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Friday, December 30, 2011

Aycock storms back to defeat Rosewood

PIKEVILLE -- Rosewood let a 19-point lead slip away over the course of the second half and Charles B. Aycock took advantage for a 51-47 win on its home floor on Thursday night. Rosewood opened the game with a scoring...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball C.B. Aycock 57, Rosewood 36 * PIKEVILLE -- Rosewood hung tough for two quarters but never found an answer for Charles B. Aycock's front line in a 57-36 loss on Thursday night. C.B. Aycock used a significant size...

Prep basketball boxes

Boys Rosewood 19 7 14 7 -- 47 C.B. Aycock 7 7 17 20 -- 51 ROSEWOOD (4-5) Dee Mabry 0 1 3-4 6, Josh Davis 7 0 1-2 15, Jyonte Raynor 2 1 0-2 7, Joel Davis 4 0...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Princeton 66, South Creek 55 * ROBERSONVILLE -- Dalvin Stancil scored 22 points and Princeton defeated South Creek 66-55 on Wednesday night in the finals of the South Creek Cougar Classic. C.J. Jefferys, the tournament's Most Valuable Player,...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Southern Wayne 30 18 18 16 -- 82 Goldsboro 25 22 22 19 -- 88 SOUTHERN WAYNE (11-2) Ronnell Outlaw 2 2 01-1 0, Chris Artis 7 0 4-7 18, Trey Allen 0 3 4-4 13, Andrew Matthews 7...

Cougars avenge early season loss to archrival Saints

Goldsboro approached its rematch with Southern Wayne as an opportunity to prove something to nobody but itself. The Cougars found plenty of answers in an 88-82 victory on Tuesday night inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium. The first quarter was played...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 49, Southern Wayne 25 * Goldsboro trudged through the first half and finally got its offense going in a 49-25 victory over Southern Wayne on Tuesday evening. Shatoria Exum led the Cougars with 16 points. Kasheika Wallace...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Local opinion: Phillips' lofty program goals certainly not a dream to him

Headgear in hand, the Goldsboro High wrestlers tugged on their sweatshirts and huddled around second-year head coach Jim Phillips. Each grappler listened intently about the positive and negative aspects of the team's performance during a tri-meet against Princeton and Rosewood....

Friday, December 23, 2011

Carolina 1-A rivals showing steady improvement on wrestling mat

One month into the high school wrestling season, three Carolina 1-A Conference wrestling rivals continue to show steady improvement on the mat. But two are still chasing the league's premier powerhouse. Defending conference champion Rosewood (18-6 overall) remained perfect inside...

Prep wrestling boxes

Match 1 Princeton 54 Goldsboro 28 152 -- Jesse Tomljenovich (P) by forfeit; 160 -- Blake Wagner (P) wbf Thomas Sheinall, 2:19; 170 -- Gabriel Teague (P) wbf Darrell Smithers, 3:34; 182 -- Forrest Stewart (P) by forfeit; 195 --...

Trail management becoming parks issue

Hiking trail maintenance is not an easy job. Branches and debris must be removed from hiking areas. Litter and trash must be collected, and trail markers and navigational tools must be kept updated and in place. With hundreds of miles...

Whooping cranes nesting in western NC

CHARLOTTE -- A pair of extremely rare birds is spending the winter in western North Carolina for the first time on record. The male and female whooping cranes spotted this month near Hayesville, in far-western North Carolina, are among...

Despite strange look, "puffers" make some good eating

Winter is transition time for anglers who visit the North Carolina coast. Cold fronts passing through send the most popular game fish like flounder and speckled trout packing for warmer waters. In their place arrive some smaller fish that do...

Goldsboro's guards do their job against Warriors

Patrick Reynell knows in the guard-heavy Carolina 1-A Conference he is going to need his backcourt to deliver each time his Goldsboro team takes the floor. Reynell has plenty of reasons to be optimistic after watching his guards turn in...

Trojan baseball team ranked No. 15 in preseason College Baseball Lineup poll

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coming off its second College World Series appearance in program history, the Mount Olive College baseball team is ranked No. 15 in the Division II College Basebal Lineup preseason poll. The Trojans finished 47-10 last season and...

Goldsboro-Eastern Wayne boxes

BOYS Eastern Wayne 23 18 22 19 -- 82 Goldsboro 20 26 21 24 -- 91 EASTERN WAYNE (5-7) Stephan Woodard 1 0 0-0 2, Jamal Shuford 1 0 0-0 2, Tykwan Days 1 0 0-0 2, Micah Smith 0...

Prep briefs: Goldsboro girls dominate Eastern Wayne

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 55, Eastern Wayne 28 * Goldsboro adjusted to Eastern Wayne's full-court press and pulled away for a 55-28 win on Thursday evening. The Warriors used an aggressive press to force turnovers and neutralize the Cougars' size. Goldsboro...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Southern Wayne boys off to surprising 10-2 start

DUDLEY -- An unlikely repeat? At first, no. Southern Wayne lost eight seniors off last year's team that swept the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and logged 22 victories. In some ways, Saints fans felt that team...

Aycock's Wychunas makes most of first mat appearance

WILSON -- Alysa Wychunas finally got her chance. And boy, did she make the most of it. Called into active duty at the last possible moment, Wychunas filled in for an injured Charles B. Aycock teammate and posted a...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Spring Creek 54, Eastern Wayne 43 * PRINCETON -- Adam Haggerty recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead Spring Creek to a 54-43 win over Eastern Wayne on Tuesday evening in the...

County swimmers fare well in annual meet

Bryce Connolly, Logan Cole and Zach Darden -- as usual -- churned through the water with ease during the Southeastern Intercollegiate Swimming Championship meet. The trio collected five gold and three bronze medals during the day-long, 14-team event contested...

Cougars grab early lead, but Golden Falcons storm back

PIKEVILLE -- Play hard. Play with intensity. More importantly, protect our house. The Charles B. Aycock girls' basketball team executed its plan and captured a 49-29 victory over county rival Goldsboro on Tuesday evening. Senior forward Imari Howell pumped in...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Goldsboro 15 11 24 7 -- 57 C.B. Aycock 8 23 7 4 -- 42 GOLDSBORO (5-5) Jalen Sprueil 0 0 1-6 1, Quavus Holloman 1 0 4-6 6, Davion Newkirk 1 0 0-0 2, Julius Murphy 1 0...

Trapping scheme coerces Aycock into costly mistakes

PIKEVILLE -- Once the Goldsboro defense forced turnovers and re-directed the tempo in its favor, it quickly rang up points on the scoreboard Tuesday evening. Two back-to-back miscues within a 30-second span ignited a third-quarter uprising, and the Cougars turned...

Princeton girls leave points on the floor

PRINCETON -- Princeton put on a clinic in patient offense and quality shot selection on Tuesday evening. It was the inability to knock down open shots that haunted the Bulldogs in a 52-39 loss to Rocky Mount Prep in the...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bulldog Christmas Invitational Boys recap

PRINCETON -- Princeton got big plays from its smallest player en route to a 71-58 win over Spring Creek in the first round of the Bulldog Christmas Invitational on Monday night. Point guard C.J. Jeffreys scored 13 of his team-high...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Rocky Mount Prep 26 25 28 22 -- 101 Eastern Wayne 18 15 18 22 -- 73 ROCKY MOUNT PREP (8-2) Donte Samuels 8 0 7-10 23, Jacob Barrett 5 0 2-4 12, Quashun Coppedge 2 0 4-4 8,...

MOC drops Fayetteville St. women

MOC Sports Information FAYETTEVILLE -- Alyssa Luebs, Tamara Nesmith and Andrea Jones scored on consecutive layups, and Mount Olive College limited Fayetteville State to one basket in the final five-plus minutes of a 57-54, non-conference road win Monday evening. The...

Mike Knox honored by Apex High School

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Four former Apex High School baseball players were honored at a halftime ceremony during the Cougars' home basketball game against Holly Springs. Mount Olive College alum Michael Knox was joined by Tim Federowicz, Matt...

Bulldog Christmas Invitational Girls recap

PRINCETON -- Rosewood continued to chip away at a 20-point deficit, but came up short in a 44-36 loss to Rocky Mount Prep in the first game of the Bulldog Christmas Invitational on Monday at Princeton High School. The Jaguars...

Monday, December 19, 2011

MOC falls to Wingate

MOC Sports Information WINGATE -- Mount Olive sliced a 24-point deficit down to six late in the second half, but the Trojan men's basketball team fell to in-state rival Wingate, 82-73, on Saturday evening. Craig Hayes and Derek Staton led...

Local digest

Boys' basketball Kinston 68, Southern Wayne 60 * FAYETTEVILLE -- Kinston took down Southern Wayne 68-60 in the annual "Clash at Capel" on the campus of Fayetteville State University on Saturday night. Jamiel Price led the Saints with 17 points....

Eastern Wayne quad -- part II

Three days after suffering its first dual-team loss of the season, the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team turned in a dominating performance in the second Eastern Wayne Super Quad of the season Friday evening. The Golden Falcons (14-1 overall) reeled...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rosewood leads Carolina Conference Cup chase after fall season

Rosewood wore the "bridesmaid" tag during the fall sports season in Class 1-A Carolina Conference, but has emerged the overall leader in the chase for the league's Wells Fargo Conference Cup. The Eagles finished runner-up in four sports -- volleyball,...

Wayne Christian-Community Christian boxes

Girls Community 6 15 17 15 -- 53 Wayne Christian 18 10 17 11 -- 56 COMMUNITY Emilie Price 3 0 1-4 7, Elyssa Giddings 2 0 2-6 8, Jesslyn Boyette 5 0 9-24 19, Bryonna Chavis 2 1 0-4...

Foul-plagued Wayne Christian slips past Community

Wayne Christian enjoyed the best six minutes of its season on Saturday afternoon. The result was an early 18-6 advantage that led to a thrilling 56-53 win over Carolina Christian 1-A Conference foe Community Christian in the friendly confines of...

WCS boys fall to Community Christian

Boys' basketball Community Christian 72, Wayne Christian 47 * Community Christian dominated from the opening tip of a 72-47 victory over Wayne Christian on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones' dynamic duo of Josh Willingham and Scottie Harris proved too much for...

Aycock girls improve to 3-0 in ECC play this season

Girls' basketball C.B. Aycock 53, South Johnston 33 * PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock remained unbeaten in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play with a 53-33 win over South Johnston on Friday night. The Golden Falcons (5-3 overall) improved to 3-0...

South Johnston knocks off CBA boys

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock dug a hole too deep to climb out of in the opening period of a 67-56 loss to South Johnston on Friday night in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference basketball action. Poor perimeter defense plagued the...

Southern Wayne boys stay atop ECC standings

DUDLEY -- All those lost points. Russell Stephens squirmed with the idea the missed scoring opportunities might trouble his Southern Wayne squad during the second half against Cleveland on Friday evening. His worries disappeared in the fourth quarter. The Saints...

Friday's prep basketball boxes

BOYS Lejeune 21 14 18 14 -- 67 Spring Creek 14 10 8 21 -- 53 LEJEUNE Nick Cruz 1 1 3-5 8, Mike Deets 1 0 0-0 2, Craig Wilson 1 4 1-1 15, Gaven Allen 11 0 3-6...

Virginia Union upend MOC women

MOUNT OLIVE -- A strong start. A disappointing outcome. A lesson learned. A chance for younger players to mature. Junior forward Alyssa Luebs just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds, but Mount Olive College endured a 79-71,...

Devilpups ease past Gators

SEVEN SPRINGS -- With his team trailing by 23 points early in the fourth quarter, Spring Creek head coach Taylor Jones implored his players not to quit. The response was an effort Jones saw as one worth building on. The...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Trojan women adapting to opponents' physicality

A bloodied lip. An elbow to the ribs. A hard foul that takes your breath away. The Mount Olive College women's basketball team has seen -- and felt -- it all during the non-conference portion of its schedule. And the...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lakewood-Rosewood boys

Rosewood nearly gave away a win with a woeful night at the free throw line. The Eagles found a way to redeem themselves on the defensive end. Rosewood came up with critical stops and made just enough free throws to...

Goldsboro-NL boys

No matter the substitution pattern, Goldsboro's chemistry never changed on the court Wednesday evening. And head coach Patrick Reynell loved every minute of it. Damarion Henderson poured in a game-high 17 points and nine Cougars scratched in the scoring column...

Thursday preps

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 54, North Lenoir 21 * Goldsboro made a commitment to get the job done Wednesday evening. And the Cougars did it in dominating fashion. Brandy Johnson pumped in 14 points in a reserve role and starting forward...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cleveland wrestlers take down C.B. Aycock

Wrestling Aycock drops ECC opener * PIKEVILLE -- Cleveland dominated the upper weights and upended defending Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference dual-team champion Charles B. Aycock, 46-31, on Tuesday evening. It was the league opener for both teams. The Rams (8-4...

Chargers, Eagles dive in the pool

Swimming Chargers, Eagles hit the pool * Wayne Christian's Danielle Gentry and Wayne Country Day's Jessica Eisenhauser each logged a top-five time in the girls' 50-yard freestyle during a swim meet contested at the Goldsboro Family Y. Gentry touched the...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball C.B. Aycock 42, North Lenoir 34 * LaGRANGE -- Defending regular-season champion Charles B. Aycock remained tied atop the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference standings with a 42-34 victory on Tuesday night at ECC foe North Lenoir. Imari Howell...

WCDS boys fall at home

Desperately needing to throw a counter-punch at its opponent, Wayne Country Day instead suffered an early knockout Tuesday evening. Trailing Trinity of Christian of Fayetteville 29-21 at halftime, the Chargers failed to rally in the third quarter in a 59-32...

Warriors fend off Rams

Eastern Wayne built a comfortable lead, watched it dwindle away and then rallied to hold off Cleveland 55-52 on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball scene Tuesday night. The Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 advantage over the first...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Trinity-Fayetteville 15 14 14 16 -- 59 Wayne Country Day 10 11 8 3 -- 32 TRINITY-FAYETTEVILLE Frank Jackson 2 0 0-0 4, Wesley Sprinkle 2 3 0-0 13, Isiah Whorley 0 1 0-0 3, Greg Butler 4 1...

EW-S. Johnston wrestling box

Eastern Wayne 60 South Johnston 18 195 -- double forfeit; 220 -- Brett Chapman (EW) by forfeit; Hwt -- Blake Terrell (EW) by forfeit; 106 -- Brice Heller (EW) wbf Harold Stevens, 0:29; 113 -- Romario Torres (EW) wbf Jenna...

Eastern Wayne takes advantage of short-handed South Johnston

Young grapplers got some mat time during Eastern Wayne's 60-18 romp over short-handed South Johnston on Tuesday evening. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference opener for both teams. "The biggest thing is I see improvement, I see them working...

Stevens: 'It's just a game' mentality getting lost in sports these days

It's a phrase most of us have heard or uttered at some point, perhaps used in an attempt to console a child whose team had just lost a close game. Or maybe it was after watching our favorite team fall...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MOC slips past UNCP men

MOUNT OLIVE -- What may have looked like one key defensive stand could prove to be one of the signature moments of Mount Olive's season. The Trojans stood tall defensively for 32 seconds on a late possession and hung on...

Local digest

Boys' basketball Southern Nash 60, Goldsboro 55 * BAILEY -- Goldsboro fell behind by double digits in the opening minutes and never recovered in a 60-55 loss to Southern Nash on Monday night. The loss was the second in a...

MOC knocks off St. Aug's women

MOUNT OLIVE -- The youth is maturing. And no one player is stealing the spotlight. Joneiqua Gary's 3-pointer in the final two minutes broke a tie and helped spark Mount Olive College to a 73-69, non-conference triumph over in-state rival...

Monday, December 12, 2011

MOC's McIntyre

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College goalkeeper Lyndsey McIntyre, who ranks among the top 40 in the nation in two statistical categories, has been named to the 2011 NSCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-Southeast Region Second Team. The squad...

3-A realignment

Jabo Fulghum shrugged off the rumor. David Lee didn't think it was possible. Charles Davis said anything could happen. Well, it has. Ten days after releasing a computer-generated realignment draft, the N.C. High School Athletic Association unveiled its proposal late...

16th Eagle Invitational

The only things missing were a ring announcer, the bikini-clad card flashers and the turn buckles. Everything else was normal as expected during the 16th annual Eagle Invitational contested Saturday at Rosewood High School. Tournament organizer Bill Edmundson was informed...

1-A realignment

Stick with the original proposal. Or revive the old Carolina Conference. Either way, the two Class 1-A realignment drafts released by the N.C. High School Athletic Association have caused little rumblings during the past 10 days. "I don't know what's...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Local digest

Girls' basketball Eastern Wayne 54, So. Johnston 44 * Eastern Wayne used a critical 11-0 run that took just 70 seconds to seal a 54-44 win over visiting South Johnston on Friday evening. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference...

Eastern Wayne boys beat South Johnston

Eastern Wayne has been learning how to close out ballgames early on this season. The Warriors took a step in the right direction on Friday night. South Johnston refused to go away but Eastern Wayne converted on key possessions late...

Chapel Hill defeats Goldsboro in boys basketball

Former Goldsboro High School boys' basketball coach Todd Morgan returned to the Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium on Friday night. Only this time on the visitor's bench as the head coach at Chapel Hill High School. Morgan's new team took care...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS South Johnston 9 23 20 20 -- 74 Eastern Wayne 20 22 17 20 -- 79 SOUTH JOHNSTON (1-4, 0-1 ECC) D.J. Collins 1 0 3-4 5, Michael Booker 7 0 1-3 5, Juwan Bizzell 1 0 0-0 2,...

C.B. Aycock takes down Triton girls

PIKEVILLE -- Two one-possession outcomes allowed Charles B. Aycock to sweep Triton in regular-season play a year ago. The Hawks gained revenge, winning the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament crown on the Golden Falcons' homecourt. A nail-biter this time? Not...

OPINION: BCS - The Debate Continues

The debate rages on about the Bowl Championship Series system and one has wonder if it will ever end. Can you imagine how Oklahoma State felt getting kicked in the gut? What about K-State? And who would have thought that...

OPINION: Accountability matters in life, and sports

Accountability -- the act of taking responsibility for our own actions and realizing the impact of our behavior -- is felt by others and not just ourselves. This characteristic is unfortunately discussed much more than it is lived out. I...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Rosewood preps for Eagle Invitational

It's here. Let the official wrestling season begin. More than 200 grapplers will duel in more 500 matches to determine 14 individual champions during the 16th annual Eagle Invitational, which is Saturday at Rosewood High School. The longest-running individual tournament...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball North Duplin 67, James Kenan 64 * CALYPSO -- Breyon Johnson poured in 22 points and North Duplin rallied for a 67-64, non-conference victory over visiting James Kenan on Thursday evening. The Tigers led 41-34 at the half,...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ECU football

GREENVILLE -- Terry Holland, director of athletics at East Carolina, said the Pirates have completed their 2012 non-conference football schedule by adding a home contest against in-state rival Appalachian State. The game is Sept. 8 in Greenville. ECU will...

Thursday preps

Girls' basketball Princeton 51, Hobbton 32 * PRINCETON -- Princeton forced 11 turnovers in the third quarter, went on a 22-4 run and claimed a 51-32, non-conference victory over Hobbton on Wednesday evening. The Bulldogs led 21-16 at the half...

Hobbton-Princeton boys

PRINCETON -- Princeton head coach Jeff Davis paced, shook his head in frustration and vented to anyone within earshot. Davis watched as his Bulldogs struggled to find a rhythm offensively for more than three quarters. In the end, Princeton used...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Eagles sweep Trojans, Bruins

Rosewood put all 21 wrestlers into the lineup at some point during its non-conference, tri-meet sweep of South Johnston and Wilson Beddingfield on Tuesday evening. The Eagles emerged victorious in six of nine contested matches in a 57-22 romp...

Southern Wayne edges Spring Creek on criteria, 31-30

DUDLEY -- First-year Spring Creek head wrestling coach Frank Nelson couldn't have asked for a better performance on the mat Tuesday evening. The only thing missing was a victory against his alma mater. Southern Wayne spoiled Nelson's homecoming with a...

CBA boys get job done in relay

The third time was the charm. After swimming identical times in the first two meets of the season, the Charles B. Aycock boys' 200 freestyle relay squad logged a regional-qualifying mark in the pool Tuesday evening. The foursome of...

So. Wayne-SCreek wrestling box

Southern Wayne 31 Spring Creek 30 152 -- double forfeit; 160 -- double forfeit; 170 -- double forfeit; 182 -- Carson Gramley (SC) wbf TJ Newkirk, 1:33; 195 -- Kevin Lipscomb (SC) wbf Cameron Strickland, 1:34; 220 -- Carlos Osorio...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 53, C.B. Aycock 48 * Goldsboro executed when it mattered most in a 53-48, non-conference win over visiting Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday evening. Shatoria Exum's layup with a little more than two minutes to play put...

Fans meet former champ

A.J. Alfaro drove over five hours from his home in Virginia to Goldsboro to meet one of his sports heroes on Tuesday night. The icon was neither an NFL star, an NBA legend nor a NASCAR champion, but a name...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS C.B. Aycock 12 18 17 6 -- 53 Goldsboro 19 27 16 17 -- 79 C.B. AYCOCK (0-5) Greg Williams 4 0 1-2 9. Cody Garris 2 0 0-0 4, Michael Kornegay 2 0 1-2 5, Roddrick Jones 2...

Local rollers learn from sport's best teachers

Clarke Hill can't wait to do it again. An avid bowler who has rolled several 300 games during his career, Hill and Turbo Grip co-hosted a Lane Play and Ball Motion Clinic this past weekend at the AMF Boulevard Lanes....

Cougar boys top Aycock

Goldsboro proved it can play fast and furious or slow and under control. Charles B. Aycock simply couldn't keep up. The Cougars turned turnovers into transition opportunities and executed their half court offense with precision in a 79-53 victory on...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday preps

Wrestling Rams drop two at home * SNOW HILL -- Greene Central grapplers Brett Shackleford, Matt Anderson and Alex Carroll each logged a 2-0 worksheet during a tri-meet against Eastern Plains 2-A Conference foes North Pitt and Tarboro on Monday...

Rosewood-Parrott boys

There's still work to be done. Rosewood head varsity boys' basketball coach Daniel Mitchell plans to deliver that message in practice today after a disastrous second-half effort against Arendell-Parrott Academy on Monday evening. The Eagles converted just three second-half field...

MOC Basketball Church Night

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College is among 10 schools nationally recognized as a 2010-11 NCAA Division II Game Environment Award of Excellence winner. The school received a $500 award and is eligible for national honors. The Trojans were...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Aycock, Rosewood and Eastern Wayne grapplers fare well

Charles B. Aycock, Rosewood and Eastern Wayne each recorded a top-four team finish during individual tournament action contested this weekend at three different venues in eastern North Carolina. The Golden Falcons placed third at the Grant Wilder Invitational, which...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Waccamaw 46, Wayne Country Day 44 * Wayne Country Day failed to convert on a pair of critical possessions late in a 46-44 loss to visiting Waccamaw Academy on Friday night. The game was tied at 44-44 and...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Waccamaw Academy 8 13 12 13 -- 46 Wayne Country Day 14 5 11 14 -- 44 WACCAMAW Tyshon Smih 2 2 0-0 10, Greg Wilson 7 2 10-10 30, Dashaun Jackson 3 0 0-2 6. TOTALS -- 12...

Ford sets Wayne Country Day record

Catherine Ford's illustrious career at Wayne Country Day took another historic turn on Friday night. Ford, who became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the school's girls' basketball program earlier in the week, had her jersey retired during...

Lady Trojans endure road defeat

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION ELIZABETH CITY -- Andrea Jones scored 19 points -- her fifth consecutive game of at least 19 points -- but a second-half spurt was the difference as Mount Olive had its three-game winning streak snapped with a...

Mount Olive men earn split in Wilson

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION WILSON -- For 33 minutes Saturday, Saint Augustine's held Mount Olive preseason All-Americans Craig Hayes and Derek Staton in check. The duo came alive, however, combining for 10 points in a 14-4 run to end the game,...

Anderson's layup lifts Faith to victory

Hilltop Christian dangled on the hook and tried to wiggle away. Faith Christian eventually reeled in its prey. Aaron Hill's steal after an inbounds play and Connor Anderson's subsequent layup sealed the Conquerors' nail-biting 52-47 victory in N.C. Christian Schools...

Southern Wayne rallies past Goldsboro

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne and Goldsboro did not get off to the start that either team had expected on Friday night. The Saints rallied to earn their desired ending. Southern Wayne recorded a 58-51 win at the expense of its...

Friday, December 2, 2011

South Brunswick pins Eagles

A little tough love. And maybe a lesson learned. South Brunswick emerged victorious in five of the first six contested matches and rolled to a 54-28, non-conference decision over Rosewood on the wrestling mat Thursday evening. The loss snapped the...

Goldsboro moves up

Good-bye, Carolina Conference. Goldsboro High is moving on up. The Cougars are leaving the Class 1-A ranks upon completion of the 2012-13 sports season, and joining a 2-A league that includes Lenoir, Pitt and Greene County schools -- for now....

ECC 3-A stays intact

One drops out. Another steps in. North Lenoir will leave the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference after the 2012-13 sports season, and join a seven-team league that includes its two county rivals. Smithfield-Selma is expected to fill the vacancy. "Our...

Good challenges await MOC

MOUNT OLIVE -- Coming off an extended holiday break and battling a flu bug that's gone through the team, Mount Olive College finally returns to the basketball court tonight and Saturday afternoon. And the Trojan men face two good challenges....

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday preps

Boys' basketball Rosewood 46, North Johnston 44 * KENLY -- Rosewood picked up its first win of the season with a 46-44 victory over North Johnston on Wednesday night. Dee Mabry led the Eagles' attack with 16 points. Jyonte Raynor...

C.B. Aycock-Fike wrestling

PIKEVILLE -- Overconfident from its early-season unbeaten start, the Charles B. Aycock wrestling team nearly tumbled from the mountaintop Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons wasted a double-digit advantage, but received a crucial decision from 160-pounder Khaleil Owens and dumped Wilson...

Opinion -- Sport's life lessons

I remember a time when sports was full of larger-than-life heroes, memorable evenings at the ballpark with my dad and the belief that for the most part, athletes and coaches were the people I believed they were. Those days seem...