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Friday, September 29, 2006

Another milestone - C.B. Aycock tennis collects 300th consecutive win in conference play

WILSON -- The state-ranked Charles B. Aycock women's tennis team reached another milestone in its illustrious history Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons prevailed in five of six singles matches and rolled past Wilson Hunt 8-1 for its 300th consecutive regular-season...

Warrior spikers complete regular-season sweep of Saints

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne continued its dominance of county opposition on Thursday evening, but escaped in misleading fashion against upstart Southern Wayne. The Warriors rallied from single-digit deficits in the first and third sets, and prevailed 25-23, 25-15, 25-19. Eastern...

JV football - Eastern Wayne shuts out Hawks

LaGRANGE -- Steven Hall rushed for two touchdowns and Eastern Wayne concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 27-0 victory over North Lenoir. Hall finished with 36 yards rushing for the Warriors, who improved to 4-1 overall. Danny...

Hawks upend Jaguars in EPC volleyball

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir opened second-half play in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference volleyball ranks with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 conquest of defending league champion Farmville Central. The Hawks (11-3, 5-1 EPC) snapped the Jaguars' 15-match, regular-season win streak...

Friday forecast - One more tune-up before conference play begins

For area football teams, this week offers one final test before the start of conference play on Oct. 6. But passing that test -- meaning being prepared for league action -- likely will not hinge on winning or losing Friday's...

Trojan teams in action this weekend

As rivalries go in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference, few in any sport can measure to the rivalry between the Mount Olive and Lees-McRae volleyball teams. That rivalry is renewed this evening as the Trojans play host to Lees-McRae in CVAC...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Game of the Week -- East Carteret at Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's football team ventured into uncharted waters when it recorded its first-ever, non-losing season in 2005. Included in that 6-6 record was a 3-3 mark against non-conference opposition. The Gators have two non-league victories this season....

A 1-minute explosion

In an 80-minute soccer match, one single minute usually doesn't effect the result of a contest. But the 33nd minute of the first half proved huge for Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday at Eastern Wayne. The Golden Falcons' Alex Roosen...

Mount Olive rolls over Patriots

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive defender Ryan Capdepon notched his first collegiate two-assist game, but it was his defensive play in the early minutes that set the tone for the Trojans Wednesday Chris Varela scored two goals, while Capdepon and...

Local sports digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock improved to 10-2 overall with a 8-1 win over Southern Nash at home on Wednesday in a non-conference match. Lizzie Sodoma, Emilee Quinn, Kristen Bennett, Courtney Barnes and Kara Kelley claimed singles wins for the...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

ECC volleyball Ñ C.B. Aycock sweeps Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- Outside hitter Jazzmine Lee might not have played her sharpest game of the season, but the Charles B. Aycock senior produced several key plays Tuesday afternoon. Lee provided three kills in late-set situations and helped the Golden Falcons...

Archrivals meet Ñ Princeton snaps Rosewood's league win streak

PRINCETON -- All signs pointed to a tightly-contested battle between Rosewood and Princeton heading into Tuesday's Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball showdown. After all, the archrivals came in with a combined overall record of 24-3 and each had a 4-0...

Rosewood men's soccer hammers Kinston, escapes Chargers

Goss Kendall notched one goal and an assist in Rosewood's 4-1, non-conference conquest of Kinston at Branch Pope Field on Tuesday evening. Kendall assisted Connor Adams in the 18th minute, which boosted the Eagles' advantage to 2-0. Josh Davis opened...

Bitzenhofer leads Trojan men to St. Andrews title

MOC Sports Information WAGRAM -- Chris Bitzenhofer, Mick Moberg and Cameron Phillips all placed in the top 10 as Mount Olive took home first place by eight strokes at the St. Andrews Men's Golf Fall Invitational at Deercroft Golf Club...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

CBA drops Hunt 5-1

PIKEVILLE -- Seconds before kickoff against Wilson Hunt on Monday evening, the Charles B. Aycock men's soccer team received an unexpected result. A late-arriving linesman delivered the news of Eastern Wayne's one-goal loss at Wilson Beddingfield. Obviously shocked by the...

Eagles remain unbeaten in league play

Rosewood remained unbeaten in Class 1-A Carolina/Super Six Conference play with an 8-0 win at home over Wallace-Rose Hill on Monday. The Eagles (7-2 overall), who have lost just three matches against conference foes, improved to 7-0 in league play...

OPINION - Can CBA stop Rams jinx?

Greene Central had the weekend to seethe over its first loss of the season at state-ranked James Kenan. The Rams didn't play 48 quality minutes, and endured numerous physical and mental mistakes. Expect a different team this week. Charles B....

Local sports digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's Angel Sanchez finished with eight saves and now has four-straight shutouts as the Gators claimed a 3-0 win at home over Louisburg. Raul Fuentes scored twice for the Gators (5-1, 1-0 Carolina/Tar Roanoke), while Manuel...

Mount Olive College digest

MOUNT OLIVE -- Adrian Daniels and Adam Caston scored goals in the first half and Trojan goalkeeper Bryan Stitz made a key save in the second half as Mount Olive held off Southern Virginia 2-0 in non-conference men's soccer Monday...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Taylor-made win for CBA

LaGRANGE -- Dontay Taylor would not be denied. North Lenior's mission Friday night was to stop Charles B. Aycock's feature back. The Hawks stacked the line of scrimmage with eight and nine men, and begged the unbeaten Golden Falcons to...

James Kenan 'D' stuffs Greene Central

WARSAW -- Greene Central coach Jim Bob Bryant wanted to see his team creep within striking distance in the fourth quarter against James Kenan on Friday evening. For one minute, Bryant got his wish. Then his desire turned into an...

RHS dominates Raiders in second half

Rosewood defensive line coach Tom Tipton perfectly summed up the Eagles' 30-7 win over Midway on Friday at Branch Pope Field. "We really took it to 'em in the second half," Tipton said. Indeed. Rosewood's steadily improving defense gave up...

Bass-Council combo boosts Saints

BAILEY -- Tristan Bass and Anthony Council sparked Southern Wayne to a come-from-behind 29-18, non-conference victory over Southern Nash at Firebird Stadium on Friday evening. Bass returned a third-quarter kickoff 71 yards for a touchdown to give the Saints a...

Wright, Gators rush past Dixon

HOLLY RIDGE -- Josh Wright rushed for a career-high 295 yards and two touchdowns in Spring Creek's 34-20, non-conference victory over fellow Class 1-A member Dixon on Friday evening. Wright scored on touchdown runs of 60 and 38 yards for...

Princeton gets second win of season

PRINCETON -- After a disappointing setback at Chatham Central last week, Princeton bounced back in impressive fashion with a 17-13 win at home over Topsail on Friday night at the Fred Barthlomew, Jr. Athletic Complex. The Bulldogs took a 17-0...

Goal-line stand key for Hobbton

CALYPSO -- One of the longest-running series among eastern North Carolina Class 1-A football rivalries ended in thrilling fashion again Friday evening. Hobbton's defense posted a goal-line stand in the closing minute and preserved its come-from-behind 25-21, non-conference victory over...

Warriors fall at Apex

APEX -- Eastern Wayne never recovered from a quick 14-0 start by Apex as the Warriors suffered a 38-0 loss in Wake County on Friday night. Aided by a pair of Eastern Wayne penalties, the Cougars scored on a short...

Prep roundup

FAYETTEVILLE -- Faith Christian's Brooke Anderson had eight digs, three kills and two blocks in the Conquerors 17-25, 15-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11 win at Liberty-Fayetteville on Friday. Kaitlyn Floors added eight kills and four digs for Faith (3-3, 3-1), while...

MOC roundup

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lyndsay Brennan, Kate Painter and Caitlyn Wright scored two goals apiece to lead Mount Olive to an 8-0 victory over Converse in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Saturday at Trojan Field. The win extends the Trojans' winning...

Friday, September 22, 2006

Eastern Wayne netters upend So. Wayne

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Eastern Wayne women's tennis team spends every Friday practice working on tiebreaker situations. The drills certainly paid significant dividends Thursday afternoon. Eastern Wayne seized two of three tiebreakers in singles play and turned back county rival...

Warrior volleyball outlasts C.B. Aycock

Eastern Wayne's volleyball team broke open a tightly-contested fifth set in the middle stages claimed a thrilling victory over rival Charles B. Aycock on its home floor on Wednesday in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference action. The Warriors (7-2 overall),...

Friday forecast - 'Tis the season

Is it week six already? It seems like only yesterday we were putting the finishing touches on the football kickoff section in the heat of the summer, and now it's officially fall. I hear some places already have their Christmas...

JV football -- Goldsboro improves to 5-0

WILMINGTON -- Lamar Hicks returned an interception 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Goldsboro's come-from-behind 18-13, non-conference victory over J.T. Hoggard on Thursday evening. The Cougars remained unbeaten in five outings and handed the Vikings, of the Classes 3-A/4-A...

Local sports digest

Rosewood survives North Duplin's upset bid Senior middle hitter Courtney Hill pounded out a match-high 15 kills and defending Class 1-A Carolina Conference champion Rosewood outlasted North Duplin 22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20, 15-8 on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles (11-1, 4-0...

Golden Falcon seniors showing leadership

PIKEVILLE -- Experience seems to be paying off for Charles B. Aycock's football team. During the last two games, the Golden Falcons, who have 19 seniors, have experienced adversity. Both times -- at home against Goldsboro then at Wilson Fike...

Mount Olive teams in action this weekend

Coming off its highest single-match blocking performance in two years, Mount Olive hopes to have a weekend block party as the Trojans play host to a pair of Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball matches at Kornegay Arena. The Trojans take on...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Game of the Week -- Unbeaten GC at unbeaten JK

WARSAW -- A battle of titanic proportions? Well, maybe not. But neither Greene Central coach Jim Bob Bryant nor James Kenan coach Ken Avent Jr. seem too thrilled about Friday's matchup between the two unbeaten and state-ranked heavyweights. Or are...

MOC volleyball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive sophomore Corie Skislak says the Trojan volleyball team spent extra time on blocking this week. It showed. Sam Mitchell recorded 20 kills, Skislak tallied a career-high 10 blocks and Racey Bartley served an ace on...

MOC soccer

MISENHEIMER -- Jessica Smoot scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in the first overtime as Mount Olive defeated regionally fifth-ranked Pfeiffer 3-2 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Wednesday at Misenheimer. April Jacobs and Gina Dos Santos also...

Local sports digest

Rosewood improved to 5-0 in Class 1-A Carolina/Super Six play with a 9-0 sweep over North Duplin on Wednesday. Sidney Worrell, Missy Bailey, Erica Nichols, Jamie Andrews, Jillian Casey and Karli Beasley claimed singles wins for the Eagles, who improved...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

On the right path - Eastern Wayne sweeps ECC cross-country meet

PIKEVILLE -- Times were not particularly low across the board in a cross country meet involving Charles B. Aycock, Eastern Wayne and Southern Wayne at the Golden Falcons' course on Tuesday. Still, each team came away with plenty of positives...

ECC volleyball showdown - E. Wayne drops match at Beddingfield

WILSON -- Somewhere between the end of game three and beginning of game four, the Eastern Wayne volleyball team lost its focus Tuesday evening. During that same time, perennial power Wilson Beddingfield shook off its disadvantageous position and eluded the...

Local sports digest

Eastern Wayne netters blank Kinston, improve to 6-1 overall KINSTON -- Eastern Wayne concluded first-half league play with a 4-1 worksheet after blitzing Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent Kinston 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the Bill Fay Park courts....

Mount Olive men seeking first CVAC soccer victory

The Mount Olive men's soccer team aims for its first conference win of the year as the Trojans travel to Misenheimer today to take on Pfeiffer in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference action. Match time is 4 p.m. Mount Olive (3-4-0 overall,...

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Lady Eagles exact some revenge

Sweet revenge. Senior middle hitter Courtney Hill provided match highs of nine kills and four blocks as Rosewood avenged its lone loss of the season with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 victory over North Lenoir on Monday afternoon. The Eagles earned...

Falcons open ECC play with home win

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock senior Carson Sasser knocked in a key insurance goal with 13 minutes left as the Golden Falcons held off Wilson Beddingfield 2-1 in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener for both teams. Sasser's goal...

Local sports digest

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock's Kelli Forbis claimed medalist honors with a 37 and teamed with Brooke Newell (46) to boost the Golden Falcons to a win in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference match on Monday at Willow Springs....

Monday, September 18, 2006

Local sports digest

Wayne Christian improved to 4-0-1 in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference play with an 8-1 win at home over Johnston Christian on Friday. Matt Davis, Adam Brannan and John Thomas Norris scored two goals each for the Eagles (6-5-1 overall), while...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Game of the Week - Saints offense explodes in second half

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne is known for its lightning. Now the Saints have some thunder, too. Kelvin Flow, a 5-foot-10, 267-pound bruising fullback, rumbled for a career-high 193 yards and two touchdowns while Anthony Council, a 2,000-yard back from a...

OT thriller - Eastern Wayne defense stuffs Conley

HOLLYWOOD -- Eastern Wayne's defense stopped Michael Worsley at the right time Friday evening. The D.H. Conley tailback chewed up the Warrior defense for 123 yards during second-half play and scored the game-tying touchdown which forced overtime. When Worsley emerged...

Greene Central outlasts Kinston

By BRYAN C. HANKS Courtesy Kinston Free Press SNOW HILL -- Ten minutes after his team thwarted a heroic Kinston effort, 22-21, Greene Central's monster of a defensive end, Brandon Sutton, was still having trouble catching his breath. Sutton, J.J....

North Duplin improves to 3-0

CALYPSO -- If North Duplin loses a football game this year, its opponent will have to find a way to stop the Rebels' dynamic tandem of quarterback Doug Lloyd and running back Michael Schilling. The duo combined for 143 yards...

Chatham Central shuts out Princeton

BEAR CREEK -- Princeton averaged less than 3 yards per carry and turned it over five times in a 45-0 loss at Chatham Central on Friday in non-conference play. The Bears led just 7-0 after one quarter, then erupted for...

West Craven claims 19th win in series vs. N. Lenoir

Courtesy New Bern Sun Journal VANCEBORO -- North Lenoir finished with just 115 yards of total offense, including 43 in the first half, in a 29-21 loss at West Craven on Friday. But a little bad clock management almost cost...

Local digest - Wayne Christian netters capture fifth win

Wayne Christian remained unbeaten on the Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference girls' tennis scene with a 9-0 victory over Johnston Christian on Friday afternoon. The Eagles (5-0, 3-0 CCC) lost just three games in six singles matches combined, and prevailed...

Trojan women net victories in soccer, volleyball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Sam Mitchell recorded 22 kills and a career-high 26 digs as Mount Olive rallied for a 28-30, 34-32, 34-32, 30-25 victory over Queens in their Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball match Saturday afternoon at Kornegay...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Friday forecast Ñ Getting defensive

This one's for the "D." I'm as guilty as the next reporter ... sometimes I don't recognize the defensive standouts as much as they deserve in my game stories. It's very likely you'll read about team defensive achievements and statistics...

C.B. Aycock extends conference-match win streak to 295

Divine intervention. A 30-minute rainshower slickened the Wayne Community College tennis courts and suspended play during Thursday afternoon's contest between county rivals Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne. Once play resumed, the Golden Falcons seized a 7-2 victory and defeated...

JV football Ñ Pittman, Parker top 100-yard mark in Goldsboro victory

Darren Pittman and Antonio Parker each rushed for more than 100 yards and Goldsboro High completed its sweep of county competition with a 36-14 victory over Southern Wayne on a soggy Cougar Stadium turf Thursday evening. Pittman piled up 141...

North Lenoir offense erupts on soggy pitch

North Lenoir erupted for a season-best seven goals by five different scorers and posted a 7-2 win on the rain-soaked pitch at Rosewood on Thursday. The loss was the Eagles first of the season as they slipped to 2-1-1 overall....

Warriors sweep cross country meet with Wayne Christian

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Eastern Wayne junior Chris Tesar emerged the top boys' runner and four Warriors recorded the same time during the girls' portion of a dual meet Thursday afternoon at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Host Spring Creek...

He's still Manny

Manny Lawson has a swagger that is, well, distinctly Manny. Heading into Lawson's senior year at N.C. State, the Wolfpack wasn't on anyone's short list to play in the BCS Championship Game. Except, of course, Manny's. "It's my final year...

Trojans entertain Saints in CVAC soccer

MOC Sports Information When the Mount Olive men's soccer team traveled to Limestone last season, the Trojans were unbeaten and nationally ranked. This time around, it's Limestone with the national ranking and the unbeaten record. But the Trojans are hoping...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

GOW - County pride on the line

DUDLEY -- Don't let Goldsboro's 0-4 record fool you. Just ask county coaches Randy Pinkowski and Bob Warren. Neither has let their respective team be misled by the talented football team's winless worksheet. "People don't need to write them off...

State-ranked Vikes top EW

State-ranked Jacksonville White Oak collected two goals in each half and upended Eastern Wayne 4-1 on a rainy Wednesday evening at Little Big Horn. Sophomore midfielder Mac Cargile scored twice for the Vikings, ranked No. 15 in the latest N.C....

Local sports digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Jorge Delgado notched his third hat trick of the season and dished out two assists in the Golden Falcons' 8-2 win at home over North Lenoir on Wednesday. Carson Sasser added two goals and one...

MOC men claim double-OT win

MOUNT OLIVE -- It took three years and 106 minutes, but the Trojan men's soccer senior class has a win over UNC Pembroke. Mike Garrett scored the game's only goal in the 106th minute as Mount Olive defeated UNC Pembroke...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ECC 3-A volleyball opener - Eastern Wayne outlasts Southern Wayne

Brittanni Billups couldn't wait to get back on the volleyball court. Billups wept in a corner after Eastern Wayne endured a tough, five-set defeat last Wednesday against Havelock. The junior outside hitter told sixth-year coach Bruce Burridge that she "didn't...

Rosewood opens defense of Carolina crown with five-set win

Rosewood's volleyball team began defense of their Class 1-A Carolina Conference title with a hard-fought, five-set win at home over Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday. After taking the first game 25-21, the Eagles suffered setbacks of 25-23, 26-24 in the second and...

Local digest

Aycock extends women's tennis streak to 294 in conference play PIKEVILLE -- The streak goes on. Charles B. Aycock triumphed in five of six singles matches, and swept the doubles in an 8-1 conquest of Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

WCDS overcomes sluggish start

The Wayne Country Day men's soccer team overcame another sluggish start and overwhelmed another county rival Monday afternoon. Senior captain Sam Steed and junior striker Joseph Cha each notched a hat trick (three goals) in the Chargers' 10-1, non-conference conquest...

Opinion - Goldsboro did the right thing

Do the right thing. That four-word phrase is akin to "easier said than done." Or, it can be comparable to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Regardless, doing the right thing is a powerful message...

Local digest

Eastern Wayne swept through all three doubles matches to finish off a 7-2 win at home over Southern Wayne on Monday. The Warriors got singles wins from Cassie Musgrave, Lindsey Frederick, Elizabeth Borden and Danielle Daniel. The doubles combinations of...

K-Tribe wins Mills Cup

FREDERICK, Md. -- Revenge is sweet. For the second time in the last three seasons, the Kinston Indians are Carolina League champs as the K-Tribe completed a three-game sweep of Frederick with a 2-1, 11-inning victory Monday night. In 2005,...

Monday, September 11, 2006

Mills Cup - K-Tribe leads title series 2-0

KINSTON -- The Kinston Indians are one win away from a Carolina League Championship as the K-Tribe took game two of the championship series with a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Grainger Stadium. Kinston scored two runs on a wild...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Falcons drive to victory over Goldsboro

PIKEVILLE --Senior quarterback Thomas Pilkington orchestrated a methodical time-consuming series Friday evening that will undoubtedly become part of the Charles B. Aycock football folklore. Fans will remember it as "The Drive." Clinging to a precarious six-point lead, Pilkington calmly marched...

Eagles sting Yellow Jackets

The Rosewood Eagles are starting to get defensive. The Eagles defense grounded Roanoke Rapids' offensive attack and Devon Bennett and Chris Holmes eclipsed the 100-yard mark and as the Rosewood beat the Yellow Jackets 31-21 on Friday night at Branch...

Warriors pull away from Fike

For the second straight game, Eastern Wayne's football team turned in an improved second half on their home field. But unlike Monday's contest against South Central, the Warriors' perseverance resulted in a 27-13 win on Friday night against Wilson Fike....

K-Tribe wins Mills Cup opener

KINSTON -- The Kinston Indians beat the Frederick Keys 10-4 Saturday night at Grainger Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the Carolina League Mills Cup Championship Series. Kinston fought back from a 3-1 deficit to score five runs in...

Midway shuts out Princeton

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Midway turned two Princeton turnovers in the second half into touchdowns and defeated the Bulldogs 18-0 in a non-conference football game Friday night. The Princeton defense played consistently, but the Bulldogs' offense could not overcome two lost...

James Kenan improves to 4-0

ROCKY POINT -- After three tense victories over Class 2-A teams to open the season, James Kenan's football team might have expected the usual breather against fellow 1-A member Heide Trask. But the Tigers, ranked No. 5 in the latest...

Rams still unbeaten

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central continued its unbeaten start and handed Ayden-Grifton its first loss on Friday night at the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex. The Rams (3-0) finished with 409 yards of offense -- led by a stout 11-of-19...

Council, Saints punish Eagles

Courtesy Dunn Daily Record LILLINGTON -- Anthony Council racked up 253 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns to lead a balanced ground attack Friday night as Southern Wayne cruised to a 59-12 football smashing of host Western Harnett (0-4)....

Gators lose in OT

ROSEBORO -- Will Robinson tallied the game-winning touchdown in the first overtime as Lakewood turned back Spring Creek 20-14 on Friday evening. The Leopards stopped the Gators at the goal line on their OT possession. Robinson capped his team's comeback...

Weekend prep roundup

Southern Wayne remained unbeaten on the girls' tennis scene with a 7-2, non-conference victory over Rosewood on Friday afternoon. The Saints improved to 4-0 and completed their regular-season sweep over the Eagles, who compete in the Classes 1-A Carolina/Super Six...

Mount Olive roundup

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kari Byzewski's goal in the fifth minute of overtime lifted Queens to a 2-1 victory over Mount Olive in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Saturday at Trojan Field. Lauren Slattum scored the Trojans' goal late in the...

Outdoors with Gene Price

NOTE TO READERS: This will be my last Outdoors column written for the News-Argus. However, I will be writing outdoors and other articles for my newly created "blog" -- www.wampuscatreport.com. I have advised News-Argus Publisher Hal Tanner that the newspaper...

Friday, September 8, 2006

Goldsboro forfeits Jones Senior win

Goldsboro High seeks its first victory of the season heading into tonight's non-conference encounter at county rival Charles B. Aycock. Principal Patricia Burden informed Jones Senior officials Tuesday morning that Goldsboro had to forfeit the game after an ineligible player...

Friday forecast - Area teams deal with short week

The dreaded "short week" is upon us. We don't keep up with this sort of thing, though we probably should, but I think in the five football seasons that I've been at the News-Argus, we've had at least three, maybe...

Crumpler, Royal assume SW basketball posts

DUDLEY -- In various ways, Russell Royal and Chuck Crumpler are quite familiar with the basketball sideline. An Oklahoma native, Royal played and later served as an assistant under Bill Clingan at Mount Olive from 2002-2006. Royal assisted the Trojans...

JV football - Saints, Cougars post non-conference wins

DUDLEY -- Corey Baker rushed for two touchdowns and Southern Wayne claimed a come-from-behind 20-7, non-conference victory over Western Harnett on Thursday evening. Baker scored touchdowns on runs of 1 and 28 yards, and ended the night with a season-high...

Local sports digest

North Duplin spikers now 4-0 CALYPSO -- Jessica Pridgen led a balanced North Duplin attack with seven kills and three service aces in a 25-23, 15-25, 22-25, 25-17, 17-15 victory over Lakewood on Thursday afternoon. Pridgen also recorded three digs...

K-Tribe advances to Mills Cup championship series

KINSTON -- For the third straight season, the Kinston Indians are going to the Carolina League Championship Series to play for the Mills Cup Trophy. The K-Tribe blanked Salem 5-0 to win game two and sweep the best-of-three Southern Division...

Trojan men begin CVAC play Saturday

Last year's match against Queens turned out to be "Streakbuster Saturday" for the Mount Olive College men's soccer team. This time around, the Trojans hope to keep a few streaks alive. Mount Olive opens Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference play Saturday as...

MOC women look to snap scoreless skid

The last time the Mount Olive women's soccer team was shut out in consecutive matches, the Trojans responded with eight goals in their next two contests. The Trojans hope for some déjà vu Saturday. Mount Olive hopes to snap a...

Trojan spikers look to snap three-match losing streak

The Mount Olive women's volleyball team begins a three-match road trip tonight as the Trojans head to Belmont, N.C., to face Belmont Abbey in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference action. Match time is 6:30 p.m. The Trojans stay in the Charlotte area...

Mount Olive Harriers to compete Saturday

The Mount Olive men's and women's cross country teams will get a preview of this year's conference championship as the Trojans head to Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday to compete in the Eye-Opener Invitational, sponsored by Spartanburg Methodist College. The course is...

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Game of the Week -- Roanoke Rapids at Rosewood

Midweek football practices are usually scripted and drills are acutely timed. For good reason, Rosewood went a little lighter than usual on Wednesday afternoon. Just three days removed from a physical 23-12 loss in the rain to Hobbton on Tuesday...

Braves blank Lady Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive held a 12-5 shot advantage in the second half, but the Trojans were unable to find the back of the net, falling to UNC Pembroke 2-0 in non-conference women's soccer Wednesday at Trojan Field. Melanie...

Rams hand Eastern Wayne first loss

Eastern Wayne's bid for a perfect finish against non-conference, volleyball opposition came to a grinding halt Wednesday afternoon. Outside hitter Stacie West delivered four kills in the decisive fifth set as Havelock claimed a 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 18-25, 15-11 victory...

Local sports digest

Eastern Wayne's Bryan Coltrane scored two goals in the Warriors 5-0 win at home over North Lenoir on Wednesday. Eric Suncin, John Choi and Jose Ponce added one goal each for Eastern Wayne, while Coltrane, Will Hughes and Dustin Smith...

Trojans win 9-1 at Chowan

MURFREESBORO -- Bradley Carroll and Matt Wallin scored two goals apiece and Erik Small added a goal and two assists to lead Mount Olive to a 9-1 win over Chowan in non-conference men's soccer Wednesday at Murfreesboro. The win snaps...

K-Tribe wins preseason opener

SALEM, Va. -- The Kinston Indians opened the postseason by beating Salem in game one of the best-of-three Southern Division Series 9-6 on Wednesday night. Shaky Salem fielding led to Kinston bolting out to a 7-0 lead after five innings....

Memorial service for Capato will be today at 7:30 pm

A memorial service for former Mount Olive College student and tennis player Bruno Capato will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mount Olive. The memorial is open to the public. Capato passed away in...

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Turnover fest - Rosewood falls to Hobbton on slippery, sloppy night

Rosewood and Hobbton combined for 11 turnovers on a soggy, sloppy night at Branch Pope Field as the Wildcats came away with a 23-12 victory in a rare Tuesday night contest. The non-conference game, originally scheduled for Friday, was rescheduled...

Local sports digest

Faith Christian upends defending 2-A state champion Falls Road First-year setter Renee Provencial dished out 30 assists as Faith Christian upset defending N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A state champion Falls Road Baptist on Tuesday evening. Summer Honeycutt provided eight...

MOC spikers lose 3-set shocker to Coker

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College volleyball team, realistically, expected its two-year, home-court win streak to end at any time. But not in this fashion. Coker (S.C.) College reeled off a 21-5 run in the third set and snapped...

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Goldsboro heats up

A sweat-soaked, weary Goldsboro High football team trudged off the field and seemed almost grateful when it stepped into the air-conditioned locker room Monday afternoon. The Cougars, who struggled to handle the 90-degree heat and stifling humidity, basked in the...

Eastern Wayne rally comes up short

South Central's defense turned away Eastern Wayne in the final two minutes and the Falcons escaped 28-21 on a humid, rain-soaked Monday evening at Little Big Horn. A fumbled snap on fourth down, which resulted in a 26-yard loss, set...

Hoggard squashes Saints

DUDLEY -- As Tropical Storm Ernesto delayed Wilmington Hoggard's trip to Southern Wayne, Vikings' coach Scott Braswell was leery his team would come out rusty on Monday night at Southern Wayne. "We were in hurry-up and wait mode," Braswell said....

Warriors take 10th

FAYETTEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne's Chris Tesar, a first-year runner, finished 14th overall with a time of 18:33 at the Jungle Run at South View High School on Saturday. The Warrior boys finished 10th overall in the boys meet as Steven...

Rebels improve to 2-0 with win

HAMPSTEAD -- North Duplin senior Michael Schilling rushed for a career-high 175 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels' 35-13 win at Topsail High School on Monday night. Schilling scored in each of the first three quarters on runs of...

MOC volleyball

The Mount Olive College women's volleyball team puts its two-year and 21-match home winning streak on the line tonight as the Trojans play host to Coker in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference action. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at Kornegay Arena. Tonight's...

Wright runs wild as Gators notch first win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- After beginning the year with two losses in the wing-T offense, Spring Creek coach Roy Whitfield knew he had to do something different. The Gators came out in the I-formation and ran all over Midway -- rushing...

K-Tribe Ready for playoffs

The Kinston Indians (85-54) and Salem Avalanche (76-61) square off in the best of three Carolina League Southern Division Series on Wednesday night in Salem, Va. The Indians making their Carolina League record sixth straight appearance in the playoffs. This...

K-Tribe finishes regular season on a high note

MYRTLE BEACH -- Kinston ended the regular season on a high note with a 5-2, 11-inning win over Myrtle Beach on Monday afternoon. Micah Schilling started the extra-inning barrage when he singled with one out in the top of the...

Monday, September 4, 2006

K-Tribe wins again as regular season winds down

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Kinston Indians won their second straight game with a 6-2 victory over Myrtle Beach on Sunday afternoon. Kinston banged out 10 hits as six Indians had RBIs. Jose Constanza, Rodney Choy Foo, Stephen Head and...

Suns whip Mudcats

ZEBULON -- T.J. Nall pitched six scoreless innings and clinched the Southern League strikeout title as the Jacksonville Suns defeated the Carolina Mudcats 8-1 Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Nall (11-7) permitted two hits and fanned five, ending the...

MOC woman soccer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Alexandra Beshk's goal in the third minute of overtime lifted nationally 14th-ranked Catawba to a 1-0 win over tournament host Mount Olive in the 2006 Women's Soccer Sleep Inn Classic Sunday at Trojan Field. The loss was...

MOC competes in Campbell Invitational

BUIES CREEK -- Corey Doub finished 17th of 24 runners in the men's competition and Dani Boyes placed 24th out of 42 runners in the women's competition in the Campbell University Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Buies Creek. Doub, a...

Sunday, September 3, 2006

Big third quarter lifts Spartans past Princeton

PRINCETON -- On the surface, Union's 421-83 edge over Princeton in total yards may seem like the most telling statistic in the Spartans' 48-3 romp at the Fred L. Bartholomew, Jr. Athletic Complex on Friday night. But another key number...

Lady Trojans improve to 4-0-0

CARY -- Kate Painter and Caitlyn Wright assisted on each other's goals in the first half as Mount Olive remained unbeaten for its best start in school history with a 5-0 win over Southern Virginia in the Sleep Inn...

Friday, September 1, 2006

Prep football - T.S. Ernesto prompts postponements

With the closing of Wayne, Duplin, Greene and Lenoir County schools today due to the remnants of tropical storm Ernesto, tonight's slate of football games in the News-Argus coverage area has been altered. With Johnston County operating on a two-hour...

Will tradition continue for Mount Olive volleyball program?

MOUNT OLIVE -- The most-successful senior class in Mount Olive College women's volleyball history left its mark and established a high standard for this year's team. Three-time All-American Heidi Busch, Sara Christie and Colby Mangum combined for 109 victories during...

Trojan harriers open season Saturday

Mount Olive's cross country teams get a running start to their season as first-year head coach Beth Green takes the helm. Mount Olive opens its 2006 men's and women's cross country campaigns Saturday as the Trojans travel to Buies Creek...