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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...