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Friday, August 31, 2007

Mr. Wuff revealed

Calvin Cole might have died in late-December 2001 had his brother, Michael, not seen the warning signs. He could have missed college. He wouldn't have been North Carolina State's Mr. Wuf. But the 20-year-old would rather not think about the...

Hobbton blitzes Rosewood

Trailing just 2-1 at halftime to Hobbton, coach Daniel Mitchell and his Rosewood Eagles were feeling good with what had transpired. Unfortunately, those positive feelings exited minutes into the second half. Hobbton scored six goals and rolled to an 8-1,...

North Lenoir sweeps Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- The ability to finish at the net is one of many key ingredients that has North Lenoir feeling confident and undefeated, while the inability to execute fundamentals has left C.B. Aycock searching for consistency. Finishing points and closing...

Sports digest

PRINCETON -- Brittani Billups and Jordei Osby combined for 23 kills as the Eastern Wayne volleyball team swept Princeton 25-14, 25-15, 25-12 in non-conference play Thursday evening. Billups and Osby also combined for three blocks as the Warriors climbed to...

K-Tribe blanks Warthogs

WINSTON-SALEM -- Kinston pitcher Josh Tomlin permitted three hits in six-plus innings and the bullpen preserved his shutout effort in a 5-0 victory over Winston-Salem on Thursday evening. Tomlin recorded six strikeouts and logged his 11th decision of the season....

Mudcats fall at home

ZEBULON -- A four-run first inning propelled Tennessee past Carolina 5-2 in the season's final series-opener before 4,372 fans at Five County Stadium on Thursday night. James Russ (1-6) shut down the Smokies (35-31) after the first, but allowed four...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Game of the week - C.B. Aycock at Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- One team resembles the walking wounded. The other hopes to shoot more than just blanks in its spread-shotgun offense. When Greene Central and Charles B. Aycock meet Friday evening, the two teams hope to resolve their respective...

Local digest

WARSAW -- Spring Creek opened its Class 1-A Carolina/Super Six Conference schedule with a 9-0 shelling of James Kenan. Mary Elizabeth West, Isabel Nesselken, Jamie Johnson, Rachel Lewis, Jamison Mossberg and Ivey Best each claimed a straight-set singles win. The...

Trojans' soccer has mixed results

MOUNT OLIVE -- Matt Wallin scored two goals, while Chris Varela added a goal and an assist to lead regionally-ranked Mount Olive College past Chowan University 5-0 on Wednesday evening. The Trojans, No. 7 in this week's Southeast Region poll,...

K-Tribe doubles up Warthogs

WINSTON-SALEM -- Steven Wright scattered four hits in a six-inning stint and Kinston doubled up Winston-Salem 4-2 on Wednesday evening. Wright (2-2) logged a season-high seven strikeouts and walked one for the K-Tribe, which maintained its two-game lead over Salem...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WCDS falls to Greenfield

The frustration could be seen on every Wayne Country Day player, coach and fan. Each time a Chargers' player crossed a ball or kicked a lead pass towards the goal, there was never a Wayne Country Day player in the...

Eastern Wayne shakes off slow start

The Eastern Wayne women's volleyball team shook off a sluggish first-set effort and stormed past Jacksonville White Oak 28-26, 28-9, 25-18 on Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors remained unbeaten in three outings. "We were real flat the first game," said Warriors...

Local digest

Wayne Christian continued its hot start to open the season with a 4-0 shutout of Johnston Christian Academy on Tuesday. Matt Davis got the Eagles on the board 14 minutes in when he scored on a assist from Taylor Gardner....

Hilliard earns Masters Degree

DAPHNE, Ala. -- Goldsboro native Marcus Hilliard recently earned a Master of Sports Science in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. Hilliard teaches in the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools system and is defensive coordinator for the Elizabeth City...

K-Tribe falls to Warthogs

KINSTON -- Kinston's late-season slump continued with a 4-2 loss at Winston-Salem on Tuesday evening. The K-Tribe, however, still lead Salem by two games in the Southern Division after the Avalanche lost to Northern Division leader Wilmington. Josh Rodriguez's third-inning...

MOC men's soccer ranked number seven

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is ranked No. 7 in this week's NSCAA/Adidas Southeast Region men's soccer poll. The ranking marks the fourth consecutive year the Trojans have earned regional recognition. Mount Olive (2-0-0 overall) opened its season with...

Mudcats drop doubleheader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Montgomery claimed a doubleheader against Carolina and extended their franchise-record win streak to 10 games on Tuesday evening. The Biscuits' 9-1 and 2-1 victories damaged the Mudcats' playoff hopes. Carolina has dropped 13 straight games at Riverwalk...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Eastern Wayne's comeback thwarted

What started out as a spirited second half comeback turned into a night of frustration and what ifs. Eastern Wayne rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit, and closed to within a goal on two different occasions before eventually falling to...

Warrior netters dominate New Bern

Tired of intra-squad challenge matches and anxious to see some unfamiliar faces, the Eastern Wayne women's tennis team got off to a good beginning Monday afternoon. The Warriors opened their 2007 campaign with a 9-0 whitewashing of New Bern on...

Local digest

Wayne Christian's Jennifer Price and Josh Magnus emerged the top girls' and boys' runner during a season-opening, three-team cross country meet Monday afternoon. Price ran the 3.1-mile course in 25 minutes, 7 seconds. Meanwhile, Magnus posted a meet-winning time of...

K-Tribe can't hit Spoone

KINSTON -- Frederick's Chorye Spoone recorded 10 strikeouts and permitted just two hits in a 3-0 victory over Kinston at historic Grainger Stadium. It was the regular-season home finale for the K-Tribe, which begins a seven-game road swing today at...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Wayne Christian, Wayne Country Day both successful in soccer

WILSON -- Senior co-captain David Wilson tallied two goals as Wayne Country Day hammered Wilson Christian Academy 4-0 in the The Brittany III men's soccer invitational on Saturday. Sophomore Will Wolf and senior Matt Wolf provided one goal apiece for...

K-Tribe defeats Keys

KINSTON -- Kinston hurler Jim Deters yielded two hits in seven innings of work and the K-Tribe dumped Frederick 6-2 at historic Grainger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Deters tied teammate Ryan Edell with 11 mound wins, the fourth-most by any...

MOC women's fall to Lenoir-Rhyne

Lenoir-Rhyne used a pair of three-goal outbursts to defeat the Mount Olive College women's soccer team 6-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Bears broke a scoreless tie with three consecutive goals from the 32nd to 43rd minutes in the opening half....

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Game of the Week: Eastern Wayne 17, Goldsboro 12

Rarely do big games live up to the hype. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Goldsboro-Eastern Wayne was one of those few games that managed to fulfill its promise. Dwight Ulmer's 43-yard touchdown run capped a second-half comeback for the...

Rosewood hammers Southside

He may have had to wait two weeks and suffer through a lopsided loss, but his first win as head coach at Rosewood was worth the wait for Robert Britt. After watching his club get crushed 48-0 at the hands...

North Duplin thumps Northside, 34-0

CALYPSO -- Two quick strikes and Northside was done. Ryan Killette's touchdown reception before intermission and Chris Graham's second-half kickoff return lifted North Duplin to a season-opening, 34-0 trouncing of Pinetown Northside on Friday evening. The Rebels improved to 2-0...

James Kenan spanks Ayden-Grifton

WARSAW -- Shawn Jones threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another score as James Kenan thrashed Ayden-Grifton 36-0 at Bill Taylor Field. Leading 6-0 after Alex Monk's 20-yard touchdown fumble return, the "Jones Show" debuted in the second quarter....

Clayton defense protects second-quarter FG

CLAYTON -- Defenses ruled the field at Clayton on Friday night. With neither Charles B. Aycock or Clayton able to get anything going on offense, all it took was a second-quarter field goal to give the Comets a 3-0 victory....

Greene Central rallies in 4th quarter

WILSON -- Greene Central took advantage of a late Wilson Beddingfield fumble to defeat the Bruins 22-18 in non-conference action on Friday night. It took two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Rams to move to 2-0 on the season. Trailing 18-16...

Saints' Flow rambles for 209 yards in loss

TEACHEY -- After a frustrating opening-night loss with many classic first-game mistakes, Southern Wayne showed drastic improvement in week two. Even with the improved play, the Saints couldn't quite get over the hump as they fell on the road to...

Spring Creek tallies first TD of 2007 in loss to Hobbton

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek allowed 46 unanswered points and fell 46-7 to Hobbton on Friday night at the Swamp. The Gators (0-2 overall) managed just 53 yards of total offense, but erased the shutout in the final minute of...

Automatic NCAA tournament bid adds extra incentive for MOC women's soccer team

MOUNT OLIVE -- When the players or coaches at Mount Olive College need a little extra motivation to work harder at practice all they need to think of is two words -- automatic bid. For the first time ever, the...

Wayne Christian spikers knock off Community Christian

WILSON -- Brooke Norris and Hanna Kaler turned in strong serving efforts as Wayne Christian swept Community Christian 25-11, 25-7, 25-10 in a Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference volleyball match Friday. The Eagles (2-0 overall, 2-0 CCC) raced to an...

North Johnston rolls past North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- Following a slow start, North Johnston awoke and pounded North Lenoir 30-13 on Friday night. The Panthers pilled up 259 yards on the ground in all. North Johnston scored twice in both the second and third quarters, burying...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Local digest

Eastern Wayne evened its recorded at 1-1 on the season with a 4-0 defeat of North Lenoir on Thursday afternoon. Robbie Keys scored twice off penalty kicks to lead Eastern Wayne. Frank Russo and Chris Knobling added the other goals...

Mudcats postseason hopes dwindling

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Guilder Rodriguez pounded out three hits and drove in four runs, and Huntsville punctured Carolina's postseason aspirations with a 9-6 victory at Joe Davis Stadium on Thursday evening. Rodriguez, who entered the game with eight RBI in...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Game of the Week - Goldsboro at Eastern Wayne

Goldsboro head coach Eric Reid saw something last week from his Cougars that he hadn't seen in over a year -- smiles and laughter. The post-game jubilation stemmed from a 48-0 victory over county rival Rosewood. The much-awaited win ended...

Mudcats edges Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Gaby Hernandez scattered two hits in an eight-inning stint and Dante Brinkley smacked a two-run homer in Carolina's 3-1 victory over Huntsville at Joe Davis Stadium. The Mudcats (29-29) claimed their third consecutive win in the series....

K-Tribe falls to Nationals

KINSTON -- Kinston continued its unwelcomed late-season slump with a 6-3 loss Wednesday evening against Potomac at historic Grainger Stadium. The Nationals swept the K-Tribe, whose lead dwindled to 31/2 games over Salem in second-half Southern Division play. Kinston (34-25)...

Local Digest

Senior outside hitter Brittani Billups pounded out 15 kills and recorded 31/2 blocks in Eastern Wayne's 25-22, 25-8, 25-23 non-conference shelling of Havelock. Billups also provided seven digs and five service aces in the straight-set win. Jordei Osby contributed seven...

Mount Olive Men's Soccer Preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- With 13 upperclassmen, 17 freshmen and a renamed newly-lit field, there is potential for plenty of bright moments for the Mount Olive College men's soccer team this season. Mount Olive will officially rename Trojan Field to Ray...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wayne Christian opens soccer season with shutout

Just minutes before kickoff against Northwood Temple, a nervous Daryl Anderson paced the sidelines. Four Wayne Christian starters, for various reasons, were sidelined for Tuesday's season opener. Would the short-handed Eagles survive the depth issue in 100-degree heat? Anderson didn't...

Wayne Country Day sweeps Goldsboro in volleyball

With one club fresh off a strong showing at a preseason tournament and the other still searching for an identity, the effects were obvious in Wayne Country Day's 25-3, 25-11, 25-6 victory over Goldsboro on Tuesday afternoon. The Chargers' Stephanie...

Local digest

CBA netters shut out North Lenoir SNOW HILL -- Charles B. Aycock swept the singles matches in a 6-0, non-conference victory over North Lenoir on the Snow Hill Tennis Complex courts Tuesday afternoon. Top-seeded Kristen Prosser and third-seeded Emilee Quinn...

Potomac takes rain-shortened, 3-1 win over Kinston

KINSTON -- Mother Nature washed out Kinston's hopes for a comeback and Potomac moved within one victory of earning a three-game sweep at historic Grainger Stadium. Brett McMillan's RBI double and Justin Maxwell's sacrifice fly helped the Nationals seize early...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wilson Fike edges C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Horton Pittman couldn't believe his luck. The Wilson Fike senior refused to let Charles B. Aycock's defenders disrupt his charge toward goal in the closing seconds of Monday evening's contest. Pittman worked through the defense and found himself...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek took all three games from Midway as they won 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23 on Monday evening. Kristin Smith recorded two aces and 11 kills while Brooke Albertson had six kills and eight assists to lead...

Nationals upend K-Tribe

KINSTON -- Justin Maxwell and Brett McMillan provided key, late-inning hits as Potomac upended Southern Division leader Kinston 9-6 at historic Grainger Stadium on Monday evening. Maxwell's eighth-inning home run, a three-run blast, silenced a seventh-inning K-Tribe rally. McMillan's ninth-inning,...

Monday, August 20, 2007

Coffield headed to Germany

Elton Coffield a three-time all-conference first team selection and the second-leading scorer in Mount Olive men's basketball history, has signed a contract to play professional basketball for the BSW Sixers in Germany. Coffield participated in a basketball camp in Philadelphia...

K-Tribe destroys Keys

FREDERICK, Md. -- Frank Herrmann scattered six hits in an eight-inning stint as Kinston pounded Frederick 12-0 on Sunday afternoon. Herrmann notched four strikeouts and emerged the fourth K-Tribe hurler to record 10 victories this season. It's the first time...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Game of the Week: Goldsboro 48, Rosewood 0

A ceremonial Gatorade bath, little sideline jigs and big, toothy grins covering the players faces in their post-game huddle validated Goldsboro's long-awaited hunger to celebrate a football victory Friday evening. Boy, that 12-game losing streak is certainly a distant memory...

Eastern Wayne drills West Carteret

MOREHEAD CITY -- Before the season started, Eastern Wayne coach Jeff Price expected big things from his young running back Hassan Best. Still, Price could have never expected a performance like the one the sophomore gave his coach on Friday...

West Craven turns back Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne couldn't handle the butterflies associated with season-opening games Friday evening. Two second-half turnovers further compounded the Saints' troubles, which started with first-quarter injuries to two key skill players -- quarterback Jordan Williams and running back John...

Tiger defense corrals Darkhorses

From staff reports CLINTON -- Quarterback Shawn Jones rushed for three short touchdowns as James Kenan hammered Clinton 35-6 in season-opening action Friday evening. Each of Jones' touchdowns covered 1 yard. Stedman Mathis added a seven-yard touchdown run and returned...

Spring Creek endures shutout loss at South Lenoir

From staff reports DEEP RUN -- South Lenoir tallied 22 points within a three-minute, second-quarter stretch and romped past Spring Creek 45-0 on Friday evening. The Blue Devils remained unbeaten in two meetings against the Gators. "It's good to be...

Brown ignites Rams' third-quarter rally

From staff reports SNOW HILL -- William Brown lived up to his preseason billing Friday evening. An all-state selection by the N.C. Prep Football News, the Greene Central senior threw for touchdown and ran for another in a 27-12 conquest...

Richlands edges North Lenoir with late FG

From staff reports RICHLANDS -- Freshman placekicker Matt Davis nailed a 35-yard field goal in the waning seconds as Richlands turned back North Lenoir 17-16 on Friday evening. The Hawks orchestrated a time-consuming, 10-minute drive in the fourth quarter to...

South Johnston wins battle of county rivals

From staff reports FOUR OAKS -- South Johnston converted three turnovers into touchdowns and cruised past county rival Princeton 45-0 on Friday evening. The Trojans forced six turnovers overall in the season opener for both teams. Princeton (0-1) opens its...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mudcats shutdown by Braves

ZEBULON -- The Mississippi Braves (18-35) legged out three early runs and relied on the arm of starter Kevin Villa to defeat the Carolina Mudcats 3-1, Thursday night at Five County Stadium. Villa had his best outing of the season....

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Game of the Week Ñ Goldsboro at Rosewood

Don't blame Robert Britt or Eric Reid if they don't sleep much tonight. Each coach makes their debut Friday evening in one of many intriguing contests dotting area football calendars this season. Rosewood, directed by Britt, entertains Reid and his...

Mississippi blanks Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Starter Ryan Baerlocher and reliever Wes Wilkerson combined for a six-hitter as Mississippi blanked Carolina 6-0 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday evening. Baerlocher, in his fourth Double AA start of the year, scattered five hits over eight...

Salem sweeps doubleheader from Kinston

KINSTON -- Salem did what no other team in Carolina League play has done this season -- sweep a doubleheader from defending champion Kinston. Avalanche hurler Polin Trinidad, in his CL debut, just missed tossing a complete game in the...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

K-Tribe offense erupts early

KINSTON -- Josh Rodriguez ripped a first-inning home run and Kinston escaped Salem 3-2 in a crucial Southern Division contest Tuesday evening at historic Grainger Stadium. Rodriguez's one-out dinger, his team-leading 18th of the season, highlighted a three-run outburst. Matt...

Cats' Serrano cruises early, then struggles in 3rd inning

ZEBULON -- A two-out walk to Kala Ka'aihue ignited a six-run uprising as Mississippi edged Carolina 9-7 at Five County Stadium on Tuesday evening. Mudcats starter Jimmy Serrano worked two-plus innings before walking Ka'aihue in the third. With Ka'iahue aboard,...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf Mary Morris won the state play-day award for the year and claimed play-of-the-day accolades during weekly tournament play at Walnut Creek Country Club. In first flight action, Kathy Woodard took low gross and Faye Franklin seized...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

K-Tribe claims doubleheader

KINSTON -- Right-handed pitchers Frank Herrmann and Ryan Edell emerged victorious on the mound as Kinston swept Salem 6-1 and 5-2 at historic Grainger Stadium on Monday evening. Herrmann (9-5) tossed his third complete game of the season -- a...

Monday, August 13, 2007

Post 11 is state runner-up

GARNER -- Chris Henderson threw a complete-game, two-hitter and Cherryville Post 100 claimed the N.C. Senior American Legion state championship with a 6-1 decision over Wayne County Post 11 on Sunday afternoon. Henderson, a rising sophomore at Lenoir-Rhyne College, notched...

K-Tribe swept by Hillcats

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Lynchburg concluded its three-game sweep of Kinston with an 11-9 victory Sunday afternoon. The Hillcats tallied at least one run from the second through the sixth inning and handed the K-Tribe their 18th defeat in second-half action...

McKinley strong for Mudcats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blake McGinley tossed six shutout innings and Carolina turned back Jacksonville 4-3 at the Baseball Grounds on Sunday afternoon. McGinley (6-7) permitted just two hits and a walk as the Mudcats handed the Suns their third consecutive...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Post 11 stays alive with win

GARNER -- The near record-breaking heat on the Trojan Park diamond did little to deter Wayne County Post 11 outfielder Jackson Massey. The veteran lead-off hitter homered to start Wayne County's day at the plate and he helped turn a...

K-Tribe take three of four from Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Josh Rodriguez and Matt Whitney each slugged a home run as Kinston upended Myrtle Beach 6-4 on Thursday evening. Whitney ripped a three-run shot in the first inning with Jose Constanza and Rodriguez aboard. It was...

Jacksonville nips Mudcats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Juan Gonzalez delivered a bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth inning as Jacksonville nipped Carolina 3-2 at the Baseball Grounds on Thursday evening. The Suns scored an eighth-inning run on a double by James Tomlin to slice...

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Caldwell County blanks Post 11

GARNER -- Bleach-blond locks peaking out from underneath his sweat-stained baseball cap, Caldwell County pitcher Jimmy Messer hardly seemed bothered by the oppressive heat Wednesday afternoon. Messer mixed his pitches well, but his curveball constantly irritated Wayne County Post 11's...

Local golf

Walnut Creek Ladies Association Nancy Satterfield claimed the Walnut Creek Cup, while Pete Reaves finished second on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Satterfield also shared weekly play-of-the-day tournament honors with Faye Franklin. Josie Ottaviani claimed low gross and Linda...

Jacksonville slips by Mudcats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thomas Giles delivered a two-RBI, fourth-inning single and Jacksonville's defense preserved the lead in a 3-2 victory over Carolina in their series opener Wednesday evening. Giles pulled a 3-2 pitch from starter Chris Seddon (5-8) into right...

K-Tribe beats back Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Josh Rodriguez homered for the third consecutive game and Frank Herrmann tossed seven strong innings in Kinston's 4-3 conquest of Myrtle Beach on Wednesday evening. Rodriguez's third-inning homer, a two-run blast, knotted the contest at 2-2....

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mason Chenier gives up on soccer to focus on swimming

Mason Chenier delivered the news with ease. No more soccer. His Eastern Wayne teammates sat silently and a few seemed stunned as the announcement felt like a slide tackle from behind. Chenier confessed he'd miss the endurance-challenging sport, but he...

Kinston blows six-run lead at rival Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Michael Fisher connected on a bases-loaded, two-out RBI single in the seventh inning and Myrtle Beach nipped Kinston 8-7 on Tuesday evening. Fisher's late-inning heroics helped snapped the K-Tribe's six-game win streak. The Pelicans trimmed a...

McGinley throws superb one-hitter for six innings

ZEBULON -- Eric Riggs accounted for three RBI, including a solo home run, and Carolina turned back West Tenn 4-2 at Five County Stadium on Tuesday evening. Riggs supplied a two-RBI, third-inning triple and belted the homer in the fifth....

Local sports schedules

Goldsboro Family Y * Youth soccer -- Deadline to register is Aug. 15 for ages 4-15. * Flag football -- Registration continues until Aug. 31 for following age groups: 8U, 11U boys and 11U girls. * Adult-Teen basketball -- Registration...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Post 11 prepares for state tournament

GARNER -- After a two-year absence from the N.C. American Legion State tournament, Wayne County Post 11 takes its youngest team to the double-elimination event which begins Wednesday in Garner. Wayne County, the Area I champion with 11 newcomers on...

K-Tribe scalps Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Bullpen mates Chris Niesel and Neil Wagner combined for four innings of one-hit relief as Kinston easily turned back Myrtle Beach 6-2 on Monday evening. Niesel tossed two hitless innings, while Wagner cleaned up in the...

Monday, August 6, 2007

Jimerson's near cycle lifts West Tenn

ZEBULON -- Charlton Jimerson fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and West Tenn defeated Carolina 11-4 on a humid, muggy Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Jimerson clubbed four hits and drove in five runs for the...

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Parker signs with Campbell

PRINCETON -- A highly-decorated player on the high school baseball scene, Colin Parker anxiously awaits a fresh start at Campbell University. The Princeton High graduate recently announced his intentions to attend the Division I university with aspirations of earning a...

Friday, August 3, 2007

Teams ready to hit someone

Football players want to hit. During the opening week of high school practice though, pounding each other is off limits. So, area coaches are doing what they can with young players who are stuck in T-shirts and shorts. When the...

K-Tribe destroys Lynchburg

KINSTON -- Kinston shortstop Josh Rodriguez slugged two home runs, including a grand slam, in a 22-10 thrashing of Lynchburg at historic Grainger Stadium on Thursday evening. Rodriguez, who has a team-leading 60 RBI, concluded the wild outing with three...

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Late rally lifts Post 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- A newcomer and second-year player each provided clutch hits as Wayne County Post 11 continued its remarkable unbeaten playoff run Wednesday evening. Connor Narron's seventh-inning RBI double and John Wooten's eighth-inning RBI single helped Post 11 seize...

Conditioning an emphasis for area teams

Just three days into the new football season, area coaches are already making strides getting their teams prepared for the upcoming season. The early-season practices are focused on conditioning and fundamentals until the players strap on the pads later this...

Bobcats fall at Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Jacob Perks threw a complete-game shutout as the Hanover (Va.) Nationals ousted the Wayne County Bobcats 7-0 from weekly tournament play at Cooperstown Dreamspark on Wednesday evening. Perks slugged a home run for the Nationals, which became...

Seven-run outburst carries K-Tribe

KINSTON -- John Drennen's second-inning home run and a seven-run outburst in the third inning catapulted Kinston to a 10-3 victory over Myrtle Beach on Wednesday evening. The K-Tribe won the series 2-1 and took a three-game lead over Pelicans...

Big inning dooms Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Jacksonville erupted for six runs in the seventh inning and turned back Carolina 11-8 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Suns (27-13) entered the sixth with a 5-4 advantage. Mudcats reliever Scott Nestor faced control problems,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Local digest

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Wayne County Bobcats 12U baseball team endured their first defeat during pool play at Cooperstown Dreamspark on Tuesday evening. The Chester County (Pa.) Crawdads bumped the Bobcats from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-4, extra-inning victory....

K-Tribe blanks Myrtle Beach

KINSTON -- Four Kinston pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 conquest of Southern Division rival Myrtle Beach on Tuesday evening. Sung-Wei Tseng allowed all three hits in a five-inning stint, and seized his fourth decision this season....

Mudcats knock off Jacksonville

ZEBULON -- Chase Lambin crushed his 12th home run of the season and Carolina pounded out 11 hits in a 5-2 victory over Jacksonville at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats tallied runs in each of the first three innings. Lambin's...