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Saturday, February 28, 2009

State champions: WCDS girls claim 1-A crown

CHARLOTTE -- Brooke Norris dreamed about this moment. Would she start the dogpile, which is synonymous with championship celebrations? Would she throw the ball up in the air in joyous fashion? Norris did neither. Instead, Norris held the ball and...

Trojans achieve perfection at home in men's volleyball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Perfection on Senior Weekend. And history to boot. Mount Olive logged a 2-0 record in its own men's volleyball invitational and recorded its first-ever, unbeaten home campaign in the program's five-year existence. The Trojans remained unbeaten in...

Trojans honored: Easley named men's top player; Prichard, Whitby recognized

Kendrick Easley expected lot of attention. He wasn't disappointed. A marked man throughout the season by opposing teams, Easley maintained his motivation and work ethic for Mount Olive College. The junior guard, a preseason All-American candidate, didn't wilt under the...

Mother Nature pitches shutout at Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mother Nature gets the shutout. Saturday morning rain washed out the Mount Olive-St. Andrews baseball doubleheader scheduled on the Scarborough Field diamond. Weather permitting, the Conference Carolinas in-state rivals will play a twinbill today. First pitch...

GHS boxscore

prep basketball 2009 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A Championship Girls (at Latin HS, Charlotte) Word of God 11 7 8 8 -- 34 W. Country Day 11 11 12 13 -- 43 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (27-2) Brooke...

Orange bumps Goldsboro girls from 2-A playoffs

Goldsboro entered the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A sectional championship on the heels of a buzzer-beating victory over Cummings. The Cougars could not keep the momentum. Hillsborough Orange capitalized on early foul trouble and Goldsboro's lack of intensity...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Defending champions eliminate WCDS boys

CHARLOTTE -- Division I recruit Reco McCarter pumped in 17 points as Wayne Country Day fell to defending state champion Word of God 71-50 in the quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A men's basketball playoffs Thursday...

No. 1 Chargers rout Statesville

CHARLOTTE -- Freshman point guard Catherine Ford collected a game-high 19 points and No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day throttled Statesville Christian 56-34 in the quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A women's basketball playoffs Thursday. The top-seeded...

Anglers fish Neuse for prize catfish

They're ugly, they'll eat almost anything and they are a hassle all the way into the boat. But for fishermen on the E-Z Bait and Tackle Eastern Carolina Catfish tournament trail, there is nothing like pulling a giant catfish from...

Trojans claim softball doubleheader

MOC Sports Information MURFREESBORO --Sasha Snyder threw six scoreless innings in the opener and Sarah Saunders tossed a complete game in the nightcap as Mount Olive College swept Chowan University 7-0 and 6-1 on the softball diamond Thursday evening. Snyder...

Mount Olive women can't match BC intensity

WILSON -- The effort didn't come close to matching what was at stake. Mount Olive's women fell behind 31-10 less than 10 minutes into the game and never recovered in a 79-45 blowout loss to archrival Barton College on Thursday...

Barton men clinch share of title

WILSON --The road to the Conference Carolinas tournament title now runs through "The Dog House." Barton College dominated the paint and played solid perimeter defense in its 81-67 victory over Mount Olive on Tuesday evening. The bitter archrivals will share...

Holmes' FG keeps GHS in playoffs

The last-second shot counted -- this time. LaQuita Holmes' offensive putback bounced off the rim and slipped through the net as time expired, lifting Goldsboro to a come-from-behind 56-55 victory over Burlington Cummings on Thursday evening. Holmes' game-winning shot occurred...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nolan paces Charger swimmers at state meet

RALEIGH -- Wayne Country Day senior Will Nolan exploded off his turn and finished fifth among 88 competitors in 50-yard freestyle during the 2009 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A swimming championships contested at Pullen Park. "I was...

Prep boxscores

2009 N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A Boys Basketball Playoffs (at Goldsboro HS) Northwood 9 21 15 14 -- 59 Goldsboro 8 17 19 13 -- 57 NORTHWOOD (17-5) Ridge Smith 5 3 2-2 21, Jake Houck 5 2 1-2...

Trojans split series with USC-Aiken

AIKEN, S.C. -- Rich Racobaldo swatted a fourth-inning home run as No. 15-ranked Mount Olive College blanked USC Aiken 3-0 to salvage a split in their two-game, non-conference series on Wednesday. Racobaldo, a senior infielder, has ripped a team-leading...

MOC women want home court advantage

Mount Olive settled down and gained some composure in a key road victory Tuesday at Queens University. Now, the Trojan women must do it again. Today is gut-check time against archrival Barton College. The winner claims the No. 1 seed...

Trojans and Dawgs renew rivalry tonight

The "day" has arrived. Archrivals Mount Olive and Barton College meet tonight at Wilson Gymnasium to determine the No. 1 seed for next week's Conference Carolinas men's basketball tournament. The Trojans (18-8 overall, 17-2 CC) have already clinched a share...

Lewis' three-pointer waived off in Cougar loss

Donald Lewis dropped to his knees. Rasean Brewington shouted "no!" in disbelief. Chris Cherry couldn't contain his tears. And Goldsboro, for the third consecutive season, endured a semifinal-round loss in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A men's basketball...

Chargers earn All-CPIC recognition

Wayne Country Day senior center Bridgette Briggs was named the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference women's basketball player of the year. Bridgette Briggs Briggs helped lead the No. 1-ranked Chargers to their second consecutive CPIC regular-season and tournament championships. She...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Local Preps Digest

HENDERSON -- Wayne Christian's girls couldn't overcome a slow start in a 51-26 loss in the opening round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A girls' basketball playoffs on Tuesday evening. Jennifer Price scored eight points, and...

Top-seeded WCDS girls oust Trinity

Call it conference tournament hangover or perhaps an opponent much more talented than its seeding may suggest. Whatever the reason, Wayne Country Day's girls trudged through a sluggish 12-minute stretch before finally resembling the state's No. 1-ranked team in a...

Chargers turn back Hobgood

Roughly 51/2 minutes was all it took for Wayne Country Day's starters to get the message while sitting on the bench. Chargers head coach Terry Jones wasn't pleased with the effort from his first unit four minutes into the ballgame...

Kennedy's single leads to 1-1 tie

WINGATE -- Robbin Kennedy delivered a game-tying, seventh-inning RBI single as Mount Olive battled Wingate University to a 1-1 deadlock in the second game of a non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the opener 3-2. In the...

Skirpstas, Woodard shine

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Mount Olive's Pete Skirpstas and Scott Woodard each recorded top-10 finishes during the AASU Southbridge Pirates Invitational, which concluded Tuesday. Skirpstas carded a final-round 73 and finished with a 5-over par 221 in the 54-hole event....

Kearney drives in two runs during Trojans' loss

AIKEN, S.C. -- Kevin Kearney pounded out two hits and delivered two RBI as No. 15-ranked Mount Olive College dropped a 5-3, non-conference baseball decision to USC Aiken on Tuesday evening. It was a rematch of last year's Division...

Miller blocks shot, Trojans stop Royals

MOC Sports Information CHARLOTTE -- Brittany Miller blocked a 3-point attempt at the buzzer and Mount Olive escaped with a 61-59 victory over Queens in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Tuesday evening. Tomeka Prichard's jump shot with 22 seconds...

Easley, Dobson pace MOC attack

MOC Sports Information CHARLOTTE -- Regular-season champs ... again. Preseason All-America candidate Kendrick Easley and Aaron Dobson drained six 3-pointers apiece as Mount Olive stopped Queens University 82-68 and earned a share of its second straight Conference Carolinas regular-season crown....

Goldsboro eliminates So. Guilford

Goldsboro started slowly, but once its offense got rolling against Southern Guilford, the result was a 67-49 victory Tuesday evening. It was a perfect start to what head coach Brandy Smith hopes is a lengthy stay in the N.C. High...

Pressure defense hampers Warriors

ROCKY MOUNT -- Brent Holland walked down the bench, tapped each starter on the head offered praise as the reserves walked onto the court Tuesday evening. He sat down, let out a big sigh and watched the final two-plus minutes...

Opinion -- Three-decade-old tradition needs help

As the emotion and intensity of competition raged loudly on the court during high school basketball conference tournaments last week, a much different war of attrition quietly brewed behind the scenes. In the past week, multiple coaches in the area...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Local digest

KENANSVILLE -- James Kenan stormed back from an eight-point halftime deficit and defeated Topsail 57-54 overtime during the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A playoffs on Monday evening. Alex Monk scored a game-high 21...

Saints shocked by Fike's Atkinson

DUDLEY -- The postseason is usually full of surprises. Jeremy Atkinson turned in a 36-point performance and Wilson Fike shocked Southern Wayne 82-75 in opening-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs on Monday evening. "That...

Prep boxscores

N.C. High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Playoffs Atkins 20 13 17 13 -- 63 Goldsboro 25 17 23 21 -- 86 WINSTON-SALEM ATKINS (9-18) Joel Oglesby 10 0 3-4 23, Frank Bodger 1 0 2-2 4, Kevin Clark 0...

MOC golf showing well

MOC Sports Information SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Scott Woodard is tied for sixth overall after second-round action in the AASU Southbridge Pirates Men's Golf Invitational, which concludes today. Woodard fired an opening-round 1-over par 73 and finished 36 holes with a...

Goldsboro advances to round two

Regardless of his performance on the court, the message to Goldsboro senior guard Donald Lewis from his coaches has been the same all season -- just keep shooting. Despite having his jump shot and his confidence come and go at...

Nash Central too much for Eastern Wayne

NASHVILLE -- Nash Central guard Dominique Holloway darted through the Eastern Wayne defense and seemed destined for an uncontested layup. Six-foot-10 center Colton Butler stepped out from underneath the basket, stuck out a big paw and stuffed Holloway's shot. Butler...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Local Preps Digest

Middle schools * Boys' basketball: Kerr-Vance 56, Wayne Country Day 36 -- Cody Neal scored a team-high 11 points as the Chargers (14-5) fell in the championship game of the Coastal Plains 1-A Independent Conference tournament. Luke Bryan added 10...

Trojan spikers finish 2-1 during weekend tourney

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive logged a 2-1 record during a two-day, three-match tour on the men's volleyball scene this weekend. Noel Garcia recorded a double-double -- 13 kills, 10 digs -- during the Trojans' three-set sweep...

Anderson takes league series from Mount Olive

MOC Sports Information ANDERSON, S.C. -- The streak ends at 19. For two-plus seasons, Mount Olive College had controlled every Conference Carolinas baseball series it played ... until Sunday afternoon. Alex Vertcnik and Rich Racobaldo ripped back-to-back, ninth-inning home runs...

Rosewood's Holmes claims runner-up honors

WINSTON-SALEM -- Two-time state qualifier Joshua Holmes emerged the third Rosewood High grappler to finish runner-up in the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A wrestling championships. Holmes, a senior, lost to Orange High senior Remington Jarrett in the...

Pirates earn series sweep

Stephen Batts collected four hits and two RBI as No. 27-ranked East Carolina defeated Monmouth 9-2 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The senior left fielder finished the three-game series with nine hits, three RBI, six runs...

Wayne Country Day boys take second

ROCKY MOUNT -- Josh Gregory converted one free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining, but missed his second attempt as Greenfield escaped Wayne Country Day 76-75 in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference tournament final Saturday evening. All-tournament and all-CPIC...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Southern Wayne girls secure league's No. 3 seed

KINSTON -- Intensity in postseason basketball is a requirement -- not an option. Southern Wayne jumped on top of Eastern Wayne early and the Warriors waited a little too late to increase their energy level in a 52-34 loss in...

prep basketball boxes

prep boxscores 2009 Eastern Plains 2-A Conference Boys Tournament Championship (at Goldsboro HS) North Lenoir 14 18 26 16 -- 74 Goldsboro 10 23 17 13 -- 63 NORTH LENOIR (19-7) Chris McPhail 1 7 1-2 24, Josh Grady...

N. Lenoir's McPhail guns down Cougars

Chris McPhail kept shooting. And shooting. And shooting. And that was bad news for Goldsboro. Benched with three first-half fouls, McPhail displayed an impressive third-quarter offensive performance Friday evening. The senior shooting guard buried six 3-pointers -- including five in...

MOC women drop second straight

MOUNT OLIVE -- Riding the momentum of a school-record, 14-game winning streak just seven days ago, the Mount Olive College women's basketball team is headed in an opposite -- and unacceptable -- direction. The Trojans have lost two games in...

MOC softball splits twinbill with FMU

FLORENCE, S.C. --After getting eight hits and scoring six runs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the bats of fifth-ranked Francis Marion University fell nearly silent in game two as Mount Olive College claimed a 5-1 win and a...

Melton, Holloway enjoy senior night victory

MOUNT OLIVE --Conflicting styles met on the floor at Kornegay Arena on Saturday night. Mount Olive's run and shoot pace eventually prevailed over Erskine's slow down offense. The Trojans captured a 68-60 victory over the Flying Fleet and improved...

Anderson, Mount Olive trade wins in double-dip

ANDERSON, S.C. -- B.J. Dail tossed a complete-game seven-inning two-hitter as nationally seventh-ranked Mount Olive salvaged a split with a 9-1 victory over Anderson in game two of a Conference Carolinas baseball doubleheader Saturday at Anderson, S.C. Jesse Lancaster...

Suggs, North Pitt roll past Greene Central

All-tournament selection Maketa Suggs poured in a game-high 17 points as North Pitt throttled Greene Central 50-28 for third-place honors in the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference girls' basketball tournament Friday afternoon. The Panthers (12-13 overall) earned the No. 3...

Farmville Central ends Cougars' winning streak

The best thing about a winning streak? When it ends, you can start a new one. All-tournament selection Crystal Smith tallied a team-high 25 points as Farmville Central dusted top-seeded Goldsboro 75-64 and claimed the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference girls'...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Annual event assists preservation

The great thing about fishing is that there is always a story to share. Plenty of tales were swapped at the 10th annual Wayne County Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association banquet on Thursday evening at Lane Tree Golf Club....

County quintet seeks state titles

Five Wayne County grapplers were among more than 600 competitors vying for gold medals when the 2009 N.C. High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships began this morning in Winston-Salem. The quintet is participating in one of the biggest, single high...

Mount Olive-Shaw box score

Shaw 000 000 002 -- 2 4 3 Mount Olive 421 32(12) 00x -- 24 21 1 Leading hitters -- Shaw U -- Matt Mitchell 2-4; Cedric Powell 1-4, 3B. Mount Olive -- Kyle Hinrichs 3-4, HR, 2 RBI; Kevin...

No. 7-ranked Trojans crank five home runs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Twelve starters, including five Major League Baseball draft selections, might be gone but Mount Olive baseball can still swing the sticks. Just ask Shaw University. The Trojans improved to 20-0 overall against Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association teams...

Horse-collar tackle is a penalty now

Eric Reid likes the change. Twice last season, the second-year Goldsboro High football coach saw his players on the wrong end of a horse-collar tackle. Reid asked for a yellow flag. "Oh no coach, this is not the NFL," said...

Local Preps Digest

AYDEN -- Spring Creek pushed top-seeded Ayden-Grifton to overtime on Thursday night, but dropped a 57-47 loss in semifinal-round action of the Class 1-A Carolina Conference boys' basketball tournament. The Chargers' Donta Atkinson hit a running, left-handed layup in...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Local digest

AYDEN -- Princeton never got its offense in gear and eventually fell 69-34 to North Johnston in the semifinals of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Wednesday evening. David Gurganus led the Bulldogs attack with 13 points. No...

Bruins upend Saints in semifinals

DUDLEY -- It was there for the taking. Southern Wayne let it slip away. The Saints squandered golden scoring opportunities late and their comeback attempt fell short in a 56-50 loss to Wilson Beddingfield in the semifinals of the Eastern...

Warriors slide past Saints

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne played a waiting game with Wilson Hunt during semifinal-round play of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball tournament Wednesday evening. But the Saints waited too long. Hunt jumped out to a double-digit lead in the...

Prep boxscores

2009 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Tournament Boys' semifinals (at Southern Wayne HS) Beddingfield 13 17 8 18 -- 56 Southern Wayne 10 12 17 11 -- 50 BEDDINGFIELD (12-14) Daquan Langston 0 0 8-10 8, Terrell Winstead 1 1 3-6...

Cougars earn rematch with Hawks

The late Norvelle Lee always said "the cream rises to the top" and that protecting your homecourt was crucial in basketball. He couldn't have been more proud Wednesday evening. Goldsboro High, where Lee roamed the sidelines for many seasons barking...

Goldsboro girls reach finals

Where were they? Third-year Goldsboro High girls' basketball coach Brandy Smith wondered if her team would ever show up Wednesday evening. North Pitt dictated the tempo, boxed out defensively and seemed poised to upset the regular-season Eastern Plains 2-A Conference...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Local Preps Digest

SMITHFIELD --Wayne Christian trimmed a seven-point deficit with 90 seconds to play down to two but got no closer in a 48-46 loss to Crossroads Christian on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Carolina Christian 1-A girls' basketball...

SC-N. Duplin boys

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Trailing by two points late against border rival North Duplin, first-year Spring Creek coach Taylor Jones decided not call timeout Tuesday evening. Instead, he let the players adapt to the situation. The Gators quickly understood the lesson....

Prep box scores

BOYS North Duplin 6 17 9 14 -- 46 Spring Creek 12 20 9 21 -- 62 NORTH DUPLIN (0-19) Marcus Kornegay 4 1 0-0 11, Devin Oliver 4 0 1-1 9, Shayne Deaver 1 0 0-0 2, Jimmy Smith...

Eastern Wayne baseball ranked No. 5

County archrivals Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock are ranked in the preseason ImpactBaseball.com Class 3-A poll released Monday. The Warriors, ranked No. 5, recorded a program-best 21 victories under head coach Jabo Fulghum last season and won the Eastern...

Loss avenged, Princeton secures final playoff berth

SEVEN SPRINGS -- One game with a playoff spot at stake. Archrivals Rosewood and Princeton faced that scenario as the Class 1-A Carolina Conference boys' basketball tournament tipped off Tuesday evening at Spring Creek. T.J. Wilson made sure the Dawgs...

MOC's Easley garner recognition

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College junior Kendrick Easley has been named the Conference Carolinas men's basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 30 points in three Trojan victories last week. He pumped in a career-high 39...

Elizabeth City errors fuel MOC's offense

MOUNT OLIVE -- Opportunities like these don't come every day. Mount Olive capitalized on six Elizabeth City State errors and got five scoreless innings from starter David Travis in a 15-2, non-conference rout on Tuesday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The...

Conqueror girls charge into final eight

A 3-5 start. A three-game losing streak. A loss against a lower-tier region foe. Eddie Smith wondered if Faith Christian could reverse its early-season misfortunes and challenge for a state-playoff bid. After all, with five seniors -- including four returning...

Opinion -- Who gets dance invitation for ACC?

Over the next three weeks sleep may be hard to come by and gray hair could abound for college basketball coaches across the country. With Selection Sunday less than a month away, here's a look at which Atlantic Coast Conference...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Local digest

At the time of the year when it should be picking up a full head of steam Eastern Wayne's ship appears to be taking on water fast. The Warriors erased a 15-point, third-quarter deficit but faltered on key possessions...

Gators swamp Eagles in tourney

PRINCETON -- Twice Rosewood trimmed the deficit to one point on Monday evening, but Spring Creek answered the challenge each time. And Melanique DeVeaux had a hand in both responses. The senior guard dished off underneath to Richelle Butler for...

Prep boxscores

BOYS Wilson Hunt 21 21 14 24 -- 80 Eastern Wayne 23 9 24 15 -- 71 WILSON HUNT (12-11) Jamil Creech 3 1 8-11 17, Damont Williams 2 1 2-2 9, Tyrell Vinson 4 3 3-8 20, Jordan White...

Trojans' winning streak snapped

MOUNT OLIVE -- All good things must come to an end. Mount Olive's school-record, 14-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Monday night with a stunning 75-56 loss to in-state rival Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders dominated the glass...

MOC men fall to Belmont Abbey

MOUNT OLIVE -- A late offensive flurry wasn't enough to propel Mount Olive to its 11th consecutive victory on Monday evening. The Trojans endured a stagnant second half and dropped a 99-91 decision to Belmont Abbey in their Conference Carolinas...

Warriors roll past Kinston

Jazmine Middleton picked an opportune time to maximize her potential. Middleton scored a career-high 29 points, including 20 in the first half, to help Eastern Wayne to a 53-40 win over visiting Kinston in the first round of the Eastern...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Eagles' Behrend, Holmes prevail

NEWPORT -- Rosewood's Zach Behrend and Joshua Holmes each seized gold medals in the 2009 N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A eastern regional wrestling championships contested on the Croatan High mats. The duo earned a trip to the...

Local digest

ROCKY MOUNT -- Alyssa Hill buried two free throws with 18 seconds remaining to seal Faith Christian's 39-35 victory over Bethel Christian in the N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A region championship game Saturday. The Conquerors (13-6 overall) earned...

Lancaster slugs home run, collects four RBI for MOC

WILSON -- Jesse Lancaster swatted a home run and supplied four RBIs as No. 6-ranked Mount Olive dumped archrival Barton 8-2 on the Conference Carolinas baseball scene Sunday afternoon. Lancaster, a junior outfielder, batted 4-for-5 as the Trojans claimed...

Hobbs, Chenier return home with gold medals

CHAPEL HILL -- Worried about warm-ups, a low regional score and intimidated by the competition, Collin Hobbs overcame his nerves once he completed his first dive. From there, the Eastern Wayne sophomore cruised. Hobbs posted a meet-high 316.5 points and...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Local digest

ROCKY MOUNT -- Alyssa Hill pumped in a game-high 20 points and third-seeded Faith Christian upset No. 2 Trinity Christian 43-40 in the semifinals of the N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A Region tournament Friday. The Conquerors (12-6 overall)...

Greenfield tops Wayne Country Day

Not even the pageantry of Wayne Country Day's senior night, an NBA-esque intro complete with a darkened gym and spotlights or a boisterous capacity crowd was enough to slow down No. 1-ranked Greenfield on Friday night. The Knights used a...

Rosewood bests archrival Princeton

Rosewood gets to live another day. Cody Harris drained two free throws with 14.4 seconds left and blocked an eventual game-tying 3-pointer as time expired to give the Eagles a 54-51 victory over archrival Princeton on Friday evening. Harris finished...

Prep basketball boxes

prep basketball BOYS Greenfield 14 17 15 19 -- 65 W. Country Day 20 12 8 18 -- 58 GREENFIELD (27-5, 8-0 CPIC) Jeremy Jeffers 7 1 3-6 20, Jarred Hinton 1 1 0-0 5, Brian Richardson 4 1...

MOC men dominate Lees-McRae

MOUNT OLIVE -- This was too easy. But the Mount Olive College men's basketball team didn't carry that mentality into its Conference Carolinas battle with last-place Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon. "We knew they were on the lower side of...

Mount Olive and Catawba each win one

SALISBURY, N.C. - Katie Nalley's two-run single capped a four-run third inning and Kayla Voorhees added a solo home run as Mount Olive defeated Catawba 9-3 in game two for a split in the Trojans' season-opening softball doubleheader Saturday at...

MOC baseball splits Conference Carolinas opener

WILSON - Dylan Holton's three-run double highlighted a five-run second inning and Rich Racobaldo added a two-run homer as No. 6 Mount Olive defeated Barton 8-3 in game one of a Conference Carolinas baseball doubleheader Saturday at Wilson, N.C....

Trojan women roll past Lees-McRae

MOUNT OLIVE -- Don't confuse Mount Olive's women with being difficult to please, they're simply hungry for more. Minutes after blowing out Lees-McRae 70-48 on Saturday for a 14th consecutive win Trojans' head coach Wendy Lee and forward Jasmine Whitby...

EW's Mitchell signs with PCC

Some players hit home runs and some steal bases. Rare players do both. Eastern Wayne softball standout Casey Mitchell possesses a unique combination of consistency and versatility that will take her game to the next level. She made sure of...

Goldsboro downs Farmville Central

Goldsboro turned Friday the 13th into a nightmare for visiting Farmville Central by dominating the paint and winning the turnover battle. The Cougars earned a 67-47 victory and sole possession of the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference regular-season title. The...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Southern Wayne knocks off C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Southern Wayne wrapped up its regular season by spoiling senior night for county rival Charles B. Aycock on Thursday night. The Saints earned a 62-55 victory and an opening-round bye in the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference tournament,...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Kinston 22 19 18 22 -- 81 Eastern Wayne 12 20 11 12 -- 55 KINSTON (21-3, 9-1 ECC) Josh Benoit 2 1 1-1 8, Darnell Matthews 2 2 0-0 10, Reggie Bullock 6 0 0-0 12, Mister Height...

NCMRF has approved 11 grants

MOREHEAD CITY -- Revenues from the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License will pay nearly $2 million in the coming year toward projects to help provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and...

Officials: Badin Lake fish not safe

RALEIGH -- A fish consumption advisory is in effect for Badin Lake, where high chemical levels pose a potential problem to consumers. N.C. Division of Public Health officials said Wednesday that large mouth bass and catfish in the lake,...

Dogfish tournament begins fishing year

For the last four years, the first fishing event of North Carolina's pier-fishing season has been the Johnnie Mercer's Pier Annual Dogfish Tournament. This year's event was held in January. The event's timing was pushed back to hit prime feeding...

Acrylic portrait selected at festival

RALEIGH -- A portrait entitled "Widgeon Trio" by nationally-renowned wildlife artist Gerald Putt was selected as the 2009 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print at the annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival. The acrylic portrait, which depicts a...

MOC softball success will be based on team's consistency

MOUNT OLIVE -- Most teams define progress by wins and losses. Not the Mount Olive College softball team. The Trojans recount their progress by consistency. Following a successful 2008 campaign that included a runner-up spot in the Conference Carolinas tournament,...

Speed's free throws help Trojan women top Coker, MOC men prevail

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Rashonda Speed converted two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining in regulation and regionally-ranked Mount Olive College nipped Coker (S.C.) College 85-81 in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Thursday evening. Jasmine Whitby provided...

Hawks roll past Cougars

Goldsboro couldn't finish its business. And North Lenoir exacted a little revenge on the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference men's basketball scene Thursday evening. Chris McPhail and Maurice Morgan pumped in 19 points apiece as the Hawks claimed a surprising...

Goldsboro clinch share EPC crown

Senior point guard Ki'Ana Williams spearheaded a balanced offensive attack and Goldsboro earned a share of its second consecutive Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference women's basketball title Thursday evening. Williams flirted with a triple-double -- 18 points, seven assists, five...

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Christian placed five different scorers in double figures and advanced to the second round of the Class 1-A Carolina Christian Conference tournament with a 77-55 victory over Norlina Christian on Thursday evening. Colton Woods and Taylor Johnson scored...

Playoff bound: Warrior girls hang on, pick up senior night win

As the emotions of senior night ran rampant, poise and composure were nowhere to be found early on for Eastern Wayne. With the game hanging in the balance late in the fourth quarter, the Warrior girls mustered up plenty of...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Preps

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne made the most of its senior night and topped Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Wilson Hunt by a 71-62 count on Wednesday. Javaris McMillan led the Saints with a dazzling all-around game and finished...

MOC sports

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College men's and women's basketball teams are ranked No. 9 in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll released Wednesday. The Trojan men (14-7 overall) jumped into the top 10...

Colin Hobbs is making a big splash

Eastern Wayne's Colin Hobbs is taking a dive. Literally. Hobbs became the first diver in school history to compete during the Class 3-A N.C. High School Athletic Association eastern regional meet at the Goldsboro Family Y. The spring-board pioneer, a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Local Preps Digest

Ki'Ana Williams was not going to be happy simply enjoying the moment that comes along with reaching the 1,000-point plateau. She had to make sure her teammates enjoyed it, too. Williams spent much of the first half dishing off...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Eastern Wayne 12 14 17 12 -- 55 C.B. Aycock 11 18 21 19 -- 69 EASTERN WAYNE (6-14, 4-5) Lamar Best 3 0 2-2 8, Will White 4 0 2-5 10, Jeneri Cyrus 2 0 2-2 6, Dominique...

MOC-Wingate boxscores

Game 1 Wingate 000 000 0 -- 0 9 1 Mount Olive 000 021 x -- 3 4 1 Leading hitters -- Wingate -- Casey Allison 2-4; Spencer Robinson 2-3; Dustin Hurdle 2-3; Chris Vazquez 2-3. Mount Olive -- Jesse...

Dogs caged: Trojans' Dail throws four-plus scoreless innings

MOUNT OLIVE -- Welcome back to college baseball B.J. Dail. After a two-year absence, the North Carolina transfer shined in his Mount Olive College debut on Tuesday evening. Averaging speeds in the high 80s, Dail threw four-plus innings of scoreless...

Cougars keep lead in EPC 2-A

The only statistic that truly matters is the 'W' column. Just ask the Goldsboro Cougars. Upset-minded Greene Central out-rebounded and out-worked the homestanding Cougars for three-plus quarters Tuesday night. But, in the end, Goldsboro earned a 68-64 victory and kept...

Opinion -- Top athletes are human...after all

Thank you Michael Phelps and Alex Rodriguez for reminding us all that minus the million dollar contracts, gold medals and endorsement deals we are just like you. We as Americans love our heroes when they're hitting tape-measure home runs, rekindling...

Golden Falcons pick up second ECC win of year

PIKEVILLE -- Focus on what you can control and forget about the past. Familiar with the consequences of failing to close out ballgames, Charles B. Aycock executed when it mattered most in a 69-55 win over Eastern Wayne on Tuesday...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Prichard becomes all-time leading scorer

MOUNT OLIVE -- When your offensive weapons misfire, you find another option. Mount Olive did just that Monday evening. Point guard Shequanta McGee notched her first-ever collegiate double-double -- 10 points and 12 rebounds -- in the Trojans' 67-48 conquest...

Easley, Hayes emerge MOC leaders

MOUNT OLIVE -- The term "run and shoot" took on a whole new meaning Monday evening. Mount Olive eclipsed the century mark for the second time this season and earned a 105-97 victory over Conference Carolinas in-state rival Pfeiffer University...

Local digest

Top-ranked Wayne Country Day got the message loud and clear during an early fourth-quarter timeout. The Chargers watched their 17-point lead dwindle to 11 points in less than three minutes and head coach Eric Perry had seen enough. Wayne...

CBA's Khendra Reid inks NLI with WSSU

PIKEVILLE -- On the field Khendra Reid possesses the size, speed and football IQ college coaches search long and hard for on recruiting trips. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Charles B. Aycock linebacker runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He led...

Rodriquez signs with Mount Olive College

PIKEVILLE -- Believed by many to be the best soccer player to ever come out of Wayne County, Alex Rodriguez has to decided to spend the next four years in the place he's learned to call home. The former Charles...

Monday, February 9, 2009

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AP Sports Writer CHAPEL HILL -- The trees that line this college town's downtown drag are safe -- for now. That might not be the case tonight after No. 8 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke renew the most heated...

Trojans salvage road series

MOC Sports Information HICKORY -- Airlon Vinson and Alex Vertcnik each slugged an eighth-inning home run as defending NCAA Division II national baseball champion Mount Olive hammered Lenoir-Rhyne 17-5 on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans improved to 3-3 overall. Leading 6-5...

Golden Warriors: Eastern Wayne's Chenier seizes 50-, 100-free events

It almost looked too easy. Eastern Wayne's Mason Chenier added four gold medals to his already packed trophy case with four decisive wins during the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A eastern regional swimming championships contested Saturday in the...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Williams ready for challenge as new EW football coach

Bubba Williams walked the hallways during his teaching internship at Eastern Wayne a couple of years ago and noticed talented athletes hovered around every corner. "I'd like to come back here," Williams thought to himself. Now, he's got the chance....

Warriors save Best play for last against Beddingfield

Lamar Best made a steal near midcourt with less than 10 seconds to play and scored the game-winning layup as time expired in Eastern Wayne's 62-60 victory over Wilson Beddingfield on Friday evening. Will White paced the Warriors' offense...

No. 1-ranked WCDS girls come alive in second half

Foul trouble caused concern. Free throws clanged off the iron. Kerr-Vance delivered clutch baskets. But, somehow, Wayne Country Day managed to survive Friday evening. Freshman guard Catherine Ford sank two free throws in the final 10 seconds and he No....

Friday's prep basketball boxscores

prep basketball BOYS Goldsboro 13 20 15 24 -- 72 North Lenoir 10 23 19 15 -- 67 GOLDSBORO (15-6, 6-1 EPC) Donald Lewis 1 4 1-2 15, Michael Langston 0 1 1-2 4, Tyrelle Jackson 5 1 5-7...

Lenoir-Rhyne sweeps doubleheader from No. 1-ranked Mount Olive

MOC Sports Information HICKORY -- Lenoir-Rhyne College knocked off No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College twice in a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bears swept the Trojans 10-9 and 11-4. The teams conclude their three-game series today. First pitch...

Whitby's steal, FTs lift MOC women in OT

MOC Sports Information ANDERSON, S.C. -- Jasmine Whitby provided two clutch free throws with two seconds left as Mount Olive College upended Anderson (S.C.) University 65-62 in overtime during their Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Saturday afternoon. Whitby finished with...

Easley powers Trojans past Anderson

MOC Sports Information ANDERSON, S.C. -- Junior All-America candidate Kendrick Easley pumped in 21 points and dished out seven assists as Mount Olive College stopped Anderson (S.C.) University 86-73 on the Conference Carolinas men's basketball scene Saturday afternoon. Craig Hayes...

No. 2-ranked Kinston upends Southern Wayne boys

KINSTON -- Billed as the battle for supremacy in Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference play, defending state boys' basketball champion Kinston made a statement against Southern Wayne on Friday evening. The No. 2-ranked Vikings jumped ahead early and cruised to...

Goldsboro rallies, takes sole possession of EPC boys' race

LaGRANGE -- Weather the storm. The mantra that has encapsulated Goldsboro's season rang true again on Friday evening as it rallied from six points down with less than six minutes to play for a 72-67 win at North Lenoir. The...

NCHSAA dual-team wrestling championships

CLASS 1-A Topsail 44, East Wilkes 28 THOMASVILLE -- Topsail broke a 16-16 tie and tallied 28 unanswered points to defeat West Wilkes 44-28 on Saturday afternoon at Thomasville High School. The Pirates earned their first-ever state title. Topsail 171-pounder...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Aggressive Gators take control, cruise past Eagles

SEVEN SPRINGS --Spring Creek finally finished what it started. Lucas Potter pumped in 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Gators upended Rosewood 60-48 in the completion of a suspended Class 1-A Carolina Conference boys' basketball game. A leaky...

Rosewood grappelers prevail on senior night

Rosewood celebrated senior night with a season-ending, 46-32 triumph over county wrestling rival Eastern Wayne on Thursday evening. It was the final home match for six Eagles -- Sammy Ennis, Paul Atkinson, Dillion Guss, Ariel Nacca, Andrew Sass and...

Prep basketball box scores

BOYS Spring Creek 16 15 14 15 -- 61 Rosewood 14 8 10 16 -- 48 ROSEWOOD (4-14, 1-6 Carolina) Trevor Cox 0 1 1-2 4, Ahkeem Simms 4 0 2-4 10, Cody Harris 0 0 2-2 2, Bryan Lewis...

State legislature will vote on Sunday hunting bill

Progress versus tradition are two divergent courses on which opposing views never meet. That's the battle the North Carolina State Legislature will hope to reconcile when it considers allowing hunting on Sundays in the Tar Heel state. Senator Julia Boseman...

Band proves some doves live long lives

Dove hunters should always check their harvested birds for bands. The aluminum bracelets are tiny and can easily be missed when a dove is collected and placed in a game vest. Getting too busy and talking with hunting buddies while...

Dream Golf Getaway Contest

North Carolina's picturesque courses in the Pinehurst area are considered most golfers' "dream courses." With 43 great golf links within a 15-mile radius -- along with amazing attractions, accommodations and dining opportunities -- there's no better place to enjoy your...

Mount Olive knocks off E. Mennonite

MOUNT OLIVE -- Unforgetful of a five-set loss to nationally-ranked Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University less than four weeks ago, Mount Olive College exacted its revenge Thursday evening. Senior outside hitter Pedro Penate posted a double-double -- team-high 16 kills and...

Prichard sparks No. 9 Trojans

MOC Sports Information SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Tomeka Prichard tallied 11 of her game-high 26 points during a second-half run as Mount Olive College knocked off Converse (S.C.) College in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Thursday evening. Prichard also supplied...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Local digest

HAMPSTEAD -- Short-handed Rosewood suffered a 51-24 loss to perennial powerhouse Topsail in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A dual-team wrestling playoffs Tuesday evening. The Eagles, who forfeited two weight classes, managed just four individual victories against...

Trojans among ABCA picks

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College utility player Alex Vertcnik has been named to the 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association Division II preseason All-American team. Teammates Rich Racobaldo and Will Rodriguez were picked on the "players to...

MOC women improve Regional ranking

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team climbed to No. 9 in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll released Tuesday. The Trojans (15-3 overall) own a half-game lead over archrival Barton, ranked...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Local Preps Digest

Protect the home court. Tri-champions of the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference a year ago, Goldsboro used a 14-1 run to turn back North Pitt 55-38 on Tuesday evening. Senior point guard Ki'Ana Williams pumped in a game-high 20...

Saints hang on, stay tied with Kinston for top spot

DUDLEY -- The race for the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season title is heating up. Southern Wayne remained a contender with a 52-51 victory over Wilson Beddingfield on Tuesday evening. The Saints followed a common script in the...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS North Pitt 22 14 14 22 -- 72 Goldsboro 18 8 16 45 -- 85 NORTH PITT (11-8, 2-5 EPC) Maurice Williams 5 0 0-0 10, Antuawn Smith 3 0 0-0 6, Vonte Ward 0 0 0-0 0, Lamar...

Goldsboro explods with 43-point fourth quarter

North Pitt played a tantalizing game of "catch me if you can" for three quarters Tuesday evening. Goldsboro caught up with a phenomenal 43-point, fourth-quarter performance. Rasean Brewington poured in 12 of his career-high 24 points during that stretch as...

Eastern Wayne rallies past Wilson Hunt

Trailing a league opponent by double digits on its home floor, Eastern Wayne couldn't be any closer to its comfort zone. The Warriors overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and held on to defeat Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference foe Wilson...

Opinion -- Goldsboro's boys answer adversity

Chris Cherry sat in his office with the look of a proud parent on his face and the rare sense of accomplishment that comes from earning a 200th career victory. The first-year Goldsboro High boys' basketball coach had just watched...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Local digest

HENDERSON -- Wayne Country Day built a 23-point, opening-quarter lead and dismantled Kerr-Vance 71-44 in a Class 1-A Coastal Plains Independent Conference boys' basketball game. Floronta Wynn led the Chargers' offense with 20 points, including 12 from behind the...

MOC wins series at AASU

MOC Sports Information SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Montoya Young and Alex Vertcnik collected three RBI apiece as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive stopped Armstrong Atlantic State 9-0 in a 51/2-inning affair Monday afternoon. Ryan Kussmaul yielded one hit in four scoreless innings...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Local digest

PRINCETON -- Brittany Baker's fourth-quarter steal and go-ahead layup helped Princeton seize a come-from-behind 48-40 victory over Spring Creek on the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball scene. The Bulldawgs used a game-ending 14-2 run to earn a regular-season split...

Gators down Dawgs

PRINCETON -- Ball control and offensive boards. Spring Creek turned those two factors into their favor in the second half and nipped Princeton 45-42 in a Class 1-A Carolina Conference boys' basketball contest Friday evening. The Gators swept the regular-season...

Prep boxscores

BOYS Spring Creek 10 12 15 8 -- 45 Princeton 10 17 8 7 -- 42 SPRING CREEK Anthony Green 4 0 2-2 10, Melvin DeVeaux 4 2 0-4 14, Dontay Boseman 0 0 0-0 0, Courtland Jones 2 0...

MOC splits pair at Armsrtong Atlantic

MOC Sports Information SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Dylan Holton swatted a tie-breaking, grand-slam home run in the top of the ninth inning as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive defeated Armstrong Atlantic State 6-2 in the opening game of their doubleheader on Sunday...

Eastern Carolina 3-A wrestling

Heavyweight Zach Myers claimed the gold medal and Eastern Wayne clinched a dual-team playoff berth with its runner-up finish in the 2009 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling tournament contested Saturday. Myers, a sophomore, notched a second-period fall over Charles...

Carolina/Albemarle wrestling

LITTLEFIELD -- Less than a month after ending Rosewood's 13-year reign as the Class 1-A Carolina/Albemarle Conference regular-season champion, North Johnston ended another streak Saturday afternoon. Despite having just four individual champions, the Panthers defeated the Eagles 211-191 for...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Local Preps Digest

Eastern Wayne jumped out to an early lead and kept its offensive momentum throughout a 72-54 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A conference rival Southern Wayne on Friday. The Warriors scored 20 first-quarter points on the strength of a strong...

Saints overcome late deficit to earn road win

For the seocnd time this season Eastern Wayne gave Eastern Carolina 3-A conference rival Southern Wayne all they could handle on the hardwood. For the second time, the Warriors came up short. Southern Wayne came from 15 points down in...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Taboro 14 22 22 17 -- 75 Goldsboro 25 29 22 17 -- 93 TARBORO (9-9, 2-4) Jeremy Bellamy 2 0 0-0 4, Stevie Berry 0 1 0-0 3, Markel Pettaway 4 5 3-4 26, Lakevious Battle 0 0...

Trojan netter knock off NJIT

MOC Sports Information NEWARK, N.J. -- Noel Garcia recorded 16 kills and nine digs as Mount Olive defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology 31-29, 30-25, 31-33, 30-25 in the Golden Dome Men's Volleyball Classic Friday at Newark, N.J. Garcia was...

MOC men survive Limestone rally

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive strengthened its position in the Conference Carolinas standings with a 86-76 victory over rival Limestone at Kornegay Arena on Saturday. The game included stellar offensive runs by both teams, but it was the Trojan...

Mount Olive women hold off surging Saints

MOUNT OLIVE -- After a long first half, in which Mount Olive pulled out to a double-digit advantage, Limestone could have just gone through the motions against Conference Carolinas' first-place team. The Saints were not interested in a moral victory....

Warren gains different view at Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. -- Greg Warren already has one Super Bowl ring. He would love to add another tonight when his Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. This year's final game will be...

Goldsboro's Cherry earns win No. 200

Close with vengeance. Goldsboro finished both the first and second quarters on 10-0 runs and had all but sealed first-year head coach Chris Cherry's 200th career victory at halftime in a 93-75 rout of Tarboro on Friday night. The Cougars...