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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Goldsboro boys claim Classic title

Reignited and refueled. Goldsboro used some late defensive heroics to defeat Wilmington Laney 75-68 in the boys' championship game of the annual Cougar Tip-off Classic. Michael Langston, returning from an injury, and former football player Demetrio Irby provided the spark...

One big play turns the tide in Goldsboro's loss to Tarboro

TARBORO -- Goldsboro escaped trouble on one muffed punt. The second time? No such luck. Tarboro turned a third-quarter blocked punt into a touchdown and rode the momentum to a 28-12 victory over Goldsboro at Viking Stadium on Friday evening....

Goldsboro-Tarboro box

Goldsboro 6 6 0 0 -- 12 Tarboro 0 7 14 7 -- 28 First quarter GHS -- Montgomery 5 run (pass failed), 2:34 Second quarter T -- Farmer 20 run (Arias kick), 11:51 GHS -- Montgomery 6 run (run...

Eastern Wayne boys fall to South Central

Eastern Wayne jumped out to an early lead but could not hold off a late charge as they fell to South Central by a 76-68 final. Cody Kirland paced the Warrior effort with 20 points. Jeniri Cyrus added 17...

CUSA East champion East Carolina thrashes Miners

GREENVILLE -- Brandon Simmons saved his best for last. On senior day, Simmons racked up a collegiate-best 115 yards and scored four touchdowns as East Carolina pummeled UTEP 53-21 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Friday afternoon. "We wanted to put the...

CBA boys earn 1-1 split at Cougar Tip-Off Classic; Girls go 0-2

Charles B. Aycock continued its stellar start to the basketball season with a 49-44 victory over Rocky Mount Prep in the consolation round of the annual Goldsboro Cougar Tip-off Classic on Saturday afternoon. "I was really pleased that we got...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mike Marsh — Unsucessful striper stockings are puzzling biologists

Stocking is a traditional response to declining fish. In bygone days, fish were stocked helter-skelter with no forethought of chances for success. Sometimes, stocked fish supplanted native fish populations ... examples being snakehead and common carp. As a consequence, today's...

Wildlife Resources Commission has everything for your outdoors person

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission RALEIGH -- This holiday season, be kind to wildlife and your budget by shopping at www.ncwildstore.com. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's online N.C. Wild Store carries a wide variety of products -- from books to posters...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wayne Country Day School versus Rosewood

Youth-laden Rosewood took the floor for its season opener on Tuesday evening against Wayne Country Day. The visiting Chargers quickly capitalized on the Eagles inexperience. Wayne Country Day kept Rosewood off the scoreboard in the opening quarter and cruised to...

SW-Manteo wrestling

DUDLEY -- Forget the score. Just wrestle. Despite forfeits in half the weight classes, Southern Wayne and Manteo got some quality time on the mat Tuesday evening. The short-handed Redskins owned the edge in contested matches, but the Saints walked...

Local digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek forced five quick third-quarter turnovers and used the momentum to defeat Midway 84-66 on Tuesday evening. Melvin DeVeaux, Dontay Boseman, Anthony Green and Courtland Jones all scored in double figures for the Gators. Ronald...

MOC versus St. Andrews

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive used a game-ending 8-0 run to upend St. Andrews 78-69 in the Conference Carolinas men's basketball opener for both teams Tuesday evening. Justin Foskey's 15-foot jump and layup off Kendrick Easley's steal fueled the...

Preview of Goldsboro-Tarboro matchup

Say this much about Jeff Craddock. The fifth-year Tarboro High head doesn't shy away from strong competition, but he doesn't like seeing a good -- and dangerous -- football team twice. He's definitely not pleased to face Goldsboro a second...

Goldsboro versus Charles B. Aycock

The secret is out of the bag. Two games into its 2008-09 campaign, the Charles B. Aycock boys' basketball team is 2-0 overall and one win away from equaling its season total for victories a year ago. The Golden Falcons...

Ricky Crumpler's Hall of Fame induction delayed

Ricky Crumpler's induction into the N.C. American Legion Hall of Fame is on hold for one year due to a parliamentary procedural error. Until this year, active umpires couldn't be considered for enshrinement into the Hall. The bylaws adopted in...

OPINION - Thanksgiving

During my 15 months at the News-Argus I've had the privilege of witnessing some exciting ballgames, getting to know coaches and players who excel both on and off the field and covering outstanding teams, including one national champion. From a...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Local Preps Digest

Ki'Ana Williams scored a game-high 17 points to lead Goldsboro past Charles B. Aycock 51-40 on Tuesday evening. Alysanna Whitley added 12 points for the Cougars (2-1) and Zeara McDuffie pitched in 10. Goldsboro used runs of 7-0 and...

Experienced Chargers overpower Rosewood

Youth-laden Rosewood took the floor for its season opener on Tuesday evening against Wayne Country Day. The visiting Chargers quickly capitalized on the Eagles inexperience. Wayne Country Day kept Rosewood off the scoreboard in the opening quarter and cruised to...

Wayne Country Day-Rosewood box scores

Boys game W. Country Day 17 19 21 17 -- 74 Rosewood 0 6 6 9 -- 21 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (5-1) Rashid Williams 2 1 1-2 8, Josh Gregory 5 0 0-2 10, Tim Hobbs 5 0 5-6 15,...

Young Saints improve to 2-0 on mat

DUDLEY -- Forget the score. Just wrestle. Despite forfeits in half the weight classes, Southern Wayne and Manteo got some quality time on the mat Tuesday evening. The short-handed Redskins owned the edge in contested matches, but the Saints walked...

Trojan men, women claim conference openers

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive used a game-ending 8-0 run to upend St. Andrews 78-69 in the Conference Carolinas men's basketball opener for both teams Tuesday evening. Justin Foskey's 15-foot jump and layup off Kendrick Easley's steal...

Falcons surprise

The secret is out of the bag. Two games into its 2008-09 campaign, the Charles B. Aycock boys' basketball team is 2-0 overall and one win away from equaling its season total for victories a year ago. The Golden Falcons...

Goldsboro-C.B. Aycock box scores

Boys game C.B. Aycock 16 20 12 31 -- 79 Goldsboro 10 9 27 27 -- 73 C.B. AYCOCK (2-0) Isaac Ryals 1 3 7-8 18, Molonza Hayes 1 2 2-6 10, Devon Newsome 0 2 3-4 9, Matt Woodard...

Opinion -- Barden's absence is missed

During my 15 months at the News-Argus I've had the privilege of witnessing some exciting ballgames, getting to know coaches and players who excel both on and off the field and covering outstanding teams, including one national champion. From a...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Local digest

WILMINGTON -- Lyndsey Frederick delivered 12 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as Eastern Wayne captured a 52-38, season-opening win over Laney on Monday night. With her team trailing 33-32 at the end of three quarters,...

Faith Christian bests Raleigh Christian

Faith Christian rallied from a 9-0 deficit to start the game and Wes Caudle sank a free throw with less than three seconds to play to seal a 53-49, non-region win over Raleigh Christian on Monday night. Eric Powell's 3-point...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Aycock run ends at Falcon Invitational

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's eight-year reign as the Falcon Invitational champion ended Saturday evening. South Central placed six wrestlers in the championship finals and ended the Golden Falcons' tournament stranglehold with 211-point effort. Washington finished a distant second at...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Local digest

KINSTON -- Hanna Kaler delivered a double-double as Wayne Christian bested Bethel Academy 50-35 on Friday night. Kaler finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Carly Hightower chipped in 13 points. Kayla Kennedy and Alaina Moore each...

SC-SL boxscores

prep basketball Girls game South Lenoir 6 11 11 11 -- 39 Spring Creek 5 5 5 8 -- 23 SOUTH LENOIR Katie Jones 1 0 0-2 2, Tyquilla Graham 1 0 3-5 5, Savanna Daugherty 0 0 1-3...

Gators swamped by South Lenoir

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Taylor Jones is not a psychic. But he definitely knows his team very well. On a night when Jones made the premonition that Spring Creek needed more experience "learning how to win," the Gators never fully recovered...

Robbinsville runs over North Duplin

ROBBINSVILLE -- Kurt Odom rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns as Robbinsville dumped North Duplin 38-0 from the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small-school) western football playoffs Friday evening. The Black Knights (12-1 overall) collected a...

USC-Aiken drops Mount Olive men

MOUNT OLIVE -- First-year Mount Olive men's basketball coach Joey Higginbotham hoped a difficult early schedule would have his team ready for conference play. With Conference Carolinas action beginning next week Higginbotham's hopes appear close to becoming a reality. Mount...

JK-Midway boxscore

Midway 7 0 6 0 -- 13 James Kenan 0 10 0 0 -- 10 First quarter M -- Chris Smith 20 interception return (Allen kick), 6:31 Second quarter JK -- Darden 1 run (Funez-Bonilla kick), 9:47 JK -- Funez-Bonilla...

Midway rebounds against James Kenan

WARSAW -- A winning streak that spanned nearly two football seasons came crashing down in just four quarters Friday evening. Eighth-seeded Midway upended top-seeded and No. 1-ranked James Kenan 13-10 in their second-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-AA...

Goldsboro-Bunn boxscore

Goldsboro 6 20 0 16 -- 42 Bunn 8 12 6 0 -- 26 First quarter B -- Harrison 62 run (Rodgers run), 11:40 G -- Jones 5 run (run failed), 6:39 Second quarter G -- Jones 9 run (run...

GHS shocks Bunn

BUNN -- Every time Bunn tailback Scottie Harrison touched the ball Friday evening, Goldsboro head football coach Eric Reid held his breath. Harrison accounted for three touchdowns, including a pick six in the second quarter. But Harrison fumbled away his...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Southern Wayne upends rival Goldsboro

Southern Wayne fended off some hot shooting by the Goldsboro Cougars in the opening minutes, picked up the defensive intensity late and captured an early-season 63-57, non-conference victory on Thursday. Coming off a close loss against New Hanover on Tuesday,...

Southern Wayne-Goldsboro box scores

Boys Game: So. Wayne 14 16 22 11 - 63 Goldsboro 19 11 7 20 - 57 Southern Wayne (2-2) Justin Artis 0 0 3-5 3, Gary Woodard 1 0 2-3 4, Javaris McMillan 5 0 1-2 11, Rashard Hill...

Local Sports Digest

Ki'Ana Williams poured in a game-high 23 points and the Goldsboro girls basketball team rolled past county rival Southern Wayne 70-53 on Thursday evening. Williams buried three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Millicent Kornegay (11 points, 12 rebounds) and...

Clingan among trio slated for induction

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- A recently-retired men's basketball coach, former Pickle Classic queen and former male athlete of the year comprise the 2008 class of the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame. The trio -- Bill Clingan,...

Trojan met get rematch with Lenoir-Rhyne

MOUNT OLIVE -- When you make five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament, you can overcome losses. Mount Olive must become a master at it. Off to an 0-2 start, the Trojans hope to turn their fortunes around...

C.B. Aycock grapplers face challenge of defending title

PIKEVILLE -- It's a season of change for the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team. The Golden Falcons must adjust with eight new faces in the lineup. Add the loss of two starters who didn't return and head coach Mark Bass...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Local digest

Wayne Country Day's Will Nolan seized two first-place finishes during a three-team swim meet contested Wednesday evening at the Goldsboro Family Y. Nolan touched the wall in 25.45 seconds to take the 50-yard freestyle and posted a time of...

Rebels must endure road trip to Robbinsville

Having watched his team battle through adversity all season including a 14-0 first-quarter deficit last week, Hugh Martin hopes a 61/2-hour bus ride and an 11-1 opponent won't phase his North Duplin Rebels. Sixth-seeded North Duplin (6-6 overall) travels to...

MOCwomen top Chowan 75-48

MOUNT OLIVE -- Complete team efforts are expected at midseason. Two games into the season they are a high-price commodity. The Trojans placed three different players double figures, forced 30 turnovers and shot 53.3 percent beyond the 3-point arc during...

James Kenan faces another familiar foe

WARSAW -- Let's play two. Of course baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks, to whom those famous words are attributed, was not referring to James Kenan's football team. But the sentiment certainly fits the Tigers' 2008 playoff run. For the second consecutive...

Goldsboro ready to battle Bunn

Eric Reid's foot is on the gas. Entering his second year as Goldsboro's head football coach, the Cougar alum wants to keep the program going in a positive direction. Considering two 1,500-yard rushers graduated a year ago, Reid's main task...

GC grapplers stun Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Mikey Baker stole a win. And Greene Central accomplished a first in program history -- a 42-39 victory over perennial wrestling power Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday evening. Baker just wanted to go the distance with Golden Falcon...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Charger boys roll to third victory

Wayne Country Day's version of the big three proved too tough to tame in a home-opening, 87-52 rout of Durham Cresset Christian on Tuesday evening. Reco McCarter, Tim Hobbs and Floronta Wynn combined for 57 points and 17 rebounds to...

Opinion - Titans having memorable season ... so far

Prior to the 2006 season, former Indianapolis Colts linebacker and Goldsboro native David Thornton joined the Tennessee Titans and slowly saw the pieces to the puzzle being assembled. Along with Thornton, Tennessee's front office signed a proven backup quarterback (Kerry...

Local digest

Bridgette Briggs scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half as Wayne Country Day dominated Cresset Christian 70-19 on Tuesday night. The stingy Charger defense forced the Eagles into 38 turnovers. "I was really pleased with how...

Rocky Mount thwarts late Goldsboro rally

The Chris Cherry era didn't begin with a victory, but the effort the first-year Goldsboro men's basketball coach coaxed out of his team on Tuesday evening could be a sign that numerous wins aren't too far off. The Cougars (0-1...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Local digest

Middle schools * Girls' basketball: Dillard 34, Rosewood 33 -- Shakira Campbell netted a game-high 22 points as Dillard captured its season opener. Akira Davis added nine points in the win. * Girls' basketball: Wayne Christian 31, Faith Christian-RM 24...

Edgerton signs with UNCW

PIKEVILLE -- Will Edgerton's statistics tell the whole story. Take one glance at the Charles B. Aycock senior outfielder's numbers and it becomes easy to see Edgerton is all about one thing -- helping his team win by whatever means...

Daquan Joyner enjoys special birthday in Pirate win

GREENVILLE -- Daquan Joyner couldn't have had a better birthday. The former Goldsboro High standout turned in a career effort before family and friends in East Carolina's 94-58 thrashing of Division II member St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon. But Joyner's...

Cherry takes over Goldsboro basketball team

If Chris Cherry's track record as basketball coach is any indication, the Goldsboro High men's program is in good hands. Cherry spent the past three seasons at Southern Lee and has compiled 187 victories during his career. The Cavaliers finished...

Monday, November 17, 2008

East Carolina rolls past S. Andrews

GREENVILLE -- Progress and mental approach. East Carolina men's basketball coach Mack McCarthy praised his team in those two areas after a 94-58 rout of St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. And he...

Pickle Classic - Tough field awaits Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- One of the longest-running college basketball tournaments in the country -- the Pickle Classic -- tips off for its 43rd installment Friday at Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive College campus. Three nationally-ranked teams and a...

Trojan men off to 0-2 start

SALISBURY -- No. 18-ranked Mount Olive College pulled within one point in the closing seconds, but No. 20-ranked Catawba College held on for a 68-65 victory Sunday in the Catawba College Classic. Trailing by four with less than 60...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Princeton-Lakewood boxscore

Princeton 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Lakewood 14 0 7 7 -- 28 First quarter L -- Carr 3 pass from Hairr (Carr kick) L -- McNeill 6 run (Carr kick) Third quarter L -- McNeill 11 run (Carr...

Eagles too much for Greene Central

ELIZABETH CITY -- Greene Central concluded its season with a 42-26 loss to Northeastern in opening-round action of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A (small-school) playoffs Friday evening. The Rams' defense could not solve the Eagles' balanced...

North Duplin-Alleghany box

Alleghany 14 0 0 0 -- 14 North Duplin 0 7 7 7 -- 21 First quarter AHS -- Sandoval 9 run (Piedras kick), 8:28 AHS -- Moxley 4 run (Piedras kick), 3:42 Second quarter ND -- Graham 2 run...

Rebels rally past Alleghany in 1-A west play

CALYPSO -- North Duplin needed someone, anyone to step up and make a play. Senior Blake King delivered. With the sixth-seeded Rebels and scrappy 11th-seeded Alleghany tied at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter, King's blocked punt set up Akeem...

Trojan women claim season-opening win

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coaches always have questions about their team heading into season-opening games. Mount Olive College women's basketball coach Wendy Lee might have found some answers Saturday afternoon. But until she reviews the tape of the Trojans' 63-57 triumph...

Lakewood eliminates Princeton in 1-A west playoffs

SALEMBURG -- Princeton's postseason journey ended in quick fashion with a 28-0 loss to Lakewood in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A (small-school) western playoffs. The Dawgs never found their offensive footing on...

James Kenan-Wallace box

W.-Rose Hill 0 0 0 0 -- 0 James Kenan 21 6 7 3 -- 37 First quarter JK -- Heslip 61 run (Funez-Bonilla kick), 7:40 JK -- Rogers 14 run (Funez-Bonilla kick), 5:30 JK -- Heslip 13 run (Funez-Bonilla...

No. 1-ranked Tigers hammer Duplin County rival

WARSAW -- James Kenan began defense of its state championship with a 37-0 drubbing of county archrival Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday evening at Bill Taylor Field. The two met just one week ago in Teachey. "It was the first...

Cougars trump Aces in 2-A playoffs

It was a tale of two halves as Goldsboro knocked off Edenton Holmes 36-7 during the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A (small-school) playoffs on Friday evening. The game had a little bit of everything...

Goldsboro-J.A. Holmes boxscore

J.A. Holmes 0 0 7 0 -- 7 Goldsboro 0 7 6 23 -- 36 Second quarter G - Moses 19 pass from Jackson (White kick), :8.6 Third quarter G - Jones 4 run (Kick failed), 9:57 E - Capehart...

Bears' line open holes against Warriors

AHOSKIE -- Eastern Wayne avoided the right hook. But the knockout blow came moments later. After stopping Hertford County on four downs inside their 25-yard line, the Warriors exhaled a huge sigh of relief. That ease soon turned to disappointment...

Eastern Wayne-Hertford County box

Eastern Wayne 0 7 6 0 -- 13 Hertford Co. 14 17 14 12 -- 57 First quarter HC -- A. Vaughan 59 run (Burns kick), 11:15 HC -- Raynor 15 interception return (Burns kick), 6:53 Second quarter HC --...

Friday, November 14, 2008

New Visitors center gets upgraded

RALEIGH -- A popular playground for sportsmen will be gaining an attraction today when the new visitor's center at Jordan Lake State Park opens its doors for the first time. Expanded and remodeled, the 9,949-square-foot visitor center at Jordan...

Lee: Building on success key to women's program

MOUNT OLIVE -- On the rise. That's how the Mount Olive women's basketball program is viewed headed into the 2008-09 season. Coming off their most-successful campaign in Wendy Lee's coaching tenure -- and the school's history, for that matter --...

Challenges await team, Higginbotham

MOUNT OLIVE -- The plate is full. A difficult non-conference schedule, preseason national rankings and early-season injuries have left Mount Olive men's basketball coach Joey Higginbotham stuffed. The Trojan alum wants to push away from the table, but it's difficult...

Local Preps Digest

NEW BERN -- Bridgette Briggs scored a game-high 18 points to lead Wayne Country Day to a 70-15 victory at future Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference member Epiphany on Thursday. Shelle Anderson added 16 points and Brooke Norris ta;llied...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Saints earn season-opening win

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne started slow, but came on late and downed county rival Spring Creek 72-45 in season-opening, varsity boys' basketball action Wednesday evening. Brandon Anderson led the Saints with 16 points and seven rebounds in limited minutes. Javaris...

Darden filling leadership role

Shawon Darden's heart nearly jumped out of his chest. The James Kenan quarterback stood behind center and his emotions flowed all over the stadum as Clinton's defense eyed him from the other side of the ball. An understudy last season...

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne jumped out to a 14-11 lead after one quarter and never looked back en route to a 59-43 win over Spring Creek's varsity girls basketball team Wednesday night. Lynnesha Leonard poured in 14 points for...

MOC volleyball advances

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- Perennial volleyball powerhouse Lees-McRae won't hoist a conference championship banner into the rafters after this season. Mount Olive made sure of it Wednesday evening. Racey Bartley notched 13 kills, including game point, as the...

OUTDOORS -- Marsh column

While I was driving along a rural road in deer hunting territory, I happened to have the window down to take in the exhilarating scents of the fall woods. It was a shock when a putrid odor filled the truck...

Warriors top Dawgs in wrestling opener

Steady improvement is the philosophy veteran Eastern Wayne wrestling coach Mike Brown and Princeton assistant coach Matt Rast have developed this season. Youth definitely abounds in each program. The Warriors return just three starters off last year's dual-team playoff qualifying...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Local Preps Digest

PANTEGO -- Rashid Williams scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds as Wayne Country Day opened its season with an 83-25 win on Tuesday at Terra Ceia. Brandon McCarter chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds....

Jones will make debut versus Saints

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Taylor Jones preaches intensity and mental toughness. Even to himself. "I am enthusiastic ... always ready to go," said Jones less than 24 hours before tonight's season-opening game against Southern Wayne. "Whether it was as a player...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Local Sports Digest

Wayne Christian picked up a 56-32 season-opening victory over Faith of Rocky Mount in girls basketball action on Monday. Hanna Kaler led a balanced Eagles' attack with 13 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot. Julia Oden contributed 10...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Seven area teams qualify for postseason

Seven area teams learned their opening-round opponents in the N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs late Saturday evening. And there was one surprise -- Eastern Wayne. The Warriors, who ended regular-season play with three consecutive defeats, earned an at-large...

NCHSAA cheerleading

Charles B. Aycock finished state runner-up in the super large varsity (22-plus members) in the sixth annual N.C. High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Championships. The Golden Falcons lost by 10 points to Marvin Ridge. Spring Creek claimed seventh in the...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Spring Creek-North Duplin box

Spring Creek 0 0 6 0 -- 6 North Duplin 21 14 7 6 -- 48 First quarter ND -- Oliver 41 run (Prudencio kick), 11:28 ND -- Graham 47 pass from Kornegay (Prudencio kick), 7:10 ND -- Cox 1...

Princeton ends streak vs. RHS

PRINCETON -- Tyler Baker hopped on the cart and proudly rang the victory bell. The loud clang echoed through the air and Princeton's football fans roared their approval from the stands. Baker and his teammates pumped their fists in the...

PHS-RHS box

Rosewood 0 0 0 6 -- 6 Princeton 6 6 6 6 -- 24 First quarter P -- D. Myers 2 run (kick failed), 2:55 Second quarter P -- B. Myers 1 run (run failed), 6:08 Third quarter P --...

Cox, Graham pace Rebels' offense

CALYPSO -- North Duplin appears to be peaking at the right time. The Rebels grabbed a 21-0, first-quarter lead against Spring Creek to a 48-6 victory at H.E. Grubbs Field on Friday evening. It was the Class 1-A Carolina...

Mote's 15 kills lead Trojans to victory

MOC Sports Information WILSON -- Alicia Mote recorded a match-high 15 kills as Mount Olive defeated Belmont Abbey 25-13, 25-19, 26-24 in Conference Carolinas women's volleyball Saturday at Wilson. The match was played at Barton College due to an event...

Warriors endure road defeat

KINSTON -- So much for tradition. Kinston is no longer a conference doormat. The Vikings roughed up and ran over Eastern Wayne 51-12 on Friday and clinched the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference championship. It was Kinston's first league...

No. 1-ranked Tigers roll past Wallace-Rose Hill

TEACHEY -- No. 1-ranked James Kenan completed its third consecutive unbeaten regular-season campaign and seized its third straight Class 1-A Super Six Conference crown with a 35-14 thrashing of archrival Wallace-Rose Hill. The Tigers (11-0 overall, 5-0 SS) secured the...

James Kenan - Wallace Rose Hill boxscore

James Kenan 6 15 7 7 -- 35 W.-Rose Hill 7 0 7 0 -- 14 First quarter JK -- Rogers 16 run (kick failed), 9:01 Second quarter JK -- Rogers 9 run (Rogers run), 10:42 JK -- Darden 1...

Goldsboro-North Pitt box

North Pitt 0 6 8 0 -- 14 Goldsboro 13 21 0 6 -- 34 First quarter GHS -- Montgomery 6 run (White kick), 6:41 GHS -- Hicks 25 pass from Jackson (kick failed), :57.3 Second quarter GHS -- Moses...

Cougars prevail, finish EPC runners-up

Like a well-oiled machine, Goldsboro's offense fired on all cylinders in front of a homecoming crowd and steamrolled past North Pitt 40-14 on Friday evening. The victory locked up a first-round home playoff game and the runner-up spot behind Tarboro...

Greene Central closes out regular season with win

LaGRANGE -- Greene Central scored a pair of late touchdowns to earn a 33-21, Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference win over archrival North Lenoir on Friday evening. The Rams (4-7 overall, 2-3 EPC) won their fourth straight game in...

Heroic Hartman

GREENVILLE -- Kicker Ben Hartman was once again a hero as East Carolina topped Marshall 19-16 in overtime at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday. For the second consecutive week, the junior from Winston-Salem came through at the crucial moment and...

Late-surging CBA knocks off Saints

DUDLEY -- Wait and see. That was Charles B. Aycock head football coach Randy Pinkowski's message for his team after their 35-7 victory over county rival Southern Wayne at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex on Friday. The Golden Falcons won...

CB Aycock-S.Wayne boxscore

C.B. Aycock 0 7 7 21 -- 35 So. Wayne 0 0 0 7 -- 7 Second quarter A -- Pitt 27 run (Robinson kick), 5:19 Third quarter A -- Reid 17 pass from Gurganus (Robinson kick), 3:22 Fourth quarter...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Pee Dee NWR deer hunting a cut above

Although the state's central deer region firearms season was several weeks away, I was sitting on a folding stool, leaning against an oak tree that three men could not reach around while holding hands. The white oak overlooked a buck's...

Hunting preserve has much to offer

Two blasts ring out in the early morning hours over a muddy lake in Suttontown. Two ducks crash to the Earth. It's a simple formula for success at Mallard Cove Hunting Preserve. "We do a lot of scouting, and we...

Trojan men's tennis ranked No. 33

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College, which returns five starters this season, is ranked No. 33 in the preseason ITA Division II men's tennis poll. The Trojans have been nationally ranked in the preseason or regular-season play...

Deacons overpower Trojans

MOC Sports Information WINSTON-SALEM -- No. 21-ranked Wake Forest used a 28-0 first-half run to break a tie and defeat Division II Mount Olive 97-62 in an exhibition game Thursday evening at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Preseason All-America candidate Kendrick...

Local Preps Digest

JV sports * Football: North Pitt 16, Goldsboro 14 -- North Pitt stopped Goldsboro on fourth-and-one from the Panthers 8-yard line with 1:07 remaining in the game to seal the victory. After North Pitt (8-2) scored and added a two-point...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Easley racking-up honors

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley is expected to receive a lot of attention from opposing coaches during games this season. He's certainly getting recognition off the court. The Mount Olive College guard is one of 25 players...

Norris-Briggs selected for Oasis game

Wayne Country Day's Bridgette Briggs and Brooke Norris have been selected to play for the Classes 1-A/2-A team in the 2008 Oasis All-Star Volleyball Game, which is sponsored by the Oasis Shriners. Briggs and Norris helped lead the Chargers to...

Rivalry Week on high school grid

The late Ronald Reagan lived in the White House. The Chicago Bears were the reigning Super Bowl Champions. "We Built This City" by Starship was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Top 40 charts. The year was 1985. And...

JCC basketball growing with Ford

SMITHFIELD -- Johnston Community College certainly took its lumps during its first year of competition on the basketball court. The Jaguars were outscored by 106 points in their first two outings and had just one player averaging double figures. One...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sanderson joins FAU baseball staff

FAU Sports Information BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Seven Springs native and Eastern Wayne alum Ben Sanderson has been named the assistant baseball coach at Florida Atlantic University. Sanderson, who spent three years as an assistant at East Carolina, will work...

Trojan volleyball, men's soccer dealt tough losses

MOC Sports Information LAURINBURG -- Alicia Mote tallied a double-double -- 12 kills and 14 digs -- in Mount Olive's four-set loss to Conference Carolinas in-state rival St. Andrews on Tuesday evening. Racey Bartley posted 10 kills for the Trojans,...

County players recognized for solid efforts

Wayne County players dominate the season-ending all-conference teams on the Eastern Carolina 3-A and Carolina 1-A women's tennis scenes for 2008. Eastern Wayne junior Danielle Daniel earned ECC player-of-the-year honors. A three-year varsity starter, Daniel claimed the No. 1 seed...

Opinion -- High School regular season has several memorable moments

The area high school football regular season may be drawing to close on Friday evening, but a handful of individual single-game performances should live on for quite some time. Not only did these standouts turn in spectacular performances worthy of...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trojan women fall

MOC Sports Information BELMONT -- History didn't repeat itself. Four years ago, Mount Olive College captured the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer tournament crown at Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders made sure it didn't happen again. Lindsay Palm delivered the game-winning...

Goldsboro Sting 94

Goldsboro Sting 94 Adrian Thompson tallied the game-winning goal in the 5th minute and the Sting defeated Johnston Crusaders 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. Bryan Johnson converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute. Teammate Mitchell Kasper concluded the Sting's scoring...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rosewood's Britt among top 75 in 1-A state meet

CLEMMONS -- Rosewood's Nick Britt ended up 74th overall in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's cross country championships contested Saturday at Tanglewood Park. Britt, the Carolina Conference champion, ran the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes,...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Spring Creek - N. Johnston boxscore

North Johnston 7 27 6 6 -- 46 Spring Creek 0 0 6 0 -- 6 Third quarter SC -- Harris pass from Hatem (Kick failed) NJ SC First downs 10 7 Rushes-yds. 298 96 Passing-yds. 126 140 Total Yards...

So. Wayne - Hunt boxscore

S. Wayne 0 7 13 6 -- 26 Hunt 14 13 10 6 -- 43 First quarter H-- Applewhite 19 run (Schick kick) 3:14 1st. H-- Applewhite 31 run (Schick kick) 2:32 1st. Second quarter SW-- Jones 25 run (Williams...

princeton-ayden grifton boxscore

Princeton 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Ayden-Grifton 19 21 13 7 -- 60 First quarter AG -- Best 1 run (kick failed), 9:46 AG -- Whitaker 2 run (Thomson kick), 4:57 AG -- Best 50 run (run failed), 2:56...

Chargers too much for Dawgs

AYDEN -- Ayden-Grifton, the Class 1-A Carolina Conference co-leader, limited Princeton to minus-29 yards of total offense in a 60-0 victory Friday evening. The Chargers allowed the Bulldogs minus-55 yards rushing. Princeton (3-7, 1-3 Carolina) committed four turnovers. Ayden-Grifton...

Gators continue to rebuild

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek continued its rebuilding process with a 46-6 loss to Class 1-A Carolina Conference rival North Johnston at "The Swamp" on Friday evening. DeVonte Harris led the Gator offense with 101 yards rushing and 29...

N. Duplin - Rosewood boxscore

North Duplin 6 15 14 14 -- 49 Rosewood 0 8 6 8 -- 22 First quarter ND -- Cox 2 run (Prudencio kick failed), 4:52 Second quarter ND -- Cox 12 run (Swanzey pass from Kornegay), 6:30 ND --...

Rebels rock Rosewood

Quentin Graham realized in a passing league game in August there wasn't a man on the Rosewood roster that could cover him. The North Duplin wide receiver went out and backed it up with eight catches for a career-high 189...

James Kenan remains unbeaten

CLINTON -- James Kenan got three touchdowns from Jamar Rogers and held on to defeat Class 1-A Super Six Conference rival Union 28-14 on Friday night. The No. 1-ranked Tigers (10-0 overall, 4-0 SS) clinched at least a share...

James Kenan - Union boxscore

James Kenan 14 0 0 14 -- 28 Union 7 7 0 0 -- 14 First Quarter JK -- Rogers 4 run (Funez-Bonilla kick), 8:35 JK -- Heslip 13 run (Funez-Bonilla kick), 3:51 Fourth quarter JK -- Rogers 3 run...

Hunt tops Southern Wayne

WILSON -- Going into Friday night's showdown at Wilson Hunt, the Southern Wayne coaching staff expected a low-scoring matchup of run defenses. That didn't happen. The teams combined for 647 yards rushing and 870 yards of total offense. The...

Goldsboro overpowers North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- On a Halloween night when millions of children hit the road in costume to play some tricks and grab some treats, Goldsboro had its own party. The Cougars scored early -- and often -- in a 53-0 rout...

Goldsboro-N. Lenoir boxscore

Goldsboro 13 22 12 6 -- 53 North Lenoir 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter G -- Jones 12 run (Giron kick), 9:00 G -- Jones 18 run (kick failed), 7:51 Second quarter G -- Moses 12 pass...

Rams keep playoff hopes alive

SNOW HILL -- Playoff football is now within reach for Greene Central. The Rams (3-7 overall) forced three turnovers and earned an 18-7, Class 3-A Eastern Plains Conference win over Farmville Central on Friday evening. A victory at EPC...

Aycock stuns Eastern Wayne

Eastern Wayne tried to disguise its injuries on defense. County archrival Charles B. Aycock discovered the trick and treated its blanket-covered fans to a 32-24 victory on Halloween at Little Big Horn. The Golden Falcons' Marcus Cobb slashed the Warrior...

C.B. Aycock - E. Wayne boxscore

C.B. Aycock 0 7 13 12 -- 32 Eastern Wayne 0 10 0 14 -- 24 Second quarter CBA -- Cobb 1 run (Robinson kick), 2:48.9 EW -- Best 82 kickoff return (Hall kick), 2:33.8 EW -- Hall 26 FG,...