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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Eastern Wayne defense intercepts Aycock at Little Big Horn

Charles B. Aycock limited Eastern Wayne's big-play capability for one half Monday evening, but couldn't complete the task when it counted the most in the fourth quarter. The Warrior defense harassed Golden Falcon quarterback Thomas Pilkington into three fourth-quarter interceptions...

North Duplin downs Rosewood on Carolina 1-A scene

Doug Lloyd put North Duplin in a position to win. Billy Mello delivered the knockout punch. Lloyd threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the first half and Mello ate up the final six-plus minutes of the game...

Panthers shut out Gators at "The Swamp"

SEVEN SPRINGS -- League-leading North Johnston rolled up 42 points in the first half and cruised to a 56-0, Class 1-A Carolina Conference victory over Spring Creek on Monday night. Playing without leading rusher Josh Wright the entire first half,...

Farmville Central stuns state-ranked Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- The streak ends at 10. Farmville Central snapped Greene Central's 10-game win streak against Class 2-A Eastern Plains opposition with a 34-26 upset Monday evening at the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex. The Rams' win streak started...

Mathis, Stedman pace James Kenan victory

CLINTON -- Stedman Mathis and Brandon Satchell each rushed for two touchdowns, and state-ranked James Kenan crushed Union 42-6 on the Class 1-A Super Six Conference scene Monday evening. The Tigers remained perfect in 10 outings heading into Friday's regular-season...

Forbis tied for fifth after day one of NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A women's golf championships

BUIES CREEK -- Charles B. Aycock senior Kelli Forbis is tied for fifth overall after day one of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A/3-A women's golf championships. Forbis fashioned an 18-hole round of 83 on the par-72, 5,638-yard...

Area teams ready to take next step

Charles B. Aycock continues defense of its eastern women's dual-team tennis eastern regional title today, while six area men's soccer teams begin playoff action later this week. The Golden Falcons play host to county rival Eastern Wayne this afternoon at...

Trojan spikers flush Royals, advance in CVAC Tournament play

MOUNT OLIVE -- Joanie Werling's service run late in game three helped erase a five-point deficit and Sam Mitchell tallied her 13th kill of the contest on match point as No. 7 seed Mount Olive defeated No. 10 seed Queens...

Monday, October 30, 2006

Trinity denies WCDS' state-title bid

WILSON -- "We're dodging bullets." Wayne Country Day junior Jeff Franklin couldn't have been more truthful or prophetic when he made that comment to teammate George Mayo during second-half action Sunday afternoon. Franklin then stepped near the sideline and urged...

North Lenoir defeats winless Goldsboro

LaGRANGE -- Nick Williams rushed for two touchdowns and North Lenoir remained in playoff contention with a 22-6 victory Saturday evening over Goldsboro High at Bullock Field. The Hawks (3-7) improved to 2-2 against EPC opposition heading into Friday's showdown...

Women's volleyball, men's basketball in action today

Kornegay Arena will be the site tonight for a rare volleyball/basketball doubleheader as Mount Olive plays host to a conference volleyball tournament match and a men's basketball exhibition game. Action gets under way at 6 p.m. as No. 7 seed...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Batts, Sodoma fall one win short of state doubles title

BURLINGTON -- The Charles B. Aycock girls tennis program is recognized as among the state's elite. On Saturday, seniors Raychel Batts and Lizzie Sodoma added another chapter to the success story. Batts and Sodoma became the first players in school...

WCDS Chargers in state soccer finals

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day scored four unanswered goals in the second half as the Chargers advanced to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A state finals Saturday night with a 4-1 triumph over Gaston Day. Trailing 1-0 at the...

CVAC soccer semis: Limestone downs Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Goals by Woody Stilley and Ryan Adamski rallied Mount Olive from an early deficit, but Tom Beattie's second goal of the match in the 69th minute put Limestone ahead to stay as the third-seeded Saints defeated the...

CVAC soccer semis: Lady Trojans bow out

MOUNT OLIVE -- A Belmont Abbey cross into the box skipped off the wet turf and deflected off a Trojan player in the 106th minute as No. 3 seed Mount Olive 2-1 in double overtime in the semifinal round of...

H.S. Football: Ayden-Grifton too much for Princeton

LITTLEFIELD -- Four running backs combined for nearly 300 yards rushing as Ayden-Grifton shut out Princeton 36-0 on a miserable, rainy Friday evening. The Chargers (7-3) improved to 3-1 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play and conclude the regular season...

H.S. Cross Country: Johnson, Price get all-state recognition

CLEMMONS -- Wayne Christian's Doug Johnson and Jennifer Price received all-state recognition during Friday afternoon's season-ending N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A state meet contested at Tanglewood Park. Johnson, a senior, ran the picturesque and challenging 3.1-mile course in...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Area football games moved

Eastern Wayne athletics director Robert Peele announced late Thursday evening that tonight's home contest against county rival Charles B. Aycock has been postponed until 7 p.m. Monday. Impending inclement weather, which is expected to blanket eastern North Carolina much of...

Saints, minus Council, shut out at Wilson Hunt

WILSON -- Its top running back sidelined with a season-ending injury, Southern Wayne still churned out plenty of rushing yardage Thursday evening against Wilson Hunt. But the Warrior defense firmly protected the end zone and preserved a 21-0 victory in...

South Central ends Eastern Wayne's historic run in volleyball

Eastern Wayne had nothing left. After playing a near-flawless third game, the Warriors started game four in quick fashion. But South Central weathered the early rally and prevailed 25-22, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class...

Spring Creek doubles up North Johnston, takes C/TRC's No. 1 seed for soccer playoffs

Spring Creek men's soccer coach Russell Stephens might not be a registered psychologist, but his strategy certainly proved beneficial Thursday afternoon. Stephens told his team that Class 1-A Carolina/Tar-Roanoke Conference rival North Johnston had the better offense and that defense...

Trojan spikers conclude regular-season play this weekend

The Mount Olive College volleyball team wraps up regular season play this weekend as the Trojans hit the road for their final two matches. The Trojans travel to Misenheimer today at 7 p.m. to take on Pfeiffer, then head to...

CVAC men's, women's soccer Final Four to be played today, Saturday at MOC

Trojan Field is the site this weekend for the "final four" of the 2006 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments, hosted by Mount Olive College. Both Trojan teams advanced to the semifinals with first-round victories. In the women's...

Another night wet night is upon us

Welcome to another wet and wild night of Friday football. With just one week left in the regular season after tonight, everyone knows what's at stake this evening. And since I'm not a meteorologist, I'm not going to tell you...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

C.B. Aycock is ECC soccer tournament king -- again

King me -- again. Charles B. Aycock avoided Wilson Beddingfield's overthrow attempt and retained its Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's soccer tournament crown with a 2-1 victory at Little Big Horn on Wednesday evening. The top-seeded Golden Falcons collected...

Falcons, Warriors still have plenty to play for Friday

Charles B. Aycock tumbled from the unbeaten ranks in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play a week ago. Eastern Wayne is mired in a two-game skid against ECC opposition. But the season's not over. With two weeks left in regular-season...

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Rosewood men's soccer team concludes regular-season play with victory Rosewood notched a pair of second-half goals and knocked off Louisburg 3-1 in the Class 1-A Carolina/Tar-Roanoke Conference regular-season finale for both teams at Branch Pope Field. The Eagles (8-8-1) and...

Trojan men pull off opening-round upset

BELMONT -- Mount Olive's eight men's soccer seniors had one shot to have a chance to finish their collegiate playing careers on their home field. Literally, one shot. Ryan Adamski scored a goal 86 seconds into the match -- Mount...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wayne Country Day exorcises 2nd-round curse

The curse is broken. A quarterfinal-round victim in the postseason each of the past three seasons, Wayne Country Day finally exorcised that worrisome demon Tuesday afternoon. Joseph Cha posted a hat trick and the Chargers ousted Cresset Christian 5-2 from...

White, Trojans advance to CVAC semifinals

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kirsten White broke open a close game with two goals late in the second half and goalkeeper Ali O'Steen made saves on three close-range shots, including a save on a rebound off a missed penalty kick as...

Forbis emerges 3-A/2-A/1-A eastern regional golf champion

Charles B. Aycock senior Kelli Forbis birdied the first hole in a sudden-death playoff and emerged the N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A/3-A eastern regional women's golf champion Tuesday afternoon. Forbis and Wilson Fike's Amy Otteson, the 2005 regional...

Golden Falcons advance in dual-team 3-A tennis

PIKEVILLE -- The resumé keeps getting more and more impressive. The Charles B. Aycock tennis girls team has made Final Four appearances in eight of the last nine years, advanced to the state finals in 1995, '96, '97 and 2005,...

Bennett, Schlaeppi (Caroline) dominate ECC 3-A XC Championships

Southern Wayne's Allen Bennett and Charles B. Aycock's Caroline Schlaeppi garnered runner of the year honors in Tuesday's season-ending Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference Cross Country Championships contested at Waynesborough Park. Bennett posted a meet-winning time of 18 minutes, 48...

Eastern Wayne volleyball dumps West Craven

Eastern Wayne handled the pressure. West Craven didn't. Facing a possible fifth game, the Warriors turned up the intensity at the right time Tuesday evening. Junior outside hitter Jordei Osby delivered back-to-back kills that sparked a match-clinching 20-3 run, and...

Warrior netters double up Southern Alamance

Eastern Wayne staged come-from-behind wins at No. 6 singles and No. 2 doubles, and toppled Southern Alamance 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Herman Park. The Warriors (14-3) needed 4 1/2 hours to earn their first-ever trip to the N.C. High...

Trojan men picked 2nd in CVAC men's basketball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nationally 19th-ranked Mount Olive received one first-place vote and was picked No. 2 in the 2006-07 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Preseason Men's Basketball Poll. Guard Elton Coffield and forward Elijah Rouse were listed among "Players To Watch" in...

Wright honored by CVAC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College sweeper Caitlyn Wright was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Wright sparked the Trojans to a pair of wins last week on both the offensive and...

Williams earns CVAC POW accolades

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College defender Charles Williams has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Williams scored a game-winning goal last week and helped lead the Trojans defensively to a...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Roosen's goal sends Aycock to ECC title match

Alex Roosen lived every soccer player's dream in one brief moment Monday evening. And it's a quick second he won't forget, either. Roosen booted the game-winning goal in the 77th minute and top-seeded Charles B. Aycock avoided Eastern Wayne's ambush...

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Spring Creek earns share of C/T-RC men's soccer championship LITTLEFIELD -- Spring Creek converted a pair of penalty kicks and claimed a share of the Class 1-A Carolina/Tar-Roanoke Conference championship with a 4-1 victory over Ayden-Grifton. The Gators (11-2 overall)...

CVAC changing name to Conference Carolinas beginning in 2007

THOMASVILLE -- Beginning in 2007-08, the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference will become Conference Carolinas, and to help commemorate the new era for the conference, All-Time Teams will be selected for each of the conference's 14 championship sports. All-Time Teams will be...

Trojan men open CVAC tournament today at Belmont Abbey

If the Mount Olive College men's soccer team wants to play another home match this season, they'll have to beat a Belmont Abbey team that's undefeated at home this season. Then again, the Trojans are undefeated on Belmont Abbey's home...

Trojan women tabbed fifth in preseason CVAC basketball poll

Mount Olive was picked fifth in the 2006-07 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Poll, as voted on by the conference head women's basketball coaches. Trojans Keona Corley and Tomeka Prichard were listed among the CVAC "Players to Watch." The...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Local digest

Smith scores twice in Eastern Wayne victory Dustin Smith provided two goals within a four-minute stretch as Eastern Wayne turned back Kinston 4-1 in quarterfinal-round play in the 2006 Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's soccer tournament. The fourth-seeded Warriors...

Trojan women begin CVAC title quest Tuesday

The Mount Olive College women's soccer team is assured of finishing its season at Trojan Field. The Trojans are hoping their season finale is still three matches away. No. 3 seed Mount Olive plays host to No. 6 seed Barton...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Saints' Council rushes for 360 yards in wild ECC shootout

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne rolled up a whopping 622 yards of total offense and picked up its first Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference victory with a wild 70-49 triumph over Kinston on Friday night. The Saints (5-4, 1-2 ECC) rushed...

East 3-A regional Ñ Aycock's Batts-Sodoma emerge doubles champs

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock's top-seeded tandem of Raychel Batts-Lizzie Sodoma emerged the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A eastern regional doubles champions early Saturday afternoon. Batts-Sodoma (16-1) defeated Rocky Mount's Caroline Gray-Ashley Pearsall 6-4, 6-0 in the finals...

North Duplin upends Ayden-Grifton

CALYPSO -- North Duplin knocked Ayden-Grifton from the unbeaten ranks in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play with a 16-7 victory at H.E. Grubbs Field on Friday evening. Doug Lloyd's 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter diffused the Chargers' comeback...

Myers, Eagles spoil Gators' homecoming

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Racked by concussions in recent weeks, Rosewood quarterback Josh Myers showed no ill affects Friday evening at Spring Creek. The senior signal caller rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more in the Eagles' 50-24 victory...

Hunt still the "hunt-ed" in ECC football

PIKEVILLE -- The road to the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference title still runs through Wilson. Hunt scored an offensive and defensive touchdown in the final two minutes of Friday night's game as the defending ECC champ knocked off Charles...

Second-half turnovers haunt Eastern Wayne

WILSON -- Two second-half turnovers proved costly, and Wilson Beddingfield capitalized on its guests' graciousness in a come-from-behind 21-19 victory over Eastern Wayne on Friday evening. The Bruins (4-5) continued their late-season surge and moved into a second-place tie with...

Harris' INT preserves Hawks' road victory

BETHEL -- Terrance Harris intercepted a North Pitt pass in the final minute to preserve North Lenoir's 6-2 victory over Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference rival North Pitt. The Hawks (2-7) collected their first EPC win three tries. Harris' pick...

State-ranked Tigers stifle Wildcats

WARSAW -- Brandon Satchell rushed for three touchdowns and state-ranked James Kenan demolished Class 1-A Super Six foe Hobbton 36-0 before a Senior Night crowd at Bill Taylor Field. The Tigers, ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, improved...

Farmville Central defense stiffens after first quarter

Farmville Central limited Goldsboro to a single touchdown the final three quarters of play and exited with a 35-18 victory on the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference scene Friday evening. The Jaguars (6-3) remained tied with state-ranked Greene Central atop...

North Johnston offense explodes in final quarter

PRINCETON -- North Johnston erupted for 20 fourth-quarter points and turned back county rival Princeton 34-3 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play Friday evening. The Panthers (6-3) forced four turnovers and returned one for a touchdown en route to eighth...

Eastern Wayne dumps Western Alamance for first-ever playoff victory

The Eastern Wayne volleyball team crossed its final goal off its preseason "to-do" list and continued its most-historical season in school history on Saturday afternoon. Brittanni Billups pounded out 15 kills as the Warriors dumped Western Alamance 25-12, 25-21, 17-25,...

Shelton, state-ranked Rams too much for Tarboro

TARBORO -- Cameron Shelton threw three touchdown passes and state-ranked Greene Central cruised past Tarboro High 28-13 in Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference action Friday evening. Shelton completed 10 of 16 passes for 173 yards, including two touchdown strikes to...

Wayne Christian's Johnson tabbed CCC runner of the year

SMITHFIELD -- Wayne Christian's Doug Johnson earned Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference runner of the year honors, and Jennifer Price drew all-conference recognition in Friday's season-ending meet at Johnston Christian. Johnson finished fifth overall in the boys' race with a...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Bennett, Price emerged Wayne County XC champions

Historic Waynesborough Park served as the perfect battleground for the sixth installment of the Wayne County Cross Country Championships contested Thursday afternoon. While the individual races offered little drama, one overall team chase ended in strange fashion. Several Charles B....

Taking on the Cliffs Ñ Hicks, Baker lead respective teams

You don't conquer the Cliffs ... you just hope to get out first. With rocky terrain, challenging hills and sneaky roots that await unsuspecting cross country runners, posting personal best times is nearly impossible at the beautiful, yet unforgiving, course...

NCHSAA volleyball playoffs Ñ Nine area teams begin state-title quests Saturday

The wait has been short for some and long for others. Regardless, a record nine schools in the News-Argus coverage area begin their respective quests for N.C. High School Athletic Association volleyball championships this weekend. Just two teams are making...

Eagles, WCDS receive at-large bid to NCISAA 1-A playoffs

After a season-ending loss against Cresset Christian, Wayne Christian men's soccer coach Darryl Anderson patted his players on the back and congratulated them on a good season. Everyone parted ways and Anderson packed up the uniforms. But he put them...

JV football Ñ Eastern Wayne throttles Wilson Beddingfield

WILSON -- Seven running backs combined for 330 yards rushing and the Eastern Wayne junior varsity football team throttled Wilson Beddingfield 28-6 in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference action Thursday evening. Hassan Best led the Warriors' ground game with 124...

Another important Friday night in prep football

Conference titles can't be won tonight, but they sure can be lost. North Duplin quarterback Doug Lloyd knows this. The junior fully understands what's at stake when his Rebels (5-1, 1-1 Carolina Conference) host first-place Ayden-Grifton (6-2, 2-0) this evening....

Mount Olive teams in action this weekend

When the Mount Olive women's volleyball team faced Anderson and Limestone in late September, the Trojans were a young team still trying to find the right chemistry. The Trojans are still young, but this weekend, Anderson and Limestone might not...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Warriors crowned ECC champions

WILSON -- Disappointed by top-four finishes and near misses in playoff qualifying during their prep careers, Eastern Wayne's senior volleyball players finally ended those frustrations Wednesday evening. And two underclassmen led the way. Brittanni Billups, a junior outside hitter, pounded...

Eagles hoping to notch 1st conference win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Don't think Friday's clash between Class 1-A Carolina Conference and county rivals Spring Creek and Rosewood is just another football game. It's much more. The Gators are celebrating homecoming and need another league win to bolster their...

Bulldogs take Carolina title

Princeton rallied from a two-game deficit and wrestled the Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball tournament crown from archrival Rosewood on Wednesday evening. Stephanie Daughtry provided a double-double -- 13 kills, 12 digs -- as the Bulldogs prevailed 21-25, 24-26, 25-14,...

Local digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock launched defense of its N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A eastern regional dual-team title with a 6-0 victory over South Central on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Falcons (14-3) improved to 17-0 in first-round playoff...

Mitchell, Lut lead MOC

WILSON -- Sam Mitchell tallied 26 kills and 15 digs as Mount Olive defeated Barton 29-31, 30-24, 30-24, 30-25 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball Wednesday at Wilson. Anna-Marie Luft added 15 kills, five aces and three blocks as the Trojans...

Daniels has hat trick as Mount Olive rolls

Adrian Daniels recorded his first collegiate hat trick and Erik Small added three assists as Mount Olive defeated Barton 6-1 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's soccer Wednesday at Trojan Field. With the win, Mount Olive's seventh in its last nine...

Lady Trojans cruise past Barton

Caitlyn Wright recorded a pair of assists for the second consecutive match and Kate Painter's goal in the ninth minute gave Mount Olive the lead for good as the Trojans defeated Barton 4-1 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Wednesday...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

We meet again Ñ Rosewood, Princeton reach Carolina 1-A volleyball title match

Rosewood and Princeton, which tied for Class 1-A Carolina Conference regular-season supremacy, needed little time to eliminate their respective opponents during Tuesday's semifinal-round play. The top-seeded Eagles launched defense of their tournament title with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 conquest of...

Local digest

WILSON -- Top-seeded Eastern Wayne fended off upset-minded Wilson Hunt 25-11, 25-11, 25-15 during semifinal-round play Tuesday in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference volleyball tournament. The Warriors (14-2) oppose second-seeded Wilson Beddingfield on its homecourt today at 6 p.m....

Trojan men's soccer ranked No. 7 in regional poll

MOC Sports Information Mount Olive moved up three spots into a tie at No. 7 in this week's NSCAA Division II Men's Soccer Southeast Region Poll, it was announced Tuesday. The Trojans have been ranked in the top 10 in...

Coker completes regular-season sweep of MOC spikers

For the second consecutive match, Mount Olive went the distance against a regionally-ranked team as the Trojans fell to No. 10 Coker 29-31, 30-21, 30-22, 30-32, 15-12 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball Tuesday at Hartsville, S.C. Sam Mitchell led a...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

C.B. Aycock claims ECC men's soccer title

PIKEVILLE -- Appalled by his team's lack of execution on set plays in recent contests, Charles B. Aycock assistant men's soccer coach Byron Adkins couldn't have been more enthralled Monday evening. The Golden Falcons converted three first-half goals on either...

A one-two punch: Aycock's Forbis, Newell knocking off the competition

On the course, Kelli Forbis is all business. She lives, eats and breathes golf. In fact, she's going to graduate this winter so she can spend the spring on the links trying to win a Division I college scholarship. Brooke...

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Golden Falcons advance in ECC volleyball tournament WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock and Wilson Hunt emerged victorious during opening-round play in the 2006 Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference volleyball tournament, which began Monday evening at Beddingfield. Shelly Lancaster and Amy...

Monday, October 16, 2006

CVAC volleyball - Trojans come up short on Senior Day

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive seniors Anna-Marie Luft and Nikki Murphy celebrated Senior Day with career performances, but an improbable comeback came up short as the Trojajns fell to regionally sixth-ranked Converse 30-28, 30-20, 30-32, 27-30, 15-10 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Game of the Week: Rams hold off Goldsboro

SNOW HILL -- Tears flowed freely down offensive lineman Donald Pollock's sweat-stained face while he leaned on a Goldsboro High teammate. Steam rose from players' bowed heads as they listened to head coach Maurice Jackson's inspiring postgame talk. But the...

Methodical Rebels dominate Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- Maybe the next time the Princeton Bulldogs win a coin flip, they'll opt to take the football first. North Duplin opened Friday night's game with an 18-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that ate up nearly two-thirds of the first...

Aycock wins a wild one in Kinston

KINSTON -- Charles B. Aycock quarterback Thomas Pilkington tied a season-high with four touchdown passes in a wild 42-35 victory at Kinston on Friday evening. Pilkington threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Michael King. The senior tossed scoring strikes of...

Bruins roll over Saints

WILSON -- Wilson Beddingfield exploded for 29 second-quarter points in nearly seven minutes and cruised past turnover-plagued Southern Wayne 59-22 on Friday evening. The Bruin defense capitalized on six turnovers en route to a 34-point advantage at halftime. The Saints...

Hunt throttles Eastern Wayne

WILSON -- Wilson Hunt extended its unbeaten Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference win streak to eight games with a defensive-filled 23-6 conquest of Eastern Wayne on Friday evening. The homestanding Warriors (4-4) remained unbeaten in two ECC matchups this season...

North Johnston upends Rosewood

KENLY -- Rosewood quarterback Josh Myers accounted for 279 yards of total offense in the Eagles' 35-21 loss at defending Class 1-A Carolina Conference champion North Johnston. Myers rushed for 132 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter....

Noth Lenoir slips to 1-7

LaGRANGE -- Turnover-plagued North Lenoir became a gracious host and guest Tarboro High spoiled homecoming festivities conducted at Bullock Field on Friday evening. The Vikings converted two first-quarter fumbles into touchdowns and cruised to a 27-14 victory in Class 2-A...

Ayden-Grifton crushes Spring Creek, 57-0

LITTLEFIELD -- Perseus Williams and J.D. Strickland each rushed for more than 100 yards as Ayden-Grifton cruised past Spring Creek 57-0 in Class 1-A Carolina Conference play Friday evening. Williams posted 118 yards on eight carries, while Strickland tallied two...

James Kenan improves to 8-0

WARSAW -- Stedman Mathis rushed for a season-high three touchdowns and state-ranked James Kenan hammered Midway 41-6 in Class 1-A Super Six Conference play Friday evening. Mathis rambled for touchdowns on runs of 4, 6 and 19 yards. Jimmie Glaspie,...

MOC roundup -- Trojans win again

LAURINBURG -- Chris Jasso scored the lone goal of the game in the fourth minute of overtime and Chase Smith recorded his first collegiate shutout as Mount Olive defeated regionally seventh-ranked St. Andrews 1-0 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's soccer...

Weekend preps: Chargers win two

Wayne Country Day tuned up for its season-ending Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference volleyball tournament with consecutive victories this week. Shelly Sullivan served 10 aces and Ashley Clark dished out nine assists in the Chargers' 25-11, 25-13, 25-9 win over...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Rosewood earns share of Carolina 1-A crown

Rosewood High athletics director Daniel Barrow probably found a sticky note from volleyball coach Jennifer Cochran on his desk Friday morning. "Dear coach Barrow: We tied Princeton for the regular-season title. Please put an "06" on our conference championship banner...

Friday night forecast -- It's a scary day for some area teams

Beware, Friday the 13th is here. The superstitious cringe when the dreaded day nears -- perhaps moreso this time since Halloween is looming. They don't take trips, don't go anywhere they don't have to go, or maybe even go the...

JV football -- Southern Wayne holds off Beddingfield

DUDLEY -- Jabari Dos Santos rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Southern Wayne's 22-12 victory over Wilson Beddingfield at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. Santos' touchdowns covered distances of one and 40 yards for the Saints, who improved...

Local digest

Saints' Hirsch takes ECC 3-A women singles' title SNOW HILL -- Southern Wayne sophomore Tara Hirsch continued her record-setting pace by emerging the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference women's singles champion on Thursday afternoon. Hirsch, the No. 1 seed in...

Five inductees announced for MOC Hall of Fame

MOUNT OLIVE -- The first five inductees into have been selected to enter the newly-established Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday. Named to the inaugural Hall of Fame Class are Kenney Moore, Larry Nance, Clarence...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Game of the Week -- Goldsboro at Greene Central

Fourth-year Goldsboro High coach Maurice Jackson says his team is experiencing "a funk of bad luck." That's not good when you're 0-7 and your next opponent -- Greene Central -- is ranked No. 8 among the state's Class 2-A football...

Area players qualify for regional

SNOW HILL -- Wayne County, as expected, will be well-represented at next week's N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A individual regionals in women's tennis. Eastern Wayne teammates Lauren Bynum and Casie Musgrave qualified in singles along with Southern Wayne...

Trojans falll to Knights

MOUNT OLIVE -- A late rally came up short as Mount Olive fell to St. Andrews 30-27, 24-30, 30-28, 31-29 in CVAC volleyball Wednesday at Kornegay Arena. Sam Mitchell led the Trojans with 19 kills and 13 digs, but it...

Local digest

Gators win eighth straight LOUISBURG -- Spring Creek continued to dominate in Class 1-A Carolina/Tar Roanoke Conference play as they defeated Louisburg 3-1 on Wednesday at the Warriors' field. The first-place Gators (9-1, 5-0 C/TR) have now won eight in...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

History in the making - Eastern Wayne closer to first-ever volleyball title

PIKEVILLE -- Bruce Burridge has made phone calls, searched every trophy case on campus and talked with former players. His tireless pursuit hasn't uncovered a single shred of evidence about the volleyball program's history at Eastern Wayne. That's OK. Burridge's...

Rosewood, coupled with Princeton's loss, still in hunt for Carolina supremacy

CALYPSO -- Rosewood remained in the hunt for the Class 1-A Carolina Conference regular-season title chase with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 victory over North Duplin on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles (16-3 overall) improved to 7-2 in the league and moved...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hundreds flock to City Hall to view the Stanley Cup

At Goldsboro City Hall around 7:45 p.m., the line was wrapped around the building and down Mulberry Street. The Stanley Cup was in town. And Wayne County, the Carolina Hurricanes' eighth largest out-of-town ticket market, didn't want to miss out...

Hunt shuts out Eastern Wayne

Jörg Wagner has yet to discover a remedy to cure Eastern Wayne's inability to eliminate mistakes and finish goals this season. Two early second-half miscues and a key defensive mistake against Wilson Hunt on Monday evening proved it might just...

Local digest

Rosewood tennis team wins again MOUNT OLIVE -- Rosewood completed Class 1-A Carolina/Tar Roanoke Conference play unbeaten after cruising to a 6-0 win over North Duplin on Monday at the Mount Olive College courts. The Eagles (12-2 overall) finished with...

Walnut Creek hosts tennis tournament

Walnut Creek Country Club recently held its first annual pro-am tennis tournament. Eight of the top tennis pros throughout North Carolina went up against Walnute Creek members in three different flights. The members were paired with three different pros and...

Moberg leads MOC women

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Kristin Moberg shot an 81 and Kristen Freeman carded a career-best 82 as Mount Olive was 14th out of 18 teams after the first round of the Lenoir-Rhyne/Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on Monday. After a one-hour rain...

Monday, October 9, 2006

The Stanley Cup is coming to Goldsboro

The Carolina Hurricanes mascot will make a stop in Goldsboro this evening to show off the Stanley Cup. The trophy will be on display outside City Hall from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to have their...

Trojan men finish 15th; women take 12th in weekend meet

Mount Olive finished 15th in the men's competition and 12th in the women's competition at the 2006 Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic Saturday at Greensboro. In the men's competition, the Trojans finished 39 points ahead of Bluefield State (W. Va.)...

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Game of the Week - Eastern Wayne snaps 3-game skid against Saints

Ah, sweet revenge. Humbled in recent meetings by Southern Wayne, the Eastern Wayne football team unleashed some pent-up frustration against its cross-county archrival on a rainy and damp Friday evening at Little Big Horn. The Warriors seized a convincing 34-12...

Golden Falcons put together stirring 4th-quarter rally

PIKEVILLE -- Taking advantage of a pair of Wilson Beddingfield turnovers in the final quarter, Charles B. Aycock roared from behind -- erupting for 20 unanswered points to win 27-24 on a cold, damp night at Hardy Talton Stadium. Through...

Chargers ground Eagles in Carolina 1-A opener

A banged-up Rosewood team committed six turnovers and was held to just 28 yards of total offense and a pair of first downs in the first half Friday as Ayden-Grifton beat the Eagles 43-21 on homecoming night at Branch Pope...

Goldsboro drops EPC 2-A opener

TARBORO -- Tim Kornegay tallied Goldsboro's lone touchdown on a quarterback sneak as the Cougars opened their Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference season with a 21-8 loss at Tarboro on Friday evening. Running back Tremé Boone rambled for 175 yards...

Rebels dealt lopsided defeat by Panthers

KENLY -- North Johnston began defense of its Class 1-A Carolina Conference championship with a 52-12 victory over North Duplin on Friday evening. The Panthers (4-3) grabbed early momentum when they collected a safety against the Rebels on the opening...

Satchell's fourth-quarter TD lifts unbeaten Tigers

ROSEBORO -- Brandon Satchell provided the game-winning touchdown in the final 82 seconds of regulation and state-ranked James Kenan escaped Lakewood 15-7 on Friday evening. It was the Class 1-A Super Six opener for both teams. The Leopards led 7-0...

Jaguars score 21 unanswered points vs. Hawks

FARMVILLE -- Farmville Central converted two long third-down plays into touchdowns and eased past North Lenoir 21-9 in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams Friday evening. Devon Atkinson threw a pair of 17-yard touchdown passes to...

Rams hammer Panthers in EPC action

BETHEL -- State-ranked Greene Central launched defense of its Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference crown with a 55-6 thrashing of North Pitt at McNair Field on Friday evening. The Rams, rated No. 10 in the latest Associated Press 2-A poll,...

Goldsboro spikers earn first win of 2006

Senior hitter Camille Early provided three kills and Goldsboro High captured its first volleyball win of the season Friday afternoon against county rival Wayne Country Day. Early served two aces and recorded two blocks in the Cougars' 25-22, 25-18, 25-20...

Gators cage Dawgs on Carolina 1-A scene

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Defense and special teams' play factored into Spring Creek's triumph over Princeton at "The Swamp" on Friday evening. The Gator defense recorded a safety and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone during the second quarter...

MOC soccer teams split with Lees-McRae

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- April Jacobs, who ranks in the top 15 among the nation's assists leaders, assisted on a pair of goals 12 minutes apart in the second half as Mount Olive came from behind to defeat...

Friday, October 6, 2006

ECC volleyball - Eastern Wayne shocks Beddingfield

Brooke Newsome didn't like the long and silent bus ride home three weeks ago when Eastern Wayne let perennial volleyball power Wilson Beddingfield slip through its fingers. She didn't want to experience another letdown. "I was personally disappointed because I...

Rosewood sweeps Spring Creek on the Carolina 1-A scene

One week removed from suffering back-to-back losses at Princeton and Ayden-Grifton, Rosewood's volleyball team has bounced back in impressive fashion. The Eagles followed up a four-game win at home over North Johnston on Tuesday with a three-game sweep over Spring...

JV football - C.B. Aycock, E. Wayne pick up ECC wins

WILSON -- Dusty Wooten picked off two Beddingfield passes and returned one for a touchdown in Charles B. Aycock's 16-6 victory Thursday evening. It was the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener for both teams. Dominique Young emerged the Golden...

Local sports digest

Garten leads Saints to road win KINSTON -- Charlie Garten provided a team-leading eight kills in Southern Wayne's 25-18, 25-17, 25-23 conquest of Kinston on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference volleyball scene Thursday afternoon. Clarice Sherard added six kills...

Trojan teams back in action this weekend

There aren't enough "ugs" in ugly to describe last year's men's soccer match between Mount Olive and Lees-McRae. The Trojans aren't worried about winning any beauty contests in the rematch; they just want a win. In a battle of teams...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Carolina 1-A meet

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The North Duplin boys and Princeton girls cross country teams continued their Class 1-A Carolina Conference dominance with convincing wins at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on Wednesday afternoon. Keyed by juniors Clint Bland (20:17), Justin...

CBA-WB soccer

WILSON -- Defending Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's soccer champion Charles B. Aycock isn't ready to relinquish its crown. But Wilson Beddingfield made a strong bid to dethrone the current title holder. Freshman Omar Guerra tallied the game-winning goal...

MOC volleyball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mallory Peavler served a career-high six aces, Sam Mitchell recorded 21 kills and Anna-Marie Luft added 17 kills as Mount Olive defeated Barton 29-31, 30-19, 30-20, 30-28 in CVAC volleyball Wednesday at Kornegay Arena....

Local sports digest

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne's Bryan Coltrane posted a hat trick to boost the Warriors to a 5-0 victory at Southern Wayne on Wednesday in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play. Robbie Keys added a goal and two assists for Eastern...

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The streak continues - C.B. Aycock gets 28th straight league title

PIKEVILLE -- Kristen Bennett and Courtney Barnes admit conversations about Charles B. Aycock's phenomenal streak in women's tennis don't occur often in their respective households. Bennett and Barnes, both first-year starters, certainly feel enough pressure when they step onto the...

Local sports digest

Fredrick, C. Schlaeppi shine during three-team ECC meet PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Nik Fredrick and Caroline Schlaeppi emerged the top runners during a three-team, Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference meet Tuesday afternoon. Fredrick ran the challenging 3.1-mile course in...

Trojan men seize 5th consecutive victory

MOUNT OLIVE -- With his team out to a disappointing 3-5 start late in September, fifth-year Mount Olive men's soccer coach Jerry Riggs presented his team with a challenge. "I told them, 'We have 10 games left. Let's see what...

Mount Olive women shut out Coker

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College's Lyndsay Brennan is on a roll. The sophomore recorded her first career hat trick on Tuesday at home against Coker (S.C.) to help lead the Trojans to a 7-0 shutout win in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Gators blank Eagles

Rosewood dominated possession, but Spring Creek played solid defense and converted timely goals in its 3-0 victory Monday evening at Branch Pope Field. Diego Rivera notched a goal in each half for the Gators, who improved to 7-1 overall and...

Local digest

CBA slips past SW DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock's Carson Sasser and Alex Rodriguez scored one goal each in overtime as the Golden Falcons slipped past Southern Wayne, 3-2, in overtime on Monday at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. Despite...

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Game of the Week: Warriors KO Hawks

For Andrew Blevins, it was the greatest feeling in the world. The senior running back ran for a career-high 245 yards and three touchdowns Friday as Eastern Wayne wore down visiting North Lenoir 36-22 in front of a standing-room-only crowd...

Rams deal Falcons first loss of season

PIKEVILLE -- It wasn't the fact that his team lost last week at James Kenan that bothered Greene Central coach Jim Bob Bryant ... it was how they lost. The Rams fumbled the ball away six times and gave the...

State-ranked Mariners run over Gator

SEVEN SPRINGS -- East Carteret senior Andrew Courman side-stepped one Spring Creek tackler, ran through the grasp of another tackler and cut back across the field. Once the 5-foot-5, 172-pound scatback found wide-open real estate, Courman cashed in frequently during...

Rosewood holds off Jones Senior

By KEITH SPENCE Courtesy Kinston Free Press TRENTON -- A potential game-tying, two-point conversion pass fell incomplete with just over a minute left, and Rosewood held off a furious second-half comeback to defeat Jones Senior 34-32 on Friday. Jones Senior...

North Duplin improved to 4-1

CLINTON -- North Duplin took every offensive snap in the third quarter and Michael Schilling rambled for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 27-13, non-conference victory over Union. The Rebels (4-1) received the second-half kickoff and drove inside the Spartans' 30-yard...

MOC Roundup: Soccer teams post wins

Mount Olive (7-5-0 overall, 1-3-0 CVAC) got on the scoreboard at the 5:53 mark when Chris Varela's service in the box found Stilley, who scored his second goal in as many matches. The Trojans added their second goal in...

Local Roundup: Chargers shut out Pats

Sam Steed and Brandon Davis provided the offense in Wayne Country Day's 3-0 shutout of Faith Christian-Rocky Mount on the Class1-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference boys' soccer scene Friday afternoon. Steed tallied two goals and Davis contributed one as the...