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Volleyball Wayne Christian 3, Cape Fear Christian 1 * Senior outside hitter Britney O'Hara pounded out a career-high 20 kills in Wayne Christian's 25-20, 27-29, 25-16, 25-18 triumph over Cape Fear Christian at Clifford Gymnatorium. It was the Carolina Christian...

FOOTBALL TAB - Big, physical Rams ready to produce

Experience and dedication are two of the positive traits that head coach Ken Grantham sees in his Greene Central High School football team heading into the 2011 season. The Rams return a core of talented players at the skill positions...

FOOTBALL TAB - New group set to lead Golden Falcons

For two seasons every opponent that came to play at Hardy Talton Stadium knew exactly who the playmakers were on Charles B. Aycock's football team. Marcus Cobb, Tyheim Pitt, Craig Murdock and Tyler Farmer gave teams clear signals regarding who...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Good numbers boost Britt's beliefs

Rosewood head football coach Robert Britt knows that leading a Class 1-A football program is a cyclical venture. He also knows that the 2011 edition of the Eagles are at the peak of their most-recent cycle. "There are years when...

FOOTBALL TAB -- New coach, same 'ole Saints in Dudley

The overall leadership role has changed in Dudley, but don't expect the dynamics in the Southern Wayne football program to undergo a conversion this season. In fact, most everything will stay the same -- except the head coach. Long-time assistant...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Gators seek improvement in 2011

Head coach Aaron Sanders' message during summer workouts at Spring Creek has been simple - focus on improving every day, let the wins and losses take care of themselves. While letting results take a back seat to harnessing potential may...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Sutton confident his labor is paying off

Changing the culture at a tradition-rich baseball school hasn't been an easy task for North Lenoir alum Calvin Sutton, but he has seen some progress heading into his third season at Wheat Swamp. The system is working and that's the...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Bulldogs find motivation to work hard

On the heels of a 10-win season in 2009, a young, inexperienced Princeton squad learned numerous painful lessons through the adversity of a 2-10 campaign a year ago. With six losses by 25 or more points and a 1-4 record...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Expectations follow Tigers' program

This offseason has largely mirrored those of seasons past at James Kenan. The expectations are there in the form an eighth-place ranking in the NCPreps.com state 1-A pre-season poll. The talent is back with nine returning starters, including senior quarterback...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Rebels need to finish tackles this fall

Fixing one glaring weakness has been the focus of North Duplin High School's early football practices. The inability to tackle and finish plays on defense cost the Rebels multiple games in 2010 and head coach Hugh Martin certainly has not...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Cougars lose bulk, reload with speed

Those bulky, bruising backs who bull-dozed through opposing defensive lines like a bowling ball knocking down pins in an alley have finally -- thank goodness -- graduated from "Running Back High." Opposing coaches shouldn't celebrate yet. There are capable replacements....

FOOTBALL TAB -- Warriors eager to silence their critics

Eastern Wayne has yet to play a single game this season and yet the criticism has already begun to mount. Too young, unproven and too depleted of talent by graduation have all been reasons given as to why the Warriors...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Raiford happy with Tusculum

The timeline of Desmond Raiford's football career is long and winding. It took another turn over the summer when the Southern Wayne alum decided to take his talents to Tusculum (Tenn.) College to play out his final two years of...

FOOTBALL TAB -- Self-deflating injuries provided lessons for area trio in 2010

Nothing is more worrisome than a nagging injury that deflates your pride, and keeps you sidelined during practice and regular-season play. Three area athletes -- Parker Jones, Devin Oliver and Tykwan Days -- know that disheartening feeling all too well....