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Monday, February 28, 2011

Rosewood duo each finish second at championships

GREENSBORO -- Foiled again. On the verge of adding another chapter to the Rosewood High and Wayne County wrestling history books, the unthinkable happened to Nick Quillen and Zach Behrend early Saturday evening. Quillen sustained a severely-sprained back muscle and...

Trojans complete three-game sweep of St. Andrews

MOUNT OLIVE -- Curtis Hudson tossed five scoreless innings and nationally ninth-ranked Mount Olive tallied season-high run and hit totals with a 24-2 victory over St. Andrews in Conference Carolinas baseball Sunday at Scarborough Field. The Trojans collected 27 hits...

Coggins: Mount Olive seniors should shine in postseason

Never settle for anything less than your best has been the recipe for success for the latest women's senior basketball class at Mount Olive College. The six-player group recognized before the regular-season home finale Saturday against St. Andrews has undoubtedly...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Camden County boys drop Rosewood

CAMDEN -- The chariot finally turned back into a pumpkin. Cinderella's magical night at the ball is over. Rosewood's final dance partner decided it wanted a new date Friday evening. Shawn Hammonds pumped in a game-high 17 points and Camden...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Rosewood 10 18 6 15 -- 49 Camden Co. 13 16 12 14 -- 55 ROSEWOOD (15-10) Jykhia Applewhite 1 0 1-2 3, Dee Mabry 1 0 0-0 2, Antonio Henriques 0 1 0-0 3, Jyonte Raynor 0 2...

MOC men drop St. Andrews

MOUNT OLIVE -- Brandon Allen picked the right time to take matters into his own hands Saturday afternoon. And he, along with fellow senior Aleks Mitrovic, got a much-deserved victory before a vocal Kornegay Arena crowd. Allen pumped in 26...

MOC baseball wins two

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carter Capps flirted with history. Mike Knox changed it. Capps took a perfect game into the sixth inning of game one and Knox became the first Mount Olive play to ever hit four home runs in a...

Goldsboro bests Northhampton West Girls

With its season hanging in the balance, Goldsboro turned to its leaders to take it across the finish line. Kasheika Wallace, Alexus Myles, Brandi Johnson and Talaya Lassiter led a fourth-quarter charge and the Cougars stormed past Northampton-West 64-45 on...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Charger girls beat Statesville, 43-41

ASHEVILLE -- Two down, two to go. And a chance to get revenge -- barely. Statesville Christian missed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired and Wayne Country Day escaped with a 43-41 victory in quarterfinal-round play of the 2011 N.C....

Seven Tar Heels return home to play at venerable Grainger Stadium

KINSTON -- Tar Heel talent comes home this weekend for the inaugural "Freedom Classic" between the United States Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. First pitch in the three-game set is today at 6 p.m. at historic Grainger...

Stevens: ACC's 'bubble' teams have work to do

College basketball's selection Sunday is filled with gut-wrenching anticipation, controversy, disappointment and reward. Fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference shouldn't expect March 13 to go down as a banner day in the history of one of the nation's most-storied conferences....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rosewood - Manteo

The light switch finally came on for Rosewood in the third quarter. Manteo stayed in the dark. Cody Harris buried two 3-pointers during a decisive, game-breaking run and the Eagles eliminated the Redskins, 59-45, from the N.C. High School Athletic...

RM - Southern Wayne boys

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne endured a rough stretch in the second quarter before rallying in the second half. The effort came up just short. Defending N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A boys' basketball state champion Rocky Mount ended the game...

MOC basketball

CHARLOTTE -- Derek Staton sizzled the nets for a career-high 30 points, but Mount Olive College endured an 89-87, overtime loss to Conference Carolinas men's basketball rival Queens University on Wednesday evening. The Royals' Brent Evans nailed the game-winning...

MOC baseball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Antonio Callaway's walk-off, two-RBI single pushed No. 9-ranked Mount Olive College past in-state rival Wingate University, 5-4, in the opening game of their doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. Freshman southpaw Josh Frederick earned his first collegiate win in...

Goldsboro - Riverside girls

Goldsboro head coach LaTina Bullock-Davis exited the locker room with a look of relief on her face and plenty of praise for her team. The Cougars withstood a second half surge from Martin Riverside and pulled away late for a...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wayne Country Day girls eliminate Elon School

Eager to erase memories of recent home losses, Wayne Country Day took out its frustration against Elon School on Tuesday afternoon. And the Chargers also made sure Kim Martell's final contest on her home court was a success. All-State point...

Chargers need OT to oust Lions

In the final home game of his career, senior Josh Gregory nearly played the role of hero at the end of regulation. He wasn't about to waste another opportunity in overtime. Gregory scored six of Wayne Country Day's nine points...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Trinity of Durham 11 11 13 10 4 -- 49 Wayne Country Day 18 12 11 4 9 -- 54 TRINITY OF DURHAM (15-9) Todd Eckstein 2 0 0-0 4, Andrew James 2 0 1-1 5, Will Powell 1...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rosewood survives against Gates County

No scouting report. No preparation time. Almost no problem. Rosewood established a double-digit, second-half lead and turned back Gates County, 48-42, in opening-round action of the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A boys' basketball playoffs Monday evening. The Eagles...

Local digest

Boys' basketball James Kenan 66, Princeton 58, OT WARSAW -- James Kenan scored 12 points in overtime and knocked off state-ranked Princeton in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs on Monday night. After opening...

Southern Wayne drops D.H. Conley

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne struggled to get its offense rolling on Monday night. Everything came together in the third quarter. The Saints used a 28-point third quarter surge to race past D.H. Conley 67-58 in the opening round of the...

Rocky Mount Prep boys eliminate Goldsboro

Goldsboro's seven seniors have accomplished a lot and created plenty of memories during their time in a Cougars' uniform. The lasting images of Monday night could sting for a while. Goldsboro saw a 10-point third-quarter lead disappear in a 52-46...

Goldsboro girls best Gates County

Goldsboro's girls flipped the switch just in time. After trudging through a sloppy first half, the Cougars began the third quarter on a 14-4 run and never looked back in a 62-49 win over visiting Gates County in the first...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Rocky Mount Prep 10 8 22 12 -- 52 Goldsboro 17 10 11 8 -- 46 ROCKY MOUNT PREP (20-11) Quashun Coppedge 2 0 0-0 4, Jacob Barrett 2 2 0-0 10, Maxton Richardson 0 0 1-2 1, Jordan...

Monday, February 21, 2011

MOC-Shepherd softball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham is convinced good things are happening on the softball diamond these days, but the Mount Olive College coach still has a few issues to solve. Especially pitching. Shepherd (W. Va.) University tallied four runs with...

faith christian

DURHAM -- The Faith Christian boys' basketball team certainly exceeded its expectations on the court this season. The Conquerors' main goals were to perform well in N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A region play, and qualify for the season-ending state...

MOC men's volleyball

LORETTO, Pa. -- Mount Olive College's Benedikt Schirmers cranked out a career-high 16 kills in a 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17 loss to St. Francis (Pa.) University on Sunday afternoon. Schirmers posted a .440 hitting percentage in the match, and...

East wrestling

A small contingent of competitors will represent Wayne County in the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling state championships later this week. Rosewood is taking five grapplers, including 1-A east regional champs Nick Quillen and Zach Behrend. Eastern Wayne...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Charger girls avenge regular-season losses against Greenfield

Attack, attack and then attack some more. Wayne Country Day drove to the rim with relentless aggression for four quarters and held off a late Greenfield rally for a 59-52 win in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference tournament semifinals...

Southern Wayne boys win physical ECC championship game

PIKEVILLE -- Regular-season co-champions Southern Wayne and Triton engaged in the battle their respective coaches hoped to see Friday evening. Boy, was it nerve racking. The Saints missed an eye-popping 26 free throws and somehow escaped with a 54-49 victory...

Rosewood boys dethrone Goldsboro as Carolina 1-A tournament champions

PRINCETON -- There was nothing for Rosewood head coach Daniel Mitchell to say on Friday night. The Eagles sent their message loud and clear on the court. Jacquez Raynor buried a turn-around jumper with eight seconds to play in overtime...

Charger boys turn back Faith Christian-RM in CPIC semifinals

Working as a cohesive unit, Wayne Country Day made sure it got the rematch with Greenfield it wanted. The Chargers worked together offensively all night, placed three players in double figures and defeated Faith Christian-Rocky Mount 73-51 in the Coastal...

Greenfield boys defeat WCDS, repeat as CPIC tournament champs

Greenfield doesn't just have Wayne Country Day's number in basketball, it might even be on speed dial. The Knights placed five players in double figures and cruised to a 78-50 victory on Saturday night in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A...

Oakwood girls deny WCDS in CPIC title contest

Wayne Country Day used losing the 2010 Coastal Plains Independent 1-A girls' conference tournament as motivation for a run to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A state finals. If the Chargers hope to make a third straight finals appearance...

Weekend prep basketball boxes

Faith-RM 8 9 16 18 -- 51 Wayne Country Day 17 12 26 18 -- 73 FAITH-ROCKY MOUNT Matt Earley 3 0 1-3 7, Christian Davis 1 0 0-1 2, Jarrick Oxendine 4 1 4-4 15, Barton Parker 1 0...

Trojan diamond nine sweep doubleheader from Alderson-Broaddus

MOUNT OLIVE -- Alderson-Broaddus had a long day at Mount Olive College on Saturday afternoon. The Battlers could not get out of their own way as the No. 14-ranked Trojans claimed a double-header, 18-0 and 15-5, at Scarborough Field. The...

Younger's walk-off single lifts ECU past Youngstown St.

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Second baseman Tim Younger drove a 3-1 pitch to right field scoring Philip Clark from third in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel East Carolina to a 1-0 victory over Youngstown State on...

Hines sets single-game assists record in MOC victory

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive freshman Dory Hines handed out a school-record 16 assists, while Brandon Allen and Derek Staton provided the offensive punch in a 96-84 shootout over Lees-McRae on Saturday evening. Hines broke the record...

Ayden-Grifton girls repeat as Carolina 1-A tournament champs

PRINCETON -- History repeated itself on Friday night in Princeton. For the second consecutive season, Ayden-Grifton upset top-seeded Goldsboro and claimed the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament title with a 60-54 overtime win. Despite being behind most of the...

Theater of the Mind: Hayden's descriptions awakens listener's imagination

Radio personality Alex Hayden gets just a few precious seconds to paint a picture for the listener during each NASCAR race he calls from the pits or in the turns. Once his mike goes dead, he hopes he's provided enough...

Triton girls exact payback in ECC tournament finals

PIKEVILLE -- A little poetic justice. One year ago, Triton won the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season girls' basketball championship and was upset in the tournament final by Charles B. Aycock. One year later, the Hawks returned the favor. Darian...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stunner: Rosewood upsets No. 1 Princeton

PRINCETON -- Rosewood's roller coaster ride continued on Thursday night. The Eagles found themselves at a high point in the odyssey. Four Rosewood players reached double figures en route to a 67-59 win over archrival Princeton in the semifinal round...

Top-seeded Saints dispatch Aycock

DUDLEY -- Been there. Done that. Got the T-shirt. Charles B. Aycock couldn't avoid a repeat of its season-ending meeting with Southern Wayne on Thursday evening. Early turnovers, poor shooting and an in-your-face defense led to a 68-30 loss against...

Goldsboro slows down game, eases into title contest

PRINCETON -- North Duplin gave Goldsboro fits for three quarters on Thursday night. The Cougars owned the final period. James Williams pumped in 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Goldsboro held off North Duplin 63-54 in the semifinals of...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Faith Christian 57, Tri-City Christian 54 * DURHAM -- Faith Christian held off Tri-City Christian for a 57-54 win on Thursday night and advanced to the N.C. Christian Schools Athletic Association 2-A state semifinals. The Conquerors (21-6 overall)...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Rosewood 15 14 17 21 -- 67 Princeton 11 12 11 25 -- 59 ROSEWOOD (12-9) Dee Mabry 2 1 4-7 11, Jyonte Raynor 2 0 3-4 7, Cody Harris 0 1 0-2 3, Jacquez Raynor 4 0 2-4...

Stevens: Jones, Montgomery prove wins, losses aren't true formula for success today

Today's society measures athletic success in wins, state championships and Division I scholarship offers. Goldsboro's Andre Montgomery and Freddie Jones are walking examples that there's much more that goes into being a winner. The Cougars' heralded backfield duo combined to...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

CB Aycock reaches ECC final

PIKEVILLE -- Play your game. Dictate the tempo. Charles B. Aycock head girls' basketball coach Laura Romo had to repeat those messages to her team at halftime Wednesday evening, and her team finally followed the script. Frontcourt mates Imari Howell...

Carolina 1-A Conference boxscores

Princeton 7 16 13 10 -- 46 Ayden-Grifton 13 11 15 9 -- 48 PRINCETON (9-16) Tori Paul 0 1 0-0 3, Savanna Massengill 3 0 4-4 10, Megann Gerell 7 0 5-6 19, Amber Brush 2 0 0-0 4,...

Ayden-Grifton edges Princeton

PRINCETON -- Ayden-Grifton battled until the final horn, and the effort was just enough to hold off hard-charging Princeton, which was looking for an upset Wednesday evening. Charmaine Little buried a driving hook shot with 59 seconds to play and...

Jones, Montgomery will go seperate ways

The lasting impression Andre Montgomery and Freddie Jones have left on Goldsboro High School's football program stretches well beyond wins, conference championships, touchdowns and rushing yards. Cougars' head coach Eric Reid described the dynamic running back duo as, "a pillar...

CB Aycock-N. Lenoir boxscore

North Lenoir 16 3 6 9 -- 34 C.B. Aycock 12 12 10 12 -- 46 NORTH LENOIR (11-15) Breyuana Kittrell 2 0 0-0 4, Ta'Breia Foster 1 0 0-0 2, Yolanda Munoz 1 0 0-2 2, Tyra Spencer 1...

Goldsboro girls rout North Duplin

PRINCETON -- Goldsboro was determined to put upstart North Duplin away early. The Cougars accomplished their goal in a 59-32 victory over the Rebels in the semifinal round of the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament on Wednesday night. The...

MOC rallies past Shaw

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has owned Shaw University in baseball over the past three seasons. Wednesday wasn't one of those days. The No.14-ranked Trojans tacked on five late runs to pull away for a 8-3, non-conference victory at...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hines leads Trojans past Coker

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Dory Hines' two free throws snapped a 58-58 deadlock and Mount Olive College pulled away for a 71-65 victory over Coker (S.C.) in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game Tuesday evening. Ewon Wright paced...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS South Johnston 5 8 9 19 -- 41 Eastern Wayne 14 11 12 14 -- 51 SOUTH JOHNSTON (5-20) D.J. Collins 0 5 0-0 15, George Smith 0 1 0-0 3, Casey Turnage 1 0 0-0 2, Javonte Burns...

Area preps digest

Boys' basketball Rosewood 46, Spring Creek 35 * AYDEN -- Rosewood pulled away in the second half and eliminated Spring Creek with a 46-35 win during first-round play of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament at Ayden-Grifton High School....

Aycock stuns North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- Think Charles B. Aycock is ready to give up that Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball tournament crown? Think again. The fifth-seeded Golden Falcons played their most-complete game of the season in a convincing, 71-50 dismantling of fourth-seeded...

Eastern Wayne ousts South Johnston

Slow, patient and deliberate. Eastern Wayne methodically ran its offense and limited South Johnston's possessions in a 51-41 win in the first round of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Tuesday night. The third-seeded Warriors took their time...

Mount Olive routs N.C. Wesleyan

MOC Sports Information ROCKY MOUNT -- Preseason All-American candidate Michael Knox emerged the first-ever player in Mount Olive College baseball history to hit for the cycle in a 12-5, non-conference win over N.C. Wesleyan at Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

P-SC girls

PRINCETON -- The shots fell from inside and out as Princeton's offense came alive in a 45-23 win over Spring Creek on Monday night in the opening round of the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament. Playing with just six...

ND-Rosewood girls

PRINCETON -- North Duplin's season has been a string of successes. The Rebels won four regular-season games in the Carolina 1-A Conference schedule and earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The young squad took another step forward...

SW-N. Lenoir girls

LaGRANGE -- Southern Wayne had its chances to play spoiler in the opening round of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball tournament Monday evening. North Lenoir foiled the upset bid. Kristen Davenport and Deshona Cox each logged a double-double,...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tampa cruises past MOC

MOC Sports Information GREENWOOD, S.C. -- No. 5-ranked Mount Olive carried a two-run lead into the fifth inning against perennial Division II power Tampa (Fla.) on Sunday afternoon, but eventually endured a 10-4 loss on the final day of the...

Ware, Bradshaw deliver for Trojans

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Alyssa Bradshaw cranked out four RBI, Kristin Ware notched her second complete game in the circle and Mount Olive defeated Lees-McRae, 5-3, in game two of their Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader Sunday afternoon. The...

C.B. Aycock's Hall seizes 1-meter diving crown

RALEIGH -- All those afternoons of turning flips on the trampoline have paid dividends for Devin Hall on the diving board this season. He earned his biggest reward this weekend. The Charles B. Aycock freshman seized the 2011 N.C. High...

Coggins: Archrival delivers stunning blow, Jones looks for response

Stewing seven days from an embarrassing loss to an archrival will leave any team seeking redemption in the next meeting -- if it happens. And Wayne Country Day, no doubt, wants another shot at Greenfield. The Knights smacked the Chargers...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Goldsboro boys earn share of Carolina 1-A Conference title

Boys' basketball Goldsboro 48, Ayden-Grifton 38 * LITTLEFIELD -- Senior Jarran Reed collected 26 points and Goldsboro dumped Ayden-Grifton, 48-38, to claim a share of its second consecutive Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship. Just 24 hours earlier, Reed received word...

Lady Cougars clinch conference championship

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 60, Ayden-Grifton 36 * LITTLEFIELD -- Alexus Myles led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points, and Goldsboro secured the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season title with a 60-36 romp over Ayden-Grifton. The Cougars (18-3...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Princeton    12    10    19    15    --    56 Rosewood    13    11    4    17    --    45 PRINCETON C.J. Jeffreys 0 4 2-4 14, Wes Wood 5 0 0-1 10, Ben Jacobs 6 0 6-9 18, Aaron Simpkins 1 0 0-0 2,...

Trojans earn softball, basketball victories

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Robbin Kennedy drove in four runs, two coming on a home run in a four-run fifth inning as Mount Olive scored eight unanswered runs for a 13-6 victory over Mercyhurst in game one of...

Princeton boys complete comeback at Rosewood

Princeton head coach Jeff Davis didn't want to let archrival Rosewood hang around Friday evening. The Eagles did for 2 1/2 quarters. C.J. Jeffreys scored all 14 of his points in the second half, and the Dawgs rallied for a...

Greenfield rolls past Wayne Country Day

Turnabout is fair play. Almost. Unlike seven days ago, Greenfield maintained its early-game intensity and rolled past Wayne Country Day, 79-48, in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A finale for both boys' basketball teams Friday evening. The No. 3-ranked Knights (18-8...

MOC men snap five-game losing streak

MOC Sports Information DUE WEST, S.C. -- Ewon Wright scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the first half as Mount Olive defeated Erskine 49-35 on Saturday. The 35 points are the fewest allowed by the Trojans since Mount...

Knox leads MOC past Carson-Newman

MOC Sports Information GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Preseason All-American Michael Knox lived up to his billing on Saturday, blasting two more home runs and driving in five runs to lead fifth-ranked Mount Olive College in a 15-3 rout of Carson-Newman College...

Friday, February 11, 2011

C.B. Aycock-Southern Wayne basketball box scores

BOYS Southern Wayne 12 12 15 14 -- 53 C.B. Aycock 20 10 8 8 -- 46 SOUTHERN WAYNE Trey Allen 1 0 0-2 2, Bernard Gross 1 1 4-4 9, Khari Faison 7 0 5-8 19, Delfawn Worrells 3...

Capps, Knox on Martinez "watch list"

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College pitcher Carter Capps and designated hitter Michael Knox are among players on the "watch list" for the 2011 Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the Division II baseball national player-of-the-year....

Saints earn share of ECC boys' regular-season crown

PIKEVILLE -- Southern Wayne did enough to win a share of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season championship on Thursday night. The Saints just took their time getting started. Khari Faison racked up a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds,...

Aycock girls clinch ECC hoops title outright

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock opened up an early lead and hung on for dear life in a 36-34 win over Southern Wayne on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference scene on Thursday night. The Golden Falcons claimed the outright regular-season...

Trojan women win, men lose at Belmont Abbey

MOC Sports Information BELMONT -- Joneiqua Gary's 3-pointer triggered a game-ending, 9-2 run and Mount Olive College turned back in-state foe Belmont Abbey, 62-52, in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Thursday evening. Gary pumped in 12 points for the...

Warrior boys finish ECC play with road win

Boys' basketball Eastern Wayne 53, North Lenoir 45 * LaGRANGE -- Robert Washington pumped in a team-high 19 points, and playoff-bound Eastern Wayne stopped North Lenoir, 53-45, inside Wooten Gym on Thursday evening. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday preps

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 61, Rosewood 19 * Goldsboro scored more points in the first quarter than Rosewood scored in the entire game as the Cougars celebrated senior night with a 61-19 win over the Eagles on Wednesday night. After one...

Goldsboro-Rosewood boys

Goldsboro played another up and down game. A big night by a big man helped the Cougars prevail. Jarran Reed celebrated senior night by scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds, and the Cougars held off a pesky Rosewood squad...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Goldsboro clears glass against Spring Creek, pulls down season-high 49 rebounds

Boys' basketball Goldsboro 53, Spring Creek 49 * SEVEN SPRINGS -- Goldsboro overcame an eight-point deficit at halftime and rallied to beat Carolina 1-A Conference rival Spring Creek 53-49 on Tuesday night. The Cougars asserted themselves on the defensive glass...

Chargers' Elmore takes 50- and 100-yard free events

Wayne Country Day senior Thomas Elmore emerged victorious in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in a season-ending meet contested at the Goldsboro Family Y. Elmore edged Faith Christian's Carson O'Dell by two-tenths of a second to win the...

Triton boys upend Eastern Wayne

Eastern Wayne played with the intensity that comes with senior night for the first quarter. Triton matched the Warriors' effort in the final three periods and earned a 64-48 victory on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball scene Tuesday...

C.B. Aycock-Jacksonville, Rosewood-Dixon wrestling boxes

2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Dual-Team Playoffs (at C.B. Aycock) Jacksonville 46 C.B. Aycock 21 160 -- Khaleil Owens (CBA) wbf Matt Quarles, 2:33; 171 -- Nick Simmons (CBA) wbf Kody Jurpic, 1:59; 189 -- Travion Lewis...

Tuesday's prep basketball boxes

Triton 11 14 16 23 -- 64 Eastern Wayne 11 9 15 13 -- 48 TRITON (15-3, 8-2) Kendrick Harris 0 1 2-4 5, Ellis Hill 3 2 0-0 12, Montel Williams 4 0 1-2 9, Tony McNeill 9 0...

Trojans' Manning named Conference Carolinas baseball player-of-the-week

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- North Lenoir alum Andrew Manning, who delivered a key, pinch-hit double for Mount Olive College against Lenoir-Rhyne, has been named the Conference Carolinas baseball player-of-the-week. Manning batted .625 and drove in seven runs for...

Jacksonville matmen stun Aycock in dual-team playoffs

PIKEVILLE -- Sitting on the mountaintop after winning the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling tournament title just three days ago, Charles B. Aycock fell from grace Tuesday evening. Jacksonville provided the humbling lesson. The Cardinals triumphed in eight of 12...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MOC softball ready for the season to start

MOUNT OLIVE -- Recruiting and building a team from the ground up is no easy task. Mount Olive College softball coach Jamie Kylis-Higginbotham hopes to see the fruits of her labor on the diamond this season. The Trojans' roster, which...

Mount Olive falls to Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive picked its poison on defense. Pfeiffer delivered the knockout dosage in the second half. Vonte Eaford and Davon Gilliard buried consecutive 3-pointers during a decisive run, and the Falcons handed the Trojans a 102-90 defeat...

Trojan women best Falcons in OT

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive just couldn't put Conference Carolinas nemesis Pfeiffer University away Monday evening. Until the seniors stepped up in overtime. Jasmine Whitby and Brittany Miller combined for 10 points, and the Trojans profited from a critical technical...

Monday, February 7, 2011

MOC double header

HICKORY -- Michael Knox homered and drove in three runs for the second consecutive game and Chris Hinton retired both batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to stop a late rally as No. 7-ranked Mount Olive...

NCHSAA 3-A East swim regional

Devin Hall is creating quite a splash in the pool these days. Less than two months ago, the Charles B. Aycock swimmer never thought about diving and had only horsed around with friends in the pool. Now he's a regional...

Dawn Johnson -- column

Dawn Johnson kept "the secret" for so long, she almost forgot about it. Then she opened her mailbox one day. Inside was the proof in a letter-sized envelope. And when Andy Richards, the state director of the N.C. USSSA Slow-Pitch...

ECC Wrestling, part 2

PIKEVILLE -- Just call 'em "repeat offenders." Southern Wayne's Ethan Brogden and Jamison Dove, and Eastern Wayne's Austin Helm and James Barrett successfully defended their respective individual crowns in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling championships contested Saturday. Brogden pinned...

MOC-LMC volleyball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jarvis Karchewski handled the "quarterback" duties and Angel Dache provided the offensive spark in Mount Olive's 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 triumph over in-state, men's volleyball nemesis Lees-McRae College. Karchewski passed out 30 assists and logged four blocks...

Aycock takes ECC 3-A title

PIKEVILLE -- Manage your match. Charles B. Aycock's wrestling team heard the message during daily practice and moments before the season-ending, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference individual championship tournament Saturday morning. Boy, they certainly listened. Five grapplers seized gold medals in...

Carolina-4 Rivers 1-A Championships

PRINCETON -- Rosewood checked off two more goals on its "to-do" list during the season-ending, Carolina/4 Rivers 1-A Conference wrestling tournament contested Saturday. Nine grapplers walked away with individual championships, and the Eagles captured an unprecedented 16th consecutive team crown...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Local digest

Boys' basketball C.B. Aycock 40, Eastern Wayne 38 * PIKEVILLE -- Oh no, not again. Randall Fulghum's offensive putback in the final 90 seconds lifted Charles B. Aycock to a 40-38 victory, and claimed a regular-season sweep of county rival...

Opinion: Legacy can be made today

There are a handful of defining moments through the course of one's life that ultimately shape a legacy. No moment leaves an indelible impression on the lasting heritage of a quarterback like his performance in the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh quarterback...

Rosewood gets key win over Spring Creek

Rosewood played four near-perfect minutes. Spring Creek never recovered. The Eagles used an 11-0 run midway through the third quarter to pull away from the Gators en route to a 55-40 victory on Friday night. The win gives the Eagles...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Princeton 19 16 7 16 -- 55 Goldsboro 16 18 20 23 -- 77 PRINCETON (20-1, 7-1) Ben Jacobs 6 0 3-4 15, C.J. Jefferys 2 1 1-2 8, Wes Wood 1 3 1-2 12, Aaron Simpkins 0 1...

Warren to try for third ring

The list of great NFL players who never won a Super Bowl is long and well decorated. Dan Marino never won the biggest game. Nor did Bruce Smith, Barry Sanders or Anthony Munoz. Perhaps that is what makes winning three...

Goldsboro hands Princeton first loss

Not in our house. Goldsboro used a 15-0 third-quarter run to break open a tight ballgame and rolled past No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten Carolina 1-A Conference foe Princeton 77-55 on Friday night. The Cougars avoided a regular-season sweep at...

CBA bests Eastern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne hung around. And hung around. And hung around. Imari Howell and Ivy Hartzell finally got tired of it. The Charles B. Aycock duo combined for 10 third-quarter points in a 47-37, come-from-behind triumph over county nemesis...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cougar duo chooses Fayetteville State

Childhood friends who grew up across the street from each other, it's a good thing Jarran Reed and Michael Sykes haven't tired of each other ... yet. They'll be together four more years. The Goldsboro High duo signed national letters-of-intent...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Faith Christian 57, Calvary 49, OT * Faith Christian held off Calvary for a 57-49, non-conference victory in overtime on Thursday night. Wes Caudle led the Conquerors with 21 points. Silas Dengliner finished with 15 points and Connor...

No. 4-ranked Trojans eager to answer critics' questions

MOUNT OLIVE -- With the usual target on its back and several unanswered questions, Mount Olive College begins its 2011 baseball season in familiar territory. The Trojans are ranked No. 4 in the nation by Baseball America, No. 7 by...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday preps

Girls' basketball Eastern Wayne 46, North Lenoir 45 * Eastern Wayne got some late-game heroics and played solid defense in the final minute en route to a 46-45 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival North Lenoir on Tuesday night....

Southern Wayne grapplers finish regular season on winning note

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne earned a split in six contested individual matches, and claimed a 42-30 victory over South Johnston on the wrestling mat Wednesday evening. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams. The Saints'...

MOC-Barton women

MOUNT OLIVE -- With its starting point guard in street clothes and its leading scorer in foul trouble, the Mount Olive College women's basketball team found itself at the mercy of a bitter rival and conference leader on Wednesday night.....

MOC-Barton men

MOUNT OLIVE -- With roughly a month left in the regular season, the Mount Olive College men's basketball team is heading in the wrong direction at the wrong time. The Trojans' offense never found a rhythm in the second half...

Morgan signs with Pack

LaGRANGE -- Although there were many schools of interest at the end of the day Maurice Morgan had only two choices -- stay home and play for East Carolina or move roughly 80 miles and play for N.C. State. Back...

James keeps original choice

PIKEVILLE -- A strong commitment. Despite the NCAA investigation that clouded the North Carolina football program last summer and lingered throughout the entire season, Jarrod James remained steadfast in his decision he made 11 months ago. The Charles B. Aycock...

Warriors dump Hawks

Coming off their biggest win of the season, the Eastern Wayne boys' basketball team rode the wave of emotion to a blowout of Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival North Lenoir on Tuesday night. On night after dropping Southern Wayne, the...

Tigers' Hyman picks ECU

WARSAW -- Dontrill Hyman is a massive man capable of carrying a heavy load on his broad shoulders. On Wednesday morning it appeared as if the gridiron standout was walking a little bit easier. Hyman put two years of recruiting...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 69, Rosewood 28 * Talaya Lassiter and Alexus Myles each scored 22 points to lead Goldsboro past Carolina 1-A Conference foe Rosewood on Tuesday night. The Cougars outscored the Eagles 24-6 in the first quarter and built...

Chargers' Gregory reaches 1,000 points

Wayne Country Day senior guard Josh Gregory surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career during a 69-58, non-conference home loss to perennial 1-A power Trinity Christian-Fayetteville on Tuesday evening. Gregory pumped in a team-high 18 points and dished out...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Goldsboro 12 8 15 16 -- 51 Rosewood 20 11 7 9 -- 47 GOLDSBORO (12-6, 5-1) Jalen Spruiel 2 0 1-2 5, Corteiz Sprangle 0 0 1-2 1, Devonte White 6 0 5-7 17, Robert Kornegay 4 0...

Prep wrestling agate

C.B. Aycock 59 Southern Wayne 21 135 -- Preston Tucker (CBA) wbf AJ Covington, 5:16; 140 -- Zeb Darden (CBA) wbf Josh Maultsby, 1:47; 145 -- Zach Rhue (CBA) by forfeit; 152 -- Jamison Dove (SW) wbf Khaleil Owens, 6-5;...

Warriors give 'Best' effort in final minute

When Southern Wayne forward Khari Faison threw down a two-handed, alley-oop slam with 70 seconds left on the clock, everyone in the gym at Eastern Wayne assumed the game was over. Except Lamar Best. The upstart Eastern Wayne point guard...

Cougars' defense shuts down Eagles' attack

Gutsy and composed while playing suffocating defense, Goldsboro proved there is no price tag for experience. With battle-tested seniors leading the way, the Cougars erased a 14-point first-half deficit and survived for a 51-47, Carolina 1-A Conference victory at Rosewood...

Golden Falcons repeat as ECC 3-A champions

PIKEVILLE -- An archrival in the house, Charles B. Aycock had no trouble concentrating on one of its preseason goals Tuesday evening. Preston Tucker started a match-opening, 18-0 run and the Golden Falcons secured the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hot Stove Banquet gives back to baseball

Baseball season in Wayne County may not officially start for nearly a month, but enthusiasts of the sport gathered to talk about the game they love on Monday night. Memories of Wayne County baseball legends of the past and the...

Local digest

Boys' basketball Wayne Country Day 74, Faith Christian-RM 31 * ROCKY MOUNT -- Tyson Pearson pumped in 18 points and Wayne Country Day thrashed Faith Christian of Rocky Mount, 74-31, in Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference action Monday evening. Hil...

Mount Olive prepares for rival Barton

MOUNT OLIVE -- We meet again. Archrivals Mount Olive and Barton College, separated by a 40-minute drive down I-795, square off for game two of their "Battle of the East" series Wednesday evening at Kornegay Arena. The women's game tips...