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Thursday, May 31, 2012

MOC baseball trio honored

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College junior catcher Geno Escalante, senior first baseman Jacob Rogers and junior shortstop Mike Mercurio have earned more All-America honors this spring. The trio garnered recognition by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers...

Davis family shares special year

There are a handful of moments throughout the course of a relationship between a father and daughter that hold a meaning all their own. From first steps, to graduations and wedding days there are memories that bond a dad and...

Hunter Barnett signs with MOC

Once Hunter Barnett took "the call," he couldn't say "yes" fast enough. The caller? Carl Lancaster from Mount Olive. Barnett signed a national letter-of-intent to play baseball for the Trojans, who just completed a 44-win season that included a Southeast...

Foard and C.B. Aycock ready for battle

The silence spoke volumes on that short bus ride home from Kenly in early March. Charles B. Aycock's softball team had just let a victory slip from its talons against perennial powerhouse North Johnston. "You could tell that we were...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wayne County Blazers AAU 13s finish 2-2 in weekend play

GREENSBORO -- PJ Hill suffered a tournament-ending injury in the second game and the Wayne County Blazers AAU 13-year-old squad logged a 2-2 worksheet during the USSSA State Basketball Tournament contested at the Greensboro Coliseum. Hill collected eight points and...

Pirates get at-large bid to Chapel Hill regional

GREENVILLE -- Full of tension and anxiety, East Carolina's baseball team gathered inside its meeting room at Clark-LeClair Stadium and watched the unveiling of the 64-team NCAA tournament Monday afternoon. The Pirates soon exhaled a huge sigh of relief. Despite...

Lane Tree Ladies Golf

Lane Tree Ladies * Lou Ellen Flowers claimed game-of-the-week honors on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Teresa Shearin earned low net and low gross, while Nan Jarrell won low putts....

DuBose has been leader in postseason

All of the players on the Charles B. Aycock baseball team lingered around the field to celebrate following the team's win over Eastern Alamance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A eastern baseball regional. The player with the biggest...

CBA softball seniors -- Leaders in the Golden Falcons' nest

The Charles B. Aycock softball team is a perfect example that a family in harmony will prosper in everything. Boy, the Golden Falcons are certainly singing a glorious tune these days. Five seniors -- Connor Davis, Misty Edwards, Ivy Hartzell,...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Escalante, Rogers make Daktronics All-America team

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive's Geno Escalante and Jacob Rogers have been named to the 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America baseball team. Escalante received first-team accolades, while Rogers was chosen to the second team. The duo helped the...

Pirates earn tournament nod

GREENVILLE -- Full of tension and anxiety, East Carolina's baseball team gathered inside its meeting room at Clark-LeClair Stadium and watched the unveiling of the 64-team NCAA tournament. The Pirates soon exhaled a huge sigh of relief. Despite its season-ending...

Aycock's three-pitcher rotation does the job

Experience matters in the postseason, and for the pitchers of the Charles B. Aycock baseball team, the valuable knowledge of working all three days of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional playoff series could pay off big...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wayne County beats Post 13

WILSON -- Despite struggling with runners in scoring position, Wayne County Post 11 scratched out another Senior Legion baseball victory Sunday afternoon. First-year head coach Jason Sherrer hopes the trend ends soon. Jacob Sasser supplied a pivotal mid-game double and...

Post 11 leaves runners aboard, but triumphs

Wayne County 300 002 002 -- 7 8 1 Wilson 020 001 000 -- 3 8 2 Leading hitters -- Wayne County -- Zack Mozingo 2-3, 2 RBI; Will Winslow RBI; Jacob Sasser 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Ashton Cox 1-3;...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

C.B. Aycock defeats Eagles, advances to NCHSAA 3-A baseball championship series

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock will play for the state championship. The Golden Falcons scored first and held on for a 5-4 win over Eastern Alamance in the deciding game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional...

C.B. Aycock-Eastern Alamance baseball box

Eastern Alamance 000 100 3 -- 4 7 1 C.B. Aycock 300 020 x -- 5 6 2 Leading hitters -- Eastern Alamance -- Nick Monroe 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Robbie Lanier 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Ridge Eaton 2-3; Cody...

Aycock erases 2011 memory, advances to state championship series in softball

ELON -- The memory of a second-round playoff loss to Wilson Hunt last season has driven Charles B. Aycock's five seniors all season long. The Golden Falcons took a giant step toward erasing those demons with a series-clinching 5-4 win...

C.B. Aycock-Western Alamance softball box

2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A East Regional Championship Series (at Western Alamance Middle School) Game 2 C.B. Aycock 110 300 0 -- 5 6 1 Western Alamance 300 001 0 -- 4 9 1 Golden Falcons win...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Golden Falcons blank W. Alamance, 1-0

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock finds itself right where it hoped to be -- in the driver's seat. Brooke Bell pitched another complete-game shutout and the Golden Falcons defeated Western Alamance 1-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three N.C. High...

Wayne County rallies late, nips Duplin-Sampson, 11-10

DUDLEY -- The clock crept toward the midnight hour. Some fans yawned and glanced at their watches. Others packed up their chairs and headed for the parking lot. Those who stuck around watched Wayne County Post 11 rally for an...

Eagles' Monroe shuts down CBA

PIKEVILLE -- Nick Monroe dominated from the opening pitch. Eastern Alamance's tough right-hander tossed a no-hitter as the Eagles downed Charles B. Aycock 6-0 in the opening game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A East Regional championship series...

Eastern Alamance-CB Aycock box

Eastern Alamance 300 100 2 -- 6 6 0 C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 -- 0 0 3 Leading hitters -- Eastern Alamance -- Jake Wood 1-3, 2B, RBI; Zack Little 2-4; Robbie Lanier 1-4, HR, 3 RBI; Mike Waters...

Duplin-Post 11 box

Duplin Co. 300 300 040 00 -- 10 9 2 Wayne Co. 030 011 005 01 -- 11 10 6 Leading hitters -- Duplin County -- Cody Bushslinger 2-4; James Kornegay 2-5, RBI; Cliff Koenig 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Cedric...

Deacons knock off Wolfpack

Courtesy theACC.com GREENSBORO -- Sophomore Jack Fischer threw a career-high, eight-plus innings and seventh-seeded Wake Forest dumped North Carolina State, 7-3, during second-day action in the 2012 ACC baseball tournament at NewBridge Bank Park. The Deacons (33-23 overall) face Miami...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CBA baseball ready for regional battle

Charles B. Aycock players gathered up their equipment, stopped for quick hugs, congratulatory handshakes and pictures outside the dugout after a miraculous comeback win over West Brunswick on Tuesday evening. The celebration ended there. There's still some unfinished business. The...

C.B. Aycock-Havelock softball box

Havelock 000 000 0 -- 0 4 0 C.B. Aycock 100 010 X -- 2 7 1 Leading hitters -- Havelock -- Maryann Hoskins 1-3, Ellen Tillman 1-2, Birttany Craig 1-3, Taylor Forehand 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Brooke Bell 3-3,...

C.B. Aycock softball defeats Havelock

PIKEVILLE -- Brooke Bell wasn't waiting around for her offense to provide some run support. She went out and delivered it herself. Bell hit a first-inning solo home run and pitched a masterful complete game in Charles B. Aycock's 2-0...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chargers' athletes recognized

Athletes from Wayne Country Day were recognized for their outstanding achievements during a season-ending, spring sports ceremony Monday evening. Seniors Catherine Ford and Mack Thompson shared the female Sam Patrick Award, which honors a life-time athlete. Senior three-sport letter-winner...

Eagles' historic run concludes

NEWTON GROVE -- One Cinderella story had to end. Hobbton scored three runs in the third inning and held on for a 3-2 win over Rosewood in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state softball playoffs on Tuesday night....

Rosewood-Hobbton box

Rosewood 001 100 0 -- 2 4 4 Hobbton 003 000 x -- 3 6 0 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Jordan Dubose 1-4, 2B, RBI; Anna Ingram 1-2; Laura Vinson 1-2, RBI; Alicia Burns 1-3. Hobbton -- Taylor Bowden...

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CBA-W. Brunswick box

C.B. Aycock 001 001 2 -- 4 7 1 West Brunswick 003 000 0 -- 3 6 2 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Adam Pate 1-4, RBI; Cameron Taylor 1-3, RBI; Collin DuBose 2-3, RBI; Justin Barbour 1-3; Bryant...

Golden Falcons rally in seventh

SHALLOTTE -- Deal with adversity. Play as a team. Have some fun. It's become a late-season mantra that's worked wonders for Charles B. Aycock and practically befuddled opponents in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A baseball playoffs. The...

Stevens: May, Wise inspired respective teammates entire baseball season

We live in a world notorious for verbally placing the same importance on effort as we do on results. Children are taught from an early age to "do their best" and to "not worry about whether they win or lose,...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Aycock baseball, softball advance

Baseball C.B. Aycock 9, Currituck County 4 * BARCO -- Collin DuBose mashed a second-inning, solo home run and Charles B. Aycock handed Currituck County a season-ending, 9-4 loss during third-round action in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A...

WCDS boxes

2012 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A Semifinals (at Fleming Stadium, Wilson) Friday's game W. Country Day 000 000 4 -- 4 3 3 Greenfield 110 010 0 -- 3 9 2 Leading hitters -- Wayne Country Day --...

Warriors sweep series

WILSON -- After a dramatic, made-for-Hollywood victory over a long-time nemesis, Wayne Country Day had hoped to write a sequel against a perennial prep baseball powerhouse. Lawrence Academy ruined the script. The Warriors penned another state-title season instead with 11-1...

Softball boxes

Perquimans 200 100 0 -- 3 6 2 Rosewood 002 022 x -- 6 9 0 Leading hitters -- Perquimans -- Shelby Spruill 2-3, HR, RBI; Breann Fields 1-2; Danielle Baccas 1-2, RBI; Amber Stallings 1-3, RBI; Katie Copeland 1-4....

Rosewood moves within one win from first-ever trip to Walnut Creek

If this is Shay Campbell's idea of a debut season, he's setting the bar awfully high for next year's encore. Campbell, Rosewood's first-year head coach, watched his Eagles overcome an early 2-0 deficit and defeat Perquimans 6-3 on Friday night...

Late mistakes haunt Bulldogs in season-ending loss to Perquimans

PRINCETON -- After waiting three days to play a second-round state playoff game, Princeton's season took a dramatic turn in a blink of an eye. Perquimans took advantage of two costly mistakes by the Bulldogs in the top of the...

Painter's late home run stuns Trojans

MOUNT OLIVE -- Lander University freshman Colby Painter got the biggest hit of his young college baseball career and Lander upset Mount Olive on the opening day of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon. A last at-bat...

Catawba eliminates Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- The lucky yellow jerseys did not do the trick for Mount Olive College this season. After a loss to Lander University on a late home run, the Trojans donned their nostalgic "glory gold" tops against Catawba College....

Massey likes team's chances for another good year

When assessing a team's players, it's typical to begin with strengths, but fourth-year Wayne County Post 11 assistant coach Jackson Massey thinks this year's 20-player squad may well be defined by talent, depth and versatility. All those characteristics will prove...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Escalante, Rogers get region POY accolades

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Geno Escalante seized the 2012 Daktronics Division II baseball Southeast Region player-of-the-year award, while teammate Jacob Rogers shared the 2012 NCBWA Division II baseball Southeast Region player-of-the-year plaque. It's the second straight year two...

Long day ahead at Southeast Regional

MOUNT OLIVE -- Heavy rain and thunderstorms suspended play between Catawba College and Tusculum (Tenn.) College in the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Thursday evening. Play resumed this at 10 this morning with Catawba leading 3-2 after...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Where there's a Will -- Bynum carves spot in starting lineup

Too often athletes choose colleges based on conditional factors and then realize that they are not happy after a year or two. Will Bynum has no such worries. The sophomore is getting exactly what he signed up for at Mount...

Coach's doubts erased once players find their groove

Sitting in the comfort and warmth of the press box one winter afternoon, Mount Olive College head baseball coach Carl Lancaster peered out the window and watched his team work out. The players' work ethic, desire to compete and will...

Dillon, Moser, Smith --Trio has emerged as Trojans' pitching leaders

It is officially time to get down to business. And for Mount Olive College pitching coach Jason Sherrer and his staff of young arms, the Southeast Regional marks the beginning of what the team hopes will be another run to...

Trojans' 'Hit' Man: Escalante takes 44-game hit streak into Southeast Regional

Geno Escalante may be California dreaming, but nothing could be finer than to be in North Carolina right now. The junior college transfer hasn't found the surf and sand to be any different on the East coast after spending one...

Chargers' turnaround started after late-March loss

A quarterfinal-round appearance in the 2011 baseball playoffs didn't sit too well with Wayne Country Day during the offseason. The Chargers let close contests slip away. Head coach Michael Taylor felt his team had learned from those difficult defeats and...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Local Preps Digest

Baseball C.B. Aycock 5, Jacksonville 3 * JACKSONVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock got two important insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning and hung on for a 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Jacksonville in the second round...

Davis swats walk-off home run ... again

Wayne Country Day head baseball coach Michael Taylor wanted to get a runner on base, play small ball and put pressure on Epiphany's defense. Cole Davis had a simpler, more efficient plan. The senior co-captain mashed a walk-off home run...

Fike-Aycock softball box

Wilson Fike 000 00 -- 0 2 4 C.B. Aycock 480 0x -- 12 8 0 Leading hitters -- Wilson Fike -- Kendal Reaves 1-2, 2B; Crystal Capps 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Brooke Bell 2-3, 2 RBI; Ivy Hartzell 1-2,...

Eagles' Adams places third in 1-A

The Associated Press BUIES CREEK -- Rosewood's Nick Adams shot a second-day 5-under par 67 and finished third overall during the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's golf championships. Adams compiled a two-day, 36-hole score of 141...

prep baseball boxes

Currituck County 000 101 0 -- 2 6 1 Eastern Wayne 000 100 0 -- 1 2 3 Leading hitters -- Currituck County -- Jawan Harvey 2-3, Wayne Twiford 2-3, Tyler Schuster 1-2, RBI, Kyle Spruill 1-3. Eastern Wayne --...

Wooten, Wright pace ECU

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- John Wooten matched his career high with a four-hit outing and Zach Wright swatted a home run during East Carolina's 13-1 thrashing of in-state rival High Point University on Tuesday evening. It was the Pirates'...

Currituck takes 2-1 win

There were tears, hugs and seniors reluctant to take their jersey off one last time. This was not the way Eastern Wayne envisioned its season coming to a close. Tyler Schuster's RBI triple drove home the go-ahead run in the...

C.B. Aycock throttles Fike

PIKEVILLE -- Total domination. That is the only way to describe the Charles B. Aycock's 12-0 softball victory over Wilson Fike in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A softball playoffs on Tuesday night. C.B. Aycock...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sam Parrish signs with Louisburg

As one of only four seniors on Charles B. Aycock's girls' soccer team, Sam Parrish has learned to be comfortable in her role as a "big sister." It's about time for big sister to pack her bags and head out...

Princeton's Russell Williamson retires

Wednesday will signal the end of an era for the Princeton High School football program. It will be Russell Williamson's first day of retirement. The head coach of the Bulldawgs announced his resignation Tuesday and plans to finish the school...

Rosewood stops Pender's late rally

Rosewood thwarted a late-inning rally and handed perennial powerhouse Pender County a 6-4 in opening-round play of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A softball playoffs Friday evening. It was the Eagles' first-ever postseason win in the program's fast-pitch...

Rosewood's Adams shares 4th place after 1st round

Boys' golf Adams shares 4th place * BUIES CREEK -- Rosewood sophomore Nick Adams finished opening-round play with a 2-over par 74 and shares fourth place overall after day one of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A men's...

Mount Olive baseball awarded Southeast Regional

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Goal No. 2 accomplished. Now on to goal No. 3. A week of sweating out how a series-opening loss to Newberry (S.C.) College would affect its regional fate, Mount Olive College finally got the...

Fitzpatrick, Cuddington earn all-state accolades

BURLINGTON -- Conference and regional champions Chaz Fitzpatrick and Dylan Cuddington each earned all-state accolades due to top-four finishes in the season-ending, N.C. High School Athletic Association men's singles tennis championships. Fitzpatrick, a three-time eastern regional champion, started his state-title...

Faith Christian softball takes 3rd in NCCSA 2-A state tournament

KINSTON -- Reaching the N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A final four has become old hat for the Faith Christian softball team. But that state title has become elusive, too. The Conquerors opened tournament play with an error-filled, 11-9 loss...

Faith Christian baseball finishes 4th in NCCSA 2-A tournament

KINSTON -- This was not the finish Faith Christian's baseball team envisioned when it set its preseason goals in early March. No sir, not at all. The Conquerors breezed through N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A eastern region opponents with...

Princeton's Craft-Hawley sign with Methodist

Two friends and teammates got to see a dream come true when they signed their respective letters of intent to play football at Methodist University this week. James Hawley and Tyler Craft will continue their education and their playing careers...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Eastern Wayne baseball defeats West Craven

Good things come to those who wait. Patience at the plate paid off for Eastern Wayne on Friday evening. Wes Capps drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Hunter Barnett for the game-winning run...

Local digest

Baseball Wayne Country Day 11, North Hills Christian 1 * Wayne Country Day erupted for five first-inning runs and handed North Hills Christian an 11-1, mercy-rule loss in the opening round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A playoffs...

Spring Creek eliminates Wallace-Rose Hill

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek starter Duane Gurganus rolled along for five innings and the Gators' bats gave him plenty of run support to work with in a 10-0 win over Wallace-Rose Hill in the opening round of the N.C....

Rosewood soccer falls to Raleigh Charter

It wasn't a lack of effort that brought Rosewood's season to a close on Saturday evening. It was a lack of possession. Raleigh Charter dominated the possession and held the Eagles without a shot on goal in a 3-0 win...

Faith Christian can not overcome Union Grove

KINSTON -- Too many strikeouts. Stranded runners. Physical errors. All those factors led to a disappointing result for Faith Christian in semifinal-round play of the N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A state baseball tournament Friday afternoon. Tyler Sellers recorded three...

CBA downs West Carteret softball

PIKEVILLE -- Ho hum. One playoff foe eliminated. But Charles B. Aycock must play better than this. Four days after an emotional shutout victory over rival South Johnston in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament final, the Golden Falcons lacked...

Bryce Connolly headed to Campbell

An interest in animal sciences caused Bryce Connolly to carefully research two in-state universities -- Campbell and UNC Wilmington. Once the Charles B. Aycock senior completed her "homework," she decided that Campbell -- which is closer to home -- was...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Taylor hurls opening-round no-hitter

DUDLEY -- This one's for you, Kevin. An inspired Jeremy Taylor tossed a no-hitter and came within one batter of a perfect game in a 5-0, opening-round victory over Northern Nash in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A...

Southern Wayne-No. Nash box

Northern Nash 000 000 0 -- 0 0 1 Southern Wayne 311 000 x -- 5 6 0 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Keith Jones 1-3; Tyler Gainey 1-2, RBI; Ashton Cox 1-3, RBI; Taylor 1-2, RBI; Jacob Sasser...

Rosewood easily handles Hobbton

Hobbton wanted to take the air out of the ball and play for one goal. Rosewood made sure that the Wildcats' strategy was not going to work. The Eagles scored a pair of first-half goals and rolled to a 7-0...

Jordan signs with Barton College

A positive workout session and some encouragement from her older sister instantly hooked Rachel Jordan on the Barton College softball program. So when Bulldog head coach Sheryl Neff came calling with a national letter-of-intent in her hand, Jordan never hesitated....

Haggerty, Edwards prefer small-campus life ... for now

Spring Creek High School's basketball success over the past two seasons was tied primarily to two players. Adam Haggerty and Rashawn Edwards propelled the Gators' program to new heights on the court and the pair have accomplished a first during...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Faith Christian golfers Webber, Floars earn all-state honors

Boys' golf Conquerors conclude season * CLAYTON -- Faith Christian Academy's Bryce Webber and Blake Floars earned spots on the 2012 N.C. Christian Schools Association All-State golf team upon conclusion of the state tournament contested at The Neuse Golf Club....

NCISAA playoffs: Chargers, Eagles start baseball and soccer state title quests Friday

County archrivals Wayne Country Day and Wayne Christian learned their postseason fate when the 16-team field was announced for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A baseball playoffs late Wednesday evening. The Chargers, the co-automatic qualifiers from the...

Trojans' Rogers is Tino Martinez Award semifinalist; MOC drops to 2nd in SE Region poll

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College first baseman Jacob Rogers is among 55 semifinalists for the prestigious 2012 Tino Martinez Award, which recognizes the NCAA Division II national player of the year. Rogers' selection marks the third...

Cuddington pursuing history at 1-A state tennis tournament

Cynthia Cuddington felt switching from home school to public education would help benefit her youngest son, Dylan, as he prepared to adjust to college life. Dylan has undoubtedly made an easy transition. Not only has he grown as an individual,...

Darden would do it all over again, if he had the chance

Chase Darden and his dad sat down one day during the summer and talked about the Wayne Christian athlete playing four sports his senior year. The idea didn't seem too far-fetched. Darden embraced the challenge and set personal goals like...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Local Preps Digest

Girl's soccer Rocky Mount 6, Eastern Wayne 1 * ROCKY MOUNT -- Eastern Wayne had its season come to a close with a 6-1 loss on Tuesday night at Rocky Mount in the first round of the N.C. High School...

Faith Christian-Berean baseball box

Berean Christian 000 001 0 -- 1 2 7 Faith Christian 230 112 x -- 9 12 1 Leading hitters -- Berean Christian -- Ty Kim 1-3; Jordan Jackson 1-3. Faith Christian -- Brandon Jones 3-4; Trent Wise 4-4, 3...

MOC -- Valentina Urquiola

MOC Sports Information PACE, Fla. -- The first-ever women's golfer in Mount Olive College program history to compete in NCAA tournament play, Valentina Urquiola concluded her career with a school-record performance. Urquiola posted a program-best, 54-hole round of 231 and...

Elon hurlers issue free passes in 6th

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- East Carolina literally walked its way past in-state rival Elon University, 4-0, at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday evening. Scoreless through 51/2 innings, Pirates freshman Drew Reynolds drilled a lead-off single up the...

Aycock squanders early lead

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock just can't seem to bury those skeletons. Those old bones rattled and haunted the Golden Falcons once again during their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A girls' soccer playoff game Tuesday evening. Washington,...

CBA-Fike tennis box

2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A dual-team playoffs (at C.B. Aycock, Pikeville) Wilson Fike 6 C.B. Aycock 3 Singles: No. 1 Nick James (F) d. Will Hoff 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 Michael Kearney (CBA) d. Philip Packard 7-5,...

Fike shows experience in doubles play

PIKEVILLE -- Two evenly-matched teams exhibited consistent play in singles action Tuesday afternoon, but Wilson Fike was just a little bit better in doubles. The top-seeded tandem of Nick James-Connor Schmidt earned the match-clinching point in the Golden Demons' 6-3...

Faith Christian advances to state semis

Faith Christian's seven seniors have some unfinished business. The Conquerors took a step toward finishing that business with a 9-1 win over visiting Berean Christian on Tuesday afternoon in the N.C. Christian Schools Athletic Association 2-A eastern region state playoffs....

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jones-Rose claim Handy Mart championship

By RUDY COGGINS News-Argus Sports Editor MOUNT OLIVE -- Bradley Jones and Clark Rose set each other up for manageable putts during the 2012 Handy Mart/Mount Olive College Invitational. And they didn't miss many. The duo shot a blistering 16-under...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

WCDS rolls past Ridgecroft

A new defensive lineup. Strong play in the midfield. Wayne Country Day continued its late-season charge and celebrated senior day with a 10-0, non-conference triumph over long-time nemesis Ridgecroft on Tuesday afternoon. The Chargers (12-5-0 overall) extended their win streak...

WCDS-Greenfield baseball game suspended

Inclement weather forced the suspension of the Wayne Country Day-Greenfield game at historic Fleming Stadium on Friday evening. The Knights led 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning with the Chargers batting when play was halted. Play resumes Monday...

Epiphany shuts out WCDS on soccer pitch

NEW BERN -- Hayley Ward converted a breakaway in the 56th minute, and The Epiphany School shut out Wayne Country Day, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. It was the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams. The Chargers...

Wayne Christian-Grace Sanford box

2012 Carolina Christian Conference Championship (at Wayne Christian School) Grace-Sanford 200 020 -- 4 6 7 Wayne Christian 00(11) 021 -- 14 15 2 One out when game-ending run scored. Leading hitters -- Grace-Sanford -- Caleb Welborn 1-4; Micah Welborn...

Spring Creek locks up No. 2 seed from Carolina Conference

CALYPSO -- Spring Creek swept the regular-season series from North Duplin with a 9-2 victory on Friday night in the Carolina 1-A Conference finale for both teams. The Gators locked up the No. 2 seed and a home game in...

Smith gets natural hat trick in Rosewood-Princeton: Part III

MOUNT OLIVE -- Rosewood earned its revenge. Cory Smith collected a natural hat trick in the Eagles' 3-0 triumph over archrival Princeton at Amon Field on the Mount Olive College campus Friday evening. The Eagles (8-5-2 overall) clinched the...

Freshman "Brush"es aside archrival

PRINCETON -- A freshman "Brushed" aside any chances of Rosewood clinching the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' soccer championship outright Wednesday evening. Jessica Brush booted home the game-winning goal in the 78th minute, and Princeton earned a share of its second...

Friday's prep baseball boxes

Spring Creek 000 135 0 -- 9 9 1 North Duplin 002 000 0 -- 2 7 4 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Zach Harrell 1-3, RBI; Duane Gurganus 1-3, RBI; Chris Nichols 1-3, 2 RBI; Chad Spurgeon 1-3,...

Rebels roll past Gators on softball diamond

SEVEN SPRINGS -- North Duplin erupted for 24 runs in the first three innings combined and handed border rival Spring Creek a 25-6 loss in the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season finale for both teams Friday evening. The Rebels (10-9 overall,...

Williams likes Sandhill's up-tempo style of play

The opportunity to continue his basketball career and further his education at the same time was enticing in its own right to James Williams. The chance to play for a national champion was more than he could pass up. A...

Fitzpatrick three-peats in singles; Hoff-Kearney crowned East regional doubles champions

WILSON -- It was his day. Chaz Fitzpatrick stayed focus on every point and played four sets of phenomenal tennis Saturday on the Barton College Tennis Complex courts. The Eastern Wayne junior, for the third straight year, returned home as...

Defense key to Warriors' success in postseason

Eastern Wayne has captured four of the last five regular-season championships on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball scene. Now it's time to add a tournament crown. The top-seeded Warriors (14-6) entertain South Johnston, which earned a stunning shutout victory...

Clark's bunt single saves Pirates' senior day

ECU Sports Information GREENVILLE -- Philip Clark delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting East Carolina past Marshall, 8-7, in Conference USA play Saturday afternoon. Catcher Zach Wright, a Charles B. Aycock alum, got hit...

Eastern 3-A tennis regional agate

 WILSON -- Results from the 2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A eastern regional men's singles and doubles tournaments contested at the Barton College Tennis Complex: SINGLES First round: Nick James (Fike) d. Luke Harris (Washington) 6-0, 6-0;...

Aycock girls' soccer drops stunning loss to Cleveland

PIKEVILLE -- Friday night's Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girl's soccer tournament finals was supposed to be a culmination of Charles B. Aycock's season-long domination of its league opponents. Instead, it was an excruciating sequel to an all-too-familiar horror movie for...

Golden Falcons seeking trip to Walnut Creek

Charles B. Aycock is locked and loaded for another state championship run on the softball diamond, and once again proved this season there is never a shortage of talent in rural Pikeville. An unexpected second-round playoff loss in 2011 whetted...

Warrick sets new single-season goal-scoring record against Triton

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock keeps winning games. Cheyenne Warrick continues to break records. The Golden Falcons opened up a 5-0 lead by halftime and rolled to a 6-1 victory over Triton in the semifinals of the Eastern Carolina 3-A...

Goldsboro softball ends season with loss

Kayla Usher collected Goldsboro's lone hit in a season-ending, 11-0 mercy-rule loss to Carolina 1-A Conference foe Ayden-Grifton on Friday afternoon. Prior to the first pitch, the Cougars honored their lone senior -- four-year player Alyssa Richardson. The right-hander logged...

Wayne Christian wins 8th consecutive CCC baseball tournament crown

By RUDY COGGINS News-Argus Sports Editor The streak appeared in jeopardy until Mother nature intervened Friday evening. Wayne Christian gathered its collective breath during the 73-minute lightning delay and continued a tradition established by a previous senior class seven years...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wayne Christian advances to finals

Chandler Harrell threw a two-hitter and Wayne Christian handed Grace Christian of Raleigh a 12-2, mercy-rule defeat in semifinal-round play of the 2012 Carolina Christian 1-A Conference baseball tournament Thursday evening. The top-seeded Eagles (14-5 overall) oppose Grace Christian...

EW's Barnett tosses shutout

The only thing better than one ace is two. In his newfound role as Eastern Wayne's No. 1 starter, Hunter Barnett came through in his biggest start of the season thus far. Barnett tossed a complete-game shutout and Eastern Wayne...

Saints to face rival

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne got a gem from starting pitcher Jeremy Taylor and held on for a 2-1 win over North Lenoir in the semifinal round of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball tournament on Thursday night. Taylor allowed just...

Princeton ties Rosewood for league crown

PRINCETON -- Katlyn Peedin wasn't about to let archrival Rosewood spoil senior night, much less walk away as the outright Carolina 1-A Conference softball champion Thursday evening. So she made sure Princeton had something to celebrate. The senior first baseman...

Prep baseball boxes

North Lenoir 000 000 1 -- 1 2 3 Southern Wayne 000 200 x -- 2 4 0 Leading hitters -- North Lenoir -- Mikal Batts 1-3; Bryan Hardy 1-3, HR, RBI. Southern Wayne -- Ashton Cox 1-3; Keith Jones...

Trojans dominate spring, capture Hawn Cup competition

HIGH POINT -- Break out the polishing cloth. Mount Olive College has three new trophies to keep shiny in its ever-growing collection. The Trojans swept the 2012 Joby Hawn Cup competition, recording the highest rating of performance in men's and...

Local Preps Digest

Softball C.B. Aycock 7, Triton 0 * PIKEVILLE -- Top-seeded Charles B. Aycock won its 19th consecutive game and advanced to the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament finals with a 7-0 win over Triton on Thursday night. The Golden Falcons...

Hamilton named ECC track MVP

FOUR OAKS -- Southern Wayne junior Jane Hamilton emerged victorious in two sprint events and claimed Most Valuable Player honors during the season-ending, Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference women's track and field championships contested at South Johnston High School. Hamilton...

2012 ECC track championships -- agate

FOUR OAKS -- Results from the 2012 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference men's and women's track and field championships contested at South Johnston High School: MEN Team scores South Johnston 122 Cleveland 121 Triton 119 Eastern Wayne 60 C.B. Aycock 59...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Local Preps Digest

Girls' soccer Eastern Wayne 6, Southern Wayne 1 * Eastern Wayne built a 3-0 lead in the first half and went on to a 6-1 win over Southern Wayne on Tuesday night in the first round of the Eastern Carolina...

So. Wayne eliminates Triton, 5-1

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne got a solid pitching performance and earned a 5-1 victory over Triton in the opening round of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball tournament on Tuesday night. The Saints entertain North Lenoir in semifinal-round play Thursday....

South Johnston shocks C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- That highly-anticipated third meeting between Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne will have to wait. Lane Johnson pitched a complete-game shutout and South Johnston eliminated the Golden Falcons from the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference baseball tournament with a...

prep baseball boxes

South Johnston 002 023 0 -- 7 7 0 C.B. Aycock 000 000 0 -- 0 2 4 Leading hitters -- South Johnston -- Will Raynor 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Austin Lee 2-4, 3 RBI; Will Dupree 1-3; Bailey Coe...

MOC adds sixth player

Make it six. After a majority of its scoring attack will graduate this season, the Mount Olive College men's basketball team continues to build its 2012 recruiting class. Garett Burkhead is the newest addition. The 6-foot-3 guard from Patterson Mill...

E. Wayne-No. Nash tennis box

2012 N.C. High School Athletic Association Dual-Team Playoffs (at Eastern Wayne HS) Northern Nash5 Eastern Wayne 3 Singles: No. 1 Chaz Fitzpatrick (EW) d. Michael Brackett 6-4, 4-6, 10-3; No. 2 Russell Turner (EW) d. Julian Marrero 6-0, 6-0; No....

Fighting Knights knock out EW

An early exit. The Eastern Carolina 3-A champion, for the second time in the last three years, tumbled in opening-round action of the N.C. High School Athletic Association dual-team tennis playoffs Tuesday afternoon. And Northern Nash exacted revenge. The Fighting...

Stevens: Reynell's actions, not words led to trust among players

The Goldsboro High School basketball program doesn't have to wait until June to understand its most-recent loss. The past three seasons with Patrick Reynell on the bench say enough. The Cougars, for the fourth time since 2007, have begun yet...