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Sunday, July 31, 2005

YMCA SPRINT TRIATHLON - Swim, bike, run, win

Stephen Frank is a U.S. Air Force pilot by trade, and a triathlete on the side. He doesn't move nearly as fast as the aircraft he flies, but his time of one hour, 19 minutes and 11 seconds was good...

YMCA SPRINT TRIATHLON - Only one can cross the finish line first, but victories still abound

They are all winners. In a triathlon, only one person can cross the finish line first, but 106 competitors scored a victory of some sort on Saturday morning. Whether it was winning an age group, finishing with a personal best...

All-Stars bow out

WINTERVILLE -- The Wayne County All-Stars beat Wilson County 8-1 in the losers' bracket of the 2005 Babe Ruth 14U Southeast Regional before falling to Pitt County to bow out of the tournament. Against Wilson, Jordan Hill had two doubles...

Friday, July 29, 2005

All-Stars lose heartbreaker

WINTERVILLE -- What began as a strong pitcher's duel turned into a wild, nightmarish ending -- particularly for Wayne County -- on day two of the Babe Ruth 14U Southeast Regional. Oviedo (Fla.) profited from three errors and one controversial...

Blue Rocks one-hit K-Tribe, win 9-0

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Tommy Hottovy, Felix Romero and Ryan Schroyer combined on a one-hit shutout of the Kinston Indians as the Blue Rocks took the series opener, 6-0, on Thursday night. It was the fourth time this season that Wilmington...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

SWCC back in business

MOUNT OLIVE -- Back in business. The board members at Southern Wayne Country Club inspected the newly-renovated greens Monday and granted approval for play beginning Friday morning. The decision comes two weeks ahead of schedule after the 6,265-yard course underwent...

ECU baseball, soccer add coaches

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Former Mercer University assistant coach Link Jarrett has been named the new hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head baseball coach Randy Mazey Wednesday. Jarrett comes to...

Kinston falls to Keys

FREDERICK, Md. -- Nate Spears singled to drive in Bryan Bass in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Frederick Keys avoided a sweep by defeating the visiting Kinston Indians, 3-2. Pitching and defense was prevalent in the third...

What's happening

RYSA soccer The final registration period for the Rosewood Youth Sports Association soccer league is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. The league is for players ages 5-12. The registration fee is $50, which includes a full uniform. For more...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

K-Tribe impressive

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Kinston Indians' offense was too much for the Frederick Keys to handle for the second night in a row as the visiting K-Tribe jumped out to a comfortable lead, scoring in each of the first four...

ECU's Holtz selected

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- East Carolina's Skip Holtz has been named to the 2006 Hula Bowl coaching staff announced Tuesday by the American Football Coaches Association. Holtz, who became ECU's 19th head football coach in December, will join 2005...

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Wayne County racing team living in fast lane

Eddie Massengill doesn't do it for the money. Neither does Curtis Venable. And for now, that's a good thing, too. Massengill drives stock cars for Venable, and gets paid when he runs a good race -- perhaps. "If he does...

Wayne racing team in Hooters Pro Cup Series

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Goldsboro Pro Cup driver Eddie Massengill (67) clears the sliding car of Gabi DiCarlo (93) during Saturday night's Merchant Tire and Auto Centers 250 at Southern National Speedway in Kenly. For more information see Wayne County racing...

Wayne County 14s to play in regional tourney

WINTERVILLE -- Call it the "North Carolina-Florida Invitational" with Virginia as a special guest. Pitt County, Wayne County and Wilson County comprise the Tarheel State field. Ovieda and Normandy represent the Sunshine State. Glen Allen is the lone competitor from...

Kinston beats Keys

Frederick committed a season-high six errors as Kinston stopped James Johnson from becoming the first Keys pitcher to win 10 games since 1999 as the Tribe posted a 9-3 win on Monday night. Nick Markakis gave the Keys an early...

Monday, July 25, 2005

Kinston splits twinbill

KINSTON -- Mike Conroy drove in the game-tying and winning runs as Kinston defeated Potomac 4-3 in eight innings to split a doubleheader with the Potomac Nationals on Sunday. The split moved Kinston to 12-17 in the second half and...

Kinston claims Saturday contest

KINSTON -- Rodney Choy Foo continued his hot hitting with the decisive RBI double in the seventh and Tom Mastny matched a season-high with eight strikeouts as Kinston defeated Potomac 4-3 before 1,346 fans Saturday night at historic Grainger Stadium....

What's happening

RYSA soccer An additional registration period for the Rosewood Youth Sports Association soccer league is scheduled for July 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. The league is for players ages 5-12. The registration fee is $50, which includes a full...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Hurricanes 10-Under qualify for Super WS

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Near-flawless defense and aggressive hitting enabled the Hurricanes 10-Under softball team to claim the World Fast-pitch Connection Class B World Series title last weekend. The Hurricanes finished 6-1 and qualified for the Super World Series scheduled for...

MOC fall schedules announced

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's men's soccer team opens with a pair of exhibition games, starting with a trip to Greenville on August 20 to take on Division I East Carolina. The Trojans play host to North Carolina Wesleyan two...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Southern Wayne Country Club renovations near completion

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tree-lined Bermuda grass fairways and small Bermuda greens make Southern Wayne Country Club's picturesque golf course unique. But the 6,200-yard course drew the ire of competitors during the final round of this year's Wayne County Men's Amateur....

For the love of the games

The faces change, the seasons roll. In the minor leagues, change is a barreling locomotive. It takes familiarity and discards it like a day-old newspaper. The locomotive works faster than a mover being paid by the job -- it will...

Kinston suffers another loss

KINSTON -- Frederick never trailed for the third straight night and won three out of four from Kinston, capped by an 11-3 win before 1,510 fans in the series finale Thursday night at historic Grainger Stadium. Nine of Frederick's 18...

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Wayne County natives volunteer at U.S. Open

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Wayne County natives Randy Collier and Jimmy Gillikin both experienced just that as they served as volunteer marshalls for the U.S. Open in Pinehurst in June. Both avid golfers, the pair were two of 5,500 volunteers, which...

Kinston falls

KINSTON -- James Johnson threw six great innings and the Kinston offense was limited to just one run for the second straight night as Frederick defeated the Indians 5-1 before 800 fans at historic Grainger Stadium on Wednesday night. The...

West blanks East in All-Star event

GREENSBORO (AP) -- The West scored 23 points in the final 7:28 of the second quarter and registered the second-most lopsided victory in the 57-year history of the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game, 40-0 over the East....

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

What's happening

'91 Goldsboro Sting tryouts Neuse River Youth Soccer Association's '91 Goldsboro Sting Classic team will hold open tryouts on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Family YMCA Soccer Complex. Boys and Girls ages 13-14 are eligible for the Fall "Classic"...

Kinston falls to Frederick

KINSTON -- The Kinston Indians stranded seven runners in the first five innings and then failed to get a base runner in the final four innings as Frederick never trailed en route to a 5-1 win before 854 fans at...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Local activities

'91 Goldsboro Sting tryouts Neuse River Youth Soccer Association's '91 Goldsboro Sting Classic team will hold open tryouts on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Family YMCA Soccer Complex. Boys and Girls ages 13-14 are eligible for the Fall "Classic"...

Monday, July 18, 2005

Local activities

RYSA soccer Two additional registration periods for the Rosewood Youth Sports Association soccer league are scheduled for July 23 and 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. The league is for players ages 5-12. The registration fee is $50, which includes...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Three playoffs highlight day 2 of Junior Golf Classic

There were few signs of joy and elation coming off the ninth and 18th greens in the final round of the first annual Junior Golf Classic of Eastern North Carolina. Long gone was the cocky, self-assuredness of those boasting of...

MOC coaches react to IOC decision

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College head baseball coach Carl Lancaster doesn't expect baseball to suffer too much from being cut from the Olympics. Conversely, Trojan head softball coach Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham considers the elimination of softball from the Olympics devastating....

Outdoors -- First dove season opens Sept. 3

The first segment of this year's dove season will open at noon on Saturday, September 3. That decision was made by the Wildlife Resources Commission Wednesday. The opening segment will be from Sept. 3 through Oct. 8. During the first...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Golfers battle "The Creek"

They fought "The Creek" -- and in most cases, "The Creek" won. Out of the 168 golfers who took part in the inaugural Junior Golf Classic of Eastern North Carolina at the Walnut Creek Country Club on Thursday, only seven...

Area standouts prepare for respective East-West games

They're excited, honored and ready to have some fun. A trio of area athletes -- Chris Campbell (Eastern Wayne, basketball), Karter Yutzy (Princeton, basketball) and Shonte Barnes (C.B. Aycock, football) -- won't have much to prove when they take the...

OPINION -- Realignment gives new look to prep scene

Everything old is new again. Three area conferences involving schools in the News-Argus coverage area retained their names, but changed their looks geographically in the latest N.C. High School Athletic Association realignment. The Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference has six...

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Narron enjoys All-Star break at home

Jerry Narron's to-do list included watering plants, some yard work and pitching batting practice with his son. And he loved every minute of it. The Cincinnati Reds interim manager and Wayne County native spent his All-Star break at home, enjoying...

Narron sees Nats as biggest surprise

Like most, Jerry Narron feels the Washington Nationals are the biggest surprise in the National League this season. The former Montreal Expos have the second-best record in the NL and are currently 21/2 games up on an injury-riddled but resilient...

Eisen steps in as MOC AD

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeff Eisen knows a thing or two about success. During his seven years as director of athletics at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, the Red Flash won 29 Northeast Conference championships, had 19 academic All-Americans and four...

Local trio to play baseball at MOC

Two former area baseball players are coming home, while a third has decided not to leave his own backyard. Erik Lovett and Graham Wooten, who helped lead Louisburg Junior College to back-to-back Region X titles, and Eastern Wayne graduate Jesse...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Wiggins takes over WCDS varsity boys' job

Building trust and creating stability in the coaching ranks is Chad Wiggins' top priorities as the new varsity boys' basketball coach Wayne Country Day School. A former Charger, Wiggins is the fourth coach in at least the last seven years...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Kinston falls in day game

KINSTON -- Ryan Rodriguez carried a no-hitter into the eighth and claimed his league-leading ninth win of the year as Winston-Salem defeated Kinston 5-2 before 3,048 fans Monday afternoon at historic Grainger Stadium. The Warthogs improved to 10-7 in the...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Taylor's 3-run HR ends Aycock's Junior Legion season

LAGRANGE -- Mike Taylor cranked a three-run home run as D.H. Conley eliminated Aycock 8-5 from the American Junior Legion playoffs contested Saturday at North Lenoir High School. D.H. Conley and top-seeded Lenoir County advance to the next round of...

K-Tribe falters in 10th inning

KINSTON -- Winston-Salem scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning and went on to defeat Kinston 8-3 at historic Grainger Stadium on Sunday evening. The win moved Winston-Salem to 9-7 in the second half in Single A...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Roller-Coster season ends for Snow Hill

KINSTON -- In a season of "ups and downs," Friday night's 12-10 loss to Kinston in game three of a best-of-three, Senior American Legion Area I East Division Series proved to be a microcosm of Snow Hill's season. Post 94...

Indians on-hit for second time in 7-0 loss

KINSTON--The Kinston Indians were one-hit for the second time in their last 11 games as Matt Goodson won his Carolina League debut for Wilmington in a 7-0 Blue Rocks win before 2,200 fans at historic Grainger Stadium Friday night. The...

Friday, July 8, 2005

Playoff road ends for Post 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Area I East Division title is up for grabs. Wilson Post 13 dethroned defending champion Wayne County Post 11 with yet another come-from-behind victory Thursday evening in their first-round series. Two seventh-inning errors allowed Post 13...

Snow Hill evens first-round series with Kinston

SNOW HILL -- Snow Hill's Senior American Legion team avoided elimination in their best-of-three, first round Area I East series with Kinston as Post 94 rolled to an 8-3 win against Post 43 on Thursday night at the James R....

Wayne County 13s advance in district play

SNOW HILL -- The Wayne County 13-U Babe Ruth baseball team opened district play with an 11-4 victory against Greene County on Thursday evening. Carson Daly led Wayne County with three hits, while Matt Neal provided two. Neal, Josh Frederick...

Thursday, July 7, 2005

Post 11 now facing elimination

WILSON -- Just when Wayne County Post 11 seemed to grab momentum Wednesday evening against Wilson Post 13, one inning of defensive miscues turned the tide at historic Fleming Stadium. A two-error inning led to five unearned runs as Post...

Snow Hill falls in game one to Kinston

KINSTON -- Like most four versus five match-ups in tournament play, Snow Hill Post 94 and Kinston Post 43 dueled practically evenly on Wednesday night at Kinston High School. The difference -- Post 43 got some timely hits in the...

Area roundup

DUDLEY -- Wayne County's Walker Gourley and Nolan Lancaster provided the lone hits for Post 11 in a 5-1 loss at home to D.H. Conley on Wednesday at home. Wayne County (6-10 overall) concluded division play at 5-7 and will...

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Bring on Wilson

KINSTON -- Wayne County's Senior American Legion make-up game on Tuesday at Kinston figured to have some bearing on the Area I East standings and playoff pairings with Post 11 and Beaufort County seemingly still battling for the second spot...

Forbes named ECU assitant

GREENVILLE -- Former Winthrop University assistant head coach Scott Forbes has been named the new hitting instructor at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head baseball coach Randy Mazey Tuesday. A former standout at North Carolina Wesleyan, Forbes...

Kinston drops sixth straight

Kinston blew a four-run lead for the second straight night as the Winston-Salem Warthogs came back for an 8-7 victory Tuesday to hand the Indians their sixth straight loss. The setback completed a three-game sweep at Ernie Shore Field, and...

Local roundup

LAGRANGE -- Tyler Wicks and Walker Gourley provided key, late-inning RBI hits as Wayne County Post 11 rallied past Lenoir County 6-5 in an American Junior Legion contest at North Lenoir High School on Tuesday evening. Post 11 seized the...

OPINION: Amid chaos, questions need to be answered

This has -- undoubtedly -- been the most unorganized 30-plus days involving American Legion baseball teams in the Area I East Division ranks. The saga -- or chaos, if you will -- started in the preseason when Area I Commissioner...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Wayne playing it cool, loose

MOUNT OLIVE -- "Play like boxer shorts -- cool and loose." The new mantra created by Wayne County Post 11 assistant coach John Gourley undoubtedly had a positive effect Monday evening against Nash County Post 58. Post 11 looked calm...

Legion baseball

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Post 11 catcher Tyler Hamm blocks the plate and tags out a Wilson baserunner during Saturday's contest. Post 11 lost the game, but rebounded to beat Nash County 7-1 on Monday. For more information see Wayne playing...

Wilson blanks Post 11 Sunday

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne County managed just four hits against Wilson pitchers Brent Godwin and Alan Corbett as Post 11 dropped its fifth straight in a 4-0 loss to Post 13 on Sunday night at Scarborough Field. The two Area...

Snow Hill tops New Bern

NEW BERN -- Veteran Snow Hill Post 94 coach James "Rabbit" Fulghum felt that unwelcomed sense of "deja vu" Sunday evening when his team carried a four-run lead into the ninth inning against Area I East nemesis New Bern. Fulghum...

Area roundup

WILSON -- At Fleming Stadium on Monday night, Snow Hill American Legion Post 94 parlayed 13 hits and three Wilson errors into 14 runs to overpower Wilson Post 13. The 14 runs enacted the 10 run-lead rule as Snow Hill...

Eisen assumes AD duties at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeff Eisen begins his duties today as Director of Athletics at Mount Olive College, succeeding Dr. Mac Cassell, who stepped down to teach full-time. Eisen was announced in April as the new athletics director. Eisen spent the...

Monday, July 4, 2005

Happy Fourth of July

The Goldsboro News-Argus will not publish today, allowing the staff to enjoy our nation's Independence Day. We will publish again on Tuesday....

Sunday, July 3, 2005

Errors cost Post 11 at Snow Hill

SNOW HILL -- Four Wayne County errors led to six fifth-inning runs for Post 94 as Snow Hill got past reeling Post 11 on Friday night, 8-4. Wayne -- which has lost four of its last five games -- outhit...

Snow Hill suffers home loss

SNOW HILL -- Josh Ashton and Brandon Scott delivered key, late-inning hits as Pitt County 39 rallied for an 8-5 victory Saturday evening at Snow Hill Post 94. With the come-from-behind victory, Post 39 seized a commanding 1 1/2-game lead...

Local roundup

AHOSKIE -- Wayne County and Ahoskie combined for 29 hits as Post 11 suffered another set-back -- falling 13-11 at Hertford County High School on Saturday night in Area I East Senior Legion action. The loss, the fifth in six...

Outdoors -- Substitute bill for salt water license

A House committee of the N.C. General Assembly has approved a substitute to the Senate "salt water fishing license" bill. It represents a major departure from the measure passed by the Senate in April. Under the House substitute the present...

Friday, July 1, 2005

Coley presented game ball

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Jacob Coley (right) and his grandfather, Jerry Waddell, huddle up with the Wayne County Legion team before Thursday night's game at Mount Olive College. Coley, who has cerebral palsy, was presented with a game ball and spent...

Post 11 squanders scoring chances, falls in Area I East play

MOUNT OLIVE -- An unexpected two-day layoff should have given Wayne County Post 11 a chance to refocus -- especially offensively -- heading into the final weekend of regular-season play. But Post 11 continued to look lethargic at the plate...

Post 11 Juniors split with Pitt County West

DUDLEY -- Wayne County Post 11 prevailed in a suspended game against Pitt County West, but dropped the nightcap in a Junior American Legion doubleheader Thursday evening at Southern Wayne High School. Garrett Barfield, Walker Gourley and Michael Mintz each...