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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS 2010 NCHSAA Class 3-A Sectional No. 2 Championship (at Rocky Mount HS) C.B. Aycock 17 13 17 12 -- 59 Rocky Mount 25 16 19 17 -- 77 C.B. AYCOCK (24-4) Austin Terrell 0 0 0-0 0, Isaac Royals...

WCDS girls defeated in state final game

LEWISVILLE -- Eric Perry beamed like a proud papa, even with the disappointing outcome. No one expected Wayne Country Day to defend its girls' basketball state championship this season. Three key starters had graduated, no "true" post player returned to...

Goldsboro advances to regional round

Regardless of the outcome Rasean Brewington knew Friday night's sectional final would be his final game inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium. The senior forward turned in a performance to remember as the Cougars defeated West Columbus 77-67. Goldsboro (21-7) advanced...

MOC baseball sweeps twinbill

MOUNT OLIVE - Getting the season off to a good start at home while generating momentum was a point of emphasis for Mount Olive this season. The Trojans have done just that. Mount Olive's high-powered offense continues to light...

Mount Olive women win on senior day

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's basketball team sent three seniors out with a smile on Saturday as they blasted Converse College 87-52 in Conference Carolinas play. The game was potentially the final home contest for Helen...

C.B. Aycock falls to Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT -- The record-setting season in Charles B. Aycock boys' basketball history concluded Friday evening. Rocky Mount made sure it happened. Division I signee Tashawn Mabry pumped in a game-high 17 points, leading the Gryphons to a 77-59 victory...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Some teams secure for postseason, others have work left to do to clinch bids

With selection Sunday less than a month away, college basketball's annual buzz word "bubble" is beginning to take center stage while teams squarely in the field of 65 continue to jockey for position. Here are a few things to watch...

Ford drives Chargers into semis

WINSTON-SALEM -- Not done yet. Catherine Ford pumped in 17 points and reigning state champion Wayne Country Day knocked off United Faith Christian 39-29 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A girls' basketball playoffs Thursday evening. The seventh-seeded...

Trojans drop twinbill against Wingate

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Brittany Barrineau cranked out three home runs and once-beaten Wingate University convincingly claimed a non-conference, softball doubleheader sweep over Mount Olive College on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures during the game never rose above 41 degrees...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cougars hammer Wallace-Rose Hill

Trying to run for four quarters against Goldsboro is a bad idea regardless of where the game is being played. Do it inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium, and it can turn into a nightmare. Perennial powerhouse Wallace-Rose Hill attempted to...

Trojans fall to Queens' women

MOC Sports Information CHARLOTTE -- Queens University grabbed a double-digit lead in the early minutes, and rolled past Mount Olive College 72-48 in their Conference Carolinas women's basketball contest Wednesday evening. Senior forward Helen Moore led the Trojans with 15...

MOC rolls past Queens University

MOC Sports Information CHARLOTTE -- Kendrick Easley scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and Mount Olive College dismantled Queens University 90-68 on the Conference Carolinas men's basketball scene Wednesday evening. Easley moved within eight points of...

Local digest

BURGAW -- Princeton stayed close as long as it could against Tri-County 1-A powerhouse Pender on Wednesday night. But in the end the Patriots were simply too much to handle. Pender walked off with a 62-44 victory in the...

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS D.H. Conley 13 11 15 12 -- 51 C.B. Aycock 18 13 16 24 -- 71 D.H. CONLEY (18-9) Francis Paye 2 2 2-3 12, D.J. Weaver 2 1 2-2 9, Keith Clark 0 0 1-2 1, Chris McLawhorn...

C.B. Aycock advances to sectional finals

PIKEVILLE -- All hands on deck. Charles B. Aycock has found different players willing to step up and lead the offense during the first two rounds of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A boys' basketball playoffs. Isaac Ryals and...

Union ends Goldsboro girls' season

Goldsboro's lack of depth in the backcourt finally became too much to overcome. Union's aggressive full-court defense forced 27 turnovers and helped the Spartans earn a 46-42, second-round victory in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A girls' basketball playoffs...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Defending champs survive

A year later the experience Wayne Country Day gained during its run toward a state championship in 2009 is still paying dividends. Wayne Christian cut a 15-point halftime deficit to six, but the battle-tested Chargers hung on for a 53-43...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Cresset Christian 12 15 12 15 -- 54 Wayne Country Day 16 9 16 23 -- 62 CRESSET CHRISTIAN (20-8) Nick Fowler 2 1 0-0 7, Chris Brooks 4 0 3-5 11, Chris Timmons 1 0 0-0 2, Andre...

Nowak shuts down Wingate in 7th

MOC Sports Information WINGATE -- Jeremy Nowak struck out the side with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 9-ranked Mount Olive swept Wingate in a non-conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. In...

Trojans' Moore, Easley, Leeper, Hudson receive notoriety

HIGH POINT -- Four athletes from Mount Olive College -- Helen Moore, Kendrick Easley, Bobby Leeper and Curtis Hudson -- have earned either player- or pitcher-of-the-week accolades in their respective sports. Moore logged the Trojans' first triple-double, and just...

No. Guilford downs Eastern Wayne girls

GREENSBORO -- Six-foot-1 junior forward Samantha Coffer poured in 26 points and led Northern Guilford to an opening-round, 68-40 victory over Eastern Wayne in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A girls' basketball sectional playoffs. Tiarra McIntyre led the...

Chargers rally past Cresset

Wayne Country Day weathered an early storm and raced past Cresset Christian 62-54 in the opening round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A boys' basketball playoffs on Tuesday evening. The Chargers started slow due to some costly turnovers...

ECU's Wooten, Wright each slug homer

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Wayne County natives John Wooten and Zach Wright, and Kyle Roller each clubbed a home run as No. 13-ranked East Carolina dispatched Old Dominion 11-2 on Tuesday afternoon. Wooten's two-strike homer, his third of the...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cougars halt Rocky Mount Prep

Fast and furious. Goldsboro used a swarming full-court press to force turnovers and create transition opportunities in a 61-52 win over Rocky Mount Prep in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state playoffs Monday evening....

C.B. Aycock dominates Nash Central

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock put together its most impressive offensive performance of the season at the perfect time in a 73-53 rout of Nash Central on Monday evening. The Golden Falcons connected on their first seven shots from the...

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS Nash Central 12 11 5 25 -- 53 C.B. Aycock 24 17 17 23 -- 73 NASH CENTRAL (14-11) Dominique Holloway 3 4 0-2 18, Terrance Copeland 1 0 0-0 2, Jalen Hendricks 1 3 3-4 14, Demetry Clark...

Local digest

DURHAM -- Princeton opened the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A boys' basketball playoffs with a 75-65 victory over N.C. School of Science and Math. The Dawgs jumped out to a 23-12 lead after one quarter. Senior point guard...

Fike eliminates Southern Wayne

WILSON -- Same team. Same result. Different leaders. One year ago, Wilson Fike invaded Dudley and Jeremy Atkinson turned in an unforgettable offensive show which helped eliminate Southern Wayne from the postseason. This time, Jerrell Williams and A.J. Hines did...

Goldsboro drops KIPP Pride

Minus their point guard and with their season on the line, Goldsboro's girls grew up on Monday night. The Cougars' held off a late charge from KIPP Pride and picked up a 58-48 win in the first round of the...

Fike too much for C.B. Aycock girls

WILSON -- The expectations came true. Big East runner-up Wilson Fike started hot offensively, controlled the boards and harassed Charles B. Aycock with a stifling man-to-man defense on Harvey Reid Court. The result? Ciara Perry pumped in a game-high 12...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trojan baseball crushes Anderson (S.C.); softball team splits with Francis Marion (S.C.)

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Knox, Daniel Coffey and Bobby Leeper each cranked a home run as No. 16-ranked Mount Olive College dismantled Anderson (S.C.) 12-1 on Sunday afternoon at Scarborough Field. The Trojans (9-0 overall) remained unbeaten...

Pirates' rally falls short

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- No. 2-ranked Virginia held off a late-game charge by No. 11-ranked East Carolina and escaped with a 14-11 victory at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers won the series 2-1. Down...

Spring Creek's Richter has history-making day

Wrestling an opponent for the fourth time this season, Daniel Richter tightened his headgear and told himself to "wrestle your best" as he stepped onto the wrestling mat Saturday evening. Once he shook hands with nemesis Zach Behrend to start...

Chargers' Ford, McCarter, Jones and Perry bring home top awards

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day hauled home quite a load of individual hardware after the season-ending, Coastal Plains Independent 1-A basketball tournaments concluded Saturday evening at Greenfield School. The Chargers' Catherine Ford was named the league's female player of the...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Greenfield jousts WCDS in boys' CPIC tournament final

WILSON -- Sensing his team had one last run left in it, Wayne Country Day head coach Terry Jones reminded his team before the start of the fourth quarter that they weren't done yet. That run never came. Greenfield...

Friday's prep basketball boxes

prep basketball BOYS Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Championship (at Southern Wayne HS) C.B. Aycock 15 16 16 23 -- 70 Southern Wayne 17 14 14 23 -- 68 C.B. AYCOCK (22-3) Isaac Ryals 7 0 7-10 21, Terrance Drakeford...

Limestone provides wake-up call for MOC men's volleyball team

MOUNT OLIVE -- Take a set? In our house? How dare you. Visiting Limestone took the opening set. Mount Olive College definitely answered the wake-up call. Christian Rombaut pounded out a match-high 16 kills and served a career-best seven aces...

Mount Olive crushes Anderson, sweeps baseball twinbill

MOUNT OLIVE -- Business as usual. Mount Olive unleashed a hitting barrage en route to a doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas baseball rival Anderson (S.C.) University on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans claimed the opener 14-5 and rolled 15-0 in the...

Mount Olive basketball teams roll past Lees-McRae

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Holloman celebrated senior night with a career-high 32 points and Mount Olive College cruised past Lees-McRae 86-69 on the Conference Carolinas men's basketball scene Saturday evening. Kendrick Easley pumped in 20 of his...

Golden Falcon boys seize ECC 3-A tournament championship

DUDLEY -- Consider the turnaround complete. Southern Wayne missed a pair of free throws with six seconds left and Charles B. Aycock escaped with a 70-68 win in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball tournament finals Friday evening. It...

Aycock girls upend top-seeded Triton, grab ECC tournament crown

PIKEVILLE -- The story couldn't get much sweeter for Charles B. Aycock and head coach Laura Romo. The Golden Falcons got critical defensive stops down the stretch and knocked off top-seeded Triton 41-35 in the girls' championship game of the...

Wooten homers in first-ever collegiate at-bat for ECU

Goldsboro native John Wooten swatted his first-ever home run in his first-ever collegiate at-bat, and No. 11-ranked East Carolina hammered No. 2-ranked Virginia 6-1 at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wooten finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI for the...

Goldsboro boys capture Carolina 1-A tournament crown

CALYPSO -- Goldsboro didn't need a pep talk before Friday night's Carolina 1-A Conference tournament championship game against Ayden-Grifton. Each player knew exactly what was on the line. The Cougars played with purpose and defeated the Chargers 61-49 for the...

Ayden-Grifton girls stun Goldsboro in conference tournament final

CALYPSO -- Just four days after being beaten soundly in the regular-season finale, Ayden-Grifton bounced back with a stunning 35-29 victory over Goldsboro in the championship game of the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament Friday evening. The Cougars suffered...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Princeton-Ayden-Grifton boxes

2010 Carolina 1-A Conference Tournament Semifinals (at North Duplin HS) BOYS Princeton 11 9 18 17 -- 55 Ayden-Grifton 16 14 14 20 -- 64 PRINCETON (12-12) Benton Myers 2 0 0-0 4, David Gurganus 4 1 2-2 13, T.J....

Handicapped hunter receives SCI award

North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Ed Mays in 2005. Its mission is helping disabled sportsmen participate in outdoor recreation. Since he hunts from a power chair, Mays knows his mission intimately. For his work...

Challenging schedule awaits East Carolina

East Carolina didn't always sail smooth waters at different points last season, but the Pirates did collect some quality booty -- a Conference USA regular-season championship and the Greenville Regional title over nemesis South Carolina. Plundering and pillaging opposing teams...

Local Preps Digest

CALYPSO -- The shots didn't fall. The confidence never surfaced. Sixth-seeded Princeton managed just one field goal in the opening half and dropped a 45-24 decision to Ayden-Grifton in the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament semifinals Thursday evening....

Ayden-Grifton grabs lead, chains up Dawgs

CALYPSO -- The rematch is set. Tevin Peterson led three players in double figures with 16 points, and second-seeded Ayden-Grifton ousted Princeton 64-55 from the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Thursday evening. The Chargers (12-10 overall) face top-seeded Goldsboro,...

Conference tournament column

On occasion common sense has to win out over tradition. This is one of those times. Area high school basketball conference tournaments, and more specifically scheduling decisions, have left me and others dumbfounded this week. The decision to play multiple...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ECC girls final set for Friday

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock picked the right time to play perhaps its best game of the season in a 47-39 upset over second-seeded South Johnston in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament on Wednesday night....

Goldsboro beats Rosewood in girls' semis

CALYPSO -- Part one of week two is done. Senior play-making guard Zeara McDuffie posted a double-double, and top-seeded Goldsboro dispatched Rosewood 56-23 in their semifinal-round, Carolina 1-A Conference tournament contest Wednesday evening. McDuffie pumped in a game-high 13 points...

Trojans hammer Shaw 29-1

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- No. 16-ranked Mount Olive erupted for nine first-inning runs and dismantled in-state rival Shaw University 29-1 at Scarborough Field on a sun-splashed Wednesday afternoon. Jeremy Nowak slugged a two-run home run, Thomas McAlpine collected...

Southern Wayne bests North Lenoir

DUDLEY -- For the second time this season, Southern Wayne got an unlikely scare on its home court from North Lenoir. The Saints escaped each time. Gary Woodard buried a pair of critical free throws in the final seconds and...

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS South Johnston 4 9 14 15 -- 42 C.B. Aycock 13 13 10 17 -- 53 SOUTH JOHNSTON (10-14) Dolton Bledsoe 9 3 1-1 28, Garrett Jackson 0 1 1-2 4, Edgar Herrera 2 0 0-0 4, Tanner Adams...

Goldsboro advances past Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Goldsboro's march into the Carolina 1-A Conference tournament championship didn't come from its starters Wednesday evening. The reserves played the major role. Jarran Reed and Matt Woodard combined for 20 points off the bench, and the top-seeded...

CB Aycock downs South Johnston

PIKEVILLE -- Make Dolton Bledsoe work for everything. Charles B. Aycock chased, pressured and harassed the South Johnston sharp shooter for four quarters on Wednesday night. Bledsoe finished with a game-high 28 points, but it was the Golden Falcons who...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gators pull off first-round upset

PRINCETON -- Play with nothing to lose. Spring Creek exercised that philosophy for four quarters and picked up a 53-43 win over Rosewood in the first round of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament on Tuesday night at Princeton...

Sixth-seeded Dawgs shock third-seeded Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Princeton head coach Marty Gurganus broke his team's season into three parts when the year began. The non-conference schedule, the conference slate and the postseason. The Bulldawgs are undefeated in the latter. Princeton pulled off an improbable...

Local Preps Digest

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Rosewood fended off a late charge by North Duplin and claimed a 58-42 victory in the opening round of the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament on Tuesday evening. The Eagles used a strong post pressence...

Chowan picks up pair of one-run softball victories over winless Mount Olive

MOC Sports Information MURFREESBORO -- Chowan University triumphed in two final at-bats and swept a non-conference doubleheader from Mount Olive College on the softball diamond Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks took the opener 10-9 and claimed the nightcap, 5-4, which called...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Spring Creek 16 9 8 20 -- 53 Rosewood 4 13 8 18 -- 43 SPRING CREEK (8-13) Chavon Green 1 0 0-0 2, Anthony Green 1 0 3-4 5, Melvin DeVeaux 4 0 3-6 11, Dontay Boseman 1...

Princeton boys grind out victory

PRINCETON -- Grind it out. Princeton held off a scrappy North Duplin squad with a workman-like effort, and claimed a 68-50 win in the quarterfinals of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs face second-seeded Ayden-Grifton...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SJ-EW boys game

Maybe David Dewey knew exactly what he was doing. With six minutes left in what could have possibly been his last team's final game, the South Johnston head coach lost his cool and was ejected. The Trojans responded emotionally with...

Tuesday preps

CALYPSO -- Melanique DeVeaux poured in a game-high 23 points as Spring Creek outlasted North Duplin 49-44 in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams Monday evening. DeVeaux shot 7 of 10 from the free throw line,...

MOC-Coker baseball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Knox, Bobby Leeper and Jesse Lancaster each slugged a home run to lead unbeaten and nationally-ranked Mount Olive College to an 18-8 trouncing of Coker (S.C.) College on Monday afternoon. The Trojans, who...

MOC-Pfeiffer men

MOC Sports Information MISENHEIMER -- Derek Staton staged a career performance, Kendrick Easley continued his assault on the Mount Olive College record books and Mike Holloman watched from the bench Monday evening. Staton pumped in a career-best 25 points, including...

PHS-RW boys

PRINCETON -- Jeff Davis had been pleading for someone, anyone to step up and take a charge. Senior T.J. Wilson gave the Princeton head coach his wish when it mattered the most. Wilson drew a critical charge late in overtime...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Ayden-Grifton 18 13 15 22 -- 68 Goldsboro 17 24 15 13 -- 69 AYDEN-GRIFTON (11-10, 7-3) Rondell Bell 1 2 1-2 9, Monte Atkinson 6 0 0-0 12, Will Keys 2 0 0-0 4, Donte Atkinson 1 0...

Goldsboro-AG girls

Brandy Smith insisted she was calm. The intensity on her face said otherwise. Goldsboro waltzed into halftime with a commanding 16-point lead over Ayden-Grifton on Monday evening. When the Chargers shaved that deficit in half early in the third quarter,...

Goldsboro-AG boys

Goldsboro nearly lulled itself to sleep in its own spread offense. But the Cougars woke up at the right time. Corteiz Sprangle's driving layup with 7 seconds left in regulation lifted Goldsboro to a come-from-behind, 69-68 victory over Ayden-Grifton inside...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rosewood -- Final 4

MOUNT GILEAD -- Rosewood penned a new chapter in Wayne County dual-team wrestling history. West Wilkes ruined the storybook ending. The Eagles edged West Montgomery 36-34 to claim the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A eastern regional championship --- the...

MOC-Coker baseball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Knox just missed hitting for the cycle and collected five RBI in Mount Olive's 18-3 pasting of Coker (S.C.) College in the Conference Carolinas opener for both teams Sunday afternoon. Carter Capps and...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Local Preps Digest

DURHAM -- Wayne Christian employed a stingy 2-3 zone defense and never let off the accelerator in a 45-28 victory over Cresset Christian in the opening round of the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament on Friday night....

Prep boxes

Boys Wayne Country Day 13 15 12 20 -- 60 Greenfield School 22 16 22 19 -- 79 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (20-9, 7-1) Reco McCarter 5 0 3-3 13, Rashid Williams 3 0 1-3 7, Tucker Pearson 0 0 1-2...

Greenfield rolls past WCDS boys

WILSON -- Revenge was served really cold. As snow fell outside, Greenfield started red-hot offensively and rolled over Wayne Country Day 79-60 on Friday evening. The long-time archrivals finished tied for the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season title. The...

Guards lead Lady Trojans to victory

MOUNT OLIVE -- This game belonged to the guards. Nearly absent in a road loss at Barton College just two days ago, Mount Olive's backcourt took charge Saturday afternoon. Shequanta McGee and Laporsha Davis collected 17 points apiece in an...

Trojans claim third straight conference title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Three-peat complete. A loss avenged. And a halftime speech that can't be repeated. Mount Olive toiled through a sluggish opening half and achieved one preseason goal Saturday evening. Starters Kendrick Easley and Lamonte Theus scored 14 and...

Carolina 1-A contests moved to Monday

Overnight and early-morning snowfall blanketed eastern North Carolina on Saturday. The N.C. High School Athletic Association is allowing teams to play four games next week. Association rules limit teams to three contests per week, but the state is permitting four...

Taylor, Connolly each place in individual events

CARY -- Charles B. Aycock's Taylor Allen and Bryce Connolly each logged a 14th-place finish in individual competition during the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A swimming championships on Friday. Allen touched the wall in 26.40 seconds in...

Eagles grapple today

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has postponed the Class 1-A dual-team state wrestling championship to today, and the 1-A/2-A swimming and diving championships to Monday. Carolina/4 Rivers champion Rosewood (30-7 overall) travels to West Montgomery (11-8) for the...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Basketball game schedule for tonight changed due to weather

Wayne County athletics officials will allow three county schools -- Goldsboro, Rosewood and Spring Creek -- to conclude regular-season play today in the Carolina 1-A Conference. All junior varsity boys' games have been canceled. The varsity girl's game will tip off...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Southern Wayne 12 10 21 13 -- 56 C.B. Aycock 6 17 19 12 -- 54 SOUTHERN WAYNE (16-8, 8-2) Justin Artis 6 0 3-3 15, Ramsey Turner 0 2 0-0 6, Gary Woodard 3 1 0-0 9, Bernard...

Barton knocks off Moc women

WILSON -- For the second time this season, Barton got the best of Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas womens' basketball action. The Bulldogs earned a 76-65 victory at "The Dog House" on Thursday night and clinched a share of the...

Easley's 3-pointer lifts Mount Olive past Barton

WILSON -- Kendrick Easley did not hit the number of shots on Thursday night that he has become accustomed to during his career at Mount Olive College. The All-American did hit the one that mattered most. The reigning Conference Carolinas...

Rosewood grapplers working toward achieving 2010 goals

Lofty preseason goals undoubtedly kept Rosewood focused throughout its 2009-2010 campaign on the wrestling mat. Concerned at first with his team's expectations, even veteran coach Bill Edmundson dropped into a relaxed mode about a month into the season. "I knew...

North Lenoir boys stay in playoff chase

LaGRANGE -- Surging North Lenoir turned up the defensive intensity, forced crucial turnovers and kept its slim postseason aspirations alive Thursday evening. Trey Harris and Maurice Morgan dominated the glass in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Hawks turned...

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Christian celebrated a long-awaited senior night with an opening-round victory over Trinity-Raleigh in the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Thursday evening. Senior Luke Howell paced the Eagles, seeded No. 5 from the South Division, with 20...

Hobbs successfully defends state 3-A crown

CARY -- Collin Hobbs saved his best dive for last. He didn't need it. The Eastern Wayne junior turned in yet another consistent performance and successfully defended his N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A, 1-meter springboard diving crown at...

Saints splits season series with C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- The sequel just didn't deliver a good game. It produced a classic. Gary Woodard's running jumper in the lane with four seconds left helped Southern Wayne upend No. 5-ranked Charles B. Aycock, 56-54, on Thursday evening. The Saints...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

MOC men, Barton women face high stakes

The rematch is here. The stakes are higher this time. Long-time rivals Mount Olive and Barton square off tonight with shares of Conference Carolinas championships on the line at Wilson Gym. The Trojan men and Bulldog women, each in position...

Leadership needed to keep Trojans on pace in 2010

The pieces were all in place. From the talent on the roster, to the coaching staff and a national championship being contested within driving distance, the table was set for Mount Olive to repeat as national champions a year ago....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Local Preps Digest

GREENVILLE -- Reco McCarter posted a double-double and Wayne Country Day clinched a share of the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season boys' basketball championship on Tuesday evening. McCarter, who signed with Virginia Commonwealth, pumped in 19 points and...

Rosewood wrestling agate

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Dual-Team Playoffs (Dixon HS, Holly Ridge) Rosewood 37 Pamlico 33 Hwt -- Nate Daniels (P) wbf Jacob Guthrie, 4:27; 103 -- Chris Lane (R) wbf Harrison Lee, 0:41; 112 -- Angel Jaramillo...

Goldsboro boys wrap up Carolina 1-A crown

SEVEN SPRINGS -- It may have made fans restless, but it turned out to be a brilliant piece of coaching. Goldsboro executed its spread offense to near perfection while melting valuable time off the clock and walked out of Spring...

Saints roll past rival

DUDLEY -- Sometimes strategy just does not matter. Southern Wayne took advantage of several matchups as Eastern Wayne tried to adjust and the Saints walked away with a 64-49 win on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference scene Tuesday night. The...

Rosewood's Lane grabs two key wins

HOLLY RIDGE -- Cameron Lane posted two crucial individual victories and Rosewood advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern dual-team wrestling championship on Tuesday evening. Lane's third-period pin of 215-pounder Humberto Mendoza secured the Eagles'...

Golden Falcons eliminated

PIKEVILLE -- Success is not final and failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill's famed quote undoubtedly describes Charles B. Aycock's tenuous season on the wrestling mat. The Golden Falcons toiled through injuries,...

CBA wrestling agate

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Dual-Team Playoffs (at C.B. Aycock HS, Pikeville) C.B. Aycock 48 Rocky Mount 19 135 -- Zeb Darden (CBA) dec. Alexander Knight, 9-7; 140 -- Chandler Phillips (RM) dec. Aaron Pate, 8-0; 145...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday preps

Wayne Country Day athletics officials recognized two 1,000-point scorers and captured a non-conference sweep over Upper Room on Monday evening. The Chargers' Reco McCarter surpassed the milestone with a 12-point effort in a 62-61 victory. McCarter capped his double-double...

Dickens signs with Livingstone

After enduring a 1-10 senior season at Eastern Wayne, football standout Azaveous Dickens didn't shy away from a college program that was no stranger to losing. He embraced it. Instead of accepting offers from The Citadel or other more established...

Blue Bears pick up CBA's Pitt, Johnson

PIKEVILLE -- Since his appointment as Livingstone College football coach nearly two months ago, Elvin James has been busy plucking talented players from rural eastern North Carolina schools. His latest stop -- Charles B. Aycock. James signed all-conference performers Tyheim...

Trojans open season with sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne

MOUNT OLIVE -- Another season is off and running. Mount Olive College opened its 2010 campaign with two victories over Lenoir-Rhyne at Scarborough Field on Monday afternoon. The Trojans claimed the first game of the doubleheader 13-1 and followed with...

MOC picks up defensive intensity

MOUNT OLIVE -- Listless and lacking emotion, Mount Olive trudged into the locker room with a one-point, halftime advantage Monday evening. Mike Holloman provided the Trojans' second-half spark. The senior guard tallied 17 of his 21 points in the second...

Vanderhorst buries some big outside shots

MOUNT OLIVE -- Play through it. Mount Olive failed to convert 12 consecutive possessions of the opening half and went nearly four minutes before putting anything on the scoreboard Monday evening. Helen Moore stopped the drought with a layup off...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rosewood soars past opposition

PRINCETON -- Total domination. The Rosewood wrestling team emerged victorious in just five weight classes, but convincingly claimed the 2010 Carolina/Four Rivers 1-A Conference tournament championship contested Saturday at Princeton High School. The Eagles, who had 10 all-conference performers and...

Local Preps Digest

Kaitlyn Kosuda's putback with 15 seconds left lifted Wayne Christian's girls past Carolina Christian 1-A Conference rival Cresset Christian 48-45 on Saturday. Hanna Kaler led the Eagles with 20 points, 20 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Kaitlyn Kosuda...

E. Wayne, So. Wayne grapplers surprise coaches

PIKEVILLE -- Surprise. Surprise. And more surprise. County foes Eastern Wayne and Southern Wayne, which each struggled on the dual-team scene this season, had memorable performances during Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling tournament on Saturday. The Warriors and Saints combined...

CBA takes ECC wrestling tournament

PIKEVILLE -- The depth paid off for Charles B. Aycock. The only team to put a full squad on the wrestling mats, the Golden Falcons collected critical points and reclaimed a championship it dearly missed a year ago. Just three...

Allen captures bronze

The adrenaline flowed through her veins as Charles B. Aycock standout Taylor Allen churned through the clear blue water Sunday afternoon. Would those extra-morning hours of building stamina pay off? Yes ... indeed. Allen captured the bronze medal in the...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Local digest

FOUR OAKS -- Southern Wayne escaped with a 62-59 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe South Johnston on Friday night. Justin Artis paced the Saints with 21 points. Bernard Gross supplied 13 points and Rashadd Hill added eight...

Rosewood earns critical win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Four solid quarters. That is what Rosewood head coach Daniel Mitchell wanted his team to give him in a critical Carolina 1-A Conference game on Friday night at Spring Creek. The Eagles' leader got his wish....

Prep basketball boxscores

BOYS C.B. Aycock 14 17 16 12 -- 59 Eastern Wayne 13 7 9 21 -- 50 C.B. AYCOCK (19-2, 7-1) Isaac Ryals 2 0 7-9 11, Terrance Drakeford 0 1 0-0 3, Earl Vann 0 0 0-2 0, Brandon...

Goldsboro tops Princeton

PRINCETON -- Patrick Reynell was just a tad worried. He hadn't forgotten the offensive clinic Princeton put on during their first meeting at Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium less than three weeks ago. And the Dawgs' recent slide in Carolina 1-A...

CB Aycock bests Eastern Wayne

Senior-laden and battled-tested, Charles B. Aycock didn't falter as its lead started to evaporate in the midst of a hostile environment. The Golden Falcons demonstrated composure while Eastern Wayne attempted a furious comeback in a 59-50 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rosewood-NCSSM wrestling agate

Rosewood 64 NCSSM 15 103 -- Chris Lane (R) wbf David Rice, 1:23; 112 -- Angel Jaramillo (R) by forfeit; 119 -- Nick Quillen (R) wbf Isaac Loh, 0:45; 125 -- Zach Behrend (R) by forfeit; 130 -- Will Sawrey...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Triton 15 12 17 14 -- 58 Eastern Wayne 15 18 14 14 -- 61 TRITON (9-12, 2-5) David Gethers 5 1 0-0 13, Antwan Johnson 0 3 3-4 12, Lamar McDouglad 8 1 1-4 20, Ellis Halls 2...

Lancaster: Finding pitching rotation major concern in 2010

MOUNT OLIVE -- The key to Mount Olive's success on the baseball diamond this season may sound cliché, but it's also the truth. Pitching. Pitching. More pitching. The Trojans' returning pitching staff combined to work roughly 100 innings last spring,...

Trojans sweep Pfeiffer in historic home match

MOUNT OLIVE -- Even fourth-year starters get the jitters. Especially when a season-opening match has more meaning. Noel Garcia pounded out a match-high 18 kills and Mount Olive College claimed a historic 30-24, 30-23, 31-29 victory over Pfeiffer University on...

Eastern Wayne boys slip past Triton

There's a reason not much seems to rattle Eastern Wayne these days. They've been through the fires and lived to tell about it. The Warriors watched a 14-point lead shrink to one, but hung on for a 61-58 victory over...

Local Preps Digest

PRINCETON -- North Duplin battled back from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit and defeated Princeton 52-50 for its first win of the season Thursday evening. The Rebels hadn't won a Carolina 1-A Conference game since the final-regular season contest of...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday preps

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek made a statement within Carolina 1-A Conference play on Wednesday evening. Jon Midgette led five Gators in double figures with 24 points in a 68-65 victory over Princeton. After an 0-4 start in league...

MOC-Belmont Abbey

MOC Sports Information BELMONT -- Kendrick Easley's tip-in in the final 74 seconds preserved Mount Olive's 70-65 victory over in-state rival Belmont Abbey on the Conference Carolinas men's basketball scene Wednesday evening. Easley and Craig Hayes tallied 16 points apiece...

MOC 2010 softball preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- So much for playing the role of underdog. With three successful seasons in the rear view mirror and a roster stocked with young and talented players, the Mount Olive College softball team will not be sneaking up...

NL-CBA boys

PIKEVILLE -- All it took was a little discussion. After three quarters of offensive prowess by both teams, Charles B. Aycock turned up the defense and claimed a 77-65 victory over North Lenoir on Wednesday evening. The state-ranked Golden Falcons...

RW-AG boys

The final score didn't tell the whole story. Rosewood's turnover total certainly did. The Eagles gave the ball away 35 times and could never mount a comeback in a 68-54 loss to Carolina 1-A Conference opponent Ayden-Grifton on Wednesday evening....

CBA-SW wrestling

DUDLEY -- "We can do it." Charles B. Aycock certainly did. Focused on a season-long goal, the Golden Falcons reclaimed the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference dual-team wrestling championship with a 63-12 conquest of county rival Southern Wayne on Wednesday evening....

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Conquerors grab win

Faith Christian's boys defeated visiting Berean Christian 61-52 on Tuesday night. David Sladick scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Conquerors. Drew Floars chipped in 13 points, while Chris Powell had 12 points. Silas Denlinger provided...

Future, past stars come out

Stories were swapped. Memories were shared. And hardware was handed out. The fourth annual Wayne County Hot Stove banquet played to a crowd of approximately 130 people at Lane Tree Golf Club on Tuesday night and all in attendance left...

Similar in make up, Trojans should do well

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College men's and women's tennis teams should be able to sustain the momentum generated by their respective late-season runs a year ago. Four starters return for each squad. Each team has a strong candidate...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Several games being moved due to weather

The closure of Wayne County Schools on Tuesday has forced athletics directors into searching for open dates to complete regular-season play in winter sports competition. Charles B. Aycock's trip to South Johnston has been moved to Thursday. The Golden...

Mount Olive takes defeat

MOUNT OLIVE -- After three consecutive victories, Mount Olive head coach Wendy Lee hoped that her team was hitting its stride. Limestone tripped up the Trojans on Monday night. Maria Young scored 23 points and pulled down six rebounds as...

MOC men top Limestone

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hard-pressed to get a defensive stop all night, Mount Olive finally came up with one when it needed it most. The Trojans played solid defense at the end of the game and escaped with an 87-84 win...