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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Prep football practice kicks off

It's finally here. Teams in the News-Argus readership area and statewide kicked off their respective 2011 high school football seasons on a sunny, humid Saturday morning. Few seemed to be affected by temperatures that eventually surpassed the 100-degree mark later...

Post 11 season wrap-up

The "7" illuminating the errors column on the Fleming Stadium scoreboard a few weeks ago left plenty of doubts about the 2011 edition of the Wayne County Post 11 senior Legion baseball team. "This team can't field the ball," one...

Post 11 season wrap-up

The "7" illuminating the errors column on the Fleming Stadium scoreboard a few weeks ago left plenty of doubts about the 2011 edition of the Wayne County Post 11 senior Legion baseball team. "This team can't field the ball," one...

Prep football practice kicks off

It's finally here. Teams in the News-Argus readership area and statewide kicked off their respective 2011 high school football seasons on a sunny, humid Saturday morning. Few seemed to be affected by temperatures that eventually surpassed the 100-degree mark later...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Are you ready for some football?

The annual summer ritual is close at hand. Players will lace up their cleats, buckle their chin straps and wait for sound from the coach's shrill whistle to pierce the humid, morning air. Several teams in the News-Argus readership area...

Opinion - Defending World Champions pick up slugging Beltran

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is approaching rapidly and several teams in need of an outfield bat were drooling over the Mets' Carlos Beltran like Terrelle Pryor at a car dealership. Beltran, the biggest named outfielder available on the trade...

Worrells, Gross sign with Chesapeake

Two close friends with one common passion, Southern Wayne graduates Delfawn Worrells and Bernard Gross have made their dream a reality. The duo recently signed to play basketball this winter at Chesapeake (Md.) College. A two-year junior college in Wye...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coggins: UNC rids itself of embarrassment, but not tarnished image

Dick Baddour, athletics director at North Carolina, said enough is enough. Integrity finally won. Butch Davis is out as football coach at North Carolina and it's about time. In a year when athletic programs throughout the country have caused considerable...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wayne County-Cherryville box

Wayne County 000 001 000 -- 1 5 2 Cherryville 103 010 31x -- 9 15 1 Leading hitters -- Wayne County -- Cody Davis 1-3; Jonathan Taylor 2-4, 2B; Tyler Ruffin 1-2, RBI; Tyler Gainey 1-3, 2B. Cherryville --...

Watt steps down as Post 11 coach

MOREHEAD CITY -- Disappointed with the season-ending loss, but not with the team's weekend performance, parents offered their appreciation and thanks to Wayne County Post 11 head coach Rob Watt late Tuesday evening. Then Watt delivered a curveball of his...

Reynolds too tough for Post 11

MOREHEAD CITY -- Drew Reynolds? Good as advertised. Cherryville Post 39? The best team Wayne County has seen all season. Reynolds threw a complete-game, five-hit gem during a 9-1 triumph in the 2011 N.C. Senior American Legion state baseball tournament...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wayne County-High Point

MOREHEAD CITY -- Stayin' alive. Wayne County Post 11 overcame three errors and dispatched High Point, 11-7, during consolation-round play in the 2011 N.C. Senior American Legion baseball tournament Sunday afternoon. Post 11 faces Wilmington Post 10 in elimination play...

Wayne County-Wilmington

MOREHEAD CITY -- Wayne County Post 11's resilient attitude and blue-collar effort proved critical on a blustery Monday afternoon on the Crystal Coast. Kevin Wise mashed the go-ahead home run and Cody Davis supplied a much-needed insurance double in an...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wayne County-High Point

MOREHEAD CITY -- Stayin' alive. Wayne County Post 11 overcame three errors and dispatched High Point, 11-7, during consolation-round play in the 2011 N.C. Senior American Legion baseball tournament Sunday afternoon. Post 11 faces Wilmington Post 10 in elimination play...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wayne County eliminates Hickory

MOREHEAD CITY -- Wayne County Post 11 flexed its offensive muscle and Hickory Post 48 splintered under the pressure Saturday morning. Nick McGee and Adron Hollowell each swatted a home run in a 14-0, mercy-rule triumph on day two of...

Wayne County-Hickory box

Wayne County 007 151 0 -- 14 15 0 Hickory 000 000 0 -- 0 6 1 Leading hitters -- Wayne County -- Tyler Farmer 1-3, RBI; Cody Davis 1-3, 2 RBI; Kevin Wise 2-5, 2 2Bs, 5 RBI; Jonathan...

Wayne County drops opener to Rowan County

MOREHEAD CITY -- The nagging Achilles' heel. One tough-luck pitch. No timely hits. Nine punchouts. Now, Wayne County Post 11 is fighting to keep its season alive each time it steps onto Puck O'Neal Field inside Big Rock Stadium on...

Legends of the past meet fans of today

Local baseball legends Hubert "Daddy" Wooten of Goldsboro and Carl Long of Kinston, two of the handful of players still living who played in the old Negro Baseball League, were honored this weekend at events in both cities. The festivities,...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Opinion - Panthers seeking answers

The end of the NFL lockout has become a matter of "when," not "if." When business does finally resume the Carolina Panthers, like every other team in the league, will be plenty busy trying to finalize a roster before the...

East-West All-Star football

GREENSBORO -- East All-Stars Jarran Reed logged seven tackles and Craig Murdock hauled in one reception during a 19-7 loss to the West All-Stars during the annual N.C. Coaches Association high school football showcase Wednesday evening. Reed, a Goldsboro...

Wayne County state preview

Baseball has undoubtedly meant a great deal to folks in Wayne County the past few decades. Area programs have produced numerous standouts on the high school, college and professional scenes. And many of those players donned a uniform for Wayne...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Walnut Creek LGA results

Walnut Creek LGA * Evelyn Rose and Faye Franklin shared low gross honors during weekly tournament play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Penny Ritt and Dot Julian seized low net and low putts, respectively....

Negro League legends to be honored

Baseball fans and historians will get a chance this weekend to visit first-hand with some of the pioneers of the game when the Yesterday's Negro League Players Foundation holds a celebration that will include Hubert "Daddy" Wooten of Goldsboro and...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Local golf

Lane Tree LGA * Linda Watson claimed game-of-the-week honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Lou Ellen Flowers and Nan Jarrell seized low net and low putts, respectively. Mary Ann Sutton secured second low net and Linda...

Door open for new competition at N.C. American Legion tournament

MOREHEAD CITY -- A new state champion will be crowned when the 2011 N.C. Senior American Legion basball state tournament begins Friday morning at Puck O'Neal Field inside Big Rock Stadium. Kernersville Post 36, which advanced to the World Series...

Monday, July 18, 2011

McGee's blast ignites Post 11

MOUNT OLIVE -- Nick McGee just waited. Cary Post 67 left-hander Blair Betts dialed into the strike zone and threw two nasty curveballs that bit the corners of the plate during the third inning. "They were dirty," smiled McGee. Betts...

Wayne County-Cary box

Wayne County 004 424 3 -- 17 11 1 Cary 000 002 0 -- 2 8 3 Leading hitters -- Wayne County -- Tyler Farmer 1-2, 2B, RBI; Cody Davis 1-3, 2 RBI; Kevin Wise 1-4, 2 RBI; Jon Taylor...

Errors help Nash County beat Wayne County

PIKEVILLE -- Nash County -- again -- capitalized on defensive mistakes and claimed a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory over Wayne County in elimination-round play of the 2011 Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth 13-year-old state baseball tournament Sunday evening. Nash County faces...

Mount Olive inks deal with Adidas

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College athletics department and adidas have entered into a five-year agreement that will make the sports apparel manufacturer the exclusive provider of uniforms and footwear for all Trojan sports teams. The...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wayne County-Henderson box

Wayne County 105 325 -- 17 11 4 Hend.-Vance 120 010 -- 4 5 7 Leading hitters -- Wayne County -- Allen Coor 2-3, 2B; Caleb Smith 4-4, 3 RBI; Trent Herndon 1-3, 3 RBI; Dylan Harrison 2-4, RBI; Kyle...

Wayne County eliminates West Raleigh

PIKEVILLE -- Lloyd Lowe caught the hitting bug. His teammates did, too. Lowe's lead-off single sparked a fourth-inning offensive outburst, and Wayne County dumped West Raleigh, 9-2, in their 2011 Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth 13-year-old state tournament contest Saturday afternoon....

Wayne County-West Raleigh box

West Raleigh 011 000 0 -- 2 1 0 Wayne County 200 700 x -- 9 12 1 Leading hitters -- West Raleigh -- Sam Minier 1-3, RBI. Wayne County -- Allen Coor 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Trent Herndon RBI;...

Behrend taking wrestling talents to NAIA power Jamestown (ND) College

Zach Behrend scribbled on the information sheet, passed it over and waited for his next match to begin. The paper soon became an afterthought. Until he received an unexpected -- and welcome -- email. Coaches from Jamestown (N.D.) College had...

Wayne County overcomes sluggish start against Henderson

PIKEVILLE -- This is more like it. One day after experiencing an error-filled loss, Wayne County refocused and took out its frustration against Henderson-Vance on the Charles B. Aycock baseball diamond Friday evening. Allen Coor and Kyle Davis combined for...

Post 11 storms back after 2010

Frustration festered in the guts of Wayne County Post 11 players who experienced a disappointing, series-ending loss to nemesis Wilson Post 13 a year ago. They gained satisfaction this season. Not only did Post 11 sweep Post 13 in regular-season...

Simms inks baseball NLI with Lenoir CC

Greg Simms quietly watched, listened and soaked it all in. Called up to the varsity team late in his sophomore season at Eastern Wayne in 2009, Simms took the opportunity to learn all he could from leaders John Wooten, Walker...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Massey wants to restore once-proud tradition

It's not a Cinderella story, but more akin to David and Goliath. Jackson Massey gets goosebumps thinking about the possibilities of restoring a once-proud baseball program that has enjoyed little success since its resurrection earlier this decade. A Wayne County...

Wayne County drops state tournament opener

PIKEVILLE -- Wayne County could not overcome an error-filled performance en route to a 7-1 defeat against Nash County during the opening round of the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth 13-year old baseball state tournament at Charles B. Aycock High...

Wayne County and Cary to meet on Sunday

Wayne County Post 11 and Cary Post 67 will play a single 'winner-take-all' game to determine the Area I champion Sunday. A site and time has not been announced. Wayne County won an earlier meeting, 15-14. The teams have qualified...

Local golf

Walnut Creek LGA * Kathy Woodward emerged the first low gross winner in Championship flight play during an East Carolina Ladies Golf Association meet contested Thursday on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. More than 40 players from 10 clubs...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Local Opinion - AL and NL East races extremely tight

Major League Baseball's All-Star game came and went on Tuesday night and the final day of the regular season is fewer than three months away. There should be plenty of players and teams to keep an eye on as the...

Wayne County - Pitt County, Game 3

WINTERVILLE -- Jordan Quinn showed some guts. His teammates showed some resilience. Wayne County Post 11 overcame its sloppiest defensive performance of the postseason and captured the Area I East championship with a 9-4 conquest of Pitt County Post 39...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Post 11 survives another rally

MOUNT OLIVE -- Comeback denied ... again. Wayne County Post 11's bullpen survived a shaky effort, and thwarted a second straight late-game rally by nemesis Pitt County Post 39 during the Area I East championship series Tuesday evening. Duane Gurganus...

Wayne County-Pitt County box

Pitt County 39 001 020 440 -- 11 13 3 Wayne County 201 405 11x -- 13 14 2 Leading hitters -- Pitt County -- Zach Holton 3-4, HR, 2 RBI; Blake McCarter 2-4, RBI; Charlie Herring 3-4, 2B, 4...

Sam Narron selected to AAA All-Star game

* Former Eastern Wayne High School standout Sam Narron has been selected to the Triple-A All-Star game. Narron, a left-handed pitcher for the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League, will represent the PCL today in Salt Lake City against...

Passing league ends

DUDLEY -- The third and final edition of the Wayne County passing league went off without a hitch on Tuesday night at Southern Wayne High School. The only problem was that the guests may have stolen the show. James Kenan,...

Lane Tree LGA

Lane Tree LGA * Sally Pope emerged the game-of-the-week winner during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Linda Watson and Lou Ellen Flowers won low net and low putts, respectively....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What's happening

Wayne County Pop Warner Football and Cheer * Registration concludes July 28 and the first practice is Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Norwayne Middle School football field. Interested players and cheerleaders ages 5- to 14-years-old may register Monday-Thursday...

Wayne County - Pitt County American Legion

WINTERVILLE -- Collin DuBose began Wayne County Post 11's posteason journey with a modest .275 batting average. There was nothing modest about the nine-hole hitter's performance on Monday night. DuBose finished with four hits, including two home runs, and nine...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sutton wins wild Wayne County Mens Amateur

Lionel Sutton had been in a heated battle before with the Wayne County Men's Amateur golf tournament championship on the line. On Sunday his experience paid off. Sutton overcame a nine-stroke deficit and pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament...

WCMA final results

OPEN DIVISION Championship Flight Lionel Sutton    73-72-69-214 Clark Rose    70-66-78-214 Stan Adams    72-67-76-215 Dane Jones    72-70-74-216 Brandon Campbell    77-74-70-221 Jeremy Joyner    75-73-73-221 Kevin Fisk    76-69-76-221 Bradley Jones    74-71-77-222 Hayden Gardner    79-71-73-223 Ryan Campbell    74-69-80-223 Jay Joyner    73-75-78-225 Michael Sauls    75-73-82-230...

Post 11 set to battle Pitt County

Wayne County Post 11 will continue its run through the Area I East playoffs tonight at Pitt County in the championship round. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pitt Community College. The teams will play a best-of-five series...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A pair of Rose's out front at WCMA

The top golfers in Wayne County put tees in the ground and made their best swings on the second day of the Wayne County Amateur at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Club on Saturday afternoon. When the final putt fell in the...

Wayne County claims opener from Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT -- Wayne County Post 11 claimed the opening game of the best-of-three Senior American Legion Area I semifinals with a 7-5 victory over Rocky Post 58 on Friday afternoon at Rocky Mount High School. Adron Hollowell and...

Post 11 rallies in ninth inning

MOUNT OLIVE -- Wayne County plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and completed a series sweep of Rocky Mount Post 58 with a 6-5 win on Saturday night at Scarborough Field. Post 11 advances to the...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rain washes out Post 11

ROCKY MOUNT -- Game one the Senior American Legion Area I semifinals between Wayne County Post 11 and Rocky Mount Post 58 was rained out after 2 1/2 innings on Thursday night. The two teams are scheduled to restart...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Local Digest

Junior Legion Game called early * Wayne North held a 6-0 lead over North Lenoir in the top of the second inning when severe thunderstorms forced the cancellation of their junior legion game on Wednesday night. North got the game...

Wayne County prepares for showdown with Rocky Mount

MOUNT OLIVE -- Rob Watt knew that his team would eventually have to go through two-time defending Area I East Champion Rocky Mount to win a title. The head coach's vision will come to fruition tonight when Post 11 travels...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wayne County sweeps Edenton

Zach Grantham supplied two hits, including a home run and had two RBI. Adron Hollowell added two hits, including a home run and had an RBI. Tyler Farmer also provided two hits and an RBI. Cody Davis, Kevin Wise (RBI),...

Edenton-Wayne County boxscore

Edenton 003 020 002 -- 7 7 6 Wayne County 612 310 10X -- 14 13 3 Leading hitters -- Edenton -- Evan Holton 1-3; Cameron Peed 2-4; Alden Lawrence 3-4, 3 RBI; Tyler Bridgers 1-4. Wayne County -- Tyler...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

MOC adds two new coaches

MOUNT OLIVE -- Rick Parlow, who has coached at the NCAA Division I, professional and international levels, has been named assistant women's soccer coach at Mount Olive College. Parlow will assist fifth-year Trojan head coach Matt Hisler. Parlow most recently...

Post 11 ready for playoffs

MOUNT OLIVE -- Recent history doesn't favor Wayne County Post 11 when the Area I East playoffs begin today at four different venues. Post 11 hasn't advanced past the opening round since 2008 when it captured the Area I championship,...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wayne West picks up second victory of the season

Junior Legion Wayne West 11, North Lenoir 10 * Reed Howell delivered the game-winning hit and Jordan Gurley claimed the mound win in relief, giving Wayne West just its second victory of the season against Junior Legion juggernaut North Lenoir...

Four Wayne County teams earn state bids

12-Under Wayne County 13, Wilson 1 * ROCK RIDGE -- Hunter Burke and Lee Daniels both supplied four hits as Wayne County captured the Eastern N.C. Babe Ruth 12-Under District 4 baseball championship. Wayne County advanced to the state tournament...

Wayne County edges Duplin-Sampson

MOUNT OLIVE -- Season one is done. Time for season two. Playoff-bound Wayne County Post 11 recorded a near-perfect defensive effort and claimed a 4-1 decision over pesky Duplin-Sampson Post 128 on Thursday evening at Scarborough Field. It was the...

Post 11-Duplin box

Duplin-Sampson 100 000 000 -- 1 8 1 Wayne County 110 010 01x -- 4 7 1 Leading hitters -- Duplin-Sampson -- James Kornegay 2-4, 2B, RBI; Colby Gehron 2-3; Josh Shaffer 1-3; Adam Raynor 1-4. Wayne County -- Tyler...