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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Prep baseball boxes

Eastern Wayne 030 020 0 -- 5 4 1 C.B. Aycock 111 003 x -- 6 12 0 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Colton Fulghum 1-4, 2B; Robert Faucette 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Michael Fields 1-2; Cambric Moye 1-2....

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Christian strolled past county archrival Wayne Country Day 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Wayne Community College. Taylor Gray, Christopher Easom, Woody Sasser, Kenneth Giordano and Matthew Thompson were all winners in singles play for the Eagles. The tandems of...

Wachovia Cup: Aycock grabs slim one-point lead in ECC; Princeton is top Dawg

CHAPEL HILL -- Charles B. Aycock has taken a slim one-point lead in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Wachovia Conference Cup race after a tremendous winter sports season. The Golden Falcons won their first regular-season championship in men's basketball since...

Woodard finishes eight in tourney

MOC Sports Information CHARLOTTE -- Princeton High alum Scott Woodard tied for eighth out of 45 golfers as Mount Olive finished sixth out of nine teams at the J. Ralph Hargett Invitational hosted by Wingate University. Woodard followed a first-round...

Hollowell's homer caps Aycock rally

PIKEVILLE -- County baseball archrivals Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne traded big hits throughout their Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference affair Tuesday afternoon. Adron Hollowell saved the biggest hit for last. Haunted by a change-up that resulted in two strikeouts...

East Carolina's Woods shuts out Elon

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Junior Zach Woods logged a career-best 15 strikeouts and Zach Wright smacked his third grand slam in the last five games, leading No. 23-ranked East Carolina to an 8-0 shutout over in-state rival Elon University...

No. 5-ranked Trojans split twinbill with Francis Marion

FMU Sports Information FLORENCE, S.C. -- Senior right-hander Barrett Kleinknecht moved from shortstop to the mound and tossed a complete-game, three-hitter as No. 14-ranked Francis Marion shut out No. 5-ranked Mount Olive 4-0 in the second game of a baseball...

Dean's speed too much for Golden Falcons' 'D'

PIKEVILLE -- Warning your players about Brandi Dean's speed is one thing. Simulating that speed in practice and slowing down Dean on the field are completely different. Dean scored all three goals in Eastern Wayne's 3-1 win at Eastern Carolina...

Gators post league shutout

SEVEN SPRINGS -- A slow start, but a fast finish led to Spring Creek's 7-0 victory over Carolina 1-A Conference rival Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday night in "The Swamp." Neither generated any offense during the first three innings. The Chargers stranded...

Pittman tosses no-hitter

PIKEVILLE -- Coming off an uncharacteristic early-season loss in conference play, Charles B. Aycock found its redemption Tuesday afternoon. Particularly pitcher Autumn Pittman. A hard-luck loser in muddy, rain conditions just four days ago in the circle, Pittman threw...

Monday, March 29, 2010

MOC-Belmont

MOUNT OLIVE -- Katie Devenuto's bases-loaded, RBI single capped a third-inning outburst and Mount Olive rallied past Belmont Abbey 8-6 in the opener of their Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders claimed the nightcap, 7-3. The Trojans...

ECU

GREENVILLE -- Trent Whitehead collected a career-best five hits, while Devin Harris and Zach Wright hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season as No. 25-ranked East Carolina dismantled N.C. Central 20-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates...

MOC-Abbey

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeremy Nowak extended his hitting streak to 34 games, but Conference Carolinas baseball rival Belmont Abbey pushed across four unearned runs in the sixth inning and upset No. 4-ranked Mount Olive College 7-3 on Sunday afternoon....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Local Preps Digest

AYDEN -- Rosewood invoked the mercy-rule in the sixth inning of its 11-1 win over Carolina 1-A Conference rival Ayden-Grifton on Friday night. Matt Neal earned the victory on the pitcher's mound. Neal tossed a complete game, allowed three...

Chargers boot Patriots in OT

Battling gusting winds and chilly temperatures as much as it did its opponent, Wayne Country Day simply found a way to win. Catherine Ford scored off an assist from Sarah Best in stoppage time during the second overtime period, and...

MOC volleyball is league champion

MOUNT OLIVE -- What a perfect senior night gift. And now it's time to make room for another championship banner in the rafters at Kornegay Arena. Mount Olive College seized the inaugural Conference Carolinas regular-season men's volleyball crown with...

Southern Wayne rallies in seventh inning

LaGRANGE -- Southern Wayne overcame an emotional night at North Lenoir and rallied for a 3-2 victory on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene Friday evening. The Saints got a gutsy pitching performance from freshman Will Raynor who did...

Rose returns to Walnut Creek

Goldsboro native Clarence Rose will continue his golf career at Walnut Creek Country Club. Rose will bring his years of training and experience in his return to his home course on April 1 as the new head golf professional. In...

Mount Olive takes two from Abbey

MOUNT OLIVE -- The last two Division-II college World Series entrants from the Southeast Region met for a double header at Scarborough Field on Saturday. Mount Olive took both games from Belmont Abbey. The Trojans won the first contest...

Golden Falcon offense erupts in final 4 innings

FOUR OAKS -- State-ranked Charles B. Aycock was opportunistic on an afternoon when hits were a rare commodity Friday afternoon. The Golden Falcons capitalized on eight walks and three errors in a 7-3 victory over South Johnston, and remained tied...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Marsh: Snakes not as scary when seen in captivity

While many people have a fear of snakes, Morgan Wilson of Hampstead showed little hesitation as she reached out to touch a northern pine snake with her fingertip. The 6-foot snake was strikingly handsome, marked with contrasting bars and diamonds...

Prep baseball boxes

Triton 100 000 0 -- 1 3 1 Eastern Wayne 016 003 x -- 10 8 1 Leading hitters -- Triton -- Nick Glover 2-3, RBI; Cody Sorrell 1-1. Eastern Wayne -- Colton Fulghum 1-4; Zach Mozingo 2-3, 2 RBI;...

Gators use speed to beat Bulldawgs

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek traded out its baseball cleats for track shoes and raced past Princeton 16-4 in the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball opener for both teams Thursday evening. The Gators stole 10 bases on the night and took every...

Pembroke sweeps Trojans

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Caroline Newman induced a game-ending flyout with the bases juiced, and UNC Pembroke escaped Mount Olive College, 11-9, in eight innings during game one of their softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon. The Braves took the...

Daivs' surgery give new perspective about life

Garrett Davis wondered if he would ever feel like the same pitcher again. The Charles B. Aycock alum underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2008 during his freshman season at North Carolina. Davis red-shirted that spring and pitched just...

Bluefin ban halted at conference

A potential ban on the international trade of bluefin tuna was voted down this week during the United Nations conference on endangered species. Several conservation groups have shown their displeasure with the decision. One exception being the Recreational Fishing...

Local Preps Digest

WARSAW -- James Kenan scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and defeated Tri-County 1-A foe Lakewood 8-1 on Thursday. Tigers' starting pitcher Ricky Langston allowed one unearned run on just two hits. He recorded 10...

Beachem shuts down Triton bats

Zach Beachem did his job. His teammates gave him the help. Beachem tossed a three-hitter and Eastern Wayne benefited from Triton's third-inning graciousness in a 10-1 victory at Warrior Field on Thursday evening. The Warriors (4-6 overall) seized their third...

Warriors upend Saints

DUDLEY -- The next-to-last unbeaten team on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' tennis scene tumbled on a windy, overcast Thursday afternoon. Eastern Wayne dealt county rival Southern Wayne a 9-0 loss, bumping the Saints out of the league's top...

EW-So. Wayne tennis box

Eastern Wayne 9 Southern Wayne 0 Singles: No. 1 Chaz Fitzpatrick (EW) d. Benny Segura 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Russell Turner (EW) d. Kobi Hood 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 Aaron Dunmire (EW) d. Cameron Thames 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 Mike...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Local digest

CALYPSO -- Larry White threw a no-hitter and unbeaten North Duplin sailed past Lakewood 12-0 on Wednesday afternoon. White recorded five strikeouts in the mercy rule-shortened contest. Ryan Wolfe paced the North Duplin offense with two doubles. Mithell Thigpen...

Sasser-Price reunited at NC State

Friendship is bigger than baseball for Grant Sasser and Brandon Price, who starred together at Charles B. Aycock High School. The duo has been reunited this spring in the dugout at North Carolina State, and by all accounts, the relationship...

Opinion: Sweet 16 has plenty of storylines

The first two rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament have provided unlikely upsets, thrilling finishes and if you're anything like me, brackets worthy of being thrown into the fireplace. The Sweet 16 and the final three rounds of the...

Eastern Wayne holds off Northern Nash

The Warriors claimed the rematch. Jose Ponce scored the game-winning run in a wild finish and Eastern Wayne claimed a 6-5, eight-inning victory over Northern Nash on Wednesday evening. Less than one year ago, the teams met for the...

Trojans fall to Armstrong Atlantic

MOUNT OLIVE -- There would be no comeback this time. A day after rallying from seven runs down, Mount Olive fell short in a 15-12 loss to Southeast Region foe Armstrong Atlantic State at Scarborough Field on Wednesday afternoon. The...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mozingo sparks Warriors

Zack Mozingo turned in his best pitching performance of the season as Eastern Wayne held off South Johnston 1-0 in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball opener for both squads on Tuesday. Mozingo scattered three hits over seven innings to...

Local Preps Digest

LaGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock began its Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball campaign with an 11-3 win at North Lenoir on Tuesday afternoon. Adron Hollowell was 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and a three-run home...

Saints falter in seventh

DUDLEY -- Will Broadwell didn't just deserve a better result. He earned it. Broadwell pitched six solid innings, but was a tough-luck loser as Triton pushed across four seventh-inning runs in a 4-0 win at Southern Wayne on Tuesday night....

Minshew's grand slam sparks Trojans in game 2

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kelly Minshew's fifth-inning grand slam powered Mount Olive College past West Virginia State 7-4 in the nightcap of a non-conference, softball doubleheader at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field. WVSU won the opener, 8-0. Trailing 4-1...

Trojan offense comes alive in late innings vs. AASU

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The streak continues. Jeremy Nowak extended his school-record hitting barrage to 30 consecutive games and Mike Knox collected his nation-leading 19th home run in Mount Olive's 16-13 conquest of Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University...

Prep baseball boxscores

South Johnston 000 000 0 -- 0 3 2 Eastern Wayne 000 010 X -- 1 2 2 Leading hitters -- South Johnston -- Jesse Holmes 1-1; Dillon Bass 1-3; Winfield Chamberlain 1-3. Eastern Wayne -- Hunter Newsome 1-1, RBI;...

Wayne County's Wooten, Wright finding their niche with nationally-ranked ECU

John Wooten's adjustment to college baseball took all of one game watching from the dugout. In just his second collegiate contest and first at-bat, Wooten belted a two-run homer against then No. 2-ranked Virginia. Wooten eventually homered in the first...

Pirates edge High Point U

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Kyle Roller's eighth-inning, two-RBI double down the right field line propelled No. 25-ranked East Carolina past in-state foe High Point University 7-5 on Tuesday evening. Trent Whitehead started the Pirates' eighth with a one-out walk....

CBA-EW tennis box

C.B. Aycock 6 Eastern Wayne 3 Singles: No. 1 Blake Vail (CBA) d. Chaz Fitzpatrick 6-4, 7-6 (5); No. 2 Russell Turner (EW) d. Addison Westbrook 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Will Hoff (CBA) d. Aaron Dunmire 6-2, 6-4; No. 4...

C.B. Aycock seizes sole possession of ECC race

PIKEVILLE -- County tennis archrivals Charles B. Aycock and state-ranked Eastern Wayne staged another classic duel Tuesday afternoon. And not surprisingly, it could have gone either way. The Golden Falcons owned a two-point advantage after singles play, won two doubles...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wayne Christian handles Wayne Country Day

Aggressive and eager to snap a two-game skid, Wayne Christian benefited from uncharacteristic Wayne Country Day errors on a chilly Monday afternoon. The Eagles parlayed eight errors into numerous unearned runs and rolled to a 13-3, non-conference victory. It was...

Local digest

Wayne Christian settled down early in singles play, and claimed a 9-0, non-conference decision over Wayne Country Day on Monday afternoon. Taylor Grey, Christopher Easom, Daniel Glover, Woody Sasser, Kenneth Giordano and Matthew Thompson each recorded a singles point...

Prep baseball boxscores

Princeton 001 00 -- 1 4 2 C.B. Aycock 125 12 -- 11 13 2 Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Patrick Jacobs 1-3; Tyler Daniels 1-3; Benton Myers 1-3, RBI; Austin Hinton 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 2-3, 2...

Easley to play in All-Star game

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley continues to rack up postseason recognition. The Mount Olive College senior guard has been tabbed as a first-team All-American on the State Farm NABC Division II men's basketball squad. He has also...

Warriors shut out Trojans

South Johnston stayed in the game for one half Monday night. Eastern Wayne pulled away for a 5-0 victory after intermission in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' soccer opener for both squads at Little Big Horn. Early in the...

Golden Falons tame Bulldawgs

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock passed its final tune-up with flying colors before Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play starts today. The Golden Falcons pounded out 13 hits in support of starting pitcher Jordan Quinn in an 11-1, non-conference win over...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Harrington has career day for ECU

GREENVILLE -- Junior Dustin Harrington batted a career-best 6-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI, leading No. 16-ranked East Carolina to a 16-2 shellacking of Monmouth on Sunday afternoon. On an overcast day, the Pirates' offensive and pitching...

Knights embarrass Trojans, 20-8

LAURINBURG -- St. Andrews did it again. The Knights erupted for nine runs during the first two innings, and handed No. 2 -ranked Mount Olive College an embarrassing 20-8 defeat on the Conference Carolinas baseball scene Sunday afternoon. St....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Williams: Former Wayne Country Day headmaster inducted into NCISAA Hall of Fame

Modest beginnings led to a humbling -- and well-deserved -- honor for former Wayne Country Day headmaster James E. Williams. One of three pioneers of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association in the early 1970s, Williams was part of the...

All-Area: Eastern Wayne's McIntyre is girls' player of the year

The center of attention for three years as the primary ball handler for Eastern Wayne's girls' basketball team, Tiarra McIntyre learned how to take over a game. During her senior season, the multi-talented scorer learned how to dominate without controlling...

Benton: Pitt CC is perfect fit

Torie Benton's search ended quickly. Eager to continue her softball career on the collegiate level, but also seeking a small-school atmosphere, Benton found the perfect fit -- Pitt Community College. The Rosewood High senior signed to play the next two...

Wayne Christian's McCollum tosses no-hitter, fans 9 Faith-RM batters

Rachel McCollum recorded a no-hitter as Wayne Christian hammered Faith Christian-Rocky Mount, 16-0, on Friday afternoon. McCollum recorded nine strikeouts in the mercy-rule contest, which ended after 41/2 innings. McCollum added two hits offensively for the Eagles, who pounded...

Southern Wayne knocks Spring Creek in 6 innings

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Coming off back-to-back losses to Wilmington Hoggard earlier in the week, Southern Wayne found its swagger again Friday afternoon county rival Spring Creek. The Saints rolled over the Gators 11-1 in six innings. Playing without head coach...

All-Area: Brewington is News-Argus boys' player of the year

Once the initial sting wears off broken trust can be incredibly motivating. Just ask RaSean Brewington. Feeling betrayed by a pair of coaches that walked away after each spending just a year at Goldsboro High School, Brewington wondered and often...

All-Area: Reynell is News-Argus boys' coach of the year

The sign outside Goldsboro High School told the whole story. Four days after its boys' basketball team came up short in its quest for a state championship, the school's marquee was still proudly advertising the Cougars' 1-A title showdown with...

MOC men fend off match points, turn back Lees-McRae

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive College thwarted three match points and claimed sole possession of the Conference Carolinas men's volleyball race with a 26-30, 27-30, 33-31, 30-25, 15-10 triumph over in-state archrival Lees-McRae College. Alex Hoekstra dished...

Trojans split baseball twinbill with St. Andrews

MOC Sports Information LAURINBURG -- Cellar-dwelling St. Andrews stunned No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College in extra innings during their opening game Saturday afternoon. The Knights knocked off the Trojans 11-10 in 10 innings, giving them just their fifth victory of...

Princeton's Jacobs, Williamson commit to Division III schools

PRINCETON -- Two long-time friends realized a dream together on Friday morning. Matt Williamson and Patrick Jacobs both declared their intentions to play college football during a ceremony at the high school that included both players' families and several proud...

Eastern Wayne lacrosse team continues learning curve

Another learning experience. A team that continues to make strides during its inaugural varsity campaign, the Eastern Wayne girls' lacrosse squad suffered a 17-1 loss to Wilmington Hoggard at Little Big Horn on Friday afternoon. Senior Erin Fowler logged a...

Warrior baseball team continues to search for identity

With the start of Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play right around the corner, Eastern Wayne is desperately searching for some answers.. The Warriors' early-season struggles continued with a 14-9, non-conference loss to Wilson Hunt on Saturday afternoon in New Hope....

All-Area: Perry is News-Argus girls' coach of the year

As world famous football coach Bill Parcells once said, "You are what your record says you are." Eric Perry is a winner. The third-year head coach at Wayne Country Day has compiled a 63-21 record over the past three seasons...

Wright homers twice, ECU evens series with Monmouth

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Sophomore Zach Wright belted a pair of home runs and drove in a career-best four RBI to lead 16th-ranked East Carolina to a 11-4 win over Monmouth University on Saturday afternoon. Wright and freshman John...

Aycock's DuBose no-hits Rosewood

Watching his teammates light up the scoreboard offensively, Eric DuBose wasn't about to be outdone. The Charles B. Aycock left-hander tossed a no-hitter and the Golden Falcons cruised past Rosewood 10-0 in five innings on Friday afternoon. DuBose set the...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Knox, Hayduk, Westbrook belt HRs

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Welcome back, Trojans. Less than 24 hours after playing a not-so-stellar contest against Fairmont State, No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College pounded out a 23-2, non-conference baseball victory Thursday afternoon. Mike Knox swatted his team-leading...

MOC men claim two road wins

MOC Sports Information HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Jarvis Karchewski and Sean Moye each served a career-best seven aces, sparking Mount Olive to a 30-17, 30-17, 30-19 conquest of Washington Adventist during the Eastern Mennonite University tri-match Thursday evening. Christiaan Rombaut, the...

prep boxscores

Northern Nash 000 10 -- 1 8 3 C.B. Aycock 902 1X -- 12 9 0 Leading hitters -- Northern Nash -- Jeremy Lucas 3-3, RBI; Grant Stallings 1-1; Brandon Denton 1-1; Hunter Watson 1-3; David Williams 1-2; Garth Daniel...

Learning curve continues for youthful Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne took another step along a steep learning curve with a 10-0, non-conference loss to North Johnston on Thursday afternoon. The Saints tallied only one hit, but survived to go the distance over the course of seven...

State-ranked Chargers roll past Waccamaw

This one ended quickly. State-ranked Wayne Country Day erupted for three goals in the first nine minutes and cruised past Waccamaw Academy, 7-2, on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon. Five players notched at least one goal apiece for the Chargers, who...

Golden Falcons throttle Knights

PIKEVILLE -- Two down and one to go. Playing the second of three games in three days, Charles B. Aycock took another step toward completing an early-season test. The Golden Falcons erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the...

Local Preps Digest

Stoan Stewart's two-run single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted Wayne Country Day to a 10-9 comeback win over visiting Waccamaw Academy on Thursday afternoon. Chargers' hurler Cameron Ford (2-0) struck out the side...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday preps

CALYPSO -- North Duplin continued its red-hot start to the varsity baseball season with a 10-5, non-conference victory over Duplin County rival James Kenan on Wednesday. James Kornegay powered the Rebels' offense with three hits, including a double, and...

CBA-RW

PIKEVILLE -- Elvia Rodriguez scored twice in the first 14 minutes and Charles B. Aycock rolled to a 4-0, non-conference win over Rosewood on Wednesday afternoon. Rodriguez got Aycock on the board two minutes into the game. The senior scored...

ECU-High Point

ECU Sports Information HIGH POINT -- Zach Wright homered and John Wooten recorded a career-high four hits in East Carolina's 13-12, non-conference loss against in-state rival High Point University on Wednesday evening. Wright's two-run homer put the No. 16-ranked Pirates...

MOC vs. Shepherd-Fairmont

MOUNT OLIVE -- Some things just aren't printable. Clinging to a one-run lead against a one-win team, Mount Olive players huddled outside their dugout before their sixth at-bat against Fairmont State on Wednesday evening. The players nodded their heads as...

MOC-St. Andrews softball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Four Mount Olive College pitchers combined for two one-hitters in a doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas softball rival St. Andrews at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field on Wednesday evening. Freshman right-hander Lauren Darden carried a...

NCAA tournament column

Each March an underdog steps into college basketball's spotlight and captures the heart of America with a captivating run in the NCAA tournament. That is, of course, unless that underdog happens to knock off your favorite team along the way....

CBA - GC baseball

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock woke up the bats just time to notch an 8-3, come-from-behind victory over Greene Central on Tuesday night. The Golden Falcons fell behind in the first inning when Wes Sowers belted a two-run home run...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Local Preps Digest

Wayne Country Day swept a doubleheader from visiting Flora MacDonald Academy 13-0 and 10-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Cole Davis finished the day with three hits and two RBI. Cameron Ford provided a home run and four RBI. Dare Uzzell...

Hoggard offense explodes final two innings

DUDLEY -- Wilmington Hoggard scored seven runs in the final two innings, and handed Southern Wayne a 10-2 loss Tuesday evening at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. The Vikings made the most of their 10 hits and never missed an...

ECU knocks off Gardner-Webb

Clutch and composed at the plate in late-game situations a year ago, Eastern Wayne is anything but that right now. J.H. Rose scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and held on for a 4-2, non-conference victory Tuesday...

ECU starts 2010 football season against Tulsa

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- The Ruffin McNeill era at East Carolina officially begins Sept. 5 before a nationally-televised audience when Conference USA foe Tulsa pays a visit to newly-expanded Dowdy Ficklen Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m. on ESPN. The...

Prep baseball boxes

Hoggard 002 013 4 -- 10 10 3 So. Wayne 000 020 0 -- 2 3 3 Leading hitters -- Hoggard -- Billy Vaughn 3-4, HR, RBI; Mitch Callahan 2-4, RBI; Scott Coleman 2-2, 2 RBI; Jeff Bouton 1-3, 2B;...

Rose deals E. Wayne extra-inning defeat

Clutch and composed at the plate in late-game situations a year ago, Eastern Wayne is anything but that right now. J.H. Rose scored twice in the top of the eighth inning and held on for a 4-2, non-conference victory Tuesday...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Young Gators hit way past Wayne Christian

With every run youth-laden Spring Creek scores it continues to grow in confidence. The Gators jumped on Wayne Christian early and rolled to a 13-1, non-conference road win in five innings on Monday afternoon. Duane Gurganus' two-run double in the...

Spring Creek-Wayne Christian baseball box

Spring Creek 230 44 -- 13 12 3 Wayne Christian 001 00 -- 1 2 1 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Hunter Barnett 3-4, 4 RBI; Dontay Boseman 2-4, 3 RBI; Duane Gurganus 2-4, 2 RBI; Chris Nichols 1-3;...

Wayne Christian netters topple Trinity-Raleigh

RALEIGH -- Wayne Christian swept through singles play en route to a 9-0 win over Carolina Christian 1-A foe Trinity of Raleigh on Monday afternoon. Taylor Gray led the Eagles with a decisive win at No. 1 singles. Christopher...

ECC 3-A golf meet results

Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference at Southern Wayne CC Monday Kyle Best (SW) -- 78 Tyler Bass (TR) -- 81 Matthew Ammons (TR) -- 81 Taylor Thornton (SJ) -- 81 Jeremy McLamb (SJ) -- 82 Caleb Jones (EW) -- 83 Chris...

No. 2-ranked Mount Olive slugs 5 HRs against Barton, sweeps 3-game series

MOUNT OLIVE -- Once the hit parade started, Barton's chances of salvaging a victory in its three-game series against No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College quickly disappeared Tuesday afternoon. Five Trojans belted home runs in an 18-1 shellacking of the Bulldogs...

Trojan softball team splits with Catawba

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Erika Taylor provided the big hit and relief pitcher Sarah Saunders escaped seventh-inning trouble, helping the Mount Olive College softball team claim a 6-2 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Catawba...

County players named to NCBCA All-District 3 teams

Five Wayne County players have earned spots on the 2009-10 N.C. Basketball Coaches Association All-District 3 team in boys' and girls' play this season. Goldsboro senior RaSean Brewington was named a second-team selection, while Charles B. Aycock's Issac Ryals and...

Southern Wayne linksters 2nd in first ECC golf meet of season

DUDLEY -- Looking completely comfortable in new surroundings, Triton claimed the opening Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' golf match on Monday after at Southern Wayne Country Club. The Hawks' first foray into ECC play was marked by consistent scoring up...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday preps

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day captured an 8-1, season-opening win over Shannon Forest (S.C.) in five innings on Saturday afternoon at historic Fleming Stadium. Cole Davis started the game on the pitcher's mound and lasted four innings. Davis allowed...

MOC-Barton baseball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Sean Lydon and Carter Capps each tossed a complete game, and No. 2-ranked Mount Olive swept archrival Barton College in a Conference Carolinas baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon. Lydon retired nine of the first 11 batters he...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rosewood's Conger finishes with bronze medal

The slight bobbles didn't break her concentration. Focused, poised and aware of that all-important consistent movement on the balance beam, Sarah Conger completed her routine and stuck her landing. Taking a deep breath, Conger headed toward her coach and...

Montevallo upsets Mount Olive

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Mount Olive cut a 16-point second-half deficit down to three, but the rally came up short as the second-seeded Trojans fell to No. 7 seed Montevallo 84-70 in the first round of the Southeast Regional in the...

South Johnston drops Princeton

PRINCETON -- With eight seniors returning to a team that had high hopes this season, this isn't the start Bruce Proctor had in mind. The Princeton head coach watched his team suffer a lopsided loss to South Johnston for the...

Local digest

WILMINGTON -- Eastern Wayne allowed eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 10-0 loss at New hanover High School on Saturday afternoon. Logan Wicks started the game on the pitcher's mound and allowed two...

Cougars fall in state title game

CHAPEL HILL -- Goldsboro threw the first haymaker. Senior guard Rasean Brewington scorched the nets for 16 points as Goldsboro built a 10-point lead over Monroe after eight minutes of action Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks answered with a roundhouse that...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Trojans' 'Super Six' has produced all season

MOUNT OLIVE -- There has already been a "Fab Five." So, Mount Olive will have to lay claim to the "Super Six" moniker. The Trojans' starting five and top reserve have built a strong reputation across both Conference Carolinas and...

Pepperdine eases past East Carolina

ECU Sports Information MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine sophomore Cole Cook tossed his first complete game to lead Pepperdine to a 5-3 win over 10th-ranked East Carolina at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Cook (1-2) fanned eight batters and...

Stevens: Cougars believed in themselves

Move over Hoosiers, here comes Goldsboro High School. Guided by their fourth head coach in as many years, the Cougars have written a script not even a Hollywood screenwriter could compose. Three years ago, Randy Jordan stepped down after leading...

Leadership key to the Cougars' run

The shots clanged off the iron. The frustration swelled. Devonte White walked up to his teammate, pulled him aside and quietly spoke a few words. A slight nod ensured the message had been received as play resumed. "It's important to...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reynell's arrival at Goldsboro

When is the revolving door going to stop? What have we done wrong? Impressionable and heart-broken, players in the Goldsboro High varsity boys' basketball program asked those questions within themselves each of the past three years when their coach left...

Miskdeen, Gabriel add knowledge

MOUNT OLIVE -- The best assistant coaches on the basketball landscape are the ones who are rarely noticed, but develop championship caliber talent. Mount Olive's Eric Gabriel and Akeem Miskdeen certainly fit that bill. In their first season on the...

Trojan's Nowak delivers key single

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeremy Nowak cranked out a tie-breaking, two-RBI single in the seventh inning and No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College escaped Davis & Elkins 3-1 on the Scarborough Field diamond Wednesday afternoon. Nowak's two-out delivery completed the two-game...

Northridge turns back Pirates, 5-3

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Drew Muren's fourth-inning, grand slam proved to be the difference as Cal State Northridge defeated 10th-ranked East Carolina 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Matador Field. Muren belted Shawn Armstrong's one-strike offering over the right-field fence to...

Thursday preps

SPIVEY'S CORNER -- Cory Smith tallied a hat trick (three goals) in the first half as Rosewood cruised to a 5-0, non-conference victory over Midway on Wednesday night. Holly Heath added one gal and two assists in the win....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tough Montevallo squad awaits Mount Olive

For the fifth time in the past seven years, the University of Montevallo (Ala.) has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament. The seventh-seeded Falcons (23-7 overall) meet Conference Carolinas champion and second-seeded Mount Olive at...

Prep boxscores

Hobbton 000 100 3 -- 4 4 0 North Duplin 120 003 X -- 6 7 3 Leading hitters -- Hobbton -- Adam Raynor 1-2; Alan Britt 1-2, 2 RBI. North Duplin -- Shayne Deaver 2-4, 2 RBI; Brian Chase...

Local Prpes Digest

WINTERVILLE -- Eastern Wayne erased a 5-0 deficit and held on a for a 6-5, non-conference win at South Central on Tuesday. The Falcons led 5-0 entering the sixth inning before the Warriors cut the lead to 5-3. Logan...

Duke football recruit leading the way for Monroe

Johnny Sowell doesn't mind nostalgia. And he certainly believes in deja vu. Three decades ago, Sowell played on Monroe's only state championship basketball team. This year's group reminds him of that season when the Redhawks dominated the competition and claimed...

White shines in varisty debut for Rebels

CALYPSO -- Larry White made the most of his high school pitching debut as North Duplin held off a late rally and defeated Hobbton 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon. A 14-year old freshman, White tossed five sterling innings and allowed just...

Bell guides CBA past Hunt

PIKEVILLE -- Brooke Bell not only led by example in the pitcher's circle, she did it at the plate as well. Bell went 4 for 4 with three RBI and tossed a complete game in Charles B. Aycock's 13-0, non-conference...

MOC-Davis & Elkins baseball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Jackson Massey scattered two hits in six scoreless innings and Mike Knox belted his 13th home run of the season, pacing nationally-ranked Mount Olive College past Davis & Elkins 12-4 on Tuesday afternoon. The...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

GHS basketball tickets

Tickets went on sale today for Goldsboro's game against Monroe in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's basketball championship on Saturday. The cost is $9. Tickets at the door are $10. Tip-off is 2:35 p.m. at the...

SC-NL

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Duane Gurganus is tough to beat on his own. The Spring Creek sophomore right-hander becomes even more difficult to solve when given some run support. The Gators spotted Gurganus five runs in the bottom of the first...

RW-CBA baseball

PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock got a timely hit and escaped with a 3-2, non-conference victory over county rival Rosewood on Monday afternoon. Connor Narron delivered the game-winning single in the home half of the seventh inning. Tyler Farmer raced home...

Tuesday preps

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne continued its solid start to the 2010 varsity baseball season with a 10-0, non-conference victory over Wallace-Rose Hill on Monday afternoon. Will Broadwell earned the win on the mound for the Saints. Broadwell threw a...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Trojans selected to play Montevallo

MOUNT OLIVE -- Joey Higginbotham contacted Montevallo (Ala.) University during the offseason in hopes of putting the Peach Belt school on the schedule this season. However, the two coaches couldn't find a compatible date on their respective schedules. The NCAA...

Mount Olive baseball avenges first loss

MOC Sports Information MISENHEIMER -- Nationally second-ranked Mount Olive College started quick with a five-run first inning and got themselves out a couple of late jams en route to a 14-9 win over Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas baseball action...

Theus' shot in final seconds lifts MOC to title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lamonte Theus put Mount Olive back where it belongs -- in the NCAA tournament. The JUCO transfer buried the game-winning jumper with 8.1 seconds left, and sealed the Trojans' 83-80 victory over Anderson (S.C.) in the Conference...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Local Preps Digest

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock got its varsity tennis season off to an impressive start with a 9-0 win over Wilson Hunt on Friday afternoon. Addison Westbrook earned a victory at number one singles that started the Golden Falcons'...

South Central-Eastern Wayne baseball box

South Central 200 001 001 -- 4 6 2 Eastern Wayne 200 100 000 -- 3 8 3 Leading hitters -- South Central -- Jordan Oakley 2-3, RBI; Corey Bolam 1-3, 2B, RBI; Lee Nobles 1-3, RBI. Eastern Wayne --...

Mount Olive splits doubleheader with Pfeiffer

MOC Sports Information MISENHEIMER -- Mike Knox belted a school record-tying three home runs for the second time this season and Jeremy Nowak struck out four of the five batters he faced in relief as nationally second-ranked Mount Olive held...

Missed opportunities haunt Eastern Wayne

Missed opportunities and spoiled chances. That was the theme of Eastern Wayne's season-opening loss to South Central on Friday night in New Hope. The Falcons earned a 4-3 victory in nine innings. The Warriors had the winning run at third...

MOC netters take two from Mount St. Joseph

MOC Sports Information CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Jose Lanier tied his own school record with nine blocks to go with 15 kills and six aces as Mount Olive defeated Mount St. Joseph 30-19, 26-30, 30-16, 30-7 in non-conference men's volleyball Saturday...

MOC men's, women's tennis defeat Coker

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive won all the singles matches in straight sets and swept the doubles matches as the Trojans defeated Coker 9-0 in Conference Carolinas men's tennis Saturday at Walker Tennis Center. Alexandre Queiros won...

Beast of the East: Cougars' defense smothers Patriots

GREENVILLE -- Defense wins championships. And Goldsboro's man-to-man pressure resulted in gold. The Cougars coerced Pender's guards into uncharacteristic mistakes and efficiently converted the miscues into pivotal points during their 58-48 victory in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class...

Trojans outlast Pfeiffer, advance to today's tournament finals

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Holloman didn't need the extra incentive. A knee injury sidelined the 6-foot-3 senior forward when Mount Olive claimed its overtime, shootout victory at Pfeiffer nearly three weeks ago. He could barely stand watching from the bench....

Eastern Wayne-Spring Creek box

Spring Creek 110 100 -- 3 9 1 Eastern Wayne 303 007 -- 13 13 2 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Katlyn Casey 4-4, 2 RBI; Brittany Collier 3-3; Elizabeth Edwards 2-3. Eastern Wayne -- Sedonia Scott 3-5, RBI;...

Warriors' offense erupts late against Spring Creek

Eastern Wayne erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and picked up a season-opening 13-3 win over visiting Spring Creek in six innings on Friday afternoon. The Warriors led 6-3 entering the home half of the sixth...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring is the perfect time to catch jackfish

Growing up North Carolina's piedmont, I had never experienced the thrill of catching a chain pickerel. Although a few live in waters west of the fall line, most of these great game fish inhabit tannin stained waters of the coastal...

CCA shines at annual gathering

Sportsmen from across Wayne County came together at Walnut Creek Country Club for a good cause on Thursday night. The Coastal Conservation Association rolled into town for its annual dinner and banquet and the attendees did not leave dissapointed. The...

Golden Falcons claim opener

PRINCETON -- The early-season, top-10 encounter between two former state champions quickly turned into a lopsided affair Thursday afternoon. Charles B. Aycock benefited from Princeton's first-inning generosity and rolled to a 13-1, season-opening decision on the Fred Bartholomew Athletic Complex...

Aycock-Princeton box

C.B. Aycock 404 005 -- 13 12 0 Princeton 000 001 -- 1 4 4 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI; Connor Narron 1-4, 2B; Adron Hollowell 3-4, 2B, RBI; Jordan Quinn 2-3; Tyler...

Local Preps Digest

ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount built a 2-0 halftime lead and defeated Charles B. Aycock 3-0 on Thursday night. The Gryphons scored on a penalty kick in the second half. Goalkeeper Courtney Sheeks finished with 10 saves for the...

Aycock-North Johnston box

North Johnston 200 200 0 -- 4 9 3 C.B. Aycock 000 310 1 -- 5 4 1 Leading hitters -- North Johnston -- Lindsey Tippett 2-5; Jessica Langley 1-2; Meredith Johnson 2-4; 3 RBI, Sarah Wood 2-4; Leann Woodall...

Aycock rallies past North Johnston

PIKEVILLE -- There's nothing quite like a little seventh-inning magic. Misty Edwards raced home on a pair of throwing errors as Charles B. Aycock rallied for a 5-4, season-opening win over perennial softball power North Johnston on Thursday evening. Edwards...

High-scoring Pfeiffer next for top-seeded Trojan men

MOUNT OLIVE -- The only thing missing on the hardwood court at Kornegay Arena this evening will be a net. The Conference Carolinas men's semifinal-round basketball game will undoubtedly resemble a tennis match -- a break-neck, back-and-forth pace that might...

Opinion -- NASCAR desperately needs parody

Limited, yet intriguing parody is what the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA all have in common -- and working in their favor. It's what NASCAR desperately lacks and continues to suffer without just...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Goldsboro-Weldon boxscore

2010 NCHSAA Class 1-A East Regional Boys' Semifinal (at Minges Coliseum, ECU) Goldsboro 13 12 14 20 -- 59 Weldon 14 14 10 17 -- 55 GOLDSBORO (22-7) Robert Kornegay 1 0 0-0 2, Rasean Brewington 5 1 9-12 22,...

Triton tabbed as ECC favorite

A final four participant last season, newcomer Triton has been picked to win the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball regular-season title this spring. The Hawks received four first-place votes and 24 points in league balloting. Defending eastern champion Charles B....

Goldsboro beats Weldon in eastern regional semifinal

GREENVILLE -- "Poised and focused" has become Goldsboro High's calling card during the 2010 postseason. The Cougars just don't seem to get rattled these days. State-ranked Weldon seized a two-possession advantage throughout the early stages of the second half, but...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rosewood tabbed league favorite

To the victor go the spoils. Or at least the preseason accolades. Rosewood garnered four first-place votes and is the favorite to repeat as Carolina 1-A Conference baseball regular-season champion, according to the annual preseason coaches poll. The Eagles topped...

Bulldogs' Burroughs recognized

HIGH POINT -- Barton College freshman Cynthia Burroughs has been named the Conference Carolinas softball player-of-the-week. A designated hitter, the Charles B. Aycock alum batted .667 with eight hits, four RBI and a run scored during the North Carolina...

Easley sets new MOC career scoring mark

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kendrick Easley passed up the first two chances. But not the next four. The sharp-shooting guard easily swished the net on each shot and became the all-time leading scorer in Mount Olive College men's basketball history Tuesday...

Top-seeded Trojans dispatch Cobras

MOUNT OLIVE -- A special night inside Kornegay Arena ended in storybook fashion for Kendrick Easley and the Mount Olive College men's basketball team. Easley poured in 29 points to became the program's all-time leading scorer. The top-seeded Trojans cruised...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ECC baseball preview

Perceived as the strongest Class 3-A prep baseball league statewide, the Eastern Carolina Conference could be powerful from top to bottom. Realignment brought in perennial state contender North Lenoir, tradition-rich South Johnston and Triton. With those additions, that gives the...

Goldsboro ready for regional

GREENVILLE -- The uncertainty surrounding the Goldsboro High varsity boys' basketball program during the offseason prompted players to think about either quitting or transferring to other schools. As the months passed and no successor for Chris Cherry had been named...

Local digest

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne delivered an 11-4 victory over East Duplin on opening day at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex on Monday. Will Broadwell earned the win on the pitcher's mound with five solid innings. Broadwell allowed three runs...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Aycock's Farrell battles through injury

GREENSBORO -- One injury sidelined Justin Farrell. A second didn't. Battling a nagging knee injury, Farrell finished tied for seventh at 119 pounds in the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A wrestling championships. The senior grappler just missed becoming...

Rosewood's Behrend is a state runner-up

GREENSBORO -- A one-step progression. Zach Behrend wrestled behind record-setting senior Olivia Neal as a freshman. He saw limited mat time that season, but knew he'd get his chance. One year later and 13 pounds heavier, Behrend stormed onto the...

MOC finishes off sweep

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mike Knox tied a school record with three home runs, and Mount Olive matched a single-game program mark with six round-trippers in a 17-4 shellacking of Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Sunday afternoon. The No....