home the game winner as No. 4 seed Mount Olive won a penalty kick shootout over top-seeded Queens in...

Cross country championship Ñ EW's Collins finishes second, team takes fifth

CLEMMONS-- In the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association boy's state championship, Asheville T. C. Roberson had four runners among the top 18 in team scoring to take the title on Saturday at Tanglewood Park with 75 points. East...

Prep soccer playoffs

AHOSKIE -- Eastern Wayne junior Adam Corley turned in his first hat trick (three goals) of his career as the Warriors rolled past Herftord County 9-0 in the second round of the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs...

Rosewood soccer advances to third round

Rosewood used a rock-hard defense and took timely chances to make school soccer history Saturday night. The Eagles beat Pamlico 3-1 in the second round of the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association soccer playoffs at Branch Pope Field....

Friday, November 5, 2004

Rams back in title game

News-Argus/Dennis Hill Greene Central junior Ashley Harrell punches a short volley back to Miranda Spain during their singles match Thursday afternoon. Harrell posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout, giving her 26 wins in 27 tries this season. For more information...

OPINION -- Tennis capital of South

The large, brightly-colored billboard greets travelers as they turn off Highway 58 onto Highway 13 South. "Welcome to Greene County. Tennis Capital of the South." Who can argue with that statement? The small town of Snow Hill boasts one of...

Greene Central drops Tarboro for seventh straight eastern regional win

SNOW HILL -- Last again? Not this time. After battling through a three-set match Tuesday afternoon and finishing long after the outcome had been decided, Christi Murphy vowed she wouldn't finish last Thursday afternoon. The Greene Central junior needed less...

Wayne County MS Standings

Division I Football Teams Conference Overall Brogden 3-1 7-1 E. Wayne 3-1 7-1 Goldsboro 2-2 5-2 Greenwood 2-2 5-3 Norwayne 0-4 1-7 Coaches of the year -- Jay Bryant (Brogden) and Tim Chatagnier (E. Wayne) Division I Soccer Teams Conference...

Prep JV football

C.B. Aycock 36 Washington 0 PIKEVILLE -- Thomas Pilkington threw a season-high four touchdown passes as the Golden Falcons (9-1) concluded a perfect campaign (8-0) in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play. It's their second title during the league's four-year...

Local sports briefs

Rec soccer Wayne Christian 13-15s d. St. Mary's 6-2 -- Josh Powers, Josh Best, Charlie Ipock, Spencer Wise, Bradley Yelverton and Brock Winders each scored a goal. Taylor Gardner dished out two assists, while Joe Carter, Josh Best, John Thomas...

MOC men's basketball takes on Seahawks in exhibition Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 2003-04 Mount Olive men's basketball season began with an exhibition game at UNC-Wilmington and ended with its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In between, there were school records for most wins and longest...

MOC cross country preview

BELMONT -- The Mount Olive College men's soccer team may be able to take inspiration from the Boston Red Sox. Just as the Red Sox finally overtook the New York Yankees, the Trojans hope this is the year they can...

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Mount Olive men's soccer makes history, advances in CVAC Tournament

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College senior midfielder Warren Atkins jogged toward the sideline following a 4-0 win over Barton on Wednesday to shake the hand of Athletics Director Dr. Mac Cassell. After three years of falling in the first...

Spartans take out Aycock from soccer playoffs

SMITHFIELD -- Smithfield-Selma's controlled possession game and its ability to score from numerous positions inside the 18-yard box caused trouble for Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons' lack of intensity, energy and focus didn't help matters, either....

Cross-Country state tourney

WINSTON-SALEM --Top runners and teams from across the state will gather at Tanglewood Park on Saturday for the 49th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association's cross country championships. The Tanglewood course is hosting the NCHSAA championships for the third...

Prep football Game of the Week -- The Duplin County war begins again

Flashback James Kenan quarterback Cedric Towsend, flushed from the pocket, looks toward the end zone for an open receiver. Just seconds before a Wallace-Rose Hill defender knocks him down, Townsend uncorks a bullet-like pass that gets intercepted by Malcolm Boney....

North Johnston opens tournament play with pasting of Northside

KENLY -- North Johnston's soccer team will have to practice the water-cooler play a little more before they take another step in the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association soccer playoffs. The water-cooler play? That's the one where happy...

Warrior soccer team finally runs leags off of South Johnston

During most of the regular season, Eastern Wayne's boys soccer team's overall speed proved to be too much for most of their opponents. For nearly 50 minutes Wednesday, South Johnston matched the Warriors' quickness in the first round of the...

Soccer playoffs -- Rosewood, Kenan advance; Hawks to face Western Alamance

FRANKLINTON -- Rosewood's Joey Churchwell tallied his third hat trick (three goals) of the season as the Eagles scored four times in the second half to defeat Franklinton 4-1 in the first round of the Class 1-A N.C. High School...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf

Frankie Farfour won Play of the Day this week, while Novella Zambelli emerged low gross in the first flight. Sue Wilson took low net. Second flight winners were Linda Cannon, low gross, and Dot Julian, low net. Gaye Bryant won...

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Trojans rally, advance in tournament

MOUNT OLIVE -- Falling behind early by one goal can often demoralize a young soccer team -- especially in a big game. Mount Olive's women's team used a 1-0 deficit on Tuesday to Limestone in the quarterfinals of the Carolinas-Virginia...

CVAC women's tourney brackets

Wednesday's Quarterfinal scores No. 3 Mount Olive 4, Limestone 1 No. 2 Pfeiffer 2, No. 7 Anderson 0 No. 4 Barton 1, No. 5 Queens 0 No. 8 Lees-McRae 1, No. 1 Belmont Abbey 1 (Lees-McRae advances on penalty kicks)...

Greene Central gets back to eastern finals

SNOW HILL -- A workmanlike effort. Unemotional from the opening point to the last, Greene Central completed its task in an efficient manner Tuesday afternoon against First Flight. The Rams needed just 75 minutes to eliminate the Nighthawks 6-0 from...

Aycock pops Fike, returns to Final Four

MOUNT OLIVE -- Another step. Another hurdle. Charles B. Aycock's tennis team knew there would be a lot of phases to winning the Class 3-A state dual-team tennis title. And just as they expected, each phase gets harder to overcome....

Trojans dump Barton, stay perfect at home

MOUNT OLIVE -- Old habits die hard. Those troublesome skeletons surfaced and nearly prevented the Mount Olive College volleyball team from accomplishing another record-setting feat Tuesday evening. Long-time nemesis Barton College rattled those bones and caused a few head-aches --...

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Seven area soccer teams begin quest for a state championship

Banner seasons. Whether as a team, individuals, or both, most of the area boys' prep soccer programs put up huge regular-season numbers in some capacity. They'll try to continue those strides when the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs begin...

2004 N.C. High School Athletic Association Soccer Playoffs

First round Wednesday Class 3-A South Johnston (10-8-2) at Eastern Wayne (13-4) C.B. Aycock (12-8) at Smithfield-Selma (20-3-1) Class 1-A Rosewood (11-10-1) at Franklinton (12-6-1) Spring Creek (4-12) vs. Durham School of the Arts (10-8-1) at Southern Durham HS Jamesville...

Graduate glance -- Worrell's soccer achievements big

MOUNT OLIVE -- In his second and final year at Mount Olive College, Eastern Wayne graduate Cory Worrell set his standards high. "Before the season started, I wanted to score at least 20 goals," the senior forward said. Mission accomplished....

CVAC Men's Soccer Preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- The 2004 season will be remembered as one of the greatest ever for Mount Olive College men's soccer. The Trojans hope a recent run of bad luck, including bad bounces, tough injuries and a decision by the...

Cross country

GREENSBORO -- Eastern Wayne's boys cross country team advanced to N.C. High School Athletic Association state meet with their third-place finish in Saturday's regional meet at Tanglewood Park. Warrior runner Will Collins won the regional championship, blistering the course in...

3A Golf

SOUTHERN PINES -- Charles B. Aycock's Kelli Forbis and Brooke Newell led the Golden Falcons to a tenth-place finish at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state girl's 1-A/2-A/3-A golf individual championship at The Club at Longleaf last Tuesday....

Monday, November 1, 2004

MOC women ready to get tourney started

MOUNT OLIVE -- At this time last year, most of the members of the Mount Olive College women's soccer team were probably ready for the season to come to an end. This year, the Trojans want to make the season...

Trojan volleyball set to battle Barton in home finale

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive puts its five-match winning streak on the line as the Trojans play host to Barton in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball Tuesday evening. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at College Hall. The match is the Trojans'...