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Monday, June 30, 2014

Post 11 defeats Pitt, wins Area I East regular-season crown

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Wayne County Post 11 picked the perfect time to play its most-complete game of the season Sunday afternoon. And it earned two rewards, too. Greg Johnson and Jackson Hayes combined for a sterling four-hitter as Wayne County...

Wayne County Post 11-Pitt County Post 39 box

Pitt County 020 000 000 -- 2 4 2 Post 11 201 010 00x -- 4 6 1 Leading hitters -- Pitt County Post 39 -- Ryan Maness 1-4; Ben Blackwell 1-4, 2B, RBI; Frankie Williamson 1-4, RBI; Phillip Ellis...

Rosewood grad Adams wins 2014 Wayne County Junior Amateur

From staff reports Defending champ Michael Sutton had Nick Adams on the ropes. But Sutton, who won the 2013 Wayne County Junior Amateur, couldn't hold onto his lead down the stretch. A multi-stroke advantage slipped from his grasp and Adams...

Easley, former UMO star, adjusting to European basketball

BOCHUM, GERMANY -- The past three years have been a period of adjustment for University of Mount Olive alum Kendrick Easley. The all-time leading scorer in Trojan men's basketball history, Easley learned to deal with changing circumstances since he left...

Sansbury named new softball coach at University of Mount Olive

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Mandy Sansbury immediately connected with Jaime Kylis during their initial meeting about the University of Mount Olive softball program. The two former collegiate catchers share similar philosophies. And they have the same goals. Now the target,...

Friday, June 27, 2014

Locals show their team spirit during USA-Germany match in World Cup

aetzler@newsargus.com U.S. airman Anthony Hawkins irritated his wife, Michelle, with his shiny blue cowboy hat, American flag-patterned sunglasses and Captain America shirt to root on the United States in their World Cup match against Germany on Thursday. It's not that...

Area I East Division standings

    Div.        Overall     Team    W-L    Pct.    W-L x-Wayne County    7-2    .778    9-4-1 x-Pitt County    6-2    .750    8-5 Kinston    3-3    .500    8-6 Wilson    2-4    .333    3-12 Ahoskie    2-5    .286    3-7 Windsor    1-5    .167    1-5 Albemarle*    0-0    .000    0-0 x...

ECBL: CBA White shuts out Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Charles B. Aycock White cranked out 18 hits in a 16-0 mercy-rule triumph over Spring Creek on Thursday evening. Chandler Matthews led the team with three hits and an RBI. Joey Hampton (two RBI), Caleb Matthews...

ECBL: CBA Blue-Rosewood box

Rosewood 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3 CBA Blue 141 030 x -- 9 9 1 Leading hitters -- Rosewood -- Blake Dean 1-3, 2B; Kahlil Warren 1-3; Bryce McKeel 1-3; Nick Neal 1-3. C.B. Aycock Blue -- Brandon...

ECBL: CBA Blue's Casey tosses 4-hit gem

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Landon Casey hadn't pitched since the spring. Since CBA Blue had a taxed stable of pitchers, head coach Allen Thomas gave Casey the ball in hopes he could eat a few innings. He ate all...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ECBL: CBA Blue trips up So. Wayne Red

PIKEVILLE -- Trent Herndon struck out seven batters in six innings of work on the mound and Charles B. Aycock Blue trumped Southern Wayne Red, 5-2, in a rescheduled Eastern Carolina Baseball League game Wednesday evening. Bandon Palmer, Herndon...

Area I East Senior Legion standings

    Div.        Overall     Team    W-L    Pct.    W-L x-Pitt County    6-2    .750    8-5 x-Wayne County    6-2    .750    8-4-1 Kinston    3-3    .500    8-6 Wilson    2-4    .333    3-12 Ahoskie    2-5    .286    3-6 Windsor    1-4    .200    1-4 Albemarle*    0-0    .000    0-0 x...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Simmons headed to the Orient

rcoggins@newsargus.com HANOVER, N.H. -- This is a summer vacation Tara Simmons certainly didn't expect to experience. Instead of hitting golf balls on local courses and competing in tournaments to sharpen her game, she's going to tee it up with some...

Post 11 rallies twice, defeats Area I East nemesis

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Somebody forgot to turn off the Faucette. Ryan Faucette's two-out, solo home run ignited a sixth-inning uprising as Wayne County Post 11 seized a pivotal, 7-5 victory over nemesis Kinston Post 43 on a balmy Tuesday evening....

Wayne County Post 11-Kinston Post 43 box

Kinston 010 022 000 -- 5 10 2 Post 11 100 023 10x -- 7 9 3 Leading hitters -- Kinston Post 43 -- Zach Rasberry 2-4, 2 RBI; Will Deters 2-5, RBI; Luke Jackson 2-5, 2B, RBI; Kevin Ormond...

ECBL: Wayne Christian turns back Spring Creek

Wayne Christian scored six runs in the third inning and went on to beat Spring Creek 7-5 on Tuesday evening. Mitch Turnage had two hits, including a triple and three RBI for the Eagles. Ted Suggs also turned in a...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock White edges Bethel

PIKEVILLE -- CBA White used four pitchers to edge Bethel in a 6-4 triumph in ECBL play Tuesday night. Luke Frederick (RBI) led the offense with two hits, including a double and run scored. Nick Aycock drove in two runs,...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock Blue shuts out Wilson Christian

WILSON -- Charlie Robertson threw a complete-game shutout and Charles B. Aycock Blue beat Wilson Christian 9-0 in Eastern Carolina Baseball League action on Tuesday. Robertson surrendered just one hit and struck out 13 batters. Trent Herndon (RBI) and Bobby...

ECBL: Johnson throws complete game for Warriors

aetzler@newsargus.com When Eastern Wayne head coach Randall Fields walked to the mound in the sixth inning, pitcher Brock Johnson nearly walked off. He thought his coach was coming to take him out of the game, but Fields just wanted to...

ECBL: E. Wayne-So. Wayne box

So. Wayne 103 000 0 -- 4 10 3 E. Wayne 202 020 x -- 6 10 1 Leading hitters -- Southern Wayne -- Josh Jernigan 2-3, 2B; Aryc Chrisman 2-2, RBI; Derek Holsinger 2-2, 2B, RBI; Cole Barwick 1-3,...

Albemarle Post 74 folds, causes stir in Area I East

rcoggins@newsargus.com Here we go again. For the third straight year, a Senior American Legion baseball team in the Area I East Division ranks has folded. This time it's Albemarle Post 74. The inability to consistently put nine players on the...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wayne County Post 11-Duplin Sampson Post 127 box

Post 11 000 740 3 -- 14 9 2 Duplin-Sampson 100 000 1 -- 2 5 3 Leading hitters -- Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner 2-4, 2 RBI; Kevin Williams 1-2, RBI; Ryan Faucette 3-4, 2 RBI; Allen...

Post 11 struggles early, dumps Duplin-Sampson Post 127

rcoggins@newsargus.com CLINTON -- Wayne County Post 11 set the table during the first three innings. It didn't feast until the fourth. Garrett Joyner's two-RBI single spearheaded a seven-run uprising and Wayne County rolled to a 14-2, non-division victory over Duplin-Sampson...

Lane Tree Ladies Association golf news

Mary Ann Sutton seized game-of-the-week and low gross honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Barbara Hill secured low net. Nan Jarrell won low putts....

ECBL: C.B. Aycock White rolls past North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Charles B. Aycock White hammered North Duplin 14-4 on Monday evening. Chandler Matthews led the way driving in three runs with two doubles. He scored twice. Luke Frederick, Nick Aycock, Caleb Matthews and Ty Daniels all had multi-hit...

ECBL: Wayne Christian, Bethel settle for 3-3 tie

KINSTON -- Wayne Christian nearly eeked out a win over Bethel on Monday evening but darkness fell and the Eastern Carolina Baseball League game ended tied 3-3 after eight innings. The umpires called the game after the Eagles had scored...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock Blue-E. Wayne box

E. Wayne 000 430 0 -- 7 6 3 CBA Blue 042 122 x -- 11 8 0 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Braxton Lewis 2-3; Brock Johnson 1-3, RBI; Carlyle Smith 1-3, RBI; Jay Wiseman 1-3; Ryan Warren...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock Blue squanders lead, beats E. Wayne

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Lloyd Lowe stepped up to the plate with the game tied in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lowe knew he had a job to do -- put the ball in play. He grounded out to the...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Area I East standings

AREA I EAST DIVISION (Standings thru June 22) East Pct. All Pct. Team Pitt County 4-1 .800 6-4 .600 Wayne County 5-2 .714 6-4-1 .600 Wilson 4-3 .571 5-11 .385 Ahoskie 4-4 .500 4-5 .444 Windsor 2-2 .500 3-2...

Game Day: Post 11 travels to Duplin-Sampson

Early-evening thunderstorms washed out the Wayne County Post 11-Apex Post 124 baseball game Saturday evening. The Area I non-division contest will not be rescheduled.Wayne County (6-4-1 overall) is the guest of Area II member Duplin-Sampson Post 127 today. First pitch...

ECBL: Spring Creek upends Southern Wayne White, 4-2

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Sawyer Smith turned in a three-hit performance during Spring Creek's 4-2 triumph over Southern Wayne White in an ECBL game contested at "The Swamp." Landon Smothers provided two hits and an RBI. Will Rouse had one hit...

ECBL: Wayne Christian rolls past N. Duplin

Austin Howell logged nine strikeouts and allowed three hits as Wayne Christian hammered North Duplin, 14-3, in an Eastern Carolina Baseball League game. Howell, Hunter Burt (two RBI), Mitch Turnage and Ted Suggs (two RBI) provided two hits apiece. Jaxon...

Rosewood grad Howell signs NLI with Appalachian State

aetzler@newsargus.com Reed Howell came close to not playing college baseball, but one pitching performance changed his outlook. It came against East Carteret. Howell threw a complete-game four-hitter and struck out 11 batters in the third-round playoff game. Over the next...

Jacob's assist: High school friends share bond on, off the basketball court

aetzler@newsargus.com Jay-Len Roberts walks into an empty gym. His childhood friend Jacob Coley rolls in right beside him. Jacob has always wanted to play point guard. Roberts sets the ball on Jacob's lap at the top of the key. Roberts...

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wayne County Post 11-Wilson Post 13 box

Post 11 300 101 000 -- 5 9 2 Wilson 023 012 00x -- 8 12 2 Leading hitters -- Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner 1-4, RBI; Kevin Williams 1-4; Ryan Faucette 1-4; Chad Spurgeon 1-5, RBI; Coy...

Wayne County Post 11 falls to Wilson Post 13

WILSON -- Wilson Post 13 turned a double play and triple play defensively, and claimed an 8-5 victory over Area I East rival Wayne County Post 11 at historic Fleming Stadium on a balmy Thursday evening. The loss snapped...

UMO alum Jasmine McDonald among NCAA Woman of the Year nominees

UMO Sports Information HIGH POINT -- University of Mount Olive graduate Jasmine McDonald is one of two Conference Carolinas student-athletes nominated for the prestigious 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and service...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock Blue doubles up Snow Hill

SNOW HILL -- Charles B. Aycock Blue staved off a strong Snow Hill offense, 12-6, in an Eastern Carolina Baseball League game played Thursday evening. Charlie Robertson (two RBI), Trent Herndon (RBI double) and Kyle Davis each had two...

ECBL: CBA White wins weather-shortened affair

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- The bases were loaded and Charles B. Aycock White coach Nelson Cunningham needed his team to come through. His team hadn't made a ground-ball out the entire game until East Duplin's Troy Blizzard hit a check-swing...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock White-East Duplin box

East Duplin 011 00 -- 2 4 0 CBA White 021 2x -- 5 5 2 Game was called before the bottom of the fifth due to thunderstorms Leading hitters -- East Duplin -- Wesley Sanderson 1-2; Justin Watkins...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ECBL: Kornegay, Davis spark CBA Blue

Charles B. Aycock Blue had four players turn in multi-hit performances during a 9-5 victory over Rosewood in Eastern Carolina Baseball League play Wednesday evening. Cameron Kornegay and Kyle Davis had three hits apiece for CBA Blue. Ashton McGee...

Wayne County Post 11-Windsor Post 37 box

Windsor 001 001 1 -- 3 6 4 Post 11 040 004 5 -- 13 11 0 One out when game-ending run scored. Leading hitters -- Windsor Post 37 -- Darren Armstrong 2-4, 2B, RBI. Wayne County Post 11 --...

Post 11 explodes late against Windsor Post 37

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- The casual observer could look at Wayne County Post 11's mercy-rule victory over Windsor Post 37 as a routine day at the park. This one was closer than it looks on paper. Wayne County erupted for nine...

Area I East Senior Legion standings

    Div.        Overall     Team    W-L    Pct.    W-L Wayne County    5-1    .833    6-3-1 Pitt County    4-1    .800    6-4 Wilson    3-3    .500    4-8 Windsor    2-2    .500    3-2 Ahoskie    3-4    .429    3-5 Kinston    1-2    .333    6-5 Albemarle    0-5    .000    0-5...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday's preps

ECBL Southern Wayne Red 7-8, C.B. Aycock White 2-0 * PIKEVILLE -- Cole Barwick swatted his first home run of the summer, and Matt Hollingsworth and Derek Holsinger each claimed a pitching win during Southern Wayne Red's doubleheader sweep of...

Wednesday column

Is East Carolina athletics director Jeff Compher playing it close to the vest regarding the head baseball coaching vacancy? One has to wonder. Nearly a month after dismissing Billy Godwin, Compher has refused to reveal a possible replacement. Virginia associate...

Spring creek Faith Christian

aetzler@newsargus.com Spring Creek rising senior Allen Coor has struggled with the bat ever since he tried out for the Wayne County Post 11 Senior Legion team. In order to get himself going at the plate and get some innings in...

Spring Creek - Faith Christian box

Spring Creek 1100 33 -- 16 13 1 Faith Christian 000 02 -- 2 3 6 Leading hitters -- Spring Creek -- Levi Wise 1-4; Sawyer Smith 1-4, RBI, 2B; Will Rouse 2-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI; Allen Coor 2-4,...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ECBL: Rosewood-Eastern Wayne box

E. Wayne 100 000 0 -- 1 3 6 Rosewood 311 300 x -- 8 5 1 Leading hitters -- Eastern Wayne -- Andrew McKeel 2-2. Rosewood -- Jordan Gurley 2-2, RBI; Blake Dean 1-2; Jacob Dubose 1-3, RBI; Boone...

ECBL: Rosewood remains perfect in 2 outings

aetzler@newsargus.com Rosewood is still getting into the swing of things in the Eastern Carolina Baseball League after an extended high school season. Head coach Barry Bradley wants to make sure the kids are taking advantage of every opportunity to...

Wayne County Post 11-Kinston Post 43 box

Post 11 212 131 000 -- 10 8 3 Kinston 100 010 002 -- 4 9 2 Leading hitters -- Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner 2-4, RBI; Ryan Faucette 2-5, 2 RBI; Noah West 1-4; DJ Graham 1-4,...

Opportunistic Wayne County Post 11 rolls past Kinston

rcoggins@newsargus.com KINSTON -- Opportunistic from its first at-bat, Wayne County Post 11 easily turned back an old nemesis on Monday evening. And stayed tied atop the Area I East Division standings with Pitt County. Garrett Joyner, Ryan Faucette and Hank...

ECBL: Spring Creek, Wilson Christian split twinbill

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Spring Creek scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to steal game one of an ECBL doubleheader against Wilson Christian. Cole Jacobs had a hit and two RBI to lead Spring Creek. Levi Miller...

ECBL: C.B. Aycock White prevails in bottom of 7th inning

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock White scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning and handed Wayne Christian a 6-5 loss in Eastern Carolina Baseball League play. Chandler Matthews led the CBA White attack with two hits,...

Wooten, Narron selected for South Atlantic League All-Star game

aetzler@newsargus.com Goldsboro native John Wooten still recalls looking up to Sam Narron when Wooten was in high school at Eastern Wayne. Narron, at the time, played in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization and worked out at Eastern Wayne during the offseason....

Lane Tree Ladies Golf news

Nan Jarrell carded a 69 and earned game-of-the-week honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Rhonda Williams seized low gross and low net. Barbara Hill claimed low putts....

Monday, June 16, 2014

Keajah Wilson signs NLI with Lenoir CC

aetzler@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Keajah Wilson didn't pick up a basketball until she was in eighth grade. Even then, it wasn't by her own accord that she tried out in middle school. "People told me I should play because I was...

Big Rock Blue Marlin: Chainlink takes 4th overall

staff reports MOREHEAD CITY -- Goldsboro-based Chainlink wound up fourth overall and pocketed an $84,150 paycheck during the 56th installment of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Chainlink angler Wes Seegars reeled in a 412.7-pound blue marlin on Thursday, which...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Anthony Russo Jr. eager to play for Pirates

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Anthony Russo Jr. suited up and played nearly every position -- except the line -- during his four-year football career at Spring Creek. He'll concentrate on one position, slotback, at East Carolina University. A third-generation Pirate,...

ALL-AREA -- Phillips selected softball pitcher-of-the-year

PIKEVILLE -- Coming into the season Charles B. Aycock sophomore Allie Phillips had very little varsity experience inside the pitcher's circle. She threw just nine innings during her freshman year. But head coach Emily Burke saw Phillips improve into more...

ALL-AREA -- King named baseball coach-of-the-year

Rosewood had just turned in a less-than-inspired effort that forced head varsity baseball coach Jason King to take a longer-than-normal cool-down period. Once he met with his team, King didn't mince words. "We got hammered by Spring Creek at our...

ALL-AREA -- Howell selected baseball player-of-the-year

Reed Howell doesn't mind joking around with his teammates during batting practice or while the other team warms up on the baseball diamond. Once Howell stepped onto the field, his demeanor changed and he emerged as a leader through his...

ALL-AREA -- Hampton named baseball pitcher-of-the-year

PIKEVILLE -- Bottom of the sixth inning. The bases were juiced. Charles B. Aycock starter Adam Pate faced trouble in a pivotal contest against conference rival South Johnston. Bobby Hampton paced in center field. "It was a really important game,"...

ALL-AREA -- Burroughs earns third straight softball player-of-the-year award

PIKEVILLE -- Emily Burke remembers the day she held Meredith Burroughs, then a baby, in her arms when the future Charles B. Aycock slugger came home from the hospital. She remembers Burroughs hitting a home run -- over the fence...

ALL-AREA -- Burke chosen softball coach-of-the-year

PIKEVILLE -- Second-year Charles B. Aycock head softball coach Emily Burke knew she would have the itch to lace up her cleats and get back on the field everytime her team started to struggle. Just two years removed from her...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Post 11 game rained out

CLINTON -- Mother Nature washed out the Wayne County/Duplin-Sampson Senior Legion baseball game Thursday evening. The non-division game has been rescheduled for June 23 at 7 p.m. Wayne County (4-3-1 overall) returns to action Monday at Area I East rival...

Goldsboro's Seegars reels in 412.7-pound blue marlin

MOREHEAD CITY -- This wasn't Chainlink's first trip to the weigh station at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. In 2006, the Goldsboro-based boat won the Big Rock with a 501.5 pounder, with Wes Seegars the winning angler. Eight...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ECBL: Wayne Christian trio handcuffs North Duplin

Holden Foster, Tanner Rose and Austin Howell combined to throw a five-hitter and Wayne Christian beat North Duplin 9-3 in an Eastern Carolina Baseball League game Tuesday evening. Rose led the Eagles with two hits and Hunter Burt drove...

Wayne County Post 11-Wilson Post 13 box

Wilson 030 000 000 -- 3 8 0 Post 11 100 131 00x -- 6 13 1 Leading hitters -- Wilson Post 13 -- Nick Sanders 2-3, RBI; Will Cunningham 2-4. Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner 3-4, 2...

Talented Post 11 starting to find an identity

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Eight games into the season, the pieces of the puzzle are finally starting to come together for Wayne County Post 11. The team learned more about its identity as well. Post 11 finally showed some grit and...

Sasser likes Methodist's offense

rcoggins@newsargus.com FAYETTEVILLE -- A thinking man's quarterback, Jacob Sasser is ready to flourish in a passing attack at the next level. He should get his chance at Methodist University. The recent Rosewood High graduate signed a grant package with the...

Patience wore thin for Aycock's Clark, Eutsey

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock seniors Michael Eutsey and Neil Clark wondered what they did wrong. They had the size. They had the speed. They had the stats. But no colleges heavily recruited either one to join their football...

Spring Creek's Morris leaving for Topsail

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Six volleyballs. An antique net system. A winless program. None of those issues bothered Deanna Morris when she took over the Spring Creek volleyball program in 2004. She built competitive teams that made five playoff...

Big Rock Blue Marlin: Floar Plan, Chainlink hook gamefish

ATLANTIC BEACH -- Floar Plan, owned by Randy Floars of Goldsboro, released a 35-pound dolphin during action in the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament Wednesday. Floars and his crew released a white marlin around 2 p.m. One...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rosewood wins 5th straight Wells Fargo Carolina 1-A Conference Cup

rcoggins@newsargus.com CHAPEL HILL -- Five in a row. Rosewood dominated the spring competition and claimed the 2013-14 Carolina 1-A Conference Wells Fargo Cup championship for the fifth consecutive year. Regular-season titles in men's and women's outdoor track, baseball and men's...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Charlotte Campbell emerged as the low putts winner during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Penny Ritt took low net, while Hiromi Sueki claimed low gross....

ECBL: Jordan gets complete-game win for CBA White

KINSTON -- Trey Jordan pitched a complete game CBA White thumped Bethel 11-1 in ECBL play Monday evening. Jordan allowed one run on seven hits and struck out three. Luke Frederick and Bradley Pate each had two hits for CBA...

ECBL: N. Lenoir Green shuts out Spring Creek

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Reed Parris and Alex Jones combined for a four-hit shutout as North Lenoir Green defeated Spring Creek 3-0 on Monday evening. Colby McLawhorn collected three hits, including two doubles, for NL Green. Sawyer Smith, Kaden Geelen, Josh...

ECBL: CBA White, E. Wayne split doubleheader

C.B. Aycock White and Eastern Wayne split an Eastern Carolina Baseball League doubleheader Tuesday evening. Chandler Matthews and Luke Frederick combined for four hits and each scored two runs in an 8-1, game one victory. Eastern Wayne took the...

CBA grad Zacharzuk signs with William Peace University

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Collin Zacharzuk sized up the competition and quickly came to one conclusion during a pair of ID soccer camps on the N.C. State campus in Raleigh. They all wanted to play forward. That suited Zacharzuk just fine,...

Big Rock Blue Marlin: Inspiration remains overall leader

staff reports ATLANTIC BEACH -- Inspiration remains the overall leader after Tuesday's action involved billfish releases and gamefish catches during the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Anglers collected 10 blue marlins and 20 white marlins, but nothing like...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lane Tree Ladies Golf Association news

Teresa Shearin claimed game-of-the-week honors during play contested on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Betty Jean Gurley and Nan Jarrell seized low net and low putts, respectively....

Saints' Williams, Hayes each sign with Southeastern CC

rcoggins@newsargus.com WHITEVILLE -- A small school nestled in a rural area wouldn't appeal to many baseball players. But if you love the game and are an avid fishermen, then Southeastern Community College provides the best of both worlds. At least...

Big Rock Blue Marlin: Goldsboro's Bass helps land third-place blue marlin

staff reports ATLANTIC BEACH -- Goldsboro angler Brandon Bass posted the third-largest catch during the 56th installment of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Bass reeled in a 410.7-pound blue marlin while fishing aboard Carnovore, the 2010 BRBM champion. Inspiration...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Trojans' Gonzalez drafted in 10th round by Baltimore Orioles

rcoggins@newsargus.com ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jay Gonzalez has often dreamt of stepping into the batter's box and taking a few cuts against Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. He's one step closer to turning that fantasy into reality. The University of...

Golden Falcons' Rose blooms as understudy

rcoggins@newsargus.com RALEIGH -- Haley Rose is your typical understudy. She does most of the "behind-the-scenes" work as the backup catcher who helps keep Charles B. Aycock's pitching staff sharp. Standing with her teammates among the third-base line, Rose unexpectedly...

Whitfield will take over Parrott baseball program

rcoggins@newsargus.com KINSTON -- Sit down a few minutes and talk about baseball to George Whitfield. His eyes twinkle. The timber of his voice changes. An unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the game the 77-year-old, nine-time Hall of Famer holds...

Future teammates help ease Harris' pain

aetzler@newsargus.com RALEIGH -- Tears of sadness fell from the eyes of Charles B. Aycock senior Cierra Harris as she jogged off the field from second base after her team lost the second game, 6-4, to Sun Valley in the N.C....

Spartans win series, derail Golden Falcons' title hopes

aetzler@newsargus.com RALEIGH -- Over aggressive during their first two at-bats, the Sun Valley softball team quickly realized it had to be patient at the plate Saturday afternoon. Charles B. Aycock pitchers Allie Phillips and Meredith Burroughs combined to walk 14...

C.B. Aycock-Sun Valley boxscore (Saturday)

Saturday's game Sun Valley 001 310 1 -- 6 7 1 C.B. Aycock 020 020 0 -- 4 7 1 Leading hitters -- Sun Valley -- Brittany Pickett 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Abbie Faircloth 1-3; Hannah Adamcyzk 2-3; Peyton Taylor...

Spartans get key hit in sixth inning

rcoggins@newsargus.com RALEIGH -- A three-run, first-inning outburst sent the jam-packed Charles B. Aycock stands into a frenzy Friday evening. That enthusiasm soon turned to anguish. Sun Valley answered with a five-run uprising of its own in the same inning,...

C.B. Aycock-Sun Valley boxscore (Friday)

2014 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state finals (at Walnut Creek, Raleigh) Friday's game C.B. Aycock 311 000 0 -- 5 6 2 Sun Valley 500 001 x -- 6 6 4 Leading hitters -- C.B. Aycock --...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Last shot at state title for three CBA seniors

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Despite being called out for stepping out of the batter's box in three of her last five at-bats, Charles B. Aycock senior Cierra Harris is not changing anything. And she means that literally. Harris and the rest...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wayne County Post 11-Pitt County Post 39 box

Wednesday's game Wayne County 050 001 000 0 -- 6 12 2 Pitt County 200 020 200 1 -- 7 9 2 No outs when game-winning run scored. Leading hitters -- Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner 2-4, RBI;...

Post 11 squanders scoring opportunities against Pitt County

rcoggins@newsargus.com WINTERVILLE -- Wayne County Post 11 let an old nemesis wiggle off the hook at Minges-Overton Field on a humid Wednesday evening. Pitt County Post 39 shortstop Ryan Maness delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th...

Matthews triples twice in CBA White victory over Spring Creek

Chandler Matthews had two triples and C.B. Aycock White defeated Spring Creek 9-3 Wednesday evening in Eastern Carolina Baseball League action. Jake Flowers had two hits for CBA White. Trey Jordan, Bradley Pate and Joey Hampton each had a...

Burke: Golden Falcons need to stick to gameplan in state finals

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Listen to Emily Jordan talk and it's almost like you're watch a scene from the blockbuster movie "Hoosiers" when Gene Hackman's basketball team enters Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus. Hackman brings out a tape measure...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sibling chemistry part of solid Golden Falcon defense

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- As Charles B. Aycock sophomore catcher Abbie Walton gets down in her crouch, her twin sister Madison flashes her the sign. It's a simple point to let Abbie know the runner is stealing. Abbie jumps up and...

ECBL: Spring Creek slips past Bethel

Kaden Geelen had a double and an RBI to lead Spring Creek to a 7-6 win over Bethel on Tuesday. Mathew Dupuy and Hunter Walker each added an RBI. Will Rouse went the distance on the mound for Spring Creek...

ECBL: CBA White shuts down East Duplin

Luke Frederick threw six strong innings, giving up one hit and striking out six in CBA White's 5-0 triumph over East Duplin. Luke Frederick led CBA White with two hits. Chris Turner had a double and an RBI. Jake Flowers,...

ECBL: Faith Christian trips up Southern Wayne Red

Levi Wise went the distance on the mound for Faith in a 6-2 victory over Southern Wayne Tuesday evening. Wise surrendered five hits and struck out nine. Jonathan Johnson, Cal Reese, Seth Price and Dylan Whitley each had hits for...

ECBL: CBA Blue scores mercy-rule win over Wilson

Cameron Kornegay and Ashton McGee each had triples, and combined for six RBI as Charles B. Aycock Blue pounded Wilson 12-0 on Tuesday evening. Trent Herndon added one hit and two RBI. Kyle Davis got the win on the mound,...

ECBL: Wayne Christian shuts out Southern Wayne White

Austin Howell and Tanner Rose combined to throw a two-hitter and Wayne Christian defeated Eastern Carolina Baseball League foe Southern Wayne White, 13-0, in five innings Tuesday evening. Wayne Christian had 14 hits by 11 different players. Hunter Burt, Jaxon...

Wayne County Fury takes 2nd place

GREENSBORO -- Aaron Smith and Elijah Bryant each flirted with a double-double as the Wayne County Fury 15-Under boys' basketball team dropped a 70-52 decision to Kernersville in the championship game of the USSSA state tournament. Smith provided 11 points...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Hiromi Sueki and Gaye Bryant registered low gross and low net, respectively, during first flight play on the picturesque Walnut Creek Country Club layout. Second flight winners were Penny Ritt (low gross), Linda Cannon (low net) and Mary Morris (low...

Lane Tree Ladies Golf news

Sherry Minner claimed game-of-the-week honors during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Nan Jarrell secured low net and Mary Ann Sutton earned low putts. Rhonda Williams seized low putts for the third consecutive week....

CBA freshmen make immediate impact

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- New to the team, but undoubtedly familiar -- and respectful -- of the softball program's tradition, Charles B. Aycock's latest of crop of freshmen have performed like veterans this spring. So much for an adjustment period. And...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Golf

Golf Another albatross * There must be something in the city water. After an albatross and rash of hole-in-ones during May, the same trend continues into June. This time, Joe Pritchard recorded an albatross on the par-4, No. 3 hole...

ECBL Digest

ECBL CBA Blue 5, Eastern Wayne 3 * Charles B. Aycock Blue scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and claimed a 5-3 win over Eastern Wayne in divisional play of the Eastern Carolina Baseball League Monday...

Monday, June 2, 2014

Johnson, Barnett combine for 13 strikeouts in Post 11 victory

rcoggins@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Wayne County Post 11 capitalized on early-inning opportunities and stayed unbeaten in Area I East play on a breezy, sun-splashed Sunday afternoon. Southpaws Greg Johnson and Coy Barnett combined for 13 strikeouts on the rubber and Post...

Post 11-Ahoskie Post 102 box

Ahoskie    000    002    0    --    2    5    5 Wayne County    330    501    x    --    12    8    2 Leading hitters -- Ahoskie Post 102 -- Austin Hurdle 1-2, 2B; Everett Sawyer 1-2, 2 RBI. Wayne County Post 11 -- Garrett Joyner...