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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday's prep playoff boxes

BOYS Ayden-Grifton 11 18 8 20 -- 57 Goldsboro 21 9 13 11 -- 54 AYDEN-GRIFTON (16-11) Tijuan Blount 1 0 0-0 2, Frank Preston 1 0 0-0 2, Brandon Larry 7 0 3-6 17, Phe'Bion Joyner 0 0 1-2...

Rosewood boys fall to top-seeded East Carteret

BEAUFORT -- East Carteret started hot on the offensive end and never cooled down in an 87-65 win over Rosewood in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state playoffs. Jyonte Raynor paced Rosewood with 29...

E. Wayne nets season-opening win

FOUR OAKS -- Eastern Wayne started its tennis season with a win over Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe South Johnston on Wednesday afternoon. Chaz Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Kaspar, Sawyer Thompson, Hari Chittilla and Sam Biggs each claimed a points in singles...

Chargers deliver stunning blow at Lee Gymnasium

The fourth time was the charm for Ayden-Grifton. Goldsboro squandered a 10-point, third-quarter lead and failed to execute down the stretch of a 57-54 loss to the Chargers in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class...

James Kenan girls upend Goldsboro

Goldsboro had visions of another deep playoff run. James Kenan had other ideas. The Tigers held off a furious fourth-quarter rally and survived for a 61-55 win in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A...

Warriors' man-to-man pressure drowns Knights

Eastern Wayne started slowly and Currituck hung around in the first half. The Warriors sped the game up in the second half and put the Knights away en route to a 74-42 victory in the second round of the N.C....

CBA girls match Havelock's intensity, advances to 3rd round

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's girls have used the Clemson philosophy -- play ugly and make the other team play ugly -- throughout this basketball season. Wednesday was no exception. The 12th-seeded Golden Falcons (14-13 overall) played another hard-nosed defensive...

Falcons continue to soar in postseason

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock and D.H. Conley resembled two prize fighters dancing around the ring during first-half play Wednesday evening. Each threw consistent jabs and nailed a solid body punch now and then. The Golden Falcons, however, delivered a...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trojan men triumph on senior night

MOUNT OLIVE -- Senior night games can be nightmarish, especially when an opponent is experiencing an uncharacteristic tough season and is searching for anything positive to happen. And when the foe is a long-time nemesis that's been a constant thorn...

Late scoring drought dooms MOC women

MOUNT OLIVE -- The shots just wouldn't fall. Mount Olive couldn't capitalize on crucial possessions in the closing minutes of the second half and dropped a 62-58 decision to in-state Conference Carolinas women's basketball foe Pfeiffer University on Tuesday evening....

MOC men's volleyball team still perfect in league play

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Mount Olive remained perfect on the Conference Carolinas men's volleyball scene with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 triumph over Limestone (S.C.) College on Tuesday evening. Senior Adam Miracle paced the Trojans' offense with 13 kills. Angel Dache...

Trojans' Lafond clinches NCAA championship berth

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College freshman Dylan Lafond has qualified to compete in the men's mile run at the 2013 NCAA Division II men's indoor track and field championships scheduled for March 7-9 at Birmingham, Ala. Lafond becomes...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Southern Wayne advances to second round in 3-A boys' playoffs

DUDLEY -- Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the finals of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament championship, Southern Wayne had two choices. Respond and advance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A boys' basketball playoffs, or fall...

Monday's prep playoff boxes

BOYS Dixon 10 18 11 10 -- 49 Goldsboro 15 31 24 20 -- 90 DIXON (7-19) Isaac Bussell 1 0 0-0 2, Jaylen Mitchell 3 0 4-7 10, Zach Sicknick 0 1 0-0 3, Anthony Bailey 1 0 0-0...

Rosewood beats archrival Princeton in 1-A opening-round play

Rosewood advanced in the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs with a 32-17 triumph over archrival Princeton on Monday evening. The Eagles (17-7 overall) are the guest of Lakewood on Wednesday. Alicia Burns and Lexi Mercer paced Rosewood's offense with 12 and 10...

Golden Falcon girls advance in 3-A playoffs

SOUTHPORT -- Taylor Daniels knocked down 15 points to lead C.B. Aycock past South Brunswick, 52-20, in first-round action of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs Monday evening. The Golden Falcons (13-13 overall) play host to Havelock on Wednesday. Daniels shot 7...

Princeton boys fall to perennial power Wallace-Rose Hill

TEACHEY -- Wallace-Rose Hill started strong offensively early and rolled past Princeton, 80-57, in the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs Monday evening. Michael Wooten led Princeton with 21 points. Colby Norris tallied 14. Jamal Morgan and Tanner Woodard logged eight and seven...

Eagles' Raynor has big night at West Columbus

CERRO GORDO -- Jyonte Raynor sizzled the nets for 28 points, leading Rosewood to a 79-65 triumph over West Columbus in the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs Monday evening. The Eagles travel to East Carteret on Wednesday. Josh Davis added 17 points....

CBA boys claim road playoff win

AHOSKIE -- AJ Mundle flirted with a double-double and Charles B. Aycock slipped past Hertford County, 59-58, during opening-round action of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs Monday evening. The Golden Falcons (14-12 overall) play host to...

No. 2-ranked Trojans rebound from first loss of the season

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Cody Britt and Zak Orrison each drove in four runs during No. 2-ranked Mount Olive College pounded North Greenville, 22-5, in the decisive game of their Conference Carolinas series on Monday afternoon. Chris Orphanus...

Cougar girls hammer Hobbton

At no point during her freshman season has any stage appeared to be too big for Tyona Moses. Evidently the state playoffs aren't, either. Moses scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in just three quarters of...

Goldsboro easily defeats Dixon in boys' 1-A playoffs

Goldsboro head coach Russell Stephens recently taped an article on the importance of a second unit inside every one of his players' lockers and waited to see the impact. Stephens' tactics more than got the message across. The Cougars' bench...

Warriors switch defensive tactics, take out Vikings

The zone press didn't work. So, Eastern Wayne employed another tactic. The Warriors switched to their hawking man-to-man scheme, created some turnovers and rode the momentum to a 69-48 triumph over Jacksonville White Oak in first-round action of the N.C....

Monday, February 25, 2013

Seven grapplers advance to states

Perennial county powers Charles B. Aycock and Rosewood combined for just one gold medalist during their respective N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling regionals contested Saturday. But seven grapplers will get a state-title shot in Greensboro this week. Rosewood ended...

Trojan baseball team suffers first loss in split with North Greenville

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE - Geno Escalante homered and drove in four runs, and Zach Bernard picked up a save with two scoreless innings as nationally top-ranked held off North Greenville 7-4 in game one of a Conference Carolinas...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Local digest

Boys' basketball Trinity-Fayetteville 61, Wayne Country Day 46 * CHARLOTTE -- Trinity Christian of Fayetteville raced to an 11-point lead after one quarter and held on to defeat Wayne Country Day, 61-46, in quarterfinal-round action of the N.C. Independent Schools...

Eastern Wayne girls win ECC 3-A championship

Regardless of the opponent, the location or the time of the game, Eastern Wayne has owned the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference all season. Friday night was no different. The Warriors forced 47 turnovers and held Triton to three points in...

Triton boys rally past Southern Wayne

A wild end to a wild night. Nothing else could describe Triton's 58-57 win over Southern Wayne in the championship game of the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference boys' basketball tournament Friday evening. The top-seeded Hawks rallied from four points down...

Prep basketball boxes

2013 Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament Championship (at Eastern Wayne MS) BOYS Southern Wayne 13 17 18 9 -- 57 Triton 18 13 10 17 -- 58 SOUTHERN WAYNE (16-8) Andrew Matthews 1 0 2-2 4, Ronnell Outlaw 1 2...

MOC volleyball beats EMU

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive cranked out another quality win. And avoided an emotional letdown. Coming off a five-set road win against Pfeiffer, the Trojans answered with a crisp hitting performance against Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University inside Kornegay Arena on...

Goldsboro defeats Rosewood for girls crown

MOUNT OLIVE -- The outcome remained in doubt for 31-plus minutes until Goldsboro found an open seam against Rosewood's pressure defense. Freshman Tyona Moses fired a pass downcourt to a wide-open Brandy Johnson, who scored uncontested and gave the Cougars...

Goldsboro wins Carolina 1-A boys title

MOUNT OLIVE -- Put us in coach. We're ready to play. Goldsboro's second five brought energy and intensity onto the court, sparked an 11-0 first-quarter run and Ayden-Grifton could never recover during the 2013 Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball tournament...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday's prep basketball boxes

Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Tournament BOYS C.B. Aycock 6 20 8 21 -- 55 Southern Wayne 17 13 14 14 -- 58 C.B. AYCOCK (13-12) Greg Williams 1 0 1-4 3, Shakel Powell 1 1 0-2 5, Michael Williams 3...

Goldsboro pulls away

MOUNT OLIVE -- "Work hard." "Go get 'em." "Don't quit." Spring Creek fans offered those words of encouragement when Goldsboro made an early third-quarter run Thursday evening. But the Gators had nothing left in the tank. Crucial missed possessions helped...

Cougars, Eagles will meet in girls' tournament finale

MOUNT OLIVE -- Hurdles cleared. Now fans get the matchup they expected. Top-seeded Goldsboro High and second-seeded Rosewood square off today for the Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament crown. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at Kornegay Arena on the Mount...

Southern Wayne gets redemption shot

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne gets a shot at redemption. The Saints advanced to the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament championship with a 58-55 victory over Charles B. Aycock on Thursday evening. Southern Wayne faces top-seeded Triton in the finals at...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Eastern Wayne girls easily defeat Southern Wayne

Eastern Wayne earned the return trip to the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference girls' basketball tournament finals it desperately wanted. But the Warriors' rematch with county rival Charles B. Aycock will have to wait. Tianna Christopher scored 13 of her game-high...

Wednesday's prep basketball box

Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference Tournament GIRLS Southern Wayne 12 13 11 13 -- 49 Eastern Wayne 16 19 14 21 -- 70 SOUTHERN WAYNE (13-11) Cierra Thompson 2 0 5-14 9, Zaria Atkins 6 0 2-8 14, Lyric Seaberry 0...

Triton girls turn back Aycock in ECC girls' semifinals

Girls' basketball Triton 51, C.B. Aycock 40 * ERWIN -- Triton seized the No. 2 seed for the upcoming state playoffs with a 51-40 win over Charles B. Aycock in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament semifinals Wednesday evening. The...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wayne Country Day girls shake off nerves, clinch elite eight berth

Wayne Country Day didn't lose its heart after all. Disappointed by their effort in the Coastal Plains Independent Conference tournament final on Saturday evening, the Chargers rediscovered their desire at the right time Tuesday evening. Seniors Sarah Best and Hannah...

WCDS withstands CFCA rally

Wayne Country Day took its foot off the gas pedal and nearly stalled. But the Chargers did just enough to keep pesky Cape Fear Christian in their rear view mirror down the stretch Tuesday evening. Deshar Thomas and Lee Atkinson...

Southern Wayne eliminates Cleveland

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne learned a valuable lesson on Tuesday night. No win in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference tournament is going to be easy. The second-seeded Saints got two critical baskets from Jamiel Price in the final two minutes...

prep basketball boxes

BOYS Eastern Wayne 17 15 11 14 -- 57 C.B. Aycock 21 20 18 19 -- 78 EASTERN WAYNE (8-17) Tavorise Hall 1 0 3-5 5, Anton Williams 1 0 0-0 2, Jaelen Thomas 2 0 2-2 6, Micah Smith...

Ayden-Grifton rolls over North Duplin

AYDEN -- North Duplin was eliminated from the Carolina 1-A Conference tournament with a 75-28 loss to Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday night. Daron Goodman led the Rebels with eight points. Cody Ivey and Tyler Royal both supplied six points. Khalif Harper...

Spring Creek boys knock out Princeton

AYDEN -- Spring Creek erased an eight-point halftime deficit on its way to a 54-49 victory over Princeton in the first round of the Carolina 1-A Conference tournament on Tuesday night. Jordan Hicks paced the Gators with 12 points and...

Campbell upends ECU

PIKEVILLE -- With leading scorer Michael Williams watching the first half from the bench, Charles B. Aycock proved it has more than enough weapons to hold its own. Eastern Wayne struggled to maintain its early intensity. Five different Golden Falcons...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Golden Falcons rout Trojans in ECC quarterfinals

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock wasn't about to be lulled to sleep by South Johnston's 2-3 zone defense. Packed into the paint, the Trojans dared the Golden Falcons to knock down perimeter jump shots. C.B. Aycock was more than willing...

Saints march on in ECC 3-A girls' tournament

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne let a big lead get away, but recovered just in time to save a victory. The Saints used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter and defeated Cleveland 48-38 in the opening round of the...

Monday's prep basketball boxes

South Johnston 6 16 0 8 -- 30 C.B. Aycock 13 12 11 15 -- 51 SOUTH JOHNSTON (7-15) McKinley johnson 1 1 2-3 7, Alex Millay 1 2 0-0 8, Alexis Massengill 1 0 0-0 2, Sidney Dunn 0...

Princeton, A-G girls advance to Carolina 1-A semifinals

PRINCETON -- Princeton struggled through an off-shooting night. Ayden-Grifton continued its late-season surge. Sophomore point guard Charley Cox collected a game-high eight points and the Bulldogs eliminated North Duplin, 38-7, from the 2013 Carolina 1-A Conference girls' basketball tournament Monday...

Monday, February 18, 2013

WCDS boys, girls receive at-large invitations to NCISAA 1-A hoops playoffs

There's no place like home. At least for one more game. Wayne Country Day earned at-large bids to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' and girls' basketball playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Charger boys (16-8 overall) drew...

Aycock's boys carry confidence into ECC basketball tournament

After four straight losses and starring at a 6-9 record in mid-January, Charles B. Aycock was simply tired of losing. The Golden Falcons knew they weren't executing up to their potential and at 1-3 in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play,...

Preps digest: Goldsboro boys finish 10-0 in league play

Boys' basketball Goldsboro 66, Ayden-Grifton 31 • AYDEN -- Goldsboro put the finishing touches on a perfect Carolina 1-A Conference campaign with a 66-31 triumph over Ayden-Grifton on Friday evening. It was the regular-season finale for both teams. The Cougars...

Chargers' Best, Atkinson take home league's top honors

By RUDY COGGINS News-Argus Sports Editor A seventh-grader grew up and joined an elite class of players. A transfer held himself accountable and responsible on the basketball court this season. And each Wayne Country Day standout earned an unexpected --...

Rosewood boys sweep series from Princeton

By RYAN HANCHETT News-Argus Sports Writer Princeton played it close to the vest in the first half. Rosewood opened things up in the second half. The Eagles got the better end of the decision in a 74-49 victory over the...

MOC men's lacrosse launch inaugural season in dominating fashion

By RUDY COGGINS News-Argus Sports Editor MOUNT OLIVE -- Young Harris (Ga.) College just couldn't "Shield" itself from Mount Olive's offensive onslaught on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Junior Daniel Shields logged a hat trick and finished with a game-high seven...

MOC's Lancaster notches 900th career win

Sitting at the dinner table one evening, Jesse Lancaster began naming off players who have put on a Mount Olive College baseball uniform and helped the program achieve national prominence. The names and seasons, admittedly, had run together for head...

Trojans sweep Saturday DH from Le Moyne

By ANDREW STEVENS News-Argus Sports Writer MOUNT OLIVE -- Carl Lancaster has enjoyed numerous milestone moments during his tenure as head baseball coach at Mount Olive College. Saturday ranks toward the top of the list. The No. 1-ranked Trojans swept...

WCDS girls fall to unbeaten Oakwood in CPIC tournament final

WILSON -- No. 3-ranked and unbeaten Oakwood handed Wayne Country Day a 53-36 loss in the Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference tournament final Saturday evening. Sarah Best led the Chargers with 12 points. Hannah Pearson contributed nine points, while Karis...

Faith Christian end season at Trinity-Greenville

GREENVILLE -- Faith Christian could not muster enough offense to get past Trinity Christian in the opening round of the N.C. Christian Schools Association playoffs on Friday night. Molly Roebuck led the Conquerors with seven points. Meredith Mooring added six...

MOC trio garners top honors in Conference Carolinas indoor meet

WINSTON-SALEM -- Mount Olive College captured the top individual awards for field events and placed among the top four teams in the inaugural Conference Carolinas Indoor Track and Field Championship meet Saturday afternoon. The Trojans' Ryan Campbell seized the...

MOC offense explodes late against Le Moyne

MOUNT OLIVE -- Luke Barry made another strong case for a starting job and Bradon Reitano delivered yet another yard-clearing shot for No. 1-ranked Mount Olive on a cold, windy Sunday afternoon. Barry's two-RBI single and Reitano's grand slam spearheaded...

MOC-Le Moyne box

Le Moyne 002 001 001 -- 4 5 4 Mount Olive 300 000 27x -- 12 11 1 Leading hitters -- Le Moyne -- Kody O'Connor 2-2, RBI; Paul Spiecher 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Pat Wiese 1-5, RBI. Mount Olive...

McDonald's A-A nomination humbles Hill

The basketball kisses off the glass and drops through the net after a drive to the basket. A step-back 3-pointer barely touches the rim as it tickles the twine. Quick hands lead to a steal and uncontested layup. Aaron Hill...

Friday, February 15, 2013

North Rowan starts strong, knocks out Rosewood

SPENCER -- The bridesmaid ... again. North Rowan's wrestlers prevailed in the first seven individual contested matches and cruised past Rosewood, 55-18, in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A dual-team eastern regional final Thursday evening. The Eagles finished...

Trojan men ready for inaugural lacrosse season

Nine days after standing through a bone-chilling rain and watching the Mount Olive College women's lacrosse team play their inaugural match, the men's team gets its chance Saturday afternoon. The Trojans open their 2013 campaign against first-year program Young Harris...

Mount Olive's Reitano has breakout game

MOC Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Braden Reitano slugged his third home run of the season and plated six runs, and No. 1-ranked Mount Olive College hammered out a 19-2 victory over in-state foe Shaw University on Thursday afternoon. Six...

Local Preps Digest

Boys' basketball Southern Wayne 50, Cleveland 48 * CLAYTON -- Southern Wayne hung on for a 50-48 win at Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference foe Cleveland on Thursday evenig. Angelo Burden led the Saints with 11 points. Tarvis Bradshaw and Ronnell...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Goldsboro basketball teams have enjoyed great success in Carolina 1-A

Pull on any kind of athletic gear that says "Goldsboro" across the front, and you better get ready for a hard-nosed battle. There's just something about the maize and blue that brings out the best in an opponent. It brought...

Coker women withstand late MOC rally

MOUNT OLIVE -- Opportunity knocked and knocked again for Mount Olive on Wednesday night. The Trojans couldn't answer the door. Mount Olive rallied late and had a look at a game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of a 66-63 Conference...

MOC men's volleyball team sweeps Coker

MOC Sports Information HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Angel Dache provided 11 kills and the Mount Olive College men's volleyball team remained undefeated in Conference Carolinas play with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 triumph over Coker (S.C.) College on Wednesday evening. The Trojans...

MOC men knock off Coker

MOUNT OLIVE -- A tale of two halves. That was the story at Mount Olive College as the Trojans defeated Coker College 86-66 at Kornegay Arena on Wednesday evening. The win moved Mount Olive ahead of Coker in the Conference...

North Duplin's Rouse inks NLI with Wingate

Lee Rouse found it all during his visit to Wingate University -- a small-school atmosphere, a close-knit team and family values. Plus, he could play defense. The North Duplin senior couldn't have asked for anything more and signed a national...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday's dual-team wrestling agate

2013 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A Dual-Team Playoffs (at Rosewood HS) Rosewood 37 Chatham Central 35 182 -- Chad Keefer (R) by forfeit; 195 -- Seth Elkins (CC) wbf Syhieem Peterson, 0:54; 220 -- Curtis Brown (CC) wbf...

Preps digest: JV, middle school news

JV sports * Boys' basketball: Goldsboro 80, Spring Creek 52 -- D'onta Russell led the Cougars with 16 points. Delmonte Wells supplied 13 points. Nashir Bowden, Eric Bufkin and Josh Wootson each had 10 points. * Girls' basketball: Eastern...

Goldsboro boys clinch league title outright

Goldsboro can check the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship off its list of goals. More importantly, the Cougars are peaking at the right time. Goldsboro clinched the league title outright and celebrated senior night with a 73-30 victory over Spring...

Rosewood grapplers survive two close calls

Two close calls. Rosewood didn't panic either time. And the result? Another trip to the eastern regional championship round for the first time since 2010, and fifth time overall in program history. Dylan Melgar's courageous battle at 170 pounds preserved...

Tuesday's prep basketball boxes

BOYS Spring Creek 7 10 4 9 -- 30 Goldsboro 19 14 26 14 -- 73 SPRING CREEK (4-15, 1-8 CC) Brandon Gonzalez 2 0 0-1 4, Chad Spurgeon 2 0 0-0 4, Trey Hammonds 2 1 0-2 7, Daniel...

Rosewood wrestling match changed

Rosewood athletics director Robert Britt said the Eagles will travel to North Rowan for the NCHSAA Class 1-A eastern dual-team championship. Britt originally thought Rosewood (39-11 overall) had seeding priority according to a link posted on the NCHSAA website. However,...

Triton trips up CBA's boys

ERWIN -- Triton clinched its second consecutive Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season championship with a 57-42 win over Charles B. Aycock on Tuesday night. The Golden Falcons (12-11 overall, 7-4 ECC) visit South Johnston on Tuesday....

Rosewood boys turn back North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Rosewood earned a 69-54 win against Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin on Tuesday evening. Jyonte Raynor led the Eagles with 18 points. Dennis Mitchell added 17, while Josh Davis contributed 13. Cedrick Kornegay had 16 points for...

Mercer paces Rosewood girls on the road

CALYPSO -- Freshman Lexi Mercer scored a game-high 20 points to lead Rosewood to a 63-13 win at North Duplin on Tuesday evening. The Eagles led 23-3 after one quarter and were never threatened. Casey Thornton led the Rebels with...

Triton slips past CBA girls

ERWIN -- Charles B. Aycock endured a 44-43 loss at Triton on Tuesday evening. Myleah Jones led the Golden Falcons with 18 points. Lauren Butler had 11 points. Aycock (9-13 overall, 6-5 ECC) concludes regular-season play Thursday at South Johnston....

Ayden-Grifton girls defeat Princeton

PRINCETON -- An unconventional coaching move led to success as Ayden-Grifton rallied past Princeton 48-41 in Carolina 1-A Conference basketball action Tuesday night. Charger head coach Jeff Dufour decided to slow the game down in the second half despite being...

EW girls finish unbeaten in ECC regular-season play

FOUR OAKS -- Eastern Wayne completed its Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season campaign in perfect fashion with a 53-46 win over South Johnston on Tuesday evening. The No. 4-ranked Warriors (23-1 overall) concluded ECC play 12-0 and eclipsed the single-season...

Goldsboro girls get four-peat

Goldsboro put the finishing touches on its fourth consecutive Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season girls' basketball championship with a 61-15 triumph over county foe Spring Creek on Tuesday evening. The Cougars (14-5 overall) improved to 9-0 against league opposition this...

Gryphons eliminate Golden Falcons from dual-team playoffs

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's chances of halting its three-match skid in the postseason took a major hit on the coin toss ... yes, the coin toss before its battle with perennial power Rocky Mount on Tuesday evening. The Gryphons...

Ayden-Grifton outguns Princeton's boys

PRINCETON -- A hot-shooting night was not quite enough to earn Princeton a victory over Carolina 1-A Conference rival Ayden-Grifton on Tuesday night. The Chargers rallied for a 60-55 victory. "We had a good night offensively and I was pleased...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Faith Christian girls fall in NCCSA play

Wilmington Christian used a strong defensive game to get past N.C. Christian Schools Association foe Faith Christian 35-19 on Monday night. Meredith Clark led the Conquerors with seven points. Molly Roebuck added six points. Faith Christian travels to Greenville Christian...

Eagles' season ends with CCC tournament loss

RALEIGH -- Wayne Christian's basketball season came to an end with a 61-46 defeat at Trinity of Raleigh in the opening round of the Carolina Christian 1-A Conference tournament on Monday night. Chris Easom led the Eagles with 22 points...

Lane, Andersson pace MOC women's golf team

MOC Sports Information ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Virginia Lane and Emelie Andersson placed among the top 16 out of 72 golfers as No. 47-ranked Mount Olive finished eighth out of 14 teams during the World Golf Village Women's Invitational. The...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Goldsboro's Darden finishes state runner-up

Goldsboro's Zach Darden emerged the Classes 1-A/2-A state runner-up during the men's 200-yard individual medley contested at the N.C. High School Athletic Association state swimming championship meet. Darden touched the wall in 1 minute, 59.66 seconds. Teammate Logan Cole...

Lane leads MOC women on golf links

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Virginia Lane is just three shots out of first place on the individual leaderboard and Mount Olive is fifth out of 14 teams after opening-round play of the World Golf Village Invitational. The Trojans matched a...

Trojan women net non-conference victory

MURFREESBORO -- Roxanne Chouinard, Samara Paldinho and Maite Belloso posted singles wins as Mount Olive rallied for a 5-3 victory over Chowan. The trio also accounted for the Trojans' two doubles wins. Belloso provided the match-clinching point with a straight-set...

Trojan men's tennis team logs second straight shutout

MURFREESBORO -- The No. 46-ranked Mount Olive College men's tennis team posted its second straight shutout, a 9-0 decision over in-state foe Chowan University. The Trojans won all six singles matches in straight-set fashion. Edgar Bub, Henric Falkenburg, Gabriel Santana,...

MOC softball splits with Catawba

SALISBURY -- Beth Overman put Mount Olive ahead to stay with a fourth-inning grand slam and freshman Madison Johnston tossed six scoreless innings in relief as the Trojans rallied for a 6-3 win over Catawba in game two of their...

No. 1-ranked Trojans rally in ninth, stay unbeaten

MOUNT OLIVE -- Collin DuBose emerged victorious in his collegiate debut and No. 1-ranked Mount Olive pushed across four runs during its final at-bat to cap a come-from-behind, 6-5 triumph over Newberry (S.C.) on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans remained...

McKee finds groove, emerges 2013 King Pin Scratch Open champion

Shawn McKee almost didn't make the cut. Struggling with ball reaction and leaving pins on spare attempts, the Mooresville resident bowled his best game Sunday morning just to reach the match-play round. Then he became unstoppable. McKee upset four higher-seeded...

Cleveland dominates ECC wrestling tournament

PIKEVILLE -- Cleveland got the sweep. Charles B. Aycock ended the day stunned. The Rams claimed their first-ever Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference wrestling tournament championship, and just three Golden Falcons secured individual titles on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland concluded the six-team,...

Ayden-Grifton denies Rosewood's tournament-title bid

Ayden-Grifton got the payback it desired Saturday afternoon. The Chargers seized their second consecutive Carolina-4 Rivers 1-A Conference wrestling tournament championship with a tight 239.5-225 triumph over nemesis Rosewood. The Eagles were denied their 16th tournament crown in program history....

C.B. Aycock officials close to hiring new football coach

The search is winding down for a varsity football coach at Charles B. Aycock. Athletics director Charles Davis said more than 40 applicants showed interest in the position, which became open in late December when Randy Pinkowski officially announced his...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Local Preps Digest

Girls' basketball Goldsboro 68, Princeton 46 * Goldsboro clinched a share of its fourth consecutive Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season conference championship with a 68-46 victory over Princeton on Friday evening. Tyona Moses paced the Cougars with 15 points. Talaya Lassiter,...

Rosewood overcomes early trouble

Rosewood struggled in the first half. The Eagles turned their luck around after halftime. Jyontae Raynor poured in 15 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and Rosewood ran away from Carolina 1-A Conference rival Spring Creek 64-32...

Hot-shooting Murphy leads Goldsboro to share of league crown

Julius Murphy drained one of his nine 3-pointers on Friday night, cracked a wry smile and jogged back down the court. Even Murphy couldn't believe what he was seeing. Murphy poured in a career-high 31 points and Goldsboro sank 16...

Mount Olive volleyball sweeps Belmont Abbey

MOUNT OLIVE -- No errors after point 20. It's a philosophy that's worked well for the Mount Olive College men's volleyball team this season. The Trojans committed few mistakes during the critical stretch run of each set and defeated another...

Mount Olive flexes its muscle

MOUNT OLIVE - Nationally top-ranked Mount Olive College got two solid performances from its starting pitchers and captured both games of a double header against Newberry College on Saturday night. The Trojans took the first game 6-3 and followed with...

MOC men roll past Lees-McRae

MOUNT OLIVE -- The thoroughbreds answered the bell out of the gate. And Mount Olive galloped all night. Seven Trojans scored during the first 10 minutes of a 95-64 thumping of Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae in the nightcap of the...

Lady Trojans snap four-game skid

MOUNT OLIVE -- There's nothing better than snapping a four-game skid at home and avenging a loss at the same time. Mount Olive did both Saturday evening. Tamara Nesmith came within one assist of a triple-double and the Trojan women...

Golden Falcons dispatch county foe, 70-59

PIKEVILLE -- An impressive win with no complacent attitude. Mike Williams dropped in a game-high 25 points and Charles B. Aycock upended county foe Southern Wayne 70-59 in a pivotal Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference battle at the Falcons' Nest on...

Friday, February 8, 2013

WCDS' Thomas hits 1,000-point mark

Wayne Country Day earned a 74-68 win over visiting Community Christian on Thursday night. Deshar Thomas led the Chargers with 23 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career.Joel Davis added 18 points, while Lee Atkinson supplied 13 points....

Chargers' Best surpasses 1,000 points for her career

Senior point guard Sarah Best surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career and Wayne Country Day slipped past Community Christian 42-39 on Thursday evening. Best contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Fellow senior Hannah Pearson led the Chargers...

Trojan men's basketball team has adopted well to new philosophy

Play for each other is the conclusion the Mount Olive College men's basketball team reached in a long, post-game team meeting inside the locker room following an 83-73 loss on Dec. 15 at Conference Carolinas opponent Coker. The setback dropped...

MOC women's lacrosse team rolls to first-ever win

MOUNT OLIVE -- Neither in-state foe Chowan University nor miserable, bone-chilling conditions could cool down Mount Olive's offense Thursday evening. JUCO transfer Michelle Scannell scored the first goal for the Trojans, who launched their inaugural women's lacrosse season with a...

Rosewood's Guthrie signs with Campbell

Jacob Guthrie is not the typical high school football star who dreams about making highlight-reel plays in the Super Bowl. He cares more about academics than athletics and he understands that being a good teammate is more important than being...

CBA's Devin Hall finishes state 3-A runner-up in 1-meter diving

RALEIGH -- Charles B. Aycock junior Devin Hall expected a tight finish and knew the outcome could end up too close to call. He was right. West Henderson senior Lee Fullam nailed several high-scoring dives in the latter stages of...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Southern Wayne wrestling boxes

Southern Wayne 42 South Johnston 24 160 -- Paul Ray (SJ) wbf Dekevious Bass, 1:14; 170 -- Cameron Ellis (SJ) forfeit; 182 -- Marshall Chavis (SJ) wbf Chris Brinson, 4:43; 195 -- DeAndrea McNeil (SJ) wbf Aaron Ashford, 5:58; 220...

Young Saints show maturity on the mat

DUDLEY -- A subdued night. Despite logging individual victories and avoiding a winless season in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play, Southern Wayne's wrestling team walked away disappointed during its regular-season finale Wednesday evening. The Saints (10-25 overall, 1-4 ECC) rallied...

CBA grapplers have no trouble

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock emerged victorious in seven of 11 contested individual matches and capitalized on 16 forfeits during a tri-meet sweep of Wilson Beddingfield and North Johnston on Tuesday evening. The Golden Falcons defeated Beddingfield 69-12 and handed...

AG boys pull away from Spring Creek

AYDEN -- Spring Creek's Jordan Hicks logged a double-double, but Ayden-Grifton claimed a 61-45 victory on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene Tuesday evening. Hicks pumped in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Gators. Brandon Gonzalez added 12 points...

Neuse Charter sinks Princeton boys

PRINCETON -- Neuse Charter rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half and defeated Princeton 45-43 on Wednesday night. The teams split the regular-season series. Treshawn Charles led Neuse Charter with 20 points. Tanner Woodard paced Princeton with 19...

GC boys stop SouthWest in OT

PINETOPS -- Greene Central rallied to tie the game in the fourth quarter and went on to defeat Eastern Plains 2-A foe SouthWest Edgecombe 71-66 in overtime on Wednesday. Joseph Biggs led the Rams with 20 points. Jalyn Harper and...

Princeton girls sail through Neuse Charter

PRINCETON -- For the second time this season Princeton dominated Neuse Charter and rolled to a 60-11 victory on Wednesday night. The Dogs swept the regular-season series. Savanna Massengill led Princeton with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hailey Wood added...

Royals flush Trojan men in league play

CHARLOTTE -- Kendall Hargrove scored 11 points off the bench, but Mount Olive saw its four-game win streak snapped after a 68-55 loss to in-state Conference Carolinas foe Queens University on Wednesday evening. Ewon Wright and Mahamed Ibrahim provided eight...

MOC begins new chapter in women's athletics program

An energetic mix of freshmen, sophomores and JUCO transfers have the task of writing what they hope will be a successful chapter in the Mount Olive College athletics program this spring. After 18 months in the making, the Trojans' first-ever...

Trojan women drop 4th consecutive outing

CHARLOTTE -- Mount Olive grabbed a late five-point lead, but Queens scored the final seven points from the free throw line and pulled out a dramatic, 55-53 win on the Conference Carolinas women's basketball scene Wednesday evening. Joneiqua Gary,...

Reed, Goldsboro alum, headed to U of Florida

Although his recruitment process may have required a road map that included a couple of detours, Jarran Reed is proof that dreams really do come true. After stops at Hargrave Military Academy and East Mississippi Junior College, Reed, who starred...

Wingate opens door for North Lenoir's Baird

Courted heavily by Wingate University and strengthened by the positive feedback from the coaching staff, Caleb Baird just couldn't pass up the opportunity. He's glad God opened the door for him. Flanked by his parents, Sharon and Bruce, the North...

Maddox signs with Elon U

Most football players don't smile about minoring in Spanish. Then again, Asunji Maddox isn't most football players. Maddox, an intelligent senior safety for Goldsboro High's football team, signed a national letter-of-intent with Elon University on Wednesday afternoon. The future Wayne...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Preps digest: JV, middle school news

JV sports * Boys' basketball: Goldsboro 64, Rosewood 44 -- Eric Bufkin paced the Cougars with 18 points. D'onta Russell supplied 15 points and Nashir Bowden had 10 points. * Boys' basketball: Wayne Country Day 63, Greenfield 55 --...

Chargers' Best surpasses 300 points for the season

Senior point guard Sarah Best surpassed 300 points for the season and Wayne Country Day handed nemesis Greenfield a 48-29 setback in Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference play Tuesday evening. Best emerged the game's top scorer with 18 points,...

Greenfield avenges loss to WCDS boys

Wayne Country Day planned to let Greenfield senior Robert Stokley either take over the game or become a hindrance for his team Tuesday evening. Stokley played like a beast instead. The 6-foot-10 center pumped in 26 points on 10 of...

Southern Wayne boys claim pivotal ECC victory

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne took a big step toward locking up second place in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference basketball race with an 83-75 win over North Lenoir on Tuesday night. In a game that was officiated poorly, at best,...

Tuesday's prep basketball boxes

BOYS Goldsboro 13 20 15 15 -- 63 Rosewood 13 6 20 8 -- 47 GOLDSBORO (14-6, 7-0 CC) Jalin Sprueil 0 0 2-2 2, Myon Carmon 0 1 4-4 7, Julius Murphy 3 0 1-2 7, Rasheen Artins 5...

Wayne Christian boys fall in CCC play

SANFORD -- Wayne Christian suffered an 83-49 loss on Tuesday night at Carolina Christian 1-A Conference foe Grace Christian. Chris Easom led the Eagles (1-19, 0-12 CCC) with 13 points and Matt Wells had 10....

Triton boys defeat Eastern Wayne

Triton erupted for 25 fourth-quarter points to break open a tied game in a 70-55 win on Tuesday night at Eastern Wayne. The two teams were tied at 45-45 through three quarters before the Hawks outscored the Warriors 25-10 during...

Norris, Cobb lead Princeton boys

PRINCETON -- Princeton turned back Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin 73-62 on Tuesday night. Colby Norris led the Bulldogs with 16 points and Nick Cobb and Tanner Woodard each had 12 points. Ryne Woodard had 11. Cedrick Kornegay scored...

Princeton's Massengill hits 1,000 points for career

PRINCETON -- Savanna Massengill surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in Princeton's 44-6 victory over North Duplin on Tuesday evening. Massengill finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Charley Cox led the Bulldogs with 14 points and...

Southern Wayne girls rout North Lenoir

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne made the most of a hot start and kept North Lenoir at arm's length throughout a 57-36 win on the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference basketball scene. The Saints (13-8 overall, 6-4 ECC) opened the game with...

Goldsboro girls stay perfect in conference play

Goldsboro withstood a furious rally from Rosewood in the final 21/2 minutes and hung on for a 46-40, Carolina 1-A Conference road win Tuesday evening. The Cougars led 42-31 with 2:39 left before the Eagles began using their press to...

Goldsboro boys stay in the driver's seat

Goldsboro took another step towards a Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season title Tuesday evening. Rosewood endured a second straight difficult league loss. The Cougars used an 18-2 first-half run to build 13-point lead, and an eventual 63-47 road win over the...

Eastern Wayne girls secure ECC championship outright

Goal No. 1 accomplished. And what a historical moment it was, too. No. 5-ranked Eastern Wayne clinched the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference regular-season championship outright with a 53-39 triumph over Triton on Tuesday evening. The Warriors claimed the first-ever...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WC Hot Stove League: Godwin stresses player's character is key to success

Leadership. Work ethic. Mental toughness. Be a great competitor. Be the best team. East Carolina head baseball coach Billy Godwin discusses those five characteristics with his team before the first pitch is thrown each season. He reminds them that baseball...

Preps digest: JV, middle school news

JV sports * Boys' basketball: Goldsboro 75, Spring Creek 21 -- Kisheem Faison and Nashir Bowden each scored 12 points to lead the Goldsboro attack. Josh Wooten added 11 points for Goldsboro. Middle schools * Girls' basketball: Norwayne 35,...

Goldsboro-Spring Creek boxes

BOYS Goldsboro 24 13 34 15 -- 86 Spring Creek 11 10 8 6 -- 35 GOLDSBORO (13-6, 6-0) Jalin Sprueil 2 0 0-0 4, Myron Carmon 5 1 0-0 13, Julius Murphy 3 0 1-2 7, Rasheen Artis 3...

Goldsboro girls cruise past Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Goldsboro opened-up a double-digit lead in the first quarter and rolled past Spring Creek 64-29 in Carolina 1-A Conference basketball action on Monday night. The Cougars improved to 6-0 in conference play. Tyona Moses led the Goldsboro...

Goldsboro boys stay perfect in Carolina 1-A play

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Goldsboro got exactly what it wanted out of a makeup game against Carolina 1-A Conference foe Spring Creek on Monday night. The Cougars got their collective blood flowing, built a big lead and then rested their starters...

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rosewood grapplers finish second at Gray's Creek

HOPE MILLS -- Senior Nick Quillen earned Most Outstanding Wrestler accolades and Rosewood's wrestlers placed second overall during the team portion of the Battle at the Bears' Den, hosted by Gray's Creek High School. Quillen scored two tech falls...

Hall, Darden claim regional swimming championships

CARY -- Charles B. Aycock's Devin Hall and Goldsboro's Zach Darden are headed to the season-ending N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship swim/dive meet as eastern regional champions. Hall earned his third straight 1-meter 3-A diving crown Friday afternoon...

MOC finishes 3-1 at Swamp Fox Classic

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Kalie Smith pounded out four hits and Mount Olive College hammered out a 12-4, mercy-rule triumph over Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) University on day two the Swamp Fox Classic contested at Francis Marion University. FMU defeated MOC,...

Penn State spikers knock off Trojans

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Angel Dache collected 13 kills and Mount Olive College challenged perennial Division I power Penn State during a 24-26, 22-25, 22-25 loss Saturday evening. Andreas Lengler added 11 kills for the Trojans, who dropped to...

Berry, Orrison pace MOC offense against Lenoir-Rhyne

HICKORY -- Jermaine Berry cranked out three hits and scored three runs during Mount Olive's 12-5 triumph over in-state college baseball rival Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday afternoon. The No. 3-ranked Trojans swept the three-game series. Zak Orrison delivered two hits...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Local preps digest

Girls' basketball Rosewood 52, Ayden-Grifton 41 * AYDEN -- Rosewood nearly squandered its final chance to earn its first-ever victory on Ayden-Grifton's home court during Ryan Wells' tenure as head coach Friday evening. The Eagles watched the Chargers shave...

Rosewood drops game at Ayden-Grifton

AYDEN -- Rosewood made uncharacteristic mistakes down the stretch and started second-half conference play in disappointing fashion Friday evening. The Eagles committed 19 second-half turnovers and endured a 60-52 loss to Ayden-Grifton in a pivotal Carolina 1-A Conference boys' basketball...

Princeton boys take down Spring Creek

PRINCETON -- Princeton could not afford another conference loss to Spring Creek. The Bulldogs playoff hopes hung in the balance on Friday night against the Gators. The home team took care of business and earned a 61-44 victory over their...

Prep basketball boxes

BOYS Spring Creek 11 14 8 11 -- 44 Princeton 20 8 17 16 -- 61 SPRING CREEK (4-11, 1-4 CC) Daniel Krantz 1 2 2-2 10, Brandon Gonzalez 3 2 0-2 12, Trey Hammonds 4 0 2-2 10, Chad...

MOC women fall to North Greenville

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - Joneiqua Gary scored 16 points and Mount Olive built a double-digit lead in the first half, but North Greenville rallied to stun the Trojans 63-59 in Conference Carolinas women's basketball Saturday at Tigerville, S.C. Alyssa Luebs recorded...

MOC men defeat North Greenville

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - Mount Olive converted 34-of-39 from the free throw line, including 12 in a row in the final 1:27 as the Trojans rallied from a halftime deficit to win their fourth in a row, 87-82 over North Greenville...

MOC baseball sweeps Lenoir-Rhyne

HICKORY - Braden Reitano's grand slam home run capped a six-run eighth inning as nationally third-ranked Mount Olive rallied for a 7-3 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader Saturday. Chris Orphanos pitched the final five...

Hot Stove Banquet set for Monday

Kevin Wise's zest for life and passion for baseball, which he respected with all of his heart and soul, infected everyone around him. His Christian-based beliefs didn't go unrevelled, either. Lucas McKay, a sophomore at Southern Wayne High School, wanted...

C.B. Aycock boys defeat Eastern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock has quietly become the hottest team in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference. The Golden Falcons put together perhaps their most complete game of the season in a 55-39 win over rival Eastern Wayne on Friday...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Area Carolina 1-A schools compete

WENDELL -- Rosewood's girls and Goldsboro's boys emerged the "unofficial" team champions during the season-ending Carolina/Northern Carolina 1-A/2-A indoor track and field meet contested at Corinth-Holders High School on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles, who had just one individual champion,...

Quillen sets county career-win mark

One more record fell. And Rosewood nearly got a shutout. Nick Quillen became Wayne County's all-time career-wins leader and the Eagles pinned 11 of 12 opponents during a 78-6, senior night triumph over Tarboro High on Thursday evening. Quillen stuck...

Question marks surround MOC baseball team

Replacing a two-time All-American, a base thief and a sure-handed second baseman aren't easy chores for any college baseball coach. And when high expectations surround your nationally-renowned program each spring, finding that one quality player to fill each spot becomes...

Barton women defeat Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College has had a pair of opportunities to knock off a Conference Carolinas co-leader during its past two games. The Trojans have come up empty twice. Mount Olive cut a 13-point first-half deficit to one...

MOC men stun No. 12-ranked Barton

MOUNT OLIVE -- Dontrell Brite was not the player anyone inside Kornegay Arena would have picked to be the most valuable player in the "Battle of the East" between Conference Carolinas rivals Mount Olive College and Barton College on Thursday...

Friday preps

Girls' basketball Princeton 38, Ayden-Grifton 37 * AYDEN -- Princeton squeaked out a 38-37 win in overtime against Carolina 1-A Conference foe Ayden-Grifton on Thursday evening. Savanna Massengill led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Charley Cox provided...