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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Price throws five-hitter versus Post 94

SNOW HILL -- Embarrassed by its performance three days ago, Wayne County Post 11 discovered the perfect remedy to cure its blues -- a victory over archrival Snow Hill Post 94. Brandon Price threw a complete-game, five-hitter in Wayne County's...

Mudcats squeezed out of win

ZEBULON -- Carlos Roja executed a perfect squeeze bunt and Tennessee prevailed 2-1 over Carolina in an 11-inning, Southern League contest Wednesday evening at Five County Stadium. With one out and the bases loaded, Rojas connected on the suicide squeeze,...

K-Tribe edges Keys

FREDERICK, Md. -- Mike Finocchi provided two-plus innings of one-hit relief and Kinston edged Carolina League rival Frederick 3-2 on Wednesday evening. Finocchi took over for K-Tribe starter Kevin Dixon, who encountered trouble in the sixth inning. The right-hander notched...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mudcats double up Tennessee

ZEBULON -- Scott Nestor and Chris Mobley combined for three innings of scoreless relief as Carolina doubled up Tennessee 4-2 in a Southern League contest at Five County Stadium. Nestor threw the seventh and eighth, while Mobley mopped up in...

Local golf

Lane Tree Golf Course Libby Newsome emerged the low net and low putt winner during weekly tournament play at Lane Tree. Shelley Leder fired a hole-in-one on No. 2. Walnut Creek Ladies Golf Kathy Woodard (1st gross), Linda Watson (1st...

K-Tribe postponed

KINSTON -- Unplayable field conditions forced the postponement of Tuesday's Carolina League doubleheader between Salem and Kinston. The Kinston grounds crew worked until mid-afternoon to remove standing water left over from Monday evening's rainstorm. The games were deemed unsalvageable around...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Gurley and Sutton head to LCC

Eastern Wayne baseball standouts Chad Gurley and Taylor Sutton won't have to deal with one major hurdle freshmen encounter their first year of college -- unfamiliarity -- next fall. The duo is headed to Lenoir Community College where they'll join...

Mudcats edge Tennessee in extra innings

ZEBULON -- John Purdom connected on the game-winning single in the 11th inning and Carolina edged Tennessee 2-1 in Southern League action Monday evening. The extra-inning triumph snapped the Mudcats' 0-7 start in second-half play. Tennessee (41-34 overall, 5-3 second...

Monday, June 25, 2007

Wayne County has rough day

GREENVILLE -- Wayne County Post 11 could have taken full command of the Area I East South Division race Sunday evening. It didn't happen. Post 11, instead, mulled through six errors and 13 strikeouts, and mustered just three hits with...

Tennessee tops Carolina

ZEBULON -- Tennessee right-hander Justin Berg scattered six hits in seven-plus innings and the Smokies cruised past Carolina 4-1 on the Five County Stadium diamond Sunday afternoon. Berg allowed three base runners in seven innings and collected his fourth win...

K-Tribe doubles up Avalanche

KINSTON -- Chris Gimenez slugged a sixth-inning home run, which broke a 2-2 tie, as Kinston doubled up Salem 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at historic Grainger Stadium. A rain storm caused a two-hour delay after the fifth inning. Gimenez, Nathan...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

All-Area baseball: Aycock's Garrett Davis named player of the year

Less than two hours after a shutout loss in game two of the eastern regional championship series, Garrett Davis stepped off the bus in Pikeville and asked Charles B. Aycock head coach Charles Davis about the pitching rotation. "Am I...

All-Area baseball: Aycock's Sasser named top pitcher

Grant Sasser wondered if he'd ever pitch again. During the early part of the 2006 season, Sasser appeared to be off to another good start until he felt something pull in his left arm. An MRI revealed a strained ligament,...

All-Area baseball: Golden Falcons' Davis tabbed top coach

The turning point in Charles B. Aycock's championship season took place in late March at Kinston. The Vikings handed the Golden Falcons a shocking, one-run loss in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference opener for both teams. The defeat dropped...

All-Area softball: Saints' Darden has record-setting season as pitcher

A year of experience on the varsity level makes a difference. Southern Wayne pitcher Lauren Darden certainly won't argue the point. As a freshman, Darden didn't know what to expect from hitters on the high school scene. She'd toed the...

All-area softball: Lancaster selected top player

Emotions nearly overtook Charles B. Aycock senior Julia Lancaster when she yielded an early-inning run against South Central in a second-round playoff game. "I started thinking this could be my last game if we don't start hitting the ball," said...

All-area softball: Wayne Christian's Longwell had one goal for his team all season

Roger Longwell grabbed a notepad and headed toward his desk. The Wayne Christian softball coach sat down, closed his eyes, assorted the thoughts rambling through his head and began to write down team goals. Goal #1 -- win a state...

Epic Legion skirmish: Post 11 wins wild contest against Wilson

WILSON -- Big innings, trash talking, late comebacks, hit batters and spectacular plays led to another fun night for American Legion archrivals Wayne County Post 11 and Wilson Post 13. Wayne County had an early 5-0 lead evaporate when Wilson...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Overman's bunt sparks Wayne County Post 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- Pitt County Post 39 pitcher Ethan Powell showed signs of fatigue in the sixth inning Thursday evening at Scarborough Field. Wayne County Post 11 took advantage. Powell walked Nolan Lancaster and Thomas Pilkington to open the inning....

Aycock's Smith steps down

PIKEVILLE -- Kevin Smith made a difficult decision, but believes it's the right path for his future. Smith stepped down as wrestling coach at Charles B. Aycock and will serve as an assistant principal next year at Spring Creek. The...

Jones named new coach at Wayne Country Day

Each time men's varsity basketball coach Terry Jones steps into the Wayne Country Day gymnasium, he focuses on the white boards hanging on the wall. Those white, bright boards covered in red letters list the accomplishments, conference and statewide, for...

Eight run outburst dooms Snow Hill

SNOW HILL -- Snow Hill Post 94 entered the eighth inning dead-locked at 3-3 before New Bern Post 24 exploded. New Bern pounded out eight runs in the inning to pull ahead 11-3 and go on the top Snow Hill...

K-Tribe pounds Hillcats

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Stephen Head clubbed a first-inning home run and Kinston coasted to a 15-3 victory over Lynchburg in the Carolina League Southern Division second-half opener for both teams. Head's 12th homer gave him his third round-tripper in his...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Walnut Creek's Williams headed back to ECU

A chance to coach college golf again? Kevin Williams just couldn't say "no" when Terry Holland, East Carolina's director of athletics, proposed the idea during dinner last week. Williams listened to Holland's offer and within 24 hours, he agreed to...

Local digest

Dixie Youth 14U Wayne County Boys/Girls Club 10, Rosewood Purple 9 -- Brenton Billups tossed a five-inning, one-hitter and notched nine strikeouts for the Boys and Girls Club. T.O. West emerged the top hitter, while catcher Zach Phillips and second...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wachovia Cup Recap

Two regular-season titles and three second-place efforts during the spring sports season enabled Eastern Wayne to claim a share of the 2007 Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference Wachovia Cup along with Wilson Hunt. The two athletic programs amassed 183 points...

Eastern Carolina All-Conference Teams

Softball Julia Lancaster C.B. Aycock Emily Jordan C.B. Aycock Brittany Ford C.B. Aycock Jasmine Dobbin C.B. Aycock Rusti Talton C.B. Aycock Lauren Darden Southern Wayne Alyssa Bradshaw Southern Wayne Lynn Grantham Southern Wayne Brianna Lofton Southern Wayne Ana Cooke Beddingfield...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Post 11 dumps New Bern

MOUNT OLIVE -- Give Sterling Grice a little time. Unaccustomed to the rigors of American Legion baseball, Grice continues to find his groove for Wayne County Post 11. Monday evening was certainly no exception for the Southern Wayne graduate. Grice...

Mudcats start second half of the season with a loss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Alberto Concepcion drove in a season-high six runs to lead Jacksonville past Carolina 12-5 at the Baseball Grounds in the Southern League second-half opener on Monday night. Carolina (28-43 overall, 0-1) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the...

Local anglers battle in Big Rock event

MOREHEAD CITY -- Local anglers from Goldsboro couldn't make the big catch during the 49th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament contested off Atlantic Beach during the weekend. Greg Smith caught a 28.2-pound dolphin on Friday while fishing aboard the...

Monday, June 18, 2007

K-Tribe falls to the Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Isaiah Ka'aihue slugged his team-leading 13th home run in the sixth inning -- the only score Myrtle Beach needed in a 3-0 victory over Kinston on Sunday afternoon. Eric Campbell added an eighth-inning RBI single as...

Mudcats finish first half with win

ZEBULON -- Carolina concluded first-half play in the Southern League with a 5-4 victory over Chattanooga at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Mudcats (28-42 overall) claimed four wins in the five-game series thanks to Vince Harrison's two-RBI, sixth-inning...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Saints' Grantham signs with UNCP

DUDLEY -- Lynn Grantham needed some help. The Southern Wayne standout wanted to continue her career at UNC Pembroke. So, she enlisted the assistance of her good friend Courtney Hill in an attempt to sway head coach Steve Johnson. When...

Local digest

TARBORO -- Snow Hill Post 94 cranked out three home runs and cruised past Edgecombe County 15-7 in an Area I East non-division contest Friday evening at Municipal Stadium. Justin Bagley (2-for-6), Hunter Chase (4-for-6) and Taylor Sutton (2-for-5) each...

South Carolina on ECU ledger

CHARLOTTE -- East Carolina and South Carolina will renew a football series which features 15 prior meetings and dates back to 1977 with a five-game agreement beginning in 2011 and ending in 2016 according to a joint announcement made by...

Friday, June 15, 2007

Snow Hill unbeaten no more

SNOW HILL -- Edenton Post 40 put the first blemish on Snow Hill Post 94's record with a 16-4 victory Thursday evening. Post 40 broke the game open with a fourth-inning, seven-run uprising and dealt Post 94 its first loss...

K-Tribe sweeps Hillcats

KINSTON -- Kinston polished off its first-half Southern Division title with an 8-3 decision over Lynchburg at historic Grainger Stadium on Thursday evening. The K-Tribe completed a four-game sweep of the Hillcats, who were in contention for the Northern Division...

Mudcats again clutch

ZEBULON -- Carolina claimed its second consecutive walk-off win against Southern League rival Chattanooga on Thursday evening. Shortstop Rex Rundgren supplied the game-winning, two-out double in the 11th inning as the Mudcats edged the Lookouts 4-3 on the Five County...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sidney Lowe speaks in Goldsboro

Sidney Lowe didn't mind the interruptions. Each time a fan approached his table, he took time from eating to speak and shake their hand. Some brought basketballs, T-shirts or other items for the former North Carolina State point guard to...

K-Tribe clinches first-half title

KINSTON -- Defending Carolina League champion Kinston triumphed 7-4 over Lynchburg and clinched the first-half Southern Division title during a doubleheader Wednesday evening at historic Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe took the nightcap 1-0. Kinston entered the day tied with the...

Mudcats walks off against Chattanooga

ZEBULON -- Brett Hayes delivered the game-winning, walk-off single in the ninth inning and Carolina rallied past Chattanooga 5-4 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday evening. Second baseman Eric Riggs blasted a solo home run to put the Mudcats ahead...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Snow Hill remains unbeaten

MOUNT OLIVE -- The showdown between Area I East South Division archrivals Wayne County Post 11 and Snow Hill Post 94 looked like a giant mismatch for the first five innings Tuesday evening. Snow Hill put up four-run innings in...

Campbell among the winners at Wayne County Junior Amateur

Leading the Wayne County Junior Amateur by two strokes, Ryan Campbell looked to put an exclamation point on his performance as he stepped up to the 17th tee at Walnut Creek. The picturesque, par-5 hole is known as the "eagle...

K-Tribe pounds Lynchburg

KINSTON -- Every starter in the Kinston lineup contributed at least one hit in an 11-2 rout of Carolina League rival Lynchburg on Tuesday evening at historic Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe, which won for the 12th time their last 13...

Local digest

YEATESVILLE -- Adam Brannan swung the bat and thew well in leading Snow Hill Post 94 to a 6-2 win over Junior American Legion baseball rival Beaufort Post 15 on Tuesday night. Brannan finished 2-for-2 with a double and RBI...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Post 11 escapes Kinston

KINSTON -- Five hits. One hit with a runner in scoring position. Countless mental mistakes on base. Despite those dissatisfying details, Wayne County Post 11 had two other factors -- luck and pitching -- work in its favor Monday evening...

Junior Legion: Post 94 shuts out South Lenoir

SNOW HILL -- Snow Hill Post 94 scored early and often to knock off South Lenoir 10-0 in a five-inning, Junior American Legion contest Monday evening at the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex. Will Davis went the distance on the...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Local digest

WILSON -- Four Snow Hill Post 94 pitchers combined on a four-hitter in a 1-0 win over American Legion rival Wilson Post 13 at historic Fleming Stadium on Sunday. Robert Tyndall (1-0) picked up his first win of the season...

Kinston closes in on first-half title

KINSTON -- Matt Meyer tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit relief as Kinston turned back Myrtle Beach 4-1 at historic Grainger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The K-Tribe, the reigning Carolina League champions, need four wins in the next seven games...

Sac fly lifts Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Vince Harrison slid underneath the tag at the plate on a game-winning sacrifice fly and Carolina knocked off Tennessee 5-4 in an 11-inning thriller Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Harrison led off the Mudcat 11th with a...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

C.B. Aycock's Boys of Summer

RALEIGH -- Thomas Pilkington waits, hoping pitcher Garrett Davis will give the Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons a strikout-ending to their championship run. Then, the ball hits Zack Wright's mitt. That's all he needs to hear. "I throw my glove...

K-Tribe tops Myrtle Beach

Chris De La Cruz's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh lifted Kinston to a 5-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Kinston trailed 2-1 until the seventh inning when Wes Hodges led off with a single and later advanced to...

Staying Fit - Temptations could lead to health problems

Temptations and distractions provoke people into habits that could lead to long-term health problems. Fast-food chains which promise zero grams of trans fat lure you to their menu. But before you know it, that fatty tissue begins to build and...

Lethal duo leaves mark at Eastern Wayne

At first glance, it would seem hard to believe that Sam Frazer and Natalie Taylor are two of the top soccer players in Eastern Wayne history. Neither has the most imposing figures. But, despite their small stature, they been a...

Modest Bogle reaps rewards

Jania Bogle is so fast, yet so nice, that sometimes she worries about how bad she is beating the competition. The soft-spoken rising junior at Princeton High School is the 2007 News-Argus Track Athlete of the Year following a dominant...

Diamondbacks take Layne; ECU has three drafted

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. -- Mount Olive pitcher Tom Layne was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 26th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, held Thursday and Friday at Disney World, outside of Orlando, Fla. Layne will...

Princeton's Pate redeems himself

ZEBULON -- For Dustin Pate, the pitcher's mound was a lonely spot during last weekend's state championship series against East Surry. The senior right-hander had climbed back into the pitching rotation just two weeks earlier after battling a season-long elbow...

Friday, June 8, 2007

Local golf

Lane Tree Game of the Week winners were Libby Newsome and Betty Jean Gurley twice. Low net winners were Sherry Minner and Gurley while low putts winners was Linda Watson twice. Walnut Creek Play of the day was Josie Ottaviani...

K-Tribe's streak snapped

KINSTON -- Jerry Vaerastegui supplied a game-clinching, two-RBI double and Myrtle Beach snapped Kinston's season-eight game win streak with a 10-9 victory Thursday evening at historic Grainger Stadium. Isaiah Ka'aihue ripped a game-tying, three-run homer -- his 11th of the...

Thursday, June 7, 2007

K-Tribe closes undefeated road trip

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Kinston finished unbeaten on its current seven-game road swing with a 6-4 triumph over Carolina League rival Wilmington on Wednesday evening. The K-Tribe, who completed a four-game sweep of the Blue Rocks, dealt Rowdy Hardy his first...

Local digest

Dixie Youth St. Paul Bishops 9, SJAFB Yankees 2 -- Matthew Hintz threw a four-inning complete game will 11 strikeouts to leave St. Paul to the victory. Blake Floars had two hits and two RBIs at the plate while Brendan...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Galarza named new boy's coach at Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- While Sonny Kilpatrick is heading for very unfamiliar territories in the coming months, Johnny Galarza is heading back to a spot he knows very well. On Tuesday, Galarza -- a former standout for Mount Olive College --...

McLuen captures Walnut Creek Classic title

Jay McLuen fired a final-round 67 to erase a three-shot deficit and captured the Tarheel Tour's Walnut Creek Classic, which is his second career Tarheel Tour title. McLuen began the day tied for seventh place and despite playing the front...

Mudcats lose eighth straight

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Chris Nowak singled in the tie-breaking runs in the seventh inning as Montgomery handed Carolina its eighth straight loss, 3-2, at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday night. Nowak, who won Monday's game with a homer in the 10th...

K-Tribe wins seventh straight

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Defending Carolina League champion Kinston extended its win streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep of Wilmington on Thursday. John Drennen and Mike Butia banged out three hits apiece as the K-Tribe took the opener 7-5....

Post 11 offense erupts

From staff reports GARNER -- Jackson Massey did his best Houdini impression and Wayne County Post 11 captured a deceptive 11-inning, 14-6 victory over Garner Post 232 on Tuesday evening. The fifth Post 11 hurler to throw in humid conditions,...

Reinhard-Lee signing with Mount Olive College

When listening to Aubrey Reinhard and Jazzmine Lee discuss their college options, they almost sounded like twins when describing the opportunity Mount Olive College presented them. The two softball standouts desired a "family" environment and seemed pleased with the student-to-teacher...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Somek named CC Woman of the year

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College golfer Kate Somek has been named the 2007 Conference Carolinas Woman of the Year and is eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year honors. Somek becomes the third Trojan student-athlete in two years to...

Late error aids K-Tribe

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Jerad Head scored the game-winning run on an error and Kinston nipped Wilmington 9-8 on Monday evening. Trailing 8-7, Chris De La Cruz and Michael Aubrey ignited the K-Tribe ninth with back-to-back singles. Stephen Head hit a...

Monday, June 4, 2007

WCMA - Sutton takes Open Division

Wringing wet from a late-afternoon shower, Lionel Sutton wiped his sweat-stained brow and adjusted his hat. Light raindrops fell as Sutton posed for the cameras, which flashed brightly on an overcast afternoon. Sutton picked up his towel and headed back...

Local digest

CHOCOWINITY -- Goldsboro's Robert Blair and Don Collins finished among the top four competitors in Flight A during an Amateur Golf Tour event at Cypress Landing Golf Club. Blair finished second with an 82, while Collins carded an 85. Cory...

Sunday, June 3, 2007

C.B. Aycock -- 3-A state champions

RALEIGH -- Frankie Davis used to be able to tell people he was a member of the only state championship baseball team in Charles B. Aycock history. He can't make that claim any longer. Saturday afternoon, in front of hundreds...

Local Digest

EDENTON -- Will Rhem, Lance Murray and Hunter Chase each slapped a home run as Snow Hill Post 94 claimed an offensive battle 18-12 over Edenton Post 40. It was a non-division Area I East game. Rhem delivered a three-run...

Christie named assistant at MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sara Christie, who finished her playing career as Mount Olive's record holder for career, season and single-match assists, has been named assistant coach for the Trojan women's and men's volleyball teams. Christie, who also ranks among the...

Princeton captures 1-A state title

ZEBULON -- Ryan Daughtry wasn't used to starting. Pitching in relief and closing games had been the right-handers' forte. That was until Princeton coach Bruce Proctor gave him the starting nod in the biggest game of his high school career....

Friday, June 1, 2007

Princeton names new girls coach

PRINCETON -- Sitting on the sidelines at N.C. State, David Anderson got the chance to learn from two different ACC coaches. Now, he has his own "pack" to coach. On Thursday, Anderson was named as the new girls' basketball coach...

K-Tribe rallies past Nationals

WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- Chris De La Cruz and Max Ramirez connected on RBI hits in the seventh inning and Kinston rallied past Potomac 9-5 on Thursday evening. De La Cruz scored on a sixth-inning wild pitch to pull the K-Tribe...

Mudcats shut out by Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. -- Carlos Gonzalez belted an eighth-inning home run in the opener and three Mobile pitchers combined to shut out Southern League rival Carolina in the nightcap at Hank Aaron Stadium on Thursday evening. Gonzalez's homer capped a 6-5...