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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday preps

Girls' tennis Southern Wayne 5, W. Country Day 4 * Southern Wayne captured two points in doubles play and held off Wayne Country Day on Monday afternoon. Taylor Parker, Michala Best and Taylor Davis each earned a singles victory for...

MOC Fall sneak preview

MOUNT OLIVE -- Injuries have taken a small toll on the Mount Olive College men's soccer team in preseason practices, but head coach Jerry Riggs is optimistic about the 2010 campaign. The Trojans return 15 lettermen off last year's squad...

Rosewood falls to North Lenoir soccer

The fresher legs prevailed. North Lenoir capitalized on its depth and claimed a come-from-behind, 3-2 non-conference boys' soccer victory over Rosewood on a hot, sun-splashed Monday afternoon. Oscar Navasette's goal in the 79th minute off Filberto Gonzalez's assist capped the...

James Kenan ties Spring Creek soccer

SEVEN SPRINGS-- Spring Creek started hot. Then cooled off. And eventually rallied for a 3-3 draw. The Gators scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of their non-conference soccer game against James Kenan on Monday afternoon. The Tigers came...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Friday prep notebook: Pinkowski politics for Britt

Randy Pinkowski missed his calling as a politician. The Charles B. Aycock head coach lobbied his support for third-year Rosewood head football coach Robert Britt on Friday evening. "Hats off to Robert Britt," said Pinkowski after the Golden Falcons' 39-10...

GC tennis falls twice

Girls' tennis R.J. Reynolds 5, Greene Central 4 * WINSTON-SALEM -- R.J. Reynolds emerged victorious in two of three doubles matches and turned back Greene Central, 5-4, during the Twin Cities Invitational. The teams battled for four-plus hours. "We went...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Williamson, Davis lead Dawgs on road

ROBBINS -- Princeton unleashed a passing attack reminiscent of last season and bested North Moore 41-21 on Friday night. The Dawgs totaled 190 yards through the air and found balance in the running game with 203 rushing yards. After spotting...

Princeton-North Moore box score

Princeton 0 13 8 20 -- 41 North Moore 8 13 0 0 -- 21 First quarter NM -- 42 pass (run good) Second quarter NM -- 58 interception return (run failed) P -- Austin Jacobs 3 run (Woodard kick)...

North Johnston 'D' shuts out North Lenoir

KENLY -- North Lenoir never got its offense on track in a 50-0 defeat against North Johnston on Friday evening. The Hawks fumbled the ball six times and lost three of those mistakes as they found the sledding particularly tough...

Chargers dealt loss at The Brittany VI

WILSON -- Tyson Pearson accounted for Wayne Country's Day lone goal in an 8-1 loss to Clinton during The Brittany VI contested at the Gillette Athletic Complex. Pearson received the team's sportsmanship award after the match. The senior striker has...

Beddingfield-Southern Wayne box score

Beddingfield 6 0 8 3 -- 17 Southern Wayne 7 6 0 0 -- 13 First quarter SW -- JaQuan Cobb 3 run (Rodriquez kick), 5:49 WB -- Johnson 18 pass to Thomas (kick failed), 0:49 Second quarter SW --...

Franklinton defeats Wayne Christian, 3-0

WILSON -- Wayne Christian dominated possession in the opening half, but lost momentum when Gregory Alexander exited the game. Alexander suffered a possible concussion during second-half action. Eagles head coach Daryl Anderson said Alexander returned to the contest, but was...

Roanoke Rapids edges Spring Creek in boys' soccer

WILSON -- David Vega and Victor Ortiz notched one goal apiece in Spring Creek's 3-2 loss to perennial 2-A powerhouse Roanoke Rapids in The Brittany VI on Friday evening. Dante Ortiz assisted on Victor's goal. It was the season-opening game...

North Duplin-Lakewood box score

North Duplin 0 0 6 0 -- 6 Lakewood 14 12 0 7 -- 33 First quarter L -- Smith 19 pass from Newkirk (Simpson kick), 5:27 L -- Sellars 2 run (Simpson kick), 1:57 Second quarter L -- Kerr...

Trojan spikers picked 4th in preseason poll

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College, which returns just two starters off last year's team, is predicted to finish fourth in the 2010 Conference Carolinas women's volleyball preseason poll. The Trojans triumphed in 11 of their final 13 matches...

Leopards turn back Rebels

LAKEWOOD -- Lakewood jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 33-6, non-conference win over visiting North Duplin on Friday night. James Kornegay caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Kornegay in the third quarter for the...

James Kenan-Jones Senior box score

James Kenan 6 0 6 14 -- 26 Jones Senior 0 8 0 0 -- 8 First quarter JK -- Anon Mason 7 run (kick failed), 0:27 Second quarter JS -- Nihkee Jones 1 run (conv. good), 1:24 Third quarter...

North Lenoir-North Johnston box score

N. Lenoir 0 0 0 0 -- 0 N. Johnston 14 7 22 7 -- 50 First quarter NJ -- Jacques Alston 2 run (Grady kick), 5:41 NJ -- Malik Adams 25 pass from Boone Langley (Grady kick), 2:52 Second...

Lancaster: MOC grad joins ECU baseball staff

GREENVILLE -- After college, most graduates scour the job market for the first position available. Some find what they seek, while others suffer through months of interviews, only to be passed over for various reasons. In Jesse Lancaster's case, the...

Unbeaten Tigers rally past Jones Senior

TRENTON -- James Kenan overcame an early first-half deficit and rolled past Jones Senior, 26-8, on Friday night. The Trojans took an 8-6 lead in the second quarter when Nihkee Jones dove into the end zone from one-yard out. The...

Eastern Wayne-Goldsboro box score

Eastern Wayne 0 12 0 8 3 -- 23 Goldsboro 0 8 6 6 0 -- 20 Second quarter EW -- Clark 1 run (Bass kick blocked), 11:12 G -- Montgomery 16 run (Jones run), 8:26 EW -- Pridgen 27...

Wildcats benefit from Gators' third-period miscues

NEWTON GROVE -- Sophomore Rodney Lanier hauled in a 58-yard touchdown pass, which accounted for Spring Creek's lone score in a 49-6, non-conference loss at Hobbton on Friday evening. Ricky Brayboy threw the TD strike to Lanier in the second...

Powerhouse Salisbury shuts out Greene Central netters

WINSTON-SALEM -- Perennial 2-A powerhouse Salisbury posted two shutouts in doubles and rolled past Greene Central at the Twin Cities Invitational on Friday afternoon. "Salisbury is without a double the best 2-A team in North Carolina this year, and they...

Hilltop sweeps Faith Christian in volleyball

FUQUAY-VARINA -- Senior Taylor Downey recorded four kills and three blocks in the Conquerors' road loss on Friday afternoon. Senior Charity Spencer supplied six digs and one kill. Junior Christina Powell dished out nine assists. Faith Christian (0-2 overall) travels...

Sasser FG leads Warriors to OT win over Cougars

All Kyle Sasser could do was watch, pray and hope for a chance. Eastern Wayne's junior kicker watched nervously from the sidelines as the Warriors' offense went to work in overtime. Sasser was finally called upon and his 28-yard field...

C.B. Aycock-Rosewood box score

C.B. Aycock 12 0 20 7 -- 39 Rosewood 3 0 7 0 -- 10 First quarter R -- Harris 30 FG, 10:08 CBA -- Murdock 55 pass from Farmer (kick blocked), 7:55 CBA -- Murdock 9 run (pass failed),...

Aycock's offense erupts in second half

Charles B. Aycock polished its offense a little bit Friday evening. There's still plenty of tarnish to remove. The Golden Falcons converted four of five second-half possessions into touchdowns and rolled to a 39-10, non-conference victory over Rosewood before a...

CBA's Pina scores four goals, dishes out assist vs. Rockingham

WILSON -- Juan Pina notched a career-best four goals and assisted on another as Charles B. Aycock hammered Rockingham County 7-1 during second-day action of The Brittany VI showcase. Pina converted three free kicks into goals and hit the back...

Blount's TD return sinks Rams

SNOW HILL -- Tyree Blount's 56-yard touchdown return in the third quarter sealed Ayden-Grifton's 21-12, non-conference win at Greene Central on Friday evening. The Rams trailed 14-12 at the half but failed to score after halftime. "We had some...

Saints let 13-point lead slip away

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne, for the second straight week, took a convincing early lead. The Saints, for the second straight time, suffered a loss. Wilson Beddingfield scored three times in the second half en route to a 17-13, non-conference win...

Greene Central-AG box score

Ayden-Grifton 0 14 7 0 -- 21 Greene Central 6 6 0 0 -- 12 First quarter GC -- Derick Phillips 35 fumble return (kick failed), 0:12 Second quarter A-G -- Quan Green 3 run (Lucas Angel kick), 8:09 A-G...

Friday, August 27, 2010

WCDS closes the door

Pushed to the brink for three sets, Wayne Country Day closed the door when it mattered most. The Chargers finished strong in all three sets of a 25-18, 25-23, 25-20 non-conference victory at Goldsboro on Thursday. Goldsboro struggled to slow...

SW-Triton tennis box

Triton 8 Southern Wayne 1 Singles: No. 1 Cailin Goff (T) d. Jessica Best 6-3, 7-5; No. 2 Georganna Gower (T) d. Erica Strickland 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Allie Smith (T) d. Taylor Parker 6-4, 6-4; No. 4 Lauren Bass...

Coaches tab Trojans sixth in poll

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College women's soccer team has been selected to finish sixth in the preseason Conference Carolinas poll, released Thursday morning. The Trojans collected 60 points and were just three points out of...

County trio will play in Impact Futures games at UNC

CHAPEL HILL -- It's not just a baseball game. It's a chance to turn heads. The invitation for the Impact Baseball Futures game, scheduled for Saturday at Boshamer Stadium on the UNC campus, is more than just an opportunity to...

Eagles spikers soar past Saints

DUDLEY -- Rosewood looked like a team in midseason form. Southern Wayne looked like a team playing its first match of the season. The Eagles controlled possession throughout a 25-14, 25-20, 25-14 win over the Saints on Thursday night. The...

Saints' Kennedy uses old 'backboard strategy'

DUDLEY -- Mollianne Kennedy executed an old-fashioned tennis strategy to near perfection on Thursday afternoon. The soft-spoken sophomore played a "backboard style" against Triton's Jennifer Byrd during their No. 5 singles match. The strategy paid dividends for Kennedy, who picked...

Falcons, Chargers, Eagles, Gators head to The Brittany

WILSON -- Four county teams hit the pitch either today or tomorrow morning for The Brittany VI -- a soccer showcase featuring some of North Carolina's top prep boys' programs. More than 50 teams will play 30 contests in less...

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Eastern Wayne 3, Spring Creek 2 * Tiffany Gussenhofen recorded eight service aces to go with five digs and two kills for the Warriors. Morgan Smith finished with five kills and two digs. Lura Hulse supplied four kills. Kelsey...

Area teams seek first win of 2010

Ten of 11 teams in the News-Argus readership area share the same goal tonight -- erase the zero in the win column. No squad is probably more anxious to emerge victorious than Goldsboro, which opened its season with a 27-6...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

W. Country Day takes down GHS

Goldsboro provided the competition. Tyson Pearson delivered the offense. Pearson scored three times and had an assist in Wayne Country Day's 5-1 non-conference win over the visiting Cougars on Wednesday afternoon. Pearson collected the ball past midfield, dribbled through the...

Rosewood gains early confidence with win

It is impossible to go undefeated with a loss in week one. Rosewood head coach Robert Britt does not expect his team to run the gauntlet this season, but at least the Eagles still have the opportunity. Just one of...

MOC men's soccer picked seventh

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has been picked seventh in the 2010 Conference Carolinas preseason men's soccer poll, which was released Wednesday morning. The Trojans, who return six starters off last year's team, received 36 points...

Thursday preps

Tennis Eastern Wayne 9, South Johnston 0 * WILSON -- Eastern Wayne did not give up a single point in three of its singles conquests en route to a 9-0 win at South Johnston on Wednesday. The match was the...

Local Opinion: Kyle Busch is Chase favorite

Kyle Busch's legend on the race track continues to grow. So does the number of his detractors and on-track rivals. Busch completed a historic sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway last week, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win...

CBA falls to Fike soccer

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock continues to rebuild. Fike has discovered its team chemistry. Three players notched one goal apiece and the Golden Demons rolled to a 3-0, non-conference victory at rain-soaked Bedgood Field on Wednesday evening. Fike snapped a...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Golden Falcons sweep Bulldogs

PIKEVILLE -- Just nine days into the season, Charles B. Aycock is developing an identity on the volleyball court. Davis Harris likes it, so far. Aggressive, scrappy and consistent play enabled the Golden Falcons to turn back perennial 1-A power...

Rebels dump Tigers in non-conference play

CALYPSO -- North Duplin focussed on eliminating mistakes and held off a second-set rally during its 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 25-9 victory over county rival James Kenan on Tuesday night. The Rebels took advantage of several Tiger errors in the return...

Local Preps Digest

Cross country Eagles finish third * Wayne Christian's Connor Jones was the first male runner to cross the finish line, and the Eagles' boys finished third overall during an eight-team meet on Tuesday at Waynesborough Park. Jones crossed the line...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday preps

Tennis Wayne Christian 6, Fayetteville Christian 3 * FAYETTEVILLE -- Brooke Barfield picked up a convincing 6-1, 6-2 victory at number one singles as Wayne Christian claimed its opening match of the season. Faith Sutton, Taylor Willman and Reagan Hinton...

Wells Gulledge will enter MOC hall of fame

KINSTON --Wells Gulledge doesn't boast about his accomplishments. The always-humble basketball coach is more than willing to let recognition come based on the merits of his career. Gulledge's latest accolade is enshrinement in the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of...

Rosewood tops North Johnston volleyball

Lesson learned. A stronger attitude. Self-motivation. Rosewood flashed those characteristics in a 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 triumph over North Johnston on the volleyball court Monday afternoon. The Eagles (2-1 overall) swept the regular-season series from the Panthers, who exited with an...

Monday, August 23, 2010

MOC Hall of Fame class

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Kinston High School men's basketball coach Wells Gulledge, Steve Hudson and the late Brad Mitchell comprise the fifth class for enshrinement in the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is...

David West -- C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- David West has accepted another challenge. This one doesn't involve sports, however. West completed his administrative degree this summer and resigned two weeks ago as varsity men's basketball coach at Charles B. Aycock. He began his new job...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

S. Wayne - W. Craven box

Southern Wayne 7 8 0 0 -- 15 West Craven 0 13 0 16 -- 29 First quarter SW -- Jamison Dove 7 run (Jesus Rodriguez kick), 7:20 Second quarter SW -- Andrew Matthews 28 run (Rodriguez drop-kick), 4:38 WC...

Local Preps Digest

Soccer Wayne Christian 3, Cresset 1 * Gregory Alexander notched two goals, while Jordan Crouthamel added one goal and an assist. Chase King recorded four saves for the Eagles, who won their Carolina Christian 1-A Conference opener. Wayne Christian (2-0-0...

Eastern Wayne blanked at Hunt

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne moved the football, but could not find the end zone in a 29-0 loss to Wilson Hunt on Friday night. Eastern Wayne's defense kept the team in the ballgame until halftime by only allowing one Hunt...

Southern Wayne can't hold early lead

VANCEBORO -- West Craven weathered an early offensive outburst by Southern Wayne and rallied for a 29-15 win over the Saints in its non-conference football opener. The night started out perfectly for the visitors as Jamie Dove capped a scoring...

N. Duplin - Southside box

Southside 6 8 8 0 -- 22 North Duplin 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter SS -- Terrill Moore 2 run (Run failed), 4:05 Second quarter SS -- Moore 29 run (B. Jordan run), 10:21 Third quarter SS...

Wooten's 10-yar scamper seals Rosewood victory

Rosewood's offense was clicking, its new uniforms looked sharp and at halftime everything seemed to be under control. Then Wake Christian woke up. The Bulldogs took a 15-14 lead near the end of the third quarter, but the Eagles used...

S. Creek - S. Lenoir box

South Lenoir 0 14 6 8 -- 28 Spring Creek 0 0 13 0 -- 13 Second quarter SL -- Ty Kennedy run SL -- Kennedy run Third quarter SL -- Kennedy run SC -- WIll Janning 4 run (kick...

Rosewood-Wake Christian box

Wake Christian 3 0 12 0 -- 15 Rosewood 14 0 0 6 -- 20 First quarter RW -- Applewhite 8 run (Harris kick), 7:49 WC -- Baker 23 FG, 2:36 RW -- Applewhite 90 kickoff return (Harris kick), 2:23...

Fumbles hurt Gators in loss to South Lenoir

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek battled for four quarters and held its own with perennial power South Lenoir before falling 28-13 in its season opener at "The Swamp." A pair of fumbles cost the Gators two potential early-scoring drives and...

Rams' defense can't slow Falcons' running game

WINTERVILLE -- South Central pushed the ball up and down the field with a methodical ground game en route to a 34-7 win over Greene Central on Friday night. Emontre McNeil paced the Falcons with 184 yards and three touchdowns....

Southside shuts out North Duplin in opener

CALYPSO -- North Duplin was shorthanded. And it showed on Friday night. Missing four offensive starters for a variety of reasons, the Rebels were beaten 22-0 by Chocowinity Southside at H.E. Grubbs Field. "Tonight we were fighting the numbers a...

Bates passes Cats past Cougars

WILMINGTON -- Expect Goldsboro to concentrate on pass coverage this week in practice. New Hanover quarterback Taylor Bates threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-6, season-opening victory over the Cougars at Jurgensen-Gabriel Field inside Legion Stadium on...

Goldsboro-New Hanover box

Goldsboro 6 0 0 0 -- 6 New Hanover 7 0 14 6 -- 27 First quarter G -- Montgomery 1 run (kick failed), 6:45 NH -- Wilson 3 run (Bennett kick), 3:55 Third quarter NH -- Lancaster 1 run...

Hobbton - Princeton box

Hobbton 7 21 13 0 -- 41 Princeton 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter H -- Moore 62 pass from Evans (Evans kick) Second quarter H -- Chestnutt 4 run (Evans kick) H -- Chestnutt 14 run (Evans...

James Kenan - Clinton box

James Kenan 7 7 7 7 -- 28 Clinton 6 6 6 7 -- 25 First quarter JK -- Eric Kea 21 run (Batista kick), 6:38 C -- 14 pass (kick failed), 3:01 Second quarter C -- 2 run (kick...

Hunt - E. Wayne box

E. Wayne 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Hunt 7 0 22 0 -- 29 First quarter H -- Vinson 20 run (Lee kick), 2:13 Third quarter H -- Driver 10 run (Lee kick), 8:21 H -- Niez 12 run...

Princeton offenses struggles in loss to Hobbton

PRINCETON -- Princeton tallied just 115 yards of offense and Hobbton scored 21 points in the second quarter on its way to a 41-0 victory on Friday night. Adrian Joyner had the Bulldawgs' three rushing attempts of the game for...

Jones' late touchdown run proples Tigers past Dark Horses

WARSAW -- James Kenan made a key defensive stand and quarterback Parker Jones scored with fewer than 60 seconds left in a 28-25, season-opening comeback win at Bill Taylor Field on Friday night. The Tigers' defense stopped the Dark Horses...

Nash Central turns back Eastern Wayne tennis

A good, early-season test. State-ranked Eastern Wayne took preseason Big East favorite Nash Central to the limit in a 5-4, non-conference girls' tennis loss on a humid Friday afternoon. "This was a great match for the beginning of the...

East Duplin routs N. Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir took an early 7-0 lead, but East Duplin scored 63 unanswered points in the Hawks' season-opening, 63-7 loss on Friday night. Tyler Clark's 44-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Caleb Baird's extra point gave North...

C.B. Aycock - Bunn box

C.B. Aycock 0 7 6 0 -- 13 Bunn 7 6 0 8 -- 21 First quarter B -- Burroughs 23 pass from Davis (Jones PAT) Second quarter CBA -- Applewhite 14 run (Murdock PAT) B -- Cannady 56 yard...

E. Duplin - N. Lenoir box

East Duplin 14 21 14 14 -- 63 North Lenoir 7 0 0 0 -- 7 First Quarter NL -- Tyler Clark 44 fumble return (Caleb Baird kick), 10:17 ED -- Damien Bass 13 pass from Wiley Jackson (Zack Parker...

G. Central - S. Central box

Greene Central 0 0 0 7 -- 7 South Central 0 7 7 20 -- 34 Second Quarter SC -- Emontre McNeill 1 yard run (David Fulcher kick), 0:07 Third Quarter SC -- McNeill 15 yard run (Fulcher kick), 9:26...

Bunn tops C.B. Aycock

BUNN -- Bunn broke a 13-13 tie with a fourth-quarter touchdown and held off Charles B. Aycock for a 21-13, non-conference victory on Friday night. A.J. Mundle's 37-yard touchdown pass from Golden Falcons' quarterback Tyler Farmer in the third quarter...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday preps

Tennis Eastern Wayne 9, Wilson Hunt 0 * Miller Delbridge, Janielle Daniel, Grace Delbridge, Amber Miller, Joann Talton and Jackie Johnson each recorded singles wins for Eastern Wayne in its season-opener. The doubles teams of Miller Delbridge/Grace Delbridge, Daniel/Talton and...

Friday prep football

Are you ready for some football? Opening day is finally here. All 11 teams in the News-Argus readership area kick off their respective 2010 campaigns this evening. Six teams are at home, while five will travel in various directions. *...

CBA-Greene Central

PIKEVILLE -- Michael Fearney patiently watched his older teammates, soaked it all in and knew his time would come. Bounced between Charles B. Aycock's varsity and junior varsity soccer squads as a junior last season, Fearney is quickly proving his...

MOC hoops signees

MOUNT OLIVE -- Virginia prep standouts Joneiqua Gary and Jasmine McDonald have signed national letters-of-intent to play women's basketball at Mount Olive College. A 5-foot-7 guard, Gary helped lead Booker T. Washington to the district championship before falling to...

Goldsboro-EW volleyball

Goldsboro had its chances. Eastern Wayne foiled each opportunity. Kendra Nash dished out eight assists and the Warriors turned back the Cougars 26-24, 25-21, 25-16 inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium on Thursday afternoon. "That was a well-played (volleyball) match...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

FOOTBALL TAB -- Eastern Wayne preview

Coming off a disappointing inaugural season at Eastern Wayne, head football coach Guy "Bubba" Williams has lofty goals for his second year. And he is not about to concede anything. "We are going to get better every day," said Williams....

FOOTBALL TAB -- Goldsboro preview

Eric Reid is great proof that author Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again. And succeed. The Goldsboro High alum enjoyed his most-successful season on the sidelines in 2009. The Cougars claimed the Carolina 1-A Conference championship and...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Greene Central preview

The line between finishing a football season 9-2 as opposed to 3-8 can be fine, often painful and incredibly motivating. Six of Greene Central's eight losses during the 2009 campaign came by 15 points or fewer. Red zone turnovers, costly...

Greg Warren ready for return to Steeler lineup

Greg Warren's anticipation is comparable to a child on Christmas morning. He returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers lineup this season after a pair of devastating knee injuries cost him the better part of two seasons. "I am really excited and...

FOOTBALL TAB -- James Kenan preview

The days of eating comfortably from past successes lapsed a little bit for James Kenan football fans last season. The Tigers played for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-AA championship in 2006 and won it all in 2007....

FOOTBALL TAB -- North Lenoir preview

Calvin Sutton anticipated his first year as head football coach at his alma mater to be a challenge. What Sutton didn't expect was injuries, academic issues, countless untimely turnovers, five losses by 45 or more points and a 2-9 season....

FOOTBALL TAB -- Jones and Murdock: Friends or Foes

Freddie Jones and Craig Murdock are so alike and yet so different. Jones is Goldsboro High School's prized running back and linebacker with a chiseled physique, a bruising running style and a demeanor his teammates can't help but follow. Murdock...

Pod playoff system in place for 2010

Every proposal has its flaw, but the "pod" football playoff system offered by the N.C. High School Athletic Association might turn into a resounding touchdown this season. At least for 1-A schools. The economic downturn that started in 2007 forced...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Rosewood preview

There is a lot of buzz growing around the Rosewood High School football program. And it's not just about the team's sharp new game uniforms. A crop of 43 players will be donning the Eagles' customary purple and gold when...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Princeton preview

Princeton could deliver a surprise upset this season -- only because so little might be required of the Bulldawgs in 2010. Sixteen seniors, including a record-setting quarterback and receiver, helped lead the program to its most-successful campaign since the 1970s...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Southern Wayne preview

Bob Warren is not the kind of guy who is going to tip his hand in the preseason. In fact, he usually doesn't say much at all. But when the longtime Southern Wayne High School head coach was asked about...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Spring Creek preview

In 2009, the Carolina 1-A Conference title basically came down to two teams -- eventual champ Goldsboro and surprising Princeton. The six-team league could be more topsy-turvy this season. Exactly where does Spring Creek factor into the hunt? "I think...

FOOTBAL TAB -- North Duplin preview

During its stretch of back-to-back seasons with deep playoff runs in 2006 and 2007, North Duplin developed a tradition of consistency. The Rebels possessed an offense that dominated time of possession, a stingy hard-nosed defense and reliable special teams. Those...

GC football gets grant

SNOW HILL -- Stuffing puffs out the side. Tape covers holes from wear and tear. Paint and rust chips are mixed in the dirt where grass is worn down from daily use on hot summer afternoons. Yep, that rusty 'ole...

C.B. Aycock tops Goldsboro in volleyball

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock recovered from a disappointing season-opening loss to Princeton on Tuesday and rallied to beat county foe Goldsboro 25-16, 25-16, 25-16 on Wednesday night. The veteran Golden Falcon squad led throughout the opening set as Madison...

Jenieri Cyrus headed to Dartmouth

Jenieri Cyrus' road to Division I basketball was not the traditional high school to college path. The former Eastern Wayne standout made a stop at Charis Prep in 2009. That extra year of exposure helped him land an offer from...

Local digest

Volleyball Lakewood 3, North Duplin 0 * Junior middle hitter Tearra Ammons logged two service aces, two kills and two blocks in the Rebels' season-opening loss. Angelica Favela added two aces, three kills and four digs. Alonna Pate (two kills)...

OPINION: ACC football players to watch

While its Southeastern Conference neighbors continue to win national championships and dominate recruiting, the Atlantic Coast Conference manages to fly relatively under the college football radar. The SEC has won six of the past 12 national championships, including the last...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Aycock preview

Tyler Farmer was a relatively unknown first-year starting quarterback hoping to establish confidence and respect on the varsity level in 2009. Twelve months later, Farmer's not only been handed the keys to Charles B. Aycock's more pass-oriented offense, but to...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WCDS spikers defeat rival

Play Charger ball. Finish the point. Wayne Country Day executed those two commands from head coach Juliet Jones at the right time, and upended county rival Wayne Christian 25-15, 22-25, 26-24, 25-21 inside a sweltering Clifford Gymnatorium on Tuesday afternoon....

Irby: Goldsboro grad signs with Pfeiffer University

Demetrio Irby was not planning on playing basketball in college. When Jeremy Currier took over the reigns of the men's basketball program at Pfeiffer University, Irby's plans changed. "I originally picked Pfeiffer because that is where I wanted to go...

Talent-laden Cougars expected to defend title

The Goldsboro Cougars, for the second consecutive year, will wear the bullseye in the Carolina 1-A Conference football ranks. The defending league champions garnered five first-place votes and 25 total points in the annual preseason coaches poll. The results are...

Wayne Christian gets decisive goal in 72nd minute

Wayne Christian survived a stagnant first half and tallied two late goals en route to a 2-1 victory over county rival Wayne Country Day on Tuesday. Neither team could get any offense going during the first 40 minutes. Scorching temperatures...

Local Preps Digest

Soccer Charles B. Aycock 2, South Granville 0 * Travis Musselman got the Golden Falcons on the board in the 21st minute. Tyler Lynch extended the lead in the 73rd minute. Aycock outshot South Granville 13-2 and held a 7-2...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Walnut Creek LGA

Walnut Creek LGA Novella Zambelli and Mary Morris shared play-of-the-day honors during weekly action on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Bev Ives and Charlotte Campbell claimed low gross and low net, respectively, in first flight. Nancy Satterfield (low gross)...

E. Wayne-S. Creek volleyball

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Deanna Morris hopes Kelsey Rogers' intensity and aggressive attitude rubs off on her Spring Creek volleyball mates this season. Rogers got off to a good start Monday afternoon. The junior middle hitter flirted with a double-double --...

Connor Narron

PIKEVILLE -- Bus rides or new teammates? Classes, exams and dorms or the family business? Connor Narron is keeping it in the family. The Charles B. Aycock graduate and University of North Carolina recruit signed a contract with the Baltimore...

Preps digest

Boys' soccer * North Johnston 7, Goldsboro 0 -- The Cougars opened their 2010 season with road loss on Monday afternoon. "I'm very proud of my team," said second-year Goldsboro coach Tyler Gatlin. "We had no subs. I thought my...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Maurice Morgan headed to N.C. State

LaGRANGE -- Maurice Morgan is one of the quietest kids on the North Lenoir High School football team. He lets his game do all the talking. A varsity standout heading into his senior season with the Hawks, Morgan drew interest...

Friday, August 13, 2010

ECC 3-A poll released

CLAYTON -- "Competitive and balanced" was the catch phrase buzzing throughout the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference preseason football rouser Thursday morning at Cleveland High School. The six head coaches all agreed last year's inexperienced teams gained some ground this season...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grantham excited about Rams' mix

SNOW HILL -- Focused. Intense. Hungry. Senior leadership. Ken Grantham couldn't be more pleased. The third-year head football coach at Greene Central gushed enthusiasm when discussing this year's team, which has just 10 seniors and 12 returning starters. "We're seeing...

EPC class loaded with top programs

TARBORO -- Teams from the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference certainly won't sneak up on anyone this season. In 2009, three league members -- Tarboro, Kinston and SouthWest Edgecombe -- advanced to either the semifinal or championship round in regional competition....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Princeton practice report

PRINCETON -- Russell Williamson looked over the field as his team took part in special teams practice on Tuesday morning and saw a wealth of potential. What the long time head coach at Princeton High School did not see was...

North Lenoir practice report

LaGRANGE -- Calvin Sutton isn't just trying to build a quality football program at North Lenoir High School. He is desperately trying to change the culture. Sutton's charismatic delivery has won over the players in Wheat Swamp and the Hawks...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Youth, experience could be good mix for North Duplin

CALYPSO -- North Duplin returns a core group of players who either started or played part-time during the 2009 season. Hugh Martin says that's a good starting point. Just 29 players have suited up during the first seven days of...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Keith scores ace at Goldsboro Municipal GC

Keith gets an ace Willie Keith recorded his first-ever hole-in-one while playing a round of golf Saturday at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course. Keith used a 7-wood to hole out on the par-3, No. 7 layout. Playing partners Earl Hawkins, Chuck...

McNeill era officially begins at ECU

GREENVILLE -- A new era begins. Welcome home, Ruffin McNeill. The latest East Carolina skipper could hardly contain his excitement during the Pirates' annual media day Saturday afternoon. McNeill said the team will need to determine its personality and brand...

Carmine, Price win overall male, female divisions in triathlon

Jay Carmine and Emily Price emerged the top male and female champions, respectively, in the overall division during the 25th annual Goldsboro Family Y Triathlon contested at Walnut Creek. Carmine, from Leland, logged a first-place time of 1 hour,...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Eagles benefitting from experience

Robert Britt had mercy on his weary football team Thursday. After three days of conditioning in the hot mid-day sun, the Rosewood Eagles' head coach let his guys leave the field after their workouts without running sprints. The 43 potential...

Eastern Wayne soccer practice

Eastern Wayne soccer players kick the ball around during a preseason workout Thursday evening in New Hope. The Warriors have seven starters back off last year's team, which advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs....

Eastern Wayne football practice

Second-year Eastern Wayne head coach Guy "Bubba" Williams watches his offensive and defensive linemen work on blocking techniques against the five-man sled during Thursday's practice. The Warriors return 14 starters off last year's team, which finished 1-10 overall....

Lane Tree LGA

Lane Tree LGA Lou Ellen Flowers claimed game-of-the-week honors during tournament play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Betty Jean Gurley won low net. Linda Watson seized low putts....

Williams encouraging seniors to leave mark

Make a mark. Get better every day. Second-year Eastern Wayne head football coach Guy "Bubba" Williams delivers those messages on a daily basis to his 16-member senior class. They've become more prevalent this week. "I've told them they have to...

Stevens: Heisman race is wide-open candidacy

Short on depth but deep on talent makes this season's Heisman Trophy race a wide-open candidacy. Alabama tailback Mark Ingram was on nobody's Heisman list at the start of the 2009 season. Ingram silenced doubters by rushing for 1,658 yards...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Goldsboro practice

Ahead of the original schedule. A different atmosphere. More than 70 players have reported for varsity and junior varsity football practice at Goldsboro High during the first three days this week. And fourth-year head coach Eric Reid couldn't be more...

MOC volleyball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- A nine-member freshman class will join the Mount Olive College women's volleyball program later this month. Third-year head coach Cole Tallman received national letters-of-intent from players in five states and two countries. The newest...

Goldsboro HS summer volleyball practice

Goldsboro High head volleyball coach T.J. Lancaster (brown shirt) works with players during a hitting drill inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon. Lancaster has 27 girls vying for spots on the JV and varsity teams this season....

Goldsboro HS summer football practice

Goldsboro High football players work through a drill that teaches them to keep low while blocking on the offensive and defensive lines during Wednesday's practice. The Cougars return 18 starters off last year's team that reached the NCHSAA 1-A eastern...

All-Star coaches

GREENSBORO -- Charles B. Aycock head football coach Randy Pinkowski and Eastern Wayne head soccer coach Jorg Wagner have been selected to participate in the 2011 N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Games. The annual showcases are scheduled for next...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Local golf

Walnut Creek LGA Hiromi Sueki captured play-of-the-day honors during weekly tournament competition on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Novella Zambelli and Linda Hilburn claimed low gross and low net, respectively, in first flight action. Mary Morris (low gross) and...

On Camera - C.B. Aycock soccer practice

Golden Falcon players work on their foot skills during the early part of Tuesday afternoon's practice in Pikeville. Seven starters return for Aycock, which claimed an unprecedented fifth consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's soccer tournament championship last season....

On Camera - C.B. Aycock football practice

Veteran Golden Falcon head coach Randy Pinkowski reported Tuesday afternoon that the Golden Falcons have 30 varsity and 35 junior varsity players this season. Charles B. Aycock finished 10-3 a year ago, falling to Gray's Creek in the second...

Falcons flying in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE -- Whistles blew, instructions were shouted and footballs flew through the air. Following a 10-3 season and a trip to the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs a year ago, Charles B. Aycock is...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

MOC names Benton Assistant SID

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Benny Benton has come home. The former Mount Olive College sports information director has been named the school's new assistant SID. Benton begins his duties Aug. 9. Prior to his first stint at MOC,...

Gators get going in "The Swamp"

SEVEN SPRINGS-- With experience comes wisdom. Aaron Sanders is the perfect example. Entering his third campaign as the head football coach at Spring Creek, Sanders feels more comfortable with his position and more confident in the moves that have to...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Saints continue tradition

DUDLEY -- The tradition continues. And the late-summer ritual -- high school football -- has officially started. Southern Wayne ushered in the 2010 season with its annual Midnight Madness practice around 12:30 this morning. Dressed in helmets, T-shirts and shorts,...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Coggins: Snow Hill undoubtedly a 'winner'

A sleepy little town surrounded by sweet potato and tobacco fields in the heart of Greene County, you'd hardly think of Snow Hill as a "tennis mecca." Oh, but it is. And the nation certainly knows about it now. Based...

Pirates take title in TN

T.J. Smothers had to think he was reliving a scene from the hit movie "Forrest Gump" while thinking about this year's Wayne County Pirates 10-Under baseball team. "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going...

Hurricanes blow through untouched toward title

Disappointed that its 2009 season ended with a runner-up finish in the Amateur Athletic Union Class A World Series, the Wayne County Hurricanes 14-Under softball team vowed 2010 would end in different fashion. That stinging, season-ending defeat stoked the flames...

Annual fall ritual officially kicks off Monday

It has been seven months and 27 days since players at Goldsboro High School donned football attire and hit the gridiron. The Cougars and head coach Eric Reid are anxious to get back to business. "I'm excited and I know...