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Friday, September 30, 2011

Aycock-E. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 6 Eastern Wayne 2 Singles: No. 1 Brooke Barfield (CBA) d. Grace Delbridge 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 Ashton Walker (CBA) d. Savannah Sutton 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Katie Gurley (CBA) d. Jackie Johnson 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 Brittany...

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball C.B. Aycock 3, South Johnston 2 * FOUR OAKS -- Charles B. Aycock rallied from a two-set deficit and pulled out a pivotal 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-9 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference opponent South Johnston on Thursday...

Stevens: Braves endure historic collapse

An e-mail from the Atlanta Braves, who were advertising pre-sale tickets for the National League Division Series, popped up in my e-mail inbox several weeks ago. I found the timing of this e-mail somewhat curious despite the fact that the...

Aycock seals ECC tennis crown

The Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's dual-team tennis championship is returning to northern Wayne County. But four-time defending champion Eastern Wayne certainly didn't relinquish its crown with a stout battle Thursday afternoon. The Warriors made archrival Charles B. Aycock work...

Brothers could face each other in World Series

Within hours after their respective teams had clinched playoff berths in the 2011 Major League Baseball divisional series, Johnny Narron pulled out his cell phone and sent a text message to his brother, Jerry. "Congratulations." "Great job." "Love you." Johnny's...

Rebels overcome slow start on road

North Duplin survived a slow start and came up with critical points at critical moments. The result was a 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 26-24 win over Goldsboro on the Carolina 1-A Conference volleyball scene on Thursday night. Early in the match...

Tired Hawks top Saints

DUDLEY -- North Lenoir continues to assert itself as a legitimate contender in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' soccer title chase. The Hawks scored two goals in the first six minutes and held on for a 4-2 win Thursday...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

North Duplin running backs ready for test

North Duplin head football coach Hugh Martin knows what kind of effort it is going to take for his team to beat two-time defending Carolina 1-A Conference champion Goldsboro on Friday night at H.E. Grubbs Field. It's going to take...

MOC soccer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Omar Shazley redirected a Vieux Sarr pass into the goal to cap a late first-half scoring flurry and propelled Mount Olive past Pfeiffer University, 3-2, in an NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas men's soccer contest Wednesday...

ECC cross country

Cross country is not usually the most viewer-friendly sport on the high school athletics docket during the fall season. Wednesday's Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference meet at Eastern Wayne proved to be the exception to the rule as Cleveland's Jarrett Hayes...

Thursday preps

Cross country Rebels' Wilkins claims first * North Duplin's Samantha Wilkins crossed the finish line first in 25 minutes, 27 seconds during the third Carolina 1-A Conference girls' cross country meet contested on a humid Wednesday afternoon at Rosewood High...

Rosewood at Goldsboro soccer

Rosewood played its first nine games of the season without a win. Suddenly, the Eagles have won twice in three days. Jan Andre Verceles Zara provided a key insurance goal and Rosewood claimed its second win of the season in...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bulldogs turn back archrival in four

Emotion, intensity and determination burned deep within Princeton's collective soul on Tuesday afternoon. Rosewood couldn't match its archrival's desire. Senior setter Linda Smith distributed 36 assists, while Hannah Woodard and Savanna Massengill each pounded out a match-high 12 kills as...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' tennis Eastern Wayne 9, Southern Wayne 0 * DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne hammered Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Southern Wayne 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Grace Delbridge, Savannah Sutton, Jackie Johnson, Kristina Childre, Blake Govan and Leslie Wiggins all recorded...

ECC rivals battle through inconsistency

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock head coach Davis Harris folded his arms, looked toward the court and said to his players, "you got yourselves in this, you can get yourselves out." Those words summed up the Golden Falcons' up-and-down performance...

E. Wayne-Cleveland football box

Cleveland 14 7 6 14 -- 41 Eastern Wayne 6 8 0 0 -- 14 First quarter C -- Joyner 10 run (Joyner kick), 10:47 C -- Joyner 30 run (Joyner kick), 7:11 EW -- Days 50 run (run failed),...

Saints emerge victorious

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne had to wait a while to get a win on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' soccer scene, but on Tuesday night the Saints realized it was well worth it. Southern Wayne dumped Cleveland 3-1 in...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

E. Wayne-Cleveland

Cleveland wasted little time spoiling Homecoming festivities at Eastern Wayne on a humid Monday evening. The Rams needed just six offensive plays and 31/2 minutes to seize a two-touchdown lead before a late-arriving crowd could settle into its seats at...

Rosewood-Princeton soccer

Rosewood has been working tirelessly for its victory of the season for more than six weeks. That hard work finally resulted in a win Monday evening, and to make it even more satisfying, it came over a bitter rival. Corey...

S.Wayne-C.B. Aycock soccer

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock may finally be back on the right track. After a slow start to the season, the Golden Falcons have hit their stride with back-to-back wins. Following a victory at Wilson Fike on Friday, Aycock jumped...

Tuesday preps

Boys' soccer North Lenoir 2, Eastern Wayne 0 * LaGRANGE -- North Lenoir posted its third shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Eastern Wayne on Wednesday night. Tyler Gray got the Hawks...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Prep football notebook

Looking inside the numbers and viewing the videotape, three missed tackles led to three big plays in Triton's 35-18 conquest of Southern Wayne. The Hawks broke loose for touchdown runs of 40, 60 and 34 yards. Take away those yards...

MOC soccer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Frank Boateng notched the game-winning goal in the 76th minute, and Mount Olive College slipped past in-state rival Chowan University, 2-1, in a men's non-conference soccer match. The Trojans rose to 2-6-0 overall this season. Mount...

Monday briefs

Volleyball Eagles post 3-2 record * DURHAM -- Wayne Christian defeated two former state champions and ended up third in the Trinity School of Durham Volleyball Jamboree. The Eagles (13-4 overall) opened the two-day tournament with a straight-set victory over...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hawks top Saints, 35-18

ERWIN -- One play away? Perhaps. Southern Wayne can only imagine. Triton converted a third-quarter fumble into a 95-yard touchdown drive, and cruised past the previously-unbeaten Saints 35-18 on a foggy Friday evening in Harnett County. Trailing 21-12 late in...

So. Wayne-Triton box

Southern Wayne 0 6 6 6 -- 18 Triton 7 14 0 14 -- 35 First quarter T -- McLean 40 run (Baglioni kick), 6:00 Second quarter T -- McBryde 1 run (Baglioni kick), 10:31 T -- Stacker 60 run...

S. Creek-Dixon box

Dixon 0 7 7 0 -- 14 Spring Creek 7 7 7 6 -- 27 First quarter SC -- Moseley 45 interception return (Russo kick), 8:03 Second quarter D -- Padgett 40 pass from Hansley (Phillips kick), 11:22 SC --...

North Pitt-Greene Central box

North Pitt 6 8 3 14 -- 31 Greene Central 0 9 0 0 -- 9 First quarter NP -- Colborn 4 run (kick blocked), 7:48 Second quarter NP -- Harris 1 run (Council pass from Parrish), 8:18 GC --...

Sanders' team avoids errors

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek finally put together a complete game and earned its first win of the 2011 season. The Gators tallied 205 passing yards and raced past Holly Ridge Dixon 27-14 in each team's final non-conference game of...

Lejeune scores late TD, upends North Duplin

CALYPSO -- North Duplin and Lejeune rode a roller coaster of emotions during the final three minutes on Friday night. When the ride finally stopped, the Devilpups were left smiling. Lejeune marched 55 yards in fewer than two minutes and...

Lejeune-North Duplin box

Lejeune 0 6 0 16 -- 22 North Duplin 6 0 7 6 -- 19 First quarter ND -- Oliver 4 run (kick failed), :2.6 Second quarter L -- Gorman 25 FG; 5:22 L -- Gorman 30 FG; :31.2 Third...

NC prep scores

Alexander Central 45, Newton Foard 0 Apex 22, Morrisville Green Hope 7 Asheville 35, Asheville Reynolds 29 Asheville Erwin 35, Enka 8 Avery County 52, Thomas Jefferson 34 Belmont South Point 42, Gastonia Huss 3 Bessemer City 20, Cherryville 14...

James Kenan-Hobbton box

Hobbton 0 7 8 7 -- 22 James Kenan 12 6 6 7 -- 31 First quarter JK -- Best 15 run, 5:45 JK -- Best 64 run, 1:42 Second quarter JK -- Barnes 3 run, 1:26 H -- 7...

Goldsboro-Red Springs box

Goldsboro 0 7 0 7 -- 14 Red Springs 0 7 0 9 -- 16 Second quarter RS -- Brown 8 pass from Green (kick good) GHS -- Cook 15 pass from Murphy (Odom kick) Fourth quarter GHS -- Cook...

Prep football roundup

Varsity football C.B. Aycock 21, North Lenoir 6 * LaGRANGE -- Charles B. Aycock erupted for 21 points in the fourth quarter and earned its second win of the season in a 21-6 victory at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival...

ECU overcomes seven turnovers to top UAB

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina nearly ambushed itself, but somehow it avoided walking the plank Saturday afternoon. The Pirates survived a school-record seven-turnover outing and slipped past Conference USA rival UAB, 28-23, at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Quarterback Dominique Davis threw for 361...

C.B. Aycock-North Lenoir box

C.B. Aycock 0 0 0 21 -- 21 North Lenoir 3 3 0 0 -- 6 First quarter NL -- Baird 37 FG, 4:18 Second quarter NL -- Baird 32 FG, :00 Fourth quarter CBA -- Snowden 89 run (Person...

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stevens: Rivera has Panthers headed in right direction despite 0-2 start

Success, in the world of sports, is ultimately measured in wins and losses. Following a 2-14 season in 2010, success for the Carolina Panthers has to be measured in on-the-field progress and player development long before wins and losses and...

Local sports game schedules

The Eastern Wayne v. Cleavland football game at Eastern Wayne has been postponed until 7 p.m. Monday....

Morgan returns, Rosewood turns back Rebels in four sets

CALYPSO -- Rosewood interim head coach Bill Johnson survived a set without star outside hitter Ellen Morgan. He then unleashed his biggest offensive weapon and watched as the Eagles rallied for a 25-23, 25-8, 21-25, 25-16 win over Carolina 1-A...

Goldsboro keeps poise in league win

Goldsboro kept its poise and put its new team motto "take care of our business" to good use Thursday evening. Senior middle hitter Kasheika Wallace cranked out a team-best 10 kills and the Cougars used a decisive fourth-set serving run...

Rams ride success wave

Coming off arguably the biggest win of his coaching career at Greene Central, Ken Grantham was in a rather subdued mood following a practice earlier this week. Cool, calm and collected is the way the fourth-year head coach does business....

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Princeton 3, Ayden-Grifton 0 * PRINCETON -- Carolina 1-A Conference co-leader Princeton swept visiting Ayden-Grifton 25-11, 25-12, 25-13 on Thursday evening. Nicole Melvin provided eight kills and two blocks for the Bulldogs. Hannah Woodard and Amber Hill both recorded...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Triton tops Eastern Wayne soccer

Eastern Wayne played inspired soccer in a win over county rival Charles B. Aycock on Monday night. The Warriors followed that effort with a lethargic performance on Wednesday and dropped a 5-1 decision to Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Triton....

Trojans hire Olympic medalist

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- LaTasha Colander Clark, who earned an Olympic gold medal and was part of a world-record relay team, has been added as an assistant track and field coach at Mount Olive College. Clark will assist...

Southern Wayne-Triton set for gridiron showdown

Triton head coach Joe McCullen predicted Southern Wayne would be a "sleeper" team during the preseason Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference football rouser in August. So far, he's right. McCullen gets an up-close view of the Saints when the two teams...

Local digest

Golf Aycock triumphs at Willow Springs * WILSON -- Tara Simmons fashioned a sterling 3-under par 33 and Charles B. Aycock emerged victorious in a three-team, non-conference meet on the Willow Springs Country Club links Wednesday afternoon. Jessie Stewart contributed...

C.B. Aycock downs Princeton soccer

PRINCETON -- Five-and-a-half weeks into its boys' soccer season, Charles B. Aycock continues to search for a proven scorer. It might have found one Wednesday evening. Trey Millard collected two goals in the first 15 minutes of the Golden Falcons'...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Princeton 3, Goldsboro 0 * Princeton remained unbeaten in Carolina 1-A Conference play with a straight-sets win 25-15, 25-7, 25-14 over Goldsboro on Tuesday evening. Nicole Melvin led the Bulldogs with 14 kills and Savanna Massengill provided eight kills....

Rodriguez sparks Trojans to first win

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College had to work for its first victory of the season Tuesday evening. In the second period, junior forward Alex Rodriguez scored the deciding goal and assisted on two others as the...

Aycock earns ECC sweep

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock played one of its best matches of the season and downed county rival Southern Wayne 25-8, 25-16, 25-13 on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference volleyball scene Tuesday evening. The key to the Golden Falcons' success...

Greenfield shuts out Wayne Country Day

At halftime of Tuesday's game at Wayne Country Day, Greenfield head soccer coach Ben Forbes challenged his team to put the Chargers away in the second half. That's exactly what the Knights did. Greenfield scored four goals in the second...

Urquiola knocks out one preseason goal

Valentina Urquiola picked the perfect time to accomplish a preseason goal on a wet, humid Tuesday afternoon. The Mount Olive College senior carded a two-day total of 150, and emerged the women's individual champion in the inaugural CenturyLink Collegiate Invite...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CenturyLink Collegiate scores

Results from the 2nd annual CenturyLink Collegiate Invite men's and women's tournaments contested at Lane Tree Golf Club on Monday afternoon: WOMEN Team scores UNC Pembroke 312 Mount Olive 323 Queens-Charlotte 331 Belmont Abbey 348 St. Andrews 362 Top 20...

S. Creek-So. Wayne XC results

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Results from the Southern Wayne-Spring Creek boys' non-conference cross country meet contested Monday afternoon: BOYS Spring Creek 16 Southern Wayne 39 1. Allen Coor, SC 19:52 2. Gage Abbott, SC 21:20 3. Justin Cianfarra, SC 21:33 4....

E.Wayne-C.B. Aycock soccer

PIKEVILLE -- Eastern Wayne head soccer coach Jorg Wagner yells the same two words about 20 times per game. "Just shoot," Wagner tells his team repeatedly. On Monday night the simple instruction paid off as the Warriors claimed a 3-2...

Tuesday preps

Cross country Gators' Coor takes first * SEVEN SPRINGS -- Freshman Allen Coor led Spring Creek to a near-perfect finish during a non-conference boys' cross country meet on Monday afternoon. Coor ran the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 52 seconds...

CenturyLink Collegiate brief

All-American Daniel Claytor blistered the front nine and emerged the individual leader with a 5-under 67 after opening-round play of the second annual CenturyLink Collegiate Invite on Monday. Mount Olive College senior Valentina Urquiola and teammate Emilie Andersson concluded...

C.B. Aycock-GC tennis

PIKEVILLE -- A good midseason contest. Charles B. Aycock earned the two doubles points it needed and turned back perennial Class 2-A girls' tennis powerhouse Greene Central, 6-3, on a sunsplashed Monday afternoon. The Golden Falcons remained perfect in...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Prep football notebook

Southern Wayne erupted for several explosive plays on its way to racking up 370 yards of total offense at county rival Goldsboro. Tailback Jamie Dove had a 55-yard carry and an 80-yard touchdown run while gaining 142 yards on just...

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Cresset Christian 3, Wayne Christian 1 * Britney O'Hara provided a double-double in Wayne Christian's 13-25, 26-24, 25-27, 24-26 loss to Carolina Christian 1-A Conference foe Cresset Christian inside Clifford Gymnatorium. O'Hara provided 14 kills, 10 service aces and...

Trojan runners enjoy record outings

MOC Sports Information ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Four Mount Olive College runners eclipsed the existing eighth-fastest 8k time in school history during the Winthrop University Men's Cross Country Invitational. Dalton Souza, who holds the MOC school record, ran the course...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Triton shuts out C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- The fact that Triton's running back duo ran wild was not a huge surprise. How they did it certainly was. Dedrick Stacker and Kendrick Harris combined for 280 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks rolled past Charles...

Triton-CB Aycock box

Triton 14 21 7 7 -- 49 C.B. Aycock 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter T -- Stacker 65 run (Beglioni kick), 9:14 T -- Stacker 35 run (Beglioni kick), 3:33 Second quarter T -- Milton 85 fumble...

Preps digest: Darden leads Wayne Christian past Cresset

Boys' soccer Wayne Christian 8, Cresset Christian 0 * Chase Darden punched in two goals and assisted on another goal in Wayne Christian's 8-0 rout of Cresset Christian in Carolina Christian 1-A Conference play Friday evening. Victor Kokiko supplied one...

Rosewood-Lejeune box

Rosewood 7 19 7 0 -- 33 Lejeune 14 13 12 6 -- 45 First quarter L -- Jones 34 run (kick failed) L -- Jones 58 run (Jones run) R -- Whitley 42 run (Sellers kick) Second quarter R...

Princeton-E. Carteret box

East Carteret 7 0 0 0 -- 7 Princeton 7 7 7 7 -- 28 First quarter EC -- Miller 11 pass from Mason (Stanley kick), 6:37 P -- Joyner 4 run (Woodard kick), 2:19 Second quarter P -- Stewart...

Saints' ground attack too much for Goldsboro

If standing in a cold, driving rain on Friday night wasn't bad enough, Southern Wayne made life for Goldsboro even more miserable. The Saints rushed for 351 yards and picked off four Cougars' passes in a 41-29 non-conference win at...

Southern Wayne-Goldsboro box

Southern Wayne 14 6 14 7 -- 41 Goldsboro 7 0 6 16 -- 29 First quarter GHS-- Alston 70 fumble return (Odom kick), 10:31 SW -- Vann 6 run (Tisdale run), 8:31 SW -- Bradshaw 13 run (Tisdale run...

N. Duplin-Dixon box

North Duplin 14 13 7 7 -- 41 Dixon 6 0 0 6 -- 12 First quarter ND -- Royal 3 run (Jaurez kick), 5:39 ND -- Oliver 13 run (Jaurez kick), 1:13 Second quarter ND -- Mora 3 run...

Touchdown before halftime wakes up Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- The belief returned just before halftime. Flushed from the pocket and trying to avoid a linebacker, Princeton quarterback Brad Williamson spotted Forrest Stewart's blue jersey in the midst of East Carteret defenders. Williamson zipped a pass to his...

North Lenoir-Cleveland box

North Lenoir 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Cleveland 7 7 21 0 -- 35 First quarter C-- Swain 46 run (Joyner kick), 5:06 Second quarter C-- Williams 22 pass from Joyner (Joyner kick), 9:23 Third quarter C-- Daughtry 45...

Stanley has hat trick for MOC women

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Lindsey Stanley recorded her first-ever collegiate hat trick (three goals) and regionally-ranked Mount Olive opened its NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas season with a 3-1 triumph over King (Tenn.) College on Saturday afternoon. Stanley,...

Friday's NC prep football scores

Albemarle 35, Chatham Central 0 Alexander Central 40, Hickory St. Stephens 7 Apex Middle Creek 41, Lee County 31 Arden Christ School 54, Rabun Gap, Ga. 7 Asheboro 48, Trinity 13 Asheville Erwin 7, Asheville Reynolds 6 Asheville Roberson 28,...

James Kenan-Union box

James Kenan 6 6 8 8 -- 28 Union 0 0 7 0 -- 7 First quarter JK -- Best 27 run, 1:17 Second quarter JK -- Best 2 run, 6:29 Third quarter JK -- Best 10 run (Best run),...

Prep football briefs: Rebels dominate Dixon

Varsity football North Duplin 41, Dixon 12 * DIXON -- North Duplin rushed for 329 yards and five touchdowns in a dominating, 41-12 non-conference win at Dixon on Friday night. The Rebels built a 27-6 halftime lead behind a touchdown...

CenturyLink Collegiate Invite has early-season Conference Carolinas flair

The second installment of the CenturyLink Collegiate Invite just might seem like a mini Conference Carolinas tournament when play begins Monday morning at Lane Tree Golf Club. The field of 17 men's and women's teams has five members from the...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Preps digest: Kim's goal lifts Eastern Wayne past county rival

Boys' soccer Eastern Wayne 1, Southern Wayne 0 * Eastern Wayne scored the deciding goal in the 58th minute and bested county rival Southern Wayne 1-0 in an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference game at Little Big Horn on Wednesday evening....

Cougars, Saints trading a little 'smack' off the field

Eric Reid knows how big Goldsboro High School's football game against Southern Wayne is on Friday night. It's been the subject of banter across Wayne County all week. "People are talking about this game," Reid said after practice on Wednesday....

CBA snaps first-half deadlock

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock got an early look at Rosewood at Eastern Wayne's pre-season soccer jamboree in mid-August. The Golden Falcons saw a much-improved Eagles' team on Thursday evening. Aycock needed two late goals to pull away for a...

Dogs stop Golden Falcons

PIKEVILLE -- For first-year Princeton head volleyball coach Paige Renfrow, the opportunity to return to her alma mater on Wednesday afternoon was sweet. Leaving with a win was even sweeter. The Bulldogs fought off two set points in a momentum-changing...

Lineup shuffle continues to work for Rosewood

Rosewood showed no ill effects of a midseason lineup shuffle and bested county rival Goldsboro in three sets 25-13, 25-8, 25-13 on the Carolina 1-A Conference volleyball scene Thursday night. The Eagles were playing without middle hitter Ellen Morgan, who...

Goldsboro-Rosewood tennis box

Goldsboro 6 Rosewood 3 Singles: No. 1 Elisa Briggs (G) d. Elise McSwain 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; No. 2 Jessica Calvert (G) d. Abigale Godwin 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 Cassidy Morris (G) d. Brook Bell 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 Rebecca...

Cougars net historical league win

Susan Randolph's brow furrowed as she glanced at the scorecards draped on the tennis nets at Herman Park on a sunsplashed, warm Thursday afternoon. Goldsboro trailed county rival Rosewood on three singles courts. "I was really concerned," said Randolph. Those...

Stevens: These rules you just can't break on football field

Rules -- as a kid it seemed like there were a million of them and in my mind most of them greatly limited my attempts to have fun. I later realized rules weren't in place to keep from having fun,...

Rosewood's Britt, Princeton's Evans record top times

MOUNT OLIVE -- "Follow Nick Britt" will be the recurring theme during Carolina 1-A Conference boys' cross country meets this fall. The Rosewood senior launched defense of his 2010 championship with a first-place effort of 18 minutes, 41 seconds in...

Preps digest: Warriors collect ECC tennis win on the road

Girls' tennis Eastern Wayne 9, South Johnston 0 * FOUR OAKS --Four-time defending Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference champion Eastern Wayne claimed shutout decisions on the first four singles courts, and dominated South Johnston 9-0 on Thursday afternoon. Grace Delbridge, Savannah...

Carolina 1A XC results

Results from the season-opening Carolina 1-A Conference boys' and girls' cross country meet contested at Mount Olive College on Wednesday afternoon: BOYS Team scores 1. Princeton 25 2. Spring Creek 59 3. North Duplin 81 4. Rosewood 100 Top 10...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Golden Falcons earn ECC win

PIKEVILLE -- After being dominated in the opening set, Eastern Wayne head coach Tony Parrish challenged his team to forget about the score and compete. The Warriors responded with two improved sets, but could not overcome red-hot Charles B. Aycock,...

C.B. Aycock-So. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 9 Southern Wayne 0 Singles: No. 1 Brooke Barfield (CBA) d. Michala Best 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Ashton Walker (CBA) d. Taylor Parker 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Katie Gurley (CBA) d. Taylor Davis 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Brittany...

Pate's PK caps miracle comeback

Damon Pate hopped in the saddle and rode Goldsboro High to victory Tuesday evening. Pate converted the game-winning penalty kick with 25 seconds left in regulation, lifting the Cougars to a miraculous 4-3 comeback over Lakewood at Cougar Stadium. Goldsboro...

NC prep football poll

RALEIGH -- The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 13, first-place votes in parentheses, records, total points and previous week's ranking as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers: CLASS 4-A...

Trojan spikers launch league play with victory

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Erika Conner served three aces in the first seven points of the match and Mount Olive recorded its highest single-match ace total in three years as the Trojans defeated Conference Carolinas foe St. Andrews...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' tennis Goldsboro 7, Ayden-Grifton 2 * Goldsboro swept all six singles matches and picked up a 7-2 victory over defending Carolina 1-A Conference champion Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday afternoon. Elisa Briggs, Jessica Calvert, Mackenzie Malham, Cassidy Morris, Hunter Houtzer and...

C.B. Aycock remains unbeaten in ECC action

PIKEVILLE -- Ho hum. Yawn. The mastery of a county rival continues. Charles B. Aycock swept the singles and doubles courts, and handed Southern Wayne a 9-0 loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' tennis action Tuesday afternoon. The Golden...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

South Johnston - C.B. Aycock soccer

PIKEVILLE -- For years now, Charles B. Aycock has earned a reputation as a soccer powerhouse by outplaying opponents and handing out lopsided losses to all comers. Beating the Golden Falcons in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play had become almost...

Tuesday preps

Boys' soccer Saints' game suspended * DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne got shut down by Mother Nature on Monday night during its Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference soccer match against Cleveland High School. Lightning halted the contest in the 12th minute and...

MOC weekend wrap

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive jumped out to leads of five or more points in each of the first two sets, but tournament champion Lander (S.C.) University rallied for a 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 win over the Trojans...

ECC girls golf at Lane Tree

Jessie Stewart doesn't like getting too much attention on the golf course. Especially when Charles B. Aycock head coach Roger Rhodes is lurking somewhere close by on the cart path. Stewart just shoos him away, unless she needs a sip...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Prep football

North Stokes clogged the middle. Rosewood flew a different route. A running game that had punished interior defenses each of the past two weeks, the Eagles slipped outside for sizable gains Friday evening. Three backs rushed for 70-plus yards in...

MOC weekend wrap

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive jumped out to leads of five or more points in each of the first two sets, but tournament champion Lander (S.C.) University rallied for a 25-16, 25-20, 25-18 win over the Trojans in the...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Wayne Country Day 3, Greenfield 1 * WILSON -- Sarah Crooks just missed a double-double with 10 service aces and nine kills in Wayne Country Day's 26-24, 23-25, 25-7, 25-19 conquest of Greenfield School on Friday afternoon. It was...

Rosewood-N. Stokes box

North Stokes 17 6 12 8 -- 43 Rosewood 6 22 12 6 -- 46 First quarter NS -- Lawerence 21 FG, 9:29 NS -- Boyette 44 interception return (kick blocked), 7:52 R -- McGown 42 run (kick failed), 5:34...

N.Duplin-Hobbton box

North Duplin 0 21 6 14 -- 41 Hobbton 6 6 0 0 -- 12 First quarter H -- Cobb 2 run (kick failed), 2:19 Second quarter H -- Barksdale fumble return 1 (pass failed), 7:54 ND -- Thigpen 49...

NL-SLHS box

South Lenoir 0 6 0 19 -- 25 North Lenoir 2 7 6 13 -- 28 First quarter NL -- Safety, 1:07 Second quarter NL -- Clark 76 blocked FG return (Baird kick), 10:15 SL -- Jones 27 run (conv....

N.Johnston-Princeton box

Princeton 0 7 0 13 -- 20 N. Johnston 8 21 13 7 -- 49 First quarter NJ -- Adams 3 run (pass complete) Second quarter NJ -- Adams 3 run (Harned kick) NJ -- Parrish 1 run (Harned kick)...

Prep football roundup

Varsity football North Duplin 41, Hobbton 12 * NEWTON GROVE -- North Duplin scored 41 unanswered points and rallied past Hobbton 41-12 on Friday night. The Rebels snapped a 10-game skid against Tri-County 1-A opponents. After falling behind 12-0 in...

Whitley's TD run aids comeback

Its collective back against the wall, Rosewood turned in "the drive" of the season and benefited from a little yellow hanky on Friday evening. Shane Whitley's 8-yard scamper helped secure the Eagles' edge-of-your-seat, 46-43 thriller over North Stokes before a...

Golden Falcons regain top spot in ECC 3-A race

PIKEVILLE -- It took nine tries, but Charles B. Aycock is finally back on top at the halfway point of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's tennis race. Oh yeah, the streak is over, too. Senior Misty Edwards earned the...

CBA-Goldsboro box

C.B. Aycock 0 0 13 6 -- 19 Godsboro 6 12 13 0 -- 31 First quarter G -- Harris 1 run (kick failed), 7:29 Second quarter G -- Harris 52 run (run failed), 8:48 G -- Cook 36 pass...

C.B. Aycock-E. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 9 Eastern Wayne 0 Singles: No. 1 Brooke Barfield (CBA) d. Grace Delbridge 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Ashton Walker (CBA) d. Savannah Sutton 6-1. 6-0; No. 3 Katie Gurley (CBA) d. Jackie Johnson 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 Brittany...

Rams shackle Warriors

SNOW HILL -- Rasheem Shackleford trudged toward the sidelines, tossed his helmet to the side and collapsed on the grass. After rushing for 150 yards and three touchdowns in Greene Central's 30-20 non-conference win over Eastern Wayne on Friday night,...

Goldsboro rolls past C.B. Aycock

It was a game that had everything -- potent offense, big plays, defensive stops and special teams outbursts. Goldsboro, in the end, did enough to claim a 31-19 win over county rival Charles B. Aycock at Cougar Stadium on Friday...

NC prep scores

Friday's scores Albemarle 21, Mt. Pleasant 14 Ashe County 28, Elkin 6 Asheville 56, Q Foundation 19 Asheville Erwin 38, R-S Central 23 Asheville Reynolds 42, Canton Pisgah 0 Asheville School 18, Andrews 13 Ayden-Grifton 19, Farmville Central 7 Barron...

Stevens: Unforgettable weekend trip reminds one of life's lessons

The beautiful thing about sports is their ability to teach us life lessons that can't be bound by a scoreboard, read in a box score or measured in wins and losses. This reality resonated with me last weekend during a...

Whitley's TD run aids comeback

Its collective back against the wall, Rosewood turned in "the drive" of the season and benefited from a little yellow hanky on Friday evening. Shane Whitley's 8-yard scamper helped secure the Eagles' edge-of-your-seat, 46-43 thriller over North Stokes before a...

Rosewood-N. Stokes box

North Stokes 17 6 12 8 -- 43 Rosewood 6 22 12 6 -- 46 First quarter NS -- Lawerence 21 FG, 9:29 NS -- Boyette 44 interception return (kick blocked), 7:52 R -- McGown 42 run (kick failed), 5:34...

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Wayne Country Day 3, Greenfield 1 * WILSON -- Sarah Crooks just missed a double-double with 10 service aces and nine kills in Wayne Country Day's 26-24, 23-25, 25-7, 25-19 conquest of Greenfield School on Friday afternoon. It was...

Prep football roundup

Varsity football North Duplin 41, Hobbton 12 * NEWTON GROVE -- North Duplin scored 41 unanswered points and rallied past Hobbton 41-12 on Friday night. The Rebels snapped a 10-game skid against Tri-County 1-A opponents. After falling behind 12-0 in...

NL-SLHS box

South Lenoir 0 6 0 19 -- 25 North Lenoir 2 7 6 13 -- 28 First quarter NL -- Safety, 1:07 Second quarter NL -- Clark 76 blocked FG return (Baird kick), 10:15 SL -- Jones 27 run (conv....

N.Johnston-Princeton box

Princeton 0 7 0 13 -- 20 N. Johnston 8 21 13 7 -- 49 First quarter NJ -- Adams 3 run (pass complete) Second quarter NJ -- Adams 3 run (Harned kick) NJ -- Parrish 1 run (Harned kick)...

N.Duplin-Hobbton box

North Duplin 0 21 6 14 -- 41 Hobbton 6 6 0 0 -- 12 First quarter H -- Cobb 2 run (kick failed), 2:19 Second quarter H -- Barksdale fumble return 1 (pass failed), 7:54 ND -- Thigpen 49...

Rams shackle Warriors

SNOW HILL -- Rasheem Shackleford trudged toward the sidelines, tossed his helmet to the side and collapsed on the grass. After rushing for 150 yards and three touchdowns in Greene Central's 30-20 non-conference win over Eastern Wayne on Friday night,...

NC prep scores

Friday's scores Albemarle 21, Mt. Pleasant 14 Ashe County 28, Elkin 6 Asheville 56, Q Foundation 19 Asheville Erwin 38, R-S Central 23 Asheville Reynolds 42, Canton Pisgah 0 Asheville School 18, Andrews 13 Ayden-Grifton 19, Farmville Central 7 Barron...

Goldsboro rolls past C.B. Aycock

It was a game that had everything -- potent offense, big plays, defensive stops and special teams outbursts. Goldsboro, in the end, did enough to claim a 31-19 win over county rival Charles B. Aycock at Cougar Stadium on Friday...

C.B. Aycock-E. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 9 Eastern Wayne 0 Singles: No. 1 Brooke Barfield (CBA) d. Grace Delbridge 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Ashton Walker (CBA) d. Savannah Sutton 6-1. 6-0; No. 3 Katie Gurley (CBA) d. Jackie Johnson 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 Brittany...

Golden Falcons regain top spot in ECC 3-A race

PIKEVILLE -- It took nine tries, but Charles B. Aycock is finally back on top at the halfway point of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's tennis race. Oh yeah, the streak is over, too. Senior Misty Edwards earned the...

CBA-Goldsboro box

C.B. Aycock 0 0 13 6 -- 19 Godsboro 6 12 13 0 -- 31 First quarter G -- Harris 1 run (kick failed), 7:29 Second quarter G -- Harris 52 run (run failed), 8:48 G -- Cook 36 pass...

Stevens: Unforgettable weekend trip reminds one of life's lessons

The beautiful thing about sports is their ability to teach us life lessons that can't be bound by a scoreboard, read in a box score or measured in wins and losses. This reality resonated with me last weekend during a...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday preps

Field hockey Wayne Country Day 7, Raleigh Ravenscroft 0 * RALEIGH -- Margaux Pope and Bethany Stoutamire each recorded a hat trick (three goals) in Wayne Country Day's 7-0 triumph over Ravenscroft on Wednesday afternoon. It was the Chargers' second...

Cleveland - E. Wayne soccer

Eastern Wayne scored two goals in overtime and rallied for a 5-3 win over Cleveland High School on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' soccer scene on Wednesday night. The Warriors claimed their first win of the season in unique...

Rosewood confident

With a confident smile Rosewood senior defensive lineman Matt Younts needed just one word to describe the way the Eagles' defense has played over the past two weeks -- ruthless. After allowing 27 points in the final two quarters of...

Rosewood - NoJo soccer

The scoreless streak is over. Next step ... get a win. Bret Robinson's penalty kick in the 70th minute ended a frustrating goal drought for Rosewood, which dropped a 2-1 decision to North Johnston at Branch Pope Field on Wednesday...

CBA - Triton tennis

PIKEVILLE -- "Where did I go?" Brooke Barfield asked herself that question while she nearly squandered a four-game advantage late in the opening set against Triton's Cailin Goff on Wednesday afternoon. Up 5-4 after losing her second straight game on...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Volleyball Goldsboro 3, Rocky Mount Prep 0 * Goldsboro combined for 24 service aces as a team and swept visiting Rocky Mount Prep 25-20, 25-23, 25-12 on Tuesday evening. Brandy Johnson led the Cougars with eight aces and Kasheika Wallace...

Saints miss chances to put away Cleveland

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne hit the wall. Cleveland found its way around it. Junior middle hitter Courtney Ireland cranked out a match-high 16 kills in the Rams' 25-18, 28-26, 25-15 victory on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference volleyball scene Tuesday...

Aycock plays most complete game of year

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock played its most complete match of the season. South Johnston was left in the wake. The Golden Falcons rode an impressive offensive performance to a 25-21, 25-10, 25-16 win in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SC volleyball confident in young team

Spring Creek's varsity volleyball team believes it has a realistic chance at either contending for the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship, or returning to the postseason this fall. The Gators claimed the program's lone league title in 2007. They haven't...

CB Aycock soccer future is now

To no one's surprise, the rebuilding phase of the Charles B. Aycock boys' soccer program has finally arrived. But don't think the Golden Falcons are resting on their laurels. Idle for much of the first three weeks of regular-season play,...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Eagles remain perfect on volleyball court

Volleyball Wayne Christian 3, Crossroads Christian 1 * HENDERSON -- Senior outside hitter Brittney O'Hara cranked out 19 kills and served six aces in Wayne Christian's 28-26, 25-11, 21-25, 25-18 conquest of Crossroads Christian. Jessica Swets contributed 12 kills, five...

Lee gives credit where credit is due for Saints' early-season success

Keith Jones saw the potential last season. Southern Wayne started slowly, but triumphed in six of its final nine games of 2010. That stretch included an opening-round victory in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A small-school playoffs. "We worked...

Trojan women suffer hard-luck, season-opening loss

MOUNT OLIVE -- A hard-luck loss kept a frustrating streak intact that the Mount Olive College women's soccer team hoped to snap Sunday afternoon. Kelly Penston notched the game-winning goal in the 71st minute and lifted North Georgia to a...

Conner, White power MOC spikers to season-opening victory

MURFREESBORO -- Erika Conner led all players with 15 kills and Carly White matched a career high with 10 blocks in Mount Olive's season-opening four-set victory over Concord (W. Va.) during the two-day Chowan University Janet Collins Invitational. Conner...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Local digest

Boys' soccer Wayne Christian 7, Crossroads Christian 0 * HENDERSON -- Chase Darden notched two goals and handed out two assists, and Wayne Christian hammered Crossroads Christian, 7-0, in a Carolina Christian 1-A Conference match Friday afternoon. Victor Kokiko provided...

Trojans win XC Invitational

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Paul Hoffman's toughest competition? It came from his teammates. Chelsea Long's outing? Well, the sophomore enjoyed a record-setting afternoon. Hoffman and Long each emerged victorious in the season-opening Mount Olive College Invitational contested Friday....

So. Wayne holds back White Oak

DUDLEY -- It wasn't the most pristine game. But hey, a win's a win. Southern Wayne recorded two point-producing blocked punts and upended Jacksonville White Oak, 8-0, on a pleasant Friday evening at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex. The Saints...

Week 3 football roundup

Greene Central 28, C.B. Aycock 13 * SNOW HILL -- Playing two games against two physical opponents proved to be too much for Charles B. Aycock to handle. Just three days after suffering a defeat to Wilson Hunt, the Golden...

SE Halifax drops Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Turnovers and penalties. No matter how they are explained, the two problems cost Spring Creek an equal amount in a 43-0 loss to Southeast Halifax on Friday night at "The Swamp." The Gators committed eight penalties and...

SE Halifax-Spring Creek box

Southeast Halifax 16 7 13 7 -- 23 Spring Creek 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter SEH -- Safety, 9:08 SEH -- Hinton 31 run (Brown kick), 7:26 SEH -- Hendricks 19 run (Brown kick), 0:09 Second quarter...

Princeton-Dixon box

Princeton 14 6 14 0 -- 34 Dixon 0 0 0 0 -- 0 First quarter P -- Williamson 4 run (Woodard kick) P -- Davis 5 run (Woodard kick) Second quarter P -- Williamson 1 run (kick failed) Third...

South Lenoir-E.Wayne box

Eastern Wayne 0 0 12 6 0 -- 18 South Lenoir 6 0 0 12 8 -- 26 First Quarter SL -- Jones 15 run (kick failed), 2:20 Third Quarter EW -- Darden 1 run (conv. failed), 11:21 EW --...

So. Wayne-White Oak box

White Oak 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Southern Wayne 0 6 0 2 -- 8 Second quarter SW -- Vann 5 run (kick failed), 7:27 Fourth quarter SW -- Blocked punt out of end zone, 11:03 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING...

NC prep scores

Friday's scores Alleghany County 28, North Wilkes 16 Andrews 40, Rabun Gap-Nachoochee, Ga. 14 Apex Middle Creek 48, Fuquay-Varina 47, 2OT Arden Christ School 35, Forsyth County Day 13 Asheboro 34, Randleman 14 Asheville 30, Waynesville Tuscola 14 Asheville Erwin...

East Duplin-J.Kenan box

James Kenan 0 0 3 0 -- 3 East Duplin 3 14 0 7 -- 24 First Quarter ED -- Parker 29 FG Second Quarter ED -- Scarbrough 4 run (Parker kick) ED -- Moore 82 pass from Conter (Parker...

Kinston-North Lenoir box

North Lenoir 0 7 0 0 -- 7 Kinston 16 13 7 7 -- 43 First Quarter K -- Deters 29 FG, 8:33 K -- Swinson 75 run (kick fail), 7:12 NL -- Miller 75 kickoff return (Baird kick), 6:51...

OPINION: Golden Falcons take tough road

Tremendous challenges often present with them the opportunity to display great character. The opportunity to play three football games in 11 days is nothing short of a challenge for Charles B. Aycock. The affects of Hurricane Irene, a missed day...

C.B. Aycock-G. Central box

C.B. Aycock 0 0 7 6 -- 13 Greene Central 6 14 0 8 -- 28 First quarter GC -- Yelverton 5 run (kick failed), 0:56 Second quarter GC -- Phillips 32 fumble return (kick failed), 7:55 GC -- Bates...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Local digest

Girls' tennis Eastern Wayne 9, Southern Wayne 0 * Four-time defending Eastern Carolna 3-A Conference champion Eastern Wayne rolled past county rival Southern Wayne, 9-0, on Thursday afternoon. Grace Delbridge, Savannah Sutton, Jackie Johnson, Kristina Childre, Blake Govan and McKenna...

Midway-Rosewood football boxscore

Midway 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Rosewood 0 7 18 0 -- 25 Second quarter R -- Winslow 2 pass from McGill (Winslow kick), 0:30 Third quarter R -- Whitley 1 run (kick failed), 7:17 R -- Sellers 21...

Military day at GMGC

Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course will offer golfers the opportunity to give back to our service men and women by participating in the fifth annual Patriot Golf Day weekend (Sept. 2-5), jointly supported by The PGA of America and the...

Rosewood shuts out Midway 25-0

Offensive guard is not a position that usually gets much glory on the football field. Rosewood reserve lineman Tevin Hines changed that for one night on Thursday. Hines made the play of the game with a devastating block on a...

MOC loses opener to Florida Southern

MOUNT OLIVE -- A second-half offensive surge paid dividends, but it couldn't provide the big payoff -- a season-opening victory for the Mount Olive College men's soccer team Thursday evening. Jovaughn Howard notched the eventual game-winning goal in the 52nd...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kenan's Jones sidelined with another concussion

James Kenan's Parker Jones knows injuries are a part of football. The senior quarterback suffered his third significant injury in less than a year last week against Jones Senior and will be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks while...

Goldsboro Municipal GC will play host to 'Military Day'

Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course will offer golfers the opportunity to give back to our service men and women by participating in the fifth annual Patriot Golf Day weekend (Sept. 2-5), jointly supported by The PGA of America and the...

Rosewood bounces back on volleyball court

Coming off a loss to a county rival, Rosewood got off to a good start and defeated another county foe on Wednesday night. Rosewood dropped Southern Wayne 25-11, 25-9, 25-20 one night after suffering its first defeat of the season...

South Johnston scores three goals in 17-minute span at EW's expense

South Johnston didn't need two full halves to flex its muscle as an Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference title contender on Wednesday evening. Seventeen minutes was plenty. The Trojans scored three goals in the opening 17 minutes of a 4-1 win...

Goldsboro spikers take Clinton

Volleyball Goldsboro 3, Clinton 1 * Goldsboro bounced back from a slow start for a 15-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 non-conference win at home over Clinton on Wednesday evening. Brandy Johnson pounded out 10 kills for the Cougars and Ana Harris...

Thompson's PK lifts Aycock past physical Triton

PIKEVILLE -- Triton misfired on its opportunities to end its two-plus seasons of futility against Charles B. Aycock on the soccer pitch. The Golden Falcons, who lead the all-time series 5-0-1, got lucky, instead. Senior co-captain Chase Thompson converted a...