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Friday, April 29, 2011

Stakes high for MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive has a certain sense of comfort in knowing it controls its own destiny. Just how much of that destiny it controls remains to be seen. The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

ECU-UNC

GREENVILLE -- Jesse Wierzbicki's two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the ninth inning lifted No. 14-ranked North Carolina to a 5-4, non-conference victory over No. 29-ranked East Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Wednesday evening. A...

Thursday preps

Baseball C.B. Aycock routs Princeton * PRINCETON -- Charles B. Aycock belted 18 hits in a 13-2, non-conference win over Princeton on Wednesday night. The Golden Falcons got four sharp innings on the mound from Derek Limbaugh as he earned...

MOC-Chowan baseball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeremy Hall and David Combs combined on a one-hit shutout in the opener, and Michael Knox ripped three two-run homers in the nightcap as No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College swept Chowan, 5-0 and 11-3, at Scarborough...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stevens: Panthers need to find viable solution at quarterback

Since their inception in 1995, the Carolina Panthers have developed a reputation as a franchise known for playing it safe. Founded in a state with only one other professional sports organization at the time, and in a market starving for...

Southern Wayne gets washed out

WINTERVILLE -- The highly anticipated battle between top-10 teams Southern Wayne and Wilson Hunt never materialized on the South Central High School diamond Tuesday afternoon. It was all Saints ... until Mother Nature intervened. A late-evening thunderstorm rendered field conditions...

Trojans ink All-State pair

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has signed two Virginia High School League All-State picks to national letters-of-intent in men's basketball. Kendall Hargrove and Jordan McCain, who both hail from Woodbridge, Va., will join the Trojans this...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CBA-South Central baseball

WINTERVILLE -- It was a beating of epic proportions. So bad that there was little to be said after the final out because the scoreboard spoke loud and clear. Charles B. Aycock hammered six home runs and demolished South Central...

EW-DHC

GREENVILLE -- Eastern Wayne ran out of outs. D.H. Conley turned a game-ending double play and escaped, 8-7, on day two of the Pitt County Spring Invitational contested at Guy Smith Stadium on a breezy Monday evening. The Vikings (14-6...

Tuesday preps

Baseball Greene Central dumps Havelock * GREENVILLE -- Greene Central kept up its recent red-hot offense in a 13-3 rout of Havelock in the second round of the Pitt County Spring Invitational at Guy Smith Stadium on Monday afternoon. The...

Southern Wayne-West Craven baseball

GREENVILLE -- Southern Wayne had seen enough of Jake Brinson and his changeup for four innings. The Saints kicked their offense in gear and brought the West Craven starting pitcher's afternoon to an early end with a 15-2 rout in...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Local Digest

Golf Lexi's Angels event at GMGC * Golfers raised more than $3,500 in the inaugural Lexi's Angels Cystic Fibrosis Foundation tournament contested on the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course links. The foursome of John Gurley, Mike Stanley, Glenn Clark and Rob...

Henderson, Carswell, Long, McCain claim Southeast Region titles at meet

MOC Sports Information HICKORY -- Mount Olive College finished fourth out of 13 teams in the women's meet and sixth out of 11 teams in the men's meet during the Lenoir-Rhyne University Southeast Region Championships contested this weekend. Four Trojans...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Prep baseball boxes

Eastern Wayne 013 605 -- 15 14 1 North Lenoir 000 011 -- 2 3 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Dante Arthur 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Jake May 3-3; Greg Simms 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Nolan James 1-2,...

Southern Wayne spoils C.B. Aycock's senior night

PIKEVILLE -- Southern Wayne shouldn't expect to be invited to senior night in Pikeville again any time soon. The Saints scored five runs in the second inning and earned a 10-5 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season champion Charles...

Local Preps Digest

Softball C.B. Aycock 15, Southern Wayne 4, 4 1/2 innings * PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock completed regular-season Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play with a 15-4 win over Southern Wayne in 4 1/2 innings on Thursday night. The Golden Falcons...

Trojans repeat as Conference Carolinas champs

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The nation's top-hitting team earned the welcomed tag of "repeat offender" on the Conference Carolinas men's volleyball scene Thursday evening. The Trojans successfully defended their conference tournament title with a 25-19, 27-25, 25-20 conquest...

Warriors rout Hawks

LaGRANGE -- Eastern Wayne may have finally figured it out. At least it appeared that way Thursday night. The Warriors pounded out 14 hits and hammered North Lenoir 15-2 in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams....

Deacon Jones Invitational boxes

10th annual Deacon Jones Invitational (at Princeton HS) Game 1 Rosewood 000 567 -- 18 11 4 Spring Creek 120 102 -- 6 5 4 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Jonathan Franks 2-3, 3 RBI; Cody Harris 1-4, 2B, 2...

Dogs feast on Pirate miscues

PRINCETON -- It wasn't pretty. But Princeton will take it. The Bulldogs managed just four hits, but feasted off defensive mistakes and walks in a 10-4 triumph over Corinth-Holders during opening day of the 10th annual Deacon Jones Invitational contested...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three Trojan hurlers set school strikeout mark

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Pitchers Pete Levitt, Curtis Hudson and David Combs combined for a school-record 16 strikeouts as No. 1-ranked Mount Olive defeated Barton 7-3 in non-conference play Wednesday evening at Scarborough Field. Levitt (7-2) finished with...

Local preps

Boys' tennis Rosewood wins Carolina tourney * The tandem of Zach Behrend-Daniel Elawar claimed the Carolina 1-A Conference doubles championship, and led Rosewood to the team tournament title contested at Herman Park. Behrend-Elawar (14-1 overall) dropped the opening set to...

Warrior girls triumph

Eastern Wayne turned in another consistent effort and captured the team title during the 2011 Wayne County Girls Track and Field Championships contested at Rosewood High School. Brianna Coleman emerged victorious in two individual events and ran a leg on...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wayne County Golf agate

DUDLEY -- Team and individual results from the 2011 Wayne County Public Schools Men's Golf Championship contested at Southern Wayne Country Club on Tuesday afternoon. Team scores Southern Wayne 314 Rosewood 333 Spring Creek 336 C.B. Aycock 340 Eastern Wayne...

Local Preps Digest

Softball Eastern Wayne 4, Triton 3 * Eastern Wayne escaped a bases-loaded, seventh-inning jam and stunned Triton, 4-3, in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play Tuesday evening. Winning pitcher Starla Strickland snagged a line drive up the middle and recorded a...

Saints are Best

DUDLEY -- There's no place like home. Just ask Kyle Best and his Southern Wayne teammates. Best claimed medalist honors with a 3-over par 74 and the Saints captured the team portion of the 2011 Wayne County Golf Championships contested...

Gators complete sweep of Eagles

Spring Creek is still in the hunt. And at this time of year, that's about all any team can ask for. Will Janning's third-inning grand slam gave the Gators the lead for good in an 8-6 win at Carolina 1-A...

Saints use long ball against Hawks

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne had to hit to win. And hit they did. The Saints ripped five extra-base hits, including three home runs, and rallied for an 11-7 win over North Lenoir on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene...

prep baseball boxes

Spring Creek 015 002 0 -- 8 13 4 Rosewood 212 000 1 -- 6 9 1 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Zack Harrell 1-1, HR, RBI; Duane Gurganus 2-3; Ricky Brayboy 2-3, Chris Nichols 2-3, 2 RBI; Corey...

Stevens: Trojans answer questions

In a five-day span, Mount Olive put to rest many of the questions that have lingered all season long. The Trojans got quality outings from both their starting pitchers and their bullpen, produced timely hits and claimed their 10th Conference...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top-seeded Trojans clinch Southeast Regional bid

WILSON -- Mount Olive College didn't play its "cleanest" defensive game of the season, but it got the job done at the right time Monday afternoon. The top-seeded Trojans overcame three errors to defeat third-seeded Limestone, 7-5, and claim their...

Local digest

Softball C.B. Aycock 11, Northern Nash 1 * NASHVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock opened up a 6-1 lead over the first two innings and never looked back in an 11-1 win over Northern Nash on Monday afternoon. Rachel Jordan led...

Cougars blow out Gators, 6-1

Goldsboro knocked on the door several times in the first half. The Cougars kicked the door down in the second half. Goldsboro took advantage of some extra senior night emotion and scored four goals in the second half en route...

WCDS chops down Oakwood

Wayne Country Day didn't just control the second half against Oakwood on Monday, it dominated. The Chargers scored three goals in the final 40 minutes in a 4-1, Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference victory. It was Wayne Country Day's sixth...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Jacobs selects UNCP

PRINCETON -- The sleepless nights are over. Ben Jacobs finally made his decision. The Princeton High School basketball standout has inked a national letter-of-intent with UNC Pembroke, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional this past March. Jacobs...

Urquiola tied for sixth overall in golf tournament

MOC Sports Information VASS -- The Mount Olive College women's team is in fourth place and the men's team is in a tie for seventh place after opening-round play of the 2011 Conference Carolinas Golf Championships. The women's squad posted...

Trojan men, women claim track crowns

MOC Sports Information BANNER ELK -- Mount Olive College claimed the school's first-ever Conference Carolinas men's and women's track and field championships on Saturday at Lees-McRae College. Trojans head coach Matt van Lierop was the named league's male and female...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Area Preps Digest

Softball Princeton 1, North Duplin 0 * PRINCETON -- Defending Carolina 1-A Conference champion Princeton squeezed out an unearned run in a 1-0 victory over North Duplin. Rebels pitcher Ansley Hill scattered three hits and posted six strikeouts in the...

Mount Olive rallies past Limestone

WILSON -- It was a game that had everything, strategy, defense, clutch hitting and controversy. Mount Olive College scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and rallied for an 11-7 win over Limestone College on Saturday afternoon...

Trojans' softball eliminated from tournament

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Mount Olive College was eliminated from the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Saturday after giving up a walk-off hit for the second straight game, this time a three-run homer by Lees-McRae's Paige Coleman with one...

Wayne Country Day-Epiphany box score

Epiphany 201 020 0 -- 5 6 3 W. Country Day 050 213 x -- 11 10 3 Leading hitters -- Epiphany -- Adam Nelson 1-3, 2B, RBI; Tyler Held 2-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI; Chase Ballinger 1-2. Wayne Country...

Wayne Country Day muscles past Epiphany

Wayne Country Day took advantage of a Spring wind blowing out and played longball in an 11-5 win over Epiphany School on Friday afternoon. The Chargers belted three home runs and six extra-base hits in the win. "I thought we...

Team's departure to Five County Stadium leaves officials scrambling for replacement

Opening day at historic Grainger Stadium signalled a new baseball season, but the end of an era for the Kinston Indians. The Class A Carolina League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians organization heads to Zebulon next spring, which is part...

Baseball-crazed town hopes lights stay on for new team

The rally caps are on -- from 98-year-old Lois Flowers on down to the young children who turn the race for foul balls into a stampede -- that this won't be the final season for minor league baseball at historic...

Future jump (TAG-FUTURE)

Continued from 1B will play in the Carolina League. None of the current employees of the Kinston front office are moving with the team in 2012, so there is an urgency to finding a replacement for the K-Tribe as soon...

ECC tennis agate

SNOW HILL -- Results from the 2011 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's tennis tournament contested at the Snow Hill Tennis Complex: SINGLES First round: Ryan Dorman (South Johnston) d. Allan Cansler (So. Wayne) 6-3, 6-3; Joseph Chaney (Eastern Wayne) d....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Stevens: Athletes leave tainted legacies

Reputations don't just require hard work to develop, they demand just as much effort to maintain. Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds, two of baseball's greatest hitters of the last two decades, will forever be remembered not only for their accomplishments,...

Knox homers twice, Trojans advance

WILSON -- At least for one night, Mount Olive's troubles offensively were nowhere to be found. The Trojans belted three home runs and got eight innings from starting pitcher Pete Levitt in a 10-4 win over Barton in opening-round play...

Local Preps Digest

Softball C.B. Aycock 16, Eastern Wayne 0, 5 innings * PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock scored 11 runs in the third inning and rolled past Eastern Wayne 16-0 in five innings on Thursday night. The Golden Falcons pounded out 17...

Fitzpatrick cruises to singles crown

SNOW HILL -- Eastern Wayne sophomore Chaz Fitzpatrick lost just two games and emerged the singles champion in the season-ending, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' tennis tournament contested at the Snow Hill Tennix Complex. Fitzpatrick, the top seed, posted...

C.B. Aycock-E. Wayne box

Eastern Wayne 500 100 00 -- 6 8 4 C.B. Aycock 303 000 01 -- 7 6 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Greg Simms 2-4, HR, 4 RBI; Wes Capps 1-3, HR, RBI; Tyler Ware 2-3. C.B. Aycock...

Aycock captures ECC girls' soccer crown

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock proved too tough to defend once again and swept the regular-season series from archrival Eastern Wayne with a 4-1 win at Hardy Talton Stadium on Thursday night. Cheyenne Warrick tallied three goals and led a...

Aycock clinches league title outright

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock handled the adversity and earned a gratifying result on the baseball diamond Thursday evening. Doing it against a county nemesis made it even sweeter. The Golden Falcons dethroned three-time defending Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rosewood wins Carolina 1-A golf title

Rosewood officially locked up the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' golf championship with a first-place finish at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Club on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles had such an insurmountable lead going into the final match that the title was...

E. Wayne baseball takes game from S. Wayne

With a pair of critical Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference games on back-to-back days, Eastern Wayne wasn't about to get caught looking ahead. The Warriors jumped to an early lead and held on for a 5-3 win over Southern Wayne on...

Saints outlast Warriors softball

Southern Wayne and Eastern Wayne played an instant classic on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball scene Wednesday evening. The Saints pushed across three runs in the top of the 11th inning and held on for a 7-4 victory that...

Prep softball box

Southern Wayne 003 000 000 13 -- 7 15 2 Eastern Wayne 012 000 000 10 -- 4 6 3 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Cierra Moody 2-5, 2B; Madison Davis 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Missy Morris 2-5; Hope...

Prep baseball box

Southern Wayne 203 010 3 -- 3 4 2 Eastern Wayne 030 020 x -- 5 9 0 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Taylor Brock 1-3, HR, RBI; Ashton Cox 1-3; Colton Crisman 1-3, 2 RBI; Jamie Dove 1-3....

Local digest

Boys' tennis Rosewood 9, Spring Creek 0 * Rosewood clinched the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship with a 9-0 decision over county rival Spring Creek on Tuesday afternoon. Matt Binda, Cole Radcliff, Zach Behrend, Daniel Elawar, Fuad Ismail and Nathan...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rosewood shuts out Princeton

PRINCETON -- One defensive miscue gave Rosewood the edge it needed. Cory Smith capitalized on the mistake. The junior forward scored in the 18th minute, and finished with two goals in the Eagles' 2-0 shutout over Carolina 1-A Conference girls'...

Favored Trojans struggling at plate

Question marks surrounded the Mount Olive College pitching staff in the offseason, and those worries have been answered. Now, the pendulum has swung in the other direction. Hitting has emerged a concern during the last two Conference Carolinas series, and...

Golden Falcons overcome graduation losses

Any team, regardless the sport, sets its sights on a conference championship before each season begins. Some achieve supremacy. Others ponder what could have been. The loss of four seniors, including the all-time career wins leader, didn't necessarily leave the...

Spring Creek rallies on road

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek experienced its fair share of losing during the non-conference portion of its baseball schedule this spring. The Gators are taking their frustrations out on their Carolina 1-A Conference opponents. They scored three runs in the top...

Spring Creek-Princeton baseball box

Spring Creek 103 010 23 -- 10 7 0 Princeton 000 133 01 -- 8 12 7 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Cory Howell 1-4, RBI; Zack Harrell 1-3; Duane Gurganus 1-2, RBI; Ricky Brayboy 1-4; Chris Nichols 2-4,...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' soccer C.B. Aycock 5, Cleveland 2 * CLAYTON -- Charles B. Aycock clinched a share of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season championship with a 5-2 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday evening. Cheyenne Warrick scored four goals and Madison...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So. Wayne downs S. Creek softball

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Southern Wayne swept a regular-season softball opponent for the first time in 2011 on Monday afternoon. And the Saints are on a modest, two-game win streak. Hope Rose cranked out two hits and drove in three runs...

Prep softball box

Southern Wayne 421 300 1 -- 11 6 8 Spring Creek 002 210 0 -- 5 7 8 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Hope Rose 2-3, 3 RBI; Katy Heirling 1-3, RBI. Spring Creek -- Janna Price 1-4, 2B,...

Local digest

Softball Princeton 5, Triton 1 * PRINCETON -- The Bulldawgs got off to a hot start and never looked back in a 5-1, non-conference win over Triton on Monday night. Princeton scored three runs in the first inning and added...

Saints claim ECC golf crown

Southern Wayne finished the job. The Saints fired a four-man total of 311 and easily topped the field during the final Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season golf match at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Club on Monday afternoon. The victory locked up...

Monday, April 11, 2011

South Johnston tops C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- After leading the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference standings for the majority of the softball season, it appears C.B. Aycock will have to settle for a share of the regular season championship. South Johnston scored three runs on seven...

Greater Goldsboro Road Race results

10K Overall results Runner City Time 1. Roman Koshkin Goldsboro 39:15 2. Ernesto Picasso Canby, Ore. 40:02 3. Thorben Raffel Bremen, Germany 40:47 4. Bryce Silver Grantham 41:21 5. Kent Vinson Dudley 42:17 6. Whitni McConnell Goldsboro 42:28 7. Al...

Grace makes most of opportunities

There's a greater sense of value for anything that's earned. Grace Christian made the most of its possessions and dominated the shots on goal in a 4-1 Carolina Christian 1-A Conference win at Wayne Christian on Friday afternoon. Grace recorded...

Mount Olive claims regular season honors

MOUNT OLIVE -- It might not have been exactly the way Mount Olive drew it up, but the Trojans clinched another Conference Carolinas regular-season championship on Saturday. Mount Olive split a doubleheader with Erskine at Scarborough Field and won the...

Local Preps digest

Girls' soccer Golden Falcons post 1-1 mark * WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock scored two second-half goals but it wasn't enough in a 4-2, non-conference loss to Smithfield-Selma on Saturday in the Brittany VII Showcase at the Gillette Soccer Complex....

Rosewood closes first half strong

PRINCETON -- Rosewood closed out first-half play on the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball scene in methodical fashion Friday evening. Garrett Burns threw a complete game and eight of nine Eagle starters recorded at least one hit in a 12-1 triumph...

Rosewood-Princeton baseball box

Rosewood 222 110 4 -- 7 13 0 Princeton 000 001 0 -- 1 6 4 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Jonathan Franks 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Cody Harris 1-4, 2 RBI; Ian Speight 1-5, HR, RBI; Will Winslow 2-3,...

Weekend Preps Digest

C.B. Aycock 5, South Johnston 4 * PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock used the long ball to overcome South Johnston 5-4 on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene on Friday night. Collin Dubose hammered a three-run home run in the...

Friday, April 8, 2011

S. Creek-N. Duplin baseball box

Spring Creek 003 010 3 -- 7 7 4 North Duplin 502 002 x -- 9 7 4 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Cory Howell 2-5; Duane Gurganus 1-1; Ricky Brayboy 1-2; Chris Nichols 2-4; Will Janning RBI; Eric...

Bulldogs chomp past Gators, 5-0

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Princeton controlled the pace of play. The Dawgs also controlled the scoreboard, scoring three second-half goals and pulling away for a 5-0 win over Carolina 1-A Conference rival Spring Creek on Thursday evening. Princeton quickly broke a...

North Duplin deals Spring Creek first league loss of season

CALYPSO -- Oh no, not again. Less than one week after dropping a Carolina 1-A Conference game in the seventh inning, North Duplin head baseball coach Brad Lloyd got that queasy, sinking feeling of "deja vu" Thursday evening. Right-handed reliever...

Eagles attack Cougar defense

Rosewood attacked the net with relentless aggression and displayed the importance of working together. The Eagles dominated the possession and played selflessly in a 4-0 Carolina 1-A Conference win at Goldsboro on Thursday night. Logan Bill and Samantha Allen both...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' tennis C.B. Aycock 7, Southern Wayne 2 * PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock clinched a share of its fourth straight Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference title play with a 7-2 win over Southern Wayne on Thursday. Will Hoff, Bradley Wilson,...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

North Lenoir upsets C.B. Aycock

LaGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock failed to widen its lead in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball ranks Wednesday evening. North Lenoir made sure it didn't happen. The Hawks crushed three, third-inning home runs and handed the Golden Falcons their...

Prep baseball boxes

C.B. Aycock 210 002 0 -- 5 7 1 North Lenoir 026 010 x -- 9 9 2 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Jonathan Taylor 1-4, HR, 2 RBI; Bryant Stafford 1-4; Jeff Davis 2-2; Mick Walker 2-3, RBI....

Rosewood wins golf match at GMGC

Rosewood freshman Nick Adams is not old enough to legally drive an automobile. Despite that fact, Adams has already left the rest of the Carolina 1-A Conference in his rear view mirror on the golf course. Adams carded five birdies...

South Johnston shuts out Eastern Wayne baseball

The little things that have haunted Eastern Wayne this season suddenly don't seem so little. The Warriors committed three errors and left 10 runners on base in a 2-0 loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe South Johnston on Wednesday...

Geeker Sports Achievement Awards

Eric Vaughn has always had a passion for prep sports. He's turned that enthusiasm into tangible products -- a monthly publication, Internet podcast and now the inaugural Geeker Sports Achievement Awards. The first-ever ceremony took place Tuesday evening at the...

Local digest

Baseball Southern Wayne 6, Triton 3 * ERWIN -- Southern Wayne rallied for four runs in the fifth inning and bested Triton 6-3 in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference game on Wednesday night. Zach Grantham put the Saints ahead with...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Girls' soccer Wayne Christian 5, Crossroads Christian 0 * HENDERSON -- Brooke Barfield notched a hat trick (three goals) and Wayne Christian rolled past Crossroads Christian, 5-0, in a Carolina Christian 1-A Conference game Tuesday afternoon. Kaylee Wallace and Carly...

Stevens: Newest hire will test fans' patience

Patience isn't just a virtue, it's often a necessity. North Carolina State hired Mark Gottfried on Tuesday to replace Sidney Lowe as it's men's basketball coach. Gottfried may not be considered by some as a "sexy hire," and he wasn't...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Local digest

Baseball Wayne Christian 13, Grace Christian 3 * Wayne Christian wasted no time putting away Grace Christian of Raleigh 13-3 in five innings on Monday afternoon. Chandler Harrell went the distance on the pitcher's mound to earn the win. Jordan...

ECC golf at Lane Tree

Southern Wayne shot another solid team score and inched closer to the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference golf championship on Monday afternoon. The Saints carded a four-player total of 324 to capture first place at the conference meet contested at Lane...

CB Aycock tops Eastern Wayne tennis

PIKEVILLE -- One step closer. Charles B. Aycock earned two critical doubles points and turned back county archrival Eastern Wayne, 6-3, in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' tennis action Monday afternoon. The Golden Falcons (13-1 overall) improved to 9-0...

Prep baseball box

Rosewood 000 003 0 -- 3 3 3 Spring Creek 200 021 x -- 5 4 2 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Jonathan Franks 1-4, RBI; Will Winslow RBI; Ian Speight 1-3, RBI; Reed Howell 1-3, 2B. Spring Creek --...

Spring Creek downs Rosewood baseball

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek remained perfect on the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball scene Monday evening. But it wasn't easy. The Gators raced to a four-run advantage before fending off two-time defending league champion Rosewood, 5-3, on a blustery, dusty...

Prep tennis box

C.B. Aycock 6 Eastern Wayne 3 Singles: No. 1 Chaz Fitzpatrick (EW) d. Will Hoff 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Mike Barnette (EW) d. Addison Vail 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 Bradley Wilson (CBA) d. Steven Taylor 6-3, 7-5; No. 4 Mike...

Monday, April 4, 2011

MOC baseball

BELMONT -- Another walk-off loss. Chris Vazquez connected on a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single and Belmont Abbey shocked No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College, 6-5, in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders (29-10 overall) claimed the best-of-three Conference Carolinas...

Weekend preps

Baseball Chargers log 1-2 record * CARY -- Tyson Pearson came within one batter of recording a perfect game, and Wayne Country Day throttled East Wake Academy, 15-0, on Saturday afternoon. Pearson held East Wake hitless on 59 pitches, logged...

MOC softball

MOUNT OLIVE -- Kelly Minshew's walk-off, fifth-inning home run capped Mount Olive's mercy rule-shortened, 11-3 victory over Queens University in game two of a Conference Carolinas softball twinbill Sunday afternoon. The Royals took the opener, 8-4. The Trojans (17-22...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wayne Christian falls to Community Christian in CCC girls' soccer

Courtney Barrow recorded 17 saves in Wayne Christian's, 8-0 shutout loss to Community Christian in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference action Friday afternoon. The Eagles fell to 2-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 against CCC opposition this season....

Seventh-inning grand slam lifts Chargers past Rebels

CALYPSO -- Adam Wingate lived every hitter's fantasy on the baseball diamond Friday evening. The junior shortstop swatted a seventh-inning grand slam home run, and lifted Ayden-Grifton to a come-from-behind, 6-4 victory over Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin in...

North Lenoir nips Cleveland, 2-1, in ECC softball action

CLAYTON -- Nicole Robinson threw a complete-game, three-hitter as North Lenoir nipped Cleveland, 2-1, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference scene. Robinson logged six strikeouts for the Hawks, who picked up their second consecutive ECC win of the season. Blythe...

Hawks' diamond nine soar past Cleveland, 12-0

CLAYTON -- Caleb Kearney permitted two hits in a complete-game effort, and North Lenoir dispatched Cleveland 12-0 in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play Friday evening. Kearney logged seven strikeouts and walked two batters in the mercy rule-shortened affair. Chastin Radford...

Princeton softball shuts out Goldsboro

PRINCETON -- Bailee Ellis collected Goldsboro's lone hit in an 11-0 loss to defending Carolina 1-A Conference champion Princeton on Friday evening. Alyssa Richardson took the pitching loss. The Cougars (0-8 overall, 0-3 CC) visit Spring Creek on Tuesday....

Princeton eases past Goldsboro on baseball diamond

PRINCETON -- Tyler Daniels provided two hits and three RBI, and Princeton turned back Goldsboro, 7-3, in Carolina 1-A Conference action Friday evening. Austin Hinton (two RBI) and Drew McCoy (RBI) helped the Bulldogs, who picked up their first league...

C.B. Aycock baseball doubles up Triton

PIKEVILLE -- Pesky Triton wasn't about to go away. Charles B. Aycock didn't have any plans to stop scoring. The Golden Falcons built an early lead and padded their advantage in a 10-5, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference win on Friday....

N. Duplin-Ayden-Grifton box

Ayden-Grifton 000 000 6 -- 6 6 2 North Duplin 002 100 1 -- 4 11 3 Leading hitters -- Ayden-Grifton -- Adam Wingate 1-4, HR, 4 RBI; Mike Stancil 2-3; Spencer Damato 1-3, 2B. North Duplin -- Colby Gehron...

Hill throws complete-game, five-hitter for Rebels

CALYPSO -- Left-handed pitcher Ansley Hill scattered five hits in a complete-game effort, and North Duplin doubled up Ayden-Grifton, 4-2, in Carolina 1-A Conference action Friday evening. Hill and Skylar McCarty paced the Rebels' offense with two hits apiece. Casey...

MOC men's volleyball team repeats as conference regular-season champ

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Back-to-back champions. Angel Dache pounded out 15 kills and Mount Olive College successfully defended its Conference Carolinas men's regular-season volleyball crown with a 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 25-21 conquest of in-state archrival Lees-McRae on Saturday...

MOC, Belmont Abbey split Conference Carolinas baseball doubleheader

BELMONT -- Mount Olive College pitcher Carter Capps remained perfect on the hill this season, but No. 21-ranked Belmont Abbey earned a split against the nation's No. 1-ranked Division II baseball team on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans claimed the opener,...

Two-dollar gamble could pay big dividends for Matt Sander

The first $2 fee paid off and the next $10 fee proved even more fruitful. Those two minimal wagers could lead to a $50,000 payday for Mount Olive resident Matt Sander. The 27-year-old bowler will test his luck April 8-9...

C.B. Aycock turns back Triton, 4-3, in final at-bat

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock got the last big hit in a back-and-forth affair and claimed a 4-3 win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Triton on Friday night. The Golden Falcons played from behind nearly the entire game before...

CBA-Triton softball box

Triton 010 011 0 -- 3 6 2 C.B. Aycock 002 000 2 -- 4 6 3 Leading hitters -- Triton -- Kelsey Lee 1-3, 3B, RBI; Katelyn Ennis 2-3, 2B; Holly Howard 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Brooke Bell 3-4,...

Mercer, Warrick pace CBA soccer team at home

PIKEVILLE -- Madison Mercer notched the game-winning goal in the third minute, and Charles B. Aycock rolled past Triton, 7-0, at Hardy Talton Stadium on Friday evening. Cheyenne Warrick provided four goals, including a natural hat trick (three straight goals)...

Midway slips past James Kenan, 6-4

WARSAW -- James Kenan left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, and dropped a 6-4 heartbreaker to Tri-County 1-A Conference foe Midway on Friday evening. Ricky Langston led the Tigers with two hits, including a double,...

Golden Falcons net another ECC tennis victory

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock swept the singles and doubles, and cruised past South Johnston, 9-0, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference scene Friday afternoon. The teams played eight-game pro sets. Will Hoff, Bradley Wilson, Michael Kearney, Austin Walker and...

CBA-Triton baseball box

Triton 000 211 1 -- 5 8 1 C.B. Aycock 310 420 x -- 10 11 0 Leading hitters -- Triton -- Tyler Tyndall 1-3; Dillon Stewart 2-4, RBI; Austin Lee 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Matthew Jackson 1-3; Andreas Lopez...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stevens: McCarter enjoying the journey

Reco McCarter can remember when he eagerly filled out NCAA tournament brackets during his illustrious high school career at Wayne Country Day. Now he's got a courtside seat -- as a red-shirt freshman -- with Virginia Commonwealth, which has busted...

Trojans set new victory mark

MOC Sports Information MISENHEIMER -- Angel Dache pounded out a match-high 13 kills and Mount Olive College established a single-season school record for victories during its 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 triumph over Conference Carolinas men's volleyball rival Pfeiffer University. The Trojans...

Coggins: Improbable matchups create talk

The bright red marks are reminders of old papers graded by my college professors. Questions are written in the margin. Comments are left at the bottom of the page. Mistakes are crossed out everywhere. But this is just a regular...

League lead at stake for Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- On the road with first place in Conference Carolinas at stake and the weight of being ranked No. 1 in the country on its back, Mount Olive has plenty to gain and almost as much to lose...

Warriors shut out Saints, 9-0

Eastern Wayne dropped just 12 games in singles play and cruised past county rival Southern Wayne, 9-0, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' tennis match Thursday afternoon. Top-seeded Chaz Fitzpatrick, who continues to nurse a nagging elbow injury,...