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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pearson gets second chance with Barton College

The injury nearly zapped Tucker Pearson's passion for soccer. The 5-foot-10 forward collided with another player during his junior season and the kneecap in his right leg broke in half. Pearson underwent successful surgery to remove the chipped portion of...

Rosewood-Dixon box

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Eastern Regional Championship (at Dixon HS, Holly Ridge) Game 2 Dixon 003 000 0 -- 3 5 3 Rosewood 000 260 x -- 8 5 1 Leading hitters -- Dixon -- Matt...

May's hit helps WC North split twinbill with D.H. Conley

Jake May supplied the game-winning hit in game one and Wayne County North split an American Junior Legion baseball twinbill with D.H. Conley on Saturday afternoon. May's two-RBI, fifth-inning single pushed WC North to a 2-1 victory in the...

NCHSAA 1-A East finals: Rosewood's season ends with 14-5 loss to Dixon

HOLLY RIDGE -- Rosewood just ran out of available arms. The Eagles used four different pitchers in a 14-5, season-ending loss to Dixon in game three of their N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A eastern regional championship series Saturday evening....

Vail plans to run with the Dogs at Gardner-Webb

PIKEVILLE -- Let college tennis fall under the radar and a dream slip between the cracks? Blake Vail almost let it happen ... until his first serve of the spring season rejuvenated the Charles B. Aycock senior. "I thought 'I'm...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Junior Legion boxscore

Wayne South 001 503 0 -- 9 7 3 Wayne North 010 310 1 -- 6 9 7 Leading hitters -- Wayne South -- Taylor Gainey 2-3; Keith Jones 1-3, RBI; Tyler Gainey 1-4, RBI; Will Raynor 1-3, RBI; Taylor...

Wayne South benefits from North's seven miscues

Wayne County North learned a hard lesson in the importance of fundamentals during its Junior American Legion contest Thursday evening. Wayne County South capitalized on seven North errors, and claimed a 9-6 victory on the New Hope diamond. Wayne South...

Rosewood boxscore

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Eastern Regional Championship Series Game 1 Rosewood 100 100 0 -- 2 3 2 Dixon 203 024 x -- 11 10 1 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Matt Neal 1-4, RBI; Will...

Dogs take opener

HOLLY RIDGE -- Rosewood played the hand it was dealt in Game 1 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern regional championship series on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, Dixon superstar Rookie Davis did the dealing. Davis, who has...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kyle Busch column

At 25 years old, Kyle Busch's list of accomplishments on a race track reads like those of a grizzled veteran or perhaps two. His list of on-track incidents and confrontations sounds more like that of an inexperienced rookie still on...

Rosewood-Dixon

HOLLY RIDGE -- Two eastern North Carolina communities steeped in athletics tradition and starved for three-plus decades to produce a first-ever state champion in baseball meet head-to-head tonight. Rosewood and Dixon square off for Game 1 in their best-of-three, N.C....

ACC baseball

Courtesy theacc.com GREENSBORO -- The regular-season sweep meant nothing. North Carolina State strung together four consecutive RBI singles in a sixth-inning uprising, and stunned second-seeded Clemson 13-8 on day one of the 2010 ACC Baseball Championship. The seventh-seeded Wolfpack (37-20...

CBA-Benson

PIKEVILLE -- What a way to start. Charles B. Aycock opened its Junior American Legion baseball season with a 16-0 thrashing of Benson in 41/2 innings on Wednesday night. The Golden Falcons tallied 16 hits, while Bryant Stafford and Avery...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Neal tosses shutout in eastern semifinal win over Gators

Rosewood continues to ride the right arm of Matt Neal as far it will take the Eagles. Neal tossed a complete-game shutout and Rosewood's offense came alive late in a 3-0 victory over East Columbus in the fourth round of...

NCSSM turns back Princeton on 1-A scene

PRINCETON -- One more hit was all Princeton needed. N.C. Science & Math hurler Whitney Johnson made sure that they never got it. The Unicorns scored three runs in the top of the third inning and held off a late...

Aycock's Ruffin signs with Brunswick CC

PIKEVILLE -- Tyler Ruffin has lived through his share of adversity. Two knee surgeries. A broken hand. Those experiences have made the Charles B. Aycock senior third baseman a stronger baseball player and person. And they have made him grateful...

Softball box

NCSSM 103 000 0 -- 4 9 2 Princeton 010 010 0 -- 2 10 2 Leading hitters -- N.C. School of Science & Math -- Whitney Johnson 3-4; Courtney Applewhite 3-3; Cameron Shoaf 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Andrea Ruddock...

C.B. Aycock camps

Ghosts of baseball teams past, including last year's senior class, lingered around the Eastern Wayne dugout all season. The current players fed off their energy and played with an invigorating hunger the past month that silenced their early-season critics. But...

Local golf

Walnut Creek LGA Faye Franklin claimed play-of-the-day honors during weekly tournament action on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Hiromi Sueki won low gross. Pete Reaves and Evelyn Rose captured low net and low putts, respectively. Lane Tree LGA Betty...

prep baseball boxes

East Columbus 000 000 0 -- 0 5 3 Rosewood 000 021 0 -- 3 5 4 Leading hitters -- East Columbus -- Hunter Smith 1-4; Derrick Bracey 1-3; Ben Jenkins 1-3; Ty Freeman 1-3; Demetri Anders 1-3. Rosewood --...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Playoff preview capsules

When Rosewood takes the field tonight against East Columbus in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A eastern regional semifinals, the Eagles will be looking to exact a little revenge for a pair of their Carolina 1-A Conference mates. East...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Area preps digest

LAKE WACCAMAW -- East Columbus erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning and defeated North Duplin 11-1 in six innings in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state playoffs on Friday night. Lake...

prep baseball boxes

Eastern Wayne 100 010 0 -- 2 6 1 West Brunswick 000 000 0 -- 0 6 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Colton Fulghum 1-2; Jose Ponce 3-3; Greg Simms 1-4; Hunter Newsome 1-1. West Brunswick -- Hunter...

Rosewood offense shines in win

Rosewood scored in every inning of its 16-6 victory over South Robeson in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles also took advantage of seven errors by the visitors. "Playing on...

Bulldogs chase Titans from playoffs

PRINCETON -- Traci Bridgers has watched her teammates grow and mature from a third-round loss in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state playoffs a year ago. The junior right-hander is doing everything she can to make sure they...

Frederick, stingy Warriors advance

SHALLOTTE -- Defense continues to be Josh Frederick's best friend. A crafty pitcher who can fool opposing batters with tricky off-speed stuff, Frederick welcomed the assistance he received in a 2-0 triumph over perennial power West Brunswick on Friday evening....

Post 11 wins opener over Ahoskie

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Rob Watt era is officially off and running. The new head coach of Wayne County Post 11 got his tenure started right with an 18-6 American Legion victory over Ahoskie Post 102 on Saturday night...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Watt era begins

MOUNT OLIVE -- Experience and talent returns. And new head coach Rob Watt is looking forward to seeing just what Wayne County Post 11 can do on the Senior American Legion baseball scene this summer. Watt is the seventh head...

Stevens: NCAA calls for wooden bats in Division II

The unmistakable sound of a baseball colliding with an aluminum bat is one synonymous with college baseball. That sound, at least on the Division II level, may soon be a distant memory. The NCAA recently announced that it is considering...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

RW-Red Springs

Matt Neal pumped his fist, yelled and walked off the mound toward the dugout. The senior right-hander worked out of a fourth-inning jam and tossed a complete game in Rosewood's 6-3 win over Red Springs in the second round of...

Thursday preps

HILLSBOROUGH -- North Duplin fended off a late-inning rally and eliminated River Mill Academy, 6-4, in their first-round N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A softball playoff game Wednesday evening. The teams played at Cedar Ridge High School. Skylar McCarty...

EW - Currituck

Eastern Wayne overcame an early deficit and a brief power outage en route to a 6-2 win over Currituck in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoffs. The Warriors travel to West Brunswick on...

Princeton-Manteo softball

PRINCETON -- Relax and throw. Traci Bridgers tries to practice that philosophy each time she steps into the pitcher's circle. And despite not having her entire arsenal at her disposal Wednesday evening, Bridgers got the job done against Manteo. The...

Autumn Pittman signing

PIKEVILLE -- Don't let Autumn Pittman's soft-spoken demeanor fool you. A competitor with a burning passion for softball, the Charles B. Aycock right-hander becomes a silent assassin when she steps inside the pitcher's circle. Pittman is carrying that intensity and...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

North Duplin corrals SW Onslow, gets to third round

CALYPSO -- North Duplin was unwilling to call it a season. After blowing an early five-run lead, the Rebels bounced back from a late deficit and knocked Southwest Onslow out of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A baseball playoffs...

Spartans take down Eagles, 8-3

Rosewood kept digging and digging but the hole was simply too big to climb out of Tuesday evening. Union pushed across five runs in the top of the second inning and went on to an 8-3 road win in the...

Local Preps Digest

LAKE WACCAMAW -- East Columbus scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Spring Creek 6-2 in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A baseball playoffs on Tuesday night. The...

Prep softball boxes

Union 053 000 0 -- 8 12 4 Rosewood 002 010 0 -- 3 3 3 Leading hitters -- Union -- Megan Lee 3-5, 2 RBI; Carrie Lamb 1-4, RBI; Morgan King 1-3, 2 RBI; Megan Usher 2-3; Kasey Hunter...

Prep baseball boxes

SW Onslow 005 041 0 -- 10 10 3 North Duplin 410 025 x -- 12 8 3 Leading hitters -- SW Onslow -- Zach Matics 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Nick Hunter 2-3, HR, RBI; Matt Moore 2-3, RBI; Chris...

Aycock dumps Cougars

BOILING SPRINGS LAKE -- The slow-pitch strategy worked for three innings. Once Charles B. Aycock found its hitting rhythm, South Brunswick's bullpen was no match for the perennial 3-A softball powerhouse. Cara Frederick cranked out three hits and supplied four...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Local Preps Tennis

BURLINGTON -- Chaz Fitzpatrick chased history. And he came close to adding his name to Wayne County tennis lore on a sweltering Saturday morning at the Burlington Tennis Center. Fitzpatrick, the eastern regional singles champion, had his quest for...

Hill signs with Battling Bishops

DUDLEY -- Rashadd Hill always knew that he wanted to play basketball at the collegiate level. During his senior season at Southern Wayne, it became apparent that his dream would come true as suitors came calling for Hill's services. The...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Prep baseball boxscores

Prep baseball N.C. High School Athletic Association Playoffs Class 3-A Currituck Co. at Eastern Wayne 7 p.m. Class 1-A Spring Creek at East Columbus 6 p.m. Red Springs at Rosewood TBD North Duplin vs. SW Onslow TBD Prep softball...

Early-inning miscues allow Knights to joust Chargers

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day's "got up and go" ... well ... it got up and went Friday afternoon. Early-inning defensive miscues and uncharacteristic plate discipline troubled the Chargers in a 7-0 loss to nemesis Greenfield in semifinal-round action of...

Rosewood easily dispatches Pinetown Northside from 1-A baseball playoffs

Jason King expected this type of performance. The second-year Rosewood head baseball coach watched his team turn in a dominating, 13-1 victory over Pinetown Northside in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs Friday evening....

Bynum belts grand slam, Greene Central hammers Warren County

SNOW HILL -- Will Bynum swatted a first-inning, grand slam home run and Greene Central thumped Warren County 23-0 in their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A baseball playoff game Friday evening. Bynum concluded the night 2-for-2 with...

Larry Sasser will leave coaching legacy at Norwayne Middle School

Wearing his dusty baseball cap with the baby blue "N" in the middle, Norwayne Middle School head baseball coach Larry Sasser pulled a pencil from the scorebook. He grabbed a blank lineup card and began thinking about the hitters, and...

Wayne Christian's state championship bid comes up short in semifinals

WILSON -- The valiant effort nearly led to another comeback. Held hitless through six innings, Wayne Christian staged a stirring seventh-inning rally and made two-time defending state champion Lawrence Academy sweat a little bit. The fourth-seeded Eagles trimmed a six-run...

Reigning eastern 3-A baseball champs start playoffs with solid win

Eastern Wayne overcame some early adversity and capitalized on a pair of miscues in a 7-3 win over Nash Central in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoffs on Friday evening. The Bulldogs stepped...

Hunt eliminates Aycock from 3-A baseball playoffs

WILSON -- The premonition came true, but not the desired outcome. Charles Davis expected one timely hit could determine the difference between Charles B. Aycock either advancing or packing up the equipment in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A...

Mitchell's defensive gem helps Pitt CC advance to JUCO softball world series

GREENVILLE -- Casey Mitchell's shining moment on defense turned into an unforgettable -- and historical play -- for the Pitt Community College softball team. Archrival Spartanburg Methodist had runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh inning....

Princeton's Wilson captures two individual state championships

GREENSBORO -- T.J. Wilson finally claimed two gold medals that eluded him a year ago. The Princeton High sprinter emerged the state champion in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles during the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A men's...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Spring Creek crushes W-RH

SEVEN SPRINGS -- The pre-game jitters disappeared after one hit. Then the adrenaline took over. Spring Creek erupted for five runs in the first two innings, and dumped Wallace-Rose Hill 10-0 in opening-round action of the 2010 N.C. High School...

Walnut Creek LGA

Walnut Creek LGA Jewel Ivey claimed second low net during championship flight competition in the Eastern Ladies League event contested at The Emerald Country Club. Mary Ann Sutton captured first net in first flight play. Charlotte Campbell (2nd gross) and...

DuBose signs NLI with Southeastern CC

PIKEVILLE -- Eric DuBose wanted a place where he could grow and improve as a baseball player. Not many North Carolina schools suited him. The Charles B. Aycock hurler considered Montreat, Methodist University, Brunswick Community College, Lenoir CC and Lenoir-Rhyne....

Trojans face elimination

FLORENCE, S.C. -- All or nothing. Mount Olive College faces that scenario after dropping a 4-3 decision to Georgia College & State University on day one of the 2010 Division II Southeast Regional on Thursday afternoon. The fourth-seeded Trojans...

SCreek-WRH box

W.-Rose Hill 000 000 -- 0 2 3 Spring Creek 321 202 -- 10 10 1 Two outs when game-ending run scored. Leading hitters -- Wallace-Rose Hill -- Freddy Barrios 1-3; Matthew Bryant 1-1. Spring Creek -- Dontay Boseman 2-4;...

MOC-GCSU box

2010 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional (at Florence, S.C.) Mount Olive 000 200 100 -- 3 7 1 GCSU 000 002 20x -- 4 9 1 Leading hitters -- Mount Olive -- Ryan Faison 1-4; Bobby Leeper 1-4, RBI; Mike...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Warriors down Nash Central

Pound the goal and storm the net. Eastern Wayne attacked with aggression early and often in a 5-1 win over Nash Central in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A women's soccer playoffs on Wednesday evening...

Rosewood falls to Raleigh Charter

Rosewood never mounted much of an offensive attack in a 6-0 loss against Raleigh Charter in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A women's soccer playoffs Wednesday evening. The Eagles attempted two shots in the first...

South Johnston drops C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Cara Frederick slapped the ball in the gap. What happened next turned into an ESPN highlight. With the bases loaded and two outs, South Johnston right fielder Mariah Barefoot got an out-stretched glove on Frederick's line-drive hit. The...

Prep softball boxscore

South Johnston 000 003 2 -- 5 9 1 C.B. Aycock 000 012 1 -- 4 9 3 Leading hitters -- South Johnston -- Anna Reaves 1-4, 2B; Katlyn Johnson 1-4; Kristen Jernigan 1-4, 2B, RBI; Whitley Williams 2-4, 2...

Opinion: Darlington trip worth the wait

Midway through my college career I developed an infatuation with an older woman who lives in South Carolina. I had seen her on television and read about her legendary status. Maybe it was her mystique or her intimidating, yet intriguing...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Local Preps Digest

FOXFIRE VILLAGE -- Kyle Best emerged the Saints' low scorer with a two-day total of 176, and Southern Wayne ended up 12th in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A men's golf championships. The 36-hole event concluded Tuesday. Will...

WCDS eliminates Hobgood, advances to final four

Sometimes, especially in the playoffs, you just have to grind out a win. Wayne Country Day overcame five errors and an early deficit to claim a 9-7 victory over visiting Hobgood in the quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic...

NCHSAA golf agate

Team and individual results for all classifications in the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association men's golf championships contested Monday and Tuesday: CLASS 1-A at Longleaf Golf & Country Club (Southern Pines) TEAM SCORES West Montgomery 612 Bishop McGuinness 621...

Gallagher's home run caps Eagles' thrilling rally

Wayne Christian got a big boost from senior Steven Gallagher on Tuesday. The team's top pitcher delivered five solid innings of relief on the mound and played his role as the clean-up hitter to perfection. Gallagher delivered a game-ending, three-RBI...

prep baseball boxes

Hobgood 212 100 1 -- 7 7 5 Wayne Country Day 204 300 x -- 9 5 5 Leading hitters -- Hobgood -- Thomas McDowell 1-4; Gray Smith 1-3, RBI; Tanner Moore 1-2, HR, 2 RBI; Robert Turner 1-3; Ward...

Sons see 'old flame' for baseball in dad's eyes

Mount Olive head coach Carl Lancaster has won a Division II College World Series title in 2008, has amassed 799 career victories, has won nine Conference Carolinas tournament championships and seven regular-season conference titles. Yet, the opportunity to have his...

Hitting: Nowak, Leeper, Knox do it best

An influx of fresh faces usually brings the word rebuilding to mind in college locker rooms. At Mount Olive College, a trio of new players have a different idea. Bobby Leeper, Jeremy Nowak and Mike Knox have all made immense...

Trojans' hurlers silence critics

Change can by hard, especially in the complex dynamic of team sports. But for the pitching staff at Mount Olive College, the change that has come along with first-year pitching coach Matt Kruse's philosophy has been relatively seamless. The Trojans...

Trojans ink EW's Frederick

Competitive spirit. Strong arsenal. Family tradition. Winning history. All those characteristics describe the Mount Olive College baseball program and its latest recruit -- Josh Frederick. Competition burns deep within Frederick's soul and he's following in his father's footsteps. David Frederick...

Fike too much for Aycock

WILSON -- This one ended quickly. Meredith Pruden scored in the first 12 seconds and state-ranked Wilson Fike dismantled Charles B. Aycock 8-0 in their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A women's soccer playoff game Tuesday evening. Pruden...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Local digest

KINSTON -- Greene Central wrapped up the number one seed in the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference with a 7-5 win over Kinston at historic Grainger Stadium on Monday evening. John Nethercutt lasted six innings to get the win on...

C.B. Aycock takes ECC tournament title

Timely hitting, reliable pitching and solid defense. Charles B. Aycock has played that brand of baseball for most of the season. Monday evening was no exception. The Golden Falcons' turned in a well-rounded effort in a 4-2 victory over Eastern...

South Johnston tops Southern Wayne

BUIES CREEK -- A mere 10 days ago, Southern Wayne played a near-flawless game and pulled off a stunning upset against county rival Charles B. Aycock. Where has that team gone? "I'm searching myself," said Saints head baseball coach Trae...

Prep baseball boxscores

C.B. Aycock 100 210 0 -- 4 7 0 Eastern Wayne 000 101 0 -- 2 5 2 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Tyler Farmer 2-3, RBI; Adron Hollowell 1-1, RBI; Tyler Ruffin 1-2, RBI; Nicholas McGee 1-4; Jeff...

Prep tennis boxscore

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Dual-Team playoffs (at Union Pines HS) Union Pines 5 Eastern Wayne 4 Singles: No. 1 Chaz Fitzpatrick (EW) d. Jay O'Connor 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Russell Turner (EW) d. John Dangerfield 6-2,...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wayne Christian softball

WILSON -- Wayne Country Day's Michael Knutson earned co-player-of-the-year honors and the Chargers finished third overall in the season-ending, Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference tournament. Knutson and partner Thomas Elmore emerged the CPIC champions at the No. 1 doubles...

Faith Christian baseball

CRAMERTON -- The third time wasn't the charm. Bethel Christian Academy erupted for nine runs during the middle innings, and captured a 10-5 victory over Faith Christian in the N.C. Christian Schools Athletic Association Class 2-A baseball championship game Saturday...

Goldsboro track

PRINCETON -- Goldsboro High is taking a solid contingent of sprinters and distance runners to the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's track and field championships. The Cougars' 800- and 3,200-meter relays each placed second during...

MOC -- Southeast Regional

MOUNT OLIVE -- No respect, again. Ranked No. 2 throughout the season in the Division II Southeast Region baseball poll, Mount Olive College took a surprising plunge when the 48-team field was unveiled for the 2010 NCAA Championships late Sunday...

East 3-A tennis agate

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Eastern Regional Men's Invididual Championships (at Barton College, Wilson) Results from the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A eastern regional men's tennis tournament contested at the Barton College Tennis Complex...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Local digest

CALYPSO -- Brian Chase threw a complete-game, three-hitter and North Duplin turned back archrival Spring Creek 4-1 on Friday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both baseball teams. The Rebels (13-5 overall, 6-4 CC) avenged...

WCDS drops Pungo baseball

The unfamiliarity didn't last long. Once Pungo broke the scoreless tie, Wayne Country Day adopted the blue-collar attitude during the opening-round, N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A baseball contest Friday afternoon. The opportunistic Chargers capitalized on seven walks, nine errors...

WCDS tops Wayne Christian soccer in penalty kicks

Neither Catherine Ford nor Kim Martell felt too comfortable discussing the penalty-kick scenario during practice on the Wayne Country Day pitch Thursday afternoon. The two returning starters didn't think they could respond in a pressure-packed situation. Pish-posh. Ford delivered the...

McCollum headed to WTCC

Her brunette locks flowing gently in the breeze, Sarah McCollum grabbed the pen and smiled as she signed the piece of paper. Cameras flashed. McCollum sighed. It's official. A late bloomer, McCollum inked a national letter-of-intent to play softball at...

Rosewood downs Princeton baseball

PRINCETON -- There was no storybook ending this time. Archrival Rosewood spoiled Princeton's senior night with a 12-0 victory in the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball regular-season finale for both teams Friday evening. The Eagles left little doubt from the second...

Opinion - Pitching provides memorable moments

Pitching -- from Little League to the Major Leagues -- its importance never wavers. The difference between winning and losing can oftentimes hang on one pitch or one at-bat. The courage necessary to want the ball and to handle the...

Wayne Christian advances in NCISAA playoffs

Wayne Christian recovered from a slow start just in time. The Eagles pulled off a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory over Ahoskie Ridgecroft in opening-round action of the 2010 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A baseball playoffs Friday afternoon. Poor defense...

Matt Neal chooses Pitt Community

The workout felt good, but Matt Neal savored the phone call. Once the Rosewood standout returned home from a baseball showcase for unsigned seniors at Pitt Community College, the emails and telephone conversations occurred on a regular basis. The more...

Warriors win ECC tournament title

Eastern Wayne owns all the bling. Brandi Dean provided the game-winning goal in the 66th minute, and the Warriors captured the 2010 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's soccer tournament crown with a 1-0 decision over county nemesis Charles B. Aycock...

Friday, May 7, 2010

prep baseball boxes

South Johnston 000 000 1 -- 1 3 2 Eastern Wayne 000 026 x -- 8 7 1 Leading hitters -- South Johnston -- Eric Radford 2-3, HR, RBI; Tanner Adams 1-4. Eastern Wayne-- Colton Fulghum 2-2, RBI; Robert Faucette...

Golden Falcons launch four HRs against Saints

PIKEVILLE -- Maybe the hitting woes are over. Charles B. Aycock certainly hopes so after an emphatic, three-inning offensive display Thursday evening. Connor Narron, Adron Hollowell and Jonathan Taylor each swatted a two-run homer in an 11-1 triumph over county...

Local Preps Digest

Rosewood put the finishing touches on the Carolina 1-A Conference women's regular-season soccer championship with a 6-0 victory over Goldsboro on Thursday night at Branch Pope Field. Chelsea Sasser and Kelsey Wolfe both scored for the Eagles in the...

The 'old Josh' is back for Warriors

It's been said that two-out hits can get you to heaven. If that's true Eastern Wayne should be feeling pretty good after it's performance on Thursday night in New Hope. The top-seeded Warriors scored six runs with two outs in...

Chargers, Eagles start title bid today

Wipe the slate clean. The new season starts today when county rivals Wayne Country Day and Wayne Christian launch their respective journeys for a N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A baseball state championship. The second-seeded Chargers (14-7 overall) play...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Triton - CBA soccer

PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock looked uninspired for 40 minutes. The Golden Falcons recovered in impressive fashion. C.B. Aycock tallied three second-half goals, and dumped Triton 3-1 in their Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's soccer tournament semifinal Wednesday evening. The Hawks...

Rosewood-Princeton

PRINCETON -- Logan Bill went from injured and on the sidelines to hero. Bill shook off a first-half injury and scored the eventual game-winning goal as Rosewood clinched a share of the Carolina 1-A Conference women's soccer championship with a...

Dean scores another hat trick for Eastern Wayne

Eastern Wayne avoided the senior distractions. The Warriors controlled the tempo from the opening kickoff, organized well and generated attacks on offense. They had the better chances, the better shots and better possessions. Oh yeah, they had Brandi Dean, too....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Local Preps Digest

Faith Christian advanced to the N.C. Christian Schools Athletic Association Class 2-A baseball playoffs with a 6-5 win over Falls Road in the Coastal Region 2-A tournament on Tuesday. Brandon Jones led the Conquerors with three hits and an...

Noth Lenoir-Southern Wayne baseball boxscore

North Lenoir 202 203 -- 9 13 2 Southern Wayne 000 00(13) -- 13 15 2 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Chastin Radford 3-4, RBI; Spencer Bass 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI; Rand Jackson 4-4, 2 RBI. Southern Wayne...

Rosewood secures league championship

Rosewood answered the challenge. North Duplin never counter-punched. The Rebels scratched in the scoring column during their first at-bat, but the Eagles eventually soared to a 10-4 victory on senior night at The Nest. Rosewood claimed its second consecutive Carolina...

Eagles' Beckert shuts out Rebels

Amanda Beckert bore down at the right time. The Rosewood hurler worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings, and the Eagles defeated Carolina 1-A Conference softball foe North Duplin 4-0 on Tuesday night. After giving up a...

Rosewood-North Duplin softball box

North Duplin 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1 Rosewood 201 001 x -- 4 8 2 Leading hitters -- North Duplin --Tearra Ammons 1-3; Skylar McCarty 1-3; Alonna Pate 1-3; Ashley Froehlich 1-2. Rosewood -- Amanda Beckert 2-4, RBI;...

Southern Wayne finishes strong in crazy contest

DUDLEY -- North Lenoir looked perfectly poised to pull a significant upset on Tuesday night at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. For five innings. Southern Wayne stormed back with a wild home half of the sixth to claim a 13-9...

ND-Rosewood baseball boxscore

North Duplin 103 000 0 -- 4 4 1 Rosewood 510 301 x -- 10 11 1 Leading hitters -- North Duplin -- Shayne Deaver 2-3; Marcus Kornegay 1-2, RBI; Julio Mora 1-1. Rosewood -- Taylor Price 1-3, 3B; Matt...

CBA-Chapel Hill tennis box

2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Dual-team playoffs (at C.B. Aycock HS, Pikeville) Chapel Hill 6 C.B. Aycock 0 Singles: No. 1 Mason Rouge (CH) d. Blake Vail 6-4, 6-2; No. 2 Jarod Styres (CH) d. Addison Westbrook...

Chapel Hill eliminates C.B. Aycock from playoffs

PIKEVILLE -- Chapel Hill had the stronger arsenal. A perennial powerhouse on the dual-team scene, the Tigers strolled into Charles B. Aycock and posted a 6-0, opening-round victory in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs on an overcast,...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Saints punch ticket to state championship tourney

MACCLESFIELD -- Lance White never imagined his score on an unfamiliar course would prove critical and provide a historical moment in Southern Wayne golf history. But it did. As golfers signed their cards and tournament officials posted the scores, White...

Local digest

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central held off Southern Wayne for a 5-3, non-conference baseball victory on Monday night. Trent Murray led the Rams at the plate with two hits and two RBI. Ryan Cobb emerged as the winning pitcher....

3-A East regional golf scores

MACCLESFIELD -- Team scores, individual state qualifiers and scores from area teams participating in the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A men's eastern regional golf tournament contested at Maccripine Country Club: TEAM SCORES (Top 3 teams advance to...

Thompson signs with Battling Bishops

PRINCETON -- All Wesley Thompson needed was one look at Mark Henninger's USA South conference championship ring. Henninger, the head football coach at North Carolina Wesleyan, visited Thompson in hopes of persuading the Princeton offensive lineman/linebacker to play for the...

Gators advance at 1-A golf regional

WALLACE -- Players from three teams stood and watched as Daniel Richter's score was posted at the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Mideast men's golf regional at River Landing Country Club on Monday afternoon. With a pair of...

1-A Mideast Regional golf scores

NCHSAA 1-A Mideast Regional at River Landing Country Club Monday Team Scores N.C. Science and Math 343 Spring Creek 360 Midway 364 Rosewood 366 Heide Trask 396 Goldsboro 499 Top 30 Individuals Jonathan Lara (NCSSM) 74 Colby Hardison (AG) 79...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Eagles are champs again

FAYETTEVILLE -- Champions ... again. Wayne Christian defeated Community Christian 7-2 and claimed yet another Carolina Christian 1-A Conference baseball tournament championship. Senior Luke Howell emerged the winning pitcher. "Luke pitched a solid game for us," said Eagles head...

Local Preps Digest

RALEIGH -- Woody Sasser and Kenneth Giordano claimed runner-up honors their respective singles flights, and Wayne Christian placed third overall in the season-ending Carolina Christian 1-A Conference boys' tennis tournament at Lions Park. Sasser dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Aycock routs Southern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- The big inning benefited Charles B. Aycock this time. Timely power hits and defensive miscues allowed the Golden Falcons to break open a tight game, and defeat county rival Southern Wayne 13-0 in five innings on Friday evening....

Local Preps Digest

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir got a solid outing from starting pitcher Aaryn Deal en route to a 6-1 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Eastern Wayne on Friday night. Deal allowed four hits, one run and struck out...

Wayne Country Day claims CPIC title

That early-season, five-game skid? It's now a memory. Wayne Country Day, which struggled find its identity in March, put the finishing touches on the 2010 Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference baseball championship Friday afternoon. Cole Davis and Tyson Pearson each...

Prep baseball boxes

Eastern Wayne 310 032 0 -- 9 5 1 North Lenoir 020 020 0 -- 4 8 6 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Colton Fulghum 1-2, RBI; Cambric Moye 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI; Zach Beachem 1-2, 2B, 3 RBI;...

Stevens: Youth movement good for Panthers

As if it hasn't already been tested enough, the patience of Carolina Panthers fans just might get tried a bit more this season. Carolina sent a strong message during last weekend's NFL draft that it's building for the future, which...

Wise's catch preserves Saints' win at CBA

PIKEVILLE -- Earlier this week Trae McKee asked his team to start playing with more emotion and intensity. The Southern Wayne head coach got his wish and then some on Friday night. Will Broadwell tossed a complete game and got...

Warriors capture third consecutive ECC championship

LaGRANGE -- Eastern Wayne did it's job. And the Warriors got a little help from their friends. The result was a third consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular season baseball championship. Eastern Wayne struck early and often in a 9-4...