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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Junior Legion boxscore

C.B. Aycock 300 300 1 -- 7 8 2 Eastern Wayne 020 000 0 -- 2 5 2 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Adam Pate 1-4, 2B; Jordan Quinn 1-3, RBI; Collin DuBose...

ENC Babe Ruth tournament rolls on

GRANTHAM -- Two Wayne County All-Star teams moved within one victory of clinching state-tournament berths Monday evening at the Grantham Athletic Complex. Noah Daniels drove in the game-winning run as Wayne County squeaked past Greene County 10-9 in their 10-Under...

C.B. Aycock tops Wayne North junior legion

C.B. Aycock manufactured seven runs off eight hits in its 7-2 victory over Wayne County North in American Junior Legion action Monday evening. Bryant Stafford shrugged off some early control issues and tossed five innings of three-hit ball. Aycock avenged...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend sports

RED OAK -- Wayne County North rallied for four seventh-inning runs and edged Northern Nash 10-9 on the American Junior Legion baseball scene Sunday afternoon. Hunter Newsome doubled and tripled in a 3-for-4 performance. Greg Simms and Nolan James...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Senior Legion: Wayne County, Ahoskie split doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- After watching Ahoskie Post 102 slap the ball around Scarborough Field to take game one of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, Wayne County Post 11 returned the favor in the nightcap. Cambric Moye and Cody Richards cranked...

Wayne County players continue to fill up LCC pipeline

MOUNT OLIVE -- The pipeline that filters Wayne County baseball players to Lenoir Community College has been overflowing this spring. Lancers coach Stony Wine, again, has dipped into the talent pool and signed three county standouts -- Tyler Edwards and...

In his element: Thornton returns home to host annual camp

Instructions were shouted. Whistles blew. Footballs flew through the air. In the blink of an eye, more than 100 boys took a knee and formed a circle around a hometown hero. Former Goldsboro High standout and current Tennessee Titans linebacker...

Briggs, Norris will stay together, sign with MOC

Bridgette Briggs eyed a future in basketball. Brooke Norris got accepted at North Carolina State and figured her days on the volleyball and basketball courts would become distant memories. Not so fast. The Wayne Country Day graduates used a little...

Junior Legion: WC North snaps Aycock's 12-game win streak

PIKEVILLE -- Inning after inning Logan Wicks kept taking the ball. And he waited patiently until his teammates gave him a lead. Wicks threw a complete game and Wayne County North erupted for six, 10th-inning runs in an 8-2 over...

ENC District 8: Wayne teams capture titles

SNOW HILL -- A strong thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain didn't dampen Wayne County's bid for the 10-under championship in Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth District 8 softball championship Friday evening. Mackenzie Wheeler threw three superb innings of no-hit, scoreless...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Wayne South-Wayne North box score

WC North 201 000 -- 3 3 2 WC South 407 3x -- 14 12 1 Leading hitters -- Wayne County North -- Tyler Ware 1-1, 2B; Greg Simms 1-2, 2B, RBI; Zach Beachum 1-2. Wayne County South -- Cody...

South ends two worrisome skids

DUDLEY -- Wayne County South ended its string of 15 scoreless innings and snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 14-3 romp over Wayne County North on Thursday evening. All nine South starters recorded at least one hit in the...

Lifeless Wayne County drops South Division finale, 7-5

MOUNT OLIVE -- Long-time nemesis New Bern Post 24 capitalized on a mistake-filled ninth inning and ended Wayne County Post 11's division-title aspirations Thursday evening. Locked in a 5-5 stalemate, New Bern manufactured two runs off three hits, a stolen...

Post 11-New Bern box score

New Bern 001 210 012 -- 7 11 4 Wayne Co. 111 000 020 -- 5 9 2 Leading hitters -- New Bern -- Matt Hardeman 2-3, 2 RBI; Brett Williams 2-5; Shawn Armstrong 3-4, RBI. Wayne County -- Tyler...

Marsh -- Finding survival gear challenges outdoorsmen

Pat McHugh invented the Space Blanket, an amazing piece of survival gear that has changed the face of emergency care for decades. McHugh said millions of Space Blankets were sent to help victims of the Indonesian tsunami a couple of...

Flathead catfish are growing rapidly

Courtesy NCWRC RALEIGH -- After collecting two flathead catfish from the White Oak River during a routine sampling trip in April, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding the public that introducing fish to public waters where they...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wayne North holds off Northern Nash

Wayne County North erupted for four, third-inning runs and outlasted Northern Nash 6-5 in American Junior Legion play Wednesday evening. Northern Nash trailed 6-4 entering the top of the seventh inning before Jeremy Lucas' RBI single off Wayne North reliever...

Aycock drops Wayne County South

PIKEVILLE -- Pitching and defense was the name of the game as C.B. Aycock topped Wayne County South 4-0 in American Junior Legion baseball action Wednesday evening. Aycock pitcher Bryan Stafford stole the show . The lanky left-hander tossed six...

Wayne County softball update

SNOW HILL -- The Wayne County 8-under, 10U and 14U softball teams remain alive in the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth District tournament. The 8U squad dropped its opening-round game to Greene County, but could get a title rematch on...

Wayne County hammers Pitt Post 39

GREENVILLE -- Jesse Randolph regrouped after a rough second inning and shut down Pitt County 39 on Wednesday evening. A right-hander, Randolph appeared in relief and scattered four hits during a four-inning stretch as Wayne County Post 11 claimed...

junior legion boxscores

Northern Nash 002 011 1 -- 5 6 3 Wayne North 114 000 x -- 6 10 4 Leading hitters -- Northern Nash -- Steven Farmer 1-4, RBI; Luke Joyner 3-4; Madison Mayo 1-3; Jeremy Lucas 1-3, RBI. Wayne North...

OPINION- ACC may have 'ho hum' night

The list of former Atlantic Coast Conference basketball stars who have gone on to storied NBA careers reads nearly as long as the list of ACC greats who have been NBA busts. With the 2009 NBA draft scheduled for tonight,...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Senior Legion: DuBose throws complete game against Pitt County 160

MOUNT OLIVE -- "You got one left?" Eric DuBose said "yes" each time Wayne County Post 11 manager Brad Reaves asked the question Tuesday evening. The soft-spoken southpaw threw a superb complete-game, six-hitter in a crucial 8-2 conquest of Pitt...

Junior Legion: RM-Wayne County South box

Rocky Mount 150 102 2 -- 11 13 0 WC South 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3 Leading hitters -- Rocky Mount -- Michael Whitehead 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Thomas Berry 1-2, HR, 2 RBI; Mathew Berry 2-3, 2...

Junior Legion: Rocky Mount shuts out Wayne County South

DUDLEY -- Wayne County South never got its offense going in an 11-0 loss against Rocky Mount on the Junior American Legion Baseball scene Tuesday evening. The visitors, however, provided plenty of offensive firepower. After seizing a 1-0 lead in...

Senior Legion: Wayne County-Pitt 160 box

Pitt 160 020 000 000 -- 2 6 3 Wayne County 031 031 00x -- 8 9 1 Leading hitters -- Pitt 160 -- Tony Puglisi 2-5; Alex Brann 1-3; Brandon Bott 1-4, RBI. Wayne County -- Tyler Edwards 2-5,...

Junior Legion: Farmer cranks out three extra-base hits for Aycock

SNOW HILL -- Tyler Farmer doubled twice and tripled as Charles B. Aycock thrashed Snow Hill 22-2 in a five-inning, Junior American Legion Baseball game Tuesday evening. Farmer finished with three hits in four at-bats. Jordan Quinn, Tyler, Jeff...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

David Thornton camp starts Saturday

For the past three years, NFL linebacker David Thornton -- a native of Goldsboro and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate -- has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County and several local businesses to provide...

Junior Legion boxscore

Wilson 040 000 0 -- 4 8 3 C.B. Aycock 100 301 x -- 5 8 2 Leading hitters -- Wilson -- Lee Dunn 1-4, 2 RBI; Parker Lamm 1-2, RBI; Logan Butts 2-4; Avery Harper 1-3; Wesley Brewer 2-2....

Aycock rallies to beat Wilson

PIKEVILLE -- Keep applying the pressure. Charles B. Aycock rallied from three runs down and pushed across a go-ahead unearned run for a 5-4 win over American Junior Legion rival Wilson on Monday evening. Tied at 4-4, Jeff Carmel led...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Eastern Wayne claims two junior legion games

Logan Wicks delivered a game-clinching, walk-off single and Wayne County North edged North Lenoir 6-5 in American Junior Legion baseball action Sunday afternoon. Tied at 5-5, Greg Simms started the rally with a lead-off walk and stole second. Wicks...

Post 11 splits weekend games

WINTERVILLE -- One day after upending league-leading and then-unbeaten New Bern, misfortune fell upon Wayne County Post 11 on Sunday evening. Pitt County 160 plated seven runs over the final three innings and claimed a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory on...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wayne County Post 11 tops Clayton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Those rowdy young'uns strike again. Three first-year starters helped stage a late-inning offensive uprising as Wayne County Post 11 topped Clayton 7-3 in their Senior American Legion baseball contest Friday evening. It was a rematch of the...

OPINION - Sosa latest MLB loser

Enough is enough. We need to put the steroid era behind us. The latest finger-pointing episode occurred Tuesday when The New York Times reported that Sammy Sosa tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003. What a surprise. The player's...

Junior Legion roundup

PIKEVILLE -- With temperatures pushing triple digits Charles B. Aycock heated up its bats on Saturday afternoon. Aycock's junior legion scored 24 runs and pounded out 25 hits while sweeping a double header from West Craven. C.B. Aycock won...

Junior Legion boxscores

Game One West Craven 000 00 -- 0 4 3 C.B. Aycock 810 1x -- 10 11 2 Leading hitters -- West Craven -- Kyle Smith 1-2; Brandon Donnell 1-2; Tyler Corey 1-2; Will Sutton 1-2; Logan Nobles 1-2. C.B....

Josh Frederick named baseball Pitcher of the Year

Josh Frederick knew his capabilities. He just needed a chance to prove himself. After missing most the 2008 season with a broken pinky finger, the junior left-hander bounced back in 2009. Frederick logged an 8-1 record with a 1.86 ERA...

John Wooten named baseball Player of the Year

What most may view as a knack for delivering in the clutch, those closest to John Wooten simply see it as the fruits of countless hours of hard work. Wooten, the talented third baseman and closer for Eastern Wayne, is...

Jabo Fulghum named baseball Coach of the Year

Jabo Fulghum, long before the team's season opener in Cary, knew he had a talented -- and special -- group of young baseball players. Little did he know they'd take him on a magical ride. The Warriors compiled a program-best...

Cynthia Burroughs named softball Pitcher of the Year

Cynthia Burroughs rarely says anything on the softball diamond. Her game does all the talking. The soft-spoken senior compiled a 14-3 record in 2009 and helped lead Charles B. Aycock to the eastern regional championship in the N.C. High School...

Senior Legion boxscore

Clayton 011 000 001 -- 3 10 2 Wayne County 020 000 14x -- 7 12 4 Leading hitters -- Clayton -- Jeff Joyner 3-5; Josh Holloman 1-4, 3B; Bryant Noteboom 1-4, RBI; Nate Lusk 1-1, RBI; Doug Furlong 1-3,...

Brad Matthews named softball Coach of the Year

Brad Matthews does not see himself as a hands-on manager who orchestrated wins through his decision making. Instead, he sees himself as a conductor who merely presided over a band of excellent musicians. In his second season with Charles B....

Anna Sullivan named softball Player of the Year

Athletes who excel during regular-season play and fade during the postseason are common in every sport. Very rarely do athletes make their biggest impact when the stakes are raised. Anna Sullivan is a perfect example. Sullivan, a senior catcher, swatted...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Menhaden spill causes uproar

The waiting game has taken too long. That's the message the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina is sending to members of the N.C. House of Representatives this week after a commercial fishing vessel spilled 150,000 dead fish off the...

Fishing report

Northern District Ocean: Offshore catches remain good with limits of dolphin by almost everyone targeting them. There were some very good catches of wahoo, king mackerel, blueline tilefish, greater amberjack, yellow and blackfin tuna; and assorted groupers and snappers. Billfish...

New waterfowl print available July 1

Courtesy NCWRC RALEIGH -- "Wigeon Trio," the 2009 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's N.C. Wild Store beginning July 1. Signed and numbered regular-edition prints with mint stamps will sell for...

Saltwater fishing licenses are necessity

Courtesy NCWRC RALEIGH -- The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is urging beach-bound anglers to purchase a saltwater fishing license, also known as a Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL). The Commission hopes that the anglers will buy the license before leaving...

Marsh: Wreck your gear with an amberjack attack

Lots of coastal anglers catch amberjack and most don't do it intentionally. While some anglers hate the greater amberjack because the fish eat carefully nurtured live Menhaden intended for king mackerel baits, all anglers who ever hooked one will respectfully...

Gardner wins 18U boys' crown

One day before Tiger Woods hit his first shot at the U.S. Open, some of the best and brightest young golfers in eastern North Carolina teed off in search of a Wayne County Junior Amateur title at Lane Tree Golf...

Musselman, McGee spark two-out rallies

DUDLEY -- Maybe Charles B. Aycock should spot opposing defenses two outs before it decides to heat up offensively. Travis Musselman's two-out double and Nick McGee's two-out single helped account for four runs during Aycock's 8-1 conquest of Junior American...

Aycock-Wayne South box score

Aycock 000 503 0 -- 8 11 0 WC South 000 100 0 -- 1 4 0 Leading hitters -- Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 1-2, RBI; Collin DuBose 1-4, RBI; Jonathan Taylor 2-3, 2B, RBI; Nick McGee 2-3, RBI; Jordan...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wayne County South falls to Wilson

WILSON -- Wayne County South fell victim to the error bug once again in a 9-8, 10-inning loss to Wilson on Wednesday night. The visitors allowed four unearned runs in the defeat. Taylor Brock paced Southern Wayne effort at...

Junior Legion boxscores

Benson 002 020 0 -- 4 4 5 C.B. Aycock 101 302 X -- 7 5 1 Leading hitters -- Benson -- Austin Lee 1-3; Logan Jernigan 1-3; Eric Radford 1-3, HR, 2 RBI; Jimmy Massengill 1-1. C.B. Aycock --...

David Thornton football camp coming back to Goldsboro

For the past three years, NFL linebacker David Thornton -- a native of Goldsboro and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate -- has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County and several local businesses to provide...

Aycock rallies past Benson in Junior Legion

PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock shook off seven days worth of rust and bested Benson 7-4 in American Junior Legion baseball action Wednesday evening. Aycock jumped on top in the first inning thanks to a pair of Benson errors that led...

OPINION - Drafted player not recognized by MOC

Long before B.J. Dail arrived in Mount Olive, his performance on the baseball field and his actions outside spoke for themselves. After watching Dail help guide the Trojans to a second-place finish in Conference Carolinas and reportedly violate an unspecified...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wayne South falls short

ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning and defeated Wayne County South 6-5 in American Junior Legion baseball game Tuesday evening. Zach Grantham belted a two-run homer for Wayne...

Walnut Creek LGA

Betty Edwards claimed play-of-the-day during weekly tournament action at Walnut Creek Country Club. Mary Morris and Charlotte Campbell won first gross and first net, respectively. Pete Reaves claimed low putts. Campbell seized first net in second-flight competition during an Eastern...

Babb sets precedent for program

Determination. Desire. Dedication. A precedent setter for the Rosewood High volleyball program. Paige Babb is certain to carry those characteristics and prestige to Mary Baldwin (Va.) College this fall after committing to the Division III school. A 5-foot-8 setter, Babb...

Thornton camp returns for fourth year

For the past three years, NFL linebacker David Thornton -- a native of Goldsboro and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate -- has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County and several local businesses to provide...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Post 11 legion

MOUNT OLIVE -- Tyler Edwards broke out of a three-game slump at the plate and Wayne County Post 11 bested Pitt County Post 39 by a 12-7 count on Monday evening. Mired in an 0-for-12 slump, Edwards tripled in a...

Post 11 boxscore

Boxscore: Pitt County 040 012 000 -- 7 10 3 Wayne County 105 120 30X -- 12 16 2 Leading hitters -- Pitt County -- Tyler Nichols 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Clark Massey 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Preston Mobley...

Cynthia Burroughs signing

PIKEVILLE -- One of Wayne County's most successful softball players will take her game to Wilson County next spring. Charles B. Aycock standout Cynthia Burroughs has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Barton College. "I was interested in staying close...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Woodard quartet takes top prize in championship flight play at SWCC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Unsteady economic troubles didn't deter nearly 100 golfers from enjoying an afternoon of camaraderie at Southern Wayne Country Club on Saturday. The 23 teams converged on the 18-hole course to raise money for cancer research during the...

Wayne County South sweeps North Raleigh

DUDLEY -- Early-inning uprisings proved beneficial for Wayne County South during its doubleheader sweep of North Raleigh on Sunday afternoon. Keenan Winn slugged a second-inning, two-run homer in an 8-4 victory in the opener. In the nightcap, South strolled to...

Wayne County North turns back S. Johnston

FOUR OAKS -- Hunter Newsome and Logan Wicks each cranked out an extra-base hit as Eastern Wayne stopped South Johnston 5-3 in an American Junior Legion baseball contest Saturday. Newsome and Wicks (RBI) finished the day with two hits...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Spring Creek's Smith signs with MOC

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Those weekends of bump, set and spike in the backyard have paid dividends throughout Kristin Smith's volleyball career on the high school circuit. She received her biggest payoff this week. The Spring Creek senior signed a national...

Opinion - Goddell must take strong stance

Finally, someone is showing some good, old-fashioned common sense. It seems to be missing these days in a society that frequently issues second chances like a traffic officer who writes tickets for 15-minute parking violations in New York City. For...

MOC duo drafted

MOUNT OLIVE -- Ready for the next challenge. That's how head coach Carl Lancaster described the two most recent draft picks from Mount Olive College. Pitcher B.J. Dail was selected on the second day of the draft in the 17th...

Jake Whitfield claims title

Stepping into an eight-sided ring doesn't put Jake Whitfield in the "thrill-seeker" category. Instead, the mixed martial arts fighter's adrenaline rushes through his veins from the excitement and opportunity to compete in one of the nation's fastest-growing -- and brutal...

Friday, June 12, 2009

OUTDOORS -- Pate captains crew to big day on Crystal Coast

Courtesy of Bruce Paul Big Rock News MOREHEAD CITY -- Goldsboro native Troy Pate captained the James Joyce II to a solid payday during the 12th annual Keli Wagner Lady Big Rock tournament held off the Crystal Coast. The James...

OUTDOORS -- Canoeing the secret haunts of a millpond

There are two types of gnarled swamp-gum trees that are sometimes confused with one another -- the blackgum and the tupelo gum. The tupelo is widely touted for its wood, which was used for carving the working waterfowl decoys of...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wooten-Gourley enjoy draft day

Dreams came true for Eastern Wayne teammates Walker Gourley and John Wooten late Wednesday afternoon. The Warrior duo was selected in the Major League Amateur baseball draft -- Gourley was picked in the 13th round (385th overall) by the Pittsburgh...

Southern Wayne junior legion picks up win

LaGRANGE -- Southern Wayne capped a successful week of Junior American Legion baseball action with a 10-8 victory over North Lenoir on Wednesday night. Taylor Brock got Southern Wayne on the board with a first-inning, grand slam home run....

Legion boxscores

Rocky Mount 002 000 0 -- 2 6 1 C.B. Aycock 220 002 x -- 6 7 1 Leading hitters -- Rocky Mount -- Michael Whitehead 4-4, 2B, HR, RBI; Thomas Barclay 1-4, RBI. C.B. Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 2-3,...

Aycock tops Rocky Mount in Junior Legion

PIKEVILLE -- A rare defensive play and Tyler Farmer's late-inning insurance hit proved beneficial for the Charles B. Aycock Junior Legion baseball team Wednesday evening. Aycock third baseman Tyler Ruffin almost single-handedly turned a first-inning triple play and Farmer's two-RBI...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Champion hurls three-hit shutout for Aycock Junior Legion

PIKEVILLE -- Aaron Champion scattered three hits over seven innings as Charles B. Aycock topped North Lenoir 9-0 in Junior American Legion baseball action Tuesday evening. The diminutive left-hander struck out four Hawks en route to the complete-game mound win...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Spots still available for Wayne County Amateur

MOUNT OLIVE -- High expectations are often met with increased workloads. For the Wayne County Amateur golf tournament planning committee, the opportunity to put a full 144-player field on the course has meant a more rigorous schedule. The group has...

Warriors earn ECC All-Conference honors

To the victors go the spoils. Future Major League Draft pick John Wooten earned player of the year accolades after leading Eastern Wayne to its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season baseball title. Wooten clubbed a county-high 18 homers...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Post 11 drops two to Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- Scott Johnson smacked a walk-off, grand slam home run as Wilmington Post 11 pounded Wayne County 12-1 on Saturday afternoon Buck Hardee Field. Post 10 clubbed four home runs in the non-division affair and swept the weekend...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

NCHSAA 3-A baseball championships: Warriors take game 2, but can't complete comeback in game 3

ZEBULON -- Eastern Wayne's season of comebacks and close games came up one run short. The Warriors forced a decisive third game in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state championship series on Saturday evening at Five County...

NCHSAA 3-A baseball playoff boxscores

Game 1 Lake Norman 011 103 3 -- 9 10 1 Eastern Wayne 000 101 0 -- 2 5 5 Leading hitters -- Lake Norman -- Kevin Gadert 2-3, RBI; Joe Faist 1-2, 2B, RBI; Ross Whitley 2-4; Donnie Burt...

NCHSAA 3-A baseball championships: Eastern Wayne haunted by errors in game 1

Eastern Wayne tallied five errors en route to a 9-2 loss in the opening game of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state baseball championship series at Five County Stadium on Friday night. "Anytime you give a good team five errors you...

NCHSAA 3-A softball final 4: Aycock falls in elimination round to T.C. Roberson

RALEIGH -- The trend finally ended. There was no triumph after defeat this time. Four defensive miscues proved costly in Charles B. Aycock's season-ending, 9-7 loss to T.C. Roberson during elimination-round play in the 2009 N.C. High School Athletic Association...

NCHSAA 3-A softball playoff boxscores

prep softball 2009 NCHSAA 3-A Eastern Championship C.B. Aycock 100 120 0 -- 4 6 2 Triton 000 100 0 -- 1 3 4 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Brooke Bell 3-4; Anna Sullivan 1-4; Autumn Pittman 1-3,...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Golden Falcons, Hawks battle for higher stakes

PIKEVILLE -- Familiarity breeds respect. Perennial eastern powers Charles B. Aycock and Triton meet for the third time this season for higher stakes -- the 3-A regional championship -- today at the Walnut Creek softball complex. The Golden Falcons are...

No. 3-ranked Cats have long journey

The road to a state baseball championship has been long and trying for Lake Norman's 10 seniors. The Wildcats made their first-ever appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs in 2007, just five seasons after the...

Blazers to host AAU tournament

The Wayne County Blazers AAU 15U team will play host to a basketball tournament this weekend at Rosewood High School. Tip-off is 10 a.m. Saturday and play continues through Sunday with a championship game at 5 p.m. Concessions will be...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rob Phillips signs with South Alabama

Rob Phillips didn't give up on his dream. Visions of playing Division I college basketball constantly danced in his head throughout his careers at Charles B. Aycock and Charis Prep. Now, he'll dribble on the big stage. Phillips recently signed...

Post 11 bests Apex

APEX -- Cody Richards swatted two extra-base hits, including a home run, as Wayne County Post 11 dumped Apex 8-3 in an American Senior Legion non-division baseball contest Wednesday evening. Post 11 manufactured just seven hits, but bunched them...

Local digest

PIKEVILLE -- Colin DuBose cranked out three hits as Charles B. Aycock suffered a 12-5 loss to Snow Hill on the Junior American Legion baseball scene. Tyler Farmer stroked a home run in a 2-for-4 effort. Tyler Ruffin contributed...

EWHS teammates lean on each other

John Wooten and Walker Gourley don't anticipate giving an emotional pre-game speech or calming the nerves of a teammate before Friday's game against Lake Norman in Zebulon. The two Eastern Wayne seniors have done plenty of talking on and off...

OPINION - Looking back at Warriors ride

The record speaks volumes to the effort, while the memories add meaning to the accomplishment. Eastern Wayne finished an unprecedented 18-0 at home this season and creating several memorable moments along the way. Here's a look at some of the...

CBA leads by example

Leadership in sports can be hard to define. For some great teams, leadership comes from a superstar who propels the team to new heights with a phenomenal solo performance. Other squads look to an iconic coach who seemingly has all...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Youth movement continues for Post 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- The young'uns are growing up, ma. Three first-year starters combined for eight hits and three RBI as Wayne County Post 11 turned back Kinston 8-6 in an Area I East South Division contest Tuesday evening. Post 11...

Post 11-Kinston box score

Kinston 100 002 003 -- 6 13 4 Wayne County 101 220 20x -- 8 16 1 Leading hitters -- Kinston -- Dejuan Gray 3-5; Trey Beamon 2-4, 2B; Lee Taylor 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Mike Wetherington 2-4, RBI; Carter...

Frederick, Mozingo, Wooten and Moye cornerstones to Eastern Wayne's success

Eastern Wayne has won plenty of ballgames this season with its offense. If it's going to win a state championship it will be on the heels of its pitching. The Warriors have relied on just three arms this postseason with...

Pittman, Burroughs throwing well for CBA

New-Argus Sports Writer PIKEVILLE -- In softball, pitching is often the key to success. No team knows that better than Charles B. Aycock. Cynthia Burroughs and Autumn Pittman have kept opposing hitters off balance and asserted their dominance in the...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Norwayne keeps streak alive

FREMONT -- Would this be the year? Would the 10-year unbeaten streak end? Would perennial softball power Norwayne Middle School finally taste defeat? Head coach Dan Millard labored over the questions all fall and winter. "I knew this year I...

Warriors well prepared for strong competition

The schedule looked rugged on paper. The results were a sight to behold. Eastern Wayne head baseball coach Jabo Fulghum challenged his team with early non-conference contests against perennial playoff qualifiers South Central and North Lenoir. An early start to...

ECU comes back on S. Carolina

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Devin Harris stole the show Monday evening. The East Carolina outfielder supplied a game-tying home run and delivered the game-winning hit in a 10-9, come-from-behind victory over South Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The top-seeded Pirates...

Dave Thomas inducted into Wingate HOF

When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. Just ask Dave Thomas. Raised in the upper midwest, Thomas and his family migrated to the warmer climes of North Carolina when his father became minister of a church. A...

Golden Falcons learned from tough schedule

PIKEVILLE -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. The cliche certainly fits the Charles B. Aycock softball team this season, which carries an impressive resume into Friday's eastern regional final at Walnut Creek. The Golden Falcons'...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pirates advance to Greenville Regional Finals

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- It's winner take all. Brandon Henderson slugged a seventh-inning grand slam and top-seeded East Carolina outlasted South Carolina 8-6 in the Greenville Regional on Sunday evening. The Pirates (45-18 overall) and Gamecocks (40-22) meet today...