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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Local digest

JV sports * Baseball: C.B. Aycock 2, Southern Wayne 1 -- Gregory Johnson permitted one run in five-plus innings and logged seven strikeouts en route to the mound win. Timothy Naughton supplied 12/3 innings of no-hit relief, and earned the...

Warren, Thornton wait out NFL labor struggle

Unemployment continues to climb daily as million of Americans file claims and beat the pavement to find ways to keep food on the table and a roof over their head. NFL players hope they don't join the growing line of...

MOC's McCombs improves on marks

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Cort McCombs, a sprinter and thrower on the Mount Olive College men's track and field team, has been named the Conference Carolinas men's track and field athlete-of-the-week. McCombs, a senior from Newport, moved into...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Girls' soccer Eastern Wayne 4, North Lenoir 0 * Anne Hulse scored three goals and Eastern Wayne held an 18-0 advantage in shots on goal in a 4-0 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe North Lenoir on Tuesday night....

Cougars start conference play with tight victory

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Patience paid off. Goldsboro traded ground stroke after ground stroke with county rival Spring Creek on Tuesday afternoon, and captured a 5-4 victory in the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' tennis opener for both teams. "I was pleased,"...

Hawks capture wild ECC affair on road

After nearly four hours of baseball, a game that featured 24 runs and 31 hits came down to the little things. David Wiggins' two-out, two-run double in the top of the 10th inning lifted North Lenoir to a 13-11 on...

prep baseball boxes

North Lenoir 511 010 120 2 -- 13 18 1 Eastern Wayne 150 010 220 0 -- 11 13 3 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Chastin Radford 2-6, HR, 2 RBI; Grayson Phillips 2-5; Spencer Bass 2-6; J.T. Williams...

Golden Falcons create some breathing room in league play

DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock took a while to get things going on Tuesday night. Once the Golden Falcons' bats started clicking, everything seemed to fall into place. They pounded out 11 hits and scored two runs during a two-inning...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Local digest

Tennis C.B. Aycock 9, North Lenoir 0 * LaGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock wasted no time dispatching Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival North Lenoir 9-0 on Monday afternoon. Will Hoff, Michael Kearney, Bradley Wilson, Addison Vail, Austin Walker and Rex...

MOC track sets records

MOC Sports Information RALEIGH -- Mount Olive's Dalton Souza and Paul Hoffman each recorded a Conference Carolinas-best time during the Raleigh Relays contested this weekend at N.C. State University. Souza claimed the top result in the 10,000-meter run this week,...

MOC men's golf stands 12th

MOC Sports Information GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Fabrizio Ceppi carded an even-par 72 and Mount Olive College is 12th overall in the team standings after opening-round play of the Bearcat Golf Classic. Ceppi is tied for 19th overall. Teammates Mark O'Hara,...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Souza, Hoffman set marks

MOC Sports Information RALEIGH -- Mount Olive's Dalton Souza and Paul Hoffman each recorded a Conference Carolinas-best time during the Raleigh Relays contested this weekend at N.C. State University. Souza claimed the top result in the 10,000-meter run this week,...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Area preps digest

JV sports • Baseball: Eastern Wayne 6, Triton 2 -- Ryan Faucette pounded out three hits, while Jeremy Lancaster batted 2-for-3 with two RBI. Tyler Warren contributed two hits. MJ Morgan, Josh Dixon, Tyler Huetter and Grayson Wells posted one...

Golden Falcons' track finishes third

Boys' track Triton 68, South Johnston 61, C.B. Aycock 35, So. Wayne 21 • FOUR OAKS -- Charles B. Aycock's Cade Ivey claimed the 800-meter run and ran the opening leg on two winning relay teams during a four-team, Eastern Carolina...

Wayne Christian slips past Cresset Christian

Wayne Christian 3, Cresset Christian 2 • DURHAM -- Brooke Barfield scored two goals and Wayne Christian slipped past Cresset Christian 3-2 on Friday. Katie Isenhower added a goal and an assist for the Eagles. Regan Tart also had...

N. Lenoir-So. Wayne softball box

Southern Wayne    011    400    2    --    8    7    4 North Lenoir    022    110    0    --    6    6    4 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Carlie Heath 2-4; Madison Davis 1-4; Andrel Morris 2-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI. North Lenoir --...

N. Lenoir-So. Wayne baseball box

Southern Wayne    255    111    2    --    17    14    3 North Lenoir    001    330    1    --    8    6    4 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Kevin Wise 2-4, HR, 5 RBI; Zach Grantham 4-5, HR, 5 RBI; Jaime Dove 1-2, HR,...

Awards ceremony to honor area athletes

The Geeker Report, a free local monthly sports publication is having its official launch by sponsoring the inaugural Geeker Sports Achievement Awards. The awards ceremony, which is also sponsored by the Wayne County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, the Wayne...

Ayden-Grifton blanks Rosewood

Ayden-Grifton 4, Rosewood 0 • Rosewood began defense of its Carolina 1-A Conference championship with a 4-0 loss to Ayden-Grifton on Friday evening. Logan Waters doubled for the Eagles. Reed Howell suffered the pitching loss. The freshman permitted two earned...

Greene Central tops SW Edgecombe

Greene Central 9, SW Edgecombe 1 • PINETOPS -- Wes Sowers cranked out two home runs and emerged the winning pitcher in Greene Central's 9-1 victory over SouthWest Edgecombe in Eastern Plains 2-A Conference play Friday evening. Sowers concluded the...

North Duplin opens Carolina 1-A Conference play with win at Goldsboro

North Duplin 17, Goldsboro 1 • Larry White threw a no-hitter, and North Duplin opened Carolina 1-A Conference play with a 17-1 victory over Goldsboro on Friday evening. White fanned 13 Cougars in the mercy rule-shortened contest. Goldsboro (2-8 overall,...

Mozingo tosses gem as Eastern Wayne gets key road win

Eastern Wayne 1, Triton 0 • ERWIN -- Zach Mozingo recorded 11 strikeouts in a complete-game effort, and Eastern Wayne shut out Triton, 1-0, in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference action Friday evening. "We played extremely well and they pitched it...

Goldsboro earns shutout against Midway

Girls' soccer Goldsboro 3, Midway 0 • Anna Harris scored two goals in Goldsboro's 3-0, non-conference victory over Midway. Dorian Wences added the other goal. The Cougars, directed by head coach Gina Elmore, improved to 4-7-1 overall this season....

Rebels cruise past Cougars

Softball North Duplin 15, Goldsboro 0 • North Duplin opened Carolina 1-A Conference play with a 15-0 victory over Goldsboro on Friday afternoon. Bailey Ellis endured the loss inside the pitcher's circle for the Cougars. She recorded two strikeouts in...

Lawrence Academy knocks off Wayne Country Day

Lawrence Academy 16, Wayne Country Day 5 (5 inn.) • Cody Neal collected two hits in Wayne Country Day's 16-5, non-conference loss to perennial Independent schools powerhouse Lawrence Academy on Friday afternoon. The teams were tied at 5-5 after four...

Southern Wayne muscles past North Lenoir

LaGRANGE -- Southern Wayne belted three home runs and cruised past North Lenoir, 17-8, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene on Friday night. The Saints scored in every inning and wasted no time jumping out to an impressive...

Wayne Country Day struggles against Harrells Christian

By ANDREW STEVENS News-Argus Sports Writer With as much as youth as Wayne Country Day has on its girls' soccer team, there's going to be plenty of long days. Friday was one of them. Harrells Christian scored two goals in...

Saints rally past Hawks

LaGRANGE -- Southern Wayne belted three home runs and cruised past North Lenoir, 17-8, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene on Friday night. The Saints scored in every inning and wasted no time jumping out to an impressive...

Mount Olive completes sweep of Barton

MOC Sports Information WILSON -- Pete Levitt allowed six hits over six innings, and No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College defeated Barton College, 8-1, on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep in their Conference Carolinas baseball series. Jeremy Hall and David...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hunt-Eastern Wayne baseball box

Wilson Hunt 000 000 3 -- 3 12 2 Eastern Wayne 000 320 0 -- 5 6 1 Leading hitters -- Wilson Hunt -- Cory Nygard 3-4; Spencer Boykin 1-3; Parker Lamm 2-3; Jacob Page 1-4; Ches Lamm 2-3, RBI;...

Eastern Wayne capitalizes on crucial two-out hits

There's no price tag for two-out hits. Eastern Wayne can attest to that. The Warriors scored all five of their runs with two outs and held off defending eastern 3-A champion Wilson Hunt for a 5-3, non-conference win on Thursday...

Nichols' RBI double sparks Gators' fifth-inning surge

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek allowed the big inning. Princeton returned the favor. Chris Nichols' two-RBI double fueled a fifth-inning uprising, and the Gators turned back the Dawgs, 7-4, in the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball opener for both teams Thursday...

Southern Nash-Southern Wayne softball box

Southern Nash 101 503 0 -- 10 5 1 Southern Wayne 002 001 0 -- 3 5 5 Leading hitters -- Southern Nash -- Takia Thompson 1-2, HR, 2RBI; Madison Gray 1-1, HR, RBI; Lauren Shores 2-3, 2 RBI. Southern...

Ladybirds upend Saints

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne, for three innings, played like a team ready to pull off an upset. The bid fell apart in the fourth, and Southern Nash rolled to a 10-3, non-conference softball victory on the diamond at the Doyle...

Princeton-Spring Creek box

Princeton 000 400 0 -- 4 9 4 Spring Creek 200 410 x -- 7 5 2 Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Forrest Stewart 2-4; Tyler Daniels 2-4; Blake Schultze 2-4, 2B; Anthony Martin 1-3, 2B, RBI; Drew McCoy 1-3,...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' tennis Wayne Christian 6, Rosewood 3 * Wayne Christian avenged a loss to Rosewood earlier in the week with a 6-3, non-conference victory over the Eagles at Wayne Community College on Thursday afternoon. Christopher Easom, Daniel Glover, Nicholas Easom...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

N. Duplin-Lejeune baseball

CALYPSO -- Mitchell Thigpen let his defense and the wind do the work behind him, and he flirted with a no-hitter along the way. The sophomore right-hander carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and got just enough run support...

Thursday preps

Softball North Duplin 17, Lejeune 3 * CALYPSO -- Alonna Pate tossed a complete game and North Duplin rolled past Lejeune 17-3 on the softball diamond Wednesday afternoon. Pate struck out seven batters in the victory. Skylar McCarty, Angelica Favela,...

MOC-N.C. Wesleyan

MOUNT OLIVE -- Joseph Westbrook hammered a three-run, fourth-inning home run, and No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College routed N.C. Wesleyan, 17-4, at Scarborough Field on Wednesday evening. The Trojans (24-3 overall) claimed their ninth straight win. Westbrook concluded the...

Murdock to Livingstone

Craig Murdock just doesn't want to move to Florida. Sure, he'll miss his mom and her good, rib-sticking home cooking. But he can't pass up the chance to what he does best and fulfill one of his dreams -- play...

Eagles set school mark on SWCC links

DUDLEY -- Rosewood broke a school record and claimed another win on the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' golf scene on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles fired a four-man total of 305, seven strokes better than the previous school mark which was...

CBA-Rosewood baseball

Charles B. Aycock avoided the letdown. Rosewood seeks to stay positive. Less than 24 hours after triumphing in come-from-behind fashion over a county arch nemesis, the Golden Falcons quickly grounded the Eagles on a blustery, sunny Wednesday afternoon. Jonathan Taylor...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trojans' Cooke returns to circle

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Told by doctors her softball career had ended, Ana Cooke proved them wrong Tuesday afternoon. The senior right-hander made her collegiate debut during game two of Mount Olive's doubleheader against Conference Carolinas softball rival...

C.B. Aycock-Eastern Wayne box score

C.B. Aycock 000 021 0 -- 3 4 0 Eastern Wayne 010 010 0 -- 2 5 3 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Jon Taylor 1-3; Collin Dubose 1-2; Mick Walker 1-2, RBI; Craig Murdock 1-2. Eastern Wayne --...

Local Preps Digest

Baseball Southern Wayne 15, South Johnston 4 * FOUR OAKS -- Southern Wayne stayed in the hunt in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference with a 15-4 win at South Johnston on Tuesday. Jamie Dove led the Saints with three hits...

Golden Falcons collect three runs in final three innings vs. Warriors

Charles Davis has seen his short-handed team battle through adversity and injuries all season. His team didn't panic when it fell behind 1-0 and failed to get a hit through four innings against Eastern Wayne. The Golden Falcons rallied for...

C.B. Aycock gets shutout

Right-hander Brooke Bell held Eastern Wayne hitless through three innings, and Charles B. Aycock rolled to an 11-0 victory in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball action Tuesday evening. Bell logged five strikeouts and walked one during her stint inside...

Warrick spearheads Aycock rout

Charles B. Aycock took some time to get its offense in gear on Tuesday afternoon. Once the Golden Falcons got rolling, there was no stopping them. Cheyenne Warrick scored four goals and C.B. Aycock bested archrival Eastern Wayne 6-0 on...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Local digest

Baseball North Duplin 13, Hobbton 2 * NEWTON GROVE --North Duplin scored in every inning en route to a 13-2, mercy rule-shortened victory over Hobbton on Monday afternoon. Ryan Wolf led the Rebels at the plate with four hits and...

Wayne Country Day rolls 15-5

Wayne Country Day almost got stuck in cruise control Monday afternoon. The Chargers raced to a nine-run lead after three innings, relaxed a little bit defensively and then received a fourth-inning wake-up call. Trinity-Fayetteville posted a four-run inning, but WCDS...

Prep baseball boxscores

Southwest Onslow 100 100 0 -- 2 5 1 Spring Creek 002 040 x -- 6 7 1 Leading hitters -- Southwest Onslow -- Corey Boltzinhart 2-3; Louie Hairston 2-3, RBI; Chris Williams 1-2, RBI. Spring Creek -- Zach Harrell...

Gators outlast Stallions

SEVEN SPRINGS -- An inside-the-park home run capped a four-run outburst as Spring Creek defeated Southwest Onslow 6-2 on the baseball diamond Monday afternoon. The Gators took some time to adjust to the variety of off-speed pitches from Stallions pitcher...

Monday, March 21, 2011

MOC weekend sports wrap

MOC Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Benedikt Schirmers and Angel Dache emerged the offensive leaders, and Mount Olive remained unbeaten in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball play with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 triumph over Limestone College. Schirmers cranked out a team-high...

Local digest

Baseball Spring Creek 10, Dixon 3 * HOLLY RIDGE -- Corey Howell banged out two hits, and Spring Creek claimed a 10-3, non-conference win over Dixon on Saturday afternoon. Methodist University signee Ricky Brayboy, Will Janning and Wyatt Janning each...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekend preps digest

JV sports * Baseball: Eastern Wayne 6, Southern Wayne 5 -- Derrick Bott and Ryan Faucette each batted 2-for-3 in the Warriors' road win. MJ Morgan and Josh Dixon added one hit apiece. Jeremy Lancaster claimed the mound victory and...

Lawrence, three-time NCISAA 1-A baseball champ, turns back WCDS

MERRY HILL -- Early-inning miscues ignited Lawrence Academy's offense in a 9-5, non-conference triumph over Wayne Country Day on Friday afternoon. Cody Neal doubled twice, while Tyson Pearson doubled and knocked in a run during his two-hit showing at the...

Chargers' Best scores four goals against Elon School

DURHAM -- Sophomore Sarah Best collected four goals and one assist in Wayne Country Day's 6-4, non-conference victory over The Elon School on opening day of the Trinity of Durham Invitational. Catherine Ford added two goals and two assists for...

Girls' All-Area Coach of the Year: Goldsboro's Latina Bullock-Davis

Cherish every moment is the message first-year Goldsboro High School girls' basketball coach LaTina Bullock-Davis constantly implored upon her team this season. Bullock-Davis guided the Cougars to a 23-5 record and an appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association...

Hawks slip past Trojans in ECC baseball

LaGRANGE -- Grayson Phillips and JT Williams each swatted a home run, and North Lenoir nipped South Johnston, 8-7, in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play Friday evening. Phillips concluded the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Williams batted 2-for-3 with...

Coffey, Heyduk spearhead Mount Olive's comebacks against Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive played like the No. 1-ranked Division II baseball team in the country Saturday afternoon -- when it had to the most. Daniel Coffey's eighth-inning home run capped the Trojans' come-from-behind, 7-6 victory in the opener....

Boys' All-Area Coach of the Year: Southern Wayne's Russell Stephens

Leave the program how you found it is what Southern Wayne High School head basketball coach Russell Stephens tells his team before the season begins. Each year during Stephens' tenure, the feeling of responsibility has grown and now the simple...

Rosewood diamond 9 battle past Fike

WILSON -- John Winslow provided one inning of two-strikeout relief, and earned the save in Rosewood's 15-13, non-conference triumph over Wilson Fike on Friday afternoon. Winslow relieved bullpen mate Will Winslow, who tossed two-plus innings and surrendered five runs on...

Early-inning support gives Limbaugh confidence

PIKEVILLE -- Derek Limbaugh felt better. Early-inning run support boosted his confidence. And Charles B. Aycock remained unbeaten on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene Friday evening. Cameron and Jonathan Taylor each slugged a first-inning home run in a...

Eastern Wayne rallies in 7th against Southern Wayne

DUDLEY -- It's never too early in the season for a character-building win. Eastern Wayne rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a 6-2 victory at over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference archrival...

C.B. Aycock-Cleveland baseball box

Cleveland 000 10 -- 1 3 5 C.B. Aycock (10)38 0x -- 21 16 1 Leading hitters -- Cleveland -- Alan Michael Hales 1-2; Cody Johnson 1-3; Matt Noble 1-1. C.B. Aycock -- Adam Pate 3-4, 4 RBI; Cameron Taylor...

Tiger offense comes alive in first inning

BURGAW -- James Kenan erupted for six first-inning runs and cruised past Pender, 10-1, in Tri-County 1-A Conference play Friday evening. The Tigers, who knocked out six consecutive hits in the opening-inning surge, claimed their first league win of the...

Rams stay unbeaten on EPC baseball scene

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central remained unbeaten on the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference scene with an 8-4 victory over Tarboro on the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex diamond Friday evening. Trent Murray (RBI), Brian Cobb (RBI) and Landon Elmore (three...

Potter, Duke lead Warriors to shutout over Saints in soccer

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne goalies Sidney Potter and Erika Duke combined for their third shutout of the season in a 6-0 conquest of Southern Wayne on Friday evening. Potter and Duke each had one save. Captain Jenna Martin scored one...

E. Wayne-So. Wayne baseball box

Eastern Wayne 100 000 5 -- 6 9 2 Southern Wayne 000 011 0 -- 2 6 2 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Dante Arthur 1-3, RBI; Jake May 1-3; Zach Mozingo 1-3, HR, RBI; Greg Simms 1-3; Wes...

Warriors capitalize on Saints' miscues

Eastern Wayne 300 000 1 -- 4 3 1 Southern Wayne 001 001 0 -- 2 8 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Carissa Turner 1-2; Morgan Smith 1-2, RBI; Hannah Grantham 1-3. Southern Wayne -- Missy Morris 3-4;...

Girls' All-Area Player of the Year: WCDS' Catherine Ford

Catherine Ford's journey toward leadership has been filled with admitted reluctance, learning experiences and the dividends of hard work. The heralded Wayne Country Day guard has developed from a hesitant facilitator into an aggressive scorer since her first varsity season...

Burroughs powers Aycock past Cleveland on softball diamond

PIKEVILLE -- Freshman Meredith Burroughs slugged a three-run home run that landed 20 yards behind the outfield fence, and Charles B. Aycock dismantled Cleveland, 16-1, on Friday evening. The Golden Falcons (6-3 overall) seized sole possession of the Eastern Carolina...

Boys' All-Area Player of the Year: Princeton's Ben Jacobs

Though his senior season did not end the way he had hoped, Ben Jacobs still walked away from his final year at Princeton High School with a lot of positives. The talented forward had several shining moments in a Bulldawg...

Warrick scores two goals in Aycock's win over Cleveland

PIKEVILLE -- Cheyenne Warrick punched in two goals and Charles B. Aycock rolled past Cleveland, 5-1, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference contest Friday afternoon. Madison Mercer added two goals and one assist. Beth Raineri collected her first goal of...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Eastern Wayne gets insurance against Gators

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Eastern Wayne needed some State Farm Insurance on Thursday afternoon. Hannah Grantham scored on a sixth-inning wild pitch and cranked out a two-RBI, seventh-inning single to help the Warriors turn back county softball foe Spring Creek, 10-5,...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' tennis Eastern Wayne 7, Triton 2 * ERWIN -- Eastern Wayne bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 7-2 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Triton on Thursday. Steven Taylor, Rafael Guerra, Joseph Chaney,...

E. Wayne-S. Creek softball box

Eastern Wayne 012 301 3 -- 10 6 5 Spring Creek 001 040 0 -- 5 8 10 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Sedonia Scott 1-4; Hannah Grantham 2-4, 4 RBI; Jessica Ream 1-3; Stephanie Smith 2-4. Spring Creek...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Prep baseball box

Rosewood 000 00 -- 0 1 1 C.B. Aycock 113 32 -- 10 11 1 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Ian Speight 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Cameron Taylor 2-4, 2 RBI; Jon Taylor 3-3, 2 RBI; Bryant Stafford 1-2, HR,...

Reagan Hinton signs with Salem College

From playing for state championships to competing internationally, Reagan Hinton is no stranger to challenges. That's one reason why she embraced her next obstacle. A senior standout second baseman and shortstop at Wayne Christian, Hinton is continuing her softball career...

Local digest

Baseball North Duplin 12, Union 8 CLINTON -- North Duplin held off a late rally and topped Union 12-8 on Wednesday night. The Rebels jumped out to a 12-4 lead before the Spartans scored four runs in the top of...

CB Aycock drops Rosewood 7-0

PIKEVILLE -- Rosewood had no definitive answer to defending Charles B. Aycock's set pieces Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons were perfect in their execution. Aycock converted two corner kicks and two free kicks into goals, and handed Rosewood a 7-0,...

C.B. Aycock holds Rosewood to one hit

PIKEVILLE -- Keep the ball rolling. Charles B. Aycock continued to ride the wave of its early-season momentum in a 10-0, non-conference win over Rosewood in five innings on Wednesday evening. Three Golden Falcons' pitchers combined to hold the Eagles...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Princeton-Wilson Fike softball box

Fike 000 001 0 -- 1 3 2 Princeton 203 000 0 -- 5 6 1 Leading hitters -- Fike -- Amber Baker 1-3; Baker Sharp 1-3; Haley Skinner 1-2. Princeton -- Megan Gerrell 2-2; Savanna Massengill 1-3; Hannah Woodard...

Local Preps Digest

Baseball Southern Wayne 18, Cleveland 0 * CLAYTON -- Four Southern Wayne pitchers combined for a no-hitter in an 18-0 win at Cleveland on Tuesday. Jeremy Taylor, Will Broadwell, Will Raynor and Jamar Holmes held the Rams without a hit...

Wilson, Kearney spearhead Aycock's road victory

One point at a time. One match at a time. Show improvement daily. That's the season-long game plan Luke Vail has instilled in the Charles B. Aycock boys' tennis team this season. The young, athletic Golden Falcons showed more promise...

C.B. Aycock-E. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 7 Eastern Wayne 2 Singles: No. 1 Will Hoff (CBA) d. Chaz Fitzpatrick (ret.); No. 2 Mike Barnette (EW) d. Addison Vail 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 Bradley Wilson (CBA) d. Steven Taylor 6-3, 7-6 (0); No. 4 Mike...

Trojans' Capps named pitcher of the week

MOC Sports Information HIGH POINT -- Preseason All-America candidate Carter Capps has been named the Conference Carolinas baseball pitcher-of-the-week. The Mount Olive College sophomore threw the third no-hitter in program history -- and first-ever nine-inning "no-no" -- in a 4-0...

Bulldogs knock off Wilson Fike, 5-1

PRINCETON -- Princeton got off to a hot start and never looked back in a 5-1, non-conference softball win over Wilson Fike on Tuesday afternoon. The Dawgs pushed across runs in two of the first three innings and held serve...

Stevens: NCAA, Big Ten miss opportunity

In an era where egos override morals, and wins and losses outweigh right and wrong, the NCAA continues to send mixed signals while handing out penalties that don't always fit the crime. Last week, Ohio State head football coach Jim...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WCS drops CFCA soccer

One single communication breakdown proved costly for the Wayne Christian girls' soccer team Monday afternoon. And Cape Fear Christian capitalized. The visiting Eagles scored the game's lone goal in the 31st minute and protected their advantage in a 1-0 triumph...

Local digest

Baseball Goldsboro 11, Rocky Mount Prep 1 Needham Core tallied 11 strikeouts as Goldsboro dropped Rocky Mount Prep 11-1 in five innings on Monday afternoon. Core earned the win on the pitcher's mound by scattering four hits and only allowing...

Rosewood downs Wake Christian baseball

A chance to get back on track. That was what Rosewood head baseball coach Jason King felt like his team needed heading into a tough week of games prior to Carolina 1-A Conference play. The Eagles took a big step...

Prep baseball box

Wake Christian 210 000 0 -- 3 8 0 Rosewood 400 100 x -- 5 3 2 Leading hitters -- Wake Christian -- Storm Baker 2-3, HR, RBI; David Carper 2-4, RBI; Dillon Garrison 2-3, RBI. Rosewood -- Cody Harris...

Shingleton headed to Methodist

Just like any high school student-athlete, Ashley Shingleton has always had aspirations of playing college sports. She also knew her choices were limited since she plans to major in the Physicians Assistant program, which is offered by just five universities...

Monday, March 14, 2011

MOC dumps Coker, 7-1

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Jeremy Hall tossed five shutout innings of relief and No. 5-ranked Mount Olive College overcame five errors in a 7-1 victory over Conference Carolinas baseball nemesis Coker (S.C.) College on Sunday afternoon. In the...

Trojans net victories over tennis rival Pfeiffer

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College men's tennis team rallied past Conference Carolinas foe Pfeiffer, 6-3, and extended its win streak to four matches at the Walker Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. Akio Mariano fended off...

Methodist made best sense to Brayboy

A talented three-sport athlete, Ricky Brayboy always assumed playing baseball would lead to a college scholarship. Then came football. The Spring Creek senior surfaced in a few conversations among college coaches a year ago, but the attention increased this past...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Devils down Gators on diamond

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek knows it has plenty of work to do before Carolina 1-A Conference play begins in two weeks. Three Gators' pitchers combined for 12 walks and Spring Creek committed three errors in a 15-8, non-conference loss...

Local digest

Girls' soccer Eastern Wayne 2, Cleveland 0 * Eastern Wayne collected two first-half goals and handed Cleveland a 2-0 loss in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference contest at Little Big Horn. Miller Delbridge and Anne Reed Hulse scored in the...

Spring Creek - S.Lenoir boxscore

South Lenoir 300 516 2 -- 15 14 2 Spring Creek 013 103 0 -- 8 10 3 Leading hitters -- South Lenoir -- Grant Tyndall 1-5; Spencer Harrison 3-5, 2 RBI; Josh Harris 2-4, RBI; Austin Smith 2-3; Adam...

Local Opinion: Wayne County Pop Warner

Casual observations can lead to unique and interesting results. A New Jersey native and alum of Pop Warner Football, Mario Re has watched closely how the area's two youth football leagues have operated the past two seasons. He's ready to...

Golden Falcons beat Hawks on softball diamond

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock did not play its best game on Friday night, but the Golden Falcons were close. That was good enough to earn a 6-0 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival North Lenoir. Over the first...

CB Aycock drops N. Lenoir baseball

PIKEVILLE -- Right-handed pitchers Derek Limbaugh and John Delaney each encountered first-inning trouble Friday evening. Limbaugh avoided significant damage. Delaney didn't. Charles B. Aycock crushed three first-inning home runs and doubled up North Lenoir, 12-6, in a battle of Eastern...

MOC pitcher Capps throws no hitter

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Carter Capps tossed a no-hitter - the first nine-inning no-hitter in school history and the third overall - to lead nationally fifth-ranked Mount Olive to a 4-0 victory over Coker in game one of a Conference Carolinas...

CBA-North Lenoir baseball boxscore

North Lenoir 001 210 2 -- 6 10 2 C.B. Aycock 810 300 x -- 12 9 2 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Chastin Radford 3-4, HR, 2 RBI; Spencer Bass 2-3; Brian Hardy 3-4, HR, 3 RBI; Mikal...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Softball Princeton 10, Smithfield-Selma 0 * PRINCETON -- Traci Bridgers came within one runner of recording a perfect game, and Princeton hammered county rival Smithfield-Selma, 10-0. Bridgers logged 11 strikeouts inside the pitcher's circle and allowed one SSS runner to...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Prep softball box

Hunt 003 010 01 -- 5 9 2 C.B. Aycock 200 020 00 -- 4 8 3 Leading hitters -- Hunt -- Taylor Barber 3-5; Amber Parrish 2-2, 2 2Bs, Lauren Brinson 1-4, 2B, RBI; Mogan Farmer 1-4, HR, 3...

Hunt softball drops C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- One night after claiming an emotional road conference victory, Charles B. Aycock missed a golden chance to sweep border rival Wilson Hunt on the softball diamond Wednesday evening. The Warriors turned a heads-up defensive play to escape what...

Prep baseball boxes

South Central 405 230 0 -- 14 10 1 Eastern Wayne 014 102 0 -- 8 9 7 Leading hitters -- South Central -- Corey Bolam 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Thomas Conlin 2-2, RBI; Eric Thomas 1-2, 2 RBI. Eastern...

Warriors learn valuable lesson on diamond

Eastern Wayne learned a valuable early season lesson on Wednesday night. Never take anyone lightly. South Central scored nine runs in the first three innings and rolled to a 14-8 win over the Warriors in New Hope. The blowout came...

Local digest

Baseball Southern Wayne 2, Greene Central 1 * SNOW HILL -- Southern Wayne scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning and held on for a 2-1 win over Greene Central on Wednesday afternoon. Taylor Brock delivered the...

Hunt takes down C.B. Aycock baseball

PIKEVILLE Growing pains are often part of the maturation process of a young team. Charles B. Aycock overcame an early 4-0 deficit but Wilson Hunt scored two late runs in a 7-5, non-conference win on Wednesday evening. The Warriors swept...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saints rally in final at-bat

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne appeared to be on the brink of disaster twice Tuesday evening. The Saints rallied both times and earned an 8-7, non-conference win over Rocky Mount on the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex baseball diamond. With the game...

Pivotal miscues hurt Saints

DUDLEY -- Every game is a lesson learned. This one stung a little bit, though. Uncharacteristic early-inning defensive mistakes allowed perennial 2-A softball powerhouse South Lenoir to take a commanding lead, and cruise to an 11-0, five-inning victory over Southern...

Rosewood booters hold off Southern Wayne, 2-1

Rosewood won the battle of possession and in turn held the all-important result on the scoreboard. The Eagles finished with a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal and held off Southern Wayne 2-1 on Tuesday night at Branch Pope Field....

Local Preps Digest

Baseball Eastern Wayne 10, South Johnston 4 * FOUR OAKS -- Dante Arthur's home run highlighted Eastern Wayne's offensive production in a 10-4 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe South Johnston on Tuesday. Arthur went 2 for 2 at...

So. Wayne-S. Lenoir softball box

South Lenoir 710 30 -- 11 10 0 Southern Wayne 000 00 -- 0 2 7 Leading hitters -- South Lenoir -- Taylor Sandlin 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Kayla Lane 3-4; Morgan Mentz 2-3, 3B, RBI; Taylor Pridgen 2-3, 3B,...

Trojans split doubleheader

MOC Sports Information KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mount Olive defeated Wheeling Jesuit 8-0 in six innings and fell to Ashland 3-0 during day two of the Rebel Spring Games. The Trojans are 6-2 in their last eight games. MOC faces Pennsylvania...

S. Wayne-Rocky Mount baseball box

Rocky Mount 411 000 1 -- 7 10 4 Southern Wayne 003 120 2 -- 8 8 1 Leading hitters -- Rocky Mount -- Jeremy Johnson 2-5; Thomas Berry 2-3, RBI; Benton Moss 3-4, HR, 3 RBI; Taylor Clontz 2-3,...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Local digest

Boys' tennis Rosewood 6, North Lenoir 1 * Rosewood captured five out of six points during singles play and defeated North Lenoir 6-1 on Monday afternoon. Two of the doubles matches did not finish before darkness set in. Cole Radcliff,...

Prep softball boxscore

Kinston 010 00 -- 1 0 8 Rosewood 700 9x -- 16 10 2 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Alyssa Spell 2-3, RBI; Ashlynn Spell 1-3, RBI; Amanda Beckert 1-3, 2 RBI; Kelsey Kornegay 1-2, 3B, RBI; Laura Vinson 1-4,...

MOC softball takes two

MOC Sports Information KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Alyssa Bradshaw's two-RBI single capped a three-run, first-inning uprising and Mount Olive defeated Ferris State (Mich.), 5-2, on opening day of the Rebel Spring Games. Freshman right-hander Carly White tossed four innings in the...

Rosewood hammers Kinston softball

Amanda Beckert tossed a no-hitter and Rosewood hammered Kinston, 16-1, in a mercy rule-shortened softball affair Monday evening. Beckert threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of 17 batters she faced and surrendered an unearned run. The right-hander coaxed the Vikings into...

Saints win first ECC golf match

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne played its best match of the early golf season on the sun-soaked links at Southern Wayne Country Club on Monday afternoon. The Saints fired a four-man total of 321, which was good enough to beat Triton...

MOC tops Clarion baseball

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College strung together back-to-back, seven-run innings and pounded out a come-from-behind, 17-4 non-conference baseball win over Clarion (Pa.) University on a sun-splashed Monday afternoon. Dan Hayduk's fourth-inning, two-RBI double and Jason Simone's...

Opinion: Lack of non-conference games is troubling

There are few motivators quite like urgency. The high school baseball season is just a week old and teams in the News-Argus readership area begin conference play today, making preparation become more important. A year ago, the Eastern Carolina 3-A...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday preps

GREENVILLE -- Southern Wayne had a home run dissallowed and never recovered in a 13-3, non-conference loss to J.H. Rose as part of the Pitt County-Wayne County Challenge at Guy Smith Stadium on Saturday. With the game tied at...

MOC-Barton women

WILSON -- Wendy Lee refused to focus on what could have been Sunday afternoon. She praised her six seniors, instead. The most-successful class in Mount Olive College women's basketball history saw its season end with an 83-68 loss against archrival...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring Creek awards

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Athletes in winter sports at Spring Creek High School were recognized during a season-ending awards ceremony. Awards were presented in varsity girls' and boys' basketball, JV boys' basketball, girls' and boys' indoor track and cheerleading. The...

Trojans advance to conference finals

MOUNT OLIVE -- The young-uns followed the seniors' lead. Freshman Jasmine McDonald and sophomore Alyssa Luebs recorded back-to-back key plays within a 30-second span, and Mount Olive College earned its third trip to the Conference Carolinas women's basketball tournament final...

Local Preps Digest

Baseball C.B. Aycock 5, South Central 3 * GREENVILLE -- Mick Walker's two-run home run in the fourth inning woke up Charles B. Aycock and the Golden Falcons rallied for a 5-3 win over South Central on Saturday in the...

Hunt blanks Eastern Wayne

Wilson Hunt is a very good soccer team. Eastern Wayne found out first hand on Friday night. The visitors controlled the pace of play throughout a 3-0 win on the pitch at the Little Big Horn in New Hope. "Hunt...

Southern Wayne thumps Rosewood

DUDLEY -- If Friday afternoon is any indication, Southern Wayne's offense could be a force to be reckoned with this season. The Saints got their bats going early in an 11-1 non-conference win over Rosewood at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic...

Rosewood-Southern Wayne box

Rosewood 000 10 -- 1 3 2 Southern Wayne 204 05 -- 11 11 0 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Ian Speight 1-2; Taylor McGill 1-2; Garrett Burns 1-1. Southern Wayne -- Cody Davis 2-4; Kevin Wise 2-3, 2 RBI;...

Cougars' run comes to a close

FAYETTEVILLE -- Size and muscle should have won. Heart and determination did, instead. Undermatched at every position on the court, No. 5-ranked Southwest Onslow out-hustled Goldsboro in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern girls' basketball final Saturday...

Goldsboro-Southwest Onslow box

SW Onslow 16 7 20 11 -- 54 Goldsboro 7 13 9 9 -- 38 SOUTHWEST ONSLOW (24-3) Rejanae Brooks 1 0 0-0 2, Jasmine Williams 2 0 1-5 5, Shanee Shaw 1 0 2-2 4, Janika Williams 10 1...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Eagles settle for 1-1 draw

Sometimes a young team has to learn a hard lesson in order to improve. The Rosewood Eagles soccer team had such a moment on Thursday night. Midway scored the game-tying goal in the 78th minute and earned a 1-1 draw...

Trojans knock off Shaw

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Aubrey Reinhard cranked out six hits and drove in five runs, sparking Mount Olive College to a doubleheader sweep of in-state softball rival Shaw University on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans prevailed 5-2 and 10-8...

Golden Falcons cruise

PIKEVILLE -- Freshman Addison Vail rallied from an opening-set loss, and Charles B. Aycock blanked North Lenoir, 9-0, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' tennis match Thursday afternoon. The Hawks' Jay Horne rolled past Vail, 6-1, in the...

Local Preps Digest

Baseball Faith Christian 5, Falls Road 4 * ROCKY MOUNT -- Faith Christian held off Falls Road for a 5-4 season-opening win on Thursday afternoon. Michael Clarke led the Conquerors with two hits and two runs scored. Matt Lambert worked...

Goldsboro girls enjoy unexpected journey

Toward the end of Wednesday's victory over Southwest Onslow in the eastern regional semifinals, Goldsboro fans yelled "Cougar Pride." The cheer electrified Alexus Myles and her teammates. "We're really happy to be here and I really didn't think we'd play...

Stevens: More than ACC title on the line

Beating an archrival never gets old. Regular-season conference championship banners look nice hanging from the rafters and certainly help in recruiting. When Duke and North Carolina collide Saturday night in Chapel Hill, much more than bragging rights and the Atlantic...

C.B. Aycock shuts down Princeton

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock didn't waste any time putting its shiny new scoreboard to work Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons scored early and often in a 15-0, mercy rule-shortened rout of Princeton. Aycock bounced back from a one-run, one-hit...

Aycock-NL tennis box

C.B. Aycock 9 North Lenoir 0 Singles: No. 1 Will Hoff (CBA) d. Greg Goodson 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Addison Vail (CBA) d. Jay Horne 1-6, 6-3, 10-7; No. 3 Bradley Wilson (CBA) d. Tyler Gray 6-2, 6-2; No. 4...

Aycock-Princeton box

Princeton 000 00 -- 0 4 3 C.B. Aycock 246 3x -- 15 12 1 Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Trevor Haines 1-3; Tyler Craft 2-2; Matt Stigile 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Adam Pate 3-3, 2 RBI; Cameron Taylor 1-4,...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Goldsboro - Southside

FAYETTEVILLE -- Goldsboro's transition game was poetry in motion Wednesday evening. Long downcourt passes led to easy scoring opportunities and a resounding 69-33 triumph over Chocowinity Southside in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A eastern girls' basketball regional at...

Thursday preps

Boys' tennis C.B. Aycock 5, Greene Central 4 PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock claimed the deciding doubles match and bested Greene Central 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The tandem of Bradley Wilson-Austin Walker rallied from a 7-3 deficit and held on for...

MOC - FMU baseball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's non-conference resume just got a big boost. The No. 7-ranked Trojans ran their winning streak to 11 games with a sweep of No. 17 Francis Marion on Wednesday afternoon at Scarborough Field. Mount Olive claimed...

DHC - CBA softball

PIKEVILLE -- For six innings, Charles B. Aycock seemed poised for an uncharacteristically easy win over perennial powerhouse D.H. Conley on Wednesday evening. The Vikings made things interesting in the top of the seventh inning and forced the Golden Falcons...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Prep baseball boxes

Spring Creek 000 00 -- 0 0 3 Greene Central 303 31 -- 10 13 1 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- None. Greene Central -- Wes Sowers 4-4, 2B, 5 RBI; Trent Murray 3-4, 2B; Deric Grant 1-2, 2B;...

Local preps digest

Softball C.B. Aycock 6, Wilson Hunt 3 * WILSON -- Meredith Burroughs and Ivy Hartzell both hit home runs and Charles B. Aycock opened its season with a 6-3 non-conference victory at Wilson Hunt on Tuesday evening. Burroughs got the...

Rams' duo no-hits Gators

SNOW HILL -- Greene Central opened the season with a near-perfect performance. The Rams scored early and often, and two of the area's most-talented arms combined for a no-hitter in a 10-0, mercy rule-shortened win over Spring Creek on Tuesday...

Eagles' freshman handcuffs Raiders

If freshman Reed Howell turns in a few more performances like his first varsity start, he'll begin to remind Rosewood fans of another Eagles' hurler who wore number 11. Howell showed flashes of Matt Neal-esque poise and tossed five shutout...

Wright's grand slam lifts ECU

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock alum Zach Wright hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam, and collected five RBI in East Carolina's 7-4, non-conference win over Campbell at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium...

Defense is calling card for Cougars, Seahawks

Take care of the ball is the message Goldsboro head coach Latina Bullock-Davis and Southside head coach Bill Lake have stressed to their team in practice this week. They'll see how well it's been received when the teams meet today...

Trojan women eliminate Crusaders

MOUNT OLIVE -- Defense wins ballgames. Mount Olive hopes the adage proves true, and leads to a Conference Carolinas tournament crown and an NCAA tournament appearance. The second-seeded Trojans held Belmont Abbey to 21-percent shooting in the opening half of...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Goldsboro girls in regional

The jubilation in the Goldsboro girls' basketball locker room after winning the program's first sectional title since 2005 was overwhelming Friday evening. Tears flowed. Teammates hugged each other. Then they huddled together. "We have to pray and thank God for...

Tuesday preps

Girls' soccer Southern Wayne 6, Spring Creek 0 DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne found the mark early and often in a 6-0, non-conference win over county rival Spring Creek on Monday afternoon. The game was the season-opener for both squads. Nichole...

MOC-Limestone

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Mount Olive point guard Derek Staton pumped in a career-high 37 points and passed the 1,000-point mark along the way, but Mount Olive suffered a season-ending, 82-68 defeat against Limestone in the 2011 Conference Carolinas men's...