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Friday, March 31, 2006

High School Baseball - Princeton 16, North Duplin 6

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber North Duplin's Ryan Smith (12) slides into home plate just before Princeton's catcher can make the play during Thursday's game. For more information see State-ranked Princeton cruises past North Duplin....

It's official - McClary resigns as GHS women's basketball coach

"It's time." The simple, private thought rendered Gladys McClary speechless for a moment. Was it true? Was it time for McClary's reign as one of the most-successful women's basketball coaches in Goldsboro High history to end? Not quite. McClary silently...

Warriors net fourth consecutive shutout in tennis

PIKEVILLE -- Confident, but not overconfident. Eastern Wayne continued its impressive first-half run on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's tennis scene with a 9-0 conquest of county rival Charles B. Aycock on Thursday afternoon. The Warriors (7-2) lost...

Panthers roll past Eagles in softball

Robin Creech went 4-for-4 and smacked her fifth home run of the season in the first inning as visiting North Johnston beat Rosewood 13-3 on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Panthers, state runners-up a year ago, scored nine unanswered runs to...

State-ranked Princeton cruises past North Duplin

CALYPSO -- State-ranked Princeton jumped on North Duplin with four runs in the first inning and pounded out 10 hits for the game while crusing to a 16-6 Carolina 1-A conference win over the Rebels on Thursday night. North Duplin...

Local sports digest

Rosewood turns back WCDS on baseball diamond Rosewood collected four runs over the final 61/2 innings of play and turned back Wayne Country Day 7-4 in a non-conference county battle Thursday evening. The Eagles grabbed the lead with a three-run...

Wooten leads Trojans to sweep of VSU

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Graham Wooten went 3-for-3 with five runs batted in to lead Mount Olive to a 9-1 victory over Virginia State in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Wednesday at Petersburg, Va. The Trojans completed the sweep...

Trojan softball hits road for CVAC play

The Mount Olive softball team heads west this weekend as the Trojans go on the road for a pair of Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference doubleheaders. Mount Olive travels to Banner Elk on Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Lees-McRae, then head...

Mount Olive-Chowan holding its own "Final 4"

The Final Four might be taking place in Indianapolis and Boston this weekend, but in Mount Olive, the "Diamond Four" will be going on. Mount Olive will play four games in two days as the Trojans play host to Chowan...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

E. Wayne and C.B. Aycock soccer

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eastern Wayne's Kasie Edwards (6) moves the ball upfield past C.B. Aycock's Chelsey Jackson during their Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference game at Pikeville on Wednesday afternoon For more information see Warriors nip Falcons....

Warriors nip Falcons

PIKEVILLE -- One streak may have ended for the Eastern Wayne girl's soccer team, but one streak continued after the Warriors' 2-1 win at Charles B. Aycock. Eastern Wayne gave up its first goal in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference...

Aycock upends N. Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- The streak is over. Top-ranked North Lenoir saw its 20-game winning streak -- one that included a run to the 2A state championship last year -- come to an end at home against C.B. Aycock in a 4-3...

Local sports digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Julia Lancaster tossed a one-hitter and retired the last 20 batters she faced in the Golden Falcons' 2-1 win at home on Tuesday. Lancaster finished with a career-high 16 strikeouts against no walks with her...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Princeton gets sixth straight victory; Gators still winless

PRINCETON -- Picked to finish near the top of the Class 1-A Carolina Conference, Princeton's baseball team may not have turned in a dominant performance in their league opener on Tuesday at home against Spring Creek. But, the Bulldogs' ability...

Bruins hand Saints first conference loss

DUDLEY -- Morgan Davis' voice sounds better coming out of the Southern Wayne softball dugout, cheering on her teammates, than it does coming out of the speakers mounted above the field. But because of a broken right thumb -- she...

MOC's Whaley named Player of the Week

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive third baseman Morgan Whaley has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Softball Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Whaley becomes the third Trojan overall this season and second in the last two weeks to...

Local sports digest

DUDLEY -- One day after Southern Wayne's Ashton Langston just missed out on a perfect game, T.J. Hinson followed up his teammate's effort with a stellar performance of his own. Hinson (2-2) tossed his first career no-hitter, facing the minimum...

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Langston nearly perfect for Saints

DUDLEY -- Working his way back from shoulder surgery last year, Southern Wayne right-hander Ashton Langston admits he is not quite 100 percent. He certainly looked like it on Monday at home against Eastern Wayne. In fact, he was nearly...

Nearly flawless

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Southern Wayne right-hander Ashton Langston came within two outs of throwing a perfect game against archrival Eastern Wayne on Monday afternoon. Langston improved to 2-0 on the hill and also hit a home run during the Saints'...

Warriors turn in third straight shutout

Another strong defensive performance, coupled with "lucky" goals, vaulted the Eastern Wayne women's soccer team past Wilson Beddingfield 3-0 on Monday evening at Little Big Horn. Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Spencer earned her third consecutive shutout and the Warriors (3-6-1) remained...

Local sports digest

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne finished with a team score of 331 to claim a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference match held at Wedgewood Country Club in Wilson on Monday. Charles B. Aycock finished with a team score of 333 to...

Sharks compete at USY meet

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Goldsboro YMCA Sharks swim team recently competed at the 2006 Short Course USY Championships. Melvin Shipman, Tyler Leggins, Matthew Moulas and Alexander Robinson competed for the boys team. Carrigan Chastain, Bailey Upchurch along with Jean...

Monday, March 27, 2006

College baseball

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Mount Olive reliever Donald Huff took the loss in Sunday's game against Barton College. For more information see Bulldogs pull away....

Bulldogs pull away

MOUNT OLIVE -- The inability to stay away from the big inning proved costly for Mount Olive in 10-4 loss at Scarborough Field on Sunday against archrival and Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference leader Barton. Sunday's contest was the "rubber game" of...

Lady Trojans, Crusaders split doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- Morgan Whaley's leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game-winner and reliever Christine Ermer stopped two late-inning rallies to lead Mount Olive to a 3-2 victory over Belmont Abbey in game...

Pirates drop rubber match to Rice Owls

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Joe Savery pitched eight innings of shutout ball against East Carolina as Rice defeated the Pirates 5-0 in game three of the Conference USA opening series for both schools at Reckling Park in Houston. Rice (20-8) jumped...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Trojans, Dogs split CVAC baseball doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- No matter the type of game -- slug-fest or pitcher's duel -- the Mount Olive-Barton rivalry usually brings out the best in both teams. Saturday's doubleheader at Scarborough Field was no different. The Trojans took game one...

MOC softball sweeps CVAC twinbill from St. Andrews

MOUNT OLIVE -- A strong wind blew at times; raindrops caused a 20-minute delay; and the temperature never broke 55. Other than that, it was a perfect day for the Mount Olive College softball team, which easily swept St. Andrew's...

Bobcats defeat young, inexperienced Trojan men in volleyball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College setter Zach Wilson doesn't hold grudges against opponents that expose the Trojans' weaknesses on the volleyball court. He expects it to happen. But Wilson, admittedly, gets a little upset when he and his teammates...

Trojan men climb to No. 38 in Division II poll

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive is ranked No. 38 in this week's ITA Division II men's tennis national poll, which is compiled by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The national ranking is the first this season for the...

Reaves begins preparation for fourth season as Legion coach

MOUNT OLIVE -- Outside diversions have often forced American Legion baseball coaches to squeeze roughly three months of games into two-plus months. A longer calendar school year, exams, graduation and the annual N.C. State Games coerce coaches into compiling tight...

Chargers' Herring solid in relief effort against Wayne Christian

Kevin Herring provided six innings of two-hit relief and Wayne Country Day handed county rival Wayne Christian an 8-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon. A sophomore right-hander, Herring collected four strikeouts and yielded an earned run in the third inning. Herring,...

Friday, March 24, 2006

Wayne Country Day School baseball

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Greenfield's Collin Haggerty (10) slides safely into second base as Kyle Pender (1) catches the late throw during Thursday's game. For more information see Defense, hitting let down Chargers....

Eastern Wayne netters leave jitters to coach, dominate Hunt

Even with four returning starters in the lineup, veteran Eastern Wayne men's tennis coach Nancy Dawson had a worrisome case of the jitters Thursday afternoon. Dawson's squad opened its Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference season against Wilson Hunt, a perennial...

Warriors' Gagnon signs with N.C. Wesleyan

Heading into his senior season at Eastern Wayne, center Ian Gagnon knew he would have to learn a new position if he was going to have a chance to play college football. College centers aren't generally 5-foot-9, 190 pounds --...

Defense, hitting let down Chargers

Wayne Country Day pitchers need a little help from their friends. Trent Langston hurled a complete game for the Chargers, striking out five and surrendering only just hits. But four Wayne Country Day errors allowed visiting Greenfield Academy to escape...

Local sports digest

Potter, Ramirez notch hat tricks for Spring Creek SEVEN SPRINGS -- Anna Potter and Christina Ramirez each collected a hat trick (three goals) in Spring Creek's 7-1, non-conference victory over county rival Southern Wayne. Gabrielle Vasquez provided one goal and...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Southern Wayne swimmers post record season

With minimal training time and no year-round program, you'd think a team just might struggle in practice and against competition on a daily basis. Then again, some coaches and athletes would disagree with that statement. In fact, if you're a...

Eastern Wayne women's soccer

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eastern Wayne's Kelsey Griffith (5) battles for possession of the ball with Hunt's Jennifer Nguyen (3) during Wednesday's match. For more information see EW blanks Hunt....

NL hands CBA first loss

PIKEVILLE -- North Lenoir junior Stihl Sowers may not run into trouble on the mound much, but when he does, veteran Hawks' coach Jim Montague doesn't panic. His confidence in his right-handed ace doesn't waver ... and maybe he's a...

EW blanks Hunt

A murderous non-conference schedule -- and lopsided losses -- against perennial powerhouses on the Class 3-A and 2-A levels hasn't discouraged the Eastern Wayne women's soccer team. While those disheartening results could have dampened the spirit of any team, the...

Saints turn in another shutout

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne sophomore catcher Lindsey Pearsall had been pestering coach Brad Matthews about batting cleanup all season. And Matthews pestered her right back, asking Pearsall when she was going to start hitting. But Wednesday, before the Saints' first...

Local sports digest

LAGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock's Emily Jordan retired the first 13 batters she faced at North Lenoir as the Golden Falcons claimed a 6-0 win in non-conference play. Jordan, a left-handed sophomore, finished with five strikeouts against one walk --...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Snyder leads Lady Trojan golfers

LAURINBURG -- Lindsey Snyder tied for second and Kate Somek finished fifth out of 26 golfers to lead Mount Olive to a second-place finish at the rain-shortened St. Andrews Women's Golf Spring Invitational. Rain washed out all of Tuesday's second...

Jenny Jackson shines for Catamounts

CULLOWHEE -- For the second time in its inaugural season, the Western Carolina University softball team swept the Southern Conference's weekly awards as freshman Jenny Jackson was named the Player of the Week and freshman right hander Mendy McKenzie was...

MOC's Mick Moberg emerges medalist at St. Andrews

LAURINBURG -- Mick Moberg captured the individual championship with a 2-under-par 70 and Chris Bitzenhofer took home second place with a 71 to lead Mount Olive to a tie for first place at the rain-shortened St. Andrews Men's Golf Spring...

MOC Volleyball tea falls at home

MOUNT OLIVE -- Cesar Trigo de Serrano led four players in double figures with 21 kills and Mount Olive rallied from two games down, but Eastern Mennonite, ranked No. 9 in the AVCA Division III Top 15, held on for...

Local sports digest

Rosewood boys, girls win non-conference track meets Rosewood's boys and girls track teams cruised to wins in a four-team meet at their home track on Monday. The Eagles' boys finished 134 points, while Lakewood (68), North Duplin (38) and the...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

ECU back in pads after spring break

GREENVILLE -- Head coach Skip Holtz and his East Carolina football program resumed its spring practice schedule Monday afternoon after enjoying an 11-day spring break layoff. The two-hour workout, conducted at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex, was the Pirates' seventh...

MOC spikers get home win vs. Endicott

MOUNT OLIVE -- Julio Arnaiz tallied 22 kills and 13 digs to lead Mount Olive to a 27-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-17 victory over Endicott (Mass.) in NCAA men's volleyball Monday at Kornegay Arena. The match was the Trojans' first home...

Local sports digest

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock's Ryan Campbell shot a 73 to claim medalist honors and lift the Golden Falcons to a win in the second Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference match on Monday at Wedgewood Golf Course. Aycock finished with...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Unbeaten Eagles pummel Norlina in CCC 1-A play

NORLINA -- The Wayne Christian softball team defeated Norlina 18-0 in a Carolina Christian 1-A Conference contest on Friday. Brittany Sullivan had a two-hit shutout, striking out 10 batters in her second win of the season. Traci Davis had three...

Mount Olive College sports digest

Trojan volleyball team prepares for three home matches this week The Mount Olive men's volleyball team might have an idea what it's like to be a rock band on tour. The next stop for the Trojans on their 2006 Spring...

Pirates complete weekend sweep of Marist

GREENVILLE -- Shane Mathews picked up his first win of the season helping East Carolina (16-6) to a series sweep over Marist on Sunday in a 5-2 victory at Clark-LeClair Stadium. For Matthews, it was his first win since June...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Boys basketball co-POY's Ñ Armwood, Royal lead SW to solid season

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne seniors Akeem Royal and Delawn Armwood have been playing basketball together for a long time. So much so, when asked what they could have done differently to change the outcome of a disappointing playoff loss at...

Girls basketball POY Ñ Jackson turns in big year for GHS

Decked out in her blue, Lady Cougar uniform for her Player of the Year photo, senior guard Chevoya Jackson walked over for her interview. Also on hand, her coach, Gladys McClary, smiled as some tears welled up in her eyes....

Boys basketball COY Ñ Kilpatrick directs Gators to comeback season

SEVEN SPRINGS -- One single game could have been disastrous for the Spring Creek men's basketball team. It turned into a blessing in disguise instead. Despite getting a much-needed win, third-year coach Sonny Kilpatrick directed displeasure toward his team during...

Girl's basketball COY Ñ Narron's fundamental instructions guide RHS

Jerry Narron vividly remembers watching his daughter Clare and her teammates take their lumps -- so to speak -- during their freshman and sophomore years at Rosewood. Perennial powerhouses Midway, Farmville Central and North Johnston doled out plenty of punishment...

Lancaster gets 600th win at MOC

Courtesy MOC Sports Information DUE WEST, S.C. -- Coming out of Eastern Wayne High School, Jesse Lancaster had a number of choices where to attend college and play collegiate baseball. The prospect of experiencing days like Saturday is the reason...

Darden blanks Hawks

DUDLEY -- Rarely does a team commit five errors and keep a good team off the scoreboard. Thanks to a stout performance by freshman pitcher Lauren Darden, Southern Wayne's softball team defied those odds on Friday at home against North...

CBA's Lancaster hurls two-hit shutout

KENLY -- Still fielding questions about its youth and talent ability, the Charles B. Aycock softball team might have silenced some critics Friday afternoon. Junior right-hander Julia Lancaster surrendered two hits in a complete-game effort and the Golden Falcons turned...

Prep roundup

Trent Langston provided three hits and an RBI in Wayne Country Day's 15-7, non-conference victory over county rival Goldsboro High on Friday afternoon. Langston emerged one of three multiple-hit peformers for the Chargers, who improved to 3-2 overall. Ryan Ford...

Sasser turns in solid effort ECU

Courtesy ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Dustin Sasser tossed a career-high 81/3 innings of scoreless ball en route to his fourth win of the season as the Pirates defeated Marist 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Jake Smith's double to...

Friday, March 17, 2006

Norwayne Middle School softball

News-Argus/Steve Roush Norwayne Middle School softball pitcher Autumn Pittman delivers against Eastern Wayne. For more information see 101 consecutive wins ... and counting ... for Norwayne softball....

101 consecutive wins ... and counting ... for Norwayne softball

Dan Millard remembers the last time his Norwayne Middle School Lady Cobras lost a game. It was in 1998 -- nearly eight years ago. "We lost to Eastern Wayne," the longtime softball coach says, shaking his head. "It was the...

Rosewood powers up against Chargers

Rosewood hurler Kyle Bunn overcame a shaky start and shut down Wayne Country Day the final four innings, fanning 10 Chargers and going the distance to give the visiting Eagles a 9-4 victory over their non-conference county rivals on Thursday....

Eagles' Brunson headed to Guilford

In recent years, some of Rosewood High's most gifted offensive football players have went on to play collegiate football at Division III Guilford College. In the fall of 2006, the Quakers will get one of the best defensive athletes to...

Local sports digest

Katko notches four goals in Aycock soccer victory PIKEVILLE -- Rebecca Katko notched a hat trick-plus-one (four goals) in Charles B. Aycock's 8-0, non-conference throttling of South Central on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons claimed their first win in six...

Ermer tosses perfect game against Fayetteville State

FAYETTEVILLE -- Freshman Christine Ermer tossed her first collegiate perfect game as Mount Olive completed a doubleheader sweep over Fayetteville State with an 8-0 victory in game two Thursday. Ermer retired all 15 batters she faced in the five-inning run-rule...

Trojans' Lancaster closing in on 600 career victories

Mount Olive head baseball coach Carl Lancaster has an opportunity to reach a milestone this weekend. More importantly, his Trojans have a chance to draw closer to the conference leader. Mount Olive is spending the weekend in Due West, S.C.,...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Motsinger resigns at JK, heads to New Hanover

WARSAW -- Ronnie Batts figured this day come. Only he didn't expect it so soon. Batts regretfully accepted Kevin Motsinger's shocking resignation as head football coach at James Kenan on Wednesday morning. A native of Alabama, the 33-year-old Motsinger officially...

Eastern Wayne baseball

News-Argus/Mitch Loeber Eastern Wayne pitcher Tyler Hamm (1) delivers during Wednesday's loss to Greenville Rose. For more information see EW falls to Rose....

Southern Wayne nips Eagles

DUDLEY -- Timely hits and big strikeouts often overshadow well-executed defensive plays. But a somewhat non-conventional double play in the fourth inning proved key in Southern Wayne's 4-3 win at home over West Craven on Wednesday. With the game tied...

EW falls to Rose

Eastern Wayne's offense showed up against Greenville's Rose High on Wednesday. The only problem was that the Warriors (1-5) were down 11-3 in the bottom of the seventh when it happened. Using just one hit, the Warriors tallied four runs...

Local sports digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Bradley Taylor had four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and drove in five runs in the Golden Falcons' 15-9 win at home over Clayton on Wednesday. Aycock, which has scored 31 runs...

OPINION - Bracket breakdown

Got those brackets filled out? If I had a dollar for every time I was asked that over the last few days, I might be able to jump into some NCAA pools with Rick Neuheisel. Sorry, that joke (attempt) is...

MOC baseball beats Bryant

MOUNT OLIVE -- Graham Wooten's two-run triple highlighted a four-run third inning and Josh Harrison helped thwart a late rally with an eighth-inning two-run homer to lead Mount Olive to an 8-4 victory over Bryant in non-conference baseball Wednesday at...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Golden Falcons continue roll in baseball

PIKEVILLE -- The way his teammates were hitting in the first inning against North Johnston, Charles B. Aycock's Grant Sasser probably wondered if he would ever get back out on the mound. In the bottom of the first, the Golden...

Trojans beat up on Bulldogs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Blonds have more fun, or so the saying goes. But that should be amended. Everyone knows it's natural blonds who have more fun. Just ask Goldsboro native and Mount Olive College baseball player Josh Carter. Carter, blond...

Mount Olive seniors leave their mark

The word legacy can be defined as something immaterial, usually a style or philosophy, that is passed from one generation to another. Mount Olive's 2005-2006 class of seniors posted numbers that were nothing short of impressive and set a high...

Local sports digest

Reinhard HR lifts Rosewood in extra innings SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Aubrey Reinhard smacked a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning and propelled Rosewood to a 5-4, non-conference victory over Midway on Tuesday afternoon. Reinhard concluded the...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

MOC - Trojans foiled again

WILSON -- Beat an archrival three times in one year? The Barton College men's basketball team has proven that adage, always recited and respected by superstitious coaches, certainly has its flaws. Players, coaches and fans associated with the Mount Olive...

Falcons expected to fare well in ECC

By GABE WHISNANT News-Argus Sports Writer With two new schools -- Wilson Hunt and Wilson Beddingfield -- in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference and four schools out after realignment -- West Carteret, West Craven, Washington and South Central --...

Local Sports digest

Eastern Wayne's Kyle Ham shot a 74 to take medalist honors as the Warriors claimed the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference's opening match on Monday at Southern Wayne Country Club. The Warriors finished with a team score of 318, followed...

Monday, March 13, 2006

Mount Olive win

News-Argus/Bobby Williams Mount Olive's Josh Carter (20) and David Cooper (8) celebrate after Carter hit a home run in Sunday's game against Anderson. For more information see XXX.-->...

Parity Predicted in Carolina Conference

Balanced. Competitive. Parity. Most baseball and softball coaches in the Class 1-A Carolina Conference echoed one of those three descriptions of their respective leagues during a preseason coaches poll conducted by the News-Argus. Three different teams got at least one...

MOC Baseball - Trojans come through in clutch

MOUNT OLIVE -- Getting it done with two. The old baseball adage refers to a team's ability to produce with two outs. On Sunday against Anderson (S.C.), Mount Olive took that one step further -- the Trojans also did plenty...

Mount Olive vs. Barton, Part IV

MOC Sports Information BARTON -- Last Saturday, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference championship was the prize. Tonight, the stakes are the highest they've ever been in the history of the Mount Olive-Barton rivalry -- the NCAA Division II "Sweet 16." No....

Local sports digest

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day's Sam Steed provided three hits and drove in one run in the Chargers' 7-4 win over Bear Grass on Saturday at Fleming Stadium. Cameron Ford and Kyle Pender added two hits each for WCDS (2-0),...

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Trojans battle back

WILSON -- Down by 16 early in the second half, Mount Olive College point guard Maurice Horton and 6-foot-8 Shippensburg center Seth Scott battled for a rebound under the Trojans' basket. The two collided and Horton landed awkwardly on his...

Road-weary CBA improves to 5-0

SNOW HILL -- With eight returning starters, including one of the east's top pitching staffs, veteran Charles B. Aycock baseball coach Charles Davis wondered how his team would react in road games. Davis got his answer Friday afternoon. The Golden...

Saints can't recover from Eagles uprising

DUDLEY -- Wilmington Ashley scored eight runs in the third and fourth innings and held on at the end to beat Southern Wayne 11-5 in a non-conference high school baseball game Friday night. The Eagles batted around in the third...

Hawks shut down Warriors

By DAVID HALL Courtesy Kinston Free Press LAGRANGE -- In baseball parlance, North Lenoir will wear this win for a while. Brandon Sutton pitched six shutout innings for the Hawks, who were hit by pitches five times in an 8-0...

Lady Warriors pick of first win of season

PRINCETON -- Eastern Wayne's Emily Sasser had three hits, including a double, in the Warriors' 7-6 win at Princeton on Friday. The victory was Eastern Wayne's first of the year as it improved to 1-5 heading into Monday's home game...

Friday, March 10, 2006

D.H. Conley shuts down Aycock in softball

PIKEVILLE -- Brittany Sutton should think about bowling as a hobby. The D.H. Conley pitcher set up Charles B. Aycock's hitters with ease and knocked them down like bowling pins in a 5-0, non-conference victory Thursday evening. A left-handed junior,...

Defending 2-A champs knock off Warriors

Defending 2-A state softball champion North Lenoir defeated Eastern Wayne 7-2 in a well-played girls softball game in New Hope Thursday night. The Lady Warriors committed only four errors and got a stellar pitching performance from Wendy Gardner. The right-hander...

Local sports digest

Thibodeau notches hat trick and assist in Rosewood victory WARSAW -- Erin Thibodeau collected a hat trick (three goals) and dished out an assist in Rosewood's 5-0, non-conference victory over James Kenan on Thursday evening. Thibodeau tallied all three goals...

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Prep soccer - NL tops Warriors

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir's girls soccer team capitalized on nearly every scoring chance they had in the first half as a 3-2 halftime lead over Eastern Wayne stood as the final score on a chilly evening in Wheat Swamp. The...

Prep softball - Laney's White blanks Saints

DUDLEY -- If any members of the Southern Wayne softball team aspire to play the sport in college, they now know what it will take to reach that level. Four of Laney's starting nine have already accepted college scholarships....

Local sports digest

CLAYTON -- Charles B. Aycock's Shelly Lancaster slugged her first career home run at the varsity level -- capping a four-run seventh inning in the Golden Falcons' 7-2 win at Clayton on Wednesday. The win was the first of the...

MOC roundup

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Shauna Cowdrey recorded nine strikeouts and tossed a two-hit shutout as Mount Olive concluded play on a winning note with a 7-0 victory over Swarthmore (Pa.) University in the "Smash Hit Softball Tournament." The Trojans overcame an...

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

No place like home - Rosewood nips Midway

Home sweet home. In their first game at Rosewood this season, the Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning and held on to beat Midway, 10-9 on Monday -- handing Josh Smith his first career win...

Local sports digest

C.B. Aycock's Massey yields Gators to two hits SEVEN SPRINGS -- Jackson Massey yielded two hits and notched eight strikeouts as Charles B. Aycock cruised past Spring Creek 12-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Officials halted the contest after five innings due...

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

MOC baseball

MOC Sports Information Graham Wooten collected five runs batted in and hit two home runs, including a tie-breaking two-run homer with two outs in the top of the eighth as Mount Olive salvaged the final game of a three-game series...

Local sports digest

Charles B. Aycock's Ryan Campbell fired a 75 to lead the Golden Falcons to a non-conference win over North Lenoir and Wallace-Rose Hill on Monday at Lane Tree Golf Course. Aycock finished with a team score of 312, while the...

Monday, March 6, 2006

Local sports digest

Wayne Christian had five players with two hits each in an 11-6 win on Saturday over Faith Christian-Rocky Mount. Charity Wright, Brittany Sullivan,Traci Davis, Katie Daniels and Hope Wright tallied two hits apiece for the Lady Eagles (2-0), which host...

MOC softball

SALISBURY -- Bailey Harrell and Georgette Richardson both hit their first collegiate home run and Mount Olive scored all of its runs in the final three innings as the Trojans defeated Shepherd 11-1 Sunday in the Catawba College Softball Invitational....

MOC gets regional bid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It's showtime! The Mount Olive College men's basketball team learned late Sunday evening that it will get the chance to defend its NCAA Division II East Regional crown. The Trojans (24-6) drew the No. 5 seed and...

ECU baseball

GREENVILLE -- Dale Mollenhauer drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eleventh to give ECU a 4-3 win over Stony Brook and its first series sweep of the season Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates, who...

Sunday, March 5, 2006

Another epic battle

MOUNT OLIVE -- Located within 30 miles of each other and connected by a single bypass, archrivals Barton and Mount Olive College staged another epic battle in their growing rivalry. Two teams eager to seize -- and hungry to taste...

Anderson women deny Dogs' title bid

MOUNT OLIVE -- LaShonda Chiles is getting used to cutting down nets and earning Most Valuable Player honors. And opposing coaches can't wait for the 5-foot-2 dynamic guard to graduate. But guess what? She's got another year to go, folks....

Friday's CVAC Tournament capsules

MOUNT OLIVE -- Senior Victor Young sank two free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining and Elton Coffield collected a career-high 35 points in Mount Olive's thrilling 105-102 victory over Pfeiffer University. It was the 12th meeting in three years between...

Spring Creek goes the distance at GC

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Friday was an improvement for the young baseball team at Spring Creek High. Despite losing to Greene Central 8-3, the Gators did something they had yet to do in 2006 -- play a full seven-inning game. With...

Young Warriors fall to defending state champs

With two freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup on Friday against North Lenoir, veteran Eastern Wayne coach Jabo Fulghum is looking especially at the early part of the 2006 season as a "growing process." Despite a 4-0 loss...

Golden Falcons surge past West Craven

PIKEVILLE -- Garrett Davis collected three RBI in a fifth-inning uprising as state-ranked and unbeaten Charles B. Aycock claimed a 14-6, non-conference victory over West Craven on Friday afternoon. Davis concluded the day 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI....

Friday, March 3, 2006

Reinhard delivers key hit in Rosewood victory

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne freshman pitcher Lauren Darden had been thinking about making her first home start for the Saints all day. She sat in her last classes on Thursday visualizing her first few pitches, wondering whether the home crowd...

Local sports digest

Vikings turn back Golden Falcons in regional 3-A softball battle GREENVILLE -- Ashton Ventors provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th, lifting D.H. Conley to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Charles B. Aycock softball team Thursday...

Trojans' Prichard named female freshman of year in CVAC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Senior Teneal Boone's collegiate career has officially ended, but freshman Tomeka Prichard is just getting started. Boone and Prichard received postseason accolades during the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference basketball banquet held Thursday evening in the Mount Olive College...

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Limestone takes CVAC softball doubleheader from Mount Olive

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- A two-run bases-loaded double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth was the difference as Mount Olive fell to Limestone 6-5 in extra innings in game two of a Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday....

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Falcons win opener

PIKEVILLE -- After a passive offensive effort in a scrimmage at North Lenoir last week, Charles B. Aycock coach Charles Davis preached aggressiveness to his junior-laden squad heading into Tuesday's opener at home against Wilson Fike. The Golden Falcons obviously...

Round 2 hasn't been kind to Lady Trojans

For the fourth year in a row, Mount Olive posted a decisive victory in the first round of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The quarterfinal round, however, hasn't been as kind to Mount Olive. The Trojans hope they...

Clingan: It's survive and advance time for MOC

Heading into the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, nationally 25th-ranked Mount Olive has won 41 of its last 44 home games. The Trojans hope that homecourt advantage can lead to a conference championship. Mount Olive opens play in the...

Young named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive guard Victor Young has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. The player of the week award is the second this season for Young, who also won...

Local sports digest

Reynolds, Darden key in Lady Saints win over GC SNOW HILL -- Southern Wayne's Rachel Reynolds delivered two hits and drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the top of the seventh, as the Saints softball team opened...

ECU baseball team beats Duke again

GREENVILLE -- For the second time in a week, East Carolina beat Duke by double-digit runs as the Pirates dominated the Blue Devils, 17-4, at Clark-LeClair Stadium Tuesday afternoon. ECU scored two in the first, one in the third, five...