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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Key starters return as Snow Hill seeks third East crown since 2001

SNOW HILL -- Veteran Snow Hill American Legion coach James "Rabbit" Fulghum returns six regular starters to a Post 94 team that finished third in the Area One East South Division last season. Returning for Snow Hill are infielders John...

Local sports

Scott provides key outing for Post 94 AHOSKIE -- Snow Hill's Jordan Scott went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI as Post 94 outlasted Ahoskie 7-6 in their American Legion opener on Tuesday. Hunter Chase added three...

Barbecue dinner to benefit scholarship

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne County American Legion Post 11 members are holding a barbecue cookout June 5 in honor of former baseball standout Josh Brinkley, who tragically lost his life Oct. 15, 2003. Plates are $5 and will be served...

Monday, May 30, 2005

2005 Wayne County Men's Amateur tee times

Here are the first- and second-round tee times for the annual Wayne County Men's Amateur, scheduled to begin play Friday. Sunday tee times may be obtained by phoning 580-4187 or visiting the www.wmcagolf.com Website after 9 p.m. Saturday. Round 1...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Wayne Country Day Athletic Awards

FALL SPORTS GIRL'S JV VOLLEYBALL Most Improved Bre Radford Coaches' Award Danielle Holland MCP Ellen Elmore GIRL'S VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Most Improved Whitney Nagle Coaches' Award Caroline Lewis MVP Offense Amanda Benton MVP Defense Heather Daughtery MVP Laura Ziemer CROSS COUNTRY...

SC tennis

BURLINGTON -- Western domination. No eastern men's tennis team has been able to solve the enigma since the N.C. High School Athletic Association split Class 1-A and 2-A into separate dual-team championships. In fact, the western teams have yet to...

Recreational fishing report

Courtesy N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck, & Beaufort Counties Charterboats: Lots of dolphin, lesser amounts of tuna caught offshore. Midrange charters are catching tautog, black sea Bass, and tilefish. Inshore charters are catching mostly bluefish...

NL baseball

LAGRANGE -- Picture perfect. That's the best way to describe North Lenoir's 5-2 win over visiting Randleman. On a beautiful night, before a standing room only crowd in Wheat Swamp, Hawks' coach Jim Montague's club wrapped up the Class 2-A...

MOC roundup

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College head women's soccer coach Chris Shaw has signed four more student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, it was announced Wednesday. The signees bring this year's total to six, including two student-athletes who signed in February. Among...

GC tennis

BURLINGTON -- Unlike last year's state-title tilt, the rematch between Class 2-A men's tennis powers Greene Central and Charlotte Catholic held little drama Saturday. Catholic dominated nearly every match and successfully defended its N.C. High School Athletic Association championship by...

ECU baseball

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Back-to-back doubles in the seventh put Houston on top for good as the Cougars eliminated ECU from the 2005 C-USA Tournament with a 6-4 victory over the Pirates Friday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park. East Carolina drops...

Friday, May 27, 2005

Hall makes school history, Rams win another East title

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central men's tennis standout Lin Hall never thought he'd have a chance of breaking the school record for career singles victories. 103 wins? You're kidding, right? Hall considered the feat, set by Allison Cobb, untouchable until...

Falcon-eyed

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Charles B. Aycock catcher Kandace Burroughs looks to the dugout for a sign Thursday night during the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. For more information see Return to Walnut Creek: C.B. Aycock advances past ECC 3-A...

Return to Walnut Creek: C.B. Aycock advances past ECC 3-A foe

PIKEVILLE -- No surprise, Charles B. Aycock's Jenny Jackson and South Central's Jessie Odom -- with 31 wins between them this season -- staged a pitcher's duel most of Thursday night with a berth in the Class 3-A N.C. High...

NCCSIA honors MOC's Nordan

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College infielder Stephen Nordan was named to the 2005 NCCSIA All-State Baseball Team (College Division), as selected by members of the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. Nordan, a sophomore from Benson (Clayton High School),...

North Lenoir softball team now 23-1 heading into Walnut Creek

LAGRANGE -- Scouting reports are hard to come by in the playoffs, regardless of the sport. But with a little help from an inside source, the North Lenoir softball team earned a return trip to the N.C. High School Athletic...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Old GOAT? Broncos sign Rice

DENVER -- The Greatest Of All Time wants to finish his career as a backup with the Denver Broncos. Jerry Rice, the NFL's career leading receiver, signed a one-year deal Wednesday with the Broncos, where he'll compete for a spot...

Cavanaugh's walk-off homer lifts ECU

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Brian Cavanaugh hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as East Carolina won in dramatic fashion over Houston, 6-5, in the first game of the 2005 Conference USA Baseball Tournament at...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Spring Creek will play for Class 1-A dual-team title

FARMVILLE -- Spring Creek turned its third chance at a regional men's dual-team tennis title into gold Tuesday afternoon. Senior Ricky Galloway delivered a match-clinching forehand smash at the net and the Gators seized their first-ever N.C. High School Athletic...

Bagley, Jaguars derail Princeton in third round

PRINCETON -- No late-inning rally. No return engagement in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A finals. No season sweep of Farmville Central. Brad Bagley pitched a six-hitter, and Tommy Cobb and Jordan Corbett drove in two runs each...

Golden Falcons advance into third round of NCHSAA softball playoffs

PIKEVILLE -- If it was experience for his youthful team that West Brunswick softball coach Joe Nobles was looking for in coming to its second-round N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A matchup at C.B. Aycock yesterday afternoon, his wish...

Saints' playoff run comes to end

WINTERVILLE -- Mere minutes removed from a 4-1 loss to South Central in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs, a smile came to the face of Southern Wayne coach Brad Matthews. Sure, the...

Prep sports: North Lenoir tennis team downs previously unbeaten Gray's Creek

HOPE MILLS -- North Lenoir prevailed in two of three doubles matches and upset previously unbeaten Gray's Creek 5-4 in their N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A dual-team men's tennis semifinal Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks (17-3) advanced to Thursday's...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Daily double: Rosewood introduces two new coaches

A hometown boy. A longtime assistant. Patience and loyalty have a way of paying off -- and two coaches hit the daily double at Rosewood High School on Monday afternoon. "Growing up, I always wanted to come back home. ......

Playoff win serves as addition to Hawks' tradition

LAGRANGE -- Words just couldn't describe the importance of North Lenoir's eastern semifinal baseball contest against tradition-rich Whiteville. So, Hawks coach Jim Montague did the next best thing. He assembled his players behind their dugout. Silhouetted by a bright sun,...

OPINION: Defining 'sports'

Watching Afleet Alex run the Preakness was something like watching Dante Bichette run the bases a few years back, although it turned out to be the most athletic thing that happened all weekend. But is horse racing a sport? The...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Post 11 wins pair in Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- Two right-handed pitchers emerged victorious in their American Legion debut Sunday afternoon at Buck Hardee Field. Brandon Price, a sophomore at Charles B. Aycock, appeared in middle relief and helped Wayne County edge Sumter (S.C.) Post 15...

Sunday, May 22, 2005

A long time coming: Saints earn first playoff win in 10 seasons

WINDSOR -- Southern Wayne pitcher Karen Thornton sat with her teammates and tossed the softball up in the air while listening to coach Brad Matthews' postgame speech Saturday afternoon. Thornton's eyes never the left the bright-yellow sphere scuffed with bat...

Post 11's success relies on pitching

MOUNT OLIVE -- If pitching is a cornerstone to success, then Wayne County Post 11 just might build the foundation for another Area I East title this season. A solid nucleus returns, including two hurlers who fashioned perfect campaigns in...

The gift that keeps giving: Princeton advances into Round 3

PRINCETON -- His birthday present arrived a day early, but that was just fine for Princeton High pitcher Dustin Myers. The Bulldogs' 4-3 win over visiting Topsail was not only exactly what he wanted, but also propelled his team into...

2004-05 Goldsboro High Award Winners

Goldsboro High School 2004-05 Award Winners MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: JARRETT BRYANT FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: ASHELYN JAMES MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: CLIFTON LAWSON FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: ASHELYN JAMES * VARSITY FOOTBALL: MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE PLAYER: JARRETT BRYANT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:...

OPINION: Unlikely savior

One person in America can save open-wheel racing. It isn't IRL founder Tony George. Some would say he ruined it. And it isn't Roger Penske or Mario Andretti. Both men tried and failed to bring the feuding leagues back together....

Friday, May 20, 2005

Whitfield enshrined in N.C. Hall of Fame

RALEIGH -- Until Thursday afternoon, local baseball legend George Whitfield had never visited the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. He walked around the winding, exhibit in a third-floor corner of the N.C. Museum of Natural History in downtown Raleigh...

Business-like Hawks advance as Worthington throws two-hit shutout

LAGRANGE -- Business as usual. North Lenoir opened defense of its Class 2-A eastern regional softball crown in convincing fashion Thursday evening. Senior right-hander Morgan Worthington tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a 6-0 conquest of Graham in the N.C. High...

Win keeps ECU's NCAA hopes alive

GREENVILLE --Adam Witter's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scored Brian Cavanaugh from second as ECU won in dramatic fashion over Saint Louis Thursday, 8-7. The Pirates (33-21, 17-11) have now won six straight C-USA series openers...

Marion Jones wants back in Europe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marion Jones' attorney has asked track's world governing body and the U.S. Olympic Committee to help end a ban imposed on the three-time gold-medal winner by major European track meets. Rich Nichols, Jones' Dallas-based attorney, sent the...

NHL, players hold 14-hour meeting in New York

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association met for 14 hours Thursday in the longest bargaining session since the lockout began last September. Little progress was made, but there was good dialogue on many topics throughout the long...

PREAKNESS PREVIEW: Besides speed, Afleet Alex has personality

BALTIMORE -- He's got four legs and eats hay, yet there are times when Afleet Alex acts more like a human than a horse. "I don't know if you guys can see it, but it's like there's a little person...

MOC signs 8 men's soccer players

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College head men's soccer coach Jerry Riggs has signed eight student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, it was announced Wednesday. All eight signees, including one junior college transfer, are from North Carolina. Five have played in at...

IOC vice president resigns

LONDON -- Jailed IOC vice president Kim Un-yong resigned from the Olympic body Friday rather than face an expulsion vote in July, an Olympic source told The Associated Press. The 74-year-old Kim, currently serving a two-year prison term on embezzlement...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

C.B. Aycock rolls in first-round matchup

PIKEVILLE -- Going into the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, Charles B. Aycock coach David West emphasized aggressiveness at the plate during recent practices. Wednesday night at home against Erwin Triton, the extra focus paid off. The...

Focused Falcons

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber C.B. Aycock baserunner Jasmine Dobbin (3) scores the Golden Falcons' first run Wednesday night during the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A softball playoffs. C.B. Aycock defeated Erwin Triton and will face the winner between West...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hawks' inner fight pays off

SNOW HILL -- The self-confidence and inner fight North Lenoir's men's tennis has displayed at home this season continued Tuesday afternoon. The senior-laden Hawks controlled the singles matches and eliminated Fairmont 5-2 from the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class...

NCHSAA Class 2-A dual-team playoffs

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber North Lenoir junior Alex Mills returns a ball Tuesday afternoon during the NCHSAA Class 2-A dual-team playoffs. The senior-laiden Hawks advanced with a win over Fairmount. For more information see Hawks' inner fight pays off....

Southerland, Wilson Fike too much for Warriors

WILSON -- A career-high six walks? No problem for Wilson Fike staff ace Taylor Southerland. Eastern Wayne found itself in the wrong place at the wrong time -- and facing the wrong pitcher -- in the opening round of the...

Princeton opens playoffs with win

PRINCETON -- The next time you see Princeton head baseball coach Bruce Proctor, he just might be sporting a beard. A razor could be the last thing on his mind after last night's 'close shave' against North Brunswick. While the...

Demonized: E. Wayne soccer sent home

WILSON -- Wilson Fike freshman Sarah Sallenger posted a natural hat trick (three straight goals) as the Golden Demons turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 7-1 win at home against Eastern Wayne in the third round of the...

Refuse-to-lose Saints open playoffs

DUDLEY -- Two early-season comeback wins not only bolstered its confidence, but defined the character of the Southern Wayne softball team. Those one-run victories proved to veteran skipper Brad Matthews that he had a coachable squad. "These girls never quit,"...

Hawks soar over 'mystery' opponent

LAGRANGE -- With little known about Swansboro, his team's opponent in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2A playoffs, North Lenoir starting pitcher Stihl Sowers decided to create his own scouting report Tuesday. "I...

OPINION: Love, Boston style

Women swoon over his hair and good looks. Men admire his talent and hustle. Children love his easygoing demeanor and approachability. By all accounts, Johnny Damon is basking in his charmed existence -- an emerging New England cult figure as...

Prep Tennis

Gators topple Durham Arts DURHAM -- A new champion will be crowned in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern regional dual-team final scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon. Spring Creek made sure it would happen. The Gators prevailed...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NCHSAA baseball playoffs begin tonight

Of the 12 public schools in the News-Argus coverage area, only three qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Of course, only seven postseason spots were up for grabs in the three conferences -- Eastern Carolina 3-A, Eastern...

Hollywood ending: N. Lenoir claims EPC 2-A softball tourney crown

LAGRANGE -- A Hollywood screen writer couldn't have scripted a more-thrilling and gut-wrenching conclusion in Monday evening's Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference softball tournament final. With the game-winning run on third base, North Lenoir shortstop Leslie Oliver didn't flinch when...

MOC's Carter earns academic honor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College designated hitter Josh Carter has earned first team honors on the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District III baseball team (College Division), it was announced Monday. Carter is now eligible for Academic All-America...

Monday, May 16, 2005

Preps roundup

Darden-Hall blister opposition EDENTON -- Greene Central's top-seeded tandem of Brent Darden-Lin Hall dropped just one game en route to seizing the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A eastern regional doubles title on the John A. Holmes courts. Darden-Hall...

Sunday, May 15, 2005

EW's Collins claims two wins

GREENSBORO -- Eastern Wayne's Will Collins claimed first place Friday in the 1600 and 3200 at the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships as the standout distance runner captured his first state titles. The meet...

Area players perform well at 1-A regional

Despite losses in Saturday afternoon's eastern regional men's tennis finals, fourth-year Spring Creek coach Robert Jones couldn't have been more pleased with his players' efforts. Neither Cliff Wilson nor the doubles of James Potts-Ricky Galloway folded when they faced critical...

NL falls in second round

LAGRANGE -- Oh-for-3. Success has been limited for members of the Carolina/Eastern Plains women's soccer conference in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A playoffs this season. In fact, wins have been scarce since the latest league realignment four...

Prep roundup

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock's doubles combination of Danny Fairchild and Brandon Howard fell in three sets to Washington's Kevin Stancil and Ben Peele in the Class 3-A Eastern Regional doubles championship, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0. Still, Fairchild and Howard, along...

Friday, May 13, 2005

Jackson tosses another no-hitter for CBA

PIKEVILLE -- A Senior Night celebration had an extended guest list Thursday evening at Charles B. Aycock. While Washington invaded the Falcons' Nest for a key, season-ending conference game, several folks from Southern Wayne were interested in the outcome as...

SW softball clinches playoff berth

DUDLEY -- Some age-old, coaching advice went a long way for the Southern Wayne softball team in a 5-3, playoff-clinching win at home against West Craven. With a N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoff berth on the...

Langston signs with Guilford

The Rosewood High-Guilford College football pipeline continues. The Eagles' all-time leader in passing yardage and touchdown tosses, quarterback Danny Langston, has decided to take his game to Guilford College next fall. Langston will join former teammate Troy Smith, a Guilford...

Prep roundup

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Adam Williams struck out eight batters against two walks in four innings of work in his final outing as a Golden Falcon -- helping Aycock to an 11-3 win at home against Washington. The game...

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Champions

Photo submitted The Wayne Christian School men's golf team captured its first-ever N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A championship Tuesday afternoon at the Fox Fire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst. Members of the championship team, the first...

EW tops Harnett Central

Eastern Wayne didn't bat an eyelash when Harnett Central punched in the first goal Wednesday evening. In fact, the Warriors' nerves seemed to disappear. After all, they've fallen behind 1-0 many times this season. Just like those previous occasions, Eastern...

Eagles endure loss

After coming out flat in the first half against Franklinton in the first round of the Class 1-A/2-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, Rosewood picked up their offensive intensity in the second half -- outshooting the Red Rams 10-3...

EW secures playoff berth

No motivation necessary last night in New Hope. Still smarting over their loss to Charles B. Aycock Tuesday, the Eastern Wayne baseball team came out and took care of business -- handling Kinston 11-1 in five innings. The win nails...

Wayne Christian wins state golf title

PINEHURST -- The third time is the charm. Runner-up each of the past two seasons, the Wayne Christian men's golf team seized the ultimate prize Tuesday afternoon at Fox Fire Resort. Jonathan Greene finished third overall in individual play and...

Humphrey named Region X player of the year

WINTERVILLE -- Following a stellar freshman season, Pitt Community College pitcher and North Lenoir graduate Hermia Humphrey was named the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region X Player of the Year. Humphrey spent time in the outfield and infield when...

Prep roundup

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's Devin Graves went the distance on the mound, striking out six against one walk, as the Gators defeated North Johnston 6-5 to close the regular season on Tuesday. Spring Creek (6-14 overall) finished the season...

NCHSAA track championships begin Friday

GREENSBORO -- Two area pole vaulters and one outstanding distance runner will compete for gold medals in the Classes 1-A and 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association track and field championships. In 1-A, Rosewood's Olivia Neal enters as the mideast...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

CBA tightens ECC playoff race

Don't fill in that playoff bracket yet. Charles B. Aycock turned in an impressive performance -- offensively and defensively -- Tuesday evening against county rival Eastern Wayne and kept its postseason dream alive. Sophomore left-hander Grant Sasser scattered three hits...

Princeton clinches outright Carolina title

For the second night in a row, Princeton found its stride at the plate in the late innings. On Tuesday night in front of a large crowd at rival Rosewood, the Bulldogs banged out four hits in a row in...

S. Nash ousts Warriors

BAILEY -- The good ride ended quickly for Eastern Wayne in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A men's dual-team tennis playoffs Tuesday afternoon. Battling nerves and committing uncharacteristic unforced errors proved crucial in a 6-0 loss at Southern...

Soccer playoffs set to begin

Five area soccer teams will look to improve on solid regular-season performances when the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs begin Wednesday. Charles B. Aycock opened the Class 3-A playoffs on Tuesday at West Johnston and dropped a 2-1 decision...

Prep roundup

Grubb tallies lone goal as Chargers upset No. 1 Greenfield WILSON -- Wayne Country Day's Christin Grubb scored midway through the first half on an assist from Mimi Bridgers as the Chargers upset Greenfield School 1-0 on the road on...

What's happening

B.G. Darden Golf Classic The seventh annual B.G. Darden Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday at the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course with an 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Format is four-man, captains choice. Cost is $300 for the...

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Clutch win

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Southern Wayne's Michael Steward lays down a bunt against Eastern Wayne. Eastern Wayne catcher Tyler Ham watches the bunt. For more information see Solid pitching and errorless defense lift Warriors to victory....

Solid pitching and errorless defense lift Warriors to victory

DUDLEY -- Clutch. The single word goes a long way in describing Eastern Wayne's performance in all facets in a 3-1 win on Monday at rival Southern Wayne. The Warriors played errorless defense behind senior ace Jesse Lancaster, who turned...

Barton next stop for Briggs

A pick-up game convinced Spenser Briggs he belonged on the Wilson Gymnasium court at Barton College. He missed a few shots and showed the nervousness of an incoming freshman, but he also enjoyed the teamwork displayed in the impromptu contest....

Crowe gets going in playoff victory

Georgia Crowe kept on shooting. And shooting. And shooting. Unlucky throughout the second half of the season, the Wayne Country Day sophomore finally found some good fortune Monday afternoon. Crowe collected the hat trick -- three goals -- as the...

Aycock clinches tie for title

PIKEVILLE -- An almost-perfect outing enabled Charles B. Aycock to clinch a tie for its third consecutive regular-season softball championship on Monday evening. Senior right-hander Jenny Jackson threw a no-hitter and faced just 21 batters in the Golden Falcons' 3-0...

Falcons fall in key ECC contest

PIKEVILLE -- Could a team possibly be "too up" for a must-win game? That might have been the bane of the C.B. Aycock baseball team. Visiting South Central registered a convincing 11-2 thrashing of the Golden Falcons on Monday night....

Prep roundup

Chargers claim historic playoff win AHOSKIE -- Wayne Country Day's Travis Davis yielded just three hits in seven innings of work -- striking out seven in the Chargers' 8-0 win at Ahoskie Ridecroft in the first round of the N.C....

Monday, May 9, 2005

Local sports calendar

Monday, May 9 Prep soccer N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs Class 1-A -- Community Christian at Wayne Country Day 4 p.m. Prep baseball South Central at C.B. Aycock 7 p.m. Tarboro High at Greene Central 7 p.m. Eastern Wayne...

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Eagles soar in NCISAA playoffs

Less than 20 minutes after the game-ending strikeout, a van pulled up near the sign sitting in front of Wayne Christian School. Moments later, two people exited the van and composed a simple message -- "Congrats baseball." The two words...

NHL makes new offer to players' association

NEW YORK -- The NHL made a new offer to the players' association during two days of negotiations in Toronto, but no headway was made toward ending the lockout. The sides met for 41/2 hours Friday on the heels of...

Suns' Nash edges Shaq for MVP nod

Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns has won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, sources told The Associated Press on Friday. The award will be announced today, and the league office has been silent regarding any details of the announcement....

Friday, May 6, 2005

No worries for playoff-bound Wayne Christian

Back-to-back losses in Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference play left Wayne Christian varsity baseball coach Tim Brannan a little un-nerved. Okay. A little worried. But those concerns quickly vanished. The Eagles rededicated themselves to finishing out the season on a...

Youth carries WCDS teams into playoffs

Young, but plays with heart. That's been the calling card for Wayne Country Day's varsity baseball and women's soccer teams this spring. The teams have had quality senior leadership, but the inexperienced youth has also been instrumental in their respective...

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Historic day for E. Wayne tennis team

Concerned about her team's mental attitude after a tough season-ending loss against county rival Charles B. Aycock, veteran Eastern Wayne men's tennis coach Nancy Dawson got her answer early Wednesday afternoon. Focused and determined on the key points, the Warriors...

Baddour does in Golden Falcons again

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne's Helen Baddour scored the game-winning goal against Charles B. Aycock for the second time this year as the Warriors closed out the regular season with a 2-1 win at the Golden Falcons' field on Wednesday. Baddour's...

Prep Roundup

Gators' Wilson wins conference title SNOW HILL -- Spring Creek's Cliff Wilson defeated Greene Central's Chris Hardy 6-2, 6-0 to win the overall Classes 2-A Eastern Plains/1-A Carolina Conference tournament championship. Wilson's win was the first overall title by a...

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Court date: Lovelady-Wilson III set for today

SNOW HILL -- Despite waiting five-plus hours to play their one singles match Tuesday evening, the top-seeded players in the Class 1-A Carolina Conference are where they belong -- in the finals. Spring Creek junior Cliff Wilson and Rosewood senior...

Mills, O'dell upend Greene Central duo

SNOW HILL -- No one had taken a court against Greene Central in doubles competition this season ... until Tuesday afternoon. North Lenoir's top-seeded tandem of Alex Mills-Jared O'dell labored through a few second-set mistakes to upend the Rams' Banks...

Overman's arm overwhelming in Eagles' road win

KENLY -- Rosewood ace Dustin Overman has put together quite a senior season. The right-hander struck out 11 North Johnston hitters against one walk - boosting his mark to 7-2 on the season after the Eagles' 9-3 road win on...

E. Wayne's Campbell signs with UNC-P

PEMBROKE -- UNC-Pembroke men's basketball coach Jason Tinsley has announced the signing of Eastern Wayne High School's Chris Campbell to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Braves next season. "Chris gives us a good athlete that can...

MOC duo completes second-round NCAA play

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mount Olive College golfer Eric Royster is tied for 52nd out of 90 golfers and Mikael Moberg is tied for 66th after second round play at the Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional of the 2005 NCAA Division II Men's...

The Local Beat

Warriors denied ECC 3-A tennis crown at C.B. Aycock PIKEVILLE -- The Charles B. Aycock men's tennis team prevailed in four tie-breaking matches and turned back Eastern Wayne 6-2 in their Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference regular-season finale Tuesday afternoon....

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Rosewood improves soccer playoff standing with draw

A tie was as good as a win for Rosewood's women's soccer team. Despite having their three game winning streak against North Johnston snapped after a hard-fought 2-2 tie at Branch Pope Field, the Eagles took the inside track to...

Warriors move closer to ECC 3-A tennis title

One more. The No. 1 doubles of Jared Stone-Drew Ziccardi toiled through a mid- match slump and lifted Eastern Wayne to a 5-3 decision against West Carteret on the Wayne Community College courts Monday afternoon. The victory moved the Warriors...

N. Johnston's McFadden joining MOC backcourt

KENLY -- The culmination of a freshman dream. The reward for four years of sweat and dedication. North Johnston guard Lakisha McFadden moved one step closer to her childhood dream of playing professional basketball Monday afternoon, signing to play at...

PREP ROUNDUP: Pittman cards 79 to lead C.B. Aycock into second

MOREHEAD CITY -- Charles B. Aycock's Redding Pittman fired a team-leading 79 at the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association East Regional as the Golden Falcons took second overall with a 320 at Brandywine Bay. Pittman proved to be...

MOC's Royster 29th at Division II championship

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Mount Olive College golfer Eric Royster is tied for 29th out of 90 golfers and Mikael Moberg is tied for 39th after first round play at the Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional of the 2005 NCAA Division II men's...

Monday, May 2, 2005

NCAA wait over for MOC golfers

MOUNT OLIVE -- For Mount Olive College senior Eric Royster, his collegiate golfing career will be extended by at least 54 holes. For Trojans freshman golfer Mikael Moberg, his trip back home to Sweden will be delayed by at least...

No. 24 car near-perfect at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- It's rare when a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver has an almost perfect race car. Jeff Gordon couldn't help but be a little in awe of the way his No. 24 Chevrolet performed during Sunday's Aaron's 499. "This...

Panthers seem content with wideout situation

CHARLOTTE (AP) -- When the Carolina Panthers were forced to release Pro Bowl wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, it appeared the team would have to fill a gaping hole in its receiving corps. Instead, the Panthers appear content to play with...

Sunday, May 1, 2005

"1-2-3 the 'Ship!" -- Eagles emerge CCC champs

"1-2-3 the 'Ship!" Wayne Christian's baseball team yelled that mantra before and after every contest this season, and never lost sight of its goal -- the Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference tournament title. The Eagles' dream turned into reality Friday...

Patriots deny Saints in key ECC 3-A tilt

DUDLEY -- The road into the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs just got a bit bumpier for the Southern Wayne baseball team. A pair of sophomore infielders delivered when it counted most Friday night as visiting West Carteret dealt...

Aycock easily dismantles West Craven

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's 12-2 win at home on Friday against West Craven started with a blast and ended with a bomb -- both delivered by a couple of sophomores. Lead-off hitter Bradley Taylor, who finished with three hits...

Ninth-inning walks aid Saints in ECC softball

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's Lindsey Pearsall took a few swings outside the box and stepped back to the plate. The umpire signaled "three balls, two strikes" and pointed to the pitcher. West Carteret hurler Kimberly Allen went into her wind-up...

Trojan men finish 34th nationally in tennis

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive moved up five spots to No. 34 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II Men's Tennis National Rankings, the final ranking of the regular season. The Trojans are also ranked No. 10 in the...

Lancaster hurls one-hitter for Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Julia Lancaster struck out eight against two walks in four innings of work in the Golden Falcons 13-0 win at home over West Craven on Friday. Lancaster allowed just one hit, while Jenny Jackson came...