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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Local digest

Trevor Cox supplied the game-winning hit and Rosewood upended state-ranked North Johnston 4-3 in eighth innings on the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball scene. The Eagles (11-6 overall) improved to 5-2 in league play this season and prevented the Panthers...

Prep boxscores

New Hanover 002 201 0 -- 5 6 1 Eastern Wayne 300 000 3 -- 6 7 3 Leading hitters -- New Hanover -- Richard Porter 2-3; David Snotherly 1-2, RBI; Ryan Spiker 1-2, RBI; Stephen Vaughan 1-4, RBI; Cory...

North Lenoir tops Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Lenoir started fast and never slowed down in a 14-1, non-conference softball victory over Spring Creek on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks plated five first-inning runs. Cayla Letchworth led off with a single and advanced into scoring...

Eastern Wayne holds-off New Hanover

The result didn't disappoint. But the effort disheartened Eastern Wayne on Wednesday afternoon. Listless after a loss 24 hours earlier to their archrival, the Warriors squandered a first-inning, three-run lead. However, they responded with a game-winning, seventh-inning rally and dumped...

ECC track championship results

2009 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Track & Field Championships (at Hunt HS) GIRLS Team scores Kinston 206.5 Eastern Wayne 112 Beddingfield 82 Hunt 50 Southern Wayne 44 C.B. Aycock 40 Individual champions (Earn All-ECC honors) 110 high hurdles -- Stokes...

ECC tennis championship results

2009 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Men's Tennis Championships (at Snow Hill Tennis Complex) SINGLES First round: Jason Upton (K) d. Sam Zyador (B) 8-0; Blake Whittington (H) d. Tommy Tsao (K) 8-0; Brandon Outlaw (SW) d. Edward Nesbeth (K) 8-4;...

Wayne County dominates ECC tennis

SNOW HILL -- Jeremy Merritt spoiled the party. Kinston's top singles player, Merritt emerged the lone non-Wayne County participant to advance to second-day competition in the season-ending Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's tennis tournament. Merritt, the No. 3 seed,...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Local Preps Digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock survived Eastern Wayne 6-3 and repeated as the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball champion Tuesday evening. The Golden Falcons (19-1 overall, 9-0 ECC) seized the No. 1 seed for the season-ending conference tournament and the...

Knights deal No. 1 Chargers 1-0 setback

Perfect no more. No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day had its first blemish appear on its once-spotless record Tuesday afternoon. Walker Finklea supplied the game's lone goal early in the opening half and Greenfield jousted the Chargers 1-0 in on the...

Prep boxscores

Eastern Wayne 201 102 0 -- 6 6 3 C.B. Aycock 002 122 x -- 7 5 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Gourley 2-4, RBI; Fulghum 1-2; Wooten 1-4, HR, 2 RBI; Cambric Moye 1-2; Jose Ponce 1-3,...

Opinion -- Carolina makes questionable picks in 2009 NFL Draft

The Carolina Panthers' decision making process in last weekend's NFL draft was everything that the franchise has become in recent years -- safe, predictable and at times boring. Carolina's offseason blunders began by not signing a single player in free...

MLB roundup

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau hustled to beat out a potential double play and allow the winning run to score in the ninth inning and hit an early two-run homer, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Tampa Bay...

Archrivals settle for 0-0 draw

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne and county rival Charles B. Aycock played 100 minutes of soccer Tuesday evening. And the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rivals finished where they started -- deadlocked in a 0-0 draw on the Hardy Talton Stadium pitch....

Hollowell throws strong 7th

PIKEVILLE -- The final three outs were nothing special for Adron Hollowell. The Charles B. Aycock hurler entered the game with the tying run on base, no outs on the board and easily retired his former team -- Eastern Wayne...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wayne Christian beats Wayne Country Day

The hits just kept on coming. Michael Johnson clubbed a three-run, seventh-inning homer and state-ranked Wayne Christian cruised past archrival Wayne Country Day 24-6 on a balmy Monday afternoon. Johnson emerged one of eight Eagle starters to record two or...

Local digest

Christopher Easom improved to 10-0 on the singles scene as Wayne Christian doubled up county archrival Wayne Country Day 6-3 on the Wayne Community College tennis courts Monday afternoon. Easom turned back the Chargers' Jack Langston 7-6 (7), 6-1...

Princeton drops rival Rosewood

PRINCETON -- Eighty minutes of domination. Princeton head coach Tim Besel asked for that kind of effort against archrival Rosewood on Monday evening and his Bulldogs delivered. Princeton outhustled the Eagles, played more physical and capitalized on its scoring opportunities...

Warriors close ground at GMGC

Eastern Wayne used the home-course advantage to its fullest potential during the final Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season match at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course on Monday afternoon. The Warriors posted a four-player round of 338, which helped improve their standing...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mount Olive sweeps Chowan

MOC Sports Information MURFREESBORO -- Joseph Westbrook slugged a first-inning, grand-slam home run and delivered a career-best five RBI as Mount Olive College crushed Chowan University 25-1 in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon. Andy Hilliard homered,...

Local digest

AHOSKIE -- Sterling Coggins connected on her first goal of the season and No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day dismantled Ridgecroft 6-0 on Friday afternoon. Coggins, who was one of six Chargers to score on a sun-splashed afternoon, produced a...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Local Preps Digest

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central rallied for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as they bested Eastern Plains 2-A Conference rival North Pitt 4-3 on Friday night. Megan Lovett led the Rams at the plate...

Holloman's late hit lifts Saints past pesky Vikings

KINSTON -- Keep applying the pressure. Southern Wayne continued to force Kinston to make plays defensively in a wild 8-7 road win on Friday night. Scott Holloman's single to left in the top of the sixth inning was booted by...

Aycock rallies for critical ECC road win

WILSON -- Never give up. Charles B. Aycock rallied twice from early-inning deficits and turned back Wilson Hunt 11-8 on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene Friday evening. The Golden Falcons (15-5 overall) avenged an earlier defeat to the...

Golden Falcons turn back young Warriors

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock wasted no time jumping in front of Wilson Hunt on Friday night en route to a 3-1 victory on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball scene. The Golden Falcons scored their three runs over...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dawgs roll over Gators

PRINCETON -- One big inning propelled Princeton to a much-needed Carolina 1-A Conference baseball victory Thursday evening. The Dawgs used a five-run, second-inning uprising to defeat Spring Creek 7-3 and avoid a series sweep against their league opponent. A 10-error...

Prep tennis boxscore

C.B. Aycock 9 Southern Wayne 0 Singles: No. 1 Blake Vail (CBA) d. Benny Segura 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Addison Westbrook (CBA) d. Kobi Hood 6-2, 2-6, 10-6; No. 3 Ben Nichols (CBA) d. Hugo Ayala 6-2, 6-0; No. 4...

Prep boxscores

Wilson Beddingfield 001 00 -- 1 2 3 Eastern Wayne 421 7x -- 14 15 0 Leading hitters -- Wilson Beddingfield -- Travis Lucas 1-2; Donnie Baker 1-2. Eastern Wayne -- Walker Gourley 3-3, 3 RBI; Colton Fulghum 3-3, 2...

New 30-acre, man-made reef is under way

The North Carolina coast is getting a new attraction that most people will never see. Off the coast of Englehard, 30 acres of ocean floor is being prepared for a man-made reef that will upgrade shellfish habitat and in turn...

Two-day fishing seminar scheduled in Greenville

GREENVILLE -- Need a few points to make your coastal fishing experience more fun and productive? The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department might have your answer. The GPRD and three organizations -- Sea Striker, Star Rods and Overton's -- are...

Local Preps Digest

Eastern Wayne bounced back from a loss on Wednesday evening and picked up a critical 5-2 soccer win over Wilson Beddingfield on Thursday night in New Hope. The victory kept the Warriors (5-5-3 overall) tied with the Bruins (7-9-0)...

Warriors earn share of league crown

Get better everyday. Eastern Wayne put its season-long motto in practice Thursday evening with a 15-hit effort in a 14-1, five-inning rout of Wilson Beddingfield. Zach Mozingo threw four strong innings for the No. 1-ranked Warriors, who clinched at least...

ECC crown successfully defended

PIKEVILLE -- King me. State-ranked Charles B. Aycock polished off its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's tennis crown with a 9-0, senior day triumph over county rival Southern Wayne on a sun-splashed and warm Thursday afternoon. The Golden...

Davis' sixth-inning single fuels C.B. Aycock's rally

PIKEVILLE -- Connor Davis wanted one more chance. And the freshman delivered. Hitless in her previous two at-bats, Davis fueled a sixth-inning uprising with a game-winning base knock as Charles B. Aycock stopped perennial powerhouse Triton 3-0 in non-conference softball...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Local digest

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock secured its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's regular-season tennis championship with a 9-0 rout of short-handed Wilson Hunt on Wednesday afternoon. Top-seeded Blake Vail, the two-time defending ECC singles champion, blitzed Harry...

So. Wayne snaps losing skid

DUDLEY -- Mired in a five-game losing slump, Southern Wayne finally broke out of its shell on a blustery Wednesday afternoon. The Saints used a much-needed, fifth-inning uprising to dump South Lenoir 6-1 in a non-conference affair. Southern Wayne (9-8...

Mount Olive tops N.C. Wesleyan

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Ryan Kussmaul was almost perfect. The right-hander came within four outs of notching the first-ever perfect game in Mount Olive College baseball history during an 8-2, non-conference conquest of N.C. Wesleyan on Wednesday evening....

Hunt hands Eastern Wayne 3-0 loss

Deborah Doran did all she could. The Eastern Wayne junior goalkeeper made eight saves, including a number of dazzling stops, but it wasn't enough in a 3-0 loss to Wilson Hunt on Wednesday evening at Little Big Horn. Eastern Wayne...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Local Preps Digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock needed just five innings to dispose of Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference opponent Kinston 13-3 on Tuesday. Adron Hollowell contributed two hits and a pair of RBI, while Will Edgerton added two hits for the...

Bridgers tosses two-hitter

Hit to keep up with them. Second-year Rosewood head coach Tracie Meadows encouraged her team to do that Tuesday evening against archrival Princeton on the softball diamond. But the Eagles couldn't solve pitcher Traci Bridgers. Throwing around the mid to...

Rosewood dumps archrival Princeton

PRINCETON -- A fourth-inning rain shower could not extinguish Rosewood's red-hot offense during its 17-5 romp over Carolina 1-A Conference archrival Princeton on Tuesday evening. The Eagles (10-5 overall, 4-1 CC) exacted revenge against the Bulldawgs, who claimed a three-run...

prep baseball boxes

Hunt 000 000 0 -- 0 4 6 Eastern Wayne 103 040 x -- 8 6 0 Leading hitters -- Wilson Hunt -- Zach Houchins 1-3, Kyle Pittman 1-3; Avery Harper 1-2; Corey Nygard 1-2. Eastern Wayne -- 1-4; Colton...

Barton claims Conference Carolinas golf title

CLEMMONS -- Barton College senior and Wayne County native Jonathan Burke just missed claiming medalist honors during the season-ending Conference Carolinas men's golf championships. Burke carded a 54-hole round of 7-over par 217, finishing one stroke behind tournament champion...

Opinion -- MOC seniors take charge at tourney

They made spectacular catches as they crashed into each other in the outfield. They delivered clutch home runs during pivotal at-bats and mustered the courage to toss inning after inning of gritty relief with their opportunity to defend a national...

Left-handed Frederick tosses complete game

If Josh Frederick continues to pitch like this, he'll need to make room on his wall for all his masterpieces. The junior left-hander tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout and recorded 10 strikeouts in Eastern Wayne's 8-0 victory over Eastern Carolina...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Local digest

FAYETTEVILLE -- State-ranked Wayne Christian pounded out 22 hits in a 16-7, non-conference victory over Fayetteville Christian on Monday evening. Michael Johnson led the Eagles' offense with a 5-for-5 outing, including two doubles. Dante Arthur finished with four hits...

Rosewood ends scoreless streak

Four games of scoreless frustration is over. Rosewood ended its recent futility with a 4-0 victory over county rival Spring Creek at Branch Pope Field on Monday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams. The Eagles'...

Princeton shuts out North Johnston

PRINCETON -- Madison Parker raced toward a loose ball and nearly lost her footing on the rain-slickened turf as the second half started Monday evening. Just as the Princeton sophomore got a touch on the ball, North Johnston sweeper LeAnne...

MOC golf holding steady

MOC Sports Information CLEMMONS -- Fabrizio Ceppi and Pete Skirpstas both shot even par 72 and Mount Olive vaulted into sixth place on day two of the 2009 Carolinas Conference men's golf championships. Skirpstas has a two-day total of 2-over...

Hunt wins fifth ECC golf match

Defending champion Wilson Hunt kept its stranglehold on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's golf race with a convincing outing Monday afternoon at Lane Tree Golf Club. The Warriors battled windy conditions, passing thunderstorms and eventual darkness for a four-player...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Trojan women stage rally, but fall in singles

MOC Sports Information SUMTER, S.C. -- The tandem of Kristin Jones-Sophia Medeiros kept Mount Olive's tournament hopes alive with a comeback victory in doubles on Sunday morning. But Erskine prevailed in five of six singles and claimed the 2009 Conference...

Coker ends MOC's title run

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Mount Olive College scratched for a sixth-inning run, but endured a season-ending 3-1 loss to Coker (S.C.) College in the 2009 Conference Carolinas softball tournament. The second-seeded Trojans (25-18-1 overall), who finished runner-up in...

Tulane takes CUSA series

The Eagles introduced their new $60 million man on Sunday, completing a major upgrade of the offensive line. Coach Andy Reid believes Jason Peters, the Pro Bowl left tackle Philadelphia acquired in a trade with Buffalo on Friday, can fill...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WCDS finishes 2-0 in inaugural Charger Baseball Classic

Wayne Country Day wrapped up the inaugural Charger Baseball Classic with a 13-3, five-inning victory over Trinity of Durham on Friday afternoon. Despite the final score, the Chargers found themselves in an early battle. Trinity, which trailed 3-1 after two...

Deacon Jones Invitational: Princeton bests archrival Rosewood in 3rd-place game

PRINCETON -- One day after having its three-year title run snapped, Rosewood seemed eager to take out its frustration against archrival Princeton. The vengeance lasted one inning. The Dawgs, anxious to gain some revenge of their own, erupted for six...

Charger Baseball Classic, Deacon Jones Invitational boxscores

prep baseball Charger Classic (at Wayne Country Day) Friday's game Trinity-Durham 102 00 -- 3 6 3 W. Country Day 120 37 -- 13 10 2 Leading hitters -- Trinity -- Will Govert 2-2, RBI; Reid Goss 1-2; Mark...

Deacon Jones Invitational: Panthers double up Gators in title clash

PRINCETON -- The scoring demons returned. Spring Creek managed just two hits with runners in scoring position during its 6-3 loss to state-ranked North Johnston in the 2009 Deacon Jones Invitational championship game Friday evening. The Gators stranded 11 runners...

Trojan women netters reach Conference Carolinas finals

MOC Sports Information SUMTER, S.C. -- Junior Jessica Souza clinched match point against Limestone (S.C.) College and vaulted Mount Olive College into today's Conference Carolinas women's tennis final against Erskine (S.C.) College. First serve is 10 a.m. A junior from...

Queens drops MOC into softball consolation bracket

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Chantel Dodge threw her second shutout of the day as fourth-seeded Queens University blanked Mount Olive 5-0 in championship-round play of the 2009 Conference Carolinas softball tournament. The second-seeded Trojans (25-17-1) had their nine-game...

No 'four-peat' for Mount Olive College baseball team

WILSON -- The famed yellow jerseys brought no luck. Mount Olive's quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas baseball tournament title ended with a 4-2 loss to Belmont Abbey on Friday evening. The Trojans (28-17 overall) remained alive with...

Norris, Best spark No. 1-ranked Chargers

Brooke Norris and eighth-grader Sarah Best provided the offense as No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day stopped the Epiphany School 2-0 on Friday afternoon. Norris tallied her ninth goal of the season, an indirect kick, off Catherine Ford's assist in...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chargers halt three-game losing streak

Wayne Country Day scored in each of the first three innings defeated Grace Christian-Raleigh 11-1 in opening-round action of the Charger Baseball Classic on Thursday afternoon. The Chargers (4-5 overall) snapped a three-game skid behind the strong pitching of eighth-grader...

Sanders shuts down Rosewood

PRINCETON -- Good pitching beat good pitching. But North Johnston's Kyle Sanders got the run support. Charles Pipkin cranked two extra-base hits and delivered an RBI as the Panthers turned back Rosewood 3-0 on opening night of the 2009 Deacon...

Gators stage late rally

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek finally got some production. Haunted by strikeouts and stranded base runners in recent weeks, the Gators erased an early deficit and turned back Princeton 6-4 in opening-round play of the 2009 Deacon Jones Invitational on Thursday...

Emory Jr. has unforgettable outing

Courtesy NCWRC RALEIGH -- Ronnie Emory Jr. won't forget his latest fishing trip. A few hours after launching his boat in a private pond in Granville County, Emory -- who hails from Franklinton -- and fishing buddy Jeff Williams reeled...

New bill will aid military personnel

RALEIGH -- The 2009 state legislative session has been especially important to area sportsmen with several bills that apply to hunting and fishing practices. Two additional pieces of legislation introduced on the agenda will have a focused impact on Wayne...

Catching crappie makes springtime fishermen very happy

There is no other time that generates as much interest as springtime for freshwater anglers. One by one, the major fish species start biting in earnest as the water warms and the dogwoods begin to bloom. The blooming dogwoods signal...

Trojan seniors want nothing less than league championship

Twice Mount Olive College has walked up the steps toward a Conference Carolinas softball tournament championship. Twice the door has been slammed shut. Will the Trojans walk through this time? A top-three finisher in regular-season play each of the past...

Mount Olive eliminates Coker from tourney

WILSON -- Pat Ball ate up the innings and delivered in elimination-round action Thursday afternoon. The senior right-hander limited Coker (S.C.) College to four runs (three earned) in a seven-inning stint as Mount Olive escaped 6-4 in the 2009 Conference...

Anderson's Carson handcuffs MOC hitters

WILSON -- Anderson continues to puzzle Mount Olive College. Blair Carson threw a complete game and seventh-seeded Anderson (S.C.) University defeated Mount Olive 4-2 in opening-round play of the 2009 Conference Carolinas baseball tournament on Thursday morning. Anderson claimed its...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Local digest

KINSTON -- Greene Central never got its offense going during a 3-0 loss to West Carteret in the championship game of the George Whitfield Invitational on Wednesday at Kinston High School. Zach Chase and Trent Murray each finished with...

Deacon Jones tournament has familiar feel

PRINCETON -- This year's Deacon Jones Invitational at Princeton High School will have a familiar feel for the four teams involved. They know each other all too well. The Carolina 1-A Conference foes will lace up their cleats for the...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Winn, Wise step up at SWHS

DUDLEY -- A year ago eighth graders Keenan Winn and Kevin Wise had dreams of playing varsity baseball someday. Now starters as freshmen on the varsity squad at Southern Wayne Winn and Wise are living out those dreams. "I thought...

Mudcats win at Mobile

Zach Cozart had three hits, including his first home run, while Dallas Buck worked 5 2/3 innings en route to his first Double-A victory as Carolina defeated Mobile 8-6 at Hank Aaron Stadium before 4,157 fans on Tuesday night. The...

Former Trojan enjoying first season on Saints' coaching staff

DUDLEY -- Coaching takes a special mentality that mixes competitiveness with enthusiasm and resolve with ambition. For first-year assistant coach Anthony Williams at Southern Wayne all of those traits come naturally. A former Mount Olive Trojan baseball standout, Williams...

Mount Olive ready to defend conference tournament title

MOUNT OLIVE -- It may not be quite as visible as in year's past but Mount Olive has regained its swagger in recent weeks. The second-seeded Trojans (26-16, 12-6 Carolinas) enter this week's Conference Carolinas tournament winners of six straight...

Five Trojans collect conference awards

MOUNT OLIVE -- Alex Vertcnik was named player of the week and B.J. Dail earned pitcher of the week honors as Mount Olive swept this week's Conference Carolinas Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, it was announced Tuesday....

Opinion -- Canes mid-season changes paying off

In the midst of firing a head coach that had delivered a championship and a mid-season five-game losing streak the playoffs once seemed like a goal that had faded beyond the horizon for the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina fired former head...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Southern Wayne upends South Brunswick

SHALLOTTE -- Southern Wayne belted eight extra-base hits as they dominated South Brunswick 15-1 in the opening round of the annual Diamond Classic in Shallotte on Monday night. The Saints offense showed no ill signs from the Easter break...

Greene Central rallies to beat C.B. Aycock

KINSTON -- Forget the last two meetings because this one is bound to be different. That was the message Charles B. Aycock head coach Charles Davis and Greene Central skipper Scott Jones tried to communicate to their respective teams before...

Warriors blast Pinecrest 11-0

GREENVILLE -- State-ranked Eastern Wayne scored in each of the first three innings en route to a 11-0 victory over Pinecrest in the second round of the Jimmie R. Grimsley Hot Stove League Invitational at Guy Smith Stadium on Monday....

MOC standouts earn honors

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley, a third team All-American and the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Player of the Year, has been named to the 2008-09 NCCSIA All-State College Division Men's Basketball first team, as voted on by...

Prep boxscores

Eastern Wayne 222 001 4 - 11 12 1 Pinecrest 000 000 0 - 0 1 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Walker Gourley 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Colton Fulghum 1-3, RBI; John Wooten 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Robert...

Monday, April 13, 2009

MOC's Wilkins breaks school record

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jovan Wilkins broke his own school record in the 100 meter dash as the Mount Olive men's track and field team competed in the Murray Neely Invitational Saturday in Greensboro. The meet was hosted by North...

Local Preps Digest

KINSTON -- Greene Central opened the 2009 George Whitifled Invitational with a 6-0 victory over Croatan on Saturday afternoon. Stephen McDonald led the Rams offensively with two hits and two RBI. David Stallings added two hits including a double....

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Local digest

LaGRANGE -- Head coach Jim Montague earned career win No. 300 as North Lenoir defeated Goldsboro 21-1 in an Eastern Plains 2-A Conference baseball contest. Scott Ginn claimed the mound win for the Hawks and helped his cause offensively...

MOC tennis tops Barton

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Sophia Medeiros won at No. 4 singles as Mount Olive swept doubles play and captured five singles wins for an 8-1 win over Barton in Conference Carolinas women's tennis Friday at Walker Tennis Center....

Trojans earn sweep of Limestone

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive made sure the cheering didn't stop when the Senior Day festivities concluded at Scarborough Field on Saturday. The Trojans collected 19 hits and routed Conference Carolinas opponent Limestone 17-4 to complete a three-game series...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wayne Country Day ousts Community Christian

The highly-anticipated showdown ended in lopsided fashion. Eighth-grader Sara Best supplied two goals and added an assist as No. 1-ranked -- and unbeaten -- Wayne Country Day upended defending state 1-A champ Community Christian School 4-1 on Thursday afternoon....

Rosewood downs North Duplin on baseball diamond

Rosewood used an eight-run second inning to drop Carolina 1-A Conference rival North Duplin 14-4 in five innings on Thursday night. The Rebels grabbed the early advantage. Brian Chase reached on an error and moved into scoring position on James...

OUTDOORS - Bill 918 set to designate coastal game fish

RALEIGH -- Two popular fish species along the North Carolina coast may be granted a reprieve from commercial fishing thanks to a new bill filed in the state House of Representatives this week. Bill H918, entitled "Designation of Coastal Game...

Prep boxscores

North Duplin 100 00 -- 4 3 2 Rosewood 080 42 -- 14 15 5 Leading hitters -- North Duplin -- James Kornegay 2-2; Konner Brock 1-2, RBI. Rosewood -- Taylor Price 3-4, 2B, RBI; Matt Neal 2-4, 2 RBI;...

Local digest

Rosewood used an eight-run fourth inning to defeat Carolina 1-A Conference rival North Duplin 12-2 in five innings on Thursday night. Caitlin Davis notched two hits for the Rebels. Angelica Favela added an RBI. Haile Meadows earned the win...

C.B. Aycock stuns South Central

PIKEVILLE -- Brad Matthews stared in disbelief. Defending state 3-A softball champion South Central erupted for six runs during its first three at-bats Thursday afternoon. Charles B. Aycock, over that same stretch, had six batters return to the dugout as...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Local Preps Digest

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir upended Southern Wayne 8-2 in non-conference softball action on Wednesday. Mandy Stallings collected four hits and an RBI for the Hawks. Kristen Davenport and Amber Best each provided hits and an RBI. Aaryn Deal picked...

So. Wayne collects pair of wins

DUDLEY -- A gritty comeback and a blowout. Southern Wayne used both methods to claim a non-conference, doubleheader sweep on the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex baseball diamond Wednesday evening. The Saints induced the 10-run mercy rule in a 15-5 spanking...

Gators can't convert with runners aboard

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Familiar problems haunted Spring Creek throughout its 9-1 loss to Carolina 1-A Conference front-runner North Johnston on Wednesday night. The Gators struck out too many times and couldn't convert with runners in scoring position. "That's kind...

Schlaeppi boots lone goal in win

The strategy paid off. And Caroline Schlaeppi, again, benefited. The junior midfielder supplied the game's lone goal early in the second half as Charles B. Aycock escaped county rival Rosewood 1-0 at Branch Pope Field on a cold, Wednesday evening....

prep baseball boxes

Game 1 West Craven 301 10 -- 5 3 4 Southern Wayne 4(11)0 0x -- 15 10 2 Leading hitters -- West Craven --Brett Mooring 1-1; Cody Wetherington 1-2, RBI; Allen Sutton 1-2, RBI; Trent Breeze 1-1. Southern Wayne --...

Trojans sweep Queens

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kelly Minshew provided the game-clinching hit in the eighth inning as Mount Olive completed its doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas softball rival Queens University on Wednesday evening. Minshew's two-out, base knock capped a 3-2...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday preps

WILSON -- Jeff Carmel provided the go-ahead RBI and Charles B. Aycock defeated Wilson Fike 10-6 in eight innings on Tuesday. Derek Limbaugh earned the win on the mound while tossing 1 2/3 innings of relief. Will Edgerton went...

Top athletes have 'clutch' gene

Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, John Elway and Wayne Gretzky all had it -- the ability to stare pressure in the eye and easily deliver in the clutch. Perhaps no golfer in history has created more clutch performances than the man...

Rosewood starters provide offense against Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- There was something contagious in the Rosewood dugout on Tuesday evening. The Eagles were in no hurry to find a cure. Eight starters collected at least one hit in a 7-1 victory over Carolina 1-A Conference baseball...

Rosewood-Spring Creek softball box

Rosewood 231 030 1 -- 10 11 0 Spring Creek 000 000 0 -- 0 3 5 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Haile Meadows 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Caitlin Armer 2-3, 3B; Megann Tyndall 2-4, 2 2B; Christina Bruton 1-1,...

Eagles post league win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Rosewood scratched out runs in each of the first three innings and shut out Carolina 1-A Conference softball foe Spring Creek 10-0 on Tuesday evening. Senior Haile Meadows permitted three hits and recorded a career-best 16 strikeouts...

prep baseball boxes

Rosewood 040 200 1 -- 7 13 1 Spring Creek 010 000 0 -- 1 2 1 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Taylor Price 1-3, RBI; Matt Neal 1-4, RBI; Steven Bostic 2-4, 2 RBI; Cody Richards 2-4; Will Beasley...

Trojans edge K-Tribe in exhibition game

MOC Sports Information KINSTON -- The reigning NCAA Division II national champion, thanks to its own pitching staff, claimed an exhibition victory at historic Grainger Stadium on a cold, blustery Tuesday evening. Mount Olive College used nine pitchers from its...

Warriors make Falcons work

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne made sure archrival Charles B. Aycock worked to gain a share of its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's tennis title Tuesday afternoon. And work, they did. The Golden Falcons gutted out two third-set tiebreakers...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Local digest

Winless in seven outings this season, Rosewood finally scratched in the "W" column on Monday afternoon. The Eagles claimed their first men's tennis victory, 7-2, at the expense of Carolina 1-A Conference and county archrival Spring Creek. Jonathan Rudolph,...

Boyette paces MOC men's golf

MOC Sports Information WHITE LAKE -- Riley Boyette broke a 12-year-old school record with a 6-under par 66 and finished fifth overall at the Carolina Sands Intercollegiate contested at the Carolina Sands Golf Club. Boyette helped Mount Olive place third...

GGRR results

Results from the 31st annual Greater Goldsboro Road Race, sponsored by Sunrise Kiwanis Club and Q97.7 of Goldsboro. Overall winners Male 10K Arturo Pujol, Cary 38:35 5K John Mignosa, Mebane 18:04 5K Walk Nicholas Foster, Goldsboro 29:30 1-mile Run Townsend...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Local Preps Digest

DURHAM -- Stephen Gallagher pitched a complete game and got plenty of run support in Wayne Christian's 16-6 win at Carolina Christian 1-A Conference baseball foe Trinity of Durham on Saturday. Travis Thomas provided three hits for the Eagles,...

MOC-Coker baseball

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Rich Racobaldo slugged a three-run homer and Alex Vertcnik plated three RBI as Mount Olive hammered Coker (S.C.) College 10-2 in a Conference Carolinas baseball game Sunday afternoon. Racobaldo concluded the day 3-for-4 for...

Turvin, Jackson hurl complete games

MOUNT OLIVE -- Throw a complete game on Senior Day? Neither Anna Turvin nor Jenny Jackson could pass up the chance. The two right-handers combined to permit just one run in 14 innings as Mount Olive swept in-state softball foe...

Greater Goldsboro Road Race results

Results from the 31st annual Greater Goldsboro Road Race, sponsored by Sunrise Kiwanis Club and Q97.7 of Goldsboro. Overall winners Male 10K Arturo Pujol, Cary 38:35 5K John Mignosa, Mebane 18:04 5K Walk Nicholas Foster, Goldsboro 29:30 1-mile Run Townsend...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Local Preps Digest

DUDLEY -- Deborah Doran notched her fifth shutout of the season in goal and Eastern Wayne blanked county soccer archrival Southern Wayne 6-0 at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. Doran notched one save for the Warriors, who improved to...

Southern Wayne finally ends offensive drought

DUDLEY -- Michael Wiggs might stay in the dugout from now on. Battling sickness, the second-year Southern Wayne varsity softball coach watched from the bench as his assistants manned the coaches' boxes on Friday evening. The Saints prevailed 3-0 over...

Sunshine, wind greet runners at Greater Goldsboro Road Race

Sunny skies and a cool breeze greeted 281 participants that turned out for the 31st annual Greater Goldsboro Road Race on Saturday. After rain slightly impacted the turnout a year ago, race organizers welcomed the warm weather for the event...

Errors help Princeton; Leverette limits North Duplin to five hits

PRINCETON -- Veteran Princeton baseball coach Bruce Proctor doesn't expect his team to paint a Picasso each time it steps onto the diamond this season. He'll frame any win he can get. The Dawgs overcame careless base-running mistakes and Matt...

MOC baseball, softball sweep doubleheaders

Hartsville, S.C. -- Mount Olive's baseball team claimed a pair of wins on Saturday, defeating the Coker Cobras 14-3 in game one and 4-2 in game two. The wins improve the Trojans to 22-16 overall, and 8-6 in the...

prep boxscores

prep baseball Friday's Game Eastern Wayne 130 013 0 -- 8 8 2 S. Wayne 100 500 0 -- 6 8 1 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Walker Gourley 1-2; Colton Fulghum 1-3, RBI; John Wooten 2-3, RBI;...

Eastern Wayne thwarts rival's upset bid

DUDLEY -- Give Eastern Wayne extra outs and you might as well give it the ballgame. Perhaps no team in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference knows this better than Southern Wayne, which surrendered another late-inning comeback to its county archrival....

Eastern Wayne-Greene Central boxscore

Greene Central 100 020 02 -- 5 8 3 Eastern Wayne 200 010 03 -- 6 7 3 Two outs when winning run scored. Leading hitters -- Greene Central -- Alex Brann 1-2, 2B; Jasper Jones 1-4, 2 RBI; Trent...

Moye's walk helps Warriors stay unbeaten

Eastern Wayne literally "walked" to preserve its perfect record Saturday afternoon. Cambric Moye drew a bases-loaded, eighth-inning pass as the No. 5-ranked Warriors upended Greene Central 6-5 at New Hope. Walker Gourley trotted toward the plate, Moye accepted high fives...

Friday, April 3, 2009

Local Preps Digest

JV sports * Boys' tennis: Greene Central 9, Eastern Wayne 0 -- The Rams handed the Warriors a non-conference loss on Wednesday afternoon. Eastern Wayne's doubles of Tim Parker-Steven Taylor and Sam Russ-Jordan Legg each dropped a close 8-6 decision....

Time of year has returned for hunters

It's that time of year once again. You know those quiet mornings in cold, damp forest plots that turn into moments the most-seasoned hunter dreams about. Sportsmen seek that serendipitous second when a prized gobbler steps from between trees, validating...

Red snapper industry to undergo changes

Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Take the Red Snapper fishery for example. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to request an interim rule for red snapper that would close the fishery in federal waters...

Palmetto State's early turkey season is worth long trip

The year I shot my first wild turkey in Pisgah National Forest in 1974, there were only a few dozen harvested in North Carolina. There were few birds when I moved to the coast in 1978 and no access for...

Trojans get washed out

Rain postponed the non-conference battle between in-state college baseball rivals Mount Olive and N.C. Wesleyan on Thursday evening. A make-up date has not been announced. The Trojans (20-16 overall) return to action Saturday at Conference Carolinas foe Coker (S.C.) College....

Trojans, Knights play nine outs before rain

MOC Sports Information LAURINBURG -- Mount Olive grabbed a one-run lead after 11/2 innings against St. Andrews on Thursday afternoon, but rain-ladened storms eventually washed out the Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader. A make-up date has not been announced. The Trojans...

Rain puts ECC game on hold

WILSON -- Heavy rains suspended the Charles B. Aycock-Beddingfield softball game after three innings on Thursday afternoon. Athletics officials have not determined a make-up date since Wilson County and Wayne County schools do not share the same spring break vacation...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Local digest

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central cruised to an 8-1 victory over North Lenoir on the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference boys' tennis scene Wednesday afternoon. Eric Simmons, Colby Chase, Jason Perry, Hunter Thigpen and Dillon Lee each notched a singles...

Chargers shut out Eagles

More often than not Wayne Country Day turns an opponent's mistakes into goals. Wednesday night was no exception in the Chargers' 3-0, non-conference road win over county rival Rosewood at Branch Pope Field. No. 1-ranked Wayne Country Day (6-0-0 overall)...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Local Preps Digest

KINSTON-- Make the most of your opportunities. Eastern Wayne scored 13 runs on just five hits in its 13-3, six-inning victory over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Kinston. Walker Gourley went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Colton Fulghum added a...

Rosewood takes league opener vs. A-G

Early on, Rosewood couldn't solve Ayden-Grifton starting pitcher Austin Bowden. The Eagles all but owned him when the night was over. Bowden recorded four strikeouts in the first two innings and took a shutout into the fourth before the Eagles...

Prep boxscores

Ayden-Grifton 001 002 1 -- 4 6 2 Rosewood 000 340 x -- 7 11 2 Leading hitters -- Ayden-Grifton -- Matt Gathercole 1-2, RBI; Blake McCarter 2-3, RBI; Bryant Vandiford 1-4; Adam Craft 1-4; Austin Bowden 1-2. Rosewood --...

Trojans' Easley earns All-American accolades

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley has delivered on his preseason All-American billing. The Mount Olive College guard earned a spot on the Division II Bulletin All-American third team on Tuesday. A year ago, Easley received honorable mention...

Opinion -- Tar Heels are a different team

Two wins from a fifth national championship, North Carolina is far removed from its 0-2 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play and the belief that the Tar Heels were inept defensively. After watching opponents shoot 45 percent or better in...

Saints clip Falcons

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne earned a 5-4 victory over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. Both teams entered the game at the .500 mark in the league standings and in...

Rivals clash: Golden Falcons shutout archrival

DUDLEY -- Cynthia Burroughs had a debut to remember in her first-ever start in the highly-competitive Charles B. Aycock-Southern Wayne softball rivalry. The Golden Falcons' right-hander wiggled out of early-inning trouble and permitted two hits in a 2-0 victory over...