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Monday, July 31, 2006

The late, and early, show - Saints kick off season with Midnight Madness practice

DUDLEY -- A few players, dressed in bright red tear-away jerseys and shorts, leaned on the fence and glanced at the lush, green, dew-covered football field from time to time. Others ambled from the locker room and snapped their chinstraps...

Midnight Madness - Cougars' Jackson hopes hard work in weight room pays dividends

On the heels of "our best summer yet," according to Goldsboro head coach Maurice Jackson, the Cougars officially opened up the 2006 football campaign with a Midnight Madness practice this morning. Forty-five players, including both the junior varsity and varsity...

K-Tribe ends three-game skid

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Kinston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 14-5 beating of Wilmington on Sunday afternoon. Kinston pounded out 16 hits and scored five in the first, three in the third and six in the fifth. Jose Constanza,...

Mudcats' Muniz rips game-winning HR

PEARL, Miss. -- J.C. Muniz struck a three-run homer in the fifth inning to lift Carolina past Mississippi 7-4 on Sunday afternoon, snapping a seven-game losing streak at Trustmark Park. With the game scoreless in the fifth, Muniz drilled his...

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Just like Jackie Robinson

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black man in the game's long history to stand in the batter's box. Nearly 60 years later, 125 Goldsboro children sported his...

K-Tribe loses two

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Blue Rock bats bashed 13 hits off of K-Tribe pitching as Wilmington beat Kinston 5-1 Saturday night in Delaware. Kinston has now tied a season high with three losses in a row. Wilmington got to K-Tribe starter...

More opportunities for striper anglers?

There could be greater opportunities for striped bass fishermen in the Roanoke River in the years ahead. Stripers in the Roanoke have been a showcase example of successful fisheries management -- thanks in large part to the leadership of Mount...

N.C. Fishing Report

Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck, & Beaufort Counties Charterboats: (Offshore) Fishing offshore continues to be good with catches of yellowfin tuna, dolphin, and very large bigeye tuna. Billfish catches have been good with white marlin, sailfish, and blue marlin. Wahoo...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Dream becomes reality - Forbis will play on famed Pinehurst No. 2 course

PIKEVILLE -- Every athlete has a dream. Concentrating on that single vision can take its toll at times and it's certainly easy to give into frustration. But not if you're Kelli Forbis. The outspoken rising senior and talented golfer from...

Angels finish fourth overall in Cooperstown trip

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Wayne County Angels 12U baseball team finished fourth overall during weekly play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational at Cooperstown Dreams Park. Wayne County began the single-elimination portion of the tournament with a...

Lawson signs with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday evening that they have signed first-round pick linebacker Manny Lawson. Lawson (6-5, 240) played in 50 games at N.C. State, starting 25 times. He finished his Wolfpack career with 196 tackles (125 solos) and...

K-Tribe drops road game

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A lost lead and a one-hour rain delay late in Kinston's game against Wilmington put a damper on the beginning of the Tribe's final regular season trip to Delaware. Thunderstorms delayed play in the top of the...

Reynolds' homer sinks Mudcats

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Mark Reynolds' three-run homer in the fifth inning snapped a 3-3 tie to lead Tennessee past Carolina 6-3 on Thursday night at Smokies Park. Reynolds, who hit his 27th combined homer of the season, drilled a 3-2...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Dean of athletics

News-Argus/Kaye Nesbit From his desk at the Wayne County Public Schools office, Dean Sauls, above, discusses the state of affairs of Wayne County athletics. For more information see Sauls doesn't expect new facilities soon.-->...

Sauls doesn't expect new facilities soon

Dean Sauls is a busy man. On top of being Wayne County's athletics director, Sauls also oversees the county's social studies, world view, physical education and driver's eligibility departments. Since taking over when Dave Thomas retired nearly four years ago,...

K-Tribe

FREDERICK, Md. -- Kinston's Scott Lewis, the Carolina League leader in ERA, picked up his second win in a row with a dominating performance in a 7-1 win over Frederick on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old lefty tied a season high...

Wayne County Angels perfect at Hall of Fame

From staff reports COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Wayne County Angels 12U finished perfect in pool play and advanced to the single-elimination portion of the 2006 American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational contested on the Cooperstown Dreams Park diamonds. Wayne...

Mudcats lose seventh straight on road

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Jesus Cota homered for the sixth time in seven games to lead Tennessee past Carolina 6-5 on Wednesday night at Smokies Park. Cota, who homered twice on Tuesday, drilled a two-run shot against Trevor Hutchinson (0-3) staking...

Bulls get offensive again, trounce Clippers

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two days after scoring 10 in the first inning at Toledo, Durham tallied eight in the first at Columbus on Wednesday night as the Bulls went on to win 16-10. Delmon Young and Kevin Witt each homered...

Walnut Creek golf

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf Evelyn Rose and Mary Ann Sutton prevailed in the game of the week while Kathy Woodard took low gross and Pete Reaves low net. Brooke Eason claimed low putts for the field. Hawg Breath Bass Club...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

K-Tribe crushes Keys

FREDERICK, Md. -- Kinston survived a slugfest on Tuesday night, outlasting Frederick 14-10. The K-Tribe pounded out 15 hits, while the Keys slugged 14. Six Indians had multiple hits. Brandon Pinckney, Rodney Choy Foo, Stephen Head and Javi Herrera each...

Mudcats blow lead, then lose game

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Jesus Cota blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to send Tennessee past Carolina 10-9 in the Mudcats' highest-scoring and longest game of the season at Smokies Park on Tuesday night. Carolina (12-20)...

Coley qualifies for nation's top motorbike race

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. -- Justin Coley, a 15-year-old dirt bike racer from Wayne County, has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 25th annual AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Tennessee....

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

MOC star spends part of summer down under

During the 2005-06 season, Elton Coffield established a career high with 35 points against Pfeiffer in the semifinal round of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. That total is now only his best single-game scoring performance in the Northern...

Mount Olive has a new cross country coach

MOUNT OLIVE -- Beth Green has been named head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant sports information director, it was announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen. Green will begin her duties in early August. A graduate...

Kinston falls to Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. -- A defensive miscue made the difference in Kinston's 5-3 loss at Frederick on Monday night. With the K-Tribe up 2-0 in the third inning, Frederick sent Jay Gibbons up to the plate with the bases loaded and...

Smokies blank Mudcats

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn -- Matt Chico pitched seven scoreless innings, while Alberto Gonzalez collected his first four-hit game of the season as Tennessee blanked Carolina 7-0 in the series opener at Smokies Park on Monday night. Chico (6-2) won his fifth...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Wayne off to good start at Dixie Youth tourney

CLINTON -- Wayne County got off to a solid start at the Dixie Youth state tournament with a 1-0 win over Sandhills on Saturday. Tyler Huetter, Justin Martin and Logan Runyon combined for a one hit shutout. The trio combined...

K-Tribe wins rain-soaked game

KINSTON -- The K-Tribe won a rain-shortened game 4-1 against Potomac at historic Grainger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Two rain delays put a damper on things, but Kinston's bats stayed hot long enough to notch the win. Matt Whitney had...

Sunday, July 23, 2006

K-Tribe mascot is a hit

KINSTON -- Young Nathan Taylor of Goldsboro took in a Kinston Indians baseball game on Thursday night. But in the early innings, the 2-year-old wasn't concentrating too much on the action on the field from his seat just to the...

Wayne Juniors go 0-2 at state tourney

RALEIGH -- Wayne County's time at the Junior Legion state tournament was a brief one. Wayne received a No. 1 seed in its half of the eight-team event but went home after losing two games in less than seven hours....

Zimmerman, Estes win Jr. Classic

Taylor Zimmerman of State Road and Colleen Estes of Cary won the overall boys and girls titles, respectively, in the Roy Jones-Clarence Rose Junior Golf Classic held at Kinston Country Club and Walnut Creek Country Club Thursday and Friday....

K-Tribe falls at home

KINSTON -- Potomac pounded out 14 hits and 12 runs as Kinston fell 12-4 at Grainger Stadium on Saturday night. Potomac bolted out to an 8-0 lead behind the outstanding starting pitching by Clint Everts (5-8). Everts went 5 1/3...

Friday, July 21, 2006

A team effort - Post 11 Juniors open state tournament Saturday

Wayne County's run to the Junior Legion State Tournament hasn't been reliant on one key hitter in the middle of the order or one dominant ace on the mound. For Post 11, emerging as one of the best eight teams...

Wayne County 14s fall to Nash County

GREENVILLE -- Nash County collected two crucial runs in the top half of the sixth inning and turned back Wayne County 4-2 during opening-round play of the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth 14U State tournament Thursday afternoon. Wayne County faced Wilmington...

Zimmerman, Estes emerge first-day leaders

Taylor Zimmerman of State Road and Colleen Estes of Cary emerged the leaders after opening-round play in the Roy Jones-Clarence Rose Junior Golf Classic on Thursday. Estes fired a 2-over par round of 74 at Walnut Creek Country Club to...

Snyder, Henkle are CVAC Women of the Year

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College golfer Lindsey Snyder and tennis player Lucia Henkle both share in the inaugural Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Woman of the Year Award, it was announced Friday by the CVAC office. Both Snyder and Henkle will...

Warren finishes 7th at GMGC event

Recent Spring Creek graduate Stephen Warren fired a 71 at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday and finished 7th in a one-day series event sponsored by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association. Lee Bedford of Cary earned medalist honors with a...

K-Tribe, Keys split key series

KINSTON -- Nolan Reimold hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run with two outs in the seventh inning that erased a two-run deficit and gave Frederick a 5-4 win Thursday at Grainger Stadium. Reimold hit the homer off K-Tribe reliever T.J....

Mudcats blanked in Southern League play

ZEBULON -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six shutout innings while Ryan Braun finished a triple shy of the cycle as Huntsville blanked Carolina 9-0 at Five County Stadium on Thursday night before 5,234 fans. Gallardo (1-2), who represented the Milwaukee Brewers...

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Ryan Bear's game-winning single culminated a two-run ninth as Carolina rallied past Huntsville 5-4 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday night before 5,452 fans. Carolina (11-16) lost a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth when Huntsville...

K-Tribe

KINSTON -- Chuck Lofgren won his minor league-leading 13th game of the season as the Kinston Indians doubled up Frederick 4-2 on Wednesday night at Grainger Stadium. It was the fourth win in four starts for the 20-year-old left-hander, whose...

gold medals

Military veteran Johnny Holland remembers the day his life changed forever. Actually, he only recalls part of it. Holland, now 41, was driving down a road in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1987 when his car hit some ice and lost control....

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Opinion - They needed another angel

The baseball Gods needed another angel. Keith LeClair -- a friend, teacher and coach -- passed away Monday after nearly a five-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The loss certainly saddened the East Carolina University community and his collegiate...

K.J.'s road trip continues

Kevin Jones has been all over America watching his favorite team play baseball. As one of four road trippers on the YES Network reality show "Ultimate Road Trip, Season 2," the Patetown native has followed the New York Yankees to...

RJ-Clarence Rose Jr. Golf Classic set for Thursday-Friday

The Roy Jones-Clarence Rose Junior Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Kinston Country Club and Walnut Creek Country Club. The Carolinas Golf Association has rewarded the event with a higher-level points multiplier for the N.C. Junior Golf...

Wayne County 18U team eliminated from state tournament

TARBORO -- Wayne County's run in the Eastern N.C. State Babe Ruth 18U tournament ended with a 5-1 loss to Crystal Coast on Tuesday afternoon. The Cobras, directed by head coach Bobby Davis, finished fourth overall in the double-elimination event...

K-Tribe drops 4-3 heartbreaker to Keys

KINSTON -- The Indians trimmed a four-run deficit to one, but came no closer as Frederick beat Kinston 4-3 Tuesday night at historic Grainger Stadium. Brain Barton started the comeback in the fourth inning with his team-leading 13th home run...

Mudcats edge Stars 5-4

ZEBULON -- Brett Carroll hit his first Double-A homer to lead Paul Mildren to his ninth win as Carolina edged Huntsville 5-4 at Five County Stadium on Tuesday night. Carroll's three-run shot in the sixth cracked a 2-2 tie and...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MOC performers playing for Tobs in CPL

WILSON -- The dog days of summer are a time of rest from competitive baseball for many college players. Understandably so, as the school playing schedule can often cover a large portion of four months -- not including fall and...

Wayne 18's move on in Eastern tourney

TARBORO -- Matt Godwin pounded out four hits and drove in two runs as Wayne County eliminated county rival Fremont 15-5 in the Eastern N.C. State Babe Ruth 18U tournament Monday evening. One of four teams remaining in the double-elimination...

K-Tribe improves to 10-1 against Frederick

KINSTON -- The Kinston Indians won their ninth-straight game against the Frederick Keys in a 10-3 triumph Monday night at historic Grainger Stadium. Kinston improves its 2006 record to 10-1 this season against Frederick. The K-Tribe batted around in the...

Monday, July 17, 2006

Wayne 15s lose heartbreaker

SEVEN SPRINGS -- An error-filled beginning, wrapped around a third-inning comeback, led to a disappointing finish for Wayne County's 15U baseball team Sunday afternoon. Chris Johnson laced a two-out, two-RBI single into left center field and Johnston County emerged the...

K-Tribe denied ninth-inning rally

SALEM, Va. -- Kinston had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning, but a great play by Salem third baseman Ryan Thompson robbed the K-Tribe's Brandon Pinckney of a hit and secured a 7-4 Salem victory. Thompson...

Hammel, Salas combined for Bulls no-hitter

DURHAM -- Jason Hammel and Juan Salas combined for the first no-hitter in Bulls' Triple-A history as Durham knocked off the Columbus Clippers 4-1 on Sunday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It was only the second no-hitter in...

Biscuits use 8-run third inning to put away Mudcats

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Montgomery Biscuits used an eight-run third inning to fuel a 12-1 pummeling of the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday at Riverwalk Stadium. The Biscuits (16-9) sent 14 hitters to the plate against three Carolina (9-16) pitchers. Manu...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lancaster's clutch hit lifts Wayne County

FOUR OAKS -- Clutch. Nolan Lancaster's one-word description of Wayne County's Junior Legion team goes a long way in describing its ability to claim two wins on Saturday in Johnston County in the 2006 Eastern N.C. Tournament. At South Johnston...

Wayne 14Us emerge District 4 champs

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Greg Neal walked over the scorer's tent, removed his sunglasses to wipe his brow and confidently reported his fifth-inning substitutions to the official scorekeeper. Certain of his decision, Neal still had some doubts. Would the reserves produce...

Wayne 15U team pulls surprise; 13U team ousted

SEVEN SPRINGS -- One Wayne County journey to an Eastern N.C. District 4 Babe Ruth baseball crown ended in disappointing fashion, but another team remained alive in its championship quest. Right-hander Greg Champion collected his second mound victory within an...

Rosewood Coach-Pitch team finishes state runner-up

TRYON -- The Rosewood Youth Sports Association 7-8-year-old Coach-Pitch all-star team recorded its best-ever finish with a runner-up showing in the recently-contested Dixie Youth AA state tournament. Rosewood rolled through bracket play with a perfect 5-0 record. Derek Neal's two-RBI...

N.C. fishing report

Northern District Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties Charterboats: (Offshore)Fishing offshore has been fair to good most of the time with yellowfin tuna and dolphin being most prevalent. Wahoo, king mackerel, and billfish have also been caught. (Midrange) Midrange catches...

Friday, July 14, 2006

Junior Legion Ñ Wayne Juniors move on to Eastern Tournament

ROCKY MOUNT -- If the postseason is the best time for a team to hit its stride, the Wayne County Junior Legion team's offense is peaking in impressive fashion. Post 11 followed up a 13-hit performance on Wednesday against Roanoke...

Wayne 13s struggle in District 4 loss

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The Wayne County 13-year-old all-star team took an unexpected and disappointing detour on its trek toward a possible Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth District 4 crown Thursday evening. Despite collecting seven stolen bases and receiving nine walks, Wayne...

K-Tribe collects another comeback win

SALEM, Va. -- Kinston put together their second comeback win in a row, erasing a 3-1 deficit with an 8-3 win over the Salem Avalanche on Thursday night. The K-Tribe batted around, scoring six runs in the top of the...

Montgomery edges Carolina 3-2

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Andy Sonnanstine won his sixth consecutive start, fanning a career-high 11 batters as Montgomery edged Carolina 3-2 at Riverwalk Stadium on Thursday night. Sonnanstine (9-6) defeated the team which beat him last, working seven innings in leading...

Bulls rally in eighth

DURHAM -- Shawn Riggans and Ben Zobrist hit two-run singles in Durham's five-run eighth to help the Bulls beat the Columbus Clippers 7-4 on Thursday night. Riggans drove in B.J. Upton and Delmon Young, and three batters later, Zobrist singled...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Big fifth inning boosts Wayne Juniors

DUDLEY -- The fifth inning has played a key role in the outcome of back-to-back games for Wayne County's Junior Legion team. A tough fifth inning in the field hindered Post 11 in taking Game 1 of the second round...

One up, one down for Wayne

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Two Wayne County all-star teams find themselves headed in opposite directions after day two of the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth District 4 tournament at Spring Creek High School. Matt Neal scattered nine hits in a complete-game effort...

Behrend will play soccer at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive has signed six recruits -- four from Eastern North Carolina -- to women's soccer National Letters-of-Intent, it was announced by head coach Chris Shaw. Stephanie Behrend of Wayne County, Nia Celata and Jenn Sastre of...

K-Tribe storms back, stuns Salem

SALEM, Va. -- The Kinston Indians scored three runs in the top of the ninth and one in the 10th to steal a 7-6 victory over the Salem Avalanche on Wednesday night. An Argenis Reyes bloop single over the head...

Mudcats beat Biscuits, 3-1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Paul Mildren won his eighth game, working seven innings, as Carolina defeated Montgomery 3-1 at Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday night. Mildren (8-6) allowed just a second-inning home run en route to his second consecutive victory. Carolina (9-12)...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wayne shuts out Johnston County

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Strong pitching efforts and first-inning offensive uprisings propelled Wayne County and Greene County to opening-round victories in the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth District 4 13-year-old baseball tournament Tuesday evening. Wayne County right-hander Jonathan Jenkins yielded two hits...

Post 11 Juniors face elimination game today at home

RED OAK -- Jeremy Proctor delivered the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning as Northern Nash nipped Wayne County 5-4 in the Junior American Legion baseball playoffs. Wayne County (15-5) entertains Roanoke Rapids at 7 p.m. today in an elimination-round...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lewis' long road back

KINSTON -- Scott Lewis remembers the day his baseball career flashed before his eyes. It was the fourth inning on May 16, 2003, and the Ohio State sophomore was pitching against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The regular season was winding...

K-Tribe blanks Warthogs

KINSTON -- The Kinston Indians blanked Winston-Salem 5-0 for their league-leading eighth shutout of the year on Monday afternoon at Grainger Stadium. Kevin Dixon (5-2) started on the hill for the K-Tribe and gave up up just three hits in...

Opinion - Sports Commissioner ... just for one day

I haven't played soccer competitively in years. But when you grow up kicking it around, the sport -- like any -- has a way of growing on you. So, obviously I watched the World Cup. I actually look forward to...

BR softball teams in Eastern Championships

Wayne County will be well represented at the 2006 Eastern N.C. Softball Championships to be held at the Sara A. Law Memorial Complex in Winterville beginning on Wednesday. Five teams from Wayne County made it through the district tourney to...

Moore leads North Division in Southern League All-Star game

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The North Division defeated the South Division 9-4 on Monday night before a record-breaking Riverwalk Stadium crowd of 7,454 at the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game. West Tennessee's Scott Moore went 3-for-4 with two home runs and...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Junior Legion Baseball - Post 11 moving on

DUDLEY -- Wayne County Junior Legion coach Nelson Cunningham gave Taylor Allen an option heading into Sunday's elimination game against Lenoir County. Either remain in his familiar closer role, or get the start with his team's season on the line....

Aycock Juniors eliminated by Wilson

WILSON -- Road-weary and short-handed, Aycock's Junior Legion baseball team battled toe-to-toe with Wilson Post 13 for three innings Sunday afternoon. But runners stranded in scoring position, some fatigue and untimely errors eventually took their toll as Wilson prevailed 11-1...

K-Tribe falls to Warthogs

KINSTON -- Jose Constanza scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the eighth to give the Kinston Indians a one-run lead, but Winston-Salem rallied to score a pair of runs in the ninth as the Warthogs nipped the...

Sunday, July 9, 2006

South Central Pitt exacts revenge on Wayne County

DUDLEY -- Call it the "revenge tour." Swept during regular-season play by Wayne County and Lenoir County, the South Central Pitt Post 160 baseball team has successfully avenged those losses in Area I Junior Legion tournament competition. Post 160 upset...

Aycock shocks Wilson in Area II opening-round action

WILSON -- Jordan Carr posted three hits --including a home run and a double -- and drove in four runs in No. 4 Aycock's 18-9 win over top-seeded Wilson in the first game of the Junior Legion playoffs on Saturday...

Hundreds of youngsters awed by NFL players

In just over one month, linebacker David Thornton will run out of the tunnel for the first time with the Tennessee Titans in an exhibition game against New Orleans -- officially beginning a new stage of his career after spending...

Thornton wanted to stay in Indy

David Thornton wanted to be an Indianapolis Colt for the rest of his career. After all, they were the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2002. While he earned it, they were the team that gave him...

Former G. Central grad headed to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former East Carolina Pirate and Greene Central grad Cliff Godwin was named hitting coach at LSU on Thursday afternoon, head baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced. In addition to Godwin's hire, Mainieri named pitching coach Terry Rooney...

Hastings named assistant at BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Former East Carolina first baseman Joe Hastings has been named assistant baseball coach at Boston College, according to an announcement made by Boston College head baseball coach Mikio Aoki. Hastings, who served as an assistant coach...

Boating accidents far too many in NC

Fifteen people died in 14 fatal boating accidents in North Carolina last year. That was far too many. But last year's fatal boating accidents were the second lowest since the Wildlife Resources Commission began keeping records of them in 1973....

K-Tribe rallies past Winston-Salem

KINSTON -- Matt Whitney ended a 0-for-44 slump with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning that sent Kinston to a come-from-behind win over Winston-Salem. The K-Tribe's 5-3 victory was their third in a row, thanks...

Mudcats fall 3-2 in completion of suspended game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ricky Ledee hit a game-winning single over the third base bag to end Thursday night's rain-suspended game over 27 hours after the game began at the Baseball Grounds. Ledee's single came three pitches after a disputed safe...

Friday, July 7, 2006

Area athletes will play in All-Star games

From staff reports GREENSBORO -- Charles B. Aycock's Cortez Gilbert was named to play in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game on July 19, while Southern Wayne's Akeem Royal will play in the All-Star basketball contest on July...

Opinion: This engine really needs an overhaul

American Legion baseball desperately needs an overhaul. Not just a tune-up, but a major reconstruction. Someone needs to step in and grab the toolbox from the current administration before any more damage can be done to an engine that already...

K-Tribe rained out

KINSTON -- Thursday night's Carolina League game between the Kinston Indians and Wilmington Blue Rocks was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader today starting at 6 p.m. at Grainger Stadium. A pair of seven-inning games...

Mudcats rained out

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Carolina Mudcats and Jacksonville Suns were suspended by rain in the fourth inning tied 0-0 on Thursday night. The Mudcats had just completed batting in the top of the fourth under a steady drizzle, when an...

Lovett hitter of week

RALEIGH -- The Coastal Plain League announced Monday that the Wilson Tobs' Erik Lovett and Jeff Cunningham of Fayetteville were named the Rawlings Hitters of the Week. Lovett, a junior at Mount Olive and a Southern Wayne graduate, started all...

Local Briefs

GREENVILLE -- Tyler Wicks collected three hits and two RBI as Wayne County Post 11 pounded D.H. Conley 21-10 on the American Junior Legion baseball scene Wednesday evening. Wayne County (13-3) finished 9-1 against Area I Division competition and entertains...

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Wayne County bows out of Area I East playoffs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Win or lose, most coaches have left Scarborough Field this season with similar sentiments after facing Wayne County this season. Edenton coach Bob Jordan is no different. "That's a good young ball team, and they're only going...

Aycock splits Junior Legion twinbill with West Johnston

PIKEVILLE -- Aycock concluded Area II Division play by splitting a doubleheader against West Johnston the Charles B. Aycock diamond Wednesday evening. West Johnston seized a 4-3, eight-inning victory in the opener. Bryant Hill and Jordan Quinn combined for a...

K-Tribe loses home contest to Blue Rocks

KINSTON -- A season record crowd of 4,011 fans did their best to cheer on the K-Tribe, but Kinston still fell to Wilmington 11-2 on Wednesday night at Grainger Stadium. Wilmington sent 11 batters to the plate in the third...

Mudcats easily defeat Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Paul Mildren pitched seven strong innings, while Kevin Randel and Edgar Gonzalez each drove in two runs as Carolina defeated Jacksonville 7-2 at the Baseball Grounds on Wednesday night. Mildren (7-7) became the first seven-game winner on...

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

It's do or die time

EDENTON -- Residents of this waterfront town migrated down Broad Street, which runs parallel to historic Hicks Field, toward the bay during the twilight hours to watch the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, the Edenton Post 40 baseball...

Warthogs avoid sweep

WINSTON-SALEM -- An RBI single by Winston-Salem's Donny Lucy in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference as the Warthogs beat the K-Tribe 3-2 to salvage the final game of a three-game series. Kinston started off strong in...

Suns blank Mudcats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- T.J. Nall won his eighth-straight start, two-hitting Carolina during a Jacksonville 2-0 Independence Day victory at the Baseball Grounds. Nall (8-2), who fanned 10 Mudcats and permitted one hit over seven innings in a win 10 days...

Local sports digest

PIKEVILLE -- Wayne Broadhead finished first with a time of 20:32 in the annual Pikeville Independence Day 5K run on Saturday. Alan Toler took second in the race at 20:44. Dalton Denning (20:51), Kent Vinson (20:58) and Preston Schlachter...

Monday, July 3, 2006

Legion baseball Ñ Rainouts turn into losses as playoffs begin

WILSON -- Teams not completing their regular-season schedule in Area I East Division play, despite grievances filed with commissioner Joe Tobert, received losses Sunday afternoon. Seven of the eight athletic officers of playoff-qualifying teams met, and along with Tobert, agreed...

New Bern topples Snow Hill in regular-season finale

NEW BERN -- Snow Hill Post 94 concluded regular-season play with a 6-2 loss at Area I East Division rival New Bern Post 24 on Saturday evening. Snow Hill (7-13) fashioned a 5-13 record against division opposition and failed to...

Lofgren gets 10th win as K-Tribe rolls

WINSTON-SALEM -- The Kinston Indians got back on the winning track, hammering out 12 hits en route to a 7-5 victory over the Winston-Salem Warthogs on Sunday afternoon. K-Tribe catcher Javi Herrera hit a two-run double in the second inning...

Mudcats blank Smokies

ZEBULON -- Edgar Gonzalez had three hits and three RBIs while three Carolina pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout as the Mudcats defeated Tennessee 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. After Brett Carroll singled home a run in...

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Snow Hill falls in finale

SNOW HILL -- On the verge of missing the postseason for the first time in over three decades, Snow Hill's American Legion team looked poised to at least finish on a high note on their home field on Friday night...

Legion season complete, teams still in the dark

Once midnight approached Saturday, every coach and athletic officer associated with the Area I East division American Legion programs remained in the dark. They're concerned with how second-year Area I commissioner Joe Tobert is going to handle rainouts, the lack...

Thornton brings camp to alma mater

Tennessee Titans linebacker David Thornton has fond memories of growing up in North Carolina where he attended school, played sports and spent many afternoons at the Boys & Girls Club. When deciding to host his first football camp, there was...

Three from CBA make All-State

Charles B. Aycock's Kandace Burroughs (Sr., 1B) was tabbed the Class 3-A Eastern Player of the Year by the N.C. Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, while teammates Brittani Edgerton (Sr., 2B) and Julia Lancaster (Jr., P) were named to the All-State...