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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Moving on: Barrow resigns as Rosewood football coach and AD

A tight-knit community that welcomed a young, energetic football coach with open arms and made him part of its extended family more than 14 years ago, said "goodbye" Tuesday afternoon. Daniel Barrow officially resigned as head football coach and athletics...

C.B. Aycock opens season with victory over Wilson Fike

PIKEVILLE -- As the final chords of The Star Spangled Banner echoed through the trees behind Charles B. Aycock's stadium Tuesday afternoon, Grant Sasser put on his hat and walked toward the pitcher's mound. The N.C. State signee grabbed the...

Missed opportunities plague Warriors in home defeat

It was a night full of missed opportunities for Eastern Wayne. Missed chances for a hit with runners on base and not finishing off opposing batters with two strikes. It wasn't surprising then that the Warriors season opener was a...

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Grady, Casey lead Spring Creek to season-opening win SEVEN SPRINGS -- Ray Grady and Alex Casey banged out three hits apiece in Spring Creek's season-opening, 8-2 victory over Midway on Tuesday afternoon. Grady doubled and collected three RBI, while Casey...

Moberg, Trojans emerge leader at Don Scalf Invitational

WHITAKERS -- The song might say "one is the loneliest number," but "one" had plenty of company for the Mount Olive College men's golf team Tuesday. Mount Olive was No. 1 in the team competition, Mick Moberg was No. 1...

Whaley, Bourne sweep CVAC softball honors

MOUNT OLIVE -- Morgan Whaley was named Softball Player of the Week and Krystal Bourne earned Pitcher of the Week honors as Mount Olive swept this week's Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference weekly softball awards for the second consecutive week. Jenny Jackson...

CVAC basketball: Trojan men entertain No. 10 seed Coker

For the fourth year in a row, the Mount Olive men's basketball team enters the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Trojans hope this is the year they finish No. 1. Mount Olive opens tournament play tonight as...

Women's CVAC basketball: Mount Olive travels to in-state rival St. Andrews today

In each of the last four years, the Mount Olive women's basketball team has won its first game in the conference tournament. If the Trojans can do it again this year, it'll mean a trip to the "final four." Mount...

Trojans' game time changed against Erskine

Mount Olive's series-opening baseball game against Erskine, originally scheduled for Friday at 2:30 p.m., has been moved back to 5 p.m. at Scarborough Field due to weather considerations. Rain is forecast for Eastern North Carolina Thursday. Mount Olive plays host...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rosewood falls to Union

Haile Meadows got the sign she liked, went into her wind-up and delivered her first pitch for Rosewood in three years. The sophomore, who hadn't pitched since she had surgery on her right wrist during her seventh grade season, threw...

Faith Christian celebrates state title

KERNERSVILLE -- Late-season losses to Liberty Christian-Durham and region rival Falls Road Baptist within a 10-day period didn't shake up the Faith Christian men's basketball team. But each defeat provided a wake-up call. "I think it helped them realize that...

Mount Olive College prepares for CVAC Tourney

No. 2 seed Mount Olive will play host to No. 10 seed Coker in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Wednesday. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Kornegay Arena. Coker advanced with a 66-59 victory...

Clayton defeats C.B. Aycock

CLAYTON -- Clayton put four shots in the back of the net during the first half en route to defeating Charles B. Aycock 7-2, in non-conference girls soccer action on Monday afternoon. Amanda Schlaeppi found Lizzie Sodoma for the Golden...

Monday, February 26, 2007

The Ngu champion: Tran claims 125-pound title, becomes Aycock's first-ever state champ

WINSTON-SALEM -- His Charles B. Aycock teammates cheered with every takedown and nearfall, and marveled at how Ngu Tran dissected his final-round opponent with surgeon-like precision. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the cheers grew louder. And when...

Trojan diamond nine wreck Shippensburg

MOUNT OLIVE -- Judson Smith tossed a three-hitter and Jason Sherrer's fifth-inning two-run homer helped break open a one-run game as nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive extended its winning streak to seven with a rain-shortened 5-1 victory over Shippensburg (Pa.) in...

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Trojan men victorious on senior night

MOUNT OLIVE -- Senior Day has its good -- and bad -- traits. It's a celebration to honor seniors who have made significant contributions to a program over an extended period of time. And the tradition also dictates that seniors...

Area football standouts sign letters of intent

From staff reports Eastern Wayne's Darius Canida and Greene Central's J.J. Thompson are the latest area football players to sign national letters-of-intent. Canida, a two-year starter at defensive back for the Warriors, has signed to play football at Louisburg College....

Faith Christian heads to state title game

KERNERSVILLE -- Faith Christian's impressive season is nearing a close -- with a state title within its sights. The Conquerors broke open a four-point game at the end of three quarters with a 25-point fourth period to beat Kerwin Baptist...

Big eighth inning lift East Carolina

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina used a five-run eighth inning to pick up its second win of the ECU Invitational Saturday afternoon in a 6-3 win over Washington. The Pirates (4-5) trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth frame...

Mount Olive knocks off Belmont Abbey

BELMONT -- Morgan Whaley hit a three-run homer in the top of the first and Jenny Jackson recorded 13 strikeouts to make it stand as Mount Olive defeated Belmont Abbey 3-2 in game one of a Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference softball...

Lovett leads Mount Olive to sweep

MOUNT OLIVE -- Erik Lovett hit two home runs in game one and led off the bottom of the 11th inning of game two with a walk-off home run as nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive swept Shippensburg (Pa.) 7-6 and 5-4...

Eastern Wayne falls in sectional finals

WINTERVILLE -- Eastern Wayne had the No. 2 team in North Carolina rattled. The South Central Falcons -- a perfect 25-0 entering the night -- saw their 14-point lead whittled down to just six with 32 seconds to play in...

Mount Olive women upset Anderson

MOUNT OLIVE -- Anderson University's previous trip to Mount Olive College resulted in a conference tournament championship and automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Division II women's basketball playoffs. The return visit wasn't as pleasant. Brittney Robich silenced a second-half...

Friday, February 23, 2007

Goldsboro boys endure heartbreaking OT loss

DEEP RUN -- Two days after upsetting the state's No. 1-ranked men's basketball team, Goldsboro High's season ended in disappointing and controversial fashion, Thursday evening at South Lenoir. The Blue Devils erased an 11-point, opening-half deficit and turned back the...

Eastern Wayne girls advance to sectional final

WINDSOR -- Destiny's darlings refuse to go home. Junior center Brittani Billups posted a double-double -- 30 points, 15 rebounds -- as Eastern Wayne nipped Bertie 67-66 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Sectional No. 2 semifinals...

Faith Christian boys reach NCCSA 2-A semifinals

KERNERSVILLE -- T.J. Sasser provided a game- and career-high 31 points and Faith Christian blitzed New Manna Christian 77-41 in opening-round action in the N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A playoffs Thursday afternoon. The Conquerors (24-3 overall) face Kerwin Baptist...

Bartley, Coffield, Rouse etch names in MOC record book

BELMONT -- Seniors Chris Bartley, Elton Coffield and Elijah Rouse became the first players in Mount Olive men's basketball history to record four consecutive 20-win seasons as the visiting Trojans beat Belmont Abbey 88-69 on Thursday night at the Wheeler...

No. 27-ranked Trojans rally, pound Shaw University

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dustin Richardson drove in four runs with a home run and a double and David Cooper set a school record by drawing five walks as nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive defeated Shaw 19-8 in non-conference baseball Thursday at...

Trojan softball sweeps CIAA member N.C. Central

MOUNT OLIVE -- Morgan Whaley drove in three runs in each game and came within a single of hitting for the cycle in game two as Mount Olive recorded a pair of come-from-behind victories over North Carolina Central 10-7 and...

Trojan women fall at Belmont Abbey

BELMONT -- Mount Olive junior forward Sierra Medeiros recorded her first double-double of the season season scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Lady Trojans fell to Belmont Abbey on Thursday night, 69-57, at the Wheeler Center. Mount...

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Mount Olive sweeps Virginia State

MOUNT OLIVE -- After spending the first two weeks of the season on the road, Mount Olive College was thrilled to finally play a game at the friendly confines of Scarborough Field. The Trojans quickly showed their fans and the...

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Spring Creek ousted by East Columbus LAKE WACCAMAW -- Jermaine Waddell' s 16 points and 20 rebounds were big factors for East Columbus in an 82-46 victory over Spring Creek in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's...

Mount Olive Men's Basketball Ranked No. 8

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College took over the No. 8 spot in the NCAA Division II men's basketball east region poll on Wednesday. The Trojans (19-6 overall) are ranked in the top 10 for the second consecutive week and...

Campbell shuts out Pirates

GREENVILLE -- Reliever Trevor Smith picked up the mound win and Campbell University used six pitchers to blank East Carolina 2-0 at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Smith yielded one hit and struck out two in the fourth and fifth...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

2-A playoffs: Goldsboro upsets No. 1-ranked Northside

JACKSONVILLE -- Northside men's basketball coach Tony Marshburn admitted he didn't follow the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference too closely this season. He did, however, keep an eye on Goldsboro since he's good friends with head coach Randy Jordan. But...

Washington hits 1,000 points in EW victory

Eastern Wayne senior Yasmine Washington knew she had to take over. With Brittani Billups in foul trouble all game long, Washington stepped up when it mattered the most to score a game-high 22 points -- including the 1,000th point of...

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Wayne Christian, WCDS eliminated from NCISAA 1-A playoffs GASTONIA -- Eric Williams pumped in a team-high 17 points, but Wayne Christian dropped a 71-54 decision against Gaston Day in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A playoffs. Williams pulled...

Trojans' Jackson sweeps CVAC honors

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jenny Jackson, who threw 102/3 scoreless innings in two appearances and hit two home runs in four games over the weekend for Mount Olive, has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of...

Cowdrey, Raynor each toss no-hitter

MOUNT OLIVE -- Shauna Cowdrey tossed a no-hitter in game one and Ashley Raynor threw a perfect game in the nightcap as Mount Olive swept a doubleheader against St. Paul's 13-0 and 11-0 in non-conference softball Tuesday at Nancy Chapman...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Gators surge past Hurricanes

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek coach Sonny Kilpatrick admitted he was nervous. Kilpatrick had watched his leading scorer, Josh Wright, go down to an ankle injury during the first quarter and was now hobbling around the court as his Gators...

Saints shock D.H. Conley

HOLLYWOOD -- As the first-half buzzer sounded Monday evening, Southern Wayne trotted off toward the locker room in front of a silent -- and shocked -- D.H. Conley crowd. The Saints had played a near-flawless opening half and owned a...

Area wrestlers go for gold

The tradition continues. Wrestling programs in the News-Argus coverage area will be well-represented when the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association Individual Championships take place this weekend in Winston-Salem. A total of 21 competitors, including seven regional champions, will grapple...

Mount Olive College baseball ranked No. 27

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive remains at No. 27 for the second consecutive week in this week's Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll, it was announced Monday. The Trojans were ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll and spent...

Greene Central hits century mark in victory

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central tallied 100 points for the first time in school history as the Rams knocked off North West Halifax 105-69 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A Playoffs on Monday night. Chevalier Howell paced six...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Big ninth lifts Mount Olive to win

BELMONT -- Patrick Ball led off the top of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run and Josh Harrison and Graham Wooten hit two-out home runs on consecutive pitches -- Harrison's a game-tying three-run shot and Wooten's the eventual game...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

ECC 3-A men's final: No. 1-ranked Kinston turns back Saints

WILSON -- Kinston's Akeem Sutton leaped over a Southern Wayne defender, caught a pass in mid-air, slammed it down and brought the Viking fans and their players to their feet. It was that type of night on Friday -- full...

Goldsboro's Jackson resigns as head football coach

Goldsboro High principal Patricia Burden officially announced Friday morning that Maurice Jackson has resigned as head football coach. Jackson steps down after a four-year tenure at the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference school. He guided the Cougars to a winning...

ECC 3-A girls final: Defending 3-A state champion Beddingfield routs EW

WILSON -- A short memory. That's what Eastern Wayne coach Brent Holland will try to instill into his girls following their 67-31 loss to Wilson Beddingfield in the championship game of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament on Friday night....

Ayden-Grifton easily handles Gators in Carolina 1-A tournament final

MOUNT OLIVE -- Defense wins championships. Just ask Ayden-Grifton. The top-seeded Chargers handcuffed Spring Creek with a variety of defenses and cruised to a 72-51 victory Friday evening at Kornegay Arena. Ayden-Grifton successfully defended its Class 1-A Carolina Conference tournament...

Johnson leads Rams to second consecutive EPC tournament title

SNOW HILL -- Reggie Johnson poured in a game-high 31 points and Greene Central out-slugged North Pitt 97-81 in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament championship game Friday evening. Chevalier Howell complemented Johnson with a 24-point effort. Albert Barron...

MOC men turn in impressive regional performance

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as Mount Olive broke a halftime tie, and defeated Queens University of Charlotte 95-71 on Saturday evening. The contest featured two teams ranked in...

Prichard's late offensive surge seals CVAC victory

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tomeka Prichard scored eight consecutive points with less than six minutes left to put Mount Olive ahead to stay, and the Trojans held off Queens University of Charlotte, 70-66, in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference play Saturday afternoon. A...

No. 27-ranked Trojans split CVAC baseball opener

BELMONT -- Tom Layne threw a complete-game four-hitter as nationally-ranked Mount Olive College blanked Belmont Abbey 6-0 in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon. Layne threw 87 strikes in his 137-pitch count and fanned seven Crusader...

MOC softball splits with Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Jenny Jackson belted a two-run home run and notched the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded walk as Mount Olive doubled up Newberry (S.C.) College 8-4 on Saturday afternoon. Newberry claimed the nightcap 3-1. Jackson's sixth-inning home run...

MOC men's volleyball goes 1-1 on weekend trip

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sophomore outside hitter Pedro Penate and sophomore right-side hitter Cesar Trigo de Serrano notched 17 kills apiece as Mount Olive College swept Endicott (Mass.) 30-19, 30-20, 30-26 on Saturday afternoon. Penate delivered a match-high 16 kills as...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Correll's hustle play helps resuscitate lifeless Gators in second half

MOUNT OLIVE -- Spring Creek's Daniel Correll almost looked like a defensive back during one key possession Thursday evening against Princeton. The senior forward dove to intercept a pass near midcourt, fell onto the ball and managed to pass off...

Eagles can't de-charge Ayden-Grifton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Practice makes perfect. Or does it? Rosewood spent three days preparing for Ayden-Grifton's box-and-one defense and defending the low post after a road loss two weeks ago. They knew they'd see again Thursday afternoon in the Class...

Faith Christian girls advance in NCCSA Coastal 2-A play

Lindsey Godwin led a balanced offensive attack with nine points and Faith Christian defeated Mount Calvary-Hookerton 31-22 during opening-round play in the Class 2-A N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal Region tournament. The Conquerors (10-10) oppose top-seeded Falls Road Baptist at...

Trojan softball team opens season today at Lander (S.C.) University

There is plenty of excitement surrounding Mount Olive College softball this season, and a lot of it has to do with a familiar face returning to the area. Jenny Jackson, a 2005 graduate of Charles B. Aycock and that year's...

Trojan netters drop doubleheader against Division I Campbell

BUIES CREEK -- Mount Olive fell by identical 7-0 scores to Division I Campbell in men's and women's tennis Thursday at Buies Creek, N.C. The Trojan men's team falls to 1-6, while the women's team drops to 0-4. Both teams...

Mount Olive men's volleyball team taking another trip north

Another weekend, another trip up north for the Mount Olive men's volleyball team as the Trojans head to Fairfield, Conn., Saturday to compete in the Sacred Heart University Tri-Meet. The Trojans take on Sacred Heart at 10 a.m., then face...

Nationally-ranked MOC opens CVAC baseball schedule at Belmont Abbey

Nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive heads to Belmont this weekend as the Trojans open Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball play with a three-game series against Belmont Abbey. The series opens Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon, then concludes Sunday at 1...

Key CVAC battle on tap Saturday for Trojan men's basketball

The Mount Olive men's basketball team didn't know it at the time, but the Trojans' game this past Monday was a battle of regional top 10 teams. Saturday's game is also a battle of top 10s, but the Trojans are...

Trojan women get much-needed five-day break

After Monday's gut-check win at Barton, the Mount Olive women's basketball team may have received its best possible gift -- an extended rest. Mount Olive returns to action after a five-day break as the Trojans play host to Queens in...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Goldsboro bows out

SNOW HILL -- Neither Goldsboro coach Randy Jordan nor Greene Central coach Robert Browning could ever recall a quarter like the one they witnessed on Wednesday night. Greene Central executed a near perfect first quarter, while Goldsboro's was anything but,...

Eastern Wayne advances to ECC Championship game

Basement tenant a year ago, the Eastern Wayne women's basketball team has become destiny's darling. The Warriors continued their amazing one-season turnaround with an impressive 61-45 victory over Wilson Hunt on Wednesday evening. Junior forward Brittani Billups flirted with a...

Mount Olive returns to rankings

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive is ranked No. 9 in this week's NCAA Division II Men's Basketball East Region Poll, it was announced Wednesday. The ranking is the first this season for the Trojans, which had been ranked in the...

Southern Wayne shocks Wilson Hunt

WILSON -- Southern Wayne shocked No. 1 seed and state-ranked Wilson Hunt 56-55 in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina Conference 1-A tournament. "Our guys came out ready to play," said Southern Wayne coach Russell Royal. "I told them not...

Mount Olive College soccer team signs 12

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive has signed 12 recruits to men's soccer National Letters-of-Intent, it was announced by head coach Jerry Riggs. Eight are from North Carolina, three are from Virginia and one is from Tennessee. The official signing period...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Overtime thrillers: Rosewood, Princeton advance in Carolina 1-A boys tournament

CALYPSO -- Dennis Jones sizzled the nets for a game-high 21 points and Rosewood upended North Duplin 60-56 in quarterfinal-round play in the Class 1-A Carolina Conference tournament Tuesday evening. The fifth-seeded Eagles (6-16 overall) avenged two regular-season losses to...

No. 27-ranked MOC pounds N.C. Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT -- Josh Carter and David Cooper homered and Daniel Wood pitched four scoreless innings as nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive posted a rain-shortened 13-1 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan in non-conference baseball action Tuesday. The game was called after...

Trojans' Layne recognized by CVAC

Tom Layne, who pitched nationally 27th-ranked Mount Olive to two wins over nationally-ranked teams, has been named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Layne picked up wins in starts against No. 5 Georgia College...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Southern Wayne ends Warriors season

PIKEVILLE -- Russell Royal pleaded with his senior Anthony Vick to shoot at times season. When Vick has listened and trusted his ability, he has been effective as he was Monday night. Vick knocked down five 3-pointers to help erase...

Aycocks concludes season with loss

WILSON -- The Charles B. Aycock boys basketball team's season came to a close on Monday night as the Golden Falcons fell to Wilson Beddingfield in the first round of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Tournament, 72-54. Quantay Poole led...

Trojans knock off Barton

BARTON -- When asked how Mount Olive overcame having three starters fouling out to hold on for a win on the road at Barton, sophomore forward Alisa Jones answered with one word. "Heart." Alisa Jones led four players in double...

Mount Olive drops heart breaker in OT

WILSON -- It's always tough to win on the road in a conference game and a rivalry game, especially when the home team builds an 18-point lead, thanks in part to a 77-foot shot. Despite it all, Mount Olive almost...

C.B. Aycock loses lead and game

PIKEVILLE -- The Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons already knew they would be playing shorthanded after losing starting center Lauren Pratt to an ankle injury in practice Friday afternoon. What coach Carrie Reynell and the rest of the Golden Falcons...

Goldsboro stays alive

TARBORO -- Randy Jordan straightened up the towels, glanced at the scoreboard and took a swig of water. "Do it one more half, or else it's for nothing," said Jordan. The sixth-year Goldsboro coach rapped the wooden scorer's table a...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Eastern Wayne's Chenier swims to pair of gold medals

HUNTERSVILLE -- Mason Chenier stepped onto the starting block, took a deep breath and gazed ahead. Ignoring the tingling in his fingers and toes, the Eastern Wayne swimmer leapt into the clear blue water when the starter's gun echoed through...

Lenoir-Rhyne ends MOC's run in Griffin Baseball Classic

FLORENCE, S.C. -- After posting back-to-back wins over national top 10 teams, Mount Olive closed out play in the Gerald Griffin Baseball Classic with an 11-8 loss Sunday at Florence, S.C. Dustin Richardson homered for the third consecutive game to...

Sasser leads Pirate baseball team to non-league win

GREENVILLE -- Junior left-hander Dustin Sasser scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run in six innings of work while Dale Mollenhauer's grand slam capped off a seven-run sixth to give East Carolina an 11-2 win over Liberty on...

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Rosewood girls earn share of Carolina 1-A regular-season title

Courtney Hill had this game circled on her calender months ago. Senior night versus Princeton at "The Nest" in Rosewood. It was only fitting then that two seniors, Hill and Kasie Braswell, would lead the Eagles to a 54-42 victory...

Panther boys spoil Cougars' senior night

Eric McLean grabbed a loose-ball rebound and passed ahead to a wide-open Daquan Joyner. The standing-room-only crowd sensed a rousing play and knew the possession could turn the momentum in Goldsboro's favor. It never happened. Joyner badly missed the one-handed...

Area conference basketball tournaments begin Monday

One loss and you're done. That's the scenario the Goldsboro High men's basketball team faces when the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament tips off Monday evening. The fifth-seeded Cougars (13-11 overall) travel to fourth-seeded Tarboro High for a 7:30...

Correll scores 15 points, SC boys claim No. 2 seed

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Daniel Correll delivered a 15-point outing and Spring Creek upended archrival North Duplin 74-65 in the Class 1-A Carolina Christian regular-season finale for both teams Friday evening. Correll dished out three assists and pulled down four rebounds...

Chargers' Crow signs with Barton

Georgia Crow is living on borrowed time. The Wayne Country Day senior has just six months to choose a college and generate financial support before her visa expires June 1. Her dream, despite frustrating and bureaucratic red tape, became reality...

Havelock grapplers eliminate C.B. Aycock

WENTWORTH -- Turnabout is fair play. A year ago, Charles B. Aycock ousted Havelock during semifinal-round action in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team playoffs. The Rams gained some revenge with a 40-27 victory in the four-team...

Trojan diamond nine pull off two early-season upsets

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Dustin Richardson belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning and broke a scoreless tie as Mount Olive College upset nationally-ranked Francis Marion University 4-2 Saturday afternoon in the Gerald Griffin Baseball Classic. Judson Smith yielded no...

Seven wins in a row ... and still counting

MOUNT OLIVE -- Elijah Rouse scored eight of the game's first 10 points and finished with 17 overall as Mount Olive College held off in-state rival Lees-McRae 95-85 on Saturday afternoon. Elton Coffield, who was honored prior to the game...

Robich spearheads MOC's second-half effort

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brittney Robich scored all of her 17 points in the second half and Mount Olive College rallied from an early 13-point deficit to defeat Lees-McRae 63-52 in a Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball contest Saturday afternoon at...

Friday, February 9, 2007

Prep hoops: Saints play spoiler

PIKEVILLE -- The stage was set for a storybook ending. Despite entering senior night with an 0-23 record, the Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons seemed determined to remove the goose egg from their record in the final minutes of Thursday...

College basketball: Trojans win sixth straight

LAURINBURG -- Mount Olive freshman Josh Brown hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 10.5 seconds left and scored all of his 12 points in the second half as Mount Olive extended its winning streak to six with an 83-80...

College basketball: Lady Trojans come up short

LAURINBURG -- Helen Moore scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half as Mount Olive rallied from an eight-point deficit, but regionally sixth-ranked St. Andrews pulled away for a 67-60 win over the Trojans in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference...

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Lady Warriors win in OT Avoid South Central. Fourth-year Eastern Wayne women's basketball coach Brent Holland reminded his team that a loss could set up a possible first-round playoff meeting against the state-ranked Falcons. Holland needn't worry now. The Warriors...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Rosewood senior signs with Campbell

An extra year to adapt to the college football game and become part of a historical rebirth? Jeremy Hill might still think it's a dream. But the Rosewood High senior turned those aspirations into reality Wednesday afternoon when he signed...

Aycock standouts sign letters of intent

PIKEVILLE -- Every time a college recruiter viewed videotape of Charles B. Aycock football standouts Dontay Taylor and Montez Ham, they couldn't help but notice numerous differences and one similarity -- speed. Taylor can stop, change direction on a dime...

Mount Olive men takes on St. Andrews

The Mount Olive College men's basketball team has a three-fold mission tonight: keep its momentum going, improve its position in the conference and region, and erase memories of its last trip to St. Andrews. After a five-day break, Mount Olive...

Trojan women play St. Andrews

If the conference standings remain as they are now, tonight's game between Mount Olive and St. Andrews would be a preview of the No. 5 vs. No. 4 game in the quarterfinal round of the CVAC Women's Basketball Tournament. The...

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Rosewood crushes North Duplin CALYPSO -- Kasie Braswell poured in a game-high 18 points and Rosewood cruised past North Duplin 61-20 on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene. Courtney Hill added eight points for the Eagles, who improved to 12-8 overall...

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Ram tough: Greene Central squeezes past Goldsboro's boys

Back in December, the Goldsboro Cougars fully expected that come February, there would be boasting and celebrating on their court. What Goldsboro didn't expect was for their opponent, the Greene Central Rams, to be the team doing all of the...

C.B. Aycock grapplers advance to eastern dual-team regionals

PIKEVILLE -- Eager to forget Saturday's collapse in the championship round of its conference tournament, the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team carried a new attitude onto the mat Tuesday evening. Humbled in Monday's practice by their coaching staff, the Golden...

Rosewood matmen pinned by South Davidson

Chris Hare believes Coach Ed now. When Rosewood learned of its opening-round opponent in the Class 1-A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, Bill Edmundson educated his young squad about perennial power South Davidson. The Wildcats always wrestle aggressive, rarely...

Havelock eliminates Eastern Wayne from dual-team playoffs

WINTERVILLE -- Eastern Wayne's journey in the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association dual-team wrestling playoffs ended Tuesday evening, but not without a little controversy. Warrior head coach Mike Brown protested the outcome when the referee officiating the match...

Wayne Christian boys get CCC win at home

T.A. Brannan tallied a team-high 17 points and Wayne Christian dismantled Northwood Temple 70-40 in Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference play Tuesday evening. Brannan pulled down seven rebounds for the Eagles, who improved to 11-9 overall and 6-5 against CCC...

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Aycock completes season sweep of Warriors

PIKEVILLE -- Despite a late fourth-quarter scoring drought, Charles B. Aycock escaped county rival Eastern Wayne 65-62 on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference women's basketball scene Monday evening. Senior Erin Medford supplied a game- and career-high 22 points for...

Johnny Narron headed to Cincy

The last time the Narron brothers were teammates, Richard Nixon's presidency was about to come to an abrupt end. "Blazing Saddles" and "The Godfather Part II" were playing in the theaters, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," "Kung Fu Fighting," "Jungle...

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ROCKY MOUNT -- Floranta Wynn scorched the nets for 40 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Wayne Country Day to a 70-57 win over Faith Christian of Rocky Mount. Dave Wilson added eight points and five rebounds for the...

Monday, February 5, 2007

Eastern Wayne wins ECC tournament

Denied victory in its regular-season, dual-team finale against archrival Charles B. Aycock, the Eastern Wayne wrestling team exacted sweet revenge Saturday afternoon. The Warriors claimed the final three individual matches and emerged the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament champions....

Mount Olive tennis spilts matches

Nationally 38th-ranked Mount Olive defeated Methodist 8-1 and fell to Division I Coastal Carolina 7-0 as the Trojans opened their 2007 spring men's tennis season Saturday at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Junior Guillherme posted a straight set win against Methodist at...

MOC baseball team swept

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Armstrong Atlantic State baseball squad picked up a doubleheader sweep of visiting No. 20-ranked Mount Olive on Sunday afternoon at Pirate Field. AASU pounded out 17 hits in winning game one, 11-5, then scored twice in...

Eagles win 13th straight tourney title

From staff reports KENLY -- J.P. Person set a freshman record for individual victories and Rosewood, as expected, dominated the season-ending Class 1-A Carolina/Tar-Roanoke/Albemarle/Mid-State Conference wrestling tournament Saturday. Person claimed the gold medal at 215 pounds and enters postseason play...

Area athletes qualify for state swim meet

Mason Chenier isn't a morning person. When he gets to the pool, the Eastern Wayne sophomore needs a few laps to work out the kinks and test the recovery of an ACL injury he sustained during soccer season. Once the...

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Eagles soar past Gators

Holt Rains wanted another chance. Rains had missed two free throws with 1:38 to play which would have put Rosewood up by six over Spring Creek. Now he stood at the line with his team leading by only three with...

Eastern Wayne loses OT heartbreaker

One facial expression, shared by every Eastern Wayne player, told the same story Friday evening. Heads hung in disappointment, the Warriors barely made eye contact with anyone as they shook hands with Beddingfield's players. The 67-63 overtime loss seemed too...

Mount Olive baseball opens season with split

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- No. 20-ranked Mount Olive and Armstrong Atlantic State split a season-opening doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Pirate Field. The Trojans took advantage of seven AASU errors to pick up the win in game one, 10-3, but the...

MOC Volleyball splits

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Trojans took the first of two matches in NCAA men's volleyball Saturday at Kornegay Arena. In the first match, Mount Olive defeated Warner Southern 30-27, 30-24, 24-30, 27-30, and 15-10. The Royals rallied to take the...

Local Digest

The Goldsboro Cougars defeated North Lenoir 89-61 at the Cougar Den on Friday night in Eastern Plains 2-A action. Tim Kornegay led the Cougars with 24 points and seven rebounds. Eric McLean added 16 points and four assists and Daquan...

Warriors take ECC tournament title

Eastern Wayne triumphed in the final three individual matches and claimed the 2007 Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament title Saturday afternoon in Pikeville. The Warriors knocked off two-time defending champion and county archrival Charles B. Aycock 195.5-192. However, the...

Friday, February 2, 2007

Wayne County Hot Stove League: Narron addresses overflow crowd

More than 200 people were on hand for the inaugural Wayne County Hot Stove League Banquet on Thursday night at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park. Cincinnati Reds manager and Goldsboro native Jerry Narron was the night's guest speaker as proceeds...

Faith Christian boys claim third straight NCCSA Coastal 2-A title

Three-peat complete. The Faith Christian boys' basketball team claimed its third consecutive Class 2-A N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal Regional title with a 68-50 trouncing of Trinity Christian-Greenville on Thursday evening. The Conquerors (19-1 overall) finished a perfect 10-0 in...

Mount Olive diamond nine open 2007 season Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE -- A scattered puzzle. Veteran Mount Olive College baseball coach Carl Lancaster, now in his 21st season, uses that phrase to describe this year's team. He's got all the pieces, but isn't quite sure how they fit together....

Trojan men pound Coker in CVAC hoops action

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is flexing its muscles at precisely the right time of year. The Trojans won for the seventh time in their past eight games, defeating the Coker Cobras 99-65 on Thursday night at Kornegay Arena....

Robich hits 18, Jones posts double-double in MOC victory

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brittney Robich scored 18 points and Alisa Jones tallied a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Mount Olive to a 60-49 victory over Coker in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's basketball Thursday at...

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Rosewood wrestlers roll over Spring Creek

From staff reports Rosewood triumphed in eight of nine contested matches and dispatched county rival Spring Creek 69-11 in the regular-season, dual-team wrestling finale for both teams Wednesday evening. The Gators claimed an early 11-0 advantage and attempted to spoil...

MOC golf

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive received one first-place vote and has been picked fifth in the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Preseason Men's Golf Poll, as voted on by the CVAC coaches. Chris Bitzenhofer and Mick Moberg have been selected among...

Local digest

Spring Creek built a 40-16 halftime lead and cruised to a 62-46 win over North Johnston on Wednesday night in Carolina 1-A Conference play. Josh Wright led the Gators with 11 points while Kevin Winn added 10. Dekevius Williams contributed...