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Monday, March 31, 2014

Trojan diamond 9 defeat King twice

UMO Sports Information BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Chase Edwards' 10th-inning home run in the opener and a four-run, second-inning outburst propelled No. 23-ranked University of Mount Olive to a doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas baseball foe King (Tenn.) College on Sunday...

Cougars' Johnson eager to get to work

rcoggins@newsargus.com Bennett Johnson handed out papers as returning and prospective players walked into the Goldsboro High auditorium Friday morning. They scanned through the pages as Johnson talked briefly with principal Brian Weeks. Then he turned his attention toward the players...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Baseball: C.B. Aycock 11, Eastern Wayne 1 -- Chandler Matthews threw his second consecutive complete game, allowing one run on three hits in a mercy-rule win Friday afternoon. Matthews just missed hitting for the cycle with...

Trojan spikers sweep in-state foe Belmont Abbey

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- One of four seniors honored during pre-match ceremonies, University of Mount Olive opposite Steven Cruse posted his second consecutive double-double during a 27-25, 25-13, 25-20 triumph over in-state Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey on...

Rosewood-S. Creek softball box

Friday's game At Rosewood Spring Creek 120 450 0 -- 12 9 3 Rosewood 430 220 2 -- 13 14 3 Two outs when game-winning run scored. Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Rachel McCollum 1-2, 2B, RBI; Sarah Ford...

Burns' walk-off home run saves Eagles

rcoggins@newsargus.com Alicia Burns learned to believe in herself during Rosewood's historic run on the basketball court. She gained a little more self confidence on the softball diamond Friday evening. The senior infielder drilled a two-RBI, walk-off home run in the...

Players pleased to see Johnson back on campus

rcoggins@newsargus.com Joe Baker had his suspicions. Justin Nauceder had no clue. Neither player could hide their excitement when Bennett Johnson walked into the Goldsboro High auditorium and was introduced as the new varsity head football coach Friday morning. The 70-plus...

E. Wayne-C.B. Aycock baseball box

C.B. Aycock 001 001 1 -- 3 6 1 E. Wayne 004 322 x -- 11 13 1 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Garrett Joyner 1-3, 2B; Charlie Robertson 1-3, 2B, RBI; Noah West 1-2 RBI. Eastern Wayne --...

Warriors turn in best hitting performance of season

aetzler@newsargus.com Coming off of two disappointing offensive efforts, Eastern Wayne put on its best performance of the season in an 11-3 victory over archrival Charles B. Aycock on Friday evening. Led by Zach Smith's three-hit effort, the Warriors erupted for...

Bennett Johnson takes over Goldsboro football job

rcoggins@newsargus.com Goldsboro High administrators got the coach they wanted all along. Bennett Johnson got his dream job. The record-setting high school quarterback was officially named the Cougars' new varsity head football coach Friday morning. He succeeds Eric Reid, who resigned...

Gators seize sole possession of Carolina 1A baseball lead

Spring Creek needed just three hits to defeat Rosewood 9-3 and seize sole possession of the Carolina 1-A Conference lead on a rainy Friday afternoon. The Gators received a boost from four defensive errors and seven walks by the Eagles....

WCDS shuts out Epiphany in CPIC baseball

Mitch Turnage and John Strickland combined for a three-hit shutout as Wayne Country Day defeated Epiphany, 2-0, in a Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference game Friday. Turnage struck out 11 and walked six in the win. Strickland struck out two...

Saints fall to powerhouse J.H. Rose

DUDLEY -- J.D. Clark swatted two home runs and finished with four RBI as J.H. Rose defeated Southern Wayne, 15-6, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Friday afternoon. Josh Jernigan and Jacob Hollingsworth each had two hits for the...

Wilson Christian defeats Faith Christian

WILSON -- Wilson Christian pushed across five unearned runs and handed Faith Christian an 8-1 defeat in a N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A game on Friday. Carter Hudson paced the Conquerors' offense with three hits, while Jack Casbarro batted 2-for-4....

Chargers blank nemesis on soccer pitch

A late first-half goal gave Wayne Country Day a 1-0 win over Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference nemesis Greenfield on Friday afternoon. Allison Bailey scored the Chargers' goal off of an assist from freshman Ally Willman. WCDS keeper Bailee Creger...

Mercer's hat trick keeps RHS unbeaten in league play

Sophomore Lexi Mercer recorded a hat trick (three goals) in Rosewood's 5-2 triumph over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Spring Creek on Friday evening. Payton Lane and Maria Santibanez provided one goal and one assist apiece for the Eagles on a...

Saints hammer Rampants on softball diamond

Southern Wayne clobbered Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe J.H. Rose, 16-3, on Friday evening. Haley Brogden and Haley Warren each had four hits and four RBI in the mercy-rule game. Keaton Bradley added two hits and two RBI. Kelsey Hayes...

CBA softball rolls past county rival

PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock pounded out 19 hits and cruised past Eastern Wayne, 20-1, in a mercy-rule shortened Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Friday evening. Senior outfielder Cierra Harris led the Golden Falcons' offense with four hits and two RBI....

Friday, March 28, 2014

Trojan netters split league twinbill with archrival

\WILSON -- No. 28-ranked University of Mount Olive extended its win streak to nine matches with a 7-2 decision over Conference Carolinas men's tennis archrival Barton on Thursday afternoon. Paul Wiederspahn sealed the outcome with a straight-set victory at...

WCDS dealt 1st tennis defeat of the season

RALEIGH -- North Raleigh Christian swept the singles courts and upended Wayne Country Day, 7-2, in non-conference action Thursday afternoon. The Chargers received doubles points from the top-seeded tandem of Michael Knutson-Miller Gerrard and second-seeded duo of Sam Dively-Preston Edwards....

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Hiromi Sueki claimed low-gross honors during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Sam Gillett and Betty Holloway captured low net and low putts, respectively....

McGee drives in 2 runs, Aycock defeats S. Central in ECC action

WINTERVILLE -- Ashton McGee collected two RBI and Charles B. Aycock tripped up South Central, 7-2, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Wednesday evening. Noah West (RBI), Charlie Robertson and Garrett Joyner contributed hit apiece in the Golden Falcons'...

Faith Christian falls to Greenville Christian

A four-hit performance from Noah Welch wasn't enough for Faith Christian in a 10-4 loss to N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A foe Greenville Christian on Thursday. Landon Ginn and Jack Casbarro each collected a hit and scored for Faith Christian....

North Duplin rolls past Princeton in Carolina 1A baseball

CALYPSO -- North Duplin defeated Carolina 1-A Conference foe Princeton, 15-4, on Thursday evening. Alex Harmon (RBI) and Jordan Craft each had one hit for Princeton. Jonathan Croom, Nick Phillips, Matt Daughtry and Patrick Norris scored runs for the Bulldogs....

Eastern Wayne diamond 9 slip past Greene Central

Tanner Wells and Coy Barnett produced two hits apiece during Eastern Wayne's 4-3, non-conference triumph over Greene Central on Thursday afternoon. Barnett added an RBI for the Warriors, who improved to 4-6 overall this season. Ryan Warren (RBI), Andrew McKeel,...

Bell has 2 hits in Warriors' softball loss

GREENVILLE -- Trisha Bell collected two hits during Eastern Wayne's 16-1, mercy-rule loss to defending state 3-A champion D.H. Conley on Thursday afternoon. Chelsea Wynn, Jaela Parks and Brooke Morawski each had a hit in the Warriors' loss. Eastern Wayne...

Unbeaten North Lenoir scores mercy-rule win

Blythe Greene had two hits including a home run and four RBI during North Lenoir's 19-1, mercy-rule thumping of Tarboro High on Thursday. Magan Lanier also had four RBI on her three-hit performance. Nicole Robinson got the win in the...

Princeton softball shuts out North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Princeton topped Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin, 10-0, in five innings on Thursday afternoon. Kelsey Peedin, Tori Paul, Beth Braswell, Charley Cox, Taylor Carroll and Savanna Massengill all had one hit apiece for Princeton. The Rebels committed...

Golden Falcons strike early, dismantle Rampants in softball

C.B. Aycock cranked out 13 hits and waltzed past J.H. Rose, 14-3, in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons scored eight runs in the first inning. Cierra Harris had three hits. Madison Walton had two hits...

DHC boots C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- D.H. Conley scored three goals in each half and cruised past Charles B. Aycock, 6-0, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game at Hardy Talton Stadium. The Golden Falcons (3-2-1 overall) dropped to 0-2-1 against league opposition. They...

Saints stay unbeaten in ECC 3A/4A girls' soccer

WINTERVILLE -- Maria Gutierrez notched the eventual game-winning goal during Southern Wayne's 2-0 victory over South Central on the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference scene Thursday afternoon. Gutierrez scored off of Alva Perez's assist. Cynthia Rivera assisted Perez on the Saints'...

Princeton girls triumph during three-team track meet

RINCETON -- Princeton secured first place in just four individual events during a three-team, Carolina 1-A Conference girls' meet ran on the Fred Bartholomew Athletic Jr. Complex track Thursday afternoon. Jordan Pearce won the discus, Jasmine Bogle logged the top...

Dogs take 7 first-place finishes in boys' track meet

PRINCETON -- Princeton seized first place in seven individual events and captured three relays during a three-team, Carolina 1-A Conference meet contested on the Fred Bartholomew Jr. Athletic Complex track Thursday afternoon. Quinton Rhue (discus), Jose Moreno (1,600 run), Austin...

Preps digest: JV, middle school news

JV sports * Baseball: North Lenoir 7, C.B. Aycock 5 -- Jacob Sanford led the Golden Falcons' offense with three hits and an RBI. Bryce Anders (RBI) and Cameron Kornegay (RBI) provided two hits apiece. Kornegay endured the mound...

Quick-passing Rampants topple Warriors on soccer pitch

rcoggins@newsargus.com Eastern Wayne, in phases, applied some defensive pressure against quick-passing J.H. Rose on Thursday evening. The Warriors could neither consistently match the Rampants' tenacious, aggressive style of play nor force many turnovers during a 5-1 loss on the Little...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Willman's goal jump starts Chargers

aetzler@newsargus.com When Wayne Country Day girls' soccer coach Steve Ellis subbed out senior Karis Hawkins for junior Taylor Willman during the first half of Wednesday's game against Freedom Christian Academy, it was just supposed to be an experiment. "We...

Bub earns Conference Carolinas accolade

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive junior Edgar Bub has been named the Conference Carolinas men's tennis player-of-the-week. Bub compiled a 4-0 record in singles and doubles play combined during the Trojans' league victories over Limestone...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools Girls' soccer: Rosewood 8, Mount Olive 0 -- Phoebe Bills tallied three goals and an assist for Rosewood. Summer Jones scored a goal and an assist. Shelby Lemasters, JayNyque Crawford, Jennifer Covarrubius and Nickia Duran all added...

Rosewood-N. Duplin baseball box

Rosewood 001 111 2 -- 6 9 1 North Duplin 000 001 0 -- 1 2 3 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Reed Howell 2-3, 2 2Bs, RBI; Jordan Gurley 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Daniel Herring 1-3; Khalil Warren 1-4,...

Eagles hand Rebels first defeat in league play this season

rcoggins@newsargus.com CALYPSO -- A practice dedicated to cleaning up defensive mistakes and better concentration in the batter's box gave Rosewood a huge reward Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles cranked out four extra-base hits, committed just one error defensively and cruised past...

Rosewood, Kinston play to 1-1 draw

Lexi Mercer notched Rosewood's lone goal in a 1-1, non-conference draw against Kinston at Branch Pope Field on Wednesday evening. The Eagles are 3-1-3 overall this season....

Bulldogs run past Gators on soccer pitch

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Jessica Brush tallied two goals and three assists, and Princeton defeated Spring Creek 7-1 in Carolina 1-A Conference play Wednesday. McKenzie Smale tallied two goals and an assist. Chelsea Hawley scored two goals and Kassandra Velasquez added...

Golden Falcon boys place third in track meet

WINTERVILLE -- Injury-riddled C.B. Aycock placed third overall during a four-team meet Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet contested on the South Central High School track on Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Falcons compiled 30 points. T.J. Morrow took second in the...

Aycock girls run past 3 ECC foes

WINTERVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock emerged victorious in five individual events and captured the 1,600-meter relay during a four-team Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet contested at South Central on Wednesday afternoon. Jade Creel (high jump), Klara Doyle (100 hurdles), Courtney...

Adams claims medalist honors in Carolina 1A golf match

SALEMBURG -- Nick Adams claimed medalist honors with a 68 and Rosewood handed Lakewood a 10-stroke defeat during their second Carolina 1-A Conference match of the season. The Eagles posted a four-player total of 352, compared to 362 for the...

D.H. Conley's Ahlers no-hits Eastern Wayne

GREENVILLE -- Peyton Ahlers threw a no-hitter during D.H. Conley's 8-0 victory over Eastern Wayne on the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference scene Wednesday afternoon. Ahlers struck out three Warriors in the seven-inning affair. Tyler Warren suffered the pitching loss. Eastern...

Chargers fall in CPIC baseball opener

FAYETTEVILLE -- Wayne Country Day mustered just four hits in an 11-1, six-inning loss to Freedom Christian in their Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference game Wednesday afternoon. Mitch Turnage led the Chargers' offense with two hits. John Strickland and Jacob...

Saints blanked by Bears in baseball

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne dropped a 1-0 decision to New Bern in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Wednesday afternoon. Kevin Williams took the mound loss for the Saints, who fell to 1-2 against league opposition this season....

Warrior softball team falls to South Johnston

Eastern Wayne suffered a 12-2, non-conference loss to South Johnston on Wednesday evening. Brooke Morawksi, Trisha Bell and Emily Uzzell collected hits for the Warriors. Uzzell had an RBI and also endured the pitching loss. Eastern Wayne (0-6 overall) travels...

Saints held to 2 hits in softball loss

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne mustered just two hits against New Bern hurler Kristen Daugthridge in a 2-0 loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Wednesday. Haley Brogden and Kelsey Hayes tallied singles for the Saints. Brogden endured the pitching loss...

North Duplin trips up Rosewood on softball diamond

CALYPSO -- North Duplin topped Rosewood, 6-4, in Carolina 1-A Conference play Wednesday afternoon. Riley Pate earned the pitching win for North Duplin, while Hailey Weeks endured the loss for Rosewood. The Rebels collected six hits on the night, but...

Burroughs ties state home run record

WINTERVILLE -- Meredith Burroughs tied the state record for career home runs and Taylor Waddell went the distance inside the pitcher's circle during Charles B. Aycock's 8-1 triumph over Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe South Central on Wednesday evening. Burroughs...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Girls' soccer: Greenwood 7, Mount Olive -- Madison Tallarida and Alana Kazar punched in two goals apiece for the T-Birds. Claire Molloy, Esperes Mfwilwakanda and Tiayana Barnes each collected one goal. Greenwood travels to Norwayne on...

Rosewood-Midway baseball box

Midway 000 052 0 -- 7 4 0 Rosewood 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2 Leading hitters -- Midway -- Kyle Hawley 1-3 3B 3 RBI, HBP; Austin Hardison 1-3, 2B. Rosewood -- Jordan Lynn 2-3; Reed Howell 1-2...

Midway profits from late-inning mistakes

Everything started smoothly for Rosewood senior pitcher Brent Breedlove on Monday evening. He pitched four scoreless innings against 2013 state 1-A runner-up Midway High and did not experience even the slightest bit of trouble. Then came the fifth inning. Breedlove...

Princeton-SC softball box

Spring Creek 001 030 -- 4 7 7 Princeton 522 203 -- 14 11 1 Game-ending run scored with two outs in sixth. Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Rachel McCollum 3-3, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI; Alanna Price 2-3,...

Hot-hitting Bulldogs seize control early against Gators

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- Daily work in the batting cage has paid dividends for Princeton's softball team this season. Monday was certainly no exception. The Bulldogs cranked out nine extra-base hits and claimed a 14-4, mercy-rule win over Spring Creek on...

Cougars have tough day against North Johnston

Cayce Herring collected two hits during Goldsboro's 10-0, non-conference loss to North Johnston on Monday afternoon. Kenny Stempien, Thomas Vick and Isaiah Core each had one hit. Herring took the mound loss. Goldsboro fell to 1-6 on the season....

Spring Creek shuts out Princeton on baseball diamond

PRINCETON -- Logan Miller and Chad Spurgeon combined for a three-hitter during Spring Creek's 6-0 conquest of Carolina 1-A Conference foe Spring Creek on Monday evening. Miller and Spurgeon combined for 10 strikeouts. Spurgeon paced the Gators' offense with three...

Easom has 2 hits in Wayne Christian defeat

WILSON -- Nick Easom provided two hits in Wayne Christian's 3-0, non-conference loss to Wilson Christian Academy on Monday afternoon. Hunter Burt added one hit. Ted Suggs endured the pitching loss. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six...

Lane Tree Ladies Golf news

Cathy Garris captured game-of-the-week honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Garris shared low gross with Rhonda Williams. Shelly Leder carded a low net of 68....

Goldsboro wins 2nd ECC meet of season

SNOW HILL -- Matt Hall posted an 84 and helped Goldsboro place first with a team score of 376 during an Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference match contested at Cutter Creek on Monday afternoon. Carlin Thomas complemented Hall's performance with an...

D.H. Conley slips past Aycock on tennis courts

D.H. Conley emerged victorious at No. 1 doubles and turned back Charles B. Aycock, 5-4, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference match contested at Eastern Wayne High School. Allan Best and Stanton Head, the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds, respectively,...

WCDS tennis doubles up Rosewood

Wayne Country Day remained unbeaten in three outings this season with a 6-3, non-conference win over county foe Rosewood. Sam Dively, Miller Gerrard, Preston Edwards and Hunter Hawkins each earned a singles point for the Chargers. The tandems of Michael...

Sizzling 66: Adams shoots 5-under in first Carolina 1A match of season

DUDLEY -- Three-time defending eastern 1-A regional champion Nick Adams set the pace in dominating fashion Monday afternoon. The Rosewood senior carded a sparkling 5-under 66 and earned medalist honors during a Carolina 1-A Conference boys' golf match contested at...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bowman logs 11 saves in Trojans' lacrosse win

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Goalie Ross Bowman recorded 11 saves and provided an offensive goal during the University of Mount Olive's 16-5, non-conference triumph over men's lacrosse foe Florida Tech on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Amon Field....

Harkey scores twice in Gators' road win

SMITHFIELD -- Madison Harkey scored a pair of goals during Spring Creek's 6-0 triumph over Carolina 1-A Conference newcomer Neuse Charter on Friday afternoon. Nora Hernandez, Griselda Vasquez and Rheanna Reid tallied one goal apiece. Weather permitting, Spring Creek (2-0-0...

Hollingsworth, Barwick pace Saints' offense in ECC defeat

DUDLEY -- Jacob Hollingsworth and Hunter Barwick collected two hits apiece in Southern Wayne's 5-4 loss to South Central in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Friday. Barwick had two RBI. Hollingsworth and Kevin Williams each drove in a...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Preps digest: JV, middle schools

JV sports * C.B. Aycock 6, D.H. Conley 1 -- Chandler Matthews doubled during a 2-for-4, 3-RBI performance in the Golden Falcons' victory on Friday afternoon. Bryce Anders contributed two hits. Jacob Sanford (RBI), Caleb Smith and Cameron Kornegay...

Shields brothers combine for six goals in UMO lacrosse win

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Matt and Dan Shields each scored a hat trick as the University of Mount Olive launched its 2014 Conference Carolinas men's lacrosse campaign with a 19-4 rout of in-state foe Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon....

Trojans take Saturday twinbill from Erskine

aetzler@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive junior Luke Barry knows he's not always going to be successful in his role as a pinch hitter. But Barry might have had the biggest hit of the Trojans' season in the first game...

Warriors strand too many runners in loss to J.H. Rose

aetzler@newsargus.com The image of watching runners jog off the base paths at the end of an inning without crossing home plate is becoming too familiar for Eastern Wayne's baseball team. The Warriors saw the replay Friday evening. They left eight...

Saints double up South Central on softball diamond

DUDLEY -- Kelsey Hayes cranked out two doubles and Haley Brodgen emerged as the winning pitcher during Southern Wayne's 6-3 triumph over perennial power South Central on Friday afternoon. Brogden threw a complete-game seven-hitter and posted 10 strikeouts inside the...

Weeks claims pitching win for Rosewood

SALEMBURG -- Krystal Yelverton, Alicia Burns and Jordan DuBose collected three hits apiece during Rosewood's 16-1, mercy-rule conquest of Carolina 1-A Conference foe Lakewood on Friday evening. Hayley Mercer, Hailey Weeks and Callie Thornton each had two hits. Mackenzie Little...

Braswell homers in Princeton victory

PRINCETON -- Beth Braswell mashed a two-RBI home run during Princeton's 19-0, mercy-rule romp over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Hobbton on Friday afternoon. Officials halted the game after 21/2 innings. Charley Cox, Hailey Wood and Taylor Carroll each had three...

Bell paces EW offense with three hits

J.H. Rose snapped its four-game skid with a 12-1, mercy-rule win over Eastern Wayne in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Friday afternoon. Trisha Bell turned in a 3-for-3 effort for the Warriors, who dropped to 0-5 overall this season....

Eagles boot Lakewood in league play

SALEMBURG -- Samantha Allen dished out two assists and Rosewood remained unbeaten in Carolina 1-A Conference play with a 3-0 shutout over Lakewood on Friday evening. Allen assisted on goals by Hannah Daniels and Kimberly Scott. Rebecca Fitzmaurice provided an...

Bulldog soccer dismantles Hobbton

PRINCETON -- Jessica Brush and Chelsea Hawley each notched two goals, Kassandra Velasquez passed out three assists and Princeton rolled past Hobbton, 6-2, in Carolina 1-A Conference play Friday evening. Velasquez assisted on goals by Hawley, Emily Woodward and Brush....

Gurley tosses complete-game, two-hitter on road

SALEMBURG -- Jordan Gurley limited Lakewood to two hits during Rosewood's 5-1 victory in a Carolina 1-A Conference game Friday afternoon. Gurley posted 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort for the Eagles, who rose to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in...

Howell leads Wayne Christian with 3 hits

Austin Howell delivered a three-hit performance and Wayne Christian successfully swiped seven bases in a 15-0, mercy-rule triumph over Carolina Christian 1-A Conference foe Neuse Christian. Nick Easom batted 2-for-3. Holden Foster (RBI), Hunter Burt (RBI), Trey Hinton and Tanner...

Spring Creek shuts out Neuse Charter

SMITHFIELD -- Three Spring Creek pitchers combined for a one-hitter and Spring Creek posted a 10-0, mercy-rule win over Carolina 1-A Conference newcomer Neuse Charter on Friday afternoon. The trio of Will Rouse, Chad Spurgeon and Allen Coor combined for...

North Duplin swipes 8 bases against James Kenan

WARSAW -- North Duplin stole eight bases and pounded out 11 hits in a 13-0, mercy-rule conquest of county and Carolina 1-A Conference rival James Kenan on Friday evening. Tyler Potter provided two hits, drove in three runs and was...

D.H. Conley mashes 3 home runs against C.B. Aycock

PIKEVILLE -- D.H. Conley swatted three home runs and handed Charles B. Aycock a 9-0 loss during their Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference battle at Charles Davis Field on Friday afternoon. Ryan Maness led the Vikings with four hits, including two...

North Johnston hands Goldsboro 8-2 setback

KENLY -- North Johnston plated runs in four of six innings and dealt Goldsboro an 8-2 non-conference loss on Friday afternoon. Damon Pate, Jared Howard, Cayce Herring (two RBI), Kenny Stempien and Thomas Vick had one hit apiece for the...

Hobbton slips past Princeton, 3-2

PRINCETON -- Tyler Ricks emerged as Princeton's offensive leader with two hits in a 3-2 loss to Hobbton on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene Friday afternoon. Nick Phillips (RBI) and Patrick Norris each had one hit for the Bulldogs, who...

Errors, walks hurt WCDS diamond 9

Wayne Country Day committed five costly errors during the final three innings and suffered a 10-2, non-conference defeat against Pungo Christian Academy on Friday afternoon. Pungo also benefited from eight walks issued by four WCDS pitchers. John Strickland took the...

Carolina Elite Stars squads compete

JACKSONVILLE -- Junior Jade claimed first place and overall Grand Champion during the Spirit Xpress regional cheerleading competition contested at Jacksonville High School. Youth Diamonds won first place and level champion. Senior Onyx and Senior Sapphire each took first place....

Dogs' Frasier wins 100-meter dash at county meet

WENDELL -- Division I football recruit and Princeton junior Johnny Frasier captured the 100-meter dash individual crown during the annual Johnston County Championships contested at Corinth-Holders High School. Frasier broke the tape in 10.8 seconds. On the girls' side, Amber...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gators dominate Wildcats in Carolina 1A baseball

Spring Creek dominated from start to finish on its way to an 18-1 victory that ended in 5 1/2 innings over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Hobbton on Thursday afternoon. Logan Miller led the way from his lead-off spot with...

Fireworks, of a different sort, suspend Saints' softball game

aetzler@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Defending state 3-A softball champion D.H. Conley caught fire against Southern Wayne with a six-run, two-out fourth-inning rally on Thursday evening. One inning later, the Saints' stadium caught on fire. An electrical light switch malfunctioned and sparks...

Goldsboro prevails in ECC 2A golf match

Goldsboro won its first Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference match of the season with a team score of 369 at Falling Creek Country Club on Thursday afternoon. South Lenoir finished 10 strokes back, followed by Greene Central (414). North Lenoir and...

Walnut Creek LGA news

Hiromi Sueki claimed low gross during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Gaye Bryant and Faye Franklin won low net and low putts, respectively....

Bulldog girls run past foes in Carolina 1A meet

PRINCETON -- Princeton compiled 51 of its meet-best 93 points in the track events during a five-team, Carolina 1-A Conference affair contested at the Fred Bartholomew Jr. Athletic Complex. Jasmine Bogle won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the high...

Princeton dominates Carolina 1A boys track meet

PRINCETON -- Jose Moreno and Johnny Frasier each won a pair of individual events for Princeton, which also swept the top three positions in the pole vault during a Carolina 1-A Conference meet. Moreno claimed the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs....

North Lenoir slips by Goldsboro in ECC 2A tennis

North Lenoir triumphed on two of three doubles courts, and turned back Goldsboro, 5-4, in an Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference match Thursday afternoon. The Hawks' second-seeded tandem of Matt Warren-Drew Proctor slipped past the Cougars' Sam de Araujo-Devin Collins, 8-6....

Brush has four assists in Dogs' romp over Neuse Charter

Princeton earned its first home league win of the year with a 9-0 win over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Neuse Charter. Jessica Brush led the charge with one goal while dishing out four assists. Chelsea Hawley and Emily Woodward both...

Saints suffer ECC baseball shutout against D.H. Conley

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne stranded 12 runners on base during a 6-0 loss to D.H. Conley in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Friday evening. Jacob Hollingsworth and Garrad Whitfield had one hit apiece for the Saints. Kevin Williams endured the...

Gators dismantle Wildcats in Carolina 1A baseball action

Spring Creek dominated from start to finish on its way to an 18-1 victory that ended in 51/2 innings over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Hobbton on Thursday afternoon. Logan Miller led the way from his lead-off spot with three hits....

Rampants' Clark handcuffs Aycock's batters

GREENVILLE -- J.D. Clark permitted one hit in a complete-game effort as perennial power J.H. Rose defeated C.B. Aycock, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon. Clark surrendered an unearned run and fanned 10 Golden Falcon batters in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference...

Warriors' Tyler Warren earns complete-game victory

Tyler Warren tossed a complete-game two-hitter and recorded eight strikeouts during Eastern Wayne's 7-1, non-conference conquest of Nash Central on Thursday afternoon. Warren yielded one walk and improved to 2-1 on the hill this season. "Tyler threw the ball extremely...

North Lenoir baseball falls to Fike, 2-1

North Lenoir dropped a 2-1, non-conference decision to Fike on Thursday. Luke Jackson had a hit and scored the only run for the Hawks. Tyler Smith had the RBI. Jacob Baird and Noah Reese also added hits. Smith got the...

Wayne Christian wins mercy-rule affair

The Eagles toppled Greenville Christian, 10-0, in six innings on Thursday afternoon. Ted Suggs led the way for the Eagles with two doubles, a single, two runs scored and an RBI. Ryan Kennedy tacked on three RBI in his two-double...

Sasser hits for the cycle in Conquerors' win

Faith Christian outslugged Friendship Christian in a 12-11 win Thursday in N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A district conference action. Richard Sasser hit for cycle in a 4-for-4, six-RBI effort and scored twice. Jack Casbarro went 3-4 scoring twice. Christian Mills...

Greene Central collects first win of 2014

Greene Central picked up its first win of the year with a 4-1 victory over Farmville Central. Justin Lee led the offensive attack with two hits -- a double and a triple and two RBI. Austin Mooring and James Head...

Princeton has 8 stolen bases in Carolina 1A baseball road win

Princeton claimed a 10-0, mercy-rule win over Carolina 1-A Conference foe Neuse Charter on Thursday afternoon. Jonathan Croom had two hits and two RBI for the Bulldogs. Patrick Norris had two hits and scored three times. Tyler Beasley got the...

Princeton's Edwards, Paul combine for 4 RBI

ERWIN -- The Princeton girls softball team defeated Triton Thursday 7-5 in non-conference action. Kortney Edwards had a two-RBI triple in her only at-bat. Tori Paul added two more RBI with a single. Taylor Carroll, Logan Pace, Beth Braswell and...

Hawks' softball team shuts out Eastern Wayne

North Lenoir defeated Eastern Wayne, 10-0, in non-conference action Thursday afternoon. Nicole Robinson got the win for the Hawks, striking out eight and allowing two hits in the shutout. Blythe Greene and Dani Moulton supplied half of the offense combining...

Spring Creek softball now 2-0 in league play this season

Spring Creek routed Hobbton, 11-0, in a Carolina 1-A Conference matchup Thursday afternoon. Sarah Ford had four hits and fell just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Alanna Price and Samantha Crouch each tallied doubles for the...

Preps digest: Middle school news

Middle schools * Girls' soccer: Norwayne 2, Spring Creek 0 -- Michelle Zamora scored both goals and Lauren Smith had two assists. Goalkeeper McKenzie Norris earned her second shutout of the season. * Girls' soccer: Dillard 1, Eastern Wayne...

C.B. Aycock-So. Wayne tennis box

C.B. Aycock 9 Southern Wayne 0 Singles: Addison Vail (CBA) d. Bobby Stocks 6-1, 6-0; Chas Hooks (CBA) d. Wesley Dail 6-3, 6-1; Jackson Yelverton (CBA) d. Garrett Hassell 6-0, 6-0; Allan Best (CBA) d. Jackson Carter 6-4, 6-0; Stanton...

CBA starts slow, eventually rolls past So. Wayne

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Once Charles B. Aycock warmed up Thursday afternoon, it's experience and consistent play emerged as the deciding factors against county boys' tennis rival Southern Wayne. The Golden Falcons shook off some early-set rust and cruised to a...

Golden Falcons, Saints battle to 3-3 draw

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- The absence of an all-conference goal scorer weakens any team, but neither Charles B. Aycock nor Southern Wayne refused to quit Thursday evening. In fact, the county rivals couldn't decide a winner after 100 heart-stopping and gut-wrenching...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crawford, Fortier each notch hat trick for Trojans

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Alex Crawford and Michelle Fortier each posted a hat trick (three goals) during the University of Mount Olive's 19-0, non-conference triumph over in-state women's lacrosse foe Brevard College on Wednesday afternoon. Sarah Snell's save...

Eagles, Hawks play to 3-3 draw

Samantha Allen dished out two assists during Rosewood's 3-3, non-conference draw against North Lenoir at Branch Pope Field on Wednesday evening. Allen's corner kick led to the game's first goal by teammate Maria Santibanez. The Eagles benefited from an own...

Aycock girls dominate track meet

NEW BERN -- Charles B. Aycock emerged victorious in nine events and racked up 162 points during a six-team meet contested on the New Bern High School track Wednesday afternoon. Courtney Warner posted regional-qualifying times in the 100-meter dash (12.28...

Goldsboro nets ECC 2A boys' tennis victory

Goldsboro swept the singles and doubles courts, and handed Ayden-Grifton a 9-0 loss in Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference play on Wednesday afternoon. Sam deAraujo, Josh Matias, Vincent Spagnuolo, Jon Stevens, Devin Collins and Kenny Archibald each picked up a singles...

New Bern deals Aycock first defeat on soccer pitch

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock appeared headed for a positive result in its Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference girls' soccer opener Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons were missing in action in the second half. League-leading New Bern collected three goals...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Darden meets two idols, gets upper hand on dad for once

rcoggins@newsargus.com CHARLOTTE -- Stepping onto the starting blocks and seeing one Olympian out of the corner of your eye can be intimidating. To see it twice? Zach Darden experienced just that during the Senior Zone Sectional meet contested at the...

Two Elite cheer squads take home Grand Champion trophies

Cheerleading Elite Stars place * RALEIGH -- The Junior Jade and Senior Onyx cheer squads each won first place and Grand Champion in their respective divisions during the Spirit XPress Spring Loaded Classic recently contested at Broughton High School. Youth...

Hollenbacher shares 2nd place at Barton Intercollegiate

UMO Sports Information WILSON -- Brady Hollenbacher overcame the nasty elements and shared second place overall among individual competitors at the Barton College Men's Golf Intercollegiate. Hollenbacher carded a two-day score of 3-over 147. Teammate Sebastian Andersen tied for ninth...

Trojans enter series with Erskine as the underdogs

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive baseball team doesn't enter too many Conference Carolinas contests as the underdog. The Trojans will this weekend. No. 23-ranked Erskine (S.C.) College brings one of the nation's top-hitting teams and pitching...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Baseball: Greenwood 18, Brogden 2 -- Xavion Garcia, Ryan Hopes and Nick Perkins led the T-Birds' offensive attack with two hits apiece. Nathan Bell recorded nine strikeouts and earned the pitching win....

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hollenbacher, O'Hara spark Trojans

UMO Sports Information WILSON -- University of Mount Olive sophomore Brady Hollenbacher shares fifth place among 44 individual golfers after opening-round play of the Barton College Men's Golf Intercollegiate. Hollenbacher fired an opening-round 74 for the Trojans, who posted a...

Lane Tree Ladies Golf news

Golf Lane Tree LGA * Barbara Hill claimed game-of-the-week honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Nan Jarrell won low net. Rhonda Williams captured low putts and low gross score....

Aycock's Mike Williams earns NCBCA District 3 recognition

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Just days before his appearance in the prestigious North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game, coaches bestowed another honor upon Michael Williams on Monday. The Charles B. Aycock senior earned a spot on the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association District...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Trojan women net Conference Carolinas tennis road win

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The University of Mount Olive swept the singles and doubles courts during a 9-0 victory over Conference Carolinas women's tennis foe Converse (S.C.) College. The Trojans won four of six singles matches in straight-set fashion. Third-seeded...

McCollum logs 10Ks inside pitcher's circle

SALEMBURG -- Rachel McCollum recorded 10 strikeouts inside the pitcher's circle, and Spring Creek opened Carolina 1-A Conference play with a 10-0, mercy-rule win over Lakewood. McCollum, Samantha Crouch (triple), Alanna Price (double), Ashley Marriner, Sydney Ocker, Grace West, Martha...

Harley notches four goals in Gators' road win

SALEMBURG -- Madison Harley punched in four goals during Spring Creek's 6-1 triumph over Lakewood in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams. Rheanna Reid and Kaitlyn Sullivan each scored one goal. The Gators (1-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 CC) travel...

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Baseball: C.B. Aycock 12, Southern Wayne 2 (5 inn.) -- Jacob Sanford, Caleb Smith, Cameron Kornegay (three RBI) and Landon Casey had two hits each in the Golden Falcons' home win. Chandler Matthews (RBI), Joey Hampton...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Preps digest: JV, middle school sports

JV sports * Baseball: New Bern 12, Eastern Wayne 6 (8 inn.) -- Collin Nix paced the Warriors' offense with four hits, while Carlyle Smith contributed three hits. Braxton Lewis, Brock Johnson, Jacob Ginn and Devonte Corum supplied two...

Lafond earns pair of All-American honors

WINSTON-SALEM -- Dylan Lafond became the University of Mount Olive's first-ever, three-time All-American in track and field competition during the 2014 NCAA Division II men's indoor track championships contested Saturday. A sophomore, Lafond placed fifth in the mile run...

Frasier accepts invitation to US Army All-American Bowl

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- Johnny Frasier gets to visit the Alamo next winter. The Princeton High School junior, who has received numerous Division I offers since last November, accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in...

Gators' David Vega signs with Barton College

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Quality players have worn the Spring Creek uniform and succeeded on the soccer pitch, but none have advanced to the next level. Until now. David Vega will continue his collegiate career at Division II Barton. The...

C.B. Aycock-So. Wayne box

C.B. Aycock 206 000 0 -- 8 8 0 So. Wayne 100 000 0 -- 1 2 7 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock -- Garrett Joyner 1-4, RBI; Ashton McGee 1-4; Noah West 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Bobby Hampton...

Golden Falcons benefit from Saints' errors

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- One day after giving an opponent extra scoring chances, Charles B. Aycock aggressively capitalized on a county rival's mistakes Friday evening. The Golden Falcons pushed across six unearned runs in the third inning and rolled past Southern...

BASEBALL TAB -- WCDS preview

rcoggins@newsargus.com Just days before Wayne Country Day's first official baseball practice, head coach Michael Taylor had separate meetings with junior Mason Bland and senior Jacob Parks. The discussions were short and sweet. Taylor encouraged the duo to emerge as leaders...

BASEBALL TAB -- Wayne Christian preview

astevens@newsargus.com In its final game of the 2013 season, Wayne Christian stayed within a single run of eventual N.C. Independent Athletic Association 1-A state champion Lawrence Academy for the better part of four or five innings. That second-round playoff loss...

BASEBALL TAB -- Spring Creek preview

astevens@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek's young players grew up toward the end of the 2013 season. Head coach Heath Whitfield hopes they're another year wiser this spring. The Gators won seven of their final 10 games a year ago...

BASEBALL TAB -- Southern Wayne preview

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne's baseball program transitioned into new management last spring. The change hasn't bothered the Saints. First-year head coach Jackson Massey, who has been around the diamond most of his life, took over after Trae McKee resigned....

BASEBALL TAB -- Rosewood preview

astevens@newsargus.com Youth is no longer an excuse at Rosewood. The Eagles return 16 players off of last year's team that finished 7-16 overall and advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A state playoffs. "I always try to...

BASEBALL TAB -- Goldsboro feature

astevens@newsargus.com First-year Goldsboro head baseball coach Mike Harper knows has inherited a program pointed in the right direction. He plans to keep the Cougars on course. Harper replaced Jackson Massey, whose efforts to rebuild Goldsboro's once-storied program didn't always show...

BASEBALL TAB -- Faith Christian feature

astevens@newsargus.com Time hasn't been on Justin Smith's side. For the second straight year, Faith Christian advanced deep into the N.C. Christian Schools Association Class 2-A basketball playoffs, which limited Smith chances of getting some preseason workouts done. Baseball practice isn't...

BASEBALL TAB -- ECC 3A/4A outlook

rcoggins@newsargus.com Survive the rigors of the challenging Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference and you just might bring home some hardware in June. The seven-team league is bursting with tradition-rich baseball programs that seem to reload each spring. Five schools have combined...

BASEBALL TAB -- Eastern Wayne preview

rcoggins@newsargus.com Young players in a tradition-rich baseball program took considerable time to develop team chemistry on the Eastern Wayne diamond last season. The Warriors started an uncharacteristic 3-7 and didn't merit any recognition when their peers talked about playoff-qualifying teams...

BASEBALL TAB -- Cover story

A button-down jersey, pants, elastic belt and cleats may not be the ideal uniform for most people. It is for Josh Frederick, Tyler Farmer and Hunter Barnett. The University of Mount Olive trio understands that when they don the green-and-white...

BASEBALL TAB -- C.B. Aycock preview

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Oftentimes, Charles B. Aycock head coach Charles Davis sees his players split among travel-ball and showcase teams. The opportunity to get everyone on the same page occurs the first official day of spring practice. Not this year....

Eastern Wayne boots North Lenoir on soccer pitch

Six different players accounted for the scoring in Eastern Wayne's 5-0, non-conference triumph over North Lenoir at Little Big Horn on Friday evening. Julie Pierce notched the eventual game-winning goal in the 3rd minute off an assist from Megan Mozingo....

Bulldogs 'Brush' aside James Kenan

WARSAW -- Jessica Brush collected a hat trick (three goals) during Princeton's 5-1 victory over James Kenan at Bill Taylor Field on Friday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both teams. Brush scored on two assists from sophomore...

Rosewood girls' soccer stays unbeaten

Lexi Mercer tallied a single goal in each half during Rosewood's 3-1 triumph over Hobbton at Branch Pope Field on Friday evening. Samantha Allen provided one goal in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams. Hobbton converted a second-half...

Burroughs, Gay each slug HR for Golden Falcons

Meredith Burroughs and Katie Gay each mashed a home run as Charles B. Aycock cruised past county rival Southern Wayne, 11-2, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Friday evening. Burroughs has 37 career home runs, while Gay (4 RBI)...

Eagles open softball season with 3-inning win

Hailey Weeks earned her first high school win inside the pitcher's circle during Rosewood's 17-2, three-inning dismantling of Hobbton on Friday evening. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both teams. Weeks logged one strikeout and issued one walk on...

Howell throws three-hit shutout

Reed Howell threw a complete-game three-hitter and Rosewood dispatched Hobbton, 10-0, in a mercy-rule shortened game Friday afternoon. It was the Carolina 1-A opener for both teams. Howell logged 10 strikeouts for the Eagles. Bryce McKeel (three RBI) paced Rosewood's...

Gators double up Lakewood

SALEMBURG -- Sawyer Smith drove in three runs during Spring Creek's 6-3 triumph over Lakewood in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams Friday evening. Smith finished the day 2-for-3 for the Gators, who rose to 4-2 overall this...

Rams fall to nemesis in baseball

FARMVILLE -- Austin Batchelor collected three hits and two RBI, but it wasn't enough in a 6-5, non-conference loss to nemesis Farmville Central on Friday afternoon. The Jaguars sealed the win two sixth-inning runs. Kevin Ormond and Will Creech (RBI)...

Mills' walk-off double lifts Faith Christian

Christian Mills delivered a game-winning, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Faith Christian slipped past Raleigh Christian, 10-9, in a N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A game Friday afternoon. Mills ended the day with three hits and...

Tigers slip past Princeton in Carolina 1A baseball opener

WARSAW -- James Kenan tallied a pair of sixth-inning runs and turned back Princeton, 3-2, in the Carolina 1-A Conference opener for both teams Friday evening. Matt Edwards and Alex Harmon each had one hit for the Bulldogs. Mario Cisneros...

Warriors fall on road at New Bern

NEW BERN -- Brandon Johnson recorded Eastern Wayne's lone hit in a 16-1, five-inning loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe New Bern on Friday afternoon. Coy Barnett took the pitching loss. "(A) long day at the park," EW head...

Eastern Wayne nets ECC tennis win

DUDLEY -- Ethan Quinn posted a straight-set shutout at No. 2 singles and Eastern Wayne rolled past Southern Wayne, 9-0, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference match Friday afternoon. The Warriors dropped just 13 games on six singles courts. "I...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Trojans double up Saints on softball diamond

FOUR OAKS -- South Johnston plated four runs during the latter stages of the game and handed Southern Wayne an 8-4, non-conference loss Thursday afternoon. Claire Kennedy paced the Saints' offense with two hits and an RBI. Haley Warren tripled,...

CBA baseball falls to Northern Nash

PIKEVILLE -- Northern Nash pushed five unearned runs across the plate and tripped up Charles B. Aycock, 8-6, in a non-conference contest Thursday afternoon. The Golden Falcons committed three errors. Ashton McGee (RBI), Noah West, Tim Naughton and Bobby Hampton...

Hawks slip past Eagles

Despite stranding 12 runners on base, North Lenoir squeezed out a 5-3, non-conference win over Rosewood on Thursday afternoon. Senior Reed Howell and Jordan Lynn (RBI) emerged as the Eagles' offensive leaders with two hits apiece. Jordan Gurley (RBI) and...

Holland's game-winning hit lifts Saints on the road

ROCKY MOUNT -- Matt Holland delivered the game-winning, two-RBI double and Southern Wayne upended perennial Big East 3-A power Rocky Mount, 8-6, in eight innings on Thursday afternoon. Holland finished with three hits for the Saints, who extended their win...

Turnage, Strickland combine for 1-hit shutout

Mitch Turnage and John Strickland combined for a one-hitter and Wayne Country Day blanked Northwood Temple, 9-0, on Thursday afternoon. Turnage held Northwood hitless for four-plus innings and recorded eight strikeouts. Strickland provided 22/3 innings of one-hit, six-strikeout relief for...

Tanner scores twice, WCDS takes season opener

Margaret Tanner collected both goals during Wayne Country Day's season-opening, 2-0 triumph over Northwood Temple on Thursday afternoon. Tanner converted a penalty kick and notched her second goal off of an assist from Allison Bailey. The two strikes occurred within...

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Girls' soccer: Parrott Academy 2, Wayne Country Day 0 -- Chargers open their season with a non-conference loss to Eastern Plains Independent 2-A Conference member....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dache, Cruse power UMO past in-state foe Pfeiffer

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Angel Dache cranked out a match-high 18 kills and the University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team fended off in-state Conference Carolinas rival Pfeiffer 31-29, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Wednesday evening. Steven Cruse added...

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Girls' soccer: Eastern Wayne 1, South Central 0 -- Nashleay Pagan scored the Warriors' lone goal. Dazia Broadhurst provided the assist. Goalkeeper Keeysa Royal collected the shutout. Eastern Wayne (1-1-0 overall) entertains South Central on March...

McCollum homers twice, SC splits softball twinbill

TEACHEY -- Rachel McCollum connected on a pair of home runs as Spring Creek split a non-conference doubleheader with Wallace-Rose Hill on Wednesday afternoon. McCollum's inside-the-park round-tripper was part of a three-hit effort in the opener -- a 14-5 triumph...

Moore has 4 hits in Hawks' softball victory

La GRANGE -- Megan Lanier collected two hits and six RBI during North Lenoir's 19-0, mercy-rule conquest of Rocky Mount on Wednesday. Janna Moore batted 4-for-4 with five RBI. Allison Montague contributed three hits. Nicole Robinson permitted three hits and...

Bulldogs edge Gators, 11-10

TEACHEY -- Six Spring Creek batters collected at least one hit apiece in an 11-10, non-conference loss to Wallace-Rose Hill at Thell B. Overman Field on Wednesday afternoon. Allen Coor (RBI), Matt Rogers and Will Rouse had two hits apiece....

Reese lifts Hawks past Warriors

La GRANGE -- Noah Reese plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and North Lenoir upended Eastern Wayne, 3-1, at Alphin Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top half of...

Golden Falcons net 1st ECC tennis win of 2014

Broc Painter pulled out a pivotal first-set tiebreaker at No. 6 singles, and Charles B. Aycock upended archrival Eastern Wayne, 7-2, on the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference scene Wednesday afternoon. Painter turned back the Warriors' Gray Sasser 7-6 (2), 6-4...

Pirates drop 1-run decision to Wake Forest

ECU Sports Information WILSON -- Wake Forest plated a pair of seventh-inning runs and handed in-state rival East Carolina a 5-4, non-conference loss at historic Fleming Stadium on a soggy Wednesday evening. The teams endured a 98-minute rain delay. Trailing...

Wheeler, Gay each homer in CBA's home softball win

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Opposing teams might say they are showing respect when they intentionally walk N.C. State signee Meredith Burroughs this season. One swing of the bat by the Charles B. Aycock senior can undoubtedly change the complexion of any...

CBA-Fike softball box

Wednesday's game At Pikeville Wilson Fike 000 00 -- 0 2 2 C.B. Aycock 406 1x -- 11 13 0 Leading hitters -- Wilson Fike -- Meri Harris 1-2; Amber Baker 1-2. C.B. Aycock -- Mackenzie Wheeler 2-3, HR, 3...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Baseball: Wayne Christian 11, Parrott Academy 2 -- Ryan Kennedy and Jaxon Anderson (RBI) cranked out three hits apiece in the Eagles' season-opening win at historic Grainger Stadium in Kinston. Hunter Burt contributed two hits and...

Trojans drop one-run decision to Catawba

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Bradon Reitano delivered two hits and drove in four runs during the University of Mount Olive's 10-9, non-conference loss to in-state rival Catawba on Tuesday afternoon. The loss snapped the No. 15-ranked Trojans' three-game...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Faye Franklin claimed low gross in first flight during play contested on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Hiromi Sueki won low net, while Faye Franklin and Evelyn Rose shared low putts. Linda Cannon seized low gross in second flight....

RHS girls dominate Carolina 1A meet

Rosewood emerged victorious in eight individual events and secured first place in two relays during a four-team, Carolina 1-A Conference meet Monday afternoon. Standout sprinter Alysse Atwell posted first-place times in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and won the long...

Almontaser shines in track meet

Marquail Almontaser captured first place in three events during a four-team Carolina 1-A Conference meet Monday afternoon. A senior, Almontaser won the triple jump (38 feet, 9 inches), 110-meter hurdles (17;5) and 300 hurdles (47.6). Teammates Zack Barnes (high jump),...

Velasquez leads Princeton on soccer pitch

Kassandra Velasquez notched two goals and two assists during Princeton's 5-1, non-conference conquest of Goldsboro on Tuesday evening. Jessica Brush and Emily Woodward each scored on a Velasquez assist. Peyton Whitley connected on an assist from McKenzie Smale. Woodward assisted...

Eagles turn back N. Johnston

Rosewood claimed a pair of doubles points and handed North Johnston a 6-3, non-conference loss Monday afternoon. Dylan Cuddington, Jordan Price, Jeremy Lintner and Jake Smith each triumphed in singles play. Price-Samuel Drew and Lucas Parrish-Joseph Waters secured the outcome...

Chargers sweep doubles courts, beat Rosewood

Wayne Country Day swept the doubles courts and handed previously-unbeaten Rosewood a 6-3, non-conference defeat on Tuesday afternoon. The Chargers received singles wins from Sam Dively, Miller Gerrard and Preston Edwards. Gerrard-Michael Knutson, Dively-P. Edwards and Hunter Hawkins-Holden Edwards each...

Golden Falcons net first tennis win of 2014

WILSON -- C.B. Aycock halted a three-match skid with a 6-3, non-conference triumph over Greenfield on the Barton College Tennis Complex courts Tuesday afternoon. Addison Vail, Charles Hooks, Allan Best and Stanton Head each captured a straight-set victory in singles...

South Central shuts out E. Wayne in softball

Brooke Morawski and Emily Uzzell each had one hit in Eastern Wayne's 11-0 loss to perennial powerhouse South Central on Tuesday afternoon. It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference opener for both teams. Emily Uzzell and Tricia Bell each saw...

Aycock's Phillips tosses 4-hit shutout on softball diamond

PIKEVILLE -- Allie Phillips threw a complete-game four-hitter during C.B. Aycock's 16-0, mercy-rule triumph over New Bern in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference opener for both teams Tuesday. Walton faced 19 batters and struck out four. She was backed by...

Bulldogs hand Saints loss on softball diamond

PRINCETON -- Princeton opened its 2014 campaign with a 12-2, mercy-rule victory over Southern Wayne on Tuesday afternoon. Savanna Massengill, Taylor Carroll and Kelsey Peedin paced the Bulldogs' offense with two hits apiece. The trio combined to score four runs....

WCDS baseball rolls in season opener

Mason Bland and Amane Godo combined for a no-hitter as Wayne Country Day launched its 2014 season with a 23-1, mercy-rule romp over Trinity Christian of Fayetteville on Tuesday afternoon. Officials halted the game after 21/2 innings. Bland permitted the...

Saints trip up Rams

SNOW HILL -- Cole Barwick and Jacob Hollingsworth pounded out two hits apiece during Southern Wayne's 7-3, non-conference triumph over Greene Central on Tuesday afternoon. Barwick and Hollingsworth drove in one run apiece for the Saints, who improved to 3-2...

CBA's McGee belts game-winning, walk-off home run

PIKEVILLE -- Freshman Ashton McGee slugged a lead-off, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Charles B. Aycock turned back New Bern, 1-0, in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon. "We...

Goldsboro football receives equipment grant from Carolina Panthers

rcoggins@newsargus.com If the Goldsboro High football players weren't fans of the Carolina Panthers, they surely are now. The Cougars received a uniform grant from the NFL organization on Tuesday. The subsidy, which totals $50,000, is used to assist high school...

Warriors profit from Falcons' defensive miscues

rcoggins@newsargus.com Eastern Wayne handled the defensive pressure. South Central didn't. The Warriors pushed across five unearned runs during a three-inning stint and claimed an 8-2 victory in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference opener for both teams Tuesday afternoon. "Yeah, they...

E. Wayne-S. Central baseball box

Tuesday's game At New Hope South Central 000 200 0 -- 2 6 7 Eastern Wayne 005 120 x -- 8 10 1 Leading hitters -- South Central -- Macon Langston 2-4, 2B; Drew Piscorik 2-3, RBI; Brady Hill 3-3,...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

No. 15-ranked Trojans complete series sweep of Limestone

UMO Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Jay Gonzalez and Rob Shipman each homered during the fifth inning, and No. 15-ranked University of Mount Olive claimed a 14-4 win over Conference Carolinas foe Limestone (S.C.) on Monday afternoon. The Trojans swept...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Girls' soccer: Greenwood 6, Grantham 0 -- Esperes Mfwilwakanda logged a hat trick (three goals) for the victorious T-Birds. Madison Tallarida scored a pair of goals, while Tiayana Barnes collected one goal. Greenwood (1-0-0 overall) visits...

Carolina Elite Stars compete, bring home top awards

RALEIGH -- The Senior Onyx squad captured first place and emerged as the Grand Champion during the All-Star Challenge Cheer and Dance National Championships "King of the Jungle" nationals. The Youth Diamonds took first place and qualified, along with the...

CBA falls in ECC 3A/4A tennis opener

PIKEVILLE -- South Central prevailed at No. 1 doubles and slipped past Charles B. Aycock, 5-4, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference match Monday afternoon. Third-seeded Jackson Yelverton and fourth-seeded Allan Best each earned a straight-set victory in singles for...

Faith Christian drops opener to Wilmington Christian

Faith Christian opened its season with an 11-3 loss to N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A foe Wilmington Christian on Monday afternoon. Christian Mills pounded out three hits and three RBI for the Conquerors, who couldn't overcome six defensive errors. Jack...

Ivey swats grand slam HR in Rebels' home win

CALYPSO -- Cody Ivey belted a grand-slam home run during North Duplin's 13-3, non-conference thrashing of East Duplin on Monday evening. Trey Pate, the winning pitcher, recorded eight strikeouts. The Rebels (1-1 overall) opens Carolina 1-A Conference play Friday at...

Spring Creek slips past Greene Central in baseball

SNOW HILL -- Spring Creek pushed across two sixth-inning runs and turned back Greene Central, 6-5, on the James R. Fulghum Athletic Complex diamond Monday afternoon. Chad Spurgeon paced the Gators' offense with two hits and an RBI. Logan Miller,...

Princeton takes twinbill from Goldsboro

PRINCETON -- Princeton swept a non-conference doubleheader from Goldsboro 9-1 and 5-4 on Monday afternoon. Matt Edwards led the Dogs in the opener with two hits and four RBI. Jared Howard (RBI), Cayce Herring, Kenny Stempien and Isaiah Core each...

Price, McCollum each homer in Gators' mercy-rule win

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Alana Price cranked out a grand-slam home run and Rachel McCollum added a homer of her own during Spring Creek's 10-0, mercy-rule triumph over Greene Central on Monday afternoon. Sydney Ocker and Ashley Marriner each had hits....

Monday, March 10, 2014

Gators cruise past Blue Devils, 11-7

DEEP RUN -- Allen Coor emerged as the winning pitcher in relief, and Spring Creek rallied past South Lenoir, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon. Coor surrendered one earned run on four hits and struck out three in two innings of work....

Trojans take two from Saints

UMO Sports Information GAFFNEY, S.C. -- No. 15-ranked University of Mount Olive launched defense of its Conference Carolinas regular-season title with a doubleheader sweep of Limestone (S.C.) on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans prevailed 15-11 and 7-4 on the Founders FCU...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Trojans' Kines honored by NCBWA

MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive junior Gunner Kines has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Southeast Region pitcher-of-the-week. Kines struck out 10, walked none and threw a complete-game shutout against Florida Southern....

Unbeaten Martin Riverside ends Rosewood's dream season

kfine@newsargus.com FAYETTEVILLE -- They hoisted a trophy after the final buzzer sounded -- just not the one they were hoping for. Tears fell at mid-court and in the locker room -- just not the kind that often accompanies elation. The...

Rosewood-E. Columbus boxscore

Friday's game (at Crown Arena, Fayetteville) E. Columbus 16 15 13 8 -- 52 Rosewood 18 11 11 19 -- 59 EAST COLUMBUS (19-6) De'Maya Berry 4 0 3-6 11, Mardezia Brooks 0 1 0-0 3, Tiffany Keaton 2 0...

Rosewood girls defeat East Columbus in east 1A semifinals

rcoggins@newsargus.com FAYETTEVILLE -- Lexi Mercer had been running hot all day. Despite battling an illness, the Rosewood sophomore never ran out of gas Friday evening, even during a timeout when she leaned over a trash can and literally spilled her...

Friday, March 7, 2014

UMO women fall in Conference Carolinas tournament final

CONCORD -- Third-seeded University of Mount Olive was held to a season-low 21.8-percent shooting and endured a season-ending, 61-41 defeat to Limestone (S.C.) in the Conference Carolinas tournament championship game Wednesday evening. Limestone earned the automatic bid to the...

Hayes earns mound win for Saints

DUDLEY -- Jackson Hayes threw three solid innings and Southern Wayne turned back Greene Central, 7-5, in a rain-shortened non-conference contest on Thursday afternoon. Hayes fanned six Rams and yielded two runs. Cole Barwick, DJ Skinner (RBI), Hunter Barwick (RBI)...

Howell, Lynn combine to throw no-hitter

Reed Howell and Jordan Lynn combined for a no-hitter during Rosewood's 6-0, non-conference triumph over Goldsboro on Tuesday. Howell, a senior, struck out 11 Cougars during a five-inning stint. Lynn tossed two innings of shutout relief for the Eagles,...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Trojan women advance to Conference Carolinas tournament final

UMO Sports Information CONCORD -- The University of Mount Olive women's basketball team is one win away from returning to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional for the second consecutive year. Jasmine McDonald and Kirksten Mitchell combined for 30 points...

Preps digest: JV sports

JV sports * Baseball: C.B. Aycock 8, Wilson Hunt 0 -- Caleb Smith tripled and scored three runs in a 3-for-3 effort. Chandler Matthews, Cameron Kornegay (two RBI), Jacob Sanford, Jake Flowers, Landon Casey (two RBI) and Joey Hampton...

1A East Regional: Rosewood 'understudies' perfectly handle roles

rcoggins@newsargus.com FAYETTEVILLE -- Understudies, traditionally, never see center stage on Broadway unless the star becomes ill before the curtain opens. Rosewood's tandem of Lexi Mercer and Alicia Burns readily admit they wouldn't share the spotlight if it wasn't for their...

Mozingo notches hat trick (3 goals), two assists

Megan Mozingo recorded the hat trick (three goals) and logged two assists during Eastern Wayne's 9-0, non-conference conquest of county foe Goldsboro on Wednesday evening. Mozingo scored in the 3rd, 36th and 52nd minutes. The junior provided assists on McKenna...

CBA's Wheeler tosses 5-hit shutout

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock's Mackenzie Wheeler threw a complete-game shutout in a 6-0, non-conference win over Wilson Hunt on Wednesday afternoon. In her first-ever start inside the circle, Wheeler scattered five hits and struck out one Hunt batter. Wheeler...

McKeel has 2 RBI in EW's road defeats

ROCKY MOUNT -- Eastern Wayne couldn't overcome three errors in a 7-3, non-conference loss to Big East 3-A member Rocky Mount on Wednesday afternoon. Andrew McKeel batted 1-for-2 and drove in both runs for the Warriors, who dropped to 1-2...

North Lenoir suffers 1st baseball loss of season

WILSON -- Daron Gray tallied North Lenoir's lone run on a passed ball during a 4-1, non-conference loss to Wilson Fike on Wednesday evening. Offensive leaders for the Hawks were Gray Ethan Pittman, Tyler Smith, Brandon Moore, Jacob Baird and...

Hunt edges Aycock in 8 innings

WILSON -- Jacob Williamson's game-winning, eighth-inning RBI single lifted Wilson Hunt past Charles B. Aycock, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon. The base knock occurred with one out. The Golden Falcons owned a 9-2 edge in total hits, but surrendered three runs...

Spring Creek baseball knocks off Greene Central

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Allen Coor threw three solid innings and emerged as the winning pitcher during Spring Creek's 5-1, non-conference triumph over Greene Central on Wednesday afternoon. Coor yielded an unearned run. Chad Spurgeon and Logan Miller combined for four...

1A East Regional: East Columbus starts slow, gels at right time

rcoggins@newsargus.com FAYETTEVILLE -- Used to the West coast style of high school basketball, Jon Scharpenberg didn't know what to think when he took over the East Columbus varsity girls' program. He couldn't get used to his team dancing in the...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Conference Carolinas basketball awards

CONCORD -- University of Mount Olive's Dontrell Brite and Dory Hines earned all-conference accolades and Joey Higginbotham received men's coach-of-the-year honors during the Conference Carolinas basketball awards ceremony Tuesday evening. The Trojan men face Limestone in the tournament semifinals...

Eagles prepare for eastern regional

FAYETTEVILLE -- Rosewood head girls' basketball coach Rick Grantham wished he could have brought his team to the Crown Arena on Monday afternoon. He decided to involve the girls in another way. While touring the facility, the click and flash...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mocs take series finale from Trojans

UMO SPORTS INFORMATION MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive couldn't piece together a rally in an 8-7 loss on Sunday afternoon to Florida Southern at Scarborough Field. The Mocs took two out of three games in the series from the Trojans....

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Trojans' Kines throws complete game in opener

UMO Sports Information MOUNT OLIVE -- Gunner Kines threw a complete-game shutout in the opener as the University of Mount Olive split a non-conference doubleheader against Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon. Kines logged 10 strikeouts in the Trojans' 5-0 win...

Top-seeded UMO reaches tournament semifinals

astevens@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive may not have crafted a masterpiece on Saturday afternoon, but it certainly used its paint brush. The top-seeded Trojans overcame a sluggish start and tallied 44 points in the paint during a 77-68 win...

Trojan women survive scrappy Erskine

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Jasmine McDonald appreciated the recognition for her second career triple-double Saturday afternoon. She relished the victory over Erskine even more. McDonald knocked down 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists as the...

Saints present Massey with first victory

astevens@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Kevin Williams constantly wiggled out of trouble Friday afternoon. His Southern Wayne teammates gave him the run support he needed and presented Jackson Massey with his initial victory as the Saints' head coach. Williams allowed...

Southern Wayne-Spring Creek box

Southern Wayne 002 000 2 -- 4 6 5 Spring Creek 000 001 0 -- 1 1 3 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Kevin Williams 2-3; Jacob Hollingsworth 1-4, RBI; Hunter Barwick 1-4, RBI; Chris Reedy 1-3, RBI; Matt...

Princeton-East Columbus box

Friday's game At Lake Waccamaw Princeton 9 7 25 25 -- 66 East Columbus 15 9 15 28 -- 67 PRINCETON (16-10) Charley Cox 0 2 9-10 15, Savanna Massengill 11 1 8-9 33, Jacklyn Farrior 0 1 0-0 3,...

Princeton girls drop heartbreaker to East Columbus

rcoggins@newsargus.com LAKE WACCAMAW -- The last two good looks at the basket didn't fall for Princeton on Friday evening. And the Bulldogs' hopes of reaching the eastern regionals for the first time since 1988 also faded away. Marlena McClure drained...

McKeel drives in game-winning run for EW

Andrew McKeel drove in the game-winning run and Eastern Wayne turned back Wilson Hunt, 1-0, on Friday afternoon. Brandon Johnson paced the host Warriors with two hits. McKeel, Zack Smith, Ryan Faucette and Ryan Kelly provided one hit apiece. Coy...

Golden Falcons soar past Eagles

Tim Naughton emerged the winning pitcher during Charles B. Aycock's 10-0, mercy-rule conquest of county foe Rosewood. Naughton permitted one hit and logged five strikeouts during a three-inning stretch. Ben Rouse and Kyle Davis combined for two innings of one-hit,...

Goldsboro falls to Hobbton on baseball diamond

NEWTON GROVE -- Goldsboro plated a pair of third-inning runs, but Hobbton emerged victorious, 12-2, in a non-conference affair contested Friday afternoon. Zach Falconer (RBI) and Damon Pate each had one hit for the Cougars. Falconer and Jared Howard scored...

Quinn-Solomon cap EW victory in boys' tennis

Eastern Wayne earned the match-clinching point in doubles and slipped past New Bern, 5-4, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference match Friday afternoon. The Warriors' tandem of Ethan Quinn-Le Solomon triumphed in doubles. Quinn, Solomon, Sam Biggs and Gray Sasser...

Rosewood, Kinston battle to scoreless draw

KINSTON -- Rosewood played a strong defensive game and battled Kinston to a 0-0 tie on Friday evening. Patrice Robertson had four saves in goal for the Eagles. Rosewood (1-0-1 overall) continues play Tuesday at Midway....

Hobbton upends Goldsboro in softball

NEWTON GROVE -- Matti Rose Lyon and Shakelia Dawson accounted for Goldsboro's offense in a 16-1, non-conference loss to Hobbton on Friday afternoon. Lyon batted 1-for-2, while Dawson drove in the Cougars' lone run. Lyon recorded six strikeouts inside the...