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Friday, April 29, 2005

Gators live to see another day on tennis court

SEVEN SPRINGS -- "Last chance." Fourth-year Spring Creek men's tennis coach Robert Jones couldn't have summed up his team's regular-season finale any other way. A loss would eliminate the Gators, for the first time in Jones' tenure, from the Class...

Prep Roundup

Vison leads C.B. Aycock to ECC 3-A golf crown MOREHEAD CITY -- Will Vinson grabbed medalist honors with a 3-over par 74 and helped guide Charles B. Aycock to the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's golf title Thursday afternoon...

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Morris to continue career at Pfeiffer

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock senior catcher Ashley Morris recently signed a letter of intent to play collegiate softball for Pfeiffer University of the Carolinas-Viriginia Athletics Conference. Morris, a two-year varsity starter for the Falcons, is an experienced travel ball...

Locals react to death of 'Big House' Gaines

MEMBERS OF THE GOLD-WAYNE WSSU ALUMNI CHAPTER RESPOND TO THE DEATH OF CLARENCE 'BIG HOUSE' GAINES: * SHIRLEY FAISON SIMS, President: "It would be difficult to express what he meant to all the students that came through during his tenure....

Sweet soccer revenge for Hawks

LAGRANGE -- Turnabout is fair play. Sweet revenge. Redemption. Any of these phrases fittingly describe North Lenoir's performance in its second meeting against Classes 1-A/2-A Carolina/Eastern Plains women's soccer nemesis North Johnston on Wednesday evening. The Hawks seized the initial...

OPINION: Ethics questions

Admittedly, if I write "sports" and "ethics" in the same sentence, you will probably assume I'm trying to be funny. At the very least, you might call it an oxymoron and turn the page. But everywhere you look, somebody in...

Golden Falcons soar at Rosewood

If Wednesday night's game at Rosewood was merely a "non-conference tune-up" to get ready for the final-five Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference games, then C.B. Aycock baseball coach Charles Davis' nickname must be "Mr. Goodwrench." In their 12-1, five-inning rout...

Prep Roundup

Saints' Hinson shuts down Britt DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's T.J. Hinson tossed a complete game, four-hitter as the Saints defeated Fayetteville Jack Britt 8-4 in non-conference action on Wednesday at home. The win improves Southern Wayne to 13-5 headed into...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Gerrell homers twice, drives in seven as Princeton wins

PRINCETON -- Daniel Gerrell decided to end this one before the rain could. Gerrell hit a walk-off home run -- driving in three of his career-high seven runs -- into the mist-filled sky during the fifth inning Tuesday night as...

Dawgs break out bats

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Princeton's Jared McLamb rounds third base Tuesday night as North Duplin's Will Lewis, right, looks on. For more information see Gerrell homers twice, drives in seven as Princeton wins....

Eagles explode late at Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Through six innings, Rosewood junior Trey Kriger already had a dream game for most lead-off hitters -- reaching base on all four plate appearances, stealing five bases and scoring three times. In the seventh, the junior added...

MOC athletes bask in glow of best-ever year

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College athletics program enjoyed a year of "firsts" in many sports and its athletes reaped the rewards during Monday evening's season-ending banquet. The Trojans seized first-ever Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference regular-season or tournament titles in...

C.B. Aycock baseball team snaps mini-slump

PIKEVILLE -- Not surprisingly, the weatherman got it wrong Tuesday night. When the predicted early evening showers never materialized, the Charles B. Aycock baseball team created a two inning scoring storm of their own. The Golden Falcons snapped a two-game...

Prep Roundup

Billups delivers game-winner for Spring Creek softball team SEVEN SPRINGS -- Brittany Billups singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading Spring Creek past Rosewood 4-3 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play Tuesday evening. With...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Defense, depth on Williamson's mind

PRINCETON -- Defense and depth. Russell Williamson has a clear understanding of what issues top the agenda as he prepares for a second tour of duty as head football coach at Princeton High School. "One of the biggest things we...

Prep Roundup

Rosewood avenges county tennis loss SEVEN SPRINGS -- In a contest with postseason implications, Rosewood avenged an earlier season loss to Spring Creek with a 5-4 win at the Gators' courts on Monday. Spring Creek leads Rosewood by two games...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Greg Warren picked up by Steelers

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne and North Carolina graduate Greg Warren was picked up as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon, minutes after the completion of the NFL Draft. Warren, a long-snapper, who graduated with a double...

MOC men's tennis upset by Lees-McRae

SUMTER, S.C. -- After going unbeaten in conference play and winning its first-ever regular season men's tennis conference championship, Mount Olive's hopes for a tournament title came to an end Saturday as the top-seeded Trojans were upset by No. 4...

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Knights send MOC baseball team home

WILSON -- St. Andrews profited from its second meeting in less than 24 hours against Mount Olive College, and denied the Trojans the opportunity defend their Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball crown. Anthony Mehling threw a complete-game, seven-hitter and received early-inning...

Three Trojans make All-CVAC list

WILSON -- Designated hitter Josh Carter, second baseman Stephen Nordan and pitcher Justin Staatz earned All-Conference first team honors and Philip Pennington earned second team honors as the 2005 All-Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Baseball awards were announced Friday during ceremonies at...

Regroup, reload, rebuild: Felton, May, Williams leaving UNC

CHAPEL HILL -- Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams came to North Carolina with hopes of winning the national championship. Once they got the title, they really had no reason to hang around. "To me, it's the perfect way...

Former coaches, players pay last respects to 'Big House'

WINSTON-SALEM -- Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and other basketball luminaries were among more than 1,000 people who honored coaching pioneer Clarence "Big House" Gaines at a memorial service Friday. "This giant of a man was really a big teddy bear,"...

PREP ROUNDUP: Lancaster strikes out 16 at West Carteret

MOREHEAD CITY -- Jesse Lancaster notched a career-best 16 strikeouts and limited West Carteret to two hits as Eastern Wayne prevailed 4-0 in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball contest Friday evening. Lancaster improved to 3-2 on the mound,...

Friday, April 22, 2005

Southern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Southern Wayne's David Combs (16) is cheered on by his teamates as he brings home a run against Charles B. Aycock Thursday. For more information see Baseball -- SW claims key ECC win at Aycock....

Baseball -- SW claims key ECC win at Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- "Time, blue." Southern Wayne coach Trae McKee called Joseph Davis over to the third-base coach's box and reminded him to relax at the plate. Caught looking at a third strike his first at-bat, Davis heeded McKee's advice and...

Softball -- Jackson near perfect for CBA

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Jenny Jackson wasn't perfect on the mound Thursday night against Southern Wayne, but she was darn close -- one out away from a perfect game before a two-out single in the seventh by Alyssa Bradshaw....

Jeff Eisen named AD at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has named Jeff Eisen as Director of Athletics effective July 1, it was announced Friday by President Dr. J. William Byrd. Eisen will take over for Dr. Mac Cassell, who announced last August he...

Prep roundup

VANCEBORO -- Eastern Wayne's Miles Perry turned in medalist honors at Quaker Neck on Thursday as the Warriors and Charles B. Aycock finished tied at 315 in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference match. With one match left before the...

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Warriors turn back Pam Pack in ECC 3-A soccer

Less than 48 hours after pulling off a miraculous overtime comeback Monday evening at Charles B. Aycock, the Washington women's soccer team hoped history might repeat itself Wednesday evening. Eastern Wayne thought otherwise. The Warriors, who were celebrating Senior Night,...

Trojans looking to defend CVAC tourney title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Despite having won five Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference tournament championships, including last year's tournament, Mount Olive College baseball coach Carl Lancaster admits he normally is not a fan of a postseason conference tournament. This season, Lancaster is more...

A star is born: Biffle working to become NASCAR's next big thing

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Greg Biffle never has lacked confidence. In 1997, the Vancouver, Wash., native was racing with some success in one of NASCAR's regional touring series when he got a call from a friend saying team owner Jack Roush...

S. Lenoir volleyball standout picks MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- One visit to Mount Olive College and Kari Ham was hooked. The small, community-like atmosphere reminded Ham of Deep Run, where she starred on the volleyball court for three seasons at South Lenoir High School. But that...

Prep Roundup

S. Wayne passes non-conference road test WILMINGTON -- Josh Narron provided three RBI and David Combs emerged the winning pitcher as Southern Wayne knocked off J.T. Hoggard 5-2 in a non-conference contest Wednesday afternoon. Narron finished the day with two...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Holtz to-the-point regarding ECU's future

A no non-sense coach who is a chip off the old block, Chip Holtz didn't mince words when discussing the upcoming football season at East Carolina University on Tuesday evening. Out-spoken and articulate, much like his dad Lou, the energetic...

Princeton ace trumps Ayden-Grifton in key matchup

PRINCETON -- One fact has become clear in the race for the Class 1-A Carolina Conference's two available N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff berths. Josh Thompson has a rubber arm. Thompson threw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts -- the...

No-hitter carries Staatz to CVAC honor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Justin Staatz, who pitched the second no-hitter in Mount Olive College baseball history and the first ever in CVAC play, was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. The award is...

Saints pull closer in tight ECC 3-A baseball race

DUDLEY -- An early four-run lead is usually far from a guarantee, especially when two of the top five baseball teams in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference match up. The support proved plenty for Southern Wayne right-hander Ashton Langston...

Unforced errors too much for Golden Falcons

PIKEVILLE -- No room for unforced errors. The Charles B. Aycock men's tennis team learned that valuable lesson Tuesday afternoon in a 5-1 loss against West Carteret. The visiting Patriots prevailed in three of four singles matches determined by a...

Rosewood rallies past Jaguars in Carolina 1-A

After last night's come-from-behind 3-2 win over Farmville Central at The Nest, only one question remains unanswered for the Rosewood baseball team. What level of chicanery and guile will coach Scott Adams resort to this Friday night when the Eagles...

Somek has memorable day on CVAC links

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- The final round of the 2005 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's golf championship will be especially memorable for Mount Olive College golfer Kate Somek. Not only did Somek shoot her best-ever round of golf and earn All-Tournament honors,...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Golden Falcons edged in ECC 3-A play

PIKEVILLE -- No go-to player. No significant experience on the backline. No depth. Those factors might force any team to go through the motions each time it steps onto the soccer field. Not Charles B. Aycock. The youth-laden Golden Falcons,...

Legendary 'Big House' Gaines dies

WINSTON-SALEM -- Hall of Famer Clarence "Big House" Gaines, one of college basketball's winningest coaches during his 47 seasons at Winston-Salem State, died Monday, his daughter said. He was 81. Gaines entered a hospital on Friday with heart problems, a...

Prep Roundup

Frazer's four goals lift E. Wayne KINSTON -- Eastern Wayne's Samantha Frazer scored four goals, boosting her team-leading goal total to 13, as the Warriors blanked Kinston 6-0 on Monday. The win improves Eastern Wayne (7-4 overall) to 6-1 in...

Monday, April 18, 2005

Pfeiffer escapes

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Pfeiffer University baserunner Brian York, right, races back to first base as Mount Olive's Nick Paniccia tries to haul in an errant throw. Pfeiffer earned its way into the 2005 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference tournament with a win...

Loss leaves MOC as No. 5 seed in CVAC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The situation at Scarborough Field was this simple Sunday afternoon: Pfeiffer University needed this one just a little more. The Falcons could not afford another loss in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference play. Defending CVAC regular-season champion Pfeiffer clinched...

Trojans clinch share of CVAC men's tennis title

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College men's tennis team already set one school record this season. On Sunday, the Trojans achieved something never done in the history of the Mount Olive men's tennis program. This afternoon, the squad has...

Royster, Snyder earn All-CVAC recognition

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College golfer Eric Royster was named to the 2005 All-Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's golf team, earning honorable mention. The award was announced during ceremonies at the CVAC men's golf championship at Hartsville, S.C. Royster, a...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Staatz throws no-hitter for MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- The adage "revenge is a dish best served cold" presented a double meaning on a blustery Saturday evening at Mount Olive College. Faithful fans wrapped tightly in blankets braved 40-degree (wind-chill) temperatures and witnessed a historical moment...

Eagles upset Princeton

PRINCETON -- To pitch that one, big game, look no further than Rosewood's Dustin Overman. The senior hurler exhibited class, moxie, and true grit as he led the Eagles to a stunning 5-0 shutout of Princeton. It was a big...

Aycock blanks Goldsboro

Dominance on the mound. Dominance at the plate. The Charles B. Aycock baseball team showcased its entire arsenal to remain in the thick of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference title race Friday night with a 21-0 triumph at Goldsboro....

EW drops first ECC soccer match

In a battle of previously unbeaten teams in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference, West Carteret jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime on its way to a 4-1 win over Eastern Wayne on a seasonably cold and windy...

Prep roundup

KENLY -- Anthony Brogden pitched four innings of scoreless relief Friday as Spring Creek improved to 2-4 in the Class 1-A Carolina Conference with a 10-6 at North Johnston. Brogden struck out seven, and Michael Russell had a single and...

Saints win on road

KINSTON -- The Kinston Vikings dropped a close Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball contest Friday. If it sounds like a broken record, it is. Kinston's 7-5 loss to Southern Wayne was their seventh defeat by two runs or less....

Friday, April 15, 2005

Golden Falcons shut down Class 1-A power N. Johnston

\PIKEVILLE -- The anticipated pitching matchup between right-handers Jenny Jackson and Candace Evans didn't materialize until the later innings Thursday evening on the Charles B. Aycock diamond. Before Jackson closed the door on Evans and her North Johnston teammates, Golden...

Opinion - Rise of the Libero

Ever watched a college volleyball match in person or on TV? One player usually wears a different-colored jersey than their teammates. That person is called a "libero" and is routinely the team's best defensive player. The libero entered into the...

MOC men's tennis one win away from clinching in CVAC

MOUNT OLIVE -- A rematch of last year's conference championship game in one sport and a chance for another sport to win its first-ever regular season conference championship highlight this weekend's Mount Olive College athletics events. The nationally 39th-ranked Mount...

Prep Roundup

TARBORO -- Rosewood dominated singles play and eased past Tarboro High 6-3 in a Classes 1-A/2-A Carolina/Eastern Plains Conference men's tennis match Thursday afternoon. Wesley Lovelady, Joey Churchwell, Ty Johnson, Brandon Hietpas and J.P. Cummins each collected straight-set victories for...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Wake's Paul entering NBA draft

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) -- All-American point guard Chris Paul plans to give up his final two years of eligibility at Wake Forest and enter the NBA draft. The school scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, when Paul was...

Henkle tops CVAC's weekly tennis list

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College tennis player Lucia Henkle was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's tennis player of the week, it was announced Wednesday. The award is the first this season and fourth all-time for Henkle, who earned player...

Prep Sports

Eastern Wayne's Leanna Rothwell scored two goals in the first half to help boost the Warriors to a 5-0 win at home over South Central on slippery conditions on Wednesday. All five of Eastern Wayne's five goals came in the...

Opinion

Tiger Woods' ball stopped in front of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, then dived to the bottom of the cup. About a half-hour later, Chris DiMarco's ball rolled toward the 18th hole, caught the right edge of...

Indians-Blue Rocks rained out Wednesday

KINSTON -- Wednesday's game between the Kinston Indians and the Wilmington Blue Rocks has been rained out, the team announced today. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 31st. The finale of this...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Myers' arm halts N. Duplin softball skid

CALYPSO -- A solid pitching performance, error-free defense and opportunistic play helped the North Duplin softball team end its two-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon. Freshman right-hander Kayla Myers threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout in a 9-0 conquering of Rosewood on...

MOC's Nordan grabs weekly CVAC honor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College infielder Stephen Nordan has been named the NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball player of the week. Nordan becomes the fourth Trojans baseball player to earn the weekly award, joining designated hitter Josh...

Trojans earn split at No. 17 Catawba

SALISBURY -- Seventeenth-ranked Catawba split a doubleheader with visiting Mount Olive in baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Newman Park. The Trojans claimed the opener 3-2, while the Indians earned a 6-4 win in the nightcap. The teams combined for...

Rosewood baseball team holds off Rebels

CALYPSO -- "Not again." The thought had to cross the Rosewood baseball team's collective mind as it was one out away from suffering their fifth one-run loss of the season on Tuesday at North Duplin. A gritty, seventh-inning outburst and...

Prep Sports

LAGRANGE -- The streak is over. Freshman Cassie Wade delivered the game-winning single in the fourth inning as Greene Central upset North Lenoir 1-0 in a Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference encounter Tuesday evening. The Rams (3-5) snapped the Hawks'...

Eagles serve notice in victory

One local baseball team has been extremely successful in their outings to date, while lurking under the radar screen of attention. No more. After their five-inning, 14-3 thrashing of visiting Cape Fear Academy, Wayne Christian Academy served notice that it...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Warriors find a way

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Eastern Wayne's Crystal Lemmon (in white) slide tackles Charles B. Aycock's Rachel Coggins (in gold) during their Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference thriller on Monday at the Little Big Horn. For more information see XXX.-->...

Baddour's OT goal lifts Warriors

Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock seemed destined to finish in a 1-1 tie in the first Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference meeting between the two county rivals. An improbable shot by Warriors junior Helen Baddour with 1 minute left...

Rosewood breaks loose on soccer field

Held scoreless in its previous two outings, the Rosewood women's soccer team needed to find a quick offensive spark Monday evening. The spark turned into successive lightning strikes and led to a four-goal outburst in the first 10 minutes. Once...

Converse College joining CVAC

THOMASVILLE -- Converse College has accepted an invitation to join the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) as an affiliate member. The All-Star Athletic Program will begin CVAC play beginning in the fall of next year, following the 2005-06 academic calendar. "We...

Indians suffer marathon-like loss

KINSTON--The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored five runs in the top of the 12th and sent Kinston to its first defeat of the year by a final of 9-4 at historic Grainger Stadium Monday night. The win was Wilmington's second straight...

PREP ROUNDUP: Langston leads WCDS in defeat

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day's Trent Langston finished with two RBI in the Chargers' 12-2 loss at Greenfield on Monday. The game was called after the top of the fifth due to the 10-run rule. Wayne Country Day starter Ryan...

Monday, April 11, 2005

Queens takes two from Lady Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive rallied from a two-run deficit, but Britne' Stubbs hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to lift Queens to a 4-3 victory over the Trojans in game two of a Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Aycock fends off late Warrior charge

PIKEVILLE -- With a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth and sophomore right-hander Garrett Davis cruising with a two-hitter, Charles B. Aycock's double-steal and two-run RBI by catcher Bennett Jeffreys seemed a minute detail. The late-game offensive execution...

CBA's Lancaster (Julia) hurls one-hit shutout

PIKEVILLE -- Victimized by an uncharacteristic 18 errors in its previous two outings -- both losses -- the Charles B. Aycock experienced a welcomed change Friday evening. The Golden Falcons capitalized on six errors, at the expense of visiting Eastern...

North Duplin ends long drought in Carolina 1-A play

CALYPSO -- North Duplin picked up its first Class 1-A Carolina Conference win in more than a year, beating Farmville Central 6-5 in eight innings behind eight strong innings from senior starting pitcher Brad Lloyd. Lloyd went eight innings to...

Moulton HR lifts North Lenoir in 9th

DEEP RUN -- North Lenoir's Randi Moulton slugged a home run in the top of the ninth as the Hawks escaped South Lenoir with a 1-0 win to remain unbeaten. Chanae Lynch finished 2-4 for the Hawks, now 10-0 overall...

Warriors dominate Kinston in ECC soccer

Eastern Wayne's Samantha Frazer turned in a hat trick (three goals) and dished out four assists as the Warriors remained unbeaten in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference with a 7-0 win over Kinston. Eastern Wayne improved to 4-3 overall and...

Rose earns medalist honors for Wayne Christian

Wayne Christian's Clark Rose fired a 36 as the Eagles turned in a winning team score of 155 in a Carolina Christian 1-A Conference match on Friday at Walnut Creek Country Club. Cary Christian finished at 186, while Village Christian...

Coker sweeps CVAC doubleheader from MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coker (S.C.) College scored two unearned runs in the first inning and pitcher Somer Bigham made it stand with a three-hitter as Mount Olive fell 2-1 in game two of an NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference...

Napoles notches 10 kills in defeat

MOUNT OLIVE -- Albert Napoles recorded five of his team-high 10 kills in game three, but it was not enough as Mount Olive fell 30-27, 30-19, 34-32 to Lees-McRae in a men's volleyball match Saturday afternoon at College Hall. The...

Friday, April 8, 2005

The JUCO Gang

News-Argus/Gabe Whisnant Ten junior college baseball players from the News-Argus coverage area met Wednesday afternoon at Lenoir Community College for a Region X contest. For more information see XXX.-->...

The JUCO Gang

KINSTON -- Lenoir Community College's home game Wednesday against Louisburg seemed like a professional All-Star game with each coach pitching by committee -- throwing no hurler more than two innings. And, for area baseball fans, the All-Star analogy rang even...

Opinion: Changes to schedule for Post 11

Twenty-six regular-season contests, including a pair of three-day invitationals, comprise the 2005 Wayne County Post 11 baseball schedule released earlier this week. Coaches met Saturday afternoon to discuss the upcoming season and retool the regular-season and post-season formats in Area...

Prep sports

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's men's tennis team bounced back from two-straight losses with a 5-1 win over North Pitt at home on Thursday. The win improves the Gators to 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains/1-A...

MOC weekend preview

The Mount Olive College men's volleyball concludes its debut season, while softball wraps up conference play; and men's and women's tennis hit the road this weekend as spring sports seasons begin to wind down. The volleyball team, a first-year varsity...

MOC-Shepherd baseball

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. -- Stephen Nordan's two-run single - his fourth hit of the game - highlighted a five-run 12th inning and Bryan Corbett pitched the final eight-plus innings in relief as Mount Olive defeated Shepherd 8-6 in 12 innings...

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Kickin' in with the Heels at N. Lenoir

LAGRANGE -- A line stretching well outside out of North Lenoir's Wooten Gymnasium usually means the Hawks are getting ready to face archrivals Kinston or South Lenoir. Wednesday night the Wheat Swamp gymnasium was packed to capacity for another reason...

Eagles victimized by errors in loss

A comedy of errors Unfortunately, for the Rosewood baseball team, there would be no happy ending as in the Shakespearean play. Six errors punctuated their loss to visiting North Johnston, 8-4, in a game played Wednesday evening at The Nest....

Prep sports

Bannister, Hawks double up Gators SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Lenoir's Dustin Bannister struck out seven in 61/3 innings as the Hawks defeated Spring Creek 4-2 on Wednesday at the Gators' field. North Lenoir improved to 5-1 overall on the season,...

MOC Tennis

Harris honored MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College women's tennis player Lauren Harris has been named the NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's tennis player of the week. Harris won the decisive match in the Trojans' CVAC win over...

MOC softball

MOUNT OLIVE -- After scoring only one run on nine hits in the first game, Mount Olive College head softball coach Jaime Kylis told her players between games Wednesday afternoon that getting on base wasn't enough, that the team had...

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

MOC wins battle of Division II tennis titans

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College head men's tennis coach Burt Lewis says he doesn't know if Tuesday's win over Barton is the biggest in the program's history. "If it isn't the biggest, it has to be close," said Lewis....

Warriors outpitch rival Saints

Tyler Ham carried those two thoughts with him to the plate against archrival Southern Wayne and delivered in stirring fashion on the Eastern Wayne diamond. Ham's one-out single kept a sixth-inning rally alive and Chris Davis polished off the Saints...

Indians too much for Mount Olive in exhibition

KINSTON -- Mount Olive College hung tough against a major-league pitcher for the second straight year, but also lost for the second straight year 6-0 to the Kinston Indians in the annual exhibition game between the teams Tuesday night at...

Gators lack bite against Farmville Central

Unraveling the riddle of Spring Creek baseball fortunes remains a mystery to head coach Roger May. "I don't know," he said, after Farmville Central shut out his Gators, 11-0, in a five-inning Class 1-A Carolina Conference contest. "I wish I...

Southern Wayne rolls: Eastern Wayne kept winless on softball field

Southern Wayne's softball team evened their Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference mark at 3-3 and left Eastern Wayne still searching for its first win with a 12-2 win in five innings at New Hope on Tuesday. The Saints (5-4 overall)...

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

MAY DAY: UNC wins fourth NCAA title

ST. LOUIS -- Team vs. Talent? Nonsense. North Carolina was so much more than just a bunch of ball-hogging, slam-dunking, soon-to-be NBAers. This was a quite a team -- with just the right coach, too. The Tar Heels were floating...

NCAA Commentary: Seeing is believing

ST. LOUIS -- Roy Williams started walking slowly up the sideline as the longest three seconds of his life ticked off the clock. Instead of jumping, shouting or even pumping a fist, he calmly reached up to make sure his...

C.B. Aycock golfers pull away at ECC match

No falling from the perch this time. A year ago, Charles B. Aycock owned a scant six-stroke lead against nemesis West Carteret and watched it vanish after a tough outing on the par-72 Lane Tree Golf Course. The Patriots eventually...

Lady Hawks overcome 1-hit performance, complete season sweep

LAGRANGE -- Like most of the softball matchups between Charles B. Aycock and North Lenoir, the hit-total was low and relatively even. Despite getting just one hit, the undefeated Lady Hawks and pitcher Morgan Worthington took advantage of their control...

Falcons halt N. Lenoir's win streak

PIKEVILLE -- Two innings of defensive miscues and inconsistent pitching aided Charles B. Aycock's effort in halting North Lenoir's eight-game win streak Monday afternoon. The Golden Falcons sent 18 batters to the plate in the third and fourth innings combined,...

MOC visits K-Tribe tonight

The Mount Olive College baseball team gets to play for "fun" tonight as the Trojans head to Kinston to take on the Kinston Indians of the Carolina League in their annual exhibition game. Game time is 7 p.m. at Grainger...

Monday, April 4, 2005

Davis records 250th career win at CBA

WILSON -- The Charles B. Aycock baseball team presented veteran head coach Charles Davis with his 250th career victory Friday -- an 8-1, non-conference decision against Wilson Beddingfield. Jackson Massey delivered his first-ever varsity home run, a two-RBI blast in...

Staatz, Corbett shut down Anderson in CVAC twinbill

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Justin Staatz went the distance and Jonathan Pullen's two-run double highlighted a five-run fifth inning as Mount Olive defeated Anderson (S.C.) College 10-4 in game one of an NCAA Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball doubleheader Sunday...

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Elite Eight loss leaves MOC hungry

MOUNT OLIVE -- Under pressure. The Mount Olive College basketball team, fresh off its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, wouldn't have it any other way. If only the Trojans could find the time to relax and...

Harmon leads Princeton to win in Deacon Jones finale

PRINCETON -- Princeton sophomore Kyle Harmon picked up his first career win and slugged his first home run at the varsity level as the host Bulldogs raced past Spring Creek 11-1 in the finale of the fourth annual Deacon Jones...

Friday, April 1, 2005

MOC's Busch named first-team All-America

MOUNT OLIVE - Mount Olive College outside hitter Heidi Busch was named to the 2004 Daktronics Division II Women's Volleyball All-America First Team, it was announced Thursday. The All-America award is the second for Busch, who earned American Volleyball Coaches...

GRADUATE GLANCE: Narron working through injury

Former Eastern Wayne and East Carolina University standout Sam Narron went into his first Spring Training with the Milwaukee Brewers' organization with obvious excitement. The left-hander admits, maybe a little too much. The 23-year old Narron developed tendonitis early in...

Quick facts about UNC basketball

* North Carolina is playing in an NCAA-record, 16th Final Four and its seventh in the last 15 years * The Tar Heels have reached at least one Final Four in each of the last seven decades, most recently in...