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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Game of the Week: Eastern Wayne 7, North Lenoir 0

LaGRANGE -- Find a way to survive. Eastern Wayne did just that in a 7-0 victory over North Lenoir on Friday evening at Bullock Field. Orlando Midgette's 77-yard touchdown return, eventually ruled a lateral, gave the Warriors all they needed...

Goldsboro spots Midway early lead, explodes for 26-point win

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- The pre-game meeting at midfield seemed like a prophecy -- for one quarter at least. Midway football coach Paul Hall spoke with Goldsboro coach Eric Reid and said his game plan was to keep possession so the...

Princeton posts shutout of Mattamuskeet

PRINCETON -- Kevin Foy and Kwame Corprew rushed for two touchdowns apiece, and Princeton emerged victorious 35-0 over Mattamuskeet on Friday evening. The Bulldawgs (1-5 overall) snapped an 11-game losing streak and dealt the Lakers their fifth loss in seven...

Jones Senior blanks Rosewood

For three-plus quarters Friday evening, the Rosewood defense kept Jones Senior's athletes bottled up and frustrated. That changed in the final six minutes. Quarterback Covair Frost threw two long touchdown passes to Thomas Fryar as the Trojans topped the Eagles...

Union rolls past Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Junior Howard Bynum accounted for three touchdowns on offense and defense combined, and Sampson Union rolled past Spring Creek 59-9 on Friday evening at "The Swamp." Bynum threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Hall in the...

Wayne Christian volleyball, men's soccer teams post CCC wins

FAYETTEVILLE -- Katie Daniels delivered a season-high 16 kills and Wayne Christian seized a come-from-behind 19-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-9 decision over Class 1-A Carolina Christian volleyball foe Northwood Temple. Hope Wright and Kaitlyn Kosuda recorded 10 kills apiece. Brooke...

Freshman spearheads MOC comeback

MOUNT OLIVE -- Drew Toler is quickly turning into 'Mr. Clutch' for the Mount Olive College men's soccer team. The freshman scored twice with less than five minutes to play, lifting the Trojans to a 2-1 come-from-behind Conference Carolinas win...

Brennan scores twice for MOC women

MOUNT OLIVE -- Good things come to those who wait. At least that was the case for the Mount Olive women's soccer team on Saturday afternoon. After having some early scoring opportunities go by the wayside, the Trojans got all...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Aycock dominates Hunt

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock is still alive in the hunt for October. With the 2007 girl's tennis season winding down, the defending Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference champions are priming themselves for another dual-team playoff run. Before the Golden...

Eastern Wayne sweeps Southern Wayne

Following her team's straight-set defeat against reigning Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference co-champion Eastern Wayne on Thursday afternoon, second-year Southern Wayne coach Colby Mangum was frustrated -- to say the least. Then again, most coaches and teams exit with a...

Spring Creek rallies past Princeton

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek started second-half play on the Class 1-A Carolina Conference volleyball scene in reverse fashion Thursday afternoon. Dealt a league-opening loss by Princeton less than three weeks ago, the Gators earned revenge behind Kristin Smith. The...

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Rosewood picked up its first Carolina 1-A Conference win of the season with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Ayden-Grifton on Thursday. Paige Babb handed out 21 assists, to go along with four aces, one dig and a kill. Ashley...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

C.B. Aycock claims showdown versus Eastern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- Regardless of which school in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference you're a fan of, Charles B. Aycock's Alex Rodriguez is well worth the price of admission. Rodriguez used his electifying speed and magician-like skills to record a...

Hunt defeats Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- The coaching staff at Southern Wayne preaches to its men's soccer players to have no fear. That's easier said than done when goals, and victories, have been rare over the past two seasons. But this year's edition of...

Game of the week - Eastern Wayne at North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- Eastern Wayne head football coach Jeff Price knows there is reason for concern when facing an opponent that's yet to crack the win column. He just hopes his concerns don't become realities when the Warriors travel to winless...

Trojans finish 20th

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Johan Hagsund tied for 58th out of 104 golfers and Mount Olive College finished 20th overall in the Coker College Men's Golf Invitational contested on the Orange County National Golf Club links. Hagsund carded a 36-hole round...

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JACKSONVILLE -- Senior outside hitter Jordei Osby recorded a career-high 22 kills to help Eastern Wayne claim a 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-11 win over Jacksonville White Oak on Wednesday. Osby added six blocks and five digs as the Warriors...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Long overdue: Saints earn much-awaited victory over Aycock volleyball

PIKEVILLE -- Regular-season meetings against county rivals Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock haven't favored the Southern Wayne volleyball team in recent years. In fact, the Saints had compiled a combined 0-25 record against the two Class 3-A Eastern Carolina...

Eastern Wayne runners race against the clock, not Bruins

Tim Wright chased a win. Kelly Gregorcyk hunted down the boys. Other runners pursued their own record. The Eastern Wayne cross country team had a variety of opponents on Tuesday afternoon due to a scheduling mishap. Instead of having a...

Princeton rallies from 2-0 deficit, clips Eagles

There's usually a handful of turning points over the course of a season. For Princeton and Rosewood, their Class 1-A Carolina Conference showdown Tuesday evening could very easily prove to be one of those turning points. The Eagles grabbed a...

Eastern Wayne netters continue perfect run in ECC play

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne picked up an 8-1 Eastern Carolina Conference 3-A win over Wilson Hunt on Tuesday. Lindsey Frederick, Mollie Musgrave, Danielle Daniel, Elizabeth Borden and Emily Northington earned singles wins for the Warriors. The tandems of Mollie and...

Motes pounds out 18 kills in Trojans' home win

MOUNT OLIVE -- Alicia Mote led all players with 17 kills, while Joanie Werling recorded 45 assists and keyed a late second-game run as Mount Olive turned back Coker 30-20, 30-24, 27-30, 30-23 in a Conference Carolinas women's volleyball match....

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Eastern Wayne cruises past Beddingfield

Barely 10 minutes into Monday evening's contest against Wilson Beddingfield, the Eastern Wayne men's soccer team appeared to suffer a devastating loss. Senior Robbie Keys suffered a right-ankle injury and remained sidelined the remainder of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina...

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Matt Davis scored the game-winning goal late in the opening half and Wayne Christian claimed a 3-2, non-conference decision over Faith Christian-Rocky Mount on Monday afternoon. The Eagles (9-4-0 overall) swept the regular-season series. Hayden Gardner got Wayne Christian on...

C.B. Aycock picks up key ECC win

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock is back where it belongs -- in sole possession of the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's soccer lead. The Golden Falcons assured themselves of that position with a 2-0 conquest of league rival Wilson...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Local digest

RED SPRINGS -- Wayne Christian's Josh Magnus captured first place in the Cougar Classic cross country invitational contested Saturday at Flora MacDonald Academy. Magnus, a junior, ran the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 21 seconds. Teammates Justin Brathwaite and Noah...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Pitt's pick preserves Aycock's first victory of 2007

PIKEVILLE -- Tyheim Pitt held his helmet high in the air while head coach Randy Pinkowski exhaled. Charles B. Aycock finally had its first victory. Pitt's interception of Devontae Bizell's pass with under a minute to play sealed the Golden...

James Kenan pummels Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- Spying in high school football? One might wonder if an unidentified figure slipped into Greene Central and James Kenan practices last week, and overheard the coaching staffs' discuss their respective strategies for the game. Ironically, each team's...

No. 2-ranked Rocky Mount silences Saints

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne rebounded from an 0-3 start. Now the Saints have two weeks to handle another setback. No. 2-ranked Rocky Mount presented head coach B.W. Holt with career win No. 300 in its 49-7, non-conference victory at the...

Unbeaten, state-ranked Rebels skin Wildcats

NEWTON GROVE -- Akeem Cox rushed for three touchdowns and North Duplin's defense forced three turnovers in a long-awaited, 28-12 victory over Hobbton on Friday evening. The Rebels, ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Class 1-A prep poll,...

Dixon spoils Spring Creek's homecoming

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's players looked back at the scoreboard one last time as they entered the halftime break. Two turnovers enabled the Gators to take a 12-7 lead at intermission, something they hadn't accomplished all season. But Holly...

Raiders benefit from second-half onside kick

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- A big play and a few mistakes led to Rosewood suffering its third loss of the season on Friday night. Midway scored on a 99-yard touchdown pass and took advantage of a Rosewood fumble to defeat the...

Red Rams shut out Bulldogs

By GEOFF NEVILLE Courtesy The Franklin Times FRANKLINTON -- Victories are becoming contagious at Franklinton, and this time a homecoming crowd was on hand for the celebration. For the second time in three weeks, the Red Rams prevailed -- this...

Wilson, Ford provide Chargers' goals

Goals by David Wilson and Cameron Ford enabled Wayne Country Day to knock off Kerr-Vance Academy 2-0 on Friday evening in Class 1-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference play. Wilson scored on a header in the 37th minute off a throw-in...

Trojan spikers sweep Bobcats in Conference Carolinas action

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Senior outside hitter Sam Mitchell recorded 22 kills and freshman Alicia Mote added a career-high 18 kills to lead Mount Olive to a 30-28, 30-22, 24-30, 18-30, 15-11 victory over Conference Carolinas leader Lees-McRae...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Wayne County Cross Country Championships

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Thursday afternoon's rainfall might have been more suitable for ducks, but the nearly 70 runners vying for individual and team bragging rights in the seventh annual Wayne County Cross Country Championships didn't mind the wet conditions. In...

Warriors stay unbeaten

PIKEVILLE -- Defending Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference co-champion Eastern Wayne refuses to relinquish its volleyball crown. The Warriors proved it again Thursday afternoon. Two days after defeating 2006 co-champ Wilson Beddingfield in five games, Eastern Wayne ventured to archrival...

Murphy feels Butch Davis brought good changes to North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL -- In the midst of coaching and strategizing on the North Carolina sidelines each Saturday afternoon, you can hear laughter and chatter. Some of it comes from deep snapper Michael Murphy and placekicker Connor Barth, who usually joke...

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DUDLEY -- Clarice Sherard pounded out a team-leading 12 kills and Southern Wayne dumped Wilson Hunt 25-21, 25-22, 10-25, 25-21 on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference volleyball scene Thursday afternoon. Sherard added two blocks for the Saints, who claimed...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Game of the Week - James Kenan at Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- Although it's not a David vs. Goliath encounter, underdog Greene Central is taking that approach for Friday's game against Class 1-A heavyweight James Kenan. And beating the Tigers (5-0 overall) will be a daunting task. "We were...

Warriors fall in OT

Conference losses always sting. When it's a loss in overtime, that sting lingers a little longer. Eastern Wayne's 4-3 setback against Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Wilson Hunt on Wednesday evening is one that could linger for some time. Wilson...

C.B. Aycock rolls over Kinston

PIKEVILLE -- Two-time defending Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference men's soccer champion Charles B. Aycock raced to a four-goal advantage and dumped Kinston 5-1 on Wednesday. Tyson Pearson provided two goals for the Golden Falcons, who improved to 7-2-1 overall...

Mount Olive falls to Wingate

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lindsay Brennan moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list, but Mount Olive College dropped a 5-1, non-conference decision to Wingate University at Amon Field. Brennan's goal, the 31st of her career, in the 78th...

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DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne dropped its third straight match, falling to Wilson Beddingfield 2-1 in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference action. The Bruins broke open a scoreless game with two, second-half goals from Picasso Eduardo. Southern Wayne got its goal from...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gators earn first-ever win over Eagles

Momentum in volleyball it can mean everything. Leading Class 1-A Carolina Conference foe Rosewood two games to one, Spring Creek felt the momentum slipping away. A 17-9 lead had suddenly turned into a 20-17 deficit, and a once-tame Rosewood crowd...

Eastern Wayne rallies past Beddingfield

Brooke Newsome's serve has an uncanny ability to always find the weakest player on the court. Even against one of its toughest opponents of the season, the Eastern Wayne senior was able to find the Wilson Beddingfield player who did...

Wayne Christian dealt another heartbreaker

Oh no, not again. A victim of one-goal losses during the last 10 days of play, Wayne Christian watched another opponent celebrate a late victory Tuesday evening. Garrett Bostwick supplied the game-winning goal in the 77th minute as defending state...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek knocked North Duplin from the unbeaten ranks and claimed sole possession of the Class 1-A Carolina/Super Six Conference race with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday afternoon. The Gators dumped the Rebels 5-1 and 7-2. North...

MOC men's golf competes at Neuse Tournament

CLAYTON -- Jonathan Greene finished fifth out of 74 golfers and Mount Olive tied with archrival Barton College for fourth in team competition during the two-day Dogfight at the Neuse men's golf tournament. Nine strokes separated the top five teams....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Eastern Wayne blanks Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- Slowly, Southern Wayne is evolving into a competitive team in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference. Monday night, the Saints opened league play against county archrival Eastern Wayne and had that evolution stunted for one night. The Warriors...

Fike dumps C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- While Charles B. Aycock's offense continues to misfire, its defense has been dependable through four weeks of play. The defense permitted one touchdown, but the Golden Falcons succumbed to first-quarter turnovers in a 21-0, non-conference loss Monday evening...

Warriors drop heartbreaker

After waiting four days for an outcome, Eastern Wayne's lone glimmer of hope turned into heartbreak in the blink of an eye Monday evening. Trailing 17-14 and precious seconds ticking way, Warrior placekicker Will Hughes trotted onto the field to...

Local digest

David Wilson and Cameron Ford contributed two goals each as Wayne Country Day shut out Rosewood 5-0 on Monday afternoon. Wilson broke a scoreless tie with the first of his two goals in the 29th minute off a Matt Wolf...

Monday, September 17, 2007

Faith Christian JV downs Cornerstone

* Volleyball -- Faith Christian defeated Cornerstone Christian 25-18, 25-23 on Friday afternoon. Zoie Singer led the Conquerors with six aces while Charity Spencer added three aces, one kill and one dig. Madison Caudle tallied three kills while Elizabeth Weeks...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Game of the Week: Southern Wayne pounds Goldsboro

Facing a Goldsboro running back duo that was averaging 334 yards per game, Southern Wayne knew its job. Stop the run, blitz and win the battle up front. The Saints' defense did just that and handed Goldsboro a decisive 40-12...

Lightning suspends Eastern Wayne's game

In 24 hours, Eastern Wayne will either succeed or fail in its bid for non-conference win No. 12 since 2005. Lightning caused the unwelcomed delay Friday evening with the Warriors trailing West Craven 17-14 at Little Big Horn. The contest...

Greene Central eases past Kinston

KINSTON -- Greene Central notched two first-quarter touchdowns and cruised past Kinston 25-16 on Friday evening. Tyrell Lane accounted for the Rams' first touchdown, a 1-yard run with less than three minutes remaining in the period. Quarterback William Brown hooked...

Unbeaten Tigers spank East Duplin

BEULAVILLE -- Shawn Jones threw two touchdown passes and state-ranked James Kenan remained unbeaten with a 19-3, non-conference triumph over East Duplin. Jones completed scoring strikes of 39 and 30 yards to Kendal Jones and Chris Marable, respectively. Jones' second-quarter...

Rebels improve to 4-0

HOLLY RIDGE -- Quarterbacks Doug Lloyd and Alan Schilling combined for five touchdowns as North Duplin hammered Dixon 49-0 on Friday evening. Lloyd scored touchdowns on runs of 6, 5 and 5 yards. Schilling completed an 11-yard, fourth-quarter scoring strike...

Chargers, Patriots play to 1-1 draw

ROCKY MOUNT -- Sophomore Will Wolf provided Wayne Country Day's lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Faith Christian-Rocky Mount on Friday afternoon. The Patriots seized a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. "It was a misread by the defenders...

Baker having time of life at Sleepy Creek

DUDLEY -- Gene Baker admits he's a restless person. A former teacher, government employee and elementary school principal, Baker has always occupied every minute of his day. When he and his wife moved to the quiet Sleepy Creek community in...

Aycock's baseball team receives long-awaited championship rings

PIKEVILLE -- Joe Toler felt like he was opening a belated Christmas gift. A smile curled his lips as he nervously fumbled to open the box. His eyes twinkled when he pulled out the shiny silver ring that glistened in...

Trojan spikers pick up two league wins

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sam Mitchell recorded a match-high 18 kills and Alicia Mote contributed a double-double (13 kills, 11 digs) as Mount Olive swept Queens University 30-25, 30-23, 30-20 in a Conference Carolinas match Saturday afternoon. The Trojans (7-8 overall)...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Eastern Wayne ends CBA's streak

PIKEVILLE -- For 28-plus years, opponents couldn't devise a winning formula to defeat the Charles B. Aycock women's tennis in conference play. Eastern Wayne did Thursday afternoon. Respectful of the Golden Falcons' extensive win streak, the Warriors played calm and...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek evened its Class 1-A Carolina Conference worksheet at 1-1 with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-11 victory over Ayden-Grifton on Thursday afternoon. Kristin Smith hammered out 15 kills to go along with eight blocks...

Aycock consistent in the clutch against Kinston

PIKEVILLE -- Consistency when it counts. It's an intangible that has eluded Charles B. Aycock at times this season, but was on display at critical moments Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons started off strong and showed composure late in their...

Rosewood drops heartbreaker

Youth-laden Rosewood found itself in a dogfight with Class 1-A Carolina Conference rival North Johnston on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles led 2-1 in the best-of-five match, but took a hard hit in game four. Setter Paige Babb became overheated and...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Game of the Week - Southern Wayne at Goldsboro

Winning and losing can be equally as motivating. Southern Wayne's Bob Warren and Goldsboro's Eric Reid have seen their clubs learn from both aspects this season. After guiding their teams to the winner's circle last week, the pair hope the...

Spring Creek demolishes James Kenan

SEVEN SPRINGS -- While the dark clouds slowly etched their way toward Wayne County on Wednesday afternoon, the Spring Creek women's tennis team had one thought on its mind -- finish this quick. The Gators did. Utilizing the pro-set (eight-game)...

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MOUNT OLIVE -- North Duplin seized two doubles points and edged two-time defending Carolina/Super Six 1-A Conference champion Rosewood 5-4 on the John Neal Walker Complex courts Thursday afternoon. The Rebels' No. 2 tandem of Brittany Coley-Elizabeth Lane rolled past...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

North Duplin holds off North Johnston

CALYPSO -- Finish what you started. That will be one of several lessons North Duplin will undoubtedly learn from its five-game 25-21, 25-19, 12-25, 20-25, 15-9 victory over Class 1-A Carolina Conference foe North Johnston on Tuesday. The Rebels (3-2...

Eastern Wayne sweeps Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne executed its serving game to near perfection and began defense of its Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference title in victorious fashion Tuesday afternoon. The Warriors logged just seven aces, but used the court well to disrupt...

Aycock whips Greene Central

PIKEVILLE -- Soccer is in Alex Rodriguez's blood. Rodriguez's father taught him the game as well as many of his dazzling moves that he is now using to carve up the opposition. On Tuesday night, he no doubt made his...

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DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne sophomore Jasmine Reeves earned medalist honors with a nine-hole round of 41 and the Warriors seized the team lead after the first Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference women's golf meet of the season. The Warriors recorded...

Mount Olive Tuesday wrap-up

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- April Jacobs scored in the opening minute and Lyndsay Brennan eased up the all-time, career-goal scoring list at Mount Olive College during a 3-0, Conference Carolinas victory at Coker College. Jacobs collected her third goal of the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mixed Martial Arts comes to Wayne County

It's a sport that's been associated with brutality such as eye gouging and biting. It has been banned in states across the country. Slowly though, these misconceptions regarding mixed martial arts (MMA) are changing as the sport continues to expand...

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LaGRANGE -- Robbie Keys found the back of the net twice and contributed three assists as Eastern Wayne whipped North Lenoir 6-2 on Monday. Eric Suncin, Werner Wooten, Geordi Brown and Ryan Klinkicht also got in on the scoring for...

Mount Olive golfers perform well

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Mount Olive College golfers Jonathan Greene and Kate Moberg finished tied for third and second, respectively, during opening-round play of the Anderson University Men's and Women's Golf Invite contested Monday afternoon. Greene carded a 3-under 69, which...

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Goldsboro claims impressive victory

While subtropical storm Gabrielle churns off the Atlantic Coast, Goldsboro High has developed its own, powerful weather system -- thunder (Hykeem Coley) and lightning (Anthony Council) -- this season. Council, who returned from a two-week absence, and Coley combined for...

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ROCKY MOUNT -- Gregory Alexander provided the game's lone goal and Wayne Christian stunned No. 5-ranked Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 1-0 on Friday afternoon. Alexander scored off an assist from brother Brian in the 14th minute. Keeper Eric Williams stopped 12...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Peterson looks to build on tradition

Rod Peterson, an 11-year veteran in the classroom, has been named the new athletics director at Goldsboro High School. Peterson replaces Randy Jordan, who served as AD and men's basketball coach for six seasons. Jordan resigned in July to take...

Aycock's Davis -- MOC Hall of Fame

MOUNT OLIVE -- Less than a month after guiding Charles B. Aycock to the Class 3-A state baseball title, head coach Charles Davis received a phone call at home one evening. He expected the caller to offer their congratulations. That...

EW upends Hunt

Eastern Wayne swaggered onto the Wayne Community College courts almost a little too confident Thursday afternoon. And Wilson Hunt quickly noticed the attitude. The visiting Warriors took the opening game in nearly every singles match. Once Eastern Wayne head coach...

Gators roll over Wayne Christian

SEVEN SPRINGS -- It seems fitting that the Spring Creek volleyball team plays in a sweltering gymnasium. And the Gators are red-hot, just like the steaming temperatures that greet guests when they venture into "The Swamp." Spring Creek remained unbeaten...

Wayne Country Day earns first home win

Getting 11 players to act as one cohesive unit for a full 80 minutes is something Wayne Country Day coach Baron Heinemann has been searching for early on this season. Heinemann finally got his wish Thursday afternoon. Seeking their first...

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Faith Christian moved to 2-0 in the North Carolina Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A Conference with a win in four games 25-16, 15-15, 23-25, 25-16 over Mount Calvary on Thursday. Renee Provencal led the Conquerors with 18 assists and one...

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Game of the week - C.B. Aycock at Goldsboro

See the big picture. That's the message getting passed along each day to members of the Goldsboro High and Charles B. Aycock football teams. While neither program has a glamorous record through three weeks of play, their respective head coaches...

St. Andrews drops Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Excited and eager to play on its homecourt, the Mount Olive College women's volleyball team opened its Conference Carolinas schedule in disappointing fashion Wednesday evening. In-state rival St. Andrews continued its recent mastery over the Trojans with...

C.B. Aycock eventually boots Gators

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Battling relentless heat and constantly under attack, a "bend but don't break" defense finally broke. Playing its first match of the season with only a week of practice under its belt, Spring Creek challenged Charles B. Aycock...

Eastern Wayne too much for Princeton

There were moments against Princeton where Eastern Wayne appeared dominant with strong serves, crisp passes and solid kills. Then there were other moments of mental errors and misplayed hits. Thankfully, for coach Bruce Burridge, there were more positives in the...

Local digest

BEULAVILLE -- Abby Sugg claimed a straight-set win and Puja Patel triumphed in her debut as Greene Central upset previously-unbeaten East Duplin 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon. The Rams (6-2 overall) entered the non-conference contest ranked No. 5 in the latest...

MOC men's soccer moves up to No. 7

Coming off its second shutout of the season, Mount Olive College kept the No. 7 spot in this week's NSCAA/adidas Division II Southeast Region men's soccer poll. The Trojans are 3-0 overall for the third time in the last four...

K-Tribe blown out by Salem

KINSTON -- Defending Mills Cup champion Kinston faces elimination in the Southern Division playoff series after a 10-3 loss to Salem on Wednesday evening. The Avalanche pounded out 15 hits and can clinch the best-of-three series with a win tonight...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Spartan spikers upend W. Country Day

When in doubt, find your money player. Needing quality swings at critical times, Kerr-Vance Academy setter Bailey Hughes put the ball in Mary Hannah Ross' capable hands. An all-state performer last season, Ross responded in dominating fashion. A junior outside...

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Chargers erase goose egg on CPIC men's soccer scene GREENVILLE -- David Wilson collected a hat trick (three goals) and Wayne Country Day hammered Oakwood 10-1 on the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference scene Tuesday afternoon. Cameron Ford added two...

Catawba gets off to fast start, downs MOC women

SALISBURY -- Regionally-ranked Catawba sprinted to a three-goal lead and turned back in-state rival Mount Olive College 4-1 in women's soccer action Tuesday evening. April Jacobs tallied the Trojans' lone goal in the 73rd minute. Gina Dos Santos and Lyndsay...

K-Tribe opens playoffs at home tonight

KINSTON -- A playoff qualifier for seven consecutive seasons in the Single A Carolina League, Kinston begins defense of its Southern Division championship at home today against Salem. Game time is 7 p.m. at historic Grainger Stadium. The K-Tribe (87-52...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

K-Tribe ends regular season in style

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Chris Gimenez trotted home for the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk and Kinston edged Myrtle Beach 4-3 in the regular-season finale for both teams Monday evening. Tied at 3-3, Jerad Head drew the free pass...

Mudcats win finale

ZEBULON -- Chase Lambin and Jai Miller each supplied a key third-inning hit as Carolina nipped Tennessee 4-3 in the regular-season finale for both teams Monday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Lambin belted his 15th homer of the season to...

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Golf Lane Tree Ladies Association Linda Cannon emerged the game-of-the-week winner during weekly tournament play at Lane Tree Golf Course. Betty Jean Gurley and Bunkie Parker won low net and low putts, respectively. Fishing Hawg Breath Bass Club Joe Moye...

Monday, September 3, 2007

K-Tribe

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Beau Mills scored on a two-base throwing error in the eighth inning as Kinston edged Myrtle Beach 3-2 on Sunday evening. Tied at 2-2 and with two outs on the board, Jerad Head hit a routine...

Mudcats

ZEBULON -- Eric Rigg's eighth-inning single propelled Carolina to a 6-5 win over Tennessee at Five County Stadium on Sunday evening. Carolina (31-38) overcame a 5-1 deficit as they answered back with five straight runs, all scoring after the seventh...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Game of the Week: Rams capture 3-OT thriller

SNOW HILL -- William Brown trotted into the end zone, looked up at the stars and released a huge sigh. The quarterback's sense of relief was shared by his fellow coaches and teammates as Greene Central pulled out its second...

Eastern Wayne off to second 3-0 start since 2005

WINTERVILLE -- Seconds before a fourth-quarter, first-down play, Eastern Wayne coach Jeff Price warned his backfield to protect the football. Dwight Ulmer heard Price's plea, but had other thoughts. "I was thinking about scoring," said a grinning Ulmer. Quarterback Mike...

Unbeaten Tigers throttle Trask

WARSAW -- They may be teammates, but James Kenan's Brandon Satchell and Duan Alston engaged in a friendly game of "anything you can do I can better" on Friday evening. Satchell rumbled for 132 yards and three touchdowns -- all...

North Duplin's Cox runs over Jones Senior

TRENTON -- Akeem Cox rushed for a career-high 260 yards and scored three touchdowns as North Duplin knocked off Jones Senior 28-12 on Friday evening. Cox's touchdowns covered runs of 11, 55 and 2 yards. It was the highest, single-game...

Goldsboro falls to Durham Hillside

DURHAM -- Knowing Durham-Hillside liked to throw the deep ball, Goldsboro's coaches had its players ready to defend the pass. On the first play of the game, Tyquan Sprangle intercepted a long pass giving the Cougars confidence. Unfortunately for Goldsboro,...

Kinston retains Freedom Cup with win over N. Lenoir

By BRYAN C. HANKS Kinston Free Press Sports Editor There's just something about seeing "Lenoir" on the front of a jersey that fires Michael Thompson and Kinston up. As a result, the Vikings won their second consecutive Freedom Cup. Kinston...

Hobbton capitalizes on costly Rosewood turnovers

HOBBTON -- Three Rosewood turnovers in the first quarter led to three Hobbton touchdowns in the blink of an eye and the Eagles' never recovered in a 41-21 defeat on Friday night. An opening scoring drive, a fumble to set...

Princeton scores touchdown, but commits too many turnovers

HOLLY RIDGE -- Dixon scored on its opening drive and added two more touchdowns off turnovers during a 26-6, non-conference victory over Princeton on Friday evening. The host Bulldogs (1-1 overall) organized a 14-play scoring drive that ended on Chris...

Trojan women get first win of season

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Freshman Alyceia Higgins delivered two goals less than five minutes apart, leading Mount Olive to a 2-0 decision over USC Aiken at Amon Field. Trojan keeper Ali O'Steen recorded six saves and earned her...

Wayne Christian volleyball team sweeps Norlina

NORLINA -- Katie Daniels registered eight kills as Wayne Christian rolled past Norlina Christian 25-19, 25-16, 25-17 on the Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference volleyball scene. Brooke Norris dished out 16 assits for the Eagles. Traci Davis contributed six kills....

Midway shuts out Gators

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Spring Creek's early season struggles continued against Midway Friday night. The Raiders exploded for 22 first-quarter points and routed the Gators 50-0. "First half, we gave up big plays," said Spring Creek coach Roy Whitfield. "Four big...

Farmville Central cruises past Saints

FARMVILLE -- A 26-8 halftime deficit and five turnovers was too much for Southern Wayne to overcome in a 50-22 loss to Farmville Central on Friday night. Kevin Flow led the Saints with 165 yards rushing and a touchdown on...