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Monday, February 28, 2005

Mount Olive and St. Andrews

Bobby Williams photo Mount Olive freshman Anthony Williams, center, is out at second base Sunday afternoon during the Trojans' win over CVAC rival St. Andrews at Scarborough Field. For more information see Mount Olive finishes off CVAC sweep....

Lady Cougars to face 28-1 High Point Central in regional

CHAPEL HILL - The N.C. High School Athletic Association's regional basketball tournaments will get underway this week as the state's prep teams continue the road toward the state championships. Among those gunning for a state title in the Class 3-A...

Mount Olive finishes off CVAC sweep

MOUNT OLIVE - Josh Carter's two-run single capped a six-run eighth inning as Mount Olive completed a three-game sweep over St. Andrews with an 8-6 victory in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball Sunday at Scarborough Field. Trojan pitcher Justin Staatz withstood...

Harvey leading Lady Trojans into CVAC tourney play

Tomorrow may be the first day of March, but for the Mount Olive College women's basketball team, March Madness begins tonight. No. 6 seed Mount Olive plays host to No. 11 seed Limestone tonight in the first round of the...

MOC splits CVAC softball doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE - Alexis Briley went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and Shauna Cowdrey allowed only one run (unearned) in six innings pitched to lead Mount Olive to a 4-3 victory over Anderson in Game 2 of a Carolinas-Virginia...

Faith Christian claims another MAACA crown

KINSTON - Faith Christian's lone senior, Stephen Sloan, scored 24 points in the Conquerors' 57-43 win at Bethel Christian of Kinston in the championship game of the Mid Atlantic Christian Athletic Association tournament on Saturday. Aaron Sladick added 13 points...

Sunday, February 27, 2005

James leads Cougar women to regionals

Ashelyn James won't be driving the bus to Greenville, but the senior center deserves credit for the Goldsboro women's basketball team's impending journey to compete in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A regionals. James had 27 points on...

Trojan men clinch share of CVAC title

MOUNT OLIVE -- An already special Senior Night for Mount Olive's men's basketball team received some icing on the cake at the conclusion of their convincing, 89-66 win over Limestone (S.C.) at home on Saturday. With the victory, the Trojans...

Mount Olive women slip past Saints

MOUNT OLIVE -- Latoria Harvey posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Heidi Busch added a career-high 13 points as Mount Olive held on to defeat Limestone 57-54 in NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball...

Trojans joust Knights in CVAC baseball twinbill

MOUNT OLIVE -- Santos Estremera and Lance Martin sparked an 18-hit attack with four hits apiece and Philip Pennington tossed a nine-inning complete game three-hitter as Mount Olive defeated St. Andrews 15-1 in game one of their NCAA Division II...

Goens delivers game-winning hit

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kim Goens singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth and Ashley Napoles did not allow a hit after the first inning as Mount Olive defeated Lees-McRae 1-0 in game one of their NCAA...

Kevin Hart to resign at GC

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central's Kevin Hart will resign his duties as head men's basketball coach after two years with the Rams. Hart cited financial reasons and the yearning to get back into the general contracting business for himself. "It...

Friday, February 25, 2005

Lady Cougars advance into sectional title game

Two tradition-rich women's basketball programs -- former rivals on the Class 4-A level -- met on the hardwood for the second time in last three years Thursday evening. And just like those hard-played contests in the early 1980s, every possession...

Aycock women eliminated in Round 2

WINDSOR - Just at the brink of an upset. Charles B. Aycock's women's basketball team crawled out of an early, second-period deficit to several times close within striking distance of defending eastern regional qualifier Bertie. Each time, the home team...

Second-ranked Midway overcomes Rosewood

SPIVEY'S CORNER - A little Lauren Cochran goes a long way. Cochran had 29 points on 13-of-18 shooting to go with 17 rebounds and three blocks Thursday night as the Midway women's basketball team defeated visiting Rosewood 50-47 in the...

No. 15 Mount Olive spoils St. Andrews' home finale

LAURINBURG - Elton Coffield scored 19 points and nationally 15th-ranked Mount Olive tied a school record for most wins in a season as the Trojans defeated St. Andrews 80-62 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's basketball Thursday. The win was the...

PREP PLAYOFFS: Wayne Country Day meets defeat in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE - Wayne Country Day junior Adam Wright scored 13 points in a 62-43 loss to Gaston Day in the final eight of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A state tournament at Charlotte Country Day on Thursday. The loss...

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Saints make second-round playoff exit

DUDLEY - This group of Vikings is riding quite a wave. Freshman forward Donovan Ingram led five Kinston High players in double-figure scoring with 20 points, and the Vikings continued their late-season resurgence Wednesday night with an 81-78 win at...

Mount Olive slips to No. 3 in new East poll

MOUNT OLIVE - Despite posting a 3-0 record last week to extend its winning streak to five, Mount Olive slipped one spot to No. 3 in this week's NCAA Division II Men's Basketball East Region Poll, it was announced Wednesday....

N. Lenoir men's season ends at Warren Co.

WARRENTON - Late in the fourth quarter, the Hawk Krazees began chanting "thank you seniors!" as the North Lenoir men's basketball team agonizingly watched their season conclude Tuesday evening at Warren County. Hardly considered a playoff contender less than two...

N.C. Wesleyan downs MOC on diamond

MOUNT OLIVE - North Carolina Wesleyan coach Charlie Long noticed his players were flat and unenthusiastic during pregame infield at Mount Olive College on Wednesday afternoon. He quickly urged his players to pick up their intensity going into their first...

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

WCDS men advance to Charlotte Country Day

The Wayne Country Day men's basketball team had Waccamaw Academy by the numbers Tuesday night. In every possible sense. The sixth-seeded Chargers -- including several members of the school's conference champion JV squad -- used a 16-0 second-quarter run to...

MOC men leap to best-ever No. 15 in Division II poll

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive earned its highest-ever national ranking, jumping nine spots to No. 15 in this week's NABC Division II men's basketball Top 25, it was announced Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Trojans spent...

C.B. Aycock women claim 'ugly' playoff win

PIKEVILLE - Ugly, unintense and unemotional. Veteran Charles B. Aycock women's basketball coach Gary Hales used those adjectives to describe his team's effort Tuesday evening against Smithfield-Selma. Had you not seen the game and listened to Hales' narrative in the...

MOC baseball batters Shaw Univ.

MOUNT OLIVE - Santos Estremera's bases-loaded triple highlighted an eight-run fourth inning and Daniel Wood pitched six innings of scoreless relief as Mount Olive defeated Shaw 18-4 in non-conference baseball Tuesday at Scarborough Field. Stephen Nordan had three doubles, while...

Eagles soar into second-round matchup at Midway

During the Class 1-A Carolina Conference tournament, the Rosewood's women's basketball team was unable to get revenge against league rival North Johnston in the semifinals. Tuesday night in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, the...

Hobgood ends WCDS women's season in NCISAA first round

Adversity brings out the best in the Hobgood Academy women's basketball team. It was a lesson learned too late by Wayne Country Day. Visiting Hobgood overcame 28 turnovers and a depleted roster that included only seven players Tuesday night to...

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

N. Lenoir and E. Alamance

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber North Lenoir guard Emmanuel Rosber drives between two Eastern Alamance defenders Monday night during the first-round NCHSSA Class 2-A playoff action. For more information see N. Lenoir romps in Class 2-A opening round....

Warriors' playoff road ends in Wilson

WILSON - As both Eastern Wayne and Wilson Beddingfield's men's basketball teams played solid defense through the first period, it became apparent early on that one offensive run may be enough to propel either squad into the second round of...

Hobbton eliminates Princeton men in opening round

NEWTON GROVE - Obvious that Princeton's offense revolved around senior Karter Yutzy, veteran Hobbton men's basketball coach Jeff Byrd devised a defensive scheme to keep his teammates -- mainly stationary shooters -- from dropping perimeter shots. Byrd expected Yutzy to...

N. Lenoir romps in Class 2-A opening round

LAGRANGE - One early lead and one tie. That's as close as Eastern Alamance got to North Lenoir in round one of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A men's basketball playoffs. The Hawks sent the Eagles flying back...

Greene Central rolls to road playoff win

HENDERSON - Charles Gamble nailed the game-winning basket in the final 10 seconds, sparking Greene Central to a 47-45 victory against Northern Vance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A men's basketball playoffs Monday evening. "Teddie (Waters) drove...

Monday, February 21, 2005

Wrestling trio finishes 2nd

WINSTON-SALEM -- Bill Edmundson knew the history surrounding wrestling in Wayne County long before he assembled one of the state's top Class 1-A programs at Rosewood. Edmundson remembers several grapplers who stood out at Goldsboro High and set the standard...

NCHSAA championships notebook

Tough quarters for C.B. Aycock WINSTON-SALEM -- Charles B. Aycock started Friday evening's quarterfinal round as the team leader and maintained that position despite a little misfortune. Five of eight Golden Falcons endured losses during the quarterfinals and slipped into...

NCHSAA aproves wrestling 50-percent rule

WINSTON-SALEM -- A change in the dual-team wrestling playoff format four years ago prompted coaches in the Class 1-A and 2-A ranks to begin asking for separate individual championships. The N.C. High School Athletic Association listened to their pleas, but...

2005 area NCHSAA playoff match-ups

A look at area teams involved in the 2005 N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs First round Today Prep basketball N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs (Men) Class 1-A -- Carolina No. 4 Princeton at Super Six No. 2...

CPIC tourney roundup

ROCKY MOUNT -- Wayne Country Day's Christin Grubb scored nine points in the Chargers' 35-27 loss to Kerr-Vance on Friday in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference tournament at Rocky Mount Academy. Sarah Ferguson led all scorers with 12 for...

MOC falls in weekend series at Barton

WILSON -- Barton College sophomore Kelly Stracke pitched a complete-game six-hitter on Sunday to help boost the Bulldogs to a 4-3 win over archrival 4-3. Barton (8-7, 2-1 Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference) took the weekend series 2-1. Mount Olive dipped...

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Goldsboro women close out ECC 3-A era with title

An unlikely hero. Goldsboro senior Nickie Garner came into Saturday's Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament championship game against Charles B. Aycock averaging 3.5 points in the first two tourney games. With her team trailing by five with 2:30 left...

No. 24 Mount Olive wins fifth straight

MOUNT OLIVE - Elton Coffield and Elijah Rouse led five players in double figures with 13 points apiece as No. 24 Mount Olive defeated Anderson 83-53 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's basketball Saturday at College Hall. The win was the...

'This is awesome': N. Johnston men win Carolina 1-A tourney

MOUNT OLIVE - The North Johnston men's basketball team wasn't content with the program's first regular-season championship in 39 seasons. Not at all. There was still some unfinished business to attend to before beginning the NCHSAA Class 1-A playoffs next...

George Mason spoils home debut of MOC men's volleyball

MOUNT OLIVE - Felix Campos and Matt Steinfurth recorded 11 kills each to lead nationally 14th-ranked George Mason to a 30-18, 30-22, 30-20 victory over Mount Olive in men's volleyball Saturday at College Hall. The match marked the first-ever home...

From email -- eastern plains 2-a round #2 stats

Prep basketball 2005 Eastern Carolina Conference Women's semifinals at Goldsboro High Semifinal No. 1 Eastern Wayne 8 1 14 15 -- 38 C.B. Aycock 15 10 14 12 -- 51 EASTERN WAYNE (9-14) Sierra King 0 2 2-6 8,...

Dunn leads N. Lenoir to EPC 2-A tourney crown

LAGRANGE - North Lenoir standout Justin Dunn certainly earned his Eastern Plains 2A tournament Most Valuable Player honors on Friday night. The senior guard only scored two of his 17 points in the fourth quarter of his team's 63-59 win...

Farmville Central overcomes Lady Panthers in Carolina 1-A final

MOUNT OLIVE - Meaghan Vanderhorst obviously understood how much was on the line Friday night at College Hall. Vanderhorst scored eight of her team-leading 17 points in the third quarter as Farmville Central claimed the Class 1-A Carolina Conference tournament...

MOC women fall in OT at College Hall

MOUNT OLIVE - LaShonda Chiles scored 33 points and nationally fifth-ranked Anderson hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 8 seconds to extend its winning streak to 16 and hold off Mount Olive 72-67 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball...

Friday, February 18, 2005

Aycock, Goldsboro to meet for ECC 3-A tourney title

Thursday night at the Cougar Den, top-seeded Goldsboro and second-place Charles B. Aycock's women's basketball teams dispelled the often-used adage that it's hard to beat a team three times in the same season. Sparked by a season-high 24 points from...

Turnovers kill Princeton in Carolina 1-A semis

MOUNT OLIVE - If the Princeton men's basketball team could only take back a few precious minutes of the first half, the Class 1-A Carolina Conference tournament final might have a vastly different look. Instead, North Johnston will be looking...

No. 24 Mount Olive keeps pace in CVAC race

GAFFNEY, S.C. - The first half of Mount Olive's men's basketball game at Limestone looked like it might be a repeat of last year's trip to Gaffney for the Trojans, as well as a repeat of Monday night for Limestone....

North Lenoir men blast into EPC 2-A final

SNOW HILL - Coach Paul Dunn had a two-word prediction about who will win tonight's Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament final tonight at North Lenoir. Why not be confident after the Hawks' resounding 83-63 win over second-seeded Greene Central...

Johnson no-hits MOC in doubleheader sweep

FLORENCE, S.C. - Jessica Johnson tossed a no-hitter as Francis Marion defeated Mount Olive 8-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep in non-conference softball Thursday at Florence. In the first game, Allie Aleman doubled in each of her first three at-bats...

MOC women fall in OT

GAFFNEY, S.C. - Tiffany Jones scored 16 points and hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation as Limestone defeated Mount Olive 76-67 in overtime in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball Thursday at Gaffney. The loss...

Thursday, February 17, 2005

OPINION: McClary's winning formula

Gladys McClary knows a thing or two -- or 39 -- about winning. Both as a coach and a player. McClary has guided the Goldsboro High School women's basketball team to 39 straight wins against Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference...

Mount Olive sweeps non-conference doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE - Santos Estremera scored two runs and four Mount Olive pitchers combined on a four-hitter to lead the Trojans to a 6-2 victory in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep over Elizabeth City State in non-conference baseball...

Improved MOC softball team hopes for more in '05

MOUNT OLIVE - Learning how to finish. Mount Olive's softball team had all the attributes of a winning team in 2004, except that crucial, final key ingredient. With seven freshman starters, the Trojans endured nine one-run defeats and lost two...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

39 and counting ... Goldsboro women advance in ECC

The third time was certainly no charm for the Washington High women's basketball team. Ashelyn James and Chevoya Jackson combined for 31 points, and the visiting Pam Pack committed 30 turnovers as regular-season champion Goldsboro stormed to a 54-32 win...

Business-like Hawks romp to open EPC tourney

LAGRANGE - Business as usual with an extra incentive. The North Lenoir men's basketball team is taking that approach in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament and warns opponents to beware -- the Hawks are on a mission. The...

Princeton earns NCHSAA playoff berth with tournament win

LITTLEFIELD - Princeton's men's basketball team had t-shirts printed in the offseason with "playoff bound" on the front and the number "15" on the back for the win total the Bulldogs hoped to accomplish. Under second-year coach Jeff Davis, Princeton...

Mount Olive men ranked in Division II poll

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive has earned its first national ranking of the season, checking in at No. 24 in this week's NABC Division II men's basketball Top 25, it was announced Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches....

E. Wayne, Aycock women advance into ECC semis

PIKEVILLE - Two local women's teams will be battling Thursday night at Goldsboro to move into the title round of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference touranament. For the third time this season, Eastern Wayne will be attempting to ground...

MOC tennis team defeats UNC-Wilmington

WILMINGTON - Fernando Crisosto, Gabriel Garcia and Camilo Sabogal won singles matches, and Mount Olive won 2-of-3 doubles matches as the Trojans defeated Division I UNC-Wilmington 4-3 in men's tennis Tuesday. The win is the first for the Trojans, ranked...

MOC golfer Moberg places second

TARBORO - Mikael Moberg placed second out of 50 golfers as Mount Olive finished fifth out of eight teams at the Don Scalf Spring Invitational, hosted by North Carolina Wesleyan College. Moberg shot a one-over-par 145 in the two-round tournament...

Prep basketball

Broadie leads third-seeded WCDS women to win Tiara Broadie pumped in a game-high 22 points as Wayne Country Day knocked off Greenfield 48-29 in quarterfinal-round play in the Classes 1-A/2-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference women's basketball tournament Tuesday evening. The...

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Rosewood women roll into rematch with N. Johnston

Next up: North Johnston. It's exactly what Jessica Hill & Co. were hoping for. Well, that and a little respect. Hill had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists Monday night as the Rosewood women's basketball team defeated visiting Ayden-Grifton...

Queen of the Hill

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eagles forward Jessica Hill, 1, charges past Teairra Johnson, 51, after one of several rebounds during the Eagles Chargers game at Rosewood High School Monday night. For more information see Rosewood women roll into rematch with N....

MOC win pick up 20th win, regain share of CVAC lead

BELMONT - The magic number for the Mount Olive College men's basketball team Monday night was 20 -- as in 20 points and 20 wins. Regionally second-ranked Mount Olive scored 20 unanswered points over a span of nine minutes to...

Monday, February 14, 2005

Shippensburg sweeps doubleheader on MOC diamond

MOUNT OLIVE - Ryan Miscik's two-run single broke a 3-3 tie and capped a four-run fourth inning as nationally ranked Shippensburg defeated Mount Olive 7-5 in Game 1 of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Sunday at Scarborough Field. Shippensburg completed the...

MOC men carry 13-2 CVAC record into Belmont Abbey

The Mount Olive College men's basketball team has an opportunity to set a school record for the quickest trip to the 20-win plateau as the regionally second-ranked Trojans head to Belmont tonight to take on Belmont Abbey in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

Sunday, February 13, 2005

NJ wins first conference title in 39 years

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Suddenly, 1966 doesn't seem quite so long ago. Jake Lomonaco scored 22 points, and Willie Smith had 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds Friday night as the North Johnston men's basketball team clinched its first conference...

WCDS sweeps RMA in Homecoming

Momentum builders. On Homecoming, Wayne Country Day's basketball teams swept Rocky Mount Academy convincingly with double-digits win in their regular-season finales. With four players with 15 or more points, the Charger men sprinted out to a huge, first-period lead and...

PHS keeps playoff hopes alive

They aren't the Bulldogs for nothing. In a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Princeton men's basketball team ruined Rosewood's Senior Night, giving the Eagles a resounding 47-21 thrashing. "Our backs were to the wall," said coach...

Prep basketball roundup

DEEP RUN -- Paul Novicki is one heck of a hero. The senior guard -- who already has a handful of game-winning shots to his credit in his heralded South Lenoir playing career -- did it again for the Blue...

MOC men tops Lees-McRae

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive's men's basketball game at Lees-McRae Saturday was almost a carbon copy of last Saturday's game at Erskine. Just add 10 points to each team's final total. Melvin Creddle scored a career-high...

Lady Trojans drop Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive College head women's basketball coach Wendy Lawrence has been looking for some outside shooting. Saturday she found it. Shenetta Moye was a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range and scored a career-high 19 points to...

MOC baseball splits with Shippensburg

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Josh Carter and David Marquez drove in two runs apiece in a five-run first inning and Bryan Corbett went the distance to lead Mount Olive to a 10-4 victory over nationally-ranked Shippensburg in game...

Friday, February 11, 2005

Trojans rebound

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Mount Olive sophomore guard Elton Coffield drives around Coker College forward Jamie Jenkins, right, during the Trojan's CVAC win over the Cobras on Thursday night at College Hall. Coffield led all scorers with 27 points. For more...

MOC men blast visiting Coker

MOUNT OLIVE - This was precisely how Mount Olive College men's basketball coach Bill Clingan hoped his team would respond after losing only its third game of the season -- and a share of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference lead --...

Eastern Wayne splits on Senior Night

Someone needs to revamp the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's basketball regular-season schedule next season. Kinston has become a deadly spoiler on Senior Night celebrations with the latest occurring Thursday evening in New Hope. J'Mell Walters turned in an...

Saints close out regular season strong

DUDLEY - After splitting their games with West Craven, it's on to the playoffs for both Southern Wayne basketball teams. Mike Connelly's men will have the weekend to enjoy their 101-73 rout of the Eagles. Their 13-3 record earned...

Prep basketball

Briggs leads WCDS in road win ROCKY MOUNT - Wayne Country Day's Spenser Briggs scored 17 points as the Chargers defeated Faith Christian of Rocky Mount 75-28 on the road on Thursday. The win improved the Chargers to 17-6 overall...

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Mount Olive now second in men's East poll

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive moved up three spots to No. 2 in this week's NCAA Division II men's basketball East Region poll, released on Wednesday. This week's ranking matches the Trojans' highest-ever regional ranking and marks the fourth consecutive...

Pfeiffer sweeps MOC baseball in non-conference doubleheader

MISENHEIMER - This hasn't been a good week for Mount Olive College athletics teams to visit Misenheimer. Two days after the Trojan men's and women's basketball teams fell at Pfeiffer, the Mount Olive baseball team dropped both ends of a...

MOC men's volleyball ready for first-ever season

MOUNT OLIVE - A healthy dose of patience, a strong heart and leadership from a roster full of freshmen and sophomores. All those intangibles are needed -- in abundance -- as the Mount Olive College men's volleyball team begins its...

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Saints march to ECC championship

Mike Connelly asked only one thing of his players before the start of the season: a berth in the NCHSAA playoffs. The Southern Wayne men's basketball team gave its first-year coach that and much more. The visiting Saints overcame a...

E. Wayne improves playoff standing with win

The adage, "it's now how you start, it's how you finish," continues to apply to the Charles B. Aycock women and Eastern Wayne men's basketball teams. The Warriors (10-10, 9-6 ECC) clinched at least a tie for fourth and a...

Greenfield runs past WCDS -- again

Do all things come to he who waits? Only time will tell for the Wayne Country Day men's basketball team. After Tuesday night's 82-54 home loss to Greenfield that first victory over the Knights continues to elude coach Randy Tilley...

N. Lenoir women slip to thid place

PINETOPS - Halftimes are usually reserved for adjustments or catching your breath after a physically-enduring 16 minutes of play. However, the 10-minute intermission held a different meaning for North Lenoir's and SouthWest Edgecombe's women's basketball teams Tuesday evening. Neither team...

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Pfeiffer halts streaking MOC men

MISENHEIMER - The first half of Mount Olive's men's basketball game at Pfeiffer Monday was everything as advertised. Unfortunately for the Trojans, the second half was "The Rico Grier Show." Grier scored 25 of his game-high 32 points in the...

Goldsboro, N. Lenoir cancel fourth-quarter makeup

The final quarter between the North Lenoir and Goldsboro High men's basketball teams has been cancelled, Goldsboro principal Patricia Burden announced Monday morning. The teams were scheduled to conclude the suspended contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Burden telephoned North Lenoir...

Monday, February 7, 2005

Rickard rips walk-off homer in bottom of 9th

MOUNT OLIVE -- In most instances, when a player hits a game-winning home run, he'll usually say he was "just looking for a pitch to hit." Mount Olive's Matt Rickard made no secret of his intentions when he came up...

Trojans travel to Pfeiffer for key CVAC men's showdown

MOUNT OLIVE -- Producers at ESPN must have seen the Mount Olive at Pfeiffer game on the schedule when they declared this week "Rivalry Week" in college basketball. Few games at any level are as big as this one. Winning...

Sunday, February 6, 2005

Aycock wrestlers fall short in playoffs

HILLSBOROUGH - Huddled around its coach, the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team -- especially the seniors -- stared off into space. Tears streamed down their cheeks as they listened to their coach's post-game speech. Words couldn't replace the disappointment the...

E. Wayne men shoot lights out in upset

DUDLEY - Chris Campbell shut down access to the post, and the Eastern Wayne men's basketball team shot a blistering 72 percent (28-of-39) from the field in a 77-64 upset of Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference-leading Southern Wayne on Friday...

Fifth-ranked Mount Olive wins eighth straight

DUE WEST, S.C. - Mount Olive outscored Erskine 23-4 in the final eight minutes, including nine straight points in the final 16 seconds, to take an 83-73 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference victory over the Flying Fleet on Saturday. The Trojans, ranked...

Golden Falcons stay alive in hoops playoff hunt

PIKEVILLE - Another Friday night at Charles B. Aycock -- two more dramatic finishes. In the men's game, the Golden Falcons' Montrel Sims followed up a miss by Rob Phillips at the buzzer to lift Aycock to a 69-67 win...

Trojans split in season-opening doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive's baseball team salvaged a split in a season-opening, doubleheader against Newberry on Saturday afternoon at Scarborough Field in a pair of seven-inning games. The Trojans' offensive production proved much better in Game 2 -- posting...

MOC women's losing streak continues

DUE WEST, S.C. - The Lady Fleet shot 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc and placed three players in double figures on their way to a 68-46 rout of Mount Olive Saturday afternoon in Belk Arena. Mount Olive's Melanie...

Goldsboro stumbles at archrival Kinston

KINSTON - Kinston coach Wells Gulledge is smiling again. And why shouldn't he? His Vikings -- a mix of experienced veteran leaders and extremely talented underclassmen -- won their fifth straight game on Friday, downing archrival Goldsboro 69-59 on Senior...

N. Johnston sweeps Rosewood

KENLY - After sweeping Rosewood on Friday night, both North Johnston basketball teams will be attempting to tie down first-place honors in regular-season Class 1-A Carolina Conference play. Two games remain to be played next week, both on the road....

Friday, February 4, 2005

Fifth-ranked Trojans too much for Barton - again

MOUNT OLIVE - Charity begins at home. The gate from Thursday night's Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference matchup at College Hall went to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. But the Barton College men's basketball team was also in a giving...

Weather forces C.B. Aycock wrestlers to hit road

PIKEVILLE - Thursday morning's inclement weather forced the postponement of the eastern semifinals in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team wrestling playoffs. Due to potential icy/snowy conditions, neither Morehead nor Orange High could make the afternoon journey...

State Legion title taken from Garner

At a closed door meeting Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina Legion baseball Chairman Roy Waters and the four Area Commissioners stripped Garner of its 2004 N.C. State Tournament title for using an ineligible player. Caldwell County, which lost to Garner...

MOC women drop fifth straight

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive women's basketball coach Wendy Lawrence and her Lady Trojans looked poised and well in position to post their first regular-season sweep of archrival Barton during Lawrence's five-year tenure. A streaking Bulldogs team posted a huge...

Rosewood grapplers finish out strong

BEAR CREEK - The Rosewood High wrestling team stepped up to the challenge and nearly delivered a huge knockout blow Tuesday evening in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A dual-team playoffs. The Eagles upended West Davidson 42-39, but...

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Trojans now No. 5 in NCAA Div. II East poll

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive moved up one spot to No. 5 in this week's NCAA Division II men's basketball East Region poll, released on Wednesday. This week's ranking is the highest yet this season for the Trojans, who are...

MOC women look to break slide

MOUNT OLIVE - Four weeks ago tonight, the Mount Olive College women's basketball team posted its first win on Barton's home floor in more than seven years. Both teams embarked on winning streaks immediately after that game, but now it's...

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Cougars' slide continues at Eastern Wayne

In their first meeting against Goldsboro, Eastern Wayne's men's basketball team struggled during key stretches taking care of the basketball -- committing 18 turnovers in a tough loss at the Cougar Den. Tuesday night, the Warriors trimmed the margin down...

Golden Falcons continue to soar in postseason wrestling

PIKEVILLE - Coming off an impressive outing in its season-ending conference tournament, the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team looked a little sluggish Tuesday evening against Wilson Hunt. But once the Golden Falcons spread their wings, no one could ground them...

Lomonaco's clutch play lands N. Johnston men in first place

KENLY - Senior guard Jake Lomonaco converted a 3-point play with 9.2 seconds remaining Tuesday night to lift the North Johnston men's basketball team to a 58-56 win over archrival Princeton. Lomonaco finished with 16 points as the Panthers overcame...

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

MOC women drop fourth straight CVAC game

CHARLOTTE - Kasey Gillis hit the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds left and Queens held on for a 66-63 win over Mount Olive in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball Monday. The loss is the fourth in a row for the...

OPINION -- Yutzy: The big boss Dawg

SEVEN SPRINGS The Princeton men's basketball team is no longer a one-man show. But make no mistake, senior forward Karter Yutzy is still the featured attraction. With Yutzy steering the ship, the Bulldogs -- ranked No. 8 in the latest...