Florence's Aftermath
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CALYPSO — Ricky Edwards spent Thursday afternoon checking on the athletic facilities at North Duplin High School and didn’t see anything that needed major repair.

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Wayne County athletics directors are scratching their heads after the N.C. High School Athletic Association sent a memo about football practice and health and safety to its member schools in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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PIKEVILLE — Charles B. Aycock didn’t expect a storm named Florence, packed with tropical winds and inundating rain, to interrupt its season on the soccer pitch.

APagate

RALEIGH (AP) — The Associated Press state high school football poll for the week of September 18, first-place votes in parentheses, records and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sports writers:

Jeanette Sasser emerged as the game-of-the-week winner while playing from the red tees on the soggy Lane Tree Golf Club links.

Tim Harrell, director of project operations for Wayne County Public Schools, seemed optimistic Monday that classes might resume Thursday.

Though logistical issues remain, Wayne County Public Schools officials have one priority in mind — safety.

PIKEVILLE — Charles B. Aycock’s football team has a few days to figure out how to move forward without its starting quarterback.

CALYPSO — After North Duplin lost 14 starters and 90 percent of the team’s offense to graduation this past June, it would have been easy to assume that the Rebels may not be able to follow up last year’s amazing 14-1 season that ended with a loss to Cherokee in the state finals.

#919Preps

Push through and play with confidence was the outside perspective given by first-year Wayne Christian head volleyball coach Jessica Rowe on Tuesday afternoon.

Boy's Soccer

SPIVEY'S CORNER — Spring Creek opened East Central 2-A Conference play with a 4-3, overtime victory over Midway on the Tommy Sloan Stadium pitch.

Eastern Wayne’s JJ Murray

Prep Boys’ Soccer

With the rain coming down Wayne Christian was unable withstand a barrage of goals from Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference rival Friendship Christian in the first half.

Preps

CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. High School Athletic Association stated in an email Tuesday morning that it is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence, currently a life-threatening Category 4 storm which is expected to arrive either late Thursday evening or early Friday morning.

Local Golf

Evelyn Rose claimed low-gross honors during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links.

University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE — Ania Keene and Cyerra Carter cranked out 10 kills apiece as the University of Mount Olive defeated in-state women’s volleyball rival UNC Pembroke 25-20, 25-23, 26-24 at Kornegay Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

Boy's Soccer

WILSON — Noah Hancock and Colin Williams each scored a goal as Goldsboro upended Beddingfield, 3-0, in non-conference action.

Middle School Volleyball

Volleyball: Spring Creek d. Dillard 25-8, 25-7, 25-6 — Madison Broughton and Peyton Sullivan emerged as the leaders in the Gators' season-opening win.

Girl's Golf

DUDLEY — Savannah Strickland shot a nine-hole round of 46 to lead Charles B. Aycock to a third-place finish during an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet contested at Southern Wayne Country Club.

Volleyball

PIKEVILLE — Sophomore Abbey Thomas and junior Victoria Patnaude morphed into beast mode at the net during Charles B. Aycock's 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 conquest of Hunt on Monday afternoon.

Volleyball

Hunt d. C.B. Aycock — Freshman Aloura Stanton logged a team-high 12 digs in the Golden Falcons' non-conference loss to Hunt on Monday afternoon. Freshman Emily Feddersen added seven digs, while freshman Bailey Wood had six digs. Woods also dished out a team-best eight assists.

Cross Country

Teammates Connor Bauer and Avery Best crossed the finish line first and second, respectively, and Wayne Country Day emerged as the top team in its Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference opener Monday afternoon.

JV Volleyball

Southern Wayne d. Spring Creek 25-17, 25-11 — Freshman Allie Lane logged 10 assists and seven aces during the Saints' straight-set road win Monday afternoon.

JV Volleyball

Goldsboro d. James Kenan 25-5, 25-17 — Dantzler Bonner provided eight aces and Anna Miranda delivered five aces during the Cougars' road win Monday afternoon.

Girl's Tennis

The third-seeded tandem of Autumn Heath-Joey Martin grabbed Rosewood's lone point in an 8-1, non-conference loss to perennial powerhouse Franklin Academy on Monday afternoon.

Volleyball

SEVEN SPRINGS — Abigail Lanier recorded 10 assists and five aces in the second set of Southern Wayne's 25-14, 25-11, 25-20 triumph over county rival Spring Creek on Monday evening.

Volleyball

WARSAW — Goldsboro continued its best start in program history with a 25-7, 25-10, 25-14 romp over East Central 2-A foe James Kenan inside Harmon Gym on Monday evening.

Volleyball

FAYETTEVILLE — Katie Smith flirted with a double-double as Wayne Country Day cranked out a 25-11, 25-11, 25-8 non-conference win over Fayetteville Academy on Monday evening.

Hurricane Florence

Huddle up! Area athletics directors have been keeping a close eye on Hurricane Florence, which gained considerable strength as it churned through warmer ocean water Sunday afternoon.

Devon Ford Sr., a member of the Goldsboro High Class of 1973, recently retired from the Affton School District in St. Louis County, Missouri, after teaching health and physical education and coaching from 1990-2018. Ford received a plaque from coach Tim Hall (right) to commemorate his 36 yea…

University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE — Kaylee Larson collected the golden goal in the 98th minute as University of Mount Olive turned back Conference Carolinas women’s soccer rival Converse (SC) 2-1 in overtime at Amon Field.

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Cross-County Showdown

PIKEVILLE — Tied at 14-14 with county rival Charles B. Aycock, Goldsoro faced a fourth-and-15 inside four-down territory.

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Another Late-Game Thriller

As the great Yogi Berra once to said “it ain’t over till it’s over.”

College Sports

MOUNT OLIVE — Can’t attend a University of Mount game this season?

JV Football

Greene Central 48, Eastern Wayne 6 — Jayden Lewis provided the Warriors' lone touchdown — a 75-yard kickoff return. Eastern Wayne lost four fumbles and had two interceptions.

Football

CALYPSO — North Duplin piled up nearly 400 yards of total offense and continued its recent mastery over Lejeune, 56-22, at H.E. Grubbs Field on Friday evening.

JV Boy's Soccer

Wayne Country Day 9, Freedom Christian 0 — Max Young torched the Patriots' defense for a season-high five goals on Friday afternoon. Berkley Woodard added two goals, while Thomas Gurley and Josiah Benton provided one goal apiece. Gurley passed out a season-high five assists. Andrew Crawford …