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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Clayton outlasts C.B. Aycock in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock started out well. But, in the end, the Golden Falcons wondered what could have been. Three turnovers erased a one-touchdown advantage and Clayton workhorse Juwan Williams proved too much to handle in a 33-28...

Wayne Christian spikers sweep Norlina

NORLINA -- Setter Hanna Kaler served a season-high nine aces as Wayne Christian swept Norlina 25-8, 25-16, 25-15 on the Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference volleyball scene Friday afternoon. Kaler dished out a team-high 15 assists and posted six...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Greene Central suffers second straight shutout

WILSON -- Greene Central's defense did everything it could to slow down the fast-paced Wilson Beddingfield attack, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins downed the Rams 32-0 on Friday night. The Rams forced five turnovers and tallied three sacks...

Youth-laden Trojans take Sleep Inn Classic

MOUNT OLIVE -- Adrian Daniels scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute and Chris Slaughter preserved the win with a dramatic save with 44 seconds left as Mount Olive defeated Catawba 2-1 in the 2008 Mount Olive College Men's...

Goldsboro beats Eastern Wayne for first time since 2003

Steal the momentum. Andre Montgomery did just that Friday evening. Moments after Eastern Wayne converted a third-quarter turnover into a touchdown, Montgomery answered the challenge. On Goldsboro's next possession, the 5-foot-8 sophomore broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run. "A...

Bulldawgs pick up road shutout

ROBBINS -- Dylan Myers tossed a 62-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Daughtry on Princeton's first play from scrimmage and the Bulldawgs went on to a 25-0 win at North Moore on Friday night. "We felt like we had to do...

North Lenoir off to 2-0 start for first time since 2000

KENLY -- Marquez Powell's late 53-yard touchdown run and Rashad Brown's go-ahead two-point conversion propelled North Lenoir to a 15-14 win at North Johnston on Friday night. Powell cramped up following his touchdown run, forcing Brown into the game for...

Hobbtons blanks Spring Creek

NEWTON GROVE -- Once thunderstorms passed through Sampson County on Friday evening, Hobbton needed little time to get on the scoreboard. Derrick Williams' 22-yard touchdown run jump-started the Wildcats' offense and led to a 28-0, non-conference victory over Spring Creek....

Friday, August 29, 2008

Hobbton drops ND

CALYPSO -- North Duplin fell to Hobbton in three games -- 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 -- on Thursday. Katie Swanzy recorded five aces for the Rebels and Sam Cates had two kills, five assists, four aces and two blocks. Scarlett...

Eagles down Trinity

Wayne Christian earned a 7-2 victory over Trinity of Raleigh on Thursday. Brooke Barfield, Faith Sutton, Reagan Hinton, Samantha Reeves, Jentry Carlyle and Savannah Sutton each recorded singles wins for the Eagles. The tandems of Reeves-Rebecca James and Blake...

Rams stumble

WILSON -- Greene Central dropped an 8-1 decision at third-ranked Wilson Fike on Thursday. Abby Sugg recorded the lone win for the Rams (3-2 overall) in singles play. "We played much better (Thursday) against Wilson Fike than we did...

Chargers cruise

Cameron Ford found the back of the net four times and Wayne Country Day rolled past Epiphany School 7-0 on Thursday. Ford scored all four of his goals in just 10 minutes. Bryce Creger, Jack Langston and Hil Tanner...

Dawgs sweep Union

PRINCETON -- Princeton needed just three games to dispose of Union 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 on Thursday. Ashley Braswell recorded 15 kills, three digs, two aces and an assist for the Bulldogs. Devon Murphy turned in 13 kills and three...

CBA blanked

ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount handed Charles B. Aycock a 9-0 loss on Thursday. The Golden Flacons (1-3 overall) entertain Wilson Beddingfield on Tuesday....

Gators bite Saints

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek turned back Southern Wayne 25-20, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23 on Thursday afternoon. Kristin Smith paced the Gators attack with 21 kills, five blocks, three service aces and a dig. Shaquita Brooks tallied eight kills, seven...

Hawks soar past CBA

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir picked up a victory over Charles B. Aycock in three games 25-11, 25-12, 25-10 on Thursday evening at Wooten Gymnasium. Kristen Davenport record nine kills and 17 service points for the Hawks. Jordan Hudson added...

WCS prevails

Wayne Christian's boys split a cross country meet with Kerr-Vance, Wilson Christian, Flora MacDonald and Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Thursday. The Eagles' Josh Magnus finished first on the boys side with a time of 18:45. Teammate Justin...

Tigers stop Cougars

WARSAW -- James Kenan defeated Goldsboro 25-12, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17 on Thursday. Natalya Dungee recorded four of the Cougars' 10 service aces. Millicent Kornegay tallied three kills and Tiffany Pearsall had three blocks. Goldsboro (0-3 overall) entertains Kinston on...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cross-town battle

When county rivals Goldsboro and Eastern Wayne lock horns Friday night, fans of both programs may see something they're not accustomed to seeing -- more passing. The Cougars and Warriors moved the football consistently through the air in their...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mudcats, Stars to play twinbill

Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader between the Carolina Mudcats and Huntsville Stars was reduced to a game one suspended contest due to rain, reducing Carolina's magic number to clinching the Northern Division title to two. Carolina and the Stars will resume the...

K-Tribe, Hogs can't beat rain

Kinston's game with the Winston-Salem Warthogs scheduled for Tuesday night in the Triad was rained out. It will be made up as part of a double header at 6 p.m. today. The Indians still trail the Warthogs by 2 1/2...

Dawgs dispose of Golden Falcons in three games

PIKEVILLE -- Momentum can often be a train nearly impossible to derail. Princeton proved this to be true in a 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 win at Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday. The Golden Falcons trimmed the Bulldawgs lead to 13-11 in...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wayne Christian tops Cresset

Wayne Christian's volleyball squad endured a five-set thriller with visiting Cresset Christian on Monday and earned a 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 15-7 victory. Katie Daniels recorded seven kills, seven diggs and three blocks for the Eagles. Devan Isenhower chipped...

Spring Creek rises

DUDLEY - Spring Creek head coach Johnny Galarza had never led a soccer team on to the field prior to Monday's matchup against Southern Wayne at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. In fact he hadn't even led a team...

RHS falls to Midway

MIDWAY -- Rosewood lost in straight sets 27-25, 25-19, 25-20 at Midway on Monday. Paige Babb turned in six kills, six assists, three aces, two digs and a block. Megan Church finished with eight assists, three kills and an...

Rams blank Gryphons

WILSON -- Greene Central improved to 3-1 on the season with a convincing 7-1 non-conference win at Greenfield School on Monday. Elizabeth McLawhorn, Lauren Carraway, Samantha Taylor, Jessica Gray, Abby Sugg and Abbey Dail each picked up singles victories...

Princeton spikes Clayton

CLAYTON -- Princeton shook off a first set loss and outlasted Clayton in five games 20-25, 25-20, 26-28, 25-21, 15-10 on Monday. Brittany Baker had six kills and three blocks for the Bulldawgs. Devon Murphy record three aces and...

Junior Varsity round-up

° Wayne Christian soccer 2, Faith of Rocky Mount 2 -- Chris Easom and Chase Darden found the back of the net for Wayne Christian. The Eagles (2-0-1) visit Kerr Vance Thursday. ° Rosewood volleyball d. Midway 25-10, 26-24...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mudcats earn extra innings win

Alberto Concepcion drilled a two-strike pitch for a game-winning home run in the 10th inning as first-place Carolina reduced its magic number to three with a 6-5 victory over Huntsville on Sunday night at Joe Davis Stadium. The Mudcats...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Spring Creek drops Sander's debut

SEVEN SPRINGS -- It was a battle of first-year head coaches when South Lenoir and Spring Creek met on the gridiron Friday night. Blue Devils head coach Kevin Wilson got the debut victory, as South Lenoir bested the Gators...

Saints handed first loss of '08

VANCEBORO - Opening night turned out to be less thrilling than the defending Eastern Carolina 3-A conference champion, Southern Wayne Saints expected. The Saints traveled to West Craven and dropped a 41-7 decision at the hands of the Eagles....

Youth shines in North Duplin win

CHOCOWINITY -- Akeem Cox scored three first half touchdowns and North Duplin survived a scare in the form of a quarterback injury while rolling to a 35-12 victory at Chocowinity Southside. Devin Oliver's 74-yard return of the opening kickoff...

Goldsboro hammers Rosewood

Those who doubt there's strength in numbers may need to spend a little time around the Goldsboro offense. With plenty of holes to fill entering the season, the Cougars showed on Friday night that running back by committee may...

Bunn bounces Aycock in opener

BUNN -- Charles B. Aycock's season-opening 28-0 loss at Bunn could have been a lot worse. The Wildcats had three touchdowns called back on penalties and led just 7-0 before scoring 21 points over the final 12:48 of the...

Warriors run over West Carteret

First quarter EW -- D. Price 20 yard pass to L. Best (Hall kick failed), 2:29 EW -- H. Best 38 yard run (Hall kick), :13 Second quarter WC -- Chapman 2 yard run (Knight kick), 2:07 EW --...

Hawks snap losing streak

LAGRANGE -- North Lenoir broke a 13-game losing streak that dated back to 2006, with a 48-34 victory over Richlands. The game was the season opener for both teams. Sticking to their wing-T rushing system, the Hawks pounded out...

Grantham era starts with loss

WINTERVILLE - Game one of the Ken Grantham era didn't quite go as planned as Greene Central was handed a season-opening 22-0 loss on Friday night at South Central. The Rams (0-1) were held to just 94 yards of...

Bulldogs beaten by county rivals

PRINCETON -- South Johnston deal Princeton a 55-7 setback on Friday evening. The Bulldawgs were plagued by early turnovers and trailed 27-0 after one quarter. "I don't know if we were shocked at playing them in the beginning or...

James Kenan starts title defense

WARSAW -- The James Kenan Tigers picked right up where they left off on Friday night. On the heels of a state championship in 2007, the Tigers enthusiastically showed that the talent pool is far from dry in Warsaw,...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Rams can not handle Fike

SNOW HILL -- Abby Sugg picked up the only win in singles play for Greene Central as they fell to perenial power Wilson Fike 8-1 on Thursday. Sugg defeated Sarah Flinn 6-0, 6-3. "I am very proud of my...

North Lenoir tops South Lenoir

KINSTON -- Gray Phillips scored two goals, as North Lenoir beat South Lenoir 4-1 in the consolation game of the inaugural Parrot Invitational soccer tournament on Thursday. Ryan Kramer and Patrick Sasser each added a goal in the win....

Junior varsity round-up

North Lenoir volleyball d. Eastern Wayne 21-25, 25-14, 25-11 - Heidi Milliken went 17-19 serving and added two kills for the Hawks. Kristen Smith led North Lenoir (1-2 overall) with four kills. Greene Central volleyball d. Charles B. Aycock...

High School football kicks off tonight

High school football season kicks off tonight in the News-Argus with 10 local teams in action. Goldsboro hosts county foe and future Carolina 1-A Conference opponent Rosewood. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Eastern Wayne entertains West Carteret, Princeton...

Aycock spikers win

LAGRANGE -- Anna Sullivan recorded six aces and played a strong all-around game for C.B. Aycock as they defeated Greene Central 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 and 25-16 on Thursday. Beth Carter and Brittany Jackson combined for 22 kills to lead...

High School football kicks off tonight

High school football season kicks off tonight in the News-Argus with 10 local teams in action. Goldsboro hosts county foe and future Carolina 1-A Conference opponent Rosewood. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Eastern Wayne entertains West Carteret, Princeton...

Falcon tennis stopped

PIKEVILLE -- East Duplin captured four singles points en route to a 7-2 victory over Charles B. Aycock on Thursday. Hollie Baker and Harlie Howard each scored a singles point for the Golden Falcons, who were promptly shut out...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Havelock bumps Eastern Wayne

With a roster lacking in numbers and a new head coach Eastern Wayne's feeling out process could last for a while. The Warriors showed flashes of life, but lacked consistency and struggled with communication as Havelock prevailed 25-21, 25-15,...

Cougars start slow

NEWTON GROVE -- The Goldsboro High School soccer season got underway with a 10-0 loss at Hobbton on Wednesday, in a game that did not feature many scoring opportunities for the Cougars. Goldsboro (0-1 overall) will have a week...

Chargers fall to 0-2

ERWIN -- Wayne Country Day never found their rhythm, and dropped a 8-0 decision to Cape Fear Academy on the soccer field on Wednesday. An effort that drew crticism from head coach Baron Hienemann. "The guys never really showed...

Aycock shuts out Fike

WILSON -- Midfielder C.P. Cranford hammered a shot past the keeper in the 28th minute of the second half, and the Golden Falcon defense held strong as Charles B. Aycock topped state-ranked Wilson Fike 1-0 on Wednesday. Cranford's goal...

Rams topple Golden Falcon tennis team

PIKEVILLE -- Greene Central triumphed in two third-set tiebreakers on the singles scene and rolled past perennial power Charles B. Aycock 9-0 on a sun-splashed, but warm Wednesday afternoon. The Rams received three-set decisions from third-seeded Samantha Taylor and...

Football preview: C.B. Aycock

It receives perhaps the most attention in practice. It keeps coaches up at night, turns hair gray in a hurry and can be the difference between a successful season and one that leaves much to be desired. What is...

Thornton ready for big year with Titans

Focus on where you're headed but don't forget where you came from. As David Thornton prepares for his seventh NFL season, the former Goldsboro High School star continues to help guide a franchise in search of football's ultimate prize...

Football preview: North Duplin

The swagger is back in Calypso. North Duplin carries momentum into the 2008 season after playing for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small-school) championship a year ago. The only problem is, just six starters return to...

N.C. Wesleyan strengthening program

ROCKY MOUNT -- After graduating its first-ever senior class a year ago, North Carolina Wesleyan isn't expected to defend its USA South Athletic Conference football title this season. The Battling Bishops are picked fourth. Just 12 starters return off...

Football preview: James Kenan

All folks in the Kenansville, Faison, Magnolia and Warsaw areas understand defense wins championships. But just how good James Kenan will be in 2008 may rest on the shaky shoulders of its offense. It's top two rushers graduated, part...

Sykes learning new role

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Jacob Sykes has endured a a redshirt season, a position change and a life-altering on-campus tragedy all before playing a single down of college football. The former Goldsboro High School standout sat out the 2007 season...

Warren right at home with Steelers

LATROBE, Pa. -- Greg Warren resides in a working-class city. The lifestyle certainly suits the Wayne County native. A long snapper for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Warren enjoyed a hectic offseason and is adjusting once again to the rigors of...

Football preview: Greene Central

Mix in a new head coach, an overhauled offense and a playoff team from a season ago and the end result is tempered expectations with an extended feeling out process. Ken Grantham inherited the Greene Central football program from...

Football preview: Goldsboro High

The loss of two star-studded tailbacks who combined for over 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns to graduation -- coupled with the academic ineligibility of a returning quarterback -- would give any head coach a free pass on the road...

Football preview: Eastern Wayne

A year older and a year wiser. Eastern Wayne head coach Jeff Price hopes that's the case with his football team. The Warriors' seven losses in 2007 came by an average of eight points, with five of those seven...

Football preview: North Lenoir

North Lenoir head coach Wayne Jackson knows that going from a winless campaign in 2007 to making the playoffs in 2008 is a tall task. It doesn't mean that the long-time Hawk front man thinks it's impossible. "This team...

Football preview: Princeton High

There are many traits in life that can not be either counted, sorted or categorized. Among them are loyalty and experience. When the Princeton take the field for its 2008 season opener Friday against county rival South Johnston, those...

Football preview: Rosewood High

Gone are the days when coaching football was a part-time job for four months out of the year. Here to stay are the long days spent at the field, in the weight room and in the classroom studying the...

Football preview: Southern Wayne

When the coaches of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference met recently to vote for the annual preseason poll, the group came up with a surprising list of conference-title hopefuls. Southern Wayne wasn't in the mix. The defending conference champions,...

Football preview: Spring Creek

As the opening snap of the 2008 football season is just 24 hours away, anticipation continues to build within the Spring Creek Gator football program. There are multiple reasons to be optimistic. First-year head coach Aaron Sanders has run...

New coaches anxious for openers

Two new head coaches make their respective debuts when the 2008 high school football season kicks off Friday. The dress rehearsals are over for Spring Creek's Aaron Sanders and Greene Central's Ken Grantham. Sanders is eager to get the...

Reeves earns medalist honors

GREENVILLE -- Junior Jasmine Reeves earned medalist honors with an 18-hole round of 81 in Eastern Wayne's season-opening, women's golf match Tuesday afternoon. However, J.H. Rose handed the Warriors a 272-331 loss on the Greenville Country Club links. Sophomore...

Rams rebound on pitch

KINSTON -- Greene Central took out some frustration in a 7-0 victory over South Lenoir in the opening round of the Parrott Invitational. Coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands C.B. Aycock on Tuesday, the Rams put together...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Golden Falcons turn back Greene Central

SNOW HILL -- Two teams with vastly different expectations in 2008 met on the soccer pitch Tuesday when state-ranked Charles B. Aycock traveled to Greene Central. The Golden Falcons walked off with a 2-0 season-opening victory. The Rams took...

Opinion -- Keep the purity of baseball

During my time in college I spent two summers working as a camp counselor in Asheboro. Our camp director often reminded my fellow counselors and me the importance of stopping a game or activity at its highest point. The...

Young Eastern plays strong first half against Golden Demons

Eastern Wayne didn't get the result it wanted against second-ranked Wilson Fike, but it got a 40-minute half to build on. The Warriors scored a late first-half goal, but lost their legs in the second half. The 1-1 halftime...

Potomac wins slugfest with K-Tribe

Potomac tallied six unearned runs during a four-inning stretch and out-slugged Kinston 17-14 at historic Grainger Stadium on Tuesday evening. The K-Tribe's Beau Mills ripped his Carolina League-leading 21st home run and boosted his league-leading RBI total to 89....

Local digest

PIKEVILLE -- North Lenoir needed just three games to earn a season opening 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 win at C.B. Aycock on Tuesday. Marrisa Lanier had seven kills for the Hawks (1-0 overall). Kristen Davenport added four kills. North Lenoir...

Raynor's homer helps Mudcats

John Raynor belted three-run homer in a four-run, sixth-inning uprising during Carolina's 7-2 victory over Mississippi at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats also turned their first triple play in 12 years and inched closer to the second-half Northern Division...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wayne Christian dominates the pitch

Lofty expectations and growing pains collided on Monday as a pair of clubs that at the present time appear headed in different directions met on a muggy Monday afternoon. Both Wayne Christian and Wayne Country Day felt the pains...

Junior Varisty round-up

* Hobbton volleyball d. Spring Creek 25-15, 25-8 -- Stacie Harris served three aces for the Gators, who were playing their season opener. * Wayne Christian volleyball d. Wayne Country Day 25-9, 24-26, 25-14 -- The Eagles' Katie Isenhower...

Gators easily dispatch Hobbton

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek battled through a tough first game and went on to defeat Hobbton 25-19, 25-8, 25-8 in non-conference volleyball action Monday afternoon. Randi Oxendine led the Gator attack with 15 assists and five service aces....

Chargers escape with win over Eagles

Facing a cross-town rival is bound to get any team fired up. But Wayne Country Day nearly got too tangled up in those emotions Monday afternoon. The Chargers pulled off a 16-25, 25-16, 25-17, 15-25, 15-9 victory over Wayne...

Falcons ace Panthers

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock grabbed five singles points and turned back East Duplin 6-3 on Monday afternoon. It was the season opener for both teams and head coaching debut for the Golden Falcons' Brad Matthews. Kristen Fischer, Hollie...

Eagles grounded by Midway

Rosewood captured the opening game, but Midway rallied for a 24-26, 25-9, 25-11, 25-13 victory Monday afternoon. It was the season opener for both teams. Taylor Johnson tallied eight kills and three blocks for the Eagles. Paige Babb and...

Monday, August 18, 2008

K-Tribe

Frederick used a three-run, second-inning outburst to defeat Kinston 10-5 on Sunday afternoon. The K-Tribe's Beau Mills (2-for-4) belted his Carolina League-leading 20th home run of the season in the fourth inning. Mills also tripled and drove in two...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rosewood grad benefits from Legion

In order to succeed on the baseball diamond, Taylor Allen remembers that life is full of challenges. The former Rosewood Eagle infielder will be taking on a new obstacle when he reports to his first fall practice at Lenoir...

Frederick ends K-Tribe's winning streak

The Kinston Indians eight-game winning streak came to an end, as Frederick scored late beating Kinston 6-4 on Saturday night in Maryland. It was the first time since July 26th that a team other than Myrtle Beach has beaten...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Grants will help spruce up area parks

Three local governments will be able to vastly improve the condition of their area parks thanks to a little help from the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation trust fund. Kenansville was awarded $267,177 for general Kenan Park improvements,...

Carolina eases past West Tenn

Graham Taylor claimed his first Double-A decision with Carolina in a 4-3 victory over West Tenn on Thursday evening. The Mudcats need 10 wins to clinch the Northern Division title. Taylor tossed 51/3 innings, allowed three runs and logged...

Local golf

Walnut Creek LGA Jewel Ivey, Kathy Woodard, Betty Holloway, Mona McConnaughey, Cathy Howell and Evelyn Rose emerged the winners in the Pro-Lady tournament contested at Walnut Creek Country Club. Howell and Pete Reaves shared closest-to-the-pin honors. Earlier this month,...

K-Tribe dumps Frederick. 4-1

Carlton Smith threw six shutout innings and Kinston upended Frederick 4-1 on the Carolina League baseball scene Thursday evening. Smith (10-5) permitted four hits and posted two strikeouts for his fifth decision in his last six starts. Vinnie Pestano...

Local digest

Chargers spike Fayetteville Christian Wayne Country Day opened its volleyball season with a 3-2 victory over visiting Fayetteville Christian on Thursday. Bridgette Briggs contributed eight kills, five digs, two blocks and an ace for the Chargers. Brooke Norris had...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

K-Tribe halted by rain

Rain postponed Kinston's series finale against Lynchburg on Wednesday evening. The K-Tribe begins a four-game series Thursday at Frederick. They return home Aug. 18 against Potomac....

Mudcats fall to West Tenn

Dutch center fielder Greg Halman's diving catch squelched a ninth-inning rally and propelled West Tenn to a 2-1 victory over Carolina on Wednesday evening. The Mudcats trailed 2-1 with two outs and had a runner on third when Halman made...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Opinion: Will the Dawgs stop barking in '08?

As summer fades and fall two-a-days are completed, the anticipation of a new college football season runs rampant. Teams dreaming of championships will be the theme when the season kicks off in less than three weeks. However, some dreams will...

Mudcats post road shutout

Carolina pitcher Willie Glen extended his scoreless streak to 191/3 innings in a 3-0 victory at West Tenn on Tuesday evening. Glen retired the first 10 batters he faced and permitted two hits in six innings of work. Chris...

De la Cruz logs three-hitter for K-Tribe

Kelvin De La Cruz limited Lynchburg to three hits and logged four strikeouts in a five-inning stint during Kinston's 7-0 victory at historic Grainger Stadium. It was De La Cruz's third victory of the season. Jared Head's three-run homer,...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ECC 3-A coaches' football poll

The gap of competition has slowly diminished since the latest realignment involving Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference football programs. But one fact never changes -- Wilson Hunt is the team to beat. League coaches, for the fourth consecutive year,...

K-Tribe

Kinston passed its 2007 attendance mark and hammered Lynchburg 10-1 on the historic Grainger Stadium diamond on Monday evening. The Carolina League contest drew 1,336 fans and helped the Single A Cleveland Indians affiliate surpass last year's mark by...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mudcats

Scott Cousins' decisive pinch-hit, three-run homer helped Carolina turn back Mobile 5-2 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Gaby Sanchez tied the Mudcats' franchise record for doubles (37) in the seventh inning. Cousins ripped his three-RBI dinger in the...

K-Tribe

Roman Pena blasted a three-run homer and Kinston completed its four-game sweep of Salem with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at historic Grainger Stadium. Beau Mills collected his Carolina League-leading 81st RBI in the eighth inning as the K-Tribe captured...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hamm trains with eye on the prize

Tucked away in a poorly lit corner of the Goldsboro Family YMCA, B.J. Hamm swings for the fences. No, he's not a shortstop working on a home run cut. And he's not a young golfer trying to tame his...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Fundraiser being held for Yaupon Pier

OAK ISLAND -- The North Carolina Public Access Foundation will be doing a fund raising event for the Town of Oak Island to assist them in their efforts in purchasing the Yaupon Pier. The event is August 23 from...

NC Sportsmen given new way to voice opinions

RALEIGH -- In order to cut costs and save time, an old North Carolina WIldlife Resources Commission system is getting a high tech overhaul. Begining this week, sportsmen will be able to voice their opinions regarding the state's waterfowl...

Mudcats earn ninth shutout of season

Carolina picked up its ninth shutout of the season, a 2-0 decision over Mobile at Five County Stadium on Thursday evening. Willie Glen earned the mound win, tossing a three-hitter in six innings. Three Mudcats relievers combined for three...

K-Tribe doubles up Salem

Beau Mills swatted his Carolina League-leading 18th home run as Kinston doubled up Salem 12-6 at historic Grainger Stadium on Thursday evening. The K-Tribe snapped a three-game losing streak. Mills blasted a two-run homer in the first inning. Jared...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Post 11 done

GASTONIA -- Wayne County Post 11 fell victim to the "two and barbecue" scenario after an early exit from the 2008 N.C. Senior American Legion state baseball tournament. But Wednesday's season-ending, 9-8 defeat to Gastonia Post 23 felt more...

Mudcats

Carolina used a seven-run, fourth-inning uprising to knock off Mobile 12-4 at Five County Stadium on Wednesday evening. It was the Mudcats' fifth straight win. Tied at 1-1 after 3 1/2 innings, Carolina parlayed three singles, two doubles and...

K-Tribe

Kinston slugged a pair of game-tying home runs, but Southern Division-leading Myrtle Beach escaped 9-6 on Wednesday evening. The Pelicans swept the three-game set and boosted their advantage to 6 1/2 games over the K-Tribe and Winston-Salem in second-half...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

OPINION - August means football for fans

August is finally here and that can only mean one thing -- college football season is just weeks away. If you're anything like me, you'll spend the next few weeks with a glimmer in your eye and the same...

Carolina tops Tennessee

Chris Coghlan supplied the game-winning hit as Carolina edged Tennessee 4-3 at Smokies Park on Tuesday evening. The Mudcats grabbed their fourth consecutive win and 11th overall in their last 12 outings. They own a five-game lead over the Smokies,...

Post 11 drops tournament opener

GASTONIA -- Wayne County Post 11, for the second consecutive year, dropped its opening-round game in the 2008 N.C. Senior American Legion state tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Area III runner-up Rowan County pounded out 19 hits and cruised to...

K-Tribe drops second straight game

Willie Cabrera cranked out a ninth-inning, walk-off single as Myrtle Beach edged Kinston 4-3 on Tuesday evening. The Pelicans loaded the bases against K-Tribe reliever Vinnie Pestano. Cabrera's two-RBI occurred with no outs. Niuman Romero, Beau Mills and Jared...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

YMCA Triathon results

Goldsboro's George Worrell emerged the top male finisher during the 23rd annual Goldsboro YMCA Sprint Triathlon. Nearly 100 competitors dueled in a half-mile swim, 20-mile bike ride and 5K run at Walnut Creek. The 32-year-old Worrell finished first in...

Post 11 gets started at states

Wayne County Post 11 must hit to win. That's a fact head coach Brad Reaves knows better than anyone else. Less than a week after defeating Clayton for the Area I championship, Post 11 must refocus its attention as...

Mudcats escape with win

Gaby Sanchez mashed two home runs as Carolina edged Tennessee 6-5 at Smokies Park on Monday evening. Sanchez ripped a two-run blast in the fourth inning, and drilled a tie-breaking solo shot in the sixth. The Mudcats took the...

Glavine shuts down Kinston

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tom Glavine held Kinston to three hits and recorded four strikeouts as Myrtle Beach prevailed 17-2 on Monday evening. Glavine continues to recover from a partially-torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He threw four innings...

Area coaches making adjustments for hot weather

The first competitive snap is still weeks away. But the heat is on. High school football teams around the area are dealing with sweltering summer temperatures this week with an emphasis on extra caution and a premium on hydration....

Monday, August 4, 2008

K-Tribe completes sweep

Jerad Head supplied a bases-loaded, 11th-inning hit as Kinston swept Salem 10-8 on Sunday evening. It was the Tribe's first four-game sweep of the Avalanche since 1995. In the 11th, Kinston loaded the bases on three consecutive one-out walks....

Mudcats score 15 against Tennessee

League-leading Carolina extended its advantage to three games with a 15-11 victory over Tennessee at Smokies Park. Gaby Sanchez homered twice and drove in six runs. Dante Brinkley contributed four hits for the Mudcats, who improved to 26-17 in...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

East Carolina begins preseason practice

GREENVILLE -- Fourth-year East Carolina head football coach Skip Holtz officially welcomed his 105-man preseason camp roster to campus Friday before guiding the squad through its first workout of the season on Hight Field at the Cliff Moore Practice...

K-Tribe dumps Salem

Kinston battered Salem for 14 hits and picked up a 6-4 victory on Saturday evening. Carlos Rivero ended up 3-for-4, while Cirilo Cumberbatch added three hits. The K-Tribe batted around in the fourth inning and collected five hits. Lucas...

Southeast Regional champs: Wayne County finds team chemistry

STAFFORD, Va. -- The perfect run ended in dream-like fashion. Sweat poured down their cheeks and bright smiles covered their faces as the Wayne County players lined up along the third-base line on the Mountain View High School baseball...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Saints take the field for midnight practice

DUDLEY -- When head coach Bob Warren blew his whistle at 12:08 this morning, it not only broke the near silence of the Wayne County night, but also signified the beginning of another football campaign at Southern Wayne High...

K-Tribe avoids Avalanche

Kinston cranked out 10 hits and knocked off the Salem Avalanche 7-2 on Thursday evening. Jared Goedert's RBI single highlighted a four-run, eighth-inning outburst. Beau Mills and Goedert scored on Johnny Drennen's double. Niuman Romero raced home an error. Reliever...

Mudcats rally for home win

Dante Brinkley's base hit lifted Carolina to a 12-11, 10-inning victory over Jacksonville on Thursday evening. Brad Davis tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer. Brinkley followed with his game-winning as the Mudcats claimed their seventh straight win. Carolina...

Five Trojans make cut on WCCC links

MOC Sports Information Princeton High graduate Scott Woodard fired an even-par 72 and emerged one of five Mount Olive College golfers to make the cut in the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Walnut Creek Country Club. Joining Woodard are Trojan...

Wright's crucial homer helps Wayne County defend crown

SMITHFIELD -- Twenty-four hours after enduring the program's worst postseason defeat in 43 seasons, Wayne County Post 11 crossed another item off its "to-do" list. Catcher Zach Wright crushed a three-run homer as Wayne County claimed a 7-6 decision...