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Monday, March 31, 2008

Vertcnik posts 'hat trick' vs. Coker College

MOUNT OLIVE -- Fans donned their heavy winter jackets, earmuffs and huddled under blankets to watch No. 1-ranked Mount Olive play on a chilly, rainy day against Coker (S.C.) College. Alex Vertcnik made the trip worth battling the frigid conditions....

Sunday, March 30, 2008

News-Argus Swimmer of the Year: Mason Chenier

Awards can do nothing to describe it because no other physical activity works the same way. Burning muscles. Constant ear aches. Zero hours sleep. That's life as a high school swimmer and no one knows the rigorous grind better than...

News-Argus Co-Wrestlers of the Year: Olivia Neal, Chris Tesar

Rosewood's Olivia Neal and Eastern Wayne's Chris Tesar, in their own way, posted unprecedented -- and phenomenal -- senior seasons on the wrestling mat. Neal broke the gender barrier. Tesar concluded his stellar varsity career as the county and school...

No. 1-ranked Trojans likely to fall from top perch

MOUNT OLIVE -- After spending five weeks atop several national baseball polls, Mount Olive's reign at No. 1 most likely ended Saturday afternoon -- and against an unlikely opponent. Conference Carolinas member Coker (S.C.) College stunned the Trojans 10-9 in...

Deacon Jones Invitational: Rosewood three-peats as tournament champion

PRINCETON -- As Rosewood's players hoisted the Deacon Jones Invitational championship trophy in jubilation and cameras illuminated the night sky, Josh Smith reflected on the moment. Not so long ago, the Eagles struggled to find their identity. Wins were a...

Deacon Jones Invitational: Spring Creek cages Dixon

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek shook off the doldrums from a Thursday loss to a county rival and rebounded with a 10-4 decision over Dixon in the consolation game of the seventh annual Deacon Jones Invitational. After falling to Rosewood in...

C.B. Aycock softball goes 1-2 at Harnett Central Invitational

ANGIER -- The Charles B. Aycock softball team compiled a 1-2 record during the single-day Harnett Central Invitational contested Friday. The Golden Falcons opened tournament play with a 1-0, eight-inning loss to Triton. Perennial Class 3-A power Harnett Central downed...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Early-inning uprisings spark Rosewood

PRINCETON -- A week-long break seemed to favor Rosewood's offense Thursday evening. The Eagles collected four first-inning runs on just two hits and rode the momentum to a 12-2, five-inning victory over Spring Creek in the 2008 Deacon Jones Invitational....

Bulldogs use long ball to topple Dixon

PRINCETON -- Strong winds turned Bulldog Field into a launching pad on day one of the 2008 Deacon Jones Classic. Princeton definitely benefited from the conditions. Ryan and Dillon Daughtry combined for three home runs as the reigning Class 1-A...

Warren inks three-year deal with Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh has re-signed long snapper Greg Warren, who starred at Southern Wayne High School, to a three-year contract, according to the team's website. The deal is worth $2.3 million and includes a $395,000 signing bonus. Warren signed with...

Coker rallies twice against Trojans on softball diamond

COKER, S.C. -- Coker doesn't seem eager to share the Conference Carolinas regular-season softball championship this season. The Cobras proved their point Thursday afternoon. Mount Olive's defense permitted two eighth-inning runs as Coker escaped 8-7 in game two of their...

Prep box scores

2008 Deacon Jones Invitational (at Princeton HS) Game 1 Dixon 102 001 0 -- 4 8 2 Princeton 010 301 x -- 5 8 1 Leading hitters -- Dixon -- J.J. Schoonover 1-3, HR; Chris Huie 2-2, HR; Rookie Davis...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

ECU gaining ground at Spring practice

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina officially passed the midway point of its spring football practice period Wednesday with a two-hour, full-pads workout inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex. The session capped preparations for the Pirates' first intra-squad scrimmage scheduled for today....

ECU baseball tops Campbell

GREENVILLE -- Sthil Sowers, who led North Lenoir to two Class 2-A state baseball championships, picked up his second collegiate win Wednesday evening during East Carolina's 11-3 thrashing of in-state rival Campbell University. Sowers (2-1) yielded two runs on six...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

C.B. Aycock rebounds from defeat

KINSTON -- A short memory is the best thing a team can have when playing four games in a six-day stretch. Just ask Charles B. Aycock. Coming off a shutout loss on Monday, the more-patient Golden Falcons reversed their fortunes...

Warriors rout Wake County HS

GREENVILLE -- Different day, different opponent. Same ballpark, same story. For the second time in less than 24 hours, Eastern Wayne used solid hitting and pitching to earn a victory in the annual Jimmie R. Grimsley Hot Stove League Invitational...

Trojans, Indians split doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- Taxes and death are two guarantees in life. When Mount Olive and Catawba meet on the baseball diamond, you're also assured of another thing -- a split. Jesse Lancaster's one-out, walk-off single lifted No. 1-ranked Mount Olive...

Local digest

LOUISBURG -- Wayne Country earned its first win of the season on Tuesday defeating Halifax Academy 11-1 in five innings. Kevin Herring pitched a complete game allowing one run with six strikeouts and one walk. Herring also had a three-run...

Prep box scores

2008 Jimmie R. Grimsley Hot Stove League Invitational (at Guy Smith Stadium) Eastern Wayne 14, Wake County Home School 3 (5 inn.) At Greenville Wake County 300 00 -- 3 3 1 Eastern Wayne 420 35 -- 14 15 3...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Warrior win comes with a cost

GREENVILLE -- Victories occasionally come with a price tag. Only time will tell, however, how expensive Eastern Wayne's 7-4, non-conference win over Washington will be during the next few days. Shortstop Walker Gourley, who has verbally committed to East Carolina,...

West Craven shuts out CBA

KINSTON -- Breezy conditions turned the atmosphere chilly at Viking Field on Monday afternoon. Charles B. Aycock was equally as cold offensively. The Golden Falcons managed just three hits and endured a 4-0 loss to West Craven on day two...

Local digest

John Kurt-Cozine threw a no-hitter as Faith Christian defeated Teach, a private school in Washington, 12-0 on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon. Cozine mashed a three-run homer for the Conquerors, who remained unbeaten in three outings this season. Wes Caudle...

MOC baseball stays number one

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive remains No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball top 30 poll and head coach Carl Lancaster is now a 700-game winner at the perennial Division II powerhouse. The Trojans (33-2 overall) remained No. 1 for...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Warriors fall to Rose

GREENVILLE -- J.H. Rose hurler Tanner Merritt recovered from first-inning trouble and threw six scoreless innings in a 12-2 decision over Eastern Wayne in the Jimmie R. Grimsley Hot Stove League Invitational on Saturday. Merritt permitted a first-inning, lead-off single...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Goldsbor's McDuffie Boys Player of the Year

His smile can light up a room and his floor presence commands the attention of his teammates. He's 100 percent confident but well short of cocky. With the late arrival of new head coach Tod Morgan and the loss of...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports NEWTON GROVE -- Jessica Pridgen collected four hits and two RBI as North Duplin hammered Hobbton 20-8 in non-conference action. Brittney Coley added three hits and four RBI for the Rebels, who beat a Class 1-A Super...

Pirates dominate in C-USA opener

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Corey Kemp tied a school record by hitting three home runs and the East Carolina offense pounded 16 hits to claim a 15-4 Conference USA win over Houston Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair...

10-run seventh leads MOC to victory

MOC Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Jesse Lancaster belted a pair of two-run homers, the second home run highlighting a tie-breaking 10-run seventh inning as nationally top-ranked Mount Olive defeated Limestone 16-5 in Conference Carolinas baseball Saturday at Gaffney, S.C....

Golden Falcons rally from seven-run deficit

KINSTON -- Charles B. Aycock felt a gut-wrenching sense of deja vu when South Central raced to a seven-run lead Saturday. This time, however, the Golden Falcons didn't crumble. Coming off a season-low, two-run output two days ago, Aycock capitalized...

Ricky Lofton Girls Coach of the Year

Southern Wayne experienced the biggest turnaround of any girls' team in the News-Argus area this past season. The Saints logged a winless Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference campaign a year ago, and lost their head coach, Chuck Crumpler. Assistant Ricky...

Morgan, Stephens Boys Coaches of the Year

Tod Morgan and Russell Stephens guided their teams through more adversity than expected, and both lived to tell about it once their respective 2007-08 seasons concluded. The duo expected challenges at their most-recent stop -- tradition-rich, boys' basketball programs that...

Eastern Wayne's Billups Girls Player of the Year

A dominating factor during Eastern Wayne's back-to-back, Class 3-A Eastern Conference Carolina title runs in volleyball, Brittani Billups knew one thing was missing from her high school resume -- a win over perennial basketball power Wilson Beddingfield. Billups and point...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mar Mac Ballpark seeks community's support

The truck pulls into the driveway. The kid quickly jumps off the porch steps, grabs his baseball bat and glove and throws everything into the truckbed. After a few more stops, the truck is overflowing with future prep and college...

Eastern Wayne pounds out 17 hits

PIKEVILLE -- Since the latest conference realignment in 2005, Eastern Wayne hadn't experienced much success against county archrival Charles B. Aycock on the baseball diamond. Winless in their previous four trips, the Warriors ended the futility with a convincing 12-2,...

Saints use third-inning outburst to top Warriors

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne capitalized on early-scoring opportunities and climbed into a three-way for the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball lead Thursday afternoon. The Saints doubled up Wilson Hunt 4-2 and joined county rivals Eastern Wayne and Charles B....

Dean, Lemmon lead Warriors

PIKEVILLE -- Rarely does one player completely alter a team's identity. Then again, few players possess Brandi Dean's speed. The sophomore returned to the pitch Thursday evening and helped Eastern Wayne dominate possession in a 3-0 victory over Class 3-A...

Local digest

Rosewood tallied 15 runs on 10 hits and cruised past visiting Wayne Country Day 15-5 on Thursday evening. The Eagles scored nine runs in the fourth inning thanks to four Chargers errors. Cody Richards was 3-for-3 with a double, a...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

MOC baseball routs Shepherd 13-3

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive was forced to get away from its hard-hitting, home-run heavy style, but the top-ranked Trojans didn't seem to mind as they routed Shepherd (W. Va.) University 13-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The No....

MOC softball wins

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jenny Jackson, the reigning Conference Carolinas player of the year, ripped a three-run, sixth-inning home run as Mount Olive blanked North Georgia 3-0 in game one of their softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. North Georgia answered with a...

Local digest

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock completed its regular-season sweep of Wilson Fike 9-0 in non-conference men's tennis action Wednesday afternoon. Top-seeded Blake Vail remained unbeaten in seven singles matches. Second-seeded Addison Westbrook, Blake Cooper, Ben Evans, Dylan Quinn and Rawad...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Pirates' life for Butts

A journeyman on the collegiate scene, Brett Butts admits his travels from the baseball diamond at Eastern Wayne to perennial collegiate power East Carolina have been full of lessons. He's learned every one. And he's grown into a better pitcher....

No. 1-ranked Trojans turn back Shepherd

MOUNT OLIVE -- Weston Curles scattered four hits in a seven-inning stint as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive dumped Shepherd (W. Va.) 8-3 on Tuesday at Scarborough Field. The Trojans pounded out 14 hits and stole seven bases in the non-conference...

Hollowell relaxes after first inning

Not many pitchers survive a 31-pitch inning. Adron Hollowell did ... once he got rid of the jitters. The Eastern Wayne right-hander yielded three first-inning runs on four hits to Wilson Beddingfield on Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore struggled with his...

Golden Falcons escape Hunt

WILSON -- The ability to thrive or crumble in the face of adversity is often the fine line that separates first place from second. Charles B. Aycock toed the line Tuesday afternoon. Two errors and Jordan Carr's RBI single allowed...

Warriors fend off Bruins

Eastern Wayne used a stellar first-half effort and some good luck to defeat Wilson Beddingfield 4-3 at Little Big Horn on Tuesday evening. The Warriors' strategy became obvious early in the opening half, with speedster Brandi Dean controlling several balls...

Turvin, Jackson help Trojans sweep Pace

MOUNT OLIVE -- Anna Turvin flirted with a no-hitter for six innings and Jenny Jackson cranked out a two-run double as Mount Olive stopped Pace (N.Y.) 4-1 in game one of their doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. Jackson threw a two-hitter...

Local digest

Wayne Christian pounded out 14 hits and Traci Davis tossed a no-hitter as the top-ranked Eagles dominated visiting fourth-ranked Faith of Rocky Mount 15-0 in five innings on Tuesday. Davis finished with 12 strikeouts. Davis and Brittany Sullivan each collected...

Prep baseball box scores

Eastern Wayne 14, Beddingfield 3 (4 1/2 innings) At New Hope Beddingfield 300 00 -- 4 6 6 Eastern Wayne 140 9x -- 14 9 3 Leading hitters -- Beddingfield -- Aaron Dew 1-1; Lloyd Davis 1-3, 2B, RBI. Eastern...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rebels get first win

CALYPSO -- North Duplin snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-4, non-conference decision over Union on Monday afternoon. Erratic fielding by the Rebels allowed the Spartans to take a 3-0, first-inning lead. Antonio Garcia laced a two-RBI double down...

North Duplin softball stumbles

CALYPSO -- "This was our bad game." North Duplin head softball coach Heather Best hopes it's the only mistake-filled contest her senior-laden team will experience this season. The Rebels succumbed to seven uncharacteristic errors and suffered a 13-1, non-conference loss...

Mount Olive College wrap-up

SALISBURY -- Former Wayne Christian standout Jonathan Greene is tied for fifth overall out of 45 golfers after opening-round play in the Chick-Fil-A Men's Golf Intercollegiate tournament. Greene Central carded a 35 on the front nine and 38 on the...

Trojans hold on to number one ranking

MOUNT OLIVE -- Still No. 1. Despite seeing Bryant (R.I.) University snap its 23-game win streak nearly a week ago, Mount Olive remained atop the Collegiate Baseball and Ping Baseball Division II top 30 baseball polls. The Trojans (28-2 overall)...

Local digest

FAYETTEVILLE -- Jay Hinson recorded a season-high 14 strikeouts as Faith Christian rolled past Berean Christian 15-1 in a N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A Coastal Region game Monday. Hinson permitted an unearned run on a hit batsman and error....

Monday, March 17, 2008

Double play saves No. 1 MOC

Barton Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Top-ranked Mount Olive College turned a game-ending, bases-loaded double play Sunday afternoon to escape archrival Barton 10-8 in Conference Carolinas play. The Trojans (28-2 overall) completed a weekend sweep of the Bulldogs and remained...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir continued its early season dominance with a 16-1 drubbing of Kinston on Saturday. Stephen Pridgen, Tyler Potter and Mike Wetherington each had two hits for the Hawks. John Alphin and C.C. Croom added...

Trojans joust Knights

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive remained unbeaten on the Conference Carolinas softball scene with a doubleheader sweep of in-state rival St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon. Catcher Bailey Harrell collected two RBI as the Trojans claimed the opener...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

CBA uses extra-base hits to beat Kinston

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock used the "extra-base hit" factor to remain unbeaten on the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball scene Friday afternoon. Tyler Ruffin mashed a home run and the Golden Falcons cranked out four extra-base knocks overall...

No. 1-ranked Trojans throttle Barton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coming off a loss for only the second time this season, Mount Olive took out its frustration on archrival Barton on Saturday afternoon. The No. 1-ranked Trojans claimed the Conference Carolinas doubleheader 16-1 and 10-1, giving them...

Golden Falcon softball team hammers Vikings

KINSTON -- Pitchers Emily Jordan and Autumn Pittman combined for a four-hitter as Charles B. Aycock hammered Kinston 12-1 in a Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference softball game Friday. Jordan surrendered an unearned run on three hits and fanned six...

Hunt soccer shuts outs Eastern Wayne

Wilson Hunt keeper Brianne Meadows found herself bouncing back and forth, stretching and her team's biggest cheerleader in an attempt to stay loose on Friday night. Meadows had little to occupy her time as the visiting Warriors pressured Eastern Wayne...

Hunt's Lee no-hits Eastern Wayne

Zack Lee threw a no-hitter and Wilson Hunt remained the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference baseball co-leader with an 11-0, five-inning decision over Eastern Wayne. Lee notched three strikeouts and yielded two walks in the mercy-rule shortened game. "They out-pitched...

Pitt-Johnstown shocks No. 23-ranked Mount Olive

UPJ Sports Information CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- Daktronics East Region Player of the Year Chris Gilliam collected game highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds as the seventh-seeded Pitt-Johnstown defense held nationally-ranked Mount Olive to just 3-33 shooting from 3-point range...

Trojan women eliminated from East Regional

From staff reports INDIANA, Pa. -- The clock finally struck midnight for Cinderella. Shepherd (W. Va.) University used an 18-point run to erase a double-digit deficit and topple eighth-seeded Mount Olive 74-66 in the NCAA Division II East Regional on...

Trojans' Aro has big day against Barton

WILSON -- Carol Aro emerged victorious on the singles and doubles scene, and Mount Olive knocked off archrival Barton 6-3 in a Conference Carolinas women's tennis match Saturday afternoon. Aro, the No. 2 seed, outlasted the Bulldogs' Chelsea Hseih 7-6...

Friday, March 14, 2008

Experienced MOC feels confident

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive is hardly satisfied with its Conference Carolinas regular-season and tournament championships. Oh, don't think that sweeping the awards didn't suit the Trojans. It just boosted their appetite -- especially for another NCAA Division II East...

Cinderella ready to dance at ball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Cinderella is ready to dance. She hopes to show top-seeded Indiana (Pa.) University a few new moves and pull off a first-round upset when the NCAA Division II East Regional tips off today. But will Mount Olive's...

Youth-laden Rosewood still seeking indentity

Non-conference losses mean nothing. While the setbacks might not please fans in attendance, coaches use the games as preparation for conference -- and possibly -- postseason play. And when you're a team mixed with youth and experienced players, those defeats...

Veteran-led Hawks ready for Trojans

INDIANA, Pa. -- A No. 1 seed, home-court advantage and the right to play an eight seed. Indiana (Pa.) University couldn't ask for much more during its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament. Or could...

UPJ satisfied with underdog role vs. MOC

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Seventh-seeded Pittsburgh-Johnstown is considered an underdog in the 2008 NCAA Division II East Regional men's basketball tournament. It's a role the Mountain Cats know well. And it doesn't bother UPJ coach Bob Rukavina. "I think the role...

Wayne Christian knocks off Wayne Country Day

Wayne Christian jumped out to a four-run lead and never looked back in its 11-0 victory over defending independent schools 1-A state champion Wayne Country Day. The first inning proved especially crucial. After J.J. Jefferson singled and Michael Johnson reached...

Chargers open season with shutout of Eagles

Wayne Country Day coach Baron Heinemann saw plenty of room for improvement during Thursday's season-opening match against Wayne Christian. But the outcome wasn't a disappointment. The Chargers scored early and late, and played with a 'bend but don't break' mentality...

MOC sports wrap

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Pedro Penate posted a career- and school-record 25 kills as the Mount Olive men's volleyball team rallied past Division III Eastern Mennonite 30-27, 29-31, 26-30, 30-19, 15-12 on Thursday evening. Penate broke his own school record of...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Lenoir remained unbeaten with a 10-2 non-conference victory at Spring Creek on Thursday. Bryce Grady went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and a home run for the Hawks. Tyler Potter and Stephen Pridgen both...

Pirates come back in 8th

Stephen Batts smashed a game-clinching, three-run homer as East Carolina rallied past Quinnipiac 12-9 inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Thursday evening. Batts' round-tripper gave the Pirates their ninth straight win and 10th overall in 14 outings this season....

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Graham chasing ACC dream

Growing up in Goldsboro and playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference was beyond Jimmy Graham's wildest dreams. Now a junior at Miami, Graham is not only playing in the ACC, he's an integral part of one of the best seasons...

ACC Tournament full of excitement

It's the crown jewel of college basketball conference tournaments. A weekend where legends are born. A celebration of hoops where teams can solidify their NCAA Tournament resumes and an unforgiving gauntlet known for shattering dreams. The ACC Tournament can be...

Sherrer's double lifts Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- With Mount Olive's 22-game winning streak and No. 1 national ranking hanging in the balance, Jason Sherrer delivered at the right time Wednesday afternoon. Sherrer supplied a walk-off, two-RBI double in the bottom of the seventh as...

North Lenoir sweeps CB Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Mike Wetherington belted a first-inning grand slam and North Lenoir kept the momentum in a 12-6, non-conference victory over Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks swept the regular-season series from the Golden Falcons, who dropped to...

Local digest

LaGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock secured a 2-0, first-inning lead and survived North Lenoir's late-inning rally for a 3-2, non-conference softball victory Wednesday afternoon. Stevie Savage, Brooke Edgerton and Tori Benton led the Falcons' offense with two hits apiece. Emily...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Warrior's Wooten slugs two home runs

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne head baseball coach Jabo Fulghum, despite his team's early-season misgivings, knew a tough non-conference slate had prepared them for Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play. If Tuesday's performance against archrival Southern Wayne is any indication of...

C.B. Aycock rallies past Beddingfield

WILSON -- Aaron Dew's first-inning home run didn't seem to shake up defending state 3-A baseball champion Charles B. Aycock on a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon. "It was a wake-up call," said Aycock head coach Charles Davis. Indeed. The Golden Falcons...

ECC 3-A golf -- Easter Wayne leads after first 18-hole tournament

MOUNT OLIVE -- The weather might have seemed ideal for a perfect day of golf, but it didn't merit low scores on the Southern Wayne Country Club links Tuesday afternoon. Players found the winding course difficult to tame in the...

MOC sports digest

MOUNT OLIVE -- Freshman Aubrey Reinhard ripped her first-ever collegiate home run as Mount Olive swept in-state foe Fayetteville State University on Tuesday afternoon. Reinhard, who starred at Rosewood High, belted the round-tripper as the Trojans defeated the Bulldogs 8-0...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Greene Central improved its record to 4-0 with a 7-1 win at Spring Creek on Tuesday. Michael Speedy, Trey Beaman and Chris Leggett each had two hits for the Rams. Beaman got Greene Central on the board...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

MOC sweeps Pfeiffer

MISENHEIMER -- Jason Sherrer and Rich Racobaldo each provided a third-inning, two-RBI hit as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive stopped in-state rival Pfeiffer 6-1 on Monday afternoon. The Trojans (23-1 overall) claimed their 21st consecutive victory and improved to 9-0 against...

Goldsboro golfers learning on the course

Rebuilding is not just the theme of the season for the Goldsboro High School golf team, it's the theme of the program. After a decade hiatus, the Cougars began their second consecutive slate of Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference matches...

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Brianna Lofton and Lindsay Pearsall each batted 3-for-4 as Southern Wayne knocked off Greene Central 4-1 on Monday afternoon. Right-handed hurler Lauren Darden scattered three hits and posted 12 strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Southern Wayne (4-1 overall)...

Monday, March 10, 2008

MOC Earns Regional bids

MOUNT OLIVE -- Keona Corley knew this day would come. Her teammates did, too. A strong season-ending run, capped by a stirring upset of No. 12-ranked Anderson (S.C.) University, earned the Mount Olive College women's basketball team a ticket to...

MOC weekend sports wrap

MISENHEIMER -- Senior first baseman Erik Lovett broke the school record for career homers and No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College swept a doubleheader in-state rival Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon. Casey Hodges retired 12 of the final 13 batters he...

Friday, March 7, 2008

Trojan men oust archrival Barton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Throughout the season, Mount Olive enjoyed a lengthy stay in the NABC Division II top 25 poll and eventually seized the top slot in the East Region rankings. Within a 14-day period, however, the Trojans endured two...

Monroe, Moore harass Bulldogs

WILSON -- Senior guard Lakeisha Monroe led four players in double figures with a game-high 21 points as Mount Olive upset archrival Barton 74-71 in their semifinal-round, Conference Carolinas tournament game Thursday evening. The third-seeded Trojans (19-10 overall) travel to...

Perennial power J.H. Rose defeats E. Wayne at home

Without run support, quality pitching loses some of its meaning. Starter John Wooten and reliever Josh Frederick did all they could to keep Eastern Wayne in its ballgame with visiting J.H. Rose on Thursday afternoon. However, the Warriors' inability to...

Saints' Darden hurls 4 1/2-inning no-hitter

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne scored a run in each inning and dominated county rival Rosewood, 10-0, on Thursday afternoon. Saints senior Brianna Lofton got the offense started with a first-inning single. Alyssa Bradshaw, Morgan Davis and Meredith Davis each followed...

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne put up four runs in the bottom half of the first inning and cruised to a 9-2 victory over North Johnston on Thursday. Tyler Edwards had an RBI double and a triple. Jordan Williams added a...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

MOC prepares for round three

Now the stakes are higher. Part three of the season-long, Mount Olive-Barton basketball series will take a pivotal turn this evening in the 2008 Conference Carolinas tournament semifinals. The top-seeded Trojan men (22-6 overall) entertain the Dogs, the reigning Division...

Preps Digest

From staff reports Eastern Wayne rebounded from Monday's lackadaisical performance against Spring Creek and turned back South Central 9-3 on the New Hope diamond Wednesday afternoon. Walker Gourley emerged the winning pitcher and slapped a two-run homer. "Walker pitched a...

EW's Jackson improves to 4-0

From staff reports Drew Jackson continued his early-season, unbeaten run on the singles scene in men's tennis, but Eastern Wayne still seeks consistency as a team during its non-conference schedule. Jackson improved to 4-0 overall with a 6-3, 6-3 conquest...

Rosewood stops Kinston 1-0

Rosewood's game plan Wednesday evening was simple. If visiting Kinston didn't score, the Eagles couldn't lose. The strategy worked to perfection in a 1-0 victory at Branch Pope Field. Gabby Cornman sent a corner kick in front of the Kinston...

Saints suffer late-inning loss

DUDLEY -- A bloop and a blast led to Wilmington Hoggard's 3-0, non-conference victory over Southern Wayne on Wednesday afternoon -- an unfitting ending to a solid pitchers' duel. After six scoreless innings, the Vikings began their rally on Luke...

MOC baseball continues dominance

MOC Sports Information FLORENCE, S.C. -- Weston Curles threw seven shutout innings as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College blitzed No. 7-ranked Francis Marion (S.C.) University 10-0 on Wednesday afternoon. Erik Lovett tied a school record with three doubles and Alex...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Rosewood's Rains signs NLI with Catawba

Holt Rains was in a Catch 22. The Rosewood High senior took a day trip to Wingate University, talked with the football coaches and felt content when he left the campus. Then Catawba came calling. Again, Rains and his family...

Trojans' first baseman finding his stride

MOUNT OLIVE -- Forgive Erik Lovett for having a chip on his shoulder this season. He certainly feels he has something to prove. Last season, the Mount Olive College first baseman and his teammates just missed advancing to the Division...

Sharks' Cole devours 12U ECSL competition

GREENVILLE -- Logan Cole logged top-three finishes in six different events among 12U competitors during the 2008 Eastern Carolina Swim League Championships contested this past week. Cole, who swims with the Goldsboro Sharks, touched the wall first in the 100...

Trojan men knocked out of top 25

MOUNT OLIVE -- Back-to-back losses to end regular-season play knocked Mount Olive College out of the NABC Division II men's basketball top 25 poll. The Trojans (22-6 overall) received eight points in this week's poll, tying with Wingate as the...

Local Sports Digest

PRINCETON -- After an 0-2 start Princeton earned its first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Midway on Tuesday. Ryan Daughtry picked up win on the mound tossing four innings of scoreless baseball. Daughtry scattered four hits...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Trojan men survive and advance

MOUNT OLIVE -- A sparse Kornegay Arena crowd sat quietly for 30 minutes Monday evening and wondered if Mount Olive could emerge from its season-ending, two-game losing streak. The answer came in the final 10 minutes. Brandon Streeter's offensive putback...

Preps digest

From staff reports Keri Adams allowed just two earned runs on two hits as Eastern Wayne cruised past county rival Spring Creek 12-5 on Monday afternoon. Adams aided her cause with a base hit. Morgan Smith, Casey Mitchell and Brianna...

Warriors outlast Gators on diamond

Eastern Wayne used two big innings to blow open its non-conference battle against county rival Spring Creek on Monday afternoon. The Warriors snapped a two-game skid with a 12-8 victory. "We were swinging the bats really well tonight," Warrior Jabo...

Aycock Falcons batter Princeton

PIKEVILLE -- Question marks. As a pair of defending state champions squared off Monday afternoon, Charles B. Aycock appeared to have addressed most of its preseason concerns, while many of Princeton's worries have already reared their heads. The Golden Falcons...

MOC tops Queens 68-54

MOUNT OLIVE -- Facing the one-and-done scenario and coming off a bitter loss against archrival Barton just two days ago, Mount Olive couldn't find any kind of rhythm Monday evening. The third-seeded Trojans played hesitant on offense and their historic...

Monday, March 3, 2008

Trojans push winning streak to 17

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Ryan Schlecht scattered three hits and yielded an unearned run in seven innings of work as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive dispatched Anderson (S.C.) 7-1 on Sunday afternoon. Schlecht (5-0) finished with six strikeouts and...

Local Sports Digest

From staff reports PRINCETON -- Benton Myers drilled a third-inning, two-run homer as Princeton dropped its 2008 season-opening game, 14-6 to West Johnston on Saturday afternoon. Myers finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI. Teammate Cameron Harrison added two hits,...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Warner Southern snaps Trojans' win streak

MOUNT OLIVE -- Pedro Penate set a school record with 23 kills, but it wasn't enough as Mount Olive had its eight-match winning streak come to an end with a 30-22, 30-27, 30-32, 30-24 loss to Warner Southern in the...

Jerry Narron returns to the Big Show

Jerry Narron is headed back to the Big Show The former Cincinnati Reds manager was hired by the Texas Rangers last week to do some consulting work on a part-time basis. Narron will join brother Johnny, who was hired by...

Trojan men fall, but win Conference Carolinas title outright

WILSON -- Mount Olive left everything on the floor at Wilson Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, the Trojans also left 13 critical points at the free throw line. The misgiving at the charity stripe, a 16 of 29 effort, proved...

No. 1-ranked Mount Olive sweeps Anderson (S.C.) in baseball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Top-ranked Mount Olive swept a Conference Carolinas doubleheader from Anderson (S.C.) University at Scarborough Field on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans picked up a 14-7 win in the opener and took an 8-4 decision in the nightcap. The...

Davis, Cynthia Burroughs shut down Princeton offense

Traci Davis looked like her old self Saturday afternoon. The senior right-hander mixed speeds, constantly found the corners and kept Princeton's batters baffled for four-plus innings. Bullpen mate Cynthia Burroughs did much the same for two-plus innings, and Wayne Christian's...

Barton's Burke takes conference honor

THOMASVILLE -- Former Charles B. Aycock standout Jon Burke, now a junior at Barton College, has been named the Conference Carolinas men's golfer of the month. Burke grabbed the opening-round lead at the Pfeiffer/Old North State Invitational with a 3-under...

South Central eliminates Eastern Wayne from postseason

WINTERVILLE -- The third time was not the charm. Beaten twice in regular-season play by perennial power South Central, underdog Eastern Wayne figured its bad luck might have disappeared. It didn't. The Falcons played stellar full-court defense and scored off...

Hawks edge Warriors in extra innings

Jim Montague was privileged enough to witness a sight on Friday evening most head coaches dream of experiencing more often. Montague got to witness his club grow up a little bit. North Lenoir trailed host Eastern Wayne 5-1 after four...

C.B. Aycock softball throttles Clayton

PIKEVILLE -- Emily Jordan and Ashley Shingleton combined for a three-hitter as Charles B. Aycock pounded Clayton 17-1 on Friday afternoon. The duo combined for six strikeouts in the 4 1/2-inning contest. Cara Frederick nearly hit for the cycle with...

Barton women protect Dog House

WILSON -- Mount Olive couldn't close the deal. Archrival Barton College did -- with Kendra Thomas' help. Absent during their previous meeting nearly five weeks ago, Thomas recorded a double-double -- 24 points, 20 rebounds -- as the Dogs ruled...