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Friday, November 30, 2007

Trojans fall in overtime

CHARLOTTE -- A waived off basket and crucial turnover enabled Queens University of Charlotte to upset No. 15-ranked Mount Olive College 89-84 in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game Thursday evening. The Trojans (3-1 overall, 1-1 CC) lost on the...

Local digest

JACKSONVILLE -- Longwood (Va.) University signee and Eastern Wayne senior Brittani Billups torched Jacksonville for a career-high 36 points in a 62-46, non-conference win Thursday evening. Ebony Reid and Jazmine Middleton provided six and five points, respectively, for the Warriors....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Leopards' McWhorter, Williams pose challenge for North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Focus on where you're headed, but don't forget where you've been. That's the task top-seeded North Duplin faces this week as it prepares to host third-seeded Lakewood for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small school)...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports Wayne Country Day's first-ever swim meet in school history ended in resounding success Wednesday evening at the Family Y pool. Five Chargers posted state-qualifying times during the season-opening meet, leaving first-year coach Bonnie Hughes gushing with pride...

Board approves tougher policy

The N.C. High School Athletic Association is getting tougher on ejections. Ejection reports from fall sports are on the rise and the NCHSAA Board of Directors elected to enforce a stricter policy beginning with the 2008-09 academic year. From the...

C.B. Aycock awards Vail for service

From staff reports PIKEVILLE -- Veteran coach Luke Vail was honored for 29 years of service during the fall athletic awards night recently held at Charles B. Aycock. Vail guided the women's tennis team to an unprecedented 28 consecutive conference...

Patriots, Henry return to Warsaw

WARSAW -- It's a seductive line of reasoning, one that many fired up James Kenan football fans are eagerly embracing. If Ken Avent Jr. could lead a junior-laden team to a state runner-up appearance during his first season in Warsaw,...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fike uses 15-0 run to down Eastern Wayne

Marvin Bowman watched his Eastern Wayne men's basketball team battle visiting Wilson Fike for 32 minutes on Tuesday night. But, there were at least two or three minutes Bowman would probably rather forget. The Demons opened the second quarter on...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock improved to 2-2 with a 50-37 win over Greene Central on Tuesday night. Khendra Reid finished with 18 points for the Golden Falcons, and Kyle LaFlamme added 10. Jonathan Williams scored nine...

Mount Olive men ranked nationally

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Unbeaten Mount Olive College jumped to No. 15 in this week's NABC Division II men's basketball top 25 poll. The Trojans (3-0 overall) have now made an appearance in the national poll in each...

Washington outlasts Eastern Wayne

From staff reports WASHINGTON -- Washington collected four pins in the final six individual matches and turned back Eastern Wayne 36-32 on Tuesday evening. The Pam Pack seized a 12-3 advantage, only to see the Warriors answer with an 19-0...

Faith Christian weathers storm in win

The 30-point deficit seemed insurmountable. And realizing his reserves needed some playing time, Faith Christian men's basketball coach Jeff Stocks opted to clear the bench with four minutes remaining against Berean Baptist on Tuesday evening. "I told them to sit...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Tesar named MOW at Hunt Invitational

WILSON -- Chris Tesar earned most outstanding wrestler honors and helped Eastern Wayne finish second overall in the annual Hunt Thanksgiving Invitational contested Saturday. A senior, Tesar compiled a perfect record in the 125-pound weight class and remained unbeaten in...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

1-A West semifinals: Rebels eliminate East Wilkes

CALYPSO -- After hearing doubts all week from East Wilkes about the toughness of North Duplin's defense and the caliber of football in the eastern part of the state, the Rebels silenced their critics in resounding fashion on Friday night....

1-AA East semifinals: James Kenan whips East Bladen

WARSAW -- Concerned with East Bladen's speed and athleticism, James Kenan's defense did its job Friday evening. The unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Tigers forced five turnovers in a 27-7 rout at Bill Taylor Field. James Kenan (14-0 overall) entertains Pender...

3-A East semifinals: Rocky Mount defense shackles Saints' offense

ROCKY MOUNT -- History repeated itself -- with an added boost. Minutes before kickoff Friday evening, legendary prep football coach Herman Boone of "Remember the Titans" fame sauntered into the Rocky Mount dressing room. He delivered a heart-felt, stirring speech...

Chargers claim Falcon Invitational crown

PIKEVILLE -- Head coach Terry Jones has visions of success for Wayne Country Day in February, but he certainly won't pass up a few early-season accomplishments in November. Behind 21 points from Floronta Wynn and 15 from Reco McCarter, the...

Braves sink Trojans at free throw line

PEMBROKE -- Helen Moore pumped in a game-high 22 points, but UNC Pembroke survived on free throws in the closing minutes to defeat Mount Olive College 62-53 on Saturday afternoon. The game was tied 36-36 early in the second half...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Golden Falcons rally for win

PIKEVILLE -- Having endured a winless season a year ago, Leonard Compton was going to make sure the streak didn't go any further. Charles B. Aycock trailed Goldsboro 45-30 entering the fourth quarter on Tuesday night. That was of course,...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports RALEIGH -- Ryan Daughtry's 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining lifted Princeton to a 32-29 win at Raleigh Charter on Tuesday night. Daughtery finished with a team-high 11 points for the Bulldogs (2-1 overall). Josh Barefoot scored eight...

Robich, Corley lead Mount Olive past Pfeiffer

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Brittney Robich scored a career-high 24 points and Keona Corley added a career-high 19 points to go with 11 assists as Mount Olive withstood a second-half rally to defeat Pfeiffer 86-76 at Kornegay Arena....

Trojans rout Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Keep your composure and stay focused. It's a simple game plan Mount Olive College employs when in-state rival Pfeiffer brings its run-and-gun offense to Kornegay Arena. The pitfall to avoid is getting caught watching the game and...

Cougars win turnover plagued contest

PIKEVILLE -- Take care of the basketball. It's a concept that seems simple, but one that can difficult to teach and even tougher to execute. Goldsboro and Charles B. Aycock got a strong reminder of this on Tuesday night as...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Local digest

Wayne Country Day had little trouble improving to 2-0, with a 70-50 win over Terra Ceia on Monday night. The Chargers led 12-4 after one quarter, and took a 29-17 lead into halftime. Reco McCarter led Wayne Country Day with...

Monday, November 19, 2007

C.B. Aycock captures Falcon Invitational title

PIKEVILLE -- Six titles in a row. Count 'em. Despite losing seven starters to graduation, Charles B. Aycock remained the only team to ever win its Falcon Invitational late Saturday evening. The Golden Falcons placed wrestlers among the top four...

Local Digest

WENDELL -- Faith Christian's girls fell in the championship game of the Southeastern Tournament 58-17 to Cramerton Christian Academy on Saturday. Faith (1-1 overall) was led by Alyssa Hill, who finished with eight points, and 11 rebounds. Hill was also...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Spartan defense stingy early, but top-seeded Rebels claim home win

CALYPSO -- Despite facing an inspired Union defense, North Duplin got the job done Friday evening. Senior quarterback Doug Lloyd rushed for two touchdowns and threw for a third score as the Rebels prevailed 30-12 in the N.C. High School...

Pickle Classic box scores

At Kornegay Arena King (Tenn.) 71 (7) West Virginia State 70 WEST VA. STATE (0-1) Ted Scott 10-18 7-9 31; Wade Pidock 4-8 0-0 11; Jason Slay 3-5 0-0 8; Alfred Walsh 3-6 1-5 7; Tim Contee 2-4 2-3 6;...

No. 2 Tigers run over Panthers

From staff reports WARSAW -- Stedman Mathis rushed for three touchdowns and unbeaten James Kenan throttled North Johnston 41-6 in a second-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-AA (large school) playoff game Friday evening. The second-seeded Tigers (13-0 overall)...

Saints continue strong playoff run

DUDLEY -- Kelvin Flow and Tristan Bass keeping wearing down opponents, the defense keeps making big plays and Southern Wayne keeps making history. The seventh-seeded Saints collected their third playoff win in school history by knocking off Southern Lee 28-19...

Francis Marion spoils opener

MOUNT OLIVE -- Relentless defensive pressure which caused turnovers from frustration and lack of team chemistry haunted the Mount Olive College women's basketball team Saturday afternoon. The Trojans endured scoring droughts in each half and dropped their season opener, 78-63,...

Friday, November 16, 2007

New faces join tradition-rich Mount Olive men's program

MOUNT OLIVE -- It's hard to imagine that a team that finished 23-8 a year ago and made its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II East Regional appearance would begin the 2007 season seeking to find its identity. That's exactly where...

Trojan women look to build on success of last season

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball program is facing a pivotal, but exciting, year. Returning their most-experienced team in Wendy Lee's eight-year tenure as head coach, the Trojan women have an opportunity to put themselves among the...

Wright third player off Aycock's state-title team to sign with Division I program

PIKEVILLE -- Zach Wright didn't need an official campus visit or time to mull over scholarship offers when it came to choosing a college to attend. The Charles B. Aycock senior just needed to know where to sign when East...

C.B. Aycock grappers begin post-Smith era

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock begins the post-Kevin Smith era on the wrestling mats Saturday morning. And the Golden Falcons will be hard-pressed to claim their sixth consecutive Falcon Invitational crown. First-year head coach Mark Bass will suit up several...

Local digest

Princeton claims season opening win PRINCETON -- Ryan Daughtry poured in a game- and career-high 36 points as Princeton claimed a season opening, 60-47 non-conference victory over Rocky Mount Prep. Chris Hinton added seven points and 10 rebounds. Will Gainey...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

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DUDLEY -- Winning six games in a row, capturing a conference championship and advancing to the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A (small school) playoffs doesn't happen without a bit of resolve and determination. Especially...

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By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer WINSTON-SALEM -- The Atlantic Coast Conference title is out of the picture for Wake Forest, but at least the possibility remains for another state championship. The Demon Deacons are stuck in a second two-game...

North Duplin-Union outlook 07

CALYPSO -- Deja vu -- again. For the second consecutive week, North Duplin is facing a regular-season opponent in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small school) football playoffs. The No. 5-ranked Rebels (11-0 overall) entertain eighth-seeded Union...

kenan-north johnston preview

By ANDREW STEVENS News-Argus Sports Writer WARSAW -- It's a loss that's almost a year old, but its sting is so fresh it feels like it happened just yesterday. James Kenan's 13-7 loss to Thomasville in last season's N.C....

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By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH -- From the day he returned to North Carolina State, Sidney Lowe embraced the program's tradition and gave its frustrated fans reason to believe. There were plenty of memorable moments in Lowe's first...

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By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE -- Julius Peppers spent his first five years in the NFL earning a reputation as the one of the game's most fearsome defensive ends. A freakish athlete, Peppers not only piled up sacks,...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wayne Christian girls slip past Wayne Country Day

Behind a game-high 17 points from Brittany Sullivan, Wayne Christian slipped past Wayne Country Day 48-44 on Tuesday night. The Eagles overcame a 9-6 deficit to begin the second quarter, and outscored the Chargers 42-35 the rest of the way....

Aggresive Warriors please Brown

Despite some uneasiness surrounding the Eastern Wayne wrestling team this winter, head coach Mike Brown seemed satisfied with Tuesday's season-opening, 57-24 rout of Triton. The Warriors, as a team, collected seven pins and one decision in 11 contested bouts. Brown's...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Rosewood at James Kenan

WARSAW -- James Kenan rattled off 21 first-quarter points and rolled to a 43-6 victory over Rosewood in their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-AA (large school) playoff game Friday evening. Darius Heslip's 65-yard touchdown run less than...

Greene Central and Bunn

SNOW HILL -- This loss could sting for a while. Greene Central watched a 10-0 halftime lead evaporate into a 21-10 loss to Bunn in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A (small school) playoffs...

Goldsboro and East Duplin

Eric Reid needed just one season to guide Goldsboro to the playoffs. But he'll have to wait another year for his first-ever postseason victory. East Duplin, the No. 14 seed, upended the third-seeded Cougars 41-35 at Cougar Stadium on Friday...

Eastern Wayne and Northeast Guilford

McLEANSVILLE -- Tied 21-21 with Northeast Guilford entering the second half, Eastern Wayne's offense sputtered at the worst possible time. The Warriors opened the third quarter with two straight three-and-outs, as the Rams scored 21 unanswered points en route to...

Southern Wayne 29, Beddingfield 26

DUDLEY -- Jordan Williams wanted redemption. After throwing a fourth-quarter interception, the Southern Wayne quarterback kept his poise and went with the Flow. Using 5-foot-10, 256-pound bruising fullback Kelvin Flow as the workhorse, Williams engineered a game-winning, four-minute drive. He...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Rebels roll over Princeton

CALYPSO -- Let Akeem Cox run? Allow Doug Lloyd to find open receivers downfield? Princeton picked its poison, twice, and came up empty on a bone-chilling Thursday evening at H.E. Grubbs Field. Cox and Lloyd combined for five touchdowns in...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Tigers, Rebels open postseason at home

WARSAW -- Second-year James Kenan football coach Ken Avent Jr. insists neither he nor his players take their recent dominance of the Class 1-A Super Six Conference for granted. And proof of Avent Jr.'s claim was never more apparent than...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf

Walnut Creek LGA Gaye Bryant emerged the play-of-the-day winner for weekly tournament play at Walnut Creek Country Club. Linda Watson claimed low gross, while Faye Franklin won low net. Betty Holloway seized low putts. Josie Ottaviani captured play-of-the-day winner for...

Trojans season comes to an end

MOC Sports Information ANDERSON, S.C. -- Racey Bartley recorded a career-high 24 kills and Kailey Preece rallied Mount Olive College at the service line, but Anderson prevailed 30-21, 28-30, 34-32, 31-29 in a Conference Carolinas volleyball tournament match Wednesday evening....

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PIKEVILLE -- It wasn't supposed to end like this. Especially not at home. Charles B. Aycock's run through the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A men's soccer playoffs came to a screeching halt with a 2-1 third-round loss against...

2-A playoffs preview

Don't break out the basketballs yet. Goldsboro has some unfinished business to attend to in football. After enduring a winless campaign in 2006, the Cougars have turned the corner this season. A new coach and two 1,000-yard rushers catapulted Goldsboro...

Saints face familiar, dangerous foe

DUDLEY -- When head coach Bob Warren talks about Southern Wayne's opponent in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A (small school) football playoffs, the tone of his voice changes. The Saints entertain league...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Easley, Brown lead Mount Olive men

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley shared game-high honors with 17 points and Josh Brown scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half as Mount Olive rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to defeat the Kazakhstan National Team 84-70...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Local digest

Middle schools * Soccer -- Antonio Avila collected two goals as Spring Creek (11-1-0 overall) defeated Greenwood 5-0 and finished a perfect 8-0 against Wayne County Middle School Athletic Conference Division II competition. Edgar Rangel and Miguel Baltazar each provided...

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Catholic denies Warriors' title bid

BURLINGTON -- The Eastern Wayne women's tennis team just couldn't compose the happy ending it seeked for its storybook season. The pesky villain survived. Perennial powerhouse Charlotte Catholic dominated singles play and turned back the Warriors 5-0 for the N.C....

MOC sports weekend wrap

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive seniors Mariangelix Cordero and Sam Mitchell celebrated Senior Day as the Trojans defeated Converse 30-18, 30-28, 30-23 in a Conference Carolinas women's volleyball match Saturday afternoon at Kornegay Arena. Cordero recorded 40...

Goldsboro JV cruises to win

From staff reports Andrae Montgomery and Freddie Jones surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and the Cougars clinched a share of the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference title with a 42-0 trouncing of North Pitt. It is Goldsboro's first league championship since...

West Brunswick eliminates Eastern Wayne

West Brunswick collected two first-half goals within a 21/2 minute stretch and cruised past Eastern Wayne 5-2 on Saturday evening at Little Big Horn. The loss eliminated the host Warriors (10-12 overall) from the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class...

C.B. Aycock advances to third round for first time ever

PIKEVILLE -- Like a match lit in a forest, Charles B. Aycock's offense has the potential to erupt at any time. The Golden Falcons overcame a slow start to roll past Triton 5-1 in the second round of the N.C....

Rosewood routs Princeton

From staff reports Sean Cornman threw a pair of touchdown passes as Rosewood rolled past archrival Princeton 39-13 in the Class 1-A Carolina Conference regular-season finale for both teams Friday evening. The Eagles won for the 29th time in 37...

Greene Central holds off North Lenoir

From staff reports SNOW HILL -- Playoff-bound Greene Central thwarted a late fourth-quarter rally and turned back North Lenoir 34-27 in the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference regular-season finale for both teams. The Hawks (0-11 overall, 0-5 EPC) logged a...

Council and Coley lead Goldsboro past North Pitt

From staff reports BETHEL -- Backfield mates Anthony Council and Hykeem Coley carried their "thunder and lightning" act to North Pitt on Friday evening, and scorched the North Pitt defense for a combined 488 yards. Council and Coley each...

Eastern Wayne foiled by another last-second play

Oh no, not again. Less than seven seconds away from a much-needed season-ending win, Eastern Wayne couldn't close the deal Friday evening. Kinston quarterback Donavan Ingram threw a 32-yard touchdown pass and added the two-point conversion with 6.6 seconds remaining...

James Kenan repeats as Super 6 champ

From staff reports WARSAW -- Second-ranked James Kenan withstood a late second-half rally and held off No. 7-ranked Wallace-Rose Hill 24-16 at Bill Taylor Field on Friday evening. The Tigers completed their second consecutive regular season unbeaten in 11 outings,...

Southern Wayne rules ECC foes

PIKEVILLE -- Coaches can game plan, strategize and prepare for Southern Wayne's backfield tandem of Kelvin Flow and Tristan Bass. Stopping them, however, is a completely different story. Flow and Bass combined for 277 yards rushing and six touchdowns as...

North Duplin clinches Carolina crown outright

From staff reports SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Duplin capped an undefeated regular season and seized the Class 1-A Carolina Conference title outright with a 46-6 rout of Spring Creek on Friday evening. Senior quarterback Doug Lloyd rushed for three touchdowns,...

Friday, November 2, 2007

East Champions -- Warriors turn back Gryphons in doubles

Play aggressive. Work smart on each point. Ignore the fear factor. Eastern Wayne's top-seeded tandem of Lauren Bynum-Casie Musgrave made that strategy look easy Thursday evening. Dominant from the opening serve, the duo pulled off a stunning upset and helped...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports SNOW HILL -- The dream of winning a state championship got one step closer to becoming a reality for Greene Central on Thursday. The Rams (22-2 overall) dumped Tarboro 5-1 and earned their ninth trip to the...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Duplin County rivals to decide league title

WARSAW -- Regular-season finales don't get much bigger than this. And when it's two bitter archrivals facing each other in a high-stakes affair, you can expect the intensity and emotional levels for both teams to run rampant for at least...

Monarchs cruise past Trojans

MOC Sports Information NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion used a 12-0 run as the springboard to an 83-53 victory over Mount Olive College in a men's exhibition basketball game Wednesday evening. The Trojans trailed 29-26 at halftime and by one...

Limestone eliminates Trojans from tourney

MOC Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Limestone denied Mount Olive's quest for a fourth consecutive appearance in the final four with an opening-round, 2-0 victory in the Conference Carolinas women's soccer tournament Wednesday afternoon. Seniors Gina Dos Santos, Emily Escolas,...

Semifinals set at MOC

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- For the second year in a row, Mount Olive plays host to the semifinal and championship rounds of the inaugural Conference Carolinas men's and women's soccer tournaments on Friday and Sunday. Second-seeded Pfeiffer faces...

Golden Falcons hammer Vikings

PIKEVILLE -- It's going to take a much stronger effort to derail Charles B. Aycock in the postseason. The Golden Falcons proved that Wednesday evening. Just eight minutes into the contest, Jorge Delgado bounced a shot off the keeper and...