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Thursday, May 25, 2017

COLLEGE LACROSSE: Trojans' Urban named All-American

MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive's Will Urban received third-team honors at goalkeeper on the 2017 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse/Nike All-America Team. A junior, Urban recorded 177 saves in 864 minutes of action between the pipes. He logged...

ALL-ECC 2A: Goldsboro's Nacca named league's soccer POY

rcoggins@newsargus.com One of five seniors who helped lead the Goldsboro High girls' soccer team to its record-setting campaign on the pitch this season, Angelina Nacca received an unexpected -- and well-deserved -- honor from her peers. Nacca is the 2017...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EAST 1A BASEBALL: Eagles ready to face MLB prospect MacKenzie Gore

Something wicked this way comes. Such is the reality for Rosewood High's varsity baseball outfit, which begins its quest for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A state championship series tonight versus Whiteville High -- a team fluent in postseason...

GOLF: Lane Tree LGA news

Jeanette Sasser secured game-of-the-week honors from the red tees during weekly play at Lane Tree Golf Club. Nan Jarrell won low net, while Sue Glover claimed low putts. Linda Watson emerged as the GOW from the forward tees. Betty...

COLLEGE BASEBALL: ECU stuns top-seeded UCF in opening round

ECU Media Relations CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Charlie Yorgen swatted a three-run home run and Evan Kruczynski worked six innings on the mound as eighth-seeded East Carolina hammered top-seeded UCF, 14-3, on opening day of the 2017 American Athletic Conference tournament...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

STATE CHAMP x 2: Rosewood's Kostelecky wins two wheelchair events

rcoggins@newsargus.com Look past the wheelchair. Take a moment, instead, to gaze into Philip Kostelecky's eyes. You'll see a competitor, a curly-haired talkative individual who wants to succeed and be the absolute best in any task that he tackles. He's draws...

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Heel's McGee selected ACC freshman-of-the-year

rcoggins@newsargus.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Just as the airplane began its descent toward Louisville International Airport on Monday afternoon, a notification popped up on Ashton McGee's cell phone. He sat astonished by the message. The University of North Carolina rookie had...

ECBL: CBA Blue opens season with win

Zack Brewer emerged as the winning pitcher as Charles B. Aycock Blue defeated Eastern Wayne, 3-2, in the Eastern Carolina Baseball League opener for both teams Monday. Blake Dilda earned the save. Clay Matthews batted 3-for-3 for the Golden Falcons....

GOLF: Walnut Creek LGA news

Hiromi Sueki claimed low gross honors during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Gaye Bryant secured low net and Mary Morris seized low putts. The Walnut Creek Ladies Golf Association participated in a two-day tournament contested at...

D2 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: North Georgia clinches title

UMO Media Relations MOUNT OLIVE -- Andres Perez drove in two runs and No. 6-ranked North Georgia emerged as the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional champion with a 5-4 victory over Catawba at Scarbourgh Field on Monday afternoon. The second-seeded...

Monday, May 22, 2017

PREP TRACK: Rosewood's Kostelecky earns pair of state 1A titles

GREENSBORO -- Rosewood has another outdoor track & field state champion -- Philip Kostelecky. The sophomore emerged victorious in the men's wheelchair shot put and discus competitions during the 2017 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A championship meet...

D2 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: Catawba eliminates UMO

MOUNT OLIVE -- Just like that, it's over. The University of Mount Olive, whose No. 1 ranked baseball outfit entertained designs of making a legitimate splash in this month's Division II College World Series, saw its aspiration end abruptly on...

WRESTLING: Edmundson induction into NC Chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame

rcoggins@newsargus.com CHAPEL HILL -- Rosewood head wrestling coach Bill Edmundson remains a little fuzzy about his team's first-ever opponent. Did the Eagles grapple against either Eastern Wayne or Southern Wayne? And the outcome? Well, it was a teaching moment. "We...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

PREP SOFTBALL: Whiteville dethrones Princeton

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- Every softball coach in the Three Rivers 1-A/2-A Conference is ready to see Whiteville senior Sage McLelland graduate in June. Princeton probably feels the same way. An East Carolina commit, McLelland smashed three home runs and collected...

PREP SOFTBALL: Orange eliminates CBA from 3A playoffs

rcoggins@newsargus.com HILLSBOROUGH -- Single-elimination games leave little margin for error. And Charles B. Aycock, uncharacteristically, wasn't at the top of its game Saturday afternoon. The Golden Falcons left 11 runners on base in their season-ending, 3-2 loss to Orange High...

HALL OF FAME: Rosewood's Edmundson to receive honor for contribution to wrestling

rcoggins@newsargus.com CHAPEL HILL -- Rosewood penned another historic chapter in wrestling this past winter, but it's not quite done. An extra page will be written today. Eagles head coach Bill Edmundson is slated for enshrinement into the 2017 N.C. Wrestling...

PREP SOFTBALL: BOX -- Whiteville softball @ Princeton

Whiteville 441 60 -- 15 16 1 Princeton 000 11 -- 2 6 4 Leading hitters: Whiteville -- Linda Blair Thompson 1-4, RBI; Kourtney Grainger 4-4, 3 2Bs, 2 RBI; Sage McLelland 3-4, 3 HR, 8 RBI; Ivy Hayes 2-4,...

PREP BASEBALL: BOX --Voyager @ Rosewood

Voyager 130 000 2 -- 6 6 0 Rosewood 010 060 x -- 7 9 4 Leading hitters: Voyager Academy -- Kamayu Neighbors 2-4, RBI; Ethan Blevins 1-3; Kendall Vincent 2-4; Aaron Beasley 1-3. Rosewood -- Chance Howard 2-4, 2...

PREP BASEBALL: Rosewood clinches berth in east 1A regional finals

jhayes@newsargus.com Four gone, two to hold dear. That sentiment could very well function as a promotional tag line for Rosewood High's varsity baseball outfit, who inched closer to its goal of competing for a state title on Friday by outlasting...

D2 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: North Georgia routs No. 1-ranked UMO

jhayes@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Connor Hoover and Andres Perez each homered during a seven-run first inning, a duo of hurlers scattered 10 hits and North Georgia remained unbeaten after defeating University of Mount Olive, 13-6, on day three of the...

Friday, May 19, 2017

SIGNING: Golden Falcon's Powell headed to Fayetteville Tech

PIKEVILLE -- Selling an athletic program, regardless of the sport, is a difficult task for any college coach. Eric Tucker made it look easy. Tanika "Mookie" Powell couldn't believe what she heard. "I don't want you, I need you," said...

D2 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: Pacers stage dramatic comeback

By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- There's nothing like a little drama to get the adrenaline pumping, especially when you're down to your final three outs.Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, USC Aiken pushed across three...

FEATURE: Aycock's Graham seeks state championship

PIKEVILLE -- He sets the blocks onto the track, counts out his steps, makes the necessary adjustment and stretches his legs. Once he settles into his starting position, he takes a deep breath. Next comes a short prayer. "God, please...