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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Local Preps Digest

Baseball North Duplin 15, Union 0 (5 inn.) * ROSE HILL -- Larry White and Ryan Wolfe combined for a mercy rule-shortened no-hitter in North Duplin's season-opening, 15-0 victory over Union on Tuesday afternoon. White recorded seven strikeouts and allowed...

MOC defense shines

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lees-McRae hung around. Hung around. And hung around some more. Finally, Mount Olive had seen enough. The Trojan men converted three consecutive defensive stops into points during a late first-half run and eventually thrashed the Bobcats, 74-48,...

Mistakes hurt Warriors in opener

With its ace on the mound and ailing teammate Jake May in the ballpark, the stage was set for Eastern Wayne to open its season in grand fashion. Instead, the Warriors turned in a performance short on aggression and full...

prep baseball boxes

South Central 100 002 1 -- 4 5 1 Eastern Wayne 000 100 0 -- 1 3 3 Leading hitters -- South Central -- Tucker Jacobs 1-3, RBI, Gabe Tippett 1-2, HR, RBI, Brady Hill 1-3, RBI, Ben Olsen 1-3,...

Lakewood presents challenge

FAYETTEVILLE -- Defense wins championships. It's an adage used by every coach in every sport on every level of athletics and Goldsboro High head girls' basketball coach LaTina Bullock is no different. She preaches the mantra each day in practice....

C.B. Aycock pulls off eight-inning, season-opening win

PIKEVILLE -- A costly error at a critical time led to a comeback victory for Charles B. Aycock in its regular-season baseball opener against Wilson Hunt on Tuesday night. The Golden Falcons prevailed 6-5 in eight innings. "I'm always happy...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday preps

Boys' golf Adams propels Eagles * DUDLEY -- Rosewood emerged as the top team in a four-team season-opening match contested on a soggy Southern Wayne Country Club course Monday afternoon. The Eagles were led by defending 1-A eastern regional champion...

MOC men's volleyball

HANNIBAL, MO. -- Mount Olive continued its spring break trip across the Midwest on Monday evening and swept a pair of non-conference matches during a tri-meet contested at Hannibal-LaGrange College. Junior outside hitter Adam Miracle delivered 17 kills and...

MOC-Erskine women

MOUNT OLIVE -- Shed the baggage. Play one possession at a time. Mount Olive did just that and survived an opening-round scare in the 2012 Conference Carolinas women's basketball tournament Monday evening. Andrea Jones pumped in 11 second-half points, including...

East 1-A regional outlook

FAYETTEVILLE -- Anybody can win it. And boy, you can expect some battles. Four tradition-rich high school girls' basketball programs collide Thursday and Saturday to determine the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern regional champion. Any one...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Rosewood junior claims 120-pound Class 1-A state title

By RUDY COGGINS News-Argus Sports Editor GREENSBORO -- The final two minutes of this wrestling season will undoubtedly be the most memorable for Nick Quillen. That's all the time he needed to achieve perfection and become the first-ever state champion...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

WCDS-Statesville girls' box

Statesville 6 5 14 24 -- 49 W. Country Day 12 8 4 17 -- 41 STATESVILLE CHRISTIAN (18-9) Morgan Randolph 1 0 2-2 4, Bethany Hoye 0 0 0-0 0, Deborah DeGraff 0 0 0-0 0, Abby Baity 3...

Statesville knocks out WCDS girls

RALEIGH -- The ocean became too wide and too deep for Wayne Country Day on Friday evening. The Chargers just couldn't navigate their way back to shore. Abby Baity torched the nets for 23 second-half points and seventh-seeded Statesville stunned...

Eagles eliminated by Rocky Mount Prep

Two long scoring runs were the difference as Rocky Mount Prep dispatched Rosewood 65-43 in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state playoffs on Saturday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but...

Rosewood-RMP boys box

Rocky Mount Prep 22 10 14 19 -- 65 Rosewood 7 8 12 16 -- 43 ROCKY MOUNT PREP (23-5) Donte Samuels 6 0 4-7 16, Quashawn Coppedge 1 0 2-6 4, Gary Smith 4 1 1-1 12, Keenan Deberry...

Mount Olive softball continues strong start

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION MOUNT OLIVE -- Christie Wright celebrated her birthday with a one-hitter and Kalie Smith hit her first collegiate home run as Mount Olive defeated Virginia Union 10-2 in game one of a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday at...

Mount Olive baseball sweeps doubleheader

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive slugged three of its five home runs during a six-run third inning, and the Trojans held off Belmont Abbey to win its Conference Carolinas opener 14-10 in the first game of a...

MOC men win, women fall

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION CHARLOTTE -- Craig Hayes scored 31 points and Mount Olive used a 15-3 run midway through the second half to break away from a tie game as the regionally eighth-ranked Trojans concluded regular season play with an...

Goldsboro-E. Columbus girls' box

East Columbus 10 7 13 11 -- 41 Goldsboro 18 20 8 18 -- 64 EAST COLUMBUS (20-5) KJ Johnston 2 0 2-2 6, Rochelle Melvin 1 0 0-0 2, De'Maya Berry 5 0 1-2 11, Brittany Hall 0 0...

Goldsboro girls dispatch East Columbus

Goldsboro won the battle of wills Saturday afternoon. The Cougars turned up the defensive pressure early, quickly put points on the board and earned a return trip to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A eastern regional. Alexus Myles...

Conquerors fall in overtime

Boys' basketball Woodland Baptist 56, Faith Christian 52, 0T * WINSTON-SALEM -- Faith Christian suffered a 56-52 loss in the N.C. Christian Schools Athetic Association 2-A state semfinals on Friday night. Aaron Hill led the Conquerors with 22 points. Wes...

Friday, February 24, 2012

WCDS-Cresset girls' box

W. Country Day 10 11 20 10 -- 51 Cresset Christian 6 9 6 12 -- 33 WAYNE COUNTRY DAY (15-6) Karis Hawkins 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Best 2 0 2-4 6, Logan Harrell 0 0 1-2 1, Meredith...

WCDS girls cruise into semifinals

RALEIGH -- Same defense. Different opponent. Same result. Yeah, seeing junk game plans are definitely becoming "old hat" to Wayne Country Day these days. The Chargers played either three- or four-on-five and had no trouble dispatching Cresset Christian, 51-33, during...

Local Preps Digest

Wrestling Owens advances in 3-A * GREENSBORO -- Charles B. Aycock junior Khaleil Owens triumphed on opening day of the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A wrestling championships, while teammate Daniel Romo tumbled into the consolation portion of the...

Stevens: Somber Wayne County baseball community has plenty of healing to do

Having grown up in Rockingham County, I knew little about this area before moving here in August of 2007. Upon arriving at the News-Argus, I quickly began to understand the role baseball plays in Wayne County. I received a crash...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rosewood-SCreek boys

Rosewood stepped on the gas and county rival Spring Creek almost became a tiny speck in its rear-view mirror Wednesday evening. But the Gators nearly caught up to the Eagles. Dee Mabry, Matt Shaw and Joel Davis each swished key...

Thursday preps

Boys' basketball Rocky Mount Prep 83, Princeton 61 * PRINCETON -- Rocky Mount Prep opened up a 15-0 lead over the first four minutes and never looked back in an 83-61 win over Princeton in the second round of the...

MOC wrap-ECU baseball

College softball Mount Olive 3-2, Francis Marion 2-0 * MOUNT OLIVE -- Rebekah McDaniel and Beth Overman both picked a perfect time for their first collegiate home runs and Mount Olive head softball coach Jaime Kylis reached the 200-win plateau...

Northern Nash-Aycock girls

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's lack of a true point guard finally became too much to overcome. Northern Nash's relentless ball pressure and trapping defense forced 34 turnovers and the Knights rolled to a 49-22 win on Wednesday night in...

Goldsboro girls advance

Goldsboro's balanced attack was good enough to turn back Northampton-West's two-woman show. The Cougars had five players score in double figures and came from behind for a 72-59 win in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WCDS rallies in third

Wayne Country Day used a late third quarter run to put away pesky Trinity Academy of Raleigh, 61-50, in the opening round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A girls' basketball playoffs on Tuesday night. The sixth-seeded Chargers (14-6...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Trinity-Fayetteville 63, Wayne Country Day 44 * FAYETTEVILLE -- Deshar Thomas sizzled the nets for a team-high 17 points in Wayne Country Day's 63-44, season-ending loss to Trinity Christian of Fayetteville in the opening round of the N.C....

Spring Creek prevails

ROXBORO -- Senior center Adam Haggerty led three players in double figures with 24 points, and 16th-seeded Spring Creek stunned top-seeded Roxboro Community, 78-61, in opening-round action of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' basketball playoffs...

Prep basketball boxes

Girls Wayne Country Day 17 16 18 10 -- 61 Trinity of Raleigh 11 12 14 13 -- 50 TRINITY OF RALEIGH Jordan Thomas 2 0 1-2 5, Katie Demski 1 3 0-0 11, Grace Carl 4 0 1-2 9,...

Trojan women stop North Georgia, 6-3

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Come-from-behind singles wins by Molly Lentini and Francesca Ceppi clinched the overall match victory as Mount Olive defeated Peach Belt member North Georgia 6-3 in a non-conference women's tennis match Tuesday afternoon at Walker...

Green takes advantage of first career start for Trojans

MOC Sports Information LAURINBURG -- Deshaune Green took advantage of a surprise starting nod and recorded his first career double-double in Mount Olive's 89-86 victory over in-state men's basketball nemesis St. Andrews on Tuesday evening. Jasmine McDonald poured in 12...

A Saint in Heaven: Community gathers to mourn loss, but celebrate life

A cold, cheek-stinging wind swirled throughout the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex as I walked out to center field Monday afternoon. My shoes squished on the Southern Wayne baseball diamond, drenched from a day-long rain 24 hours earlier. But I didn't...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday preps

Boys' basketball Goldsboro 66, East Columbus 61 * LAKE WACAMAW -- Goldsboro jumped out to an early lead thanks to some hot shooting and held off East Columbus 66-61 in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association...

S. Wayne boys game

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne made too many mistakes. Southern Nash capitalized. The Firebirds used a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter and never looked back in a 57-51 win over the Saints in the opening round of the N.C....

Princeton - Chatham Central boys

PRINCETON -- The sleep-walking had to stop. So Princeton abandoned its "junk" defense and pulled out a little-used strategy that paid dividends Monday evening. The Bulldawgs' man-to-man scheme forced a few turnovers which helped speed up the tempo and spearhead...

Princeton - Red Springs girls

PRINCETON -- Find Savanna Massengill. Force some turnovers. Massengill tallied 13 of her game-high 17 points in the opening quarter and Princeton eliminated Red Springs, 60-48, from the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A girls' basketball playoffs Monday evening. The...

D.H. Conley - Aycock Girls

PIKEVILLE -- Few teams appreciate the privilege of playing in the postseason the way Charles B. Aycock does. A program that won just four games when its current group of seniors were freshmen, the Golden Falcons fully understand the hard...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Aycock's Romo, Owens headed to state meet

ROCKY MOUNT -- Daniel Romo and Khaleil Owens have one more week of practice in a sweltering wrestling room, but the Charles B. Aycock teammates certainly won't mind the discomfort. They're headed to the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association...

Eagles' Quillen enjoys MVP outing

MONROE -- Nick Quillen stayed perfect ... barely. Taylor McGill received a wake-up call. And the Rosewood High duo, along with teammate Angel Jaramillo, punched their ticket to the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A individual wrestling championships...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Triton boys stop Southern Wayne

ERWIN -- Southern Wayne couldn't overcome its slow start, nor could it corral Triton's strong offensive attack Friday evening. The Saints misfired on their first nine possessions of the game and managed to rally late, but dropped a 63-54 decision...

Local digest

Boys' basketball Faith Christian 57, Trinity-Greenville 51 * Aaron Hill pumped in 22 points and Faith Christian claimed the 2012 N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A region championship with a 57-51 victory over Trinity Christian of Greenville. Wes Caudle and...

Opinion: Realignment almost set

Logic isn't always meant to be understood. That certainly applies to the third realignment proposal sent to athletics directors statewide by the N.C. High School Athletic Association late last week. The realignment committee considered some concerns that were introduced during...

Erskine downs Mount Olive women

MOUNT OLIVE -- With its most important basketball of the season rapidly approaching Mount Olive has a lot to figure out in a short amount of time. The Trojans struggled on both ends of the floor throughout the majority of...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Southern Wayne 6 10 13 25 -- 54 Triton 12 15 11 25 -- 63 SOUTHERN WAYNE (18-7) Ronnell Outlaw 4 3 1-4 18, Chris Artis 0 0 0-0 0, Trey Allen 2 0 1-2 5, Andrew Matthews 1...

MOC men win over Erskine

MOUNT OLIVE -- What started as a senior night blowout turned into a back-and-forth tussle. Mount Olive watched a 19-point halftime lead evaporate before hanging on for an 83-72 win over Erskine on Saturday night inside a packed Kornegay Arena....

Southern Wayne standout Kevin Wise passes

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Wayne County high school baseball community mourned the stunning loss of one of its most-respected players, dear friend and teammate early Saturday morning. Kevin Wise, a senior at Southern Wayne High School, passed away in his...

Goldsboro girls win CC tourney

Mission accomplished. After dominating the regular season a year ago, the Goldsboro High girls' basketball team fell in the conference tournament final to Ayden-Grifton for the second consecutive season. The Cougars finished the job this year. Goldsboro used a 10-2...

Golden Falcon girls take ECC title

ERWIN -- Charles B. Aycock kept its composure and converted its free throws. Eastern Wayne didn't. Ivy Hartzell recorded her second double-double in as many games and Aycock claimed the 2012 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball tournament crown with...

Ayden-Grifton wins Carolina 1-A Conference boys title

Ayden-Grifton got a clutch shot from Rondell Bell, watched as Princeton's last-second shot bounced off the rim and claimed the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament title with a 43-41 victory on Friday night. The game did not effect the...

Friday, February 17, 2012

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Ayden-Grifton 7 21 18 16 -- 62 Spring Creek 7 14 12 10 -- 43 AYDEN-GRIFTON (16-6) Trey Fleary 4 0 0-0 8, Rondell Bell 0 5 0-0 15, Deshaun Peyton 6 1 0-0 15, Brandon Whitaker 0 0...

Miracle collects 11 kills in MOC road win

MOC Sports Information WILSON -- Junior outside hitter Adam Miracle pounded out 11 kills and Mount Olive snapped a frustrating seven-match skid with a 25-11, 25-10, 25-11 thrashing of Conference Carolinas rival Barton College on Thursday evening. Freshman Lukas Hoelzl...

Local Preps Digest

College volleyball Trojan men sweep Barton * WILSON -- Junior outside hitter Adam Miracle pounded out 11 kills and Mount Olive snapped a frustrating seven-match skid with a 25-11, 25-10, 25-11 thrashing of Conference Carolinas rival Barton College on Thursday...

Rams can't handle EW press

A year ago, Eastern Wayne won just five games and finished near the bottom of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference. That was then, this is now. The Warriors forced 37 turnovers and nine different players scored in a 59-42 win...

Aycock earns berth in ECC 3-A finals

PIKEVILLE -- A sluggish start. A decent finish. Another crack at a county rival. Charles B. Aycock shrugged off the rust from a seven-day break and dumped South Johnston, 48-36, in semifinal-round play of the 2012 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference...

Dogs, Chargers set up rematch

Princeton delivered a come-from-behind win over archrival Rosewood and top-seeded Ayden-Grifton dropped Spring Creek in semifinal-round play of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Thursday evening. The Bulldogs won 65-61, while the Chargers rolled 62-43. Princeton and Rosewood staged...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bulldog women find rhythm

MOUNT OLIVE -- Barton got hot at the right time. Mount Olive could never thaw out. The Bulldogs overcame a slow start and pulled away in the second half for a 54-49 win on Tuesday evening inside Kornegay Arena. The...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Rosewood 14 19 17 8 -- 58 North Duplin 7 18 15 12 -- 52 NORTH DUPLIN (4-16) Breyon Johnson 4 0 2-3 10, James Kornegay 1 1 0-0 5, Konner Brock 2 1 2-3 9, Daron Goodman 2...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Grace Christian 80, Wayne Christian 49 * RALEIGH -- Wayne Christian had it season come to a close with an 80-49 loss to Grace Christian of Raleigh in the first round of the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference boys'...

Krentz's shot eliminates Goldsboro

Daniel Krentz emerged as the unlikely hero as Spring Creek handed Goldsboro a 48-46 loss in the opening round of the Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament on Tuesday night. The Gators advance to play Ayden-Grifton on Thursday night. The...

Pressure defense bothers Saints

Defense is not a one-player act. Just ask Eastern Wayne. Eleven different Warriors recorded at least one steal apiece in an 80-25 triumph over Southern Wayne during their opening-round game of the 2012 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball tournament...

Trojan men turn back East Division archrival

MOUNT OLIVE -- At least for one more night, Kornegay Arena rocked the way it did in days of old. Mount Olive got big-game efforts out of its veterans and rode the emotion of a boisterous, standing-room-only crowd to a...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CUSA-Mountain West

AP College Football Writer Members of Conference USA and current and future members of the Mountain West are taking a bigger-is-better approach to college sports leagues. The 16 schools announced plans Monday to form a new league that will begin...

Southern Wayne-N. Lenoir

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne easily survived the "danger" game. The Saints used a pair of first-half offensive surges to eliminate North Lenoir, 71-47, in opening-round play of the 2012 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Monday evening. Chris Artis...

Tuesday preps

Swimming Eagles battle in CCC meet * RALEIGH -- The Wayne Christian girls' swim team captured third place overall and the boys placed fourth during the season-ending Carolina Christian 1-A Conference championship meet Monday evening. The girls' 200-yard freestyle relay...

Carolina 1-A girls first round

Messenger Sports Writer Both of the higher seeds advanced and both lower seeds saw their season come to an end. Fourth-seeded Ayden-Grifton rolled past fifth-seeded North Duplin 50-18 in the opening game of the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament...

C.B. Aycock-Eastern Wayne boys

Eastern Wayne made the proper adjustments. Charles B. Aycock saw its season come to an end. The Warriors tightened up defensively in the second half and earned a 72-59 victory on Monday night in the quarterfinals of the Eastern Carolina...

Monday, February 13, 2012

MOC downs Wingate baseball

MOC Sports Information WINGATE -- No. 1-ranked Mount Olive posted four eighth-inning runs and Talton Cherry retired the final four batters he faced during a come-from-behind, 10-8 victory over Wingate on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans won the three-game series 2-1....

MOC tennis rolls

MOC Sports Information FAYETTEVILLE -- The Mount Olive College men's and women's tennis teams each posted a 2-0 record against non-conference opposition this past weekend. The Trojan men blitzed Chowan University 9-0 on Saturday and dispatched Division III Methodist University,...

Wingate softball outlasts MOC

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College right-hander Christie Wright tossed a complete-game one-hitter, but defensive miscues led to three unearned runs in a 3-1, opening-game loss to Wingate on Sunday afternoon. Alexis Burrell's grand slam home run...

Local digest

Girls' basketball Faith Christian-RM 58, Wayne Christian 39 * ROCKY MOUNT -- Courtney Barrow posted a double-double, but Wayne Christian ended regular-season play with a 58-39, non-conference loss at Faith Christian of Rocky Mount on Saturday afternoon. Barrow buried two...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Preps digest: Rosewood girls stop Princeton in overtime

Girls' basketball Rosewood 52, Princeton 51 * PRINCETON -- Rosewood hit big shots at critical times en route to a 52-51 overtime victory over archrival Princeton on Friday night. The Dawgs built a 13-2 lead after one quarter as the...

Thornton, Eagles upend archrival

PRINCETON -- Leave it to Rosewood to spoil archrival Princeton's senior night. The Eagles got a huge game from Zach Thornton and held off a late charge for a 64-58 win over the Bulldawgs in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season...

No. 1-ranked Trojans, Bulldogs split twinbill

WINGATE -- Jake Moser allowed only one earned run and four hits through seven innings and Mount Olive's offense built an 11-run lead as the No. 1-ranked Trojans posted a 13-8 victory over Wingate in the opening game of...

Spring Creek boys continue late-season surge

CALYPSO -- Spring Creek is playing its best basketball at the right time. The Gators executed their half-court offense effectively and placed four scorers in double figures in a 68-57 win Friday evening at North Duplin. It was the Carolina...

Friday's prep basketball boxes

BOYS Ayden-Grifton 14 5 27 10 -- 56 Goldsboro 18 12 12 13 -- 55 AYDEN-GRIFTON (15-6, 8-2) Trayvon Fleary 1 1 0-0 5, Rondell Bell 3 2 2-2 14, Jahkevas Edwards 1 0 1-3 4, Deshaun Payton 5 1...

Trojans sweep Mercyhurst, off to 4-0 start

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's Robbin Kennedy delivered three hits and two RBI, and pitcher Christie Wright tossed a five-hitter as the Trojans remained undefeated with a 9-1 win over Mercyhurst (Pa.) University in game one of their doubleheader...

MOC men's volleyball dealt another five-set loss

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Alex Rivero matched his career high with 18 kills for the second consecutive match, but it wasn't enough to prevent Mount Olive from suffering its second straight five-set loss -- a 21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 15-10...

Gary pours in career-high 21 as MOC women drub Converse

MOUNT OLIVE -- Joneiqua Gary hit six 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 21 points off the bench, and Mount Olive College cruised past Converse (S.C.) College, 82-46, in a Conference Carolinas women's basketball game Saturday afternoon. Andrea...

Goldsboro girls polish off 3rd straight Carolina 1-A regular-season crown

The aggressive team showed up. And LaTina Bullock couldn't have been more happier. Goldsboro High deflected passes, forced turnovers and controlled the boards in a dominating 59-22 victory over Ayden-Grifton inside Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium on Friday evening. The Cougars...

Ayden-Grifton boys deny Goldsboro's upset bid

Goldsboro had its chances. Ayden-Grifton created its own fortune. Brandon Whitaker drained the game-winning basket with 8 seconds remaining, and the Chargers escaped Norvell T. Lee Gymnasium with a 56-55 victory in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both...

Aycock's Davis headed to William Peace University

Connor Davis doesn't have to worry about the growing expense of softball after this spring. There will be no more new bats to buy. Those worn-out gloves can be tossed in the trash. She doesn't need new cleats, either. And...

Cole, Vick, Darden battle in state 1-A/2-A swim meet

CARY -- Goldsboro High's Logan Cole recorded a pair of top-seven finishes during the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A men's swimming championships. A junior, Cole touched the wall seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.7 seconds...

Friday, February 10, 2012

North Lenoir rallies knocks off Eastern Wayne

Eastern Wayne left the door cracked. North Lenoir kicked it down. Braxton Davis sank two free throws with three seconds remaining and the Hawks erased a 12-point first-half deficit for a 55-53 win in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play Thursday...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS North Lenoir 7 11 24 13 -- 55 Eastern Wayne 15 10 11 17 -- 53 NORTH LENOIR (3-21, 3-9) Billy Summers 1 0 0-6 2, Jaquan Williams 2 0 3-6 7, Reggie Rouse 3 0 0-0 6, Jauquez...

Outlaw emerges offensive leader

DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock entered its regular-season finale looking to upset county rival Southern Wayne on senior night Wednesday. The Saints simply would have none of it. Ronnell Outlaw scored 17 of his game-high 28 points in the third...

Effort displeases Stocks

"Oh, we gotta play better than this." That thought constantly flashed through Jeff Stocks' mind as his uninspired Faith Christian basketball team slipped past Liberty-Durham, 55-46, in non-region action Thursday evening. And with N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A region...

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball C.B. Aycock 41, Southern Wayne 18 * DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock wrapped up its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season title with a 41-18 win over Southern Wayne on Thursday. The Golden Falcons controlled the game...

Connolly caps prep career

CARY -- Charles B. Aycock's Bryce Connolly capped her outstanding prep career with a pair of top-15 finishes in the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A swimming championships Thursday afternoon. A senior, Connolly touched the wall 15th...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Trojan women wake up in 2nd half against Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- A tale of two halves. And what a second half Tamara Nesmith had Wednesday evening. The JUCO transfer knocked down 12 of her game-high 20 points and finished with a double-double as Mount Olive turned back in-state...

Devin Hall repeats as 3-A state champion in 1-meter diving

CARY -- Wrapped in towels and arms crossed, they gathered together as the meet director read the final results. Devin Hall closed his eyes. He listened as the meet director revealed the scores for the 1-meter diving competition and wondered...

Higginbotham: Defense pivotal in win over Pfeiffer

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive used an impressive defensive effort to slow down Conference Carolinas rival Pfeiffer on Wednesday night. The Trojans held the Falcons to just 45-percent shooting and pulled out a 78-64 win. The victory avenged a loss...

Cougar matmen oust C.B. Aycock

CAMERON -- South Brunswick triumphed in seven of eight contested matches and eliminated Charles B. Aycock, 43-30, from the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team playoffs. The Cougars, the No. 1 seed from the Waccamaw Conference, advanced...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hall repeats as champion

Charles B. Aycock High School sophomore Devin Hall has repeated today as the NCHSAA 3A 1-meter diving state champion. See Thursday's News-Argus for the complete story....

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 71, Spring Creek 25 * SEVEN SPRINGS -- Goldsboro clinched its third consecutive Class 1-A Carolina Conference regular-season championship with a 71-25 win Tuesday night at Spring Creek. Kasheika Wallace led the Cougars with 16 points and...

WCDS boys cruise by Faith-RM

Four seniors took advantage of their last chance to grab a victory on their home floor. Wayne Country Day used a huge first quarter to grab the lead and cruised to an 81-50 win over Coastal Plains Independent Conference opponent...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Faith-RM 5 13 15 17 -- 50 Wayne Country Day 28 12 26 15 -- 81 FAITH OF ROCKY MOUNT (8-12, 2-6) Dustin Hendricks 0 2 1-2 7, Christian Davis 1 5 0-0 17, Trey Perry 2 0 1-1...

Good start vaults MOC

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- On the strength of its season-opening three-game sweep, Mount Olive College seized the No. 1 ranking in the initial regular-season Collegiate Baseball Division II top 30 poll on Tuesday. The Trojans (3-0 overall) swept...

MOC-UNCP boxscore

Game 1 UNC Pembroke 000 040 0 -- 4 6 0 Mount Olive 201 100 2 -- 6 11 2 Two outs when game-winning run scored. Leading hitters -- UNC Pembroke -- Brea Hartley 3-3, RBI; Karlee Wilson 1-3, HR,...

Pfeiffer rallies, stuns Trojans

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- A pair of call reversals on back-to-back plays helped Mount Olive College save three match points, but in-state rival Pfeiffer University completed its comeback from a two-set deficit with a 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14,...

Wright, Smith help MOC claim two victories

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive raised the curtain on its 2012 softball season in dramatic fashion Tuesday evening. Christie Wright capped an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a seventh-inning, walk-off home run to give the Trojans a 6-4 win over UNC Pembroke...

Spring Creek takes down reeling Cougars

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's seniors put another feather in their cap. Goldsboro's head-scratching slump continued. Senior Drelan Trent scored the go-ahead layup with 37 seconds left and the Gators rallied for a 45-42 win in "The Swamp" on Tuesday...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Glass claims two individual victories for WCDS

Robert Glass emerged victorious in two individual events, and Wayne Country Day recorded five top-11 times in the girls' 100-yard freestyle during a swim meet Monday inside B.G. Darden Natatorium. Glass touched the wall first in 27.72 seconds in...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Higginbotham: Let frustrating season go

Replacing individual parts to keep the machine humming hasn't been Mount Olive's problem on the softball diamond during Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham's tenure as head coach. It's figuring out how to avoid sputtering at the wrong time. The Trojans had trouble closing...

Burns paces Eagles

Girls' basketball Rosewood 61, Spring Creek 42 * SEVEN SPRINGS -- Alicia Burns led three players in double figures with 19 points, and Rosewood pulled away down the stretch during a 61-42 victory over Spring Creek on Friday evening. Logan...

Trojans fall to Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Strong competition makes you better. Let's just hope it doesn't ruin your pyschy. Mount Olive extended Ohio State to an extra set point, but dropped a 25-16, 25-17, 26-24 decision to the reigning NCAA Division...

Focused Golden Falcons successfully defend title

CLAYTON -- Khaleil Owens joined an elite group. Teammate Preston Tucker is knocking on the door to do the same. Meanwhile, Charles B. Aycock denied Cleveland the conference "sweep." Owens grabbed the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestler-of-the-year award and the...

Chargers ground Eagles' matmen

It's official. Ayden-Grifton has become Rosewood's newest nemesis on the wrestling mat. Less than one month after wrenching the regular-season, dual-team wrestling crown from the Eagles' talons, the Chargers completed the Class 1-A Carolina/4 Rivers/Tideland Athletic Conference sweep Saturday afternoon...

Mercurio collects 7 RBI

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College junior Mike Mercurio slugged a grand slam and collected seven RBI, while Zach Smith held Lenoir-Rhyne to just one hit over six innings in a 16-1 victory on a drizzly Sunday...

C.B. Aycock's Hall crowned 1-meter diving champion

Devin Hall adjusted the tension wheel, stepped toward the end of the diving board, turned his back to the pool and took a deep breath. His toes turning white from clinging to the edge, Hall pushed off and barely made...

Cougars send four to state meet

CARY -- Another week of workouts. Another chance to add to Goldsboro High's record books. The Cougars' foursome of Logan Cole, Timmy Vick, Zach Darden and Steven Morton turned in consistent performances during the Classes 1-A/2-A Eastern Regional swim meet...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Princeton bites back at Goldsboro

PRINCETON -- Princeton head coach Jeff Davis did not have to say much to motivate his basketball team Friday evening. Goldsboro was the opponent and the history between the two squads was motivation enough. The Bulldogs jumped ahead in the...

Local Preps Digest

Boys basketball C.B. Aycock 76, Eastern Wayne 60 * Michael Williams poured in a game-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and inspired Charles B. Aycock dismantled Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference rival Eastern Wayne, 78-60, on Friday evening. The Golden...

Trojans win in overtime

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION BELMONT -- Mount Olive saw a 20-point second-half lead disappear, but Ty Wallace's basket with 3:32 left in overtime put the Trojans ahead to stay for a 73-68 victory over Belmont Abbey in Conference Carolinas women's basketball...

MOC sweeps doubleheader

MOUNT OLIVE -- Geno Escalante made the most of his Mount Olive College debut and powered the Trojans to a double header sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne at Scarborough Field. Mount Olive won the first game 9-5 and claimed game two 7-6....

Mount Olive's six-game winning streak snapped

MOC SPORTS INFORMATION BELMONT -- Mount Olive cut a 20-point deficit down to a field goal over the final nine minutes, but the comeback fell short as the Trojans had their six-game winning streak come to an end with an...

EW girls stun Aycock

Don't give up. Hustle. Avenge a loss. Najah Muhammed drained the game-winning free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining, and Eastern Wayne shocked county rival Charles B. Aycock, 41-40, on Friday evening. The Warriors denied the Golden Falcons' bid to clinch...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Stevens: Giants get hot at right time behind Manning, defense

At 7-7 in mid-December, their playoff hopes on life support and with a coach on the hot seat, the New York Giants hardly seemed destined for the Super Bowl. Five straight wins later, the Giants are making their second Super...

Francis Marion beats Trojans on tennis courts

MOUNT OLIVE -- The Mount Olive College men's and women's tennis teams launched their home schedule with a doubleheader loss against Southeast Region foe Francis Marion (S.C.) University on a blustery Thursday afternoon. The Trojan men fell 8-1 to...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mount Olive baseball preview

A pitching staff that has more questions than answers. A lineup absent of a power hitter. Picked second in the Conference Carolinas preseason poll. The Mount Olive College baseball team definitely finds itself in unfamiliar territory heading into this season....

Thursday preps

Boys' basketball Wayne Country Day 63, East Wake Academy 22 * Wayne Country Day scored 23 unanswered points during a stretch of the first half and rolled to a 63-22, non-conference win over East Wake Academy on Wednesday night. Deshar...

GC-Rosewood wrestling

SNOW HILL -- Quadre Ayers returned to the mat and perennial dual-team wrestling powerhouse Rosewood dispatched Greene Central, 69-12, in the regular-season finale for both teams Wednesday evening. The Eagles reeled off nine consecutive wins, starting with Angel Jaramillo's...

MOC-Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Derek Staton tallied a game-high 23 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half, and Mount Olive defeated Coker College, 70-64, in a Conference Carolinas men's basketball game Wednesday evening. The Trojans extended...

East Wake Academy-Wayne Country Day girls

To whom much is given, much is required. That message will last with Wayne Country Day's girls' basketball team much longer than the memories from Wednesday night's 53-36 win over visiting East Wake Academy. Chargers' head coach Eric Perry made...

CBA-Southern Wayne wrestling

DUDLEY -- Charles B. Aycock prevailed in four of six individual contested bouts, drew eight forfeits and handed Southern Wayne a 72-12 defeat on the wrestling mat Wednesday evening. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A regular-season finale for both...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Late turnovers doom Southern Wayne boys

DUDLEY -- Eastern Wayne, for the second consecutive season, got the best of county archrival Southern Wayne on the hardwood. The result will likely have a bigger impact on the Saints' chances to claim the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference title,...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Cleveland 12 17 15 14 -- 58 C.B. Aycock 7 6 18 16 -- 47 CLEVELAND (5-15, 3-7) Jourdan Sanders 1 0 4-7 5, Jarrod Sealey 4 0 5-5 13, Bobby Stenberg 3 0 2-2 8, Jeremiah David 1...

Cleveland pins Eastern Wayne

Short-handed and youthful Eastern Wayne followed its head coach's advice and challenged a strong Cleveland team through the early matches Tuesday evening. The Warriors grappled aggressively and rode senior night emotions as long as they could. But Cleveland was just...

Local preps digest

Boys' basketball Rosewood 60, Goldsboro 45 * Rosewood executed efficiently in its half-court offense and earned a critical 60-45 win over two-time defending Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season champion Goldsboro on Tuesday evening. Zach Thornton paced the Eagles with 21 points....

Aycock 'D' smothers Rams

PIKEVILLE -- A balanced offensive attack. Sound, fundamental defense. A key conference victory. Charles B. Aycock overcame a slow start and played smothering defense in a 38-14 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference win over Cleveland Tuesday night. The victory helped the...

Cleveland-E. Wayne wrestling box

Cleveland 60 Eastern Wayne 21 132 -- Delaney Ahola (C) by forfeit; 138 -- Craig Smith (EW) dec. Josiah Evans, 12-9; 146 -- Darrian Adkins (EW) wbf Josh Williams, 3:39; 152 -- Alex Pilkington (C) pin Austin Helm, 2:53; 160...