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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mount Olive falls to Winona State

CARY -- Good hitting and solid pitching -- both by Winona State -- led to a stunning upset of No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College on Monday afternoon. The No. 16-ranked Warriors posted six runs in the first three innings against...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Right-handed Levitt earns redemption in opener

CARY -- The importance of this start wasn't lost on Pete Levitt. Nor could he forget his last outing on the national stage. The junior right-hander erased the bittersweet memory of a disastrous performance in last year's Division I JUCO...

James, Speight take C.B. Aycock athlete-of-year honors

North Carolina football signee Jarrod James and sprinter Kendra Speight earned the male and female athlete-of-the-year awards, respectively, during a ceremony honoring Charles B. Aycock's spring athletes. Speight was also named the long distance Most Valuable Player in women's...

Nation's top hurler gets start today

Mount Olive gambled and Pete Levitt cashed in the chips. Now, the Trojans will play their ace today. Carter Capps, the NCAA Division II Daktronics national pitcher-of-the-year, gets the nod this evening in second-round action against Winona State (Minn.) at...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wayne County benefits from Clayton's miscues

MOUNT OLIVE -- Some teams have all the luck. Wayne County Post 11 certainly did Friday evening. The defense turned a season-high three double plays and Clayton Post 71 committed five costly errors in Wayne County's wild, 14-10 triumph at...

Bulldogs rally to advance to final four

PRINCETON -- Princeton continues to ride the right arm of Traci Bridgers to places its softball program has never been. Bridgers pitched a complete game and provided the game-tying triple in the Bulldogs' 2-1 comeback win over South Creek on...

Princeton-South Creek box score

South Creek 100 000 0 -- 1 2 2 Princeton 002 000 x -- 2 7 0 Leading hitters -- South Creek -- Kimberly Mobley 1-3, RBI; Taylor Johnson 1-3. Princeton -- Megan Gerrell 2-3; Traci Bridgers 1-2, RBI; Nicole...

Wayne Post 11-Clayton box score

Clayton 000 104 030 -- 10 17 5 Wayne County 203 010 44x -- 14 12 4 Leading hitters -- Clayton Post 71 -- Taylor Davis 3-6, 2 RBI; Alex Hadding 3-6, 2B, 3 RBI; Matt Bunn 2-5, 2B; Matt...

Hall, Hudson key pieces for Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- Jeremy Hall shows up to the ball park each day not knowing what to expect. Unfortunately, the same can be said of Curtis Hudson as of late. Hall, has not had a defined role on Mount Olive's...

Levitt almost perfect as Mount Olive wins World Series opener

CARY -- Pete Levitt remembered his previous appearance on the national stage. It wasn't very good. This time, Levitt was darn near perfect Saturday evening. The right-hander carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, and No. 2-ranked Mount Olive...

Eastern Wayne-Northeast Guilford box score

Northeast Guilford 001 010 2 -- 4 5 2 Eastern Wayne 000 110 0 -- 2 3 4 Leading hitters -- Northeast Guilford -- Josiel Colon 1-2, 2 BB; Johnny Brown Jr. 1-1, 3 BB; Jaylin Davis 1-4, RBI; Jacob...

Rams eliminate Warriors from playoffs

Eastern Wayne was not about to let Northeast Guilford slugger Johnny Brown Jr. beat them. Jacob McCann finally made the Warriors pay for their strategy. After an intentional walk to Brown Jr., McCann plated two runs with a single in...

Friday, May 27, 2011

EW-NG boxscore

Eastern Wayne 010 110 0 -- 3 6 1 Northeast Guilford 440 000 x -- 8 11 0 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Greg Simms 1-3, HR, RBI; Nolan James 1-3; Ryan Faucette 1-3; Wesley Stewart 2-3, HR, RBI;...

ECU knocks off Tulane

CUSA Sports Information PEARL, Miss. -- It was a game that featured outstanding pitching, high drama and a pair of extra innings. And while Tulane might look back and remember it as a game of missed opportunities, East Carolina will...

Aycock Jr. Legion defeats Snow Hill

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock earned its second victory of the week over Snow Hill with an 11-6 win on the Junior American Legion baseball scene Thursday evening. Adam Pate led the Golden Falcons with three hits, including a home...

Simone, Hayduk lead charge

Jason Simone expected to see different pitches. Dan Hayduk's hard work in practice paid off. The Mount Olive College duo provided much-needed offensive power in a lineup that took a major hit when preseason All-American and Tino Martinez Award semifinalist...

Rams score early, top Warriors, 8-3

MCLEANSVILLE -- Like a sports car speeding down the interstate, Northeast Guilford put its foot on the accelerator early and then set the cruise control Thursday evening. The Rams scored four runs in each of the first two innings and...

Trojans' main goal is to avoid the losers' bracket

The opponent may be somewhat unfamiliar, but the objective remains the same. Mount Olive opens play against Millersville (Pa.) University in the Division II College World Series on Saturday at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary. First pitch is...

W. Johnston routs Wayne South

DUDLEY -- Even on a scorching hot afternoon an inning has the potential to snowball. West Johnston pushed across seven runs in the first inning and picked up an 18-8, five-inning win at Wayne South on Thursday in American Junior...

Wayne South-W. Johnston boxscore

West Johnston 736 02 -- 18 15 4 Wayne South 003 05 -- 8 8 6 Leading hitters -- West Johnston -- Jackie Sherrill 1-2, RBI; Trey Hobby 1-2, RBI; Justin Carroll 5-5, 3 RBI; Matt Parrish 1-1, HR, 2...

Wilson Red takes twinbill from Wayne West

Party poopers. Wilson Red slugged two early-game home runs and handed Wayne West a 15-2, five-inning loss on the Rosewood High School diamond Thursday evening. It was the home debut for West (0-2 overall) on the American Junior Legion baseball...

Wayne West-Wilson Red boxscore

Wilson Red 641 31 -- 15 12 0 Wayne West 200 00 -- 2 3 6 Leading hitters -- Wilson Red -- Zack Williams 2-3, RBI; Jacob Lee 2-3, HR, RBI; Will Cunningham 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Michael Stalls...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Raleigh 297 hands Wayne County first loss

MOUNT OLIVE -- Raleigh Post 297 used two four-run outbursts to knock Wayne County Post 11 from the unbeaten ranks Wednesday evening. Post 297's Chris Davis cranked out two extra-base hits and drove in five runs in a 10-1, non-division...

American Legion boxscore

Raleigh 297 004 401 100 -- 10 13 0 Wayne County 010 000 000 -- 1 6 4 Leading hitters -- Raleigh 297 -- Tanner Parker 1-5; Bahlkowski 2-5, RBI; Brandon Saunders 2-3, RBI; Chris Davis 2-5, 2 2Bs, 5...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Local Preps digest

Junior Legion C.B. Aycock 14, Snow Hill 4, five innings * PIKEVILLE -- Five different players collected two hits apiece for Charles B. Aycock in a 14-4, five-inning win over Snow Hill Post 94 on Tuesday evening. Gregory Johnson led...

Eastern Wayne-North Lenoir boxscore

North Lenoir 000 100 0 -- 1 6 1 Eastern Wayne 201 000 x -- 3 8 1 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Chastin Radford 1-3; Grayson Phillips 1-3; Spencer Bass 2-3; Mikal Batts 2-3, RBI. Eastern Wayne --...

Warriors silence Hawks' hot bats

Eastern Wayne came out ready to hit. North Lenoir never got its offense in gear. The result was a 3-1 victory for the Warriors in the eastern semifinal round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoffs on...

Stevens: Edwards' optimistic approach bringing dividends in 2011

Carl Edwards won the final two NASCAR races in 2010 and took an optimistic approach for the 2011 season. That optimism has proven to be more than just a hunch. The current points leader in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint...

Mayes' walk-off single keeps Bulldogs in postseason

PRINCETON -- Princeton watched Southside's Savannah Mumford operate inside the pitcher's circle for eight innings Tuesday evening. The Dogs finally got tired of being spectators. Ashleigh Mayes' walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Bulldogs...

Chargers' Pearson and Ford earn all-state honors

Wayne Country Day senior Tyson Pearson and junior Catherine Ford each earned all-state honors after leading their respective teams to the 2011 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs this spring. Pearson batted a team-leading .530, drove in 39...

Princeton-Southside boxscore

Southside 000 000 000 -- 0 4 1 Princeton 000 000 001 -- 1 8 0 One out when winning run scored. Leading hitters -- Southside -- Valarie Hodges 1-4; Macy Paramore 1-4; Katie Laughinghouse 2-3. Princeton -- Savanna Massengill...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Aycock Junior Legion

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock couldn't get the timely hit. Kinston Post 43 finally won a one-run ballgame. With the game-tying and game-winning runs on first and second base, respectively, reliever CJ Bradshaw induced a game-ending groundout and preserved Kinston's...

Local preps digest

Track Mulligan claims state discus title * CHARLOTTE -- Wayne Christian senior Anthony Mulligan became the second individual state champion in the school's athletics program history with a first-place effort in the season-ending N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A track...

MOC-FMU

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carl Lancaster called on his ace pitcher sooner than he expected Sunday afternoon. Boy, did Carter Capps deliver. The Southeast Region pitcher-of-the-year threw 61/3 innings of sterling relief and propelled Mount Olive College to a 2-1 victory...

MOC-FMU sidebar

Sweaty and frustrated, Mount Olive's players reported to the locker room to escape the heat and let off some steam Sunday afternoon. Francis Marion had squelched a ninth-inning rally, escaped 9-7 and forced the top-seeded Trojans into a 'winner-take-all' game...

NL-EW preview

We meet again. For the fifth time. Perennial Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference powerhouses Eastern Wayne and North Lenoir square off tonight with an eastern regional championship berth on the line in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. First pitch...

NCHSAA 1-A Track Agate

GREENSBORO -- Results of area athletes who finished among the top 16 in their respective events during the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's and women's track and field championships contested at N.C. A&T State University. GIRLS...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Logan Wicks comeback

Three weeks ago there were a lot of questions surrounding the Eastern Wayne baseball team as it prepared for the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament. Questions about injuries, leadership and most importantly, pitching. As the Warriors prepare for the sectional...

MOC-FMU

MOUNT OLIVE -- Carl Lancaster called on his ace pitcher sooner than he expected Sunday afternoon. Boy, did Carter Capps deliver. The Southeast Region pitcher-of-the-year threw 61/3 innings of sterling relief and propelled Mount Olive College to a 2-1 victory...

Monday preps

Senior Legion Wayne County 7, Apex 4 * APEX -- Wayne County Post 11 earned its second win in as many days over Apex with a 7-4 decision on Sunday afternoon. Cameron Taylor picked up the win on the pitcher's...

MOC-FMU sidebar

Sweaty and frustrated, Mount Olive's players reported to the locker room to escape the heat and let off some steam Sunday afternoon. Francis Marion had squelched a ninth-inning rally, escaped 9-7 and forced the top-seeded Trojans into a 'winner-take-all' game...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

MOC makes regional final

MOUNT OLIVE -- One more to go. Dan Hayduk delivered a pair of key hits and Pete Levitt pitched 7 2/3 strong innings in Mount Olive's 7-3 win over UNC Pembroke on day three of the Division II Southeast Regional...

Eastern Wayne upsets D.H. Conley

GREENVILLE -- Logan Wicks looked comfortable on the mound. Wesley Stewart seemed equally at home at the plate. The pair keyed a third round playoff upset as Eastern Wayne dropped D.H. Conley 6-2 on the baseball diamond Friday night. Eastern...

Wayne Country Day soccer falls

WILSON -- The tank was empty. Three days after upsetting an old nemesis in overtime, Wayne County Day's phenomenal playoff run ended Friday afternoon on the Gillette Soccer Complex pitch. Catherine Funk scored two goals and handed out an assist,...

Rosewood falls to South Creek

Rosewood was left wondering what could have been. The Eagles will have the entire off-season to think about it. A pair of costly errors and two missed scoring opportunities came back to haunt Rosewood in a 2-1 loss to...

C.B. Aycock falls one run short

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock head softball coach Brad Matthews doesn't regret his seventh-inning gamble Friday evening. Given a second chance, he'd do it again. Cierra Harris, the Golden Falcons' fastest player on the team, represented the game-tying run at...

Post 11 wins opener

DUDLEY -- A good start. But work to do. Derek Limbaugh and Zack Beachem combined for a two-hitter, and Wayne County Post 11 launched its 2011 Senior American Legion campaign with a 2-1 conquest of Apex Post 124 on Saturday...

Weekend preps

North Lenoir 11, Rocky Mount 4 ROCKY MOUNT -- North Lenoir's unlikely run through the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoff bracket continued Friday with an 11-4 win over Rocky Mount. The Hawks, who represent the number four...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Trojans' Capps tosses three-hitter

If this was Carter Capps' final start at Scarborough Field he went out in grand fashion. The sophomore right-hander scattered three hits and pitched a complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over Wingate on Thursday night on day one of...

Day 1 regional capsules

MOUNT OLIVE -- Josh Bagley had a historical day to remember as UNC Pembroke turned back Columbus State (Ga.) University, 6-0, in opening-round play of the 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at Scarborough Field. Bagley logged 13 strikeouts...

MOC cages Dogs in opener, 6-0

MOUNT OLIVE -- So far, so good. Carter Capps tossed a complete game and Mount Olive College opened play in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional with a 6-0 win over Wingate on Thursday night. The top-seeded Trojans (42-7 overall)...

Local Sports Digest

Boys' tennis N.C. School Science & Math 6, Rosewood 3 * DURHAM -- The N.C. School of Science and Math swept the doubles courts and defeated Rosewood, 6-3, in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern regional, dual-team...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rec League softball standings

Results and updated standings from play in the Adult Industrial Softball League sponsored by the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department: Standings thru May 18 Record Team W-L Wayne Memorial 4-1 Unifirst 4-1 SNC 4-1 Wayne County 2-3 AAR 1-4 TIC...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lawrence turns back WCDS, 5-3

MERRY HILL -- Three-time defending state champion Lawrence Academy profited from two middle-inning errors and ousted Wayne Country Day, 5-3, in a quarterfinal-round contest in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A baseball playoffs. The No. 1-ranked Warriors plated...

Gryphons oust Golden Falcons, 7-4

PIKEVILLE -- Much like its entire season, Charles B. Aycock's year-ending loss to Rocky Mount was full of highs, lows and plenty of adversity. The Golden Falcons erased an early deficit and refused to go away, but came up short...

Chargers pull off OT shocker

WILSON -- Stay focused. Pay attention. Keep your marks. Block out the fatigue. The simple messages led to Wayne Country Day's biggest triumph of the season on the soccer pitch Tuesday evening. Catherine Ford nailed the game-winning goal in...

Trojans' Watt enjoys new role

Rob Watt is not a new face on the baseball scene at Mount Olive College, but he does have a new role. For most of the season Watt has been the man behind the Trojan pitching staff. He calls pitches,...

Talented teams, players present good challenge at regional

The team names and records slid onto the empty lines. Mount Olive College head baseball coach Carl Lancaster studied each one as the announcer fired off statistics and accomplishments of each school. To no one's surprise, especially not Lancaster, the...

Local preps digest

Boys' tennis Rosewood reaches east finals * The No. 3 doubles of Zach Behrend-Daniel Elawar earned the match-clinching point, and Rosewood advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A dual-team eastern championship with a 5-4 victory over Martin Riverside...

Duo puts Warriors in east finals

Craig Hassell is glad the rains stayed away. And he's thrilled that Rafael Guerra was able to play. Guerra and doubles mate Joseph Chaney clinched the match-deciding point, and lifted Eastern Wayne to a 5-4 triumph over Wilson Fike in...

C.B. Aycock-S. Brunswick box

South Brunswick 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0 C.B. Aycock 000 270 x -- 9 8 0 Leading hitters -- South Brunswick -- Casey O'Connor 1-3; Madison Walker 1-2, 2B. C.B. Aycock -- Reagan Herndon 1-1; Ivy Hartzell 2-3,...

Mozingo holds reigning 3-A east champs hitless

WILSON -- Untouchable. And darn near perfect. Eastern Wayne hurler Zack Mozingo held No. 4-ranked Wilson Hunt hitless and logged 15 strikeouts in a 6-0, second-round triumph in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A baseball playoffs Tuesday evening....

ECC co-champ Aycock knocks out S. Brunswick

PIKEVILLE -- It took a while for Charles B. Aycock to get its offense going Tuesday. It finally broke loose in one inning. The Golden Falcons plated seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and bested South Brunswick...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quinn, Southeastern CC reach World Series

MOREHEAD CITY -- Jordan Quinn gets to play for the ring. Quinn and his Southeastern Community College teammates captured the Region X Division II title Monday evening with a 6-4 victory over Surry Community College. The Rams (35-19) secured...

Mount Olive pitching needs to rise

Carl Lancaster has been waiting for someone in his pitching staff not named Carter Capps or David Combs to step up all season. Mount Olive's veteran head coach can't wait any longer. On the brink of the Division II Southeast...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Trojans are hosts for D-II regional

The conference championship banner hanging in Kornegay Arena undoubtedly brings considerable recognition to one of the nation's top Division II baseball programs. But when players don a Mount Olive College uniform, those titles have little impact on the bigger picture...

Senoirs Westbrook and Smith have matured

Tyler Smith and Joseph Westbrook won't just be taking with them college degrees and four years worth of memories when they leave Mount Olive College. They'll be taking the last remaining links to the crown jewel of the Trojans' storied...

Kayla Kennedy signs with Salem College

Even with two state championship rings as reminders of a stellar career at Wayne Christian, senior Kayla Kennedy nearly lost her passion for softball. Lack of enough players due to varying reasons forced Eagles head coach Roger Longwell to not...

ECU softball

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Conference USA automatic qualifier East Carolina will face Maryland in opening-round play of the College Park Regional in the 2011 NCAA Division I women's softball championships. First pitch is 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Pirates (39-20 overall)...

Mideast Regional 1-A track

PRINCETON -- Alysse Atwell knew she'd miss her friends. She made sure they wouldn't stay home. Atwell turned in a phenomenal performance on the third leg of the 1,600-meter relay during the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A...

Mideast 1-A Regional track results

PRINCETON -- Results involving individuals from schools in the News-Argus readership area who competed in the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Mideast Regional men's and women's track meet Saturday at Princeton High School: GIRLS Top 5 teams...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chargers' Taylor earns 100th career win

It's official -- 10 hours later. Michael Taylor finally has 100 career wins at Wayne Country Day. The Chargers upended archrival Wayne Christian, 9-4, in opening-round action of the 2011 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A baseball playoffs Friday evening....

WCDS-Wayne Christian box

Wayne Country Day 120 006 -- 9 8 5 Wayne Christian 100 111 -- 4 6 2 Game called after six innings. Leading hitters -- Wayne Country Day -- Cody Neal 1-4, 2B; Hil Tanner 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI; Cole...

Local Preps digest

Track Morgan wins 3-A high jump title * GREENSBORO -- North Carolina State football signee Maurice Morgan emerged the high jump champion in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A track and field championships contested at N.C. A&T State...

Mount Olive's offense must produce

Mount Olive steamrolled into the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional a year ago at Francis Marion on fire offensively. The Trojans averaged 11.8 runs per game and had scored double-digit runs 29 times in 38 outings. But the offense misfired...

WCDS-Elon School

Wayne Country Day wanted redemption. The Elon School turned into an innocent victim. Haunted by a second-half meltdown against an archrival two days earlier, the Chargers bore their frustrations on the Commodores in opening-round play of the N.C Independent Schools...

CBA-W. Carteret box

West Carteret 120 000 1 -- 4 7 3 C.B. Aycock 420 301 x -- 10 11 1 Leading hitters -- West Carteret -- Damon Hoggard 2-4, RBI; Dalton Knight 2-4, RBI; Kris Linder 2-2; Forrest Mercer 1-2. C.B. Aycock...

Vikings' Deloatch one-hits S. Wayne

GREENVILLE -- Sometimes life is not fair. Neither is baseball. Southern Wayne hurler Jeremy Taylor pitched a game for the second consecutive outing, but the Saints -- again -- suffered a loss. D.H. Conley plated the game-winning run in the...

Trojans' Knox out for the season

Mike Knox has been a key component to Mount Olive's success this season. The preseason All-America candidate will undoubtedly be a big loss. Knox suffered a broken hand at practice on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the baseball...

DHC-SW boxscore

Southern Wayne 000 000 00 -- 0 1 2 D.H. Conley 000 000 01 -- 1 3 0 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Cody Davis 1-3. D.H. Conley -- Jordan Deloatch 2-4, RBI; David Kirkpatrick 1-3. IP H R...

Patriots score first, but home runs put CBA in front

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's players -- all week -- heard one word over and over again: compete. The Golden Falcons did exactly that Friday evening. After lacking emotion its last two home losses, Aycock played with plenty of life...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Local Preps digest

Baseball Spring Creek 9, Union 1 * CLINTON -- Corey Howell and Duane Gurganus combined to throw a three-hitter and Spring Creek picked up a 9-1 win against Union in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association...

Carolina co-champion takes out KIPP Pride, 10-0

CALYPSO -- Colby Gehron was going to be tough to beat on his own on Thursday evening. With run support, the task got a lot tougher. Gehron pitched a complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts and North Duplin defeated KIPP Pride...

prep baseball boxes

KIPP Pride 000 000 -- 0 6 2 North Duplin 121 051 -- 10 11 2 No outs when winning run scored Leading hitters -- KIPP Pride -- Frederick Royster 1-3; Terrance Rogers 1-3; James Smith 2-3; Lorenzo Rothwell 1-2;...

Trojans down Golden Falcons to repeat as tourney champs

FOUR OAKS -- South Johnston delivered an early knockout punch. Charles B. Aycock never recovered. Whitney Williams crushed a first-inning home run and the Trojans successfully defended their Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament crown with a 7-1 triumph over the...

Eastern Wayne advances

Like a thoroughbred running the backstretch, Eastern Wayne appears to have hit its stride at the perfect time. Eastern Wayne pitched well, played solid defense and got a few key hits in a 4-1 win over South Brunswick in the...

CBA-SJ softball box

C.B. Aycock 000 010 0 -- 1 10 2 South Johnston301 030 x -- 7 7 0 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Brooke Bell 1-4; Meredith Burroughs 3-4, 2 2Bs, RBI; Ashley Shingleton 1-3; Reagan Herndon 2-3; Jessica Hare...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

WCDS-Wayne Christian baseball

County rivals Wayne Christian and Wayne Country Day will meet in the opening round of the 2011 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A baseball playoffs on Friday. The eighth-seeded Eagles (10-8 overall) will entertain the ninth-seeded Chargers (12-9) at...

Rosewood soccer

Camden did not look like a wild-card team. Rosewood played up to its opponent's skill level for 50 minutes, but could not hang on Wednesday evening. The Bruins scored two second-half goals and blanked the Eagles 2-0 in the opening...

Charles B. Aycock-West Carteret soccer

PIKEVILLE -- Seven years is a long time to wait for anything. And it has felt like an eternity for Charles B. Aycock. Hannah Fischler scored in the fourth minute of the first overtime as West Carteret survived for a...

Greenfield-WCDS soccer

Wayne Country Day's defensive focus disappeared at halftime. And Greenfield, as expected, turned up the intensity. Four Knights combined for six second-half goals in a come-from-behind, 7-2 victory in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams...

Rosewood-Dixon

Courtesy Jacksonville Daily News HOLLY RIDGE -- Rosewood didn't go easy, but the pesky Eagles were no match for Dixon senior right-hander Rookie Davis on Wednesday evening. The East Carolina signee recorded 17 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rosewood takes second

One big inning was enough. Rosewood scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth and held off Ayden-Grifton 9-5 in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both softball teams Tuesday evening. The Eagles (9-8 overall, 8-2 CC) clinched...

Golden Demons eliminate Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Unforced errors against a patient opponent led to Charles B. Aycock's second-round exit in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team men's tennis playoffs Tuesday afternoon. Fike pounced on just about every mistake and claimed a...

Davis, Shingleton ignite CBA's game-winning rally

PIKEVILLE -- The two-year wait is over. Charles B. Aycock is back where it belongs -- in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball tournament championship game. Connor Davis scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch, and the Golden Falcons...

Focused Eagles ready for playoffs

One two-day stretch undoubtedly turned Wayne Christian's fortunes around on the baseball diamond. Lacking energy, focus and determination, the Eagles seemed destined to have their string of six consecutive postseason appearances vanish before a weekend tournament at Hobgood Academy. The...

RHS-AG softball box

Ayden-Grifton 200 010 2 -- 5 9 3 Rosewood 002 520 x -- 9 10 1 Leading hitters -- Ayden-Grifton -- Taylor Cabiness 1-3; Taylor Trippett 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Alexus Jones 1-2, RBI; Kelsey Jones 2-4, RBI; Morgan Bell...

Own goal is Warriors' undoing in loss

All it took was one mistake. West Brunswick scored the game's only goal on an own goal off a corner kick and defeated Eastern Wayne 1-0 in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A girls'...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' tennis Eastern Wayne 7, West Carteret 2 * MOREHEAD CITY -- Eastern Wayne won four out of six singles matches in a 7-2 win on Tuesday afternoon at West Carteret in the second round of the N.C. High School...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Brandon Winford signs with UNC Pembroke

His father by his side, Charles B. Aycock basketball standout Brandon Winford signed his name on the dotted line. The ink dried and signaled an end to a lifelong dream, but also ushered in a new era in the high...

Adams cards 80 at Keith Hills CC

BUIES CREEK -- Rosewood freshman Nick Adams is eight strokes behind the leader after opening-round play of the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's golf championships. Adams carded an 18-hole round of 8-over 80 on the...

Warriors' Fitzpatrick defends title

WILSON -- East champ ... again. Eastern Wayne sophomore Chaz Fitzpatrick, fully recovered from an early-season elbow injury, successfully defended his N.C. High School Athletic Association east 3-A regional singles crown Monday afternoon. Fitzpatrick (15-1 overall) upended Wilson Fike's...

EW-NL baseball

Eastern Wayne had one more bullet in the chamber. North Lenoir was out of ammunition. The Warriors got a pitching gem from Nolan James and bullied their way to a 7-2 victory in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament championship...

Eastern Wayne-North Lenoir softball

North Lenoir pushed across five, fourth-inning runs and escaped Eastern Wayne, 5-4, in quarterfinal-round play of the 2011 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball tournament Monday evening. The fifth-seeded Hawks (9-9 overall) continue play today at defending tournament champion South...

MOC-WSSU baseball

MOC Sports Information HIGH POINT -- Pete Levitt earned the save in game two and Mount Olive College swept Winston-Salem State 8-2 and 7-4 at High Point University on Monday afternoon. Levitt struck out the side in the bottom of...

Tuesday preps

Boys' golf Adams cards 80 at Keith Hills CC * BUIES CREEK -- Rosewood freshman Nick Adams is eight strokes behind the leader after opening-round play of the 2011 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's golf championships. Adams...

Regional tennis

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne's Chaz Fitzpatrick and Wilson Fike's Nick James will meet today for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A east regional individual tennis championship. Fitzpatrick, the reigning regional champ, advanced to the finals with back-to-back victories...

Wayne Christian-CFCA

WILSON -- Scott Pender doesn't like to gamble. He's glad Cape Fear Christian did. Down by a run and taking a chance, CFC's Blake Wall scrambled toward the plate as the relay throw on a sacrifice fly from right field...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Warriors' Fitzpatrick faces James for 3-A singles crown

WILSON -- Eastern Wayne's Chaz Fitzpatrick and Wilson Fike's Nick James will meet today for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A east regional individual tennis championship. Fitzpatrick, the reigning regional champ, advanced to the finals with back-to-back victories...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Early goal awakens Chargers' defense

Haley Wood streaked down the left sideline, gathered a loose ball and worked her way into the 18-yard box. Draped by a defender, the Epiphany School junior fired a perfect right-footed shot that bounced into the lower right corner of...

No. 1-ranked Patriots double up WCDS on baseball diamond

ROCKY MOUNT -- No. 1-ranked Faith Christian-Rocky Mount exploded for seven first-inning runs and cruised past Wayne Country Day 12-6 in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season finale both teams Friday. The Patriots (8-0 CPIC) parlayed several walks, a...

Bulldogs regain top spot in Carolina 1-A softball race

Back on top. Traci Bridgers threw a complete-game, three-hitter and Princeton regained sole possession of the Carolina 1-A Conference softball race with a 4-2 triumph over archrival Rosewood on Friday evening. The Dogs (15-5 overall) improved to 7-1 in conference...

Bill cashes in five goals against Spring Creek, Eagles finish as Carolina tri-champions

Logan Bill punched in a career-high five goals and Rosewood throttled county rival Spring Creek, 8-1, in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams Friday afternoon. Bill added an assist for the Eagles, who shared the regular-season championship...

Darden hits Wayne Christian into Carolina Christian 1-A baseball tournament final

WILSON -- Chase Darden swatted two home runs, and Wayne Christian hammered Crossroads Christian, 18-8, in semifinal-round play of the 2011 Carolina Christian 1-A Conference tournament Friday afternoon. Darden finished the game with three hits and six RBI. Chandler Harrell...

North Duplin claims share of Carolina 1-A baseball championship

SEVEN SPRINGS -- There was no talk of conference titles. This time the pre-game message was "have fun." "The last time we played Ayden, I stressed the point this game could be for the conference championship," said first-year North...

Rebels' McCarty fans 15 Spring Creek batters

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Playoff-bound North Duplin concluded its Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season slate with a 16-2, five-inning conquest of Spring Creek on Friday evening. Rebels hurler Skylar McCarty logged 15 strikeouts inside the pitcher's circle. McCarty, Ansley Hill and Kayla...

Chargers shut out Cougars, earn piece of Carolina 1-A baseball title

LITTLEFIELD -- Ayden-Grifton clinched a share of the 2011 Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season crown with a 25-0, mercy-rule victory over Goldsboro on Friday evening. The Chargers (15-7 overall, 8-2 CC) tied with North Duplin for the league's top spot, and...

Seniors drive Rosewood into 1-A baseball playoffs

The playoffs started a little bit earlier for archrivals Rosewood and Princeton. The Eagles extended their season after a 4-1 win over the Bulldawgs in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams Friday evening. The teams entered the...

Princeton-Rosewood softball box

Princeton 200 110 0 -- 4 11 2 Rosewood 000 101 0 -- 2 3 3 Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Katlyn Peedin 3-4, RBI; Traci Bridgers 2-3; Nicole Melvin 2-4, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI; Keely Myers 1-4; Reandy Hearn...

Princeton-Rosewood baseball box

Princeton 000 001 0 -- 1 5 3 Rosewood 301 000 x -- 4 8 2 Leading hitters -- Princeton -- Austin Hinton 2-3; Anthony Martin 1-1; Tyler Craft 1-3; Forest Stewart 1-4. Rosewood -- Cody Harris 2-3; Ian Speight...

Aycock one of three favorites to claim ECC softball tourney crown

Charles B. Aycock, to no one's surprise, once again enters the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference softball tournament favored to win the title. So is South Johnston. And you can't count out Triton. The Golden Falcons shared the ECC regular-season championship...

Warriors deny Golden Falcons' bid for ECC 'double'

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock girls' soccer coach Kevin Adkins said earlier in the week it would be tough to beat Eastern Wayne for a third time this season. The Warriors made Adkins look like a prophet Friday evening. Brooke...

Aycock seeks to change postseason history

Charles B. Aycock's relationship with the N.C. High School Athletic Association state soccer playoffs has been messy, complicated and at times down right heart breaking. The Golden Falcons have not won a boys' or girls' state playoff game since 2007,...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Eastern Wayne-Southern Wayne box score

Eastern Wayne 010 020 0 -- 3 5 2 Southern Wayne 001 100 0 -- 2 5 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Greg Simms 1-3; Zack Mozingo 1-3, 2B; Nolan James 1-3, HR, RBI; Wes Capps 1-3, HR,...

Warriors nip Saints, 3-2

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne starter Jeremy Taylor was excellent. Eastern Wayne hurler Zach Mozingo was just one pitch better. Mozingo tossed six strong innings and held back the potent Saints offense in a 3-2, semifinal-round victory in the 2011 Eastern...

Smith lifts Princeton

Sooner or later, someone had to pull the trigger. "Why not me?" thought Linda Smith. She's glad she did. The Princeton High freshman notched the game-winning goal around the 68th minute in a 1-0 triumph over Carolina 1-A Conference archrival...

N. Lenoir-Aycock box score

North Lenoir 003 050 0 -- 8 9 1 C.B. Aycock 001 003 1 -- 5 8 1 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Chastin Radford 1-4; Grayson Phillips 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Spencer Bass 1-4, RBI; Brian Hardy 2-3,...

N. Lenoir stops Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- Throw seedings and records out the window. On Thursday night, North Lenoir looked like it belongs in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball tournament finals. The fourth-seeded Hawks belted three home runs and John Delaney pitched five strong...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' soccer Goldsboro 6, Spring Creek 0 * Goldsboro notched the game-winning goal in the opening 60 seconds of play, and rolled past Spring Creek, 6-0, in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams Thursday afternoon. The Cougars...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

C.B. Aycock-Triton soccer

PIKEVILLE -- Enjoying the spoils of another victory, Kevin Adkins was sharing a bag of popcorn with players on the bench midway through the second half of Charles B. Aycock's win on Wednesday night. With one more victory, Adkins and...

E. Wayne-Cleveland soccer

Eastern Wayne had the will. Miller Delbridge found the way. The senior striker converted the game-winning penalty kick in the 67th minute, and the Warriors dumped Cleveland, 2-0, in semifinal-round play of the 2011 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' soccer...

Local digest

Baseball Greene Central 10, SouthWest Edgecombe 0 * GREENVILLE -- Greene Central got another dominating performance from Derrick Grant and earned a share of the Eastern Plains 2-A Conference title with a 10-0 win over SouthWest Edgecombe on Wednesday night...

Carolina 1-A track results

Results from the 2011 Carolina 1-A Conference boys' and girls' track and field championships contested Wednesday: GIRLS Team scores Ayden-Grifton 166.66 Rosewood 120 Princeton 90 Goldsboro 74 Spring Creek 42.33 North Duplin 41 Individual winners Shot put -- Ellis (AG)...

Carolina 1-A track championship

Rosewood's depth proved crucial again. Two weeks after winning the boys' team title in the annual Wayne County Track and Field Championships, the Eagles earned the Carolina 1-A Conference crown Wednesday afternoon. Talented distance runner Nick Britt emerged victorious...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Eagles sweep singles, oust Cougars

No worries. Rosewood coach Bert Perkins' anxiety quickly vanished during opening-set action against Goldsboro in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A dual-team tennis playoffs Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles seized command on five of six singles courts and kept...

Eastern Wayne-Triton baseball box

Triton 100 001 00 -- 2 2 0 E. Wayne 001 100 01 -- 3 8 4 Leading hitters -- Triton -- Matthew Jackson 1-3; Tyler Tyndall 1-3. Eastern Wayne -- Wes Capps 1-2, HR, RBI; Benito Avila 2-2; Jake...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' tennis C.B. Aycock 5, D.H. Conley 4 * PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock won four out of six singles matches and claimed a pivotal doubles point in a 5-4 victory over D.H. Conley on Tuesday in the first round...

Rosewood-Goldsboro tennis box

Rosewood 6 Goldsboro 0 Singles: No. 1 Matt Binda (R) d. Bernard Green 6-2, 4-6, 10-5; No. 2 Antonio Henriques (R) d. Charles Robinson 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 Cole Radcliff (R) d. Taylor Ingram 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 Zach Behrend...

Eastern Wayne cruises past N. Lenoir

Leave some in the tank. Eastern Wayne got some breathing room with a pair of second-half goals and got its starters some important rest in a 5-0 win over visiting North Lenoir on Tuesday night in the first round of...

E. Wayne-N. Lenoir softball box

Eastern Wayne 012 040 1 -- 8 11 4 North Lenoir 120 020 0 -- 5 11 5 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Carissa Tuner 2-4, 2B, RBI; Hannah Grantham 4-4, RBI; Tiffany Gussenhofen 1-4, RBI. North Lenoir --...

May scores as Hawks lose fly ball in lights

Triton had an upset qued-up. Eastern Wayne changed the playlist at the final moment. The Warriors pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning and earned a 3-2 win over the Hawks in the opening round...

Golden Falcons, Warriors net dual-team playoff victories

LaGRANGE -- A team of destiny? Perhaps. Eastern Wayne played with a purpose and earned two history-making rewards on the North Lenoir softball diamond Tuesday evening. Hannah Grantham cranked out four hits and the Warriors secured their first-ever, state-playoff berth...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rosewood wins regional title

JACKSONVILLE -- Rosewood fixed some past mistakes and got some unlikely contributions during 1-A East Regional play at Bear Trail Golf Club in Jacksonville on Monday afternoon. The Eagles earned a regional championship for their efforts. Rosewood fired a...

Local digest

KENLY -- Princeton used a stout defensive effort to earn a 1-1 tie with county rival North Johnston on Monday afternoon. Ashley Jacobs scored the Bulldawgs' lone goal off of an assist by Madison Parker. Amber Brush recorded seven saves...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

WCDS-Waccamaw baseball box

Friday's box Waccamaw    300    400    0    --    7    9    6 WCDS    003    430    x    --    10    7    2 Leading hitters -- Waccamaw -- Blake Davis 2-3, RBI; Lance Caffee 2-4, RBI; Hunter White 2-4. Wayne Country Day -- Hil...

MOC athletes honored with season-ending awards banquet

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Jasmine Whitby, Michael Knox, Aleks Mitrovic and Brittany Miller emerged the top award winners during a season-ending banquet, which was held to honor Mount Olive College's athletes in 17 sports. But Ana Cooke stole...

Chargers avoid Warriors' ambush

Perennial independent baseball powers Wayne County Day and Waccamaw played the classic game of "I don't want it, you take it" on Friday afternoon. The Chargers finally took control in the fifth inning. Tyson Pearson's bases-loaded, RBI walk led to...

Local teams to compete in NCHSAA golf regionals

Wayne County will be well represented when the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys' golf regionals tee off Monday and Tuesday on eastern North Carolina courses. Each one-day, 18-hole tournament will determine competitors in the season-ending NCHSAA Championships, which will...

Adkins: Aycock's ECC title run was pleasant surprise

Charles B. Aycock head coach Kevin Adkins considers winning the first Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season championship in the history of the girls' soccer program is a bit of a surprise. The Golden Falcons can't expect to surprise anyone in...

Southeast Region foes MOC, Catawba split baseball twinbill

MOUNT OLIVE -- If Mount Olive hopes to host the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, it has some work to do. The No. 2-ranked Trojans split a pivotal doubleheader with No. 11-ranked Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Scarborough Field. MOC...

Trojan squads record best Joby Hawn Cup finish in program history

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Since joining the Division II ranks in the mid-1990s, the Mount Olive College athletics program enjoyed its finest season in Conference Carolinas competition during 2010-11. The Trojans ended up among the top three schools...

Gators, Rebels chasing Chargers

Ayden-Grifton is in the driver's seat. But the Chargers are certainly aren't in cruise control ... yet. With one week left in the regular season, the Carolina 1-A Conference baseball standings are as close as they can be. And the...

County baseball rivals begin ECC tournament title quest Tuesday

Charles B. Aycock has accomplished one goal. Eastern Wayne still has an objective, while Southern Wayne has built some confidence. There isn't a clear-cut favorite when the sixth installment of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament launches Tuesday in the...