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Monday, October 31, 2005

National champs! - Goldsboro 3.0 Women seize title

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The Goldsboro Country Club women's 3.0 tennis team emerged the national champion with a 2-1 decision against Oswego (Ore.) on Sunday afternoon in the USTA League Tennis Senior National Championships play at the Riviera Resort and...

Eastern Wayne's Lawrence emerges 3-A regional champion

RED OAK -- Eastern Wayne senior Michael Lawrence emerged the 2005 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Eastern Regional men's cross-country champion Saturday at Nash Central. Lawrence recorded a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds on the 3.1-mile...

Trojan spikers dominate Belmont Abbey

BELMONT -- Anna Luft and Sam Mitchell recorded 19 kills apiece and Heidi Busch moved into eighth place on the NCAA II all-time career kills list as Mount Olive defeated Belmont Abbey 30-25, 30-25, 33-35, 30-17 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference...

Sunday, October 30, 2005

1-A Volleyball playoffs -- Rosewood keeps rolling

Take a game off us? Maybe. Win in our house? Not a chance. Perennial power Pender pounded out a 25-6, opening-set victory Saturday evening against Rosewood. But the Eagles never flinched and responded with a resounding knockout of their own...

Goldsboro boosts playoff hopes

Halloween, that bewitching holiday associated with tomfoolery arrives Monday, but Goldsboro High's football team turned an early trick and provided its sparse Senior Night crowd with a thrilling treat on Friday evening at Cougar Stadium. Treme Boone's halfback option pass...

CBA takes fourth straight from EW

PIKEVILLE -- Cortez Gilbert and Dontay Taylor scored two touchdowns each and Thomas Pilkington threw for three scores and ran for another as Charles B. Aycock beat cross-county rival Eastern Wayne 44-27 on Friday night. It was the Golden Falcons'...

Unbeaten NJ blanks Gators

KENLY -- North Johnston's defense held Spring Creek to just 10 yards of total offense and four first downs as the Panthers improved to 10-0 overall for the first time in school history with a 31-0 win at home over...

Hunt blanks SW

DUDLEY -- With Wilson Hunt's 23-0 win at Southern Wayne on Friday night, it will all come down to one game this week for first-place honors in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference. The Warriors (9-1, 4-0 ECC) will travel to...

Rebels slip past Rosewood

CALYPSO -- North Duplin senior running back Montreal Garner made the most of Senior Night, rushing for 216 yards as the Rebels rallied to defeat the Rosewood 22-20 on Friday night at Grubbs Athletic Field. Led by Garner and the...

JK captures seventh straight

WARSAW -- Sophomore Shawn Jones passed for a career-high three touchdowns and senior Ronnie Williams ran for 162 yards and another score to lead James Kenan to its eighth straight victory with a 44-0 whitewashing of Union. The victory Friday...

GC defense stays strong

FARMVILLE -- Greene Central's defense limited Farmville Central to 132 yards and five first downs as the Rams remained unbeaten in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference with a 15-6 victory at the Jaguars' stadium on Friday. Greene Central (6-4,...

A-G drills Bulldogs

Courtesy Greenville Reflector PRINCETON -- Ayden-Grifton's Daniel Greene ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown, while also collecting eight tackles and blocking a punt for the Chargers, who rolled past Princeton 49-0 in a Class 1-A Carolina Conference game on...

Prep roundup -- RHS soccer clinches playoff berth

Rosewood's Trey Kriger dished out three assists as the Eagles defeated first-place North Johnston 3-2 at Branch Pope Field on Friday. The win assures Rosewood of the Class 1-A Carolina/Tar Roanoke Conference's second and final guaranteed N.C. High School Athletic...

NCHSAA tennis -- Batts battles at championships

BURLINGTON -- Charles B. Aycock's Raychel Batts advanced out of the first round of the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association tennis championships with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Southern Alamance's Rosemary Downing, before falling falling 7-5, 6-3 to...

MOC roundup

MOC Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Heidi Busch led four players in double figures with 15 kills as Mount Olive extended its winning streak to eight with a 30-20, 31-29, 30-26 victory over Limestone in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball Saturday...

Friday, October 28, 2005

1-A playoffs - Rosewood sweeps E. Bladen, faces Pender (21-1) on Saturday

Veteran Rosewood volleyball coach Jennifer Cochran experienced mixed emotions after Thursday evening's three-set sweep of playoff opponent East Bladen. Cochran, who has 92 career wins, praised her Eagles for overcoming a sluggish second set and finding a way to win....

Trojans hold annual Green-White games

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive men's and women's basketball teams gave their fans a first look at their 2005-06 squads during the annual Green and White games on Thursday night at Kornegay Arena. The Lady Trojans, picked to finish...

Mount Olive men, women visit archrival Barton

Men's soccer The Mount Olive College men's soccer team has had a roller coaster season. On Saturday, the Trojans try to end the regular season on a winning note heading into next week's conference tournament. Mount Olive heads up U.S....

Local sports digest

Wilder snags TD pass, White tallies 2-point conversion in Warrior win Darius Wilder caught the game-tying touchdown pass in double overtime and David White added the two-point conversion as Eastern Wayne nipped Charles B. Aycock 26-24 in a Class 3-A...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The game of the week - North Lenoir and Goldsboro High

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Goldsboro High coach Maurice Jackson, center, is shown with linemen Donald Pollack (72) and Sean Cox (62) during a recent game against Green Central. For more information see Goldsboro, North Lenoir football teams hoping to finish strong....

Goldsboro, North Lenoir football teams hoping to finish strong

Football, like any sport, is all about moving forward. Unless it's the final game of the season, usually little time is spent dwelling on last week as teams gear up for their next opponent. Goldsboro's football team is no different,...

CBA wins ECC soccer tourney

Charles B. Aycock coach Byron Adkins had a simple instruction for Alex Rodriguez as the freshman prepared to take a corner kick with five minutes left in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship at Eastern Wayne. "We need a...

MOC volleyball sweeps Coker

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sluggish from a three-set sweep of archrival Barton College on Tuesday, and battling injuries and sickness among its 10 players, Mount Olive College hardly skipped a beat Wednesday evening against Coker (S.C.) College. Senior outside hitter Heidi...

Local sports digest

Kendall scores 2 goals in Eagles win LOUISBURG -- Rosewood's Goss Kendall had two goals as the Eagles claimed a 3-0 win at Louisburg in Class 1-A Carolina/Tar Roanoke Conference action on Wednesday. The win improves Rosewood (7-10 overall) to...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rosewood and East Carteret volleyball

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Rosewood's Courtney Hill (1) dives for the ball during Tuesday night's state playoffs win. The Eagles improved to 23-0 with the victory. For more information see Eagle spikers collect first-ever postseason win....

Elite 8 bound - Aycock blanks Rocky Mount

PIKEVILLE -- Two down, three to go. After opening the state tournament with a 6-0 drubbing of West Carteret last week, the Charles B. Aycock tennis team cruised into the Elite Eight with a 6-0 triumph over Rocky Mount on...

Hunt, Aycock soccer teams reach ECC title game

One highly-anticipated matchup didn't materialize, but today's inaugural Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament championship should be a dandy. Second-seeded Wilson Hunt built a three-goal lead and outlasted third-seeded Eastern Wayne 4-2. Junior Garrett notched one goal and recorded two...

Eagle spikers collect first-ever postseason win

When the Rosewood and East Carteret volleyball teams, both No. 1 seeds, learned of their first-round matchup in the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, neither were particularly pleased. No other top seeds were paired up head-to-head in...

Aycock golfers qualify for state tournament

On a day where breezy conditions dictated high scores, golfers who participated in the Classes 1-A/2-A/3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association Eastern Regional remained focused on their single goal -- survive and advance. Wilson Fike sophomore Amy Otteson emerged the...

Youth-oriented Cary Christian shocks Chargers

For a team with no seniors and only four juniors, Cary Christian School's soccer team certainly didn't play like an inexperienced team on Tuesday at Wayne Country Day in the second round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A...

Lawrence earns MVP honors; Warriors gain ECC sweep

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne senior Michael Lawrence seized Most Valuable Player honors, and the Warriors swept the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference cross-country championships contested Tuesday afternoon at Wilson Hunt. Lawrence ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 22 seconds...

Trojans' Mitchell receives CVAC honor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive women's volleyball player Sam Mitchell has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Mitchell won or shared team-high honors in kills in both of the Trojans' wins last...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Mount Olive now ranked No. 7 in Division II

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive earned its second national top 10 preseason ranking as the Trojans are picked No. 7 in the 2005-06 Division II Bulletin Preseason Men's Basketball Top 25. Division II Bulletin also named guard Elton Coffield as...

Trojans preseason No 1 in CVAC

Mount Olive received eight of 11 first-place votes and was picked No. 1 in the 2005-06 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced Monday. The Trojans received 98 points and finished seven points ahead of...

MOC loss now a tie

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's men's soccer match against Lees-McRae, which took place this past Saturday at Trojan Field, has been ruled a 1-1 tie, it was announced Monday by Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Commissioner Alan Patterson. The contest was ruled...

Local sports digest

Due to Monday's steady rain, several area soccer games were rescheduled. The semifinals of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament -- Eastern Wayne vs. Wilson Hunt (5 p.m.) and Wilson Beddingfield vs. Charles B. Aycock (7 p.m.) -- were...

Winter sports schedules needed

Athletics Directors and Winter sports coaches: Please submit Winter sports schedules to the News-Argus as soon as possible By fax -- (919) 778-5408 or e-mail -- sportsline@newsargus.com...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Eastern Wayne cross country

photo submitted Eastern Wayne's Helen Baddour finished first at the 2005 Wayne County Cross Country Championships with a time of 21:53. For more information see Lawrence, Baddour claim wins at Wayne County cross country meet....

Falcons soar at tennis regionals

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock junior Raychel Batts easily defended her Class 3-A eastern regional individual title for the third consecutive year, but teammates Nicole Taylor-Lizzie Sodoma turned in a dramatic performance Saturday afternoon. Batts and Wilson Hunt's Andrea Michalak...

Lawrence, Baddour claim wins at Wayne County cross country meet

Michael Lawrence recorded a new course record and Charles B. Aycock's girls prevailed in thrilling fashion in the 2005 Wayne Country Cross Country Championships contested Friday afternoon at Eastern Wayne. The Warriors' Lawrence ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes,...

EW soccer moves to ECC semifinals

Eastern Wayne's Erik Rivera and Eric Bourgeois had two goals each as the No. 3 seeded Warriors advanced to the semifinals of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament with a 4-0 win at home over No. 6 Kinston. Eastern...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Making some history

Spring Creek coach Roy Whitfield waited a long time for this moment. Five years, to be exact. And for 12 Gators seniors, the wait was nearly as lengthy. Cross-county and conference rival Rosewood had owned the new kids on the...

Falcons hang tough on Saturday night

WILSON -- One by one, Charles B. Aycock's players shed their sweat- and mud-stained uniforms and examined minor cuts and bruises during their postgame huddle Saturday evening at Wilson Hunt. Even head coach Randy Pinkowski bared a battle scar --...

Red zone woes haunt Cougars again

FARMVILLE -- On a night where Goldsboro outgained and physically outplayed its opponent, Farmville Central, in the second half, a familiar nemesis hurt the Cougars late in the game -- trouble inside the 20-yard line. One week removed from squandering...

Rams clobber Tarboro

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central scored in the first two minutes of the game and never looked back in a 51-0 domination of defending Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference champion Tarboro High on Friday evening. Third-year Rams coach Jim Bob...

Undefeated Bruins rout Eastern Wayne

Already considered an unwelcomed guest on homecoming night in New Hope, state-ranked and unbeaten Wilson Beddingfield turned downright unhospitable against Eastern Wayne. Senior quarterback Bennett Johnson recorded his second consecutive 300-yard passing effort in the Bruins' 47-17, Class 3-A Eastern...

Mount Olive College roundup

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Gina Dos Santos broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 58th minute and assisted on Lyndsay Brennan's goal 11 minutes later as Mount Olive defeated Lees-McRae 2-0 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's...

Council, Saints top winless Vikings

By BRYAN C. HANKS Courtesy Kinston Free Press KINSTON -- Anthony Council ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns as Southern Wayne beat Kinston 43-23 on Friday night. The sophomore running back now has 1,521 yards and 22 touchdowns this...

North Lenoir wins again

By KEITH SPENCE Courtesy Free Press LaGRANGE -- In a sport where the final score doesn't always tell the whole story, North Lenoir's 43-0 rout of North Pitt Friday at Bullock Field left little to the imagination. The Hawks dominated...

Chargers too much for North Duplin

AYDEN -- State-ranked Ayden-Grifton remained in contention for its second consecutive Class 1-A Carolina Conference championship with a 37-6 victory over North Duplin on Friday evening. The Chargers (8-1) captured their ninth straight conference win, but more importantly stayed tied...

Kenan crushes Hobbton

NEWTON GROVE -- Longtime conference rivals Hobbton and James Kenan have fashioned some classic meetings over the past few years, but videotape from Friday's contest might get packed away -- and hopefully forgotten if you're a Wildcat follower. James Kenan...

Gilbert named to Shrine Bowl

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock senior safety/tailback Cortez Gilbert has been selected to the North Carolina roster for the 2005 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game on Dec. 17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg,...

North Johnston shuts out Princeton

Courtesy Wilson Daily Times KENLY -- Rain shortened but did not stop North Johnston's quest to tie school history Friday night. With the game being called at the end of the third quarter because of lightning, North Johnston, ranked No....

Friday, October 21, 2005

Rosewood and Spring Creek volleyball

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Rosewood coach Jennifer Cochran reacts to a point scored late in the third game against Spring Creek in Thursday's conference match. For more information see Carolina 1-A Queens: Eagles take tournament title....

Carolina 1-A Queens: Eagles take tournament title

Two for two. Seven days after claiming its first-ever Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball title, Rosewood added another crown -- the tournament title -- to its impressive 2005 resume on Thursday evening. Middle hitter Courtney Hill led three Eagles in...

NCISAA playoffs: Chargers draw No. 3 seed

Wayne Country Day hasn't forgotten last year's quarterfinal-round, home playoff loss to Village Christian. The Knights earned a stunning one-goal victory and eventually played for the state championship. One year later, the Chargers are back in the N.C. Independent Schools...

Local sports digest

JV football: Goldsboro's Parker notches game-winning TD in OT A.J. Parker rambled 10 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Goldsboro's 28-20 overtime victory over Farmville Central in Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference action Thursday evening. Farmville Central converted its first...

Mount Olive College roundup

Trojan spikers go for century mark Mount Olive's three volleyball seniors had already set a school record for most career wins before the season had even started. Saturday, they have a chance to turn their win total into the century...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Game of the week -- A cross-county shootout

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Quarterback Josh Wright (3) and the Spring Creek Gators (4-4) travel to take on the Rosewood Eagles (1-6) on Friday. For more information see Spring Creek at Rosewood....

Spring Creek at Rosewood

Numbers can be misleading. Just ask Spring Creek football coach Roy Whitfield. While taking copious notes and breaking down videotape of Rosewood, this week's opponent, Whitfield noticed one constant from each game -- the Eagles nearly matched the opposition in...

Friday's games

C.B. Aycock (5-3) at Wilson Hunt (7-1) WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock faces another crucial test and needs a win. Hunt's defense yields less than nine points a game. The Golden Falcons have a pretty good defense, too, and limit...

Gators, Eagles will battle for Championship

Spring Creek and North Johnston entered the season-ending Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball tournament with an identical goal -- keep winning to extend their respective seasons. The Gators did just that. Tomeka Pride delivered a team-high 13 kills in a...

Kendall's hat trick leads Rosewood

Rosewood midfielder Goss Kendall posted a hat trick (three goals) as the Eagles claimed a 6-1 win over county rival Spring Creek in a key Class 1-A Carolina/Tar Roanoke Conference game on Wednesday night at Branch Pope Field. The win...

Another record falls

MOUNT OLIVE -- Just when it seemed as if Mount Olive's women's soccer program had eclipsed every school record imaginable over the last two seasons, another record falls. On Wednesday at Trojan Field, Mount Olive posted a school record for...

Mount Olive downs Knights

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's men's soccer team may not get any style points for their 3-1 win on Wednesday afternoon over St. Andrews in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference play. But, with the regular season winding down and the Trojans in...

Local sports digest

Falcons soccer team wins first-ever conference title DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock's boy's soccer team put the finishing touches on their first-ever conference title with a 9-0 win at Southern Wayne on Wednesday night. The Golden Falcons (11-6 overall) finished...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Flacons dominate

News-Argus/Steve Roush Raychel Batts and the Aycock tennis team whipped West Carteret on Tuesday. For more information see Aycock tennis wipes out West Carteret....

Aycock tennis wipes out West Carteret

PIKEVILLE -- When West Carteret tennis coach Craig McClanahan found out who his team's first-round opponent was in the postseason, he knew his Patriots were in serious trouble. He was right. In less time than it took West Carteret to...

"Business-like" Eagles shut down SE Halifax

Rosewood, working without a scouting report of Southeast Halifax, took a "business as usual" attitude into Tuesday afternoon's tennis match. The Eagles played steady from start to finish and blanked the Trojans 5-0 in their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic...

Hunt bounces E. Wayne from ECC volleyball tournament

WILSON -- Coach Bruce Burridge has seen his Eastern Wayne volleyball team turn in some of their best performances this season when their backs were against the wall. On Tuesday, the No. 2 seed Warriors improved after a disappointing first...

Unbeaten, top-seeded Bruins ousts Saints

WILSON -- David may not have slain Goliath on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament as top-seeded and unbeaten Wilson Beddingfield turned in a 25-5, 25-12, 25-17 sweep of No. 5 Southern Wayne on...

Local sports digest

Steed dishes out three assists in WCDS victory Sophomore Sam Steed tallied one goal and recorded three assists in Wayne Country Day's 4-0 conquest of Ahoskie Ridgecroft in their Classes 1-A/2-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference match Tuesday afternoon. It was...

Trojans win thriller

MOUNT OLIVE -- Denied match point twice and clinging to a 14-13 lead, a confident Sam Mitchell asked teammate Sara Christie to get her the ball on the next play. Christie, at first, didn't say anything during the fifth-set timeout,...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne soccer

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eastern Wayne goalie Vincent Hagedorn catches a throw-in during Monday's contest against Charles B. Aycock. For more information see Falcons win it in OT....

Falcons win it in OT

For most soccer teams, the throw-in is a simple, often overlooked part of the game. It's an offensive weapon for Charles B. Aycock. Trailing 2-1 with the clock ticking toward the final horn of regulation at archrival Eastern Wayne, strong-armed,...

Forbis, Newell lead CBA golf

Charles B. Aycock's opponents might have wished for something more than a flat tire that occurred during the team's trip back to the Walnut Creek Country Clubhouse on Monday afternoon. No one has certainly been able to level the playing...

Local sports digest

Saints spikers end loosing streak against Aycock WILSON -- Southern Wayne's volleyball team broke a long losing streak to Charles B. Aycock Monday in a thrilling, 25-19, 16-25, 11-25, 26-24, 15-11 win in the first round of the Class 3-A...

MOC volleyball set to battle Lees-McRae

Every match is important, especially in conference play. But some dates on the calendar are circled a little darker than others. October 18 has been circled on the Mount Olive volleyball team's calendar for a long time. In a battle...

ECU's Parker gets accolades

East Carolina junior free safety Pierre Parker was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his play against Southern Methodist on Saturday according to a release from the league media relations office Monday afternoon. Parker recorded two critical...

Monday, October 17, 2005

Local sports calendar

Monday, October 17 Prep girls golf Eastern Carolina 3-A meet at Walnut Creek CC 2 p.m. Prep boys soccer Faith Christian at Liberty Christian-Fayetteville 4 p.m. Kerr-Vance at Wayne Country Day 4:45 Rosewood at Hobbton 6 p.m. Southern Wayne at...

What's happening

SWHS Booster Club meeting The Southern Wayne Booster Club meeting has been rescheduled for today at 7 p.m. at the school. Parents of all athletes are encouraged to attend. PHS Booster Club meeting The Princeton High School Booster Club will...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

CBA keeps Vikes winless

PIKEVILLE -- An impressive start. A much needed, solid finish. Charles B. Aycock's football team out-gained Kinston by nearly 200 yards in the first half, sprinting out to a 27-7 lead at intermission. In the second half, the Golden Falcons...

Gators battle in loss to A-G

SEVEN SPRINGS -- With his team down three touchdowns at halftime to state-ranked Ayden-Grifton, veteran Spring Creek coach Roy Whitfield urged his team to "play together" in the second half. He silently thought "don't unravel." Uncharacteristic personal foul penalties and...

EW falls to Hunt, 40-6

Wilson Hunt scored 40 unanswered points during the final three quarters and held Eastern Wayne to no yards rushing Friday night as the visitors left Little Big Horn with a 40-6 triumph. Eastern Wayne (5-3-1) led 6-0 after one quarter...

Beddingfield blasts Saints

DUDLEY -- Wilson Beddingfield brought a No. 6 state ranking to the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex Friday and put on an offensive show as Southern Wayne dropped a 48-12 decision to the Bruins on homecoming in front of a standing...

NJ tops RHS, stays unbeaten

Rosewood got on the board first on a 2-yard run by Devon Bennett at the 5:31 mark of the first quarter, but unbeaten North Johnston shut the Eagles out the rest of the way in a 27-7 win at Branch...

ND picks up second win, PHS still winless

CALYPSO -- North Duplin sophomore Doug Lloyd threw for a career-high three touchdowns and ran for another Friday night to lead the Rebels to a 34-9 homecoming victory over Princeton at H.E. Grubbs Athletic Field. Lloyd passed for 211 yards...

GC blanks Goldsboro

By BRYAN C. HANKS Courtesy Kinston Free Press Maybe Greene Central needs to change its nickname to the Red Zone Defenders. If you want to thank anyone for the Rams' 12-0 shutout at Goldsboro on Friday, look no further...

North Lenoir wins second straight

By JEFF GENTRY Courtesy Tarboro Southerner TARBORO -- North Lenoir overcame three fumbles, a surprise appearance by Tarboro running back Shaun Draughn and a fourth-quarter Tarboro rally Friday night to pick up a 19-13 win over the Vikings in Class...

JK wins sixth straight

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Stedman Mathis ran for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns as James Kenan blanked Midway on Friday night, 38-0. With the road victory, the Tigers improved to 6-2 overall (2-0 conference) after opening the season 0-2....

Prep roundup

Wayne Country Day's Sam Steed tallied a hat trick (three goals) as the Chargers defeated Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 3-1 at home on Friday. Steed scored four minutes into the first half on an assist by Jeff Franklin, before Faith equalized...

MOC roundup

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fritz Belinga's goal in the 29th minute off a deflected shot proved to be the game-winner as Belmont Abbey held on for a 1-0 victory over nationally 23rd-ranked Mount Olive in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's soccer Saturday...

Friday, October 14, 2005

A perfect 20

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber The Rosewood volleyball team celebrates during their win over Princeton on Thursday. With the victory, the Eagles finished the regular season with a perfect 20-0 mark. For more information see Eagles finish regular season undefeated....

Eagles finish regular season undefeated

PRINCETON -- For Rosewood's volleyball team, finishing the regular season undefeated was an impressive accomplishment to say the least. Finishing off the unblemished year on archrival Princeton's home floor proved to be icing on the cake. The Eagles (20-0 overall),...

Aycock dominates ECC 3-A tennis

SNOW HILL -- "Wanna score? Ace me!!!" Charles B. Aycock's tennis players have worn gray T-shirts promoting that confidence throughout the season and not many opponents -- nor teams, for that matter -- have answered the challenge. Such was the...

Mount Olive College digest

Women's volleyball The Mount Olive women's volleyball team returns to the site of its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as the Trojans travel to Lock Haven, Pa., to compete in the Lock Haven University Classic. Mount Olive, ranked No. 8 in...

Local sports digest

Rebels end seven-match losing streak CALYPSO -- North Duplin ended its seven-match losing streak with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 conquest of archrival Spring Creek in their Class 1-A Carolina Conference regular-season finale Thursday afternoon. The Rebels (7-7) finished 4-6 in...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Game of the week

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber C.B. Aycock's Montez Ham (21) is shown after scoring a touchdown early in the season. The Golden Falcons will host the Kinston Vikings this Friday. For more information see XXX.-->...

Game of the week -- Charles B. Aycock and Kinston High

PIKEVILLE -- Ernie Banks is well known for his catch phrase, "Let's play two." The Charles B. Aycock football team, like most programs in eastern North Carolina, has adopted that famous mantra this week as area fans get the rare...

Friday high school sports

Greene Central (3-4, 1-0) at Goldsboro (2-5, 1-0) Both teams came away with home wins in their Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference openers, but in drastically different fashions. Goldsboro played solid defense and special teams in a 13-6 victory over...

Carolina/Super Six -- Eagles defend title

Keep six balls in play. The simple strategy proved effective and helped Stacy Smith add another chapter to her illustrious career at Spring Creek. Smith rallied from a set down to defeat Rosewood senior Kayce Brantham 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 for...

Local sports digest

Five Aycock tennis players headed to regionals SNOW HILL -- Charles B. Aycock qualified five of its six starters for next week's N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Eastern Regionals during Wednesday afternoon's Eastern Carolina Conference tournament. Top-seeded Raychel...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Carolina Super Six Tennis

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Jamison Mossbert, right, and Heather Price of Spring Creek wait for the serve from Rosewood players Missy Bailey and Erica Nichols during the Carolina/Super Six tournament at Herman Park on Tuesday. For more information see Carolina Super...

Carolina Super Six -- Top Seeds advance

The top four seeds in singles and doubles avoided upsets after first- and second-round play in the inaugural Class 1-A Carolina/Super Six Conference women's tennis tournament contested Tuesday afternoon. Rosewood senior Kayce Brantham, the top seed in singles, remained unbeaten...

Warriors rally to topple Aycock

Up two sets to none, Charles B. Aycock looked poised to maintain control of its own destiny for the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference's second N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff spot. Eastern Wayne had other ideas. On senior night,...

State-ranked Knights shut out Chargers

State-ranked Greenfield peppered numerous shots on goal and kept Wayne Country Day keeper Ryan Ford busy Tuesday afternoon. But the Knights had nothing to show on the scoreboard for their effort after 40 minutes of play. The teams appeared to...

Mount Olive College digest

MOC's Mills named Player of the Week MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive sweeper Brandon Mills was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Mills becomes the second Trojan to win the award, joining...

Local sports digest

Eagles improve to 19-0 Rosewood's volleyball team continued its undefeated march through the regular season with a 25-22, 25-12, 25-22 win at home over North Duplin in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play on Tuesday. The win improves the Eagles (19-0...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Saints throttle Warriors

DUDLEY -- Through the first six games, Anthony Council and the Southern Wayne offense has done plenty of damage to opposing defenses, averaging an area-best 299 yards per game. Monday night against Eastern Wayne, the Saint defense turned in one...

Falcons running away with ECC

Brooke Newell spent Sunday afternoon wrapped tightly in a jacket and lounging on a sofa in the Goldsboro Municipal Course clubhouse. Newell battled possible flu-like symptoms and her parents urged to stay home from school Monday. Newell refused her parents'...

Cougars knock off Vikings

Defense, special teams and good 'ole family roots helped Goldsboro High end a frustrating losing streak Monday evening at Cougar Stadium. Hykeen Coley, nephew of former Goldsboro standout Montrell Coley, returned a 60-yard punt for the game-winning touchdown in the...

Gators take a bite out of winless 'Dawgs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- "Why not us this year?" asked Spring Creek coach Roy Whitfield to his team after their 31-7 win at Princeton on Monday night. "In the past, it's always been somebody else mentioned to lead the conference. This...

Undefeated Bruins roll past Falcons

WILSON -- Bennett Johnson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another Monday night as No. 5 state-ranked Wilson Beddingfield cruised to 48-13 triumph over Charles B. Aycock. The Bruins improved to a perfect 7-0 this season as Aycock fell...

Hawks top Jags

By DAVIS FISHER Courtesy Kinston Free Press LaGRANGE -- The North Lenoir Hawks snapped their four-game losing streak with a dominating performance. The Hawks finished with 329 total yards of offense, including 260 rushing and returned an interception for a...

Panthers pull away from Rebels

CALYPSO -- North Duplin battled evenly for a half with undefeated and highly regarded North Johnston Monday night, before surrendering three, second half touchdowns and dropping its Class 1-A Carolina Conference opener 33-13 at H.E. Grubbs Field. Rebels coach John...

Rosewood falls on the road, 28-6

By NICK ZULOVICH Courtesy Greenville Reflector LITTLEFIELD -- Ayden-Grifton raced out to a four-touchdown lead during the first half, and the Chargers forced Rosewood into a total of five turnovers during a 28-6 victory in the first Class 1-A Carolina...

Prep Sports

PINE LEVEL -- Spring Creek's Paula Webber fired a 49, while teammate Jenelle Archer shot a 51 as the Gators claimed a win in Class 1-A Carolina Conference action on Monday at the Cardinal Country Club. Spring Creek finished with...

Rams blank North Pitt

SNOW HILL -- Mario Brown rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns in Greene Central's 45-0 victory over North Pitt in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams Monday evening. Brown finished with 44 yards rushing on nine attempts...

Tigers beat Lakewood

WARSAW -- Ronnie Williams and Stedman Mathis each rushed for a touchdown as James Kenan started Class 1-A Super Six Conference play with a 20-7 victory over Lakewood on Monday evening. Mathis' 3-yard run in the first quarter pulled the...

Monday, October 10, 2005

Mount Olive College volleyball

Mount Olive suffered its first conference loss of the season as the regionally eighth-ranked Trojans fell to Converse 20-30, 24-30, 30-23, 30-18, 15-13 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball Sunday at Spartanburg, S.C. With the loss, Mount Olive falls to 15-4...

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Area prep football games moved to Monday

Area high school football teams must wait until Monday to kick off their respective conference seasons. Rain from Tropical Storm Tammy forced the postponement of all nine contests involving schools in the News-Argus area. The annual matchup between archrivals Eastern...

Eastern Wayne JVs upend archrival Southern Wayne

Defense and special teams helped Eastern Wayne turn back archrival Southern Wayne 16-12 in their Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference junior varsity football game at New Hope. Anthony Williams paced the Warriors with 14 tackles and one fumble hit. Orlando...

Busch posts season-high 29 kills at Anderson

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Senior outside hitter Heidi Busch led four players in double figures with a season-high 29 kills as regionally-ranked Mount Olive College remained unbeaten with a 30-22, 27-30, 31-29, 30-22 victory over Anderson College on Saturday afternoon. Busch...

Friday, October 7, 2005

Rosewood and Spring Creek

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Kasie Braswell, 18, passes the ball as teammate Stephanie Rhodes (3) watches during Thursday's win over Spring Creek. For more information see Outright champions....

Outright champions

SEVEN SPRINGS -- In order for the Rosewood volleyball program to make history, they would first have to answer a wake-up call by Spring Creek in the Gators' gymnasium. The Eagles did just that. With Rosewood up 2-0, Spring Creek...

Falcons back in playoff hunt

PIKEVILLE -- On the verge of playoff elimination, Charles B. Aycock's volleyball team discovered its killer instinct and played superb defense against Wilson Hunt at the right time Thursday afternoon. Jazzmine Lee delivered a key kill down the line and...

Goldsboro invited to GlaxoSmithKline tourney

Goldsboro's boys basketball team didn't finish the 2004 season with the kind of record, 11-13, that many expected, and the Cougars were denied a Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff berth for the second straight year. Still, there...

Goldsboro tournament breakdown

Four-team boys tournament breakdown Goldsboro Cougars (Goldsboro) -- Coach Randy Jordan leads the Cougars back to Reynolds Coliseum, where Goldsboro competed in the 2003 Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship contest. The tradition-rich program is paced by...

Local sports digest

Princeton tops Panthers PRINCETON -- Cynthia Peedin collected a team-high eight kills and Stephanie Daughtry added seven in Princeton's 25-23, 25-21, 25-8 sweep of archrival North Johnston in Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball action Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs (8-5) claimed...

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Eastern Wayne and Southern Wayne

News-Argus/Steve Roush Eastern Wayne quarterback Tyler Ham (4) steps into the end zone during last Friday's win over North Lenior. Ham and the Warriors play at Southern Wayne on Friday. For more information see Road Warriors visit Saints....

Road Warriors visit Saints

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne is 3-0 at home. Eastern Wayne is 3-0 on the road. Something's gotta give. Veteran Saints coach Bob Warren wasn't aware his team hadn't experienced defeat this season inside the friendly confines of the Doyle Whitfield...

Warriors rout Saints

DUDLEY -- When veteran Eastern Wayne boys' soccer coach Jörg Wagner scanned the statsheet after Monday's victory over Kinston, one statistic bothered him. The Warriors had no assists in their six-goal output. "We always try to play a possession-style game,...

Rams clinch 12th EPC crown

TARBORO -- Greene Central claimed a crucial pair of three-set singles matches and clinched its 12th consecutive Eastern Plains 2-A Conference title with a 6-1 decision over Tarboro on Tuesday afternoon. The Rams (19-1, 9-0) picked up its 125th consecutive...

Local sports digest

Rosewood earns share of title KENLY -- Rosewood High clinched at least a share of its first-ever Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship with a 25-18, 25-18, 27-25 victory over North Johnston on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles, who own a three-game...

Mount Olive College roundup

Record day for MOC women WINSTON-SALEM -- Gina Dos Santos scored a goal 25 seconds into the match and Mount Olive set a school record for most goals in a match as the Trojans defeated Salem 13-0 in non-conference women's...

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Rosewood and North Duplin tennis

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit Rosewood senior Kayce Brantham returns a shot to North Duplin's Brittany Coley during their singles match Tuesday afternoon at Mount Olive College. Brantham improved to 13-0 overall with a 6-0, 6-0 win -- her seventh shutout of...

Trojans ranked No. 5

MOUNT OLIVE -- Expectations exceeded. Coming off its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the Mount Olive College men's basketball team finds itself ranked among the nation's top 10 programs heading into November. Writers at Street and...

Lawrence, Warriors run past Falcons

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne's Michael Lawrence ran a first-place time of 17 minutes, 21 seconds and paced five Warriors among the top runners in Eastern Wayne's 18-37 victory at county rival Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday afternoon. Joey Burridge finished...

Eagles wrap up conference title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Before the girls' tennis season began, first-year Rosewood High coach Debbie Bailey held a stenciled foot in her hands. The players stared and waited for Bailey's explanation, which was simple. Bailey said the team's goal is to...

Local sports digest

Aycock tennis team wins another championship Charles B. Aycock blanked Eastern Wayne 9-0 and put the finishing touches on its fifth consecutive Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference regular-season tennis title and 27th overall in program history Tuesday afternoon. The Golden...

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Gators clip Eagles in OT

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Jose Ramirez didn't miss the second time. After misfiring on a potential game-winning goal in regulation, the Spring Creek forward found the mark in overtime. Shadowed by three purple-shirted Rosewood defenders, Ramirez managed to keep possession and...

Falcons off to best conference start ever

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's soccer program reached uncharted territory after a 6-0 win at home over Southern Wayne on Monday. The Golden Falcons (7-3 overall) completed the first half of Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play with an unblemished...

Preps roundup

Conquerors shut out Trinity, 5-0 GREENVILLE -- Faith Christian's Freddy Ignot tallied four goals as the Conquerors won their sixth straight after a 5-0 shutout at Trinity Christian of Greenville on Monday. Charlie Sugg added one goal and one assist,...

Monday, October 3, 2005

Pirates still can't beat Southern Miss

The drought continues. Southern Miss forced five turnovers and rolled past East Carolina 33-7 on a cool Saturday evening at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Golden Eagles captured their fifth consecutive victory in the series and ninth overall in their last 10...

Mount Olive wins three straight

WHEELING, W. Va. -- Mount Olive won its final three matches to post a 3-1 record at the Wheeling Jesuit Volleyball Tournament over the weekend at Wheeling, W. Va. The Trojans posted three-game victories over Fairmont State and Alderson-Broaddus Saturday...

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Eagles get first win

Winless no more. On Friday night at Branch Pope Field, Rosewood erased a 12-7 halftime deficit -- coming up with clutch plays in all facets after intermission in a 21-20 victory over Jones Senior to claim its first win of...

Warriors grind out victory over Hawks

LaGRANGE -- What started out as one of Al Graham's worst games turned out to be one of his best. After getting just four yards on three carries in the first half, Eastern Wayne's bruising fullback finished with a game-high...

Kenan blasts Dixon

WARSAW -- Reco Peterson figured that his junior varsity days at fullback were numbered when Kevin Motsinger took over the James Kenan football program three years ago. His premonition became reality once he earned a spot on the varsity squad....

Union rolls past Rebels

CALYPSO -- With conference play just one week away, visiting Union ended its non-league slate with a 42-21 victory over North Duplin at H.E. Grubbs Field on Friday evening. Union amassed 450 yards rushing on 34 plays in its single-wing...

Gators fall to 3-3

BEAUFORT -- Ricky Mason rushed for two touchdowns in Spring Creek's 42-13, non-conference loss Friday evening at unbeaten East Carteret. Mason scored on runs of 7 and 70 yards, and finished with 97 yards total. Gator quarterback Josh Wright completed...

Local roundup

ROCKY MOUNT -- Trey Shehdan delivered the game-winning goal with one minute left in regulation, completing Faith Christian's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Wayne Country Day on Friday afternoon. Sam Steed put the Chargers ahead 1-0 just 14 seconds into the...

Lady Trojans win

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Gina Dos Santos and Lyndsay Brennan each tallied a goal and an assist as Mount Olive defeated Anderson 3-1 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Saturday at Trojan Field. The win is the Trojans'...