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Monday, April 30, 2007

Local digest

The seniors for Eastern Wayne closed out senior night with a dominating performance by blanking Kinston 8-0 on Friday night. It was only fitting that the Warrior seniors did most of the damage on the scoreboard. Senior Samantha Frazer recorded...

Sunday, April 29, 2007

C.B. Aycock escapes So. Wayne -- again

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock senior Julia Lancaster wanted the walk-off home run, but she settled for a game-ending wild pitch instead Friday evening. Lancaster teased the overflow crowd with a long fly ball that curled its way over the...

Falcons flying high

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's one conference loss has become nothing more than a distant memory. Since a stunning loss at Kinston in the Golden Falcons' second Eastern Carolina Conference game of 2007, Aycock put together eight straight wins to...

MOC sweeps Chowan; Lovett sets HR record

MOUNT OLIVE -- Erik Lovett hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season to set a new single-season school record as nationally 12th-ranked Mount Olive defeated Chowan 17-0 in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at...

K-Tribe rolls on road

SALEM, Va. -- The K-Tribe broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Salem Avalanche on Saturday night. Jose Constanza went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs...

Prep roundup: EW secures No. 2 seed

Junior outfielder Nolan Lancaster slugged a sixth-inning home run and catapulted Eastern Wayne to a 4-2 victory over Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Kinston on Friday evening. Lancaster's two-run blast, his second of the season, gave the Warriors the...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Local digest

Vinson cards 2-under 70; Aycock flirts with school-record score Will Vinson posted a 2-under par 70 and led Charles B. Aycock to a 298-330, non-conference victory over North Lenoir at Lane Tree Golf Course. The Golden Falcons came within four...

MOC-Chowan doubleheader moved up to 2 p.m.

Mount Olive College baseball coach Carl Lancaster announced Thursday that Saturday's doubleheader with in-state rival Chowan University has been changed to 2 p.m. The teams will play a 9- and 7-inning game. The Trojans (44-11 overall) vaulted to No. 12...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gators spring past Eagles

Heads or tails? That's the unwelcomed fate awaiting Class 1-A Carolina Conference men's tennis archrivals Spring Creek and Rosewood after the Gators prevailed 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The victory vaulted Spring Creek (3-8 overall) into second place in the league...

Eastern Wayne, Hunt win ECC track crowns

WILSON -- The depth that the Eastern Wayne girl's team displayed during regular-season meets proved crucial during the 2007 Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference track and field championships Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors had two competitors place among the top six...

Princeton wins track championship

Princeton's Jania Bogle emerged victorious in three individual events and helped the Bulldogs claim the 2007 Class 1-A Carolina Conference women's track and field championship crown Tuesday afternoon. Bogle earned all-conference honors in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 200-meter...

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Sterling Grice's two-out RBI single lifted Southern Wayne to a 7-6 win over Wilmington Hoggard in eight innings on Senior Night on Wednesday. The Saints took a 4-0 lead following the first inning, only to see the lead...

K-Tribe doubled up

KINSTON -- K-Tribe manager Mike Sarbaugh's birthday party was spoiled as the Lynchburg Hillcats beat the Kinston Indians 6-3 in an early morning game Wednesday at Grainger Stadium. The bats for both teams awoke early in the 11 a.m. start...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CBA baseball claims ECC 3-A title

PIKEVILLE -- Thomas Pilkington needed three at-bats to unwrap his 18th birthday present -- a grand-slam home run covered in a bright white sphere with 108 red stitches -- on Tuesday evening. The bases-clearing shot, Pilkington's first homer of the...

C.B. Aycock grabs share of ECC 3-A softball crown

PIKEVILLE -- Junior left-hander Emily Jordan tossed a one-hitter and Charles B. Aycock added another regular-season title to an over-crowded trophy case in the gymnasium lobby Tuesday evening. Jordan faced two batters over the minimum for a seven-inning game and...

Warrior netters wrap up second straight ECC championship

PIKEVILLE -- Dual-team playoff berths already secure, county men's tennis rivals Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock needed four-plus hours to decide one final piece of business Tuesday afternoon. The teams entered the contest with one match separating them in...

Student beats teacher as Rosewood edges N. Johnston

The student finally beat the teacher. For Rosewood coach Josh Smith, playing against his mentor has meant defeat and frustration in each of his first three match-ups against North Johnston coach David Lawhon. Lawhon, who coached Smith at Rosewood, always...

Local digest

Wayne Christian's Adam Brannan throws first-ever perfect game in school history Right-hander Adam Brannan threw the first-ever perfect game in Wayne Christian's short, but illustrious baseball history and catapulted the Eagles past Cresset Christian 11-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Brannan retired...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Princeton pounds Wayne Christian

The body language of starting pitcher Traci Davis told a lot more than the scoreboard did on Monday afternoon. Frustration was showing through Davis as well as the rest of her Wayne Christian teammates as they were pounded for the...

Golden Falcons whips up on ECC rivals

Confident and anxious to play on its home course, the Charles B. Aycock men's golf team turned in a dominating performance Monday afternoon at Lane Tree Golf Club. Will Vinson seized medalist honors with a 2-over par 72 and the...

Local digest

Kayla Sutton provided a double and two RBIs while Connor Jordan struck out seven to lead North Lenoir to the 7-3 win over host Rosewood on Monday night. Timon Jones and Jordan both finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the...

Goldsboro's Joyner an all-star

Goldsboro High senior Daquan Joyner collected another postseason accolade and will play at least one more prep game this summer. Joyner earned a spot on the NCPreps.com Class 2-A all-state squad and has been selected to play in the N.C....

K-Tribe falls to Hillcats

KINSTON -- Lynchburg broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the eighth to beat the K-Tribe 8-4 on Monday night at Grainger Stadium. Kinston tied the game with a two-run single by John Drennen in the...

Trojan baseball keeps moving up

MOUNT OLIVE -- On the strength of winning the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference tournament over the weekend, Mount Olive jumped six places to No. 12 in this week's Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 Poll, it was announced Monday. The Trojans...

Monday, April 23, 2007

CVAC champs: Mount Olive claims second straight baseball tournament crown

WILSON -- Anthony Williams knew Mount Olive had to answer Anderson's sixth-inning challenge Sunday afternoon. Hitless in his previous two at-bats, Williams worked himself into a hitter's count. Ahead 2-1 against Anderson ace Chris Pitts, Williams drilled a lead-off single...

Nordan repeats as CVAC tournament MVP

WILSON -- Each time Stephen Nordan steps into the batter's box, opposing pitchers silently think "what do I give him?" With two power hitters behind Nordan in the lineup, those hurlers find themselves in a catch-22 situation. They don't relish...

Local digest

Warriors' Taylor, Frazer combine for four goals, four assists Seniors Natalie Taylor and Sam Frazer notched two goals apiece as Eastern Wayne blitzed Wilson Beddingfield 5-0 in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play. Frazer added three assists and Taylor provided...

Trojan softball finishes third in CVAC tournament

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- The dream may have come up short for the Mount Olive softball team, but the Trojan seniors were able to finish their careers with the winningest season in school history. Jamie Pruitt's first-inning two-run triple gave top-seeded...

Pirates sweep Savannah State

GREENVILLE -- Stephen Batts went 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and a home run to help East Carolina to a 14-5 win over Savannah State and extend the Pirates current winning streak to seven games Sunday afternoon in...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

WB at EW

Timely hits and clutch pitching equaled a big Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference victory for Eastern Wayne. Anthony Otellio gave the Warriors a solid start, John Wooten provided a key two-run double and some clutch pitching by Corey Harr closed the...

Southern Wayne clips Kinston

KINSTON -- On a night when hits were a precious commodity, the Southern Wayne baseball team emerged advantageous on the defensive side of the ball. The Saints recorded three rally-killing plays and edged Kinston 3-1 in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina...

Local digest

KINSTON -- Southern Wayne jumped out to a 6-0 lead after just two innings and coasted to a 12-1 whipping of Kinston on Friday night in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference action. The Saints pounded Kinston pitching for 14 hits led...

Outdoors

If a bass could build its ideal habitat, the specs would be something like this: shallow water, in or near heavy cover with quick access to deep water nearby. While the nearby deep-water access is good news for anglers (you...

MOC softball advances

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Bailey Harrell's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth gave top-seeded Mount Olive a 10-1 run-rule victory over No. 4 seed Limestone as the Trojans advanced to the "final three" of the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

MOC baseball advances

WILSON -- Stephen Nordan drove in six runs with a home run and two doubles, and nationally 18th-ranked and top-seeded Mount Olive broke tie with a five-run sixth inning and a seven-run seventh inning for a 16-3 victory over No....

Fishing report

Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties Ocean: Offshore success has been moderate -- good most of the time, with bluefin, blackfin, yellowfin, and bigeye tuna being caught, along with some dolphin and wahoo. Midrange fishing near the wrecks...

ECU saturday baseball

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. --Jack Rye's two-run home run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference for No. 1 Florida State in a 5-4 win over No. 2 North Carolina Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium. Trailing 5-0 after five, the...

Friday, April 20, 2007

CVAC baseball tournament: Top-seeded MOC pounds Limestone 16-0

WILSON -- "Relax and just look to drive the baseball." Dustin Richardson silently chanted that mantra every time he stepped into the batter's box Thursday afternoon. And the Mount Olive College outfielder turned in a memorable offensive outing on day...

CVAC baseball tournament: Lovett, Layne, Lancaster cop top league awards

WILSON -- Erik Lovett trotted toward home plate, received a congratulatory handshake and tucked the all-conference plaque underneath his arm. Moments later, Lovett appeared stunned when the public address announcer acknowledged him for another award -- the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics...

Faith Christian, Trinity battle through double no-hitter

No hits, no problem. At least that was the case for Faith Christian on Thursday afternoon. The Conquerors parlayed eight Trinity Christian errors and seven walks into eight runs in their 8-1 victory over the Tigers. Both starting pitchers, Jennifer...

Local digest

Wolfe scores, dishes out an assist in Rosewood victory Kelsey Wolfe tallied one goal and added an assist in Rosewood's 3-0 conquest of county and Classes 1-A/2-A Carolina/Eastern Plains Conference foe Spring Creek on Thursday evening. Wolfe gave the Eagles...

CVAC softball: Trojans' Jackson named league player of year

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Mount Olive pitcher/designated player Jenny Jackson was named Player of the Year and Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham was named Coach of the Year as the Trojans placed four players on the 2007 All-Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Softball Team, which was...

CVAC softball: Trojans' Jackson named league player of year

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Mount Olive pitcher/designated player Jenny Jackson was named Player of the Year and Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham was named Coach of the Year as the Trojans placed four players on the 2007 All-Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Softball Team, which was...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Aycock knocks off state-ranked Rams

PIKEVILLE -- Extremely respectful of Greene Central's aggressive nature in men's tennis, Charles B. Aycock head coach Kevin Coghill encouraged his team to match the Rams' intensity Wednesday afternoon. He got his wish. The Golden Falcons avenged two singles losses...

Falcons blank Rams

PIKEVILLE -- It was only fitting that the Charles B. Aycock softball team ate donuts at the end of their non-conference game against Greene Central. The Golden Falcons held the Rams to only donuts on the scoreboard against the pitching...

Trojans on a misson

The Mount Olive College softball team has won its first regular season conference championship in 10 years and set a school record for most wins in a season. But the Trojans want to make one thing perfectly clear. "We're not...

K-Tribe posts shutout

WILMINGTON, Del. -- First-round draft pick David Huff picked up his first win of the season as Kinston blanked Wilmington 4-0 Wednesday night. Huff, Jeff Stevens and Jim Deters combined for Kinston's first shutout win of the year as Huff...

Local digest

CLAYTON -- Bradley Taylor's seventh-inning home run broke a 3-3 tie and lifted Charles B. Aycock to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Clayton and gave longtime head coach Charles Davis his 300th career victory. Taylor's fourth home run of the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Saints' Darden tosses shutout

DUDLEY -- Playing its first game in 12 days, Southern Wayne coach Brad Matthews was understandably concerned about his team's upcoming game. Added to those concerns was the fact his Saints would be facing Wilson Beddingfield pitcher Ana Cooke, who...

Hunt takes sole possession of ECC women's soccer race

Looks of frustration shrouded the faces of Eastern Wayne's soccer players as they broke the post-game huddle and went about their game maintenance duties. Nearly a month ago, league rival Wilson Hunt spoiled the Warriors' quest for an unbeaten campaign...

Local digest

Eastern Wayne ends two-year skid on ECC softball scene The streak is over. Eastern Wayne ended two-plus seasons of frustration on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference softball scene with a 3-1 victory over Wilson Hunt on Tuesday evening. Freshman...

CVAC baseball tournament: Mount Olive prepares to defend title

Mount Olive shortstop David Cooper has a simple formula for the Trojans this weekend at the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball tournament. "Pitch well, field cleanly, swing the bat and score runs," said the junior from Edmonton, Alberta. Mount Olive is...

North Georgia sweeps Trojan softball team

DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Jenny Jackson took a shutout into the sixth inning, but North Georgia broke a scoreless game with a pair of runs to defeat Mount Olive 2-0 in game one of a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday. The loss...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Area schools return to action

After a week-long vacation, area prep teams return to action today. Two women's soccer games, each a showdown for first place in their respective conferences, highlight the slate. Also on tap is a rematch of last Friday's Deacon Jones Invitational...

Local digest

Wayne Christian tallied nine runs in the final two innings and knocked off state-ranked Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 13-5 on Monday afternoon. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A poll, remained unbeaten in eight...

Mudcats win home opener

ZEBULON -- Lee Mitchell drove out his second home run in two at-bats to lead off the bottom of the ninth Monday as Carolina claimed its home opener at Five County Stadium 10-9 over the Mobile BayBears. Mitchell, who had...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Trojans preparing for CVAC tournaments

MOUNT OLIVE -- Two Mount Olive College teams have earned No. 1 seeds for Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference tournament play, which takes place this week. The Trojan baseball team, ranked No. 15 nationally, clinched the regular-season CVAC championship more than a...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Deacon Jones Invitational: Rosewood defends crown in 8-inning thriller

PRINCETON -- No matter the sport, you can always expect archrivals Rosewood and Princeton to stage a classic battle that has more subplots than a soap opera. Friday evening was no exception. Stellar defensive plays, clutch hitting and gutsy efforts...

Wilson delivers game-winning single as Cary edges Spring Creek

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek reeled off seven wins in an eight-game span from late February to early March, and jumped into the most-recent ImpactBaseball.com Class 1-A poll. Now the Gators are headed in the opposite direction. Brandon Wilson delivered a...

Wayne Country Day rallies, defeats Faith Christian-RM

HOBGOOD -- Trent Langston delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning and No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day edged Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 11-10 in the title game of the Hobgood Invitational on Saturday evening. Langston's hit capped...

Trojans earn share of CVAC softball title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jenny Jackson, Krystal Bourne and Shauna Cowdrey held in-state rival Queens University of Charlotte scoreless in a doubleheader sweep and Mount Olive College earned a share of the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference regular-season softball championship. Jackson, a...

Lovett's homers highlight game one comeback in league sweep of Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Erik Lovett slugged a pair of two-RBI home runs, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, to lead nationally-ranked Mount Olive College past in-state foe Pfeiffer University 7-6 in game one on Saturday...

K-Tribe's 9th-inning rally falls short

KINSTON -- An infield pop-up squelched a bases-loaded, ninth-inning rally and Kinston dropped a 6-4 decision to Winston-Salem at historic Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to shaky relief pitching for the Warthogs....

Friday, April 13, 2007

Mudcats snap skid

PEARL, Miss. -- Gaby Hernandez and two relievers combined for a four-hit shutout and Carolina snapped a six-game skid with a 2-0 decision over Mississippi at Trustmark Park. Hernandez carried the shutout into the sixth inning before Craig Molldrem took...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Ngu champion: Aycock's Tran selected News-Argus wrestler of the year

PIKEVILLE -- Kevin Smith carefully watched Ngu Tran from a corner of the Charles B. Aycock wrestling room. Tran and assistant coach Robert Stallings stayed in the circle and neither appeared ready to make the first move. Tran stayed low...

Trojan men's golf team wins Independent Collegiate Men's Golf Invite

ETOWAH -- First-round co-leader Scott Woodard broke away from the pack and captured medalist honors, and Mount Olive College rallied from a four-stroke deficit to win the Independent Collegiate Men's Golf Invite. Former Wayne Christian standout Jonathan Greene carded a...

Jackson honored by CVAC ... again

MOUNT OLIVE -- For the fourth time this season, Mount Olive has swept the weekly CVAC softball awards. Erin Wilson was named player of the week and Jenny Jackson was named pitcher of the week for the third time this...

K-Tribe claims 11-inning thriller

KINSTON -- Mike Butia scored on a walk-off wild pitch and Kinston edged Wilmington 2-1 in an 11-inning affair Wednesday evening at historic Grainger Stadium. Four K-Tribe hurlers limited the Bluerocks to five hits. Frank Herrmann allowed four hits in...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

C.B. Aycock dumps D.H. Conley

KINSTON -- Brandon Price admits he's not a flashy pitcher. He doesn't overpower opponents or throw with finesse. But boy, is he effective. Price overcame three consecutive seventh-inning hits and sparked Charles B. Aycock to a 7-5 victory over D.H....

Warriors pound Wake County

GREENVILLE -- Like a volcano spewing smoke, the eruption of Eastern Wayne's offense seemed inevitable. Facing a pitcher who wasn't overpowering and who didn't have the best control, the Warriors hit ball after ball hard only to see them land...

Saints fall in tourney

SHALLOTTE -- Reigning champion Southern Wayne ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Southern Alamance during the semifinals of the Diamond Beach Classic at West Brunswick High School. The Saints held a brief 2-1 lead heading into the third...

Mount Olive splits double-header

MISENHEIMER -- Kat Cahoon delivered a two-out, two-strike, game-tying single and Jenny Jackson tallied the game-winning run on a wild pitch as Mount Olive seized a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over in-state foe Pfeiffer University. The Falcons claimed the opener 3-0...

Trojans split at Catawba

SALISBURY -- Erik Lovett slugged a two-run home run in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and spark nationally-ranked Mount Olive College to a 5-3, non-conference victory over in-state rival Catawba on Tuesday afternoon. Catawba rallied for six...

Trojan tennis goes 1-1 verus Barton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Former Eastern Wayne standout Jennifer Moats and Lauren Harris dropped just one game apiece in their respective singles matches, and helped Mount Olive defeat Barton 8-1 at the John Neal Walker Tennis Complex on Tuesday afternoon. Moats...

Kinston knocks off Wilmington

KINSTON -- Two K-Tribe pitchers and one borrowed big leaguer combined to pitch a gem Tuesday night as Kinston beat Wilmington 2-1. Cleveland Indians starter Cliff Lee, on the 15 day disabled list with a strained right abdominal, pitched two...

Mississippi destroys Carolina

PEARL, Miss. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered twice to aid North Carolina native Matt Harrison and Mississippi pounded out 14 hits in a season-opening 12-6 victory over Carolina at Trustmark Park on Tuesday evening. Harrison, who hails from Stern and pitched...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Aycock finally figures out North Lenoir

KINSTON -- Another sluggish offensive start and uncharacteristic base-running blunders nearly haunted Charles B. Aycock on a chilly Monday evening. But the Golden Falcons survived -- thanks to its pitching staff. Grant Sasser, Kyle Harmon and Jay Rose combined for...

Eastern Wayne comeback falls short

GREENVILLE -- The dust and dirt settled on John Wooten as did the realization of what had just transpired. Wooten had just been thrown out with two runners on as he slid into first base to end the game and...

Trojans ranked No. 15

Mount Olive, which clinched the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference regular season title, held onto its No. 15 spot for the third consecutive week the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II top 30 poll. The Trojans (37-10 overall) overcame a loss to...

Local digest

SHALLOTTE -- Southern Wayne picked up two runs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat Bishop Ireton (Va.) 4-2 in the Diamond Beach Classic on Monday. Garrett Barfield had the big hit -- a two-run homer...

K-Tribe falls in home opener

KINSTON -- K-Tribe third baseman Wes Hodges hit his first professional home run, but it wasn't enough as Kinston fell to Wilmington 2-1 on Monday night. There were 3,661 in attendance for Kinston's home opener as the K-Tribe kicked off...

Mudcats fall again

HOOVER, Ala. -- Kris Honel and two Birmingham relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as Carolina lost its fourth straight game 5-0 to the Barons at Regions Park on Monday night. Honel (1-0), making his first start since August 2005...

Monday, April 9, 2007

Area teams continue holiday tournament play today

Three area baseball teams continue their quest for Easter holiday championships, while a fourth opens defense of its title today on the southern coast of North Carolina. Charles B. Aycock and North Lenoir meet in today's semifinal-round play of the...

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Davis, C.B. Aycock handcuff Watauga

KINSTON -- An early-season plan of limiting a pitcher's inning and keeping a watchful eye on the pitch count is starting to pay dividends for Charles B. Aycock. Garrett Davis validated the scheme Saturday afternoon. The senior right-hander recorded 15...

Mount Olive clinches No. 1 seed

MOUNT OLIVE -- Judson Smith allowed only five hits in eight innings and Mount Olive hit three home runs as the nationally 15th-ranked Trojans completed a three-game Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball series sweep with a 6-2 victory over Limestone Saturday...

Local Digest

Chris Holmes captured three individual events and Rosewood swept the relays during its 110-35 conquest of Class 1-A Carolina Conference men's track foe North Duplin. Holmes ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.19 seconds and 300 hurdles in 45.84. He leapt...

UNC seniors at North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- North Carolina seniors Rashawn Terry and Wes Miller, along with some walk-on guests, will appear in an all-star game Monday evening at North Lenoir High School. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Ken's Grill, just...

Friday, April 6, 2007

CPIC slugfest turns into defensive standstill

Forty-plus minutes of solid defense with a one-goal lead? Wayne Country Day women's soccer coach Molly Morrow will take that to the bank any day. The Chargers and archrival Greenfield combined for five goals in a 31-minute stretch and then...

Eastern Wayne completes regular-season sweep of Saints

DUDLEY -- The cold weather being blown in did nothing to cool down the red hot Eastern Wayne bats. One game after pounding out 19 hits, the Warriors battered Southern Wayne pitching for 13 in their 7-4 win on Thursday...

Local digest

Rosewood's Neal tosses first-ever 'no-no' Freshman Matt Neal threw his first-ever no-hitter as Rosewood dispatched North Duplin 20-0 in their Class 1-A Carolina Conference encounter Thursday evening. Neal notched nine strikeouts in the contest, which was shortened to 41/2 innings...

Mount Olive College softball splits CVAC doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive softball team discovered that the best way to overcome its worst loss of the season is to respond with one of its best wins of the season. Erin Wilson went 3-for-3 with three runs...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Extra-inning thriller: NCWC upsets No. 15-ranked Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- This shouldn't have happened two months into the baseball season. Mental and physical defensive mistakes, blown scoring opportunities and inconsistent pitching factored into an embarrassing loss for Mount Olive College on Wednesday evening. Five Trojan hurlers combined...

Clayton shuts out CBA booters

PIKEVILLE -- Goalie Courtney Sheeks has already experienced a lot as a freshman, but her and the rest of the Charles B. Aycock defense had rarely -- if ever -- seen the kind of pressure Clayton brought on Wednesday evening....

Local digest

Eastern Wayne girls dominate ECC triangular meet WILSON -- Fresh off its Wayne County championship on Monday, the Eastern Wayne women's track team continued its dominance on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference scene. Eastern Wayne bested Wilson Beddingfield and...

K-Tribe opens season today

KINSTON -- The 2006 Mills Cup champions begin their title defense tonight as the Kinston Indians open the regular season at Winston-Salem. The Indians, who are beginning their 21st season as Cleveland's Class A affiliate, will play three games against...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Warrior men claim Wayne County track title

Depth and athleticism. Those two words seemed to be in every coach's vocabulary while they described Eastern Wayne's dominance during the 2007 Wayne County Men's Track and Field Championships on Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors claimed seven individual titles, two relays...

Taylor-made victory: Aycock doubles up Saints in ECC baseball

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne has been a place of horrors over the years for the Charles B. Aycock baseball team. Wins on the Saints' home turf have been few and far between for the Golden Falcons, which is why Tuesday...

Thriller in Dudley: Dobbin provides game-winning hit in 1-0 CBA win

DUDLEY -- A classic pitching duel between county softball rivals Charles B. Aycock and Southern Wayne ended in controversial fashion Tuesday evening. Saints catcher Lindsey Pearsall checked her two-strike swing on Julia Lancaster's pitch and was stunned seconds later. The...

Simply perfect: Wayne Christian's Davis tosses perfect game

No-hitters? Been there, done that -- three times already this season, in fact. On Tuesday afternoon, Traci Davis was perfect. The junior flame-thrower struck out 11 of the 12 hitters she faced with the only batter able to put the...

ECC soccer: Warrior women blitz Kinston 8-0

KINSTON -- Three Eastern Wayne players combined for six goals in an 8-0 shutout over Kinston on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference women's soccer scene Tuesday evening. Samantha Frazer, Natalie Taylor and Kelsey Edwards notched two goals apiece for...

Trojans' Jackson tosses third shutout

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jenny Jackson tossed her third shutout in her last four starts and combined with Bailey Harrell to drive in all four runs as Mount Olive defeated Barton 4-0 in game one of a Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference softball...

Mount Olive diamond 9 hang with Single-A Kinston

KINSTON -- Three solo home runs helped the Single-A Kinston Indians rally past Mount Olive 9-3 in an exhibition game Tuesday night at Grainger Stadium. Mount Olive got on the board in the first inning when Dustin Richardson singled home...

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Lady Warriors win county meet

Eugenia Baker grabbed the umbrella and tried to shade herself from the bright afternoon sun. She switched the umbrella from hand to hand while stretched each leg before her heat in the 100-meter dash. But nothing could cool down the...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek pitcher Ray Grady struck out two Wayne Christian batters in the seventh inning with the bases loaded to help the Gators hold on for a 9-7 victory on Monday evening. Alex Casey picked up the...

Monday, April 2, 2007

The Brittany III: WCDS emerges lone area team to collect win

WILSON -- Catherine Ford notched the game-winning goal in the 65th minute and Wayne Country Day edged Wilmington Cape Fear Academy 2-1 in The Brittany III contested Saturday morning. Ford scored off Mack Thompson's assist and the No. 1-ranked Chargers...

Hodges tosses shutout in rain-shortened CVAC road victory

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Casey Hodges tossed a shutout and Dustin Richardson belted his 12th home run of the season as nationally 15th-ranked Mount Olive posted a rain-shortened 5-0 victory over Anderson in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference baseball Sunday. The game was...

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Golden Falcons force first-place tie at top of ECC

Garrett Davis peered at his catcher for the sign, kicked his leg high into the air and delivered the pitch past the Eastern Wayne batter and into Zack Wright's glove for a third strike. The scene was repeated again and...

Eastern Wayne girls soccer team blanks Aycock

On a chilly Friday evening when Eastern Wayne memorialized its most big-hearted cheerleader, the women's soccer team earned a crucial victory on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference scene. Senior Sam Frazer delivered a four-goal outing, including two penalty kicks,...

Prep roundup: Saints softball team now 13-1

WILSON -- Jordan Hill cranked out a pair of two-out RBI hits and Southern Wayne nipped Wilson Hunt 2-1 in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference game Friday afternoon. Hill, who finished the day 3-for-3 with two RBI, laced a...

Sasser suffers first loss for ECU

NEW ORLEANS -- Shooter Hunt scattered five hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts as Tulane handed East Carolina its second straight loss Saturday afternoon 8-2 at Zephyr Field. Hunt allowed two runs and improved to 6-1 on the year,...

Lovett has 10 RBIs in one game for Mount Olive

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Erik Lovett went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a school record 10 runs batted in and nationally 15th-ranked set a school single-game scoring record for the second time this season as the Trojans defeated Anderson 28-7...

Whitley, Pinkney star in second East Carolina scrimmage

GREENVILLE -- Redshirt freshman tailback Norman Whitley rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns while junior quarterback Patrick Pinkney threw for three scores to highlight East Carolina's second full intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Whitley, who picked up...

Mount Olive netters take on Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive had its seven-match winning streak come to an end as the Trojans fell to Pfeiffer 7-2 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's tennis Saturday at Walker Tennis Center. Carol Aro posted a straight-set win at No....

29th annual Greater Goldsboro Road Run held

Steve Kozischek won the 10 kilometer race at the 29th annual Greater Goldsboro Road Run as 234 participants competed in the event Saturday. Kozischek crossed the finish line with a time of 37:21, coming in ahead of Jeff Lanning (38:21)...