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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend preps

Wayne Christian's girls picked up a 51-22 win over visiting Community Christian on Friday night. Kaitlyn Kosuda led the Eagles (9-6, 7-2 CCC) with 10 points, five assists and two blocks. Hanna Kaler contributed eight points, five rebounds, two...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Reco's dunk lifts WCDS past Trinity

Reco McCarter didn't just put the game away. He did it with an exclamation point. With Wayne Country Day leading Trinity Christian 43-42 with less than a minute to play, McCarter drove down the heart of the lane, dunked and...

Rosewood wrestling agate

Rosewood 50 Wilson Beddingfield 23 103 -- Chris Lane (R) maj. dec. Marquel Bullock, 15-2; 112 -- Angel Jaramillo (R) wbf Matt Quick, 3:32; 119 -- Zach Behrend (R) maj. dec. Danny Nichols, 8-0; 125 -- Trevon Brooks (B) wbf...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Trinity-Fayetteville 13 14 10 7 -- 44 Wayne Country Day 15 15 4 16 -- 50 TRINITY-FAYETTEVILLE Mike Owens 1 0 2-2 4, Damien Steadman 3 0 0-0 6, Mike Thorne 2 0 0-0 4, Mario Crawford 2 1...

Davis heeds Coley's halftime advice

MOUNT OLIVE -- Former Mount Olive College point guard Keana Corley pulled shooting guard Laporsha Davis aside during halftime and said, "Porsh, you've got just two rebounds." Davis listened. On an evening when foul trouble benched the post players, Davis...

Father-and-son team up during swant hunt

Swan music caught the attention of Richard Manuel. Turning to his son, Robert, he asked whether the swans were in range. "No, not yet," said Robert. "But it sounds like they're getting close." The father-son team from Herndon, Va., was...

Hollowell: Louisburg JC 'right fit' for C.B. Aycock hurler

PIKEVILLE -- When searching for his future college home, Adron Hollowell wasn't just looking for a program with a tradition of winning, he was also looking for the right fit. The Charles B. Aycock pitcher and outfielder found that fit...

Staton drives Trojans' offense

MOUNT OLIVE -- The engine ran smooth. His delivery slicker than a used car salesman, Derek Staton distributed a career-high and school-record 15 assists, and Mount Olive College thrashed in-state Conference Carolinas foe St. Andrews 104-71 on Thursday evening. Staton...

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Country Day outscored Trinity Christian-Fayetteville 16-5 during third-period action, and cruised to a 54-40, non-conference victory Thursday evening. The Chargers, who have won five of their last six outings, closed the third quarter on a 15-2 run and...

EW-SJ boys game

Deja vu. Eastern Wayne staged a furious late rally and thrilled the crowd with a last-second shot, and held off South Johnston 71-67 in double overtime on Thursday night. The Warriors swept the regular-season, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference series. A...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Local digest

Zeara McDuffie's basket in the final half minute preserved Goldsboro's 50-43, non-conference girls' basketball victory over Charles B. Aycock on Wednesday evening. The Cougars built a 41-30 advantage with nearly six minutes remaining in the final quarter before the...

Golden Falcons down Cougars

PIKEVILLE -- No zone defense this time. Aware of Goldsboro's streaky outside shooting, Charles B. Aycock opted for an in-your-face approach Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons played 32 minutes of relentless man-to-man defense and turned back the Cougars 73-55 in...

PREVIEW -- MOC men's volleyball ready for season

MOUNT OLIVE -- "First-ever champion." Mount Olive College would like nothing more than to put that phrase before its name once the men's volleyball season concludes this spring. With six returning seniors, including a quartet of four-year starters, the Trojans...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Goldsboro 12 18 19 6 -- 55 C.B. Aycock 19 20 23 11 -- 73 GOLDSBORO (11-7) Jarran Reed 1 0 0-0 2, Michael Sykes 0 1 0-3 3, Michael Langston 1 0 2-3 4, Robert Kornegay 0 0...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Local Preps Digest

Lamar Best drained a 3-pointer as time expired and Eastern Wayne squeaked past visiting Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe North Lenoir 57-54 on Tuesday night. Robert Washington scored 18 points for the Warriors. Will White had 17 points and...

Chargers rally from 18-point deficit

Wayne Country Day ended nearly nine years of frustration against long-time archrival Greenfield on Tuesday evening. The Chargers rallied from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit and jousted the No. 5-ranked Knights 72-71 in Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference play. WCDS...

Warriors get 'Legg up on foes'

Tradition never graduates. Certainly not at Eastern Wayne. The Warriors logged first-place times in six of 12 contested events and claimed their third consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' swimming championship at B.G. Darden Natatorium on Tuesday evening. Eastern Wayne...

Dawgs cruise past Eagles

From the play on the interior, to momentum and crowd noise Princeton found a way to dominate Rosewood in nearly ever facate of the game on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs seized control early and capitalized on the Eagles foul trouble...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Princeton 13 17 12 18 -- 60 Rosewood 5 12 17 20 -- 48 PRINCETON (10-7, 4-1) Benton Myers 0 0 1-4 1, Patrick Jacobs 1 1 3-4 8, David Gurganus 4 0 5-9 13, Wes Wood 1 0...

EW-SW wrestling agate

Eastern Wayne 42 Southern Wayne 30 103 -- Travis Memmelaar (SW) dec. Jasmine Doubt, 11-7; 112 -- Sydney Villareal (EW) by forfeit; 119 -- Megan LaFave (EW) by forfeit; 125 -- Corben Harris (EW) wbf Hunter Brown, 2:40; 130 --...

Saints' Jones works through adversity

Tyler Jones refused to quit. A midseason neck injury couldn't keep him down. A bad dive didn't damage his psychy. The Southern Wayne senior worked through the adversity and emerged the 2010 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's 1-meter diving champion...

CBA-Triton wrestling agate

C.B. Aycock 51 Triton 24 285 -- Ben Byerly (T) wbf Jarrod James, 5:52; 103 -- Tyler Trip (T) by forfeit; 112 -- Kyle Tart (T) wbf David Romo, 3:38; 119 -- Andrew Chambers (CBA) by forfeit; 125 -- Justin...

Chastain helps Golden Falcon girls take crown

Team and individual results from the 2010 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference swimming and diving championships contested Tuesday at the B.G. Darden Natatorium inside the Goldsboro Family Y. The top two placers in each event received all-conference honors, while the third-...

ECC swimming -- Girls

Charles B. Aycock brought its "A" game. And its veteran leaders -- Carrigan Chastain, Bryce Connolly and Taylor Allen -- reaped the rewards Tuesday evening. The trio combined to win six individual events and swam legs on three gold-medal winning...

Golden Falcon leaders take charge vs. Triton

PIKEVILLE -- The seniors did their job. Justin Farrell, Kaleb Robinson and Jon Rudolph showed poise and maturity on the wrestling mat Tuesday evening, and led Charles B. Aycock to a 51-24 victory over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference newcomer...

CBA-S. Wayne boxes

BOYS C.B. Aycock 17 16 14 22 -- 69 Southern Wayne 15 8 20 23 -- 66 C.B. AYCOCK (15-2, 4-1) Isaac Ryals 4 1 6-6 17, Terrance Drakeford 0 4 1-2 13, Brandon Winford 5 0 4-5 14, Tyheim...

CBA boys bounce Saints

DUDLEY -- C.B. Aycock brought the intensity early and often. Southern Wayne rallied too late. The Golden Falcons captured a 69-66 victory and grabbed a tie for first place in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference standings. "I thought our guys...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Greenfield tops Wayne Christian

Eventually, the shots began to fall. After enduring a first half in which the team made just one 3-point field goal, Greenfield turned its cold shooting around in a 48-43, overtime victory over Wayne Christian on Monday night. The Knights...

James Kenan routs Lakewood boys

WARSAW -- Lakewood couldn't stop the "Big 3" on Monday evening. The frontcourt trio of James Owens, Jeremy Smith and Dontrill Hyman just missed combining for three double-doubles in James Kenan's 80-61 pasting of Tri-County 1-A foe Lakewood at J.P....

Local digest

WARSAW -- Too many missed opportunities. James Kenan came up empty offensively on its final five possessions and Lakewood escaped with a 34-31, Tri-County 1-A Conference victory in girls' basketball action Monday evening. The Leopards (12-4 overall, 6-2 TCC)...

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS Lakewood 6 21 18 16 -- 61 James Kenan 26 18 18 18 -- 80 LAKEWOOD (3-8,1-7) Everette Newkirk 8 0 5-8 21, Dennis Owens 5 1 1-1 14, Kenneth Davis 1 1 1-2 6, Darlon Kinlock 4 0...

MOC downs Converse

MOC Sports Information SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Helen Moore led four players in double figures with a game-high 23 points, and Mount Olive College defeated Converse College 73-59 in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Monday evening. Andrea Jones tallied 11...

OPINION: Caolina 1-A too close to call

Exhilarating comebacks, game-winning shots at the buzzer and heartbreaking losses have made the first two weeks of play in Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball action a cardiologist's nightmare. Of 24 conference games played heading into tonight, 10 have been decided...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Southern Wayne boys ride 24-0 run, rout county rival Eastern Wayne

Marvin Bowman watched in disbelief. Russell Stephens watched in awe. And everyone talked about "the run" afterwards. Southern Wayne scored 24 consecutive points in a six-minute stretch and hammered archrival Eastern Wayne 71-50 in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys'...

McIntyre pours in 25 points, helps Warriors pick up 1st ECC win of season

Tiarra McIntyre sizzled the nets for a game-high 25 points and Eastern Wayne dumped county archrival Southern Wayne 59-39 in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball affair Friday evening. McIntyre scored in double figures for the 10th time...

Southern Wayne-Eastern Wayne boxes

Southern Wayne 14 23 17 17 -- 71 Eastern Wayne 9 5 10 16 -- 50 SOUTHERN WAYNE (12-6, 4-0) Justin Artis 3 2 3-4 15, Ramsey Turner 0 1 0-0 3, Gary Woodard 0 0 0-0 0, Tony Smith...

Farrell gets No. 100; Aycock splits dual tri-meet

AYDEN -- Justin Farrell notched his 100th career win and Charles B. Aycock split a non-conference, dual tri-meet Friday evening on the Ayden-Grifton mats. The Golden Falcons dusted the Chargers 54-13, but endured a 42-36 loss against perennial 2-A...

Trojan women outlast Bobcats

BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive survived a late rally, overcame a huge discrepancy at the free throw line and defeated Lees-McRae 59-58 in their Conference Carolinas game Saturday afternoon. Brittany Miller grabbed a rebound with one second left, which...

Goldsboro boys 'steal' game from Spring Creek

Four games into its first season in the Carolina 1-A Conference, Goldsboro isn't finding its new league to be the cakewalk many outside the program believed it would be. The Cougars rallied from a five-point deficit with a minute to...

Easley blitzes LMC for 30 points

BANNER ELK -- Preseason All-American candidate Kendrick Easley, coming off his lowest-scoring output of the season, rediscovered his offensive groove Saturday afternoon. Held to seven points just three days ago against archrival Barton, Easley poured in a game-high 30...

Goldsboro-Spring Creek boxes

BOYS Spring Creek 17 11 19 18 -- 65 Goldsboro 18 13 18 21 -- 70 SPRING CREEK (5-9, 0-4) Anthony Green 3 2 3-6 15, Melvin DeVeaux 6 0 1-6 13, Dontay Boseman 0 1 2-2 5, John Midgette...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rosewood wrestling agate

Rosewood 43 Southern Nash 31 103 -- Chris Lane (R) wbf Kenny Rogister, 0:53; 112 -- Nick Quillen (R) by forfeit; 119 -- Zach Behrend (R) wbf Vishal Patel, 1:39; 125 -- Buddy Tom (SN) wbf Will Sawrey, 1:11; 130...

Spring Creek-Princeton wrestling agate

Princeton 45 Spring Creek 30 103 -- Thomas Edwards (SC) by forfeit; 112 -- Raheem Fuller (SC) by forfeit; 119 -- Daniel Richter (SC) by forfeit; 125 -- Matt Evans (P) wbf Ian Ladd, 0:35; 130 -- David Waddell (P)...

Princeton continues mastery over Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Princeton rallied from an early-match deficit and continued its mastery over Carolina 1-A Conference wrestling rival Spring Creek on Thursday evening. The short-handed Dawgs spotted the Gators an 18-0 lead on three consecutive forfeits to start the...

Local Preps Digest

Rosewood avoided the mental block. Forced to wrestle a "natural weight" match and surrender a forfeit, the Eagles eased past Southern Nash 43-31 on Thursday evening. "Southern Nash really had us scrambling to get good matchups, just as they...

Hayes erupts offensively, MOC takes charge early

MOUNT OLIVE -- Close outcomes have been synonymous during the Barton-Mount Olive College men's basketball rivalry during the past two decades. Not Thursday night. The Trojans broke the game open early and never looked back in an 88-72 rout of...

Bulldogs use late surge to put away Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- It came in the blink of an eye and when it was over Mount Olive was left in a daze. Barton scored 10 unanswered points in a little more than two minutes to break open a tied...

Dove hunters protect fields with electricity

The night frost had coated the grassy shoulders of a road snaking through a Pender County pine forest, sparkling in the starlight like powdered sugar. In the feeble pre-dawn light, David Franklin, a retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Biologist...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Local digest

The matchups worked. Rosewood tweaked its lineup in the lower weights and pulled off a 48-30, non-conference conquest over Wilson Hunt on the wrestling mat Wednesday evening. Zach Behrend and Scott Pate each bumped up a weight class to...

Southern Wayne outlasts Goldsboro

Coaches can teach players to dribble. They can teach players to shoot. They can not teach players to grow. Southern Wayne dominated the paint and left Goldsboro with a 75-62 victory on Wednesday night inside the Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium....

Prep basketball boxscores

Boys Southern Wayne 12 21 18 24 - 75 Goldsboro 17 9 19 17 - 62 SOUTHERN WAYNE (11-6) Justin Artis 6 2 2-3 20, Gary Woodard 1 1 1-2 6, Bernard Gross 3 1 5-6 14, Khari Faison 7...

MOC baseball earns preseason honor

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coming off a runner-up campaign on the Conference Carolinas baseball scene, Mount Olive has been tabbed the preseason favorite for 2010. "Ain't that something? Unbelievable," said Trojans head coach Carl Lancaster. MOC received four of nine first-place...

Trojan women face tough test tonight

MOUNT OLIVE -- Be at your best. Wendy Lee stresses that message each day in practice and each time her Mount Olive College women's basketball team takes the court for a game this season. The Trojans can expect to hear...

MOC ready for Barton men

MOUNT OLIVE -- If the names on the front of the jerseys don't fire you up, what's at stake certainly should. When Mount Olive and Barton renew their rivalry tonight inside Kornegay Arena, there will be more than just bragging...

CBA-EW wrestling box

C.B. Aycock 63 Eastern Wayne 15 103 -- Mario Darby (CBA) by forfeit; 112 -- David Romo (CBA) wbf Jasmine Doubt, 2:35; 119 -- Andrew Chambers (CBA) by forfeit; 125 -- Justin Farrell (CBA) by forfeit; 130 -- Austin Helm...

Aycock bests Eastern Wayne on the mat

PIKEVILLE -- One more step. The Charles B. Aycock wrestling team moved closer to its preseason goal of a regular-season championship with a 63-15 rout over county archrival Eastern Wayne on Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons (14-6 overall) improved to...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Local Preps Digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock scored seven of the game's final 10 points and held off Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Eastern Wayne 45-38 on Tuesday night. Tia Jones' free throws sliced the margin to 38-35 with a little...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Eastern Wayne 11 8 16 17 -- 52 C.B. Aycock 11 10 10 17 -- 48 EASTERN WAYNE (7-6, 2-1) Brandon Williams 1 0 0-0 2, Lamar Best 1 0 7-8 9, Will White 7 0 0-2 14, Dominique...

Wayne County competitors control meet

Domination. Wayne County swimmers captured first place in 21 of 23 contested events during a seven-team meet Tuesday evening at the B.G. Darden Natatorium. Charles B. Aycock's girls started the commanding effort with a first-place peformance in the 200...

ND girls snap 33-game losing streak

CALYPSO -- The first win is always the most difficult to obtain. Just ask North Duplin. The previously-winless Rebels pulled off a 39-25 upset of Princeton on Tuesday night and collected the program's premier win with first-year head coach John...

Trojans tabbed No. 1 in league

MOUNT OLIVE -- A testament, but also a reminder. That's how Mount Olive College head softball coach Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham views the No. 1 preseason ranking accorded her team by fellow Conference Carolinas peers. "It is a testament to how hard...

Goldsboro boys rise to 3-0 in league action

Rosewood worked the ball around the perimeter, executed its screens and swished uncontested 3-pointers which electrified its home crowd Tuesday evening. The Goldsboro pulled the plug. The Cougars applied ball pressure, created turnovers and cruised to a 72-56 victory on...

Opinion -- MOC students, here is your chance to shine

Just hours before the Trojan men's basketball team played its annual Green-White game, second-year head coach Joey Higginbotham fired off an email saying he'd like to see students at the game. The MOC alum went one step further. Higginbotham painted...

Warriors snap No. 9 Falcons win streak at 12

PIKEVILLE -- Calm, cool and under control. Eastern Wayne held off a late Charles B. Aycock comeback and knocked down key free throws in a 52-48, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference road win on Tuesday night. The Warriors closed the third...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Local digest

FUQUAY-VARINA -- Faith Christian nearly let a late lead slip away before rallying for a 57-55 win over Hilltop Christian on Monday night. The Conquerors missed seven free throws in the fourth quarter before cementing the victory. Faith Christian...

Trojan women struggle in loss

MOUNT OLIVE -- Giving up something to get something. The strategy didn't pay off Monday afternoon. Mount Olive College played primarily a zone defense and forced Queens University-Charlotte into turnovers, which led to fast-break scoring opportunities. But the Trojan women...

Mount Olive men remain perfect in league play

MOUNT OLIVE -- It wasn't always pretty, but it was certainly gritty and workman like. Mount Olive persevered through 16 turnovers with solid rebounding and a balanced effort off the bench for an 84-70 win over Conference Carolinas opponent Queens...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Aycock, RHS grapplers compete in duals

STANHOPE -- Wayne County wrestling rivals Charles B. Aycock and Rosewood combined for five dual-team victories during the Thomas Cowles Firebird Memorial Duals contested Saturday at Southern Nash. Aycock finished 2-2 in the day-long competition. Rosewood ended up 3-2....

Monday preps

FAYETTEVILLE -- Faith Christian held Cornerston Christian to just four points in the first quarter en route to a 52-31 victory on Friday night. Chris Powell led the Conquerors with 12 points. David Sladick and Wes Caudle had eight...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Whitfield Hall of Fame inducts latest class

Autograph seekers, young and old, fished for pens and opened their notebooks to blank pages. Standing in silence -- and awe -- they watched as the names were scribbled in different directions on the white background: Vic Bubas. Pete Brennan....

Local digest

Spring Creek saw a 13-point fourth-quarter lead disappear before surviving in overtime for a 62-57 win at Carolina 1-A Conference opponent Rosewood on Friday. The Gators led 47-34 in the fourth quarter before the Eagles used a 17-5 run...

Rosewood wins thriller over Spring Creek

Daniel Mitchell sat in his office slouched back in a chair, his tie undone and his blood pressure still racing. The Rosewood head coach was still feeling the affects of watching his Eagles escape with a 52-51 win over Carolina...

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS Spring Creek 9 9 15 18 -- 51 Rosewood 10 14 11 17 -- 52 SPRING CREEK (5-7, 0-2) Chavon Green 0 0 3-4 3, Anthony Green 7 0 3-8 17, Melvin DeVeaux 1 0 1-2 3, Dontay Boseman...

Saints slip past North Lenoir

DUDLEY - There is no such thing as any easy win during league play. Especially in the evenly-matched Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference. Southern Wayne fought through a stagnant third quarter and converted down the stretch in a 58-54 victory...

MOC wins pair at Erskine

MOC Sports Information DUE WEST, S.C. -- Kendrick Easley scored a game-high 23 points and moved into second place on the Mount Olive College all-time career scoring list as the Trojans defeated Erskine 68-50 in Conference Carolinas men's basketball Saturday...

Holtz replacement a big decision

GREENVILLE -- The search begins. Who is the perfect fit? East Carolina athletics director Terry Holland addressed the media Friday afternoon and said that Skip Holtz's departure as head football coach "was a bit of a surprise coming at this...

Friday, January 15, 2010

prep boxscores

BOYS Northwood Temple 12 13 9 12 -- 46 Wayne Christian 4 12 14 10 -- 40 NORTHWOOD TEMPLE Brandon Griffin 4 2 0-0 14, Travis Blount 1 0 1-3 3, Eli Rafferty 0 1 0-0 3, Taylor Averitt 1...

Father and son enjoy time at Mill Pond Club

My son, Justin, was home from UNC-Charlotte for Christmas break and, as we've done since he was old enough to sit in a duck blind, we hunted waterfowl. A highlight was a duck hunt at The Mill Pond Hunting Club...

W. Christian boys falter in CCC play

In close games, there is always a high price for missed free throws. Thursday evening was no different for Wayne Christian in a 46-40 loss to Northwood Temple at Clifford Gymnatorium. The Eagles shot just 33 percent (8-for-24) from the...

ECU losing quality head coach

East Carolina has lost its captain. Skip Holtz officially logged his resignation at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, ending 24 hours of speculation that he would become the new head football coach at USF. Each of the past three seasons, universities nationwide...

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Christian overcame a slow start and bested Northwood Temple 47-43 on Thursday night. The victory pulled the Eagles' into a three-way tie for first place in the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference with both Northwood and Cape Fear Christian....

Thursday, January 14, 2010

MOC-Coker women

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Shequanta McGee and Brittany Miller shared game-high honors with 14 points apiece, and Mount Olive College dumped Coker (S.C.) College 62-51 in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball contest Wednesday evening. The Trojans snapped a...

MOC-Coker men

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Derek Staton drained 4 of 4 free throws in the final 30.9 seconds, and Mount Olive College slipped past Coker (S.C.) College 84-77 in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game Wednesday evening. Kendrick Easley,...

George Whitfield Hall of Fame

The names pop up at odd times. So, George Whitfield finds a piece of paper and jots them down before he forgets. Sometimes he'll add a fact or two about the person, and finish his research later. It's a daily...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Charger girls complete regular-season sweep of CPIC foe Faith Christian-RM

Wayne Country Day created turnovers out of its man-to-man defense and rolled past Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 45-29 in a Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference girls' basketball contest Tuesday. The Chargers, the two-time defending CPIC champions, had relied primarily on...

Wayne Country Day boys charge past Faith Christian-RM

Coming off a brutal stretch of non-conference contests against perennial independent powers, Wayne Country Day needed a "breather" Tuesday evening. They certainly got it. Brandon McCarter logged a double-double -- 19 points, 13 rebounds -- as the Chargers crushed Faith...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frazer couldn't pass up great opportunity

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A chance to give something back to the sport she loves. Samantha Frazer couldn't say "no" and she can hardly wait for the summer. The St. Andrews Presbyterian College women's soccer standout has accepted an invitation from...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Floars, Faith Christian boys win New Year Invitational

MONROE -- Tournament MVP Drew Floars pumped in a team-high 13 points as Faith Christian upended Rockwell 49-37 to claim the Monroe New Year Invitational boys' basketball championship. Tabernacle Christian Academy played host to the tournament. Chris Powell contributed...

Rosewood wrestling box scores

Rosewood 58 Ayden-Grifton 24 103 -- Chris Lane (R) maj. dec. Brandon Armstrong, 19-5; 112 -- Angel Jaramillo (R) by forfeit; 119 -- Nick Quillen (R) wbf Cody Edwards, 2:30; 125 -- Zach Behrend (R) wbf Donovan Bullock, 3:16;...

Eagle grapplers secure Carolina/Four Rivers dual championship

AYDEN -- Focus on improving. Use personnel in the best positions. Rosewood adopted those two philosophies after a disappointing second-place, regular-season finish to North Johnston in the 2009 Carolina 1-A Conference dual championship meet. One year later, the work...

Officiating needs an overhaul on all levels

Good 'ole grandma used to say "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." Boy, was she right. The adage rings true in every aspect of life -- moreso in sports that anything else these days. Players...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Price pumps in game-high 20 points as Gator girls beat Princeton

PRINCETON -- Janna Price scored a game-high 20 points and Spring Creek opened its Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball season with a 54-40 win at Princeton. Melanquie DeVeaux provided 11 points, nine steals, seven assists and five rebounds for...

Eagle grapplers shut out Rams; Hunt slips past Southern Wayne

SNOW HILL -- Another shutout. Rosewood emerged victorious in four contested matches and received nine forfeits in a 77-0, non-conference trouncing of winless Greene Central on the wrestling mat Friday evening. It was the Eagles' second straight shutout of...

Southern Wayne boys open ECC play victorious

DUDLEY -- Written down and locked away since the season began, Southern Wayne's goals this season include among other things, winning a conference championship. Reminded of those goals by head coach Russell Stephens before Friday night's Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference...

Southern Wayne-Hunt wrestling box

Wilson Hunt 40 Southern Wayne 36 125 -- double forfeit; 130 -- Josh Sutton (H) by forfeit; 135 -- Michael Williams (H) wbf Matt Sparks, 0:41; 140 -- Jacob Richards (SW) by forfeit; 145 -- Jamison Dove (SW) by...

Rosewood-Greene Central wrestling box

Rosewood 77 Greene Central 0 103 -- Chris Lane (R) by forfeit; 112 -- Nick Quillen (R) by forfeit; 119 -- Zach Behrend (R) tech fall Spencer McClung, 15-0; 125 -- Nick Lowrey (R) by forfeit; 130 -- Scott Pate...

Friday's prep basketball boxes

BOYS Triton 12 9 8 11 -- 40 Southern Wayne 10 18 18 13 -- 59 TRITON (8-5, 1-1) David Gethers 4 0 2-5 10, Antwan Johnson 2 1 1-2 8, Lamar McDouglad 2 1 1-2 8, Ellis Hall 0...

Anderson women deal MOC second conference loss of season

MOUNT OLIVE -- The intangibles are missing right now. Its confidence shaken and team chemistry absent, injury-riddled Mount Olive College continues to seek consistency on the basketball court this season. The distress is building. "It was a very frustrating game...

Easley leads MOC men past Anderson

MOUNT OLIVE -- Anderson had plenty of answers for Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon. Finding a way to slow down Kendrick Easley wasn't one of them. The pre-season All-American and reigning Conference Carolinas player of the year hit big shot...

Goldsboro boys start strong against North Duplin

CALYPSO -- It was not the prettiest debut. But ... a win is a win. Goldsboro overcame a poor shooting effort by playing stifling defense in a 59-37 victory over North Duplin in the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball opener...

C.B. Aycock boys open ECC play with road win

LaGRANGE -- League rivals Charles B. Aycock and North Lenoir played the "anything you can do, I can do better" game Friday evening inside a packed Wooten Gymnasium. And the Golden Falcons were the better team ... this time. Poised...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Bad luck for hunters, but good luck for black bears

Bob Marwick has taken lion in Africa, red stag in Argentina and hunted elephant and other big game. So, when he learned of a hunting opportunity for dangerous game at close quarters, the 64-year-old Charleston, S.C. resident booked a bear...

Pfeiffer thwarts MOC comeback

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's women made a furious, scrappy and spirited comeback on Thursday evening. However, the Trojans' effort over the final two minutes left a lot to be desired. Pfeiffer outscored Mount Olive 8-2 in the final 120...

Trojans guard has career outing

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley etched his name in the record book. And the Trojans etched a 'W' in the win column. Easley set a single-game school record with 44 points and Mount Olive bested in-state Conference Carolinas rival Pfeiffer...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Goldsboro overcame a slow start and out-paced Southern Wayne 50-38 in non-conference basketball action on Wednesday night. Tied at 8-8 after one period, the Cougars turned up the offensive intensity and put 20 points on the scoreboard...

Rosewood edges Parrott Academy

Antonio Henriques wasn't the first option on Rosewood's game-winning play on Wednesday night. He just turned out to be the right one. Henriques knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining in regulation during the Eagles' 55-49,...

Prep boxscores

BOYS Goldsboro 6 14 15 16 -- 51 Southern Wayne 14 10 17 15 -- 56 GOLDSBORO (6-5) Michael Sykes 1 0 0-0 2, Michael Langston 0 1 0-0 3, Carteiz Sprangle 0 0 2-4 2, Demetrio Irby 0 0...

MOC baseball ranked 30th

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is ranked No. 30 in the College Baseball Division II preseason poll released Wednesday. The Trojans logged a 33-18 record last season and finished second in Conference Carolinas regular-season play. MOC...

Kenan downs Midway boys

WARSAW -- One quick run. James Kenan tallied 10 points within an 80-second stretch in the opening quarter and rolled past Midway 69-53 on the Tri-County 1-A Conference boys' basketball scene Wednesday evening. Three Tigers recorded double-doubles. Jeremy Smith poured...

Saints top county rival Cougars

DUDLEY -- No one ever gets a second chance to make a first impression. Goldsboro spent the first five minutes of Wednesday's battle with Southern Wayne watching shots clang off the rim and open opportunities go by the wayside.. During...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Local Preps Digest

RED OAK -- Charles B. Aycock outscored Northern Nash 21-7 in the third quarter and picked up a 61-50, non-conference road win on Tuesday evening. Isaac Ryals finished with 19 points, four steals and three rebounds for the Golden...

WC-Trinity box

BOYS Trinity Raleigh 9 8 18 17 -- 52 Wayne Christian 19 13 10 25 -- 67 TRINITY-RALEIGH Danny Myers 0 1 0-0 3, Zach Long 1 0 1-4 3, Daniel Kim 1 0 0-0 2, Ernst Casimir 4 0...

Wayne Christian rolls past Tigers

Wayne Christian used a complete team effort to beat Trinity of Raleigh 67-52 in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference play on Tuesday evening. The Eagles certainly needed every able body to slow down the Tigers' one-man wrecking crew, Frank Simme, who...

EW boys post regional times in two relay events

What a way to start 2010. Perennial swim powerhouse Eastern Wayne entered Tuesday's meet with numerous objectives, but none were more important than earning regional-qualifying times in two boys' relay events. And they continued the tradition. The quartet of Collin...

Prep swimming box

Team scores and individual winners from an eight-team contested Tuesday evening at B.G. Darden Natatorium inside the Goldsboro Family Y: BOYS Team scores Eastern Wayne 122 D.H. Conley 100 Triton 91 South Central 70 Southern Wayne 62 Goldsboro 56 C.B....

Opinion: Consistency lacking among basketball referees' calls, judgment of plays

The following column is written on the premise that sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission for what I'm about to say. In four years as a sports writer I've learned to accept the fact that to be...

CBA-S. Johnston wrestling box

C.B. Aycock 63 South Johnston 16 140 -- Charlie Mills (CBA) wbf Zantonio Chrisp; 145 -- Aaron Pate (CBA) by DQ; 152 -- Jordan Lee (CBA) wbf Steven Dresch; 160 -- Nick Simmons (CBA) wbf Zach Tinker; 171 -- Kaleb...

Golden Falcon matmen start ECC play victorious

FOUR OAKS -- Charles B. Aycock emerged victorious in the first five individual matches and pounded South Johnston 63-16 on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling scene Tuesday evening. It was the Golden Falcons' league opener. "Our wrestlers took...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Local digest

Charles B. Aycock used a strong second half rally to finish off Rosewood 70-51 in a non-conference, varsity boys' basketball game Monday evening. The Golden Falcons scored 45 points after the intermission as their offense caught fire behind point...

Freshmen lead MOC women to victory

MOUNT OLIVE -- The freshmen answered the call. Andrea Jones pumped in a career-high 17 points off the bench and Alyssa Luebs provided her second consecutive double-double in Mount Olive's 69-46 triumph over in-state rival Belmont Abbey on Monday evening....

Mount Olive bests Belmont Abbey men

MOUNT OLIVE -- With as many players in street clothes as in uniform, Mount Olive took the floor with a number of question marks on Monday night. A cast of new characters provided the answers. The Trojans overcame a late...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Eagles turn back C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Still the bridesmaid. Rosewood prevailed in seven of 11 contested matches and claimed the 11th annual Terry Pilkington Memorial Duals championship with a 47-27 decision over Charles B. Aycock on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles became just the third...

Monday preps

ASHEVILLE -- Wayne Country Day won one of three games at the Asheville Christian Holiday Classic over the weekend. The Chargers rallied past Victory Christian on Friday for a 61-52 win. All-tournament selection Tim Hobbs paced the team with...

Wynn paces ECU against NC Central

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina showed poise down the stretch and ushered in the new year with a victory over in-state rival North Carolina Central on Sunday afternoon. Chad Wynn led five Pirates in double figures with 12 points and a...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Spider Bite sidelines hunter

While traveling to a hunt at Bladen Lakes Game Land, I stopped at the Kelly General Store for a snack. As happens often, a hunter recognized me and extended his hand across an isle shelf filled with Twinkies and...

Ivan Daniels officiates bowl game

He back-pedaled and watched the play unfold. The defensive back and receiver did the normal bumping as the football zipped through the air, but failed to find its mark. He signaled incomplete pass and hustled back to his position. Such...