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Friday, March 24, 2017

BASEBALL: Rosewood plays consistent against SC

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Start hot, stay hot. Such was life in the batters' box Thursday for Rosewood, whose quick-twitching work at the plate produced 14 base hits and led to an express-lane inspired, 11-5 victory over Carolina 1-A Conference foe...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Gators claim PK shootout over Eagles

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Somehow, with darkness enclosing the Spring Creek soccer pitch, goalkeeper Fernanda Martinez contended she could see her opponents' eyes Thursday evening. Perhaps she stared into a crystal ball. Then again, it could have been just blind...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Princeton cruises past N. Duplin

CALYPSO -- Allie Britt and Veronica Blackman notched two goals apiece during Princeton's 5-1 victory over Carolina 1-A Conference rival North Duplin at H.E. Grubbs Field on Thursday afternoon. Madison Adkins added one goal. Blackman, Jennifer Ramirez and Rachel Creech...

BASEBALL: Rebels knock off Bulldogs

CALYPSO -- Chase Overpeck and Dylan Jones pounded out two hits apiece as North Duplin held off Princeton, 12-8, in a Carolina 1-A Conference game Thursday evening. Blake Sapp and Anthony Jones delivered two hits apiece for the Bulldogs, while...

BASEBALL: Saints defeat Rams on the road

SNOW HILL -- Kolby Anderson and Derek Holsinger combined for a five-hitter as Southern Wayne edged Greene Central, 5-2, in non-conference play Thursday afternoon. Anderson yielded all five hits, two runs (one earned) and retired six GC hitters on strikeouts....

SOFTBALL: Princeton doubles up North Duplin

CALYPSO -- Reigning state 1-A champion Princeton erupted for six runs over the final three innings and handed Carolina 1-A Conference foe North Duplin a 6-3 loss Thursday evening. The Bulldogs halted the Rebels' season-opening, four-game win streak. N.C. Wesleyan...

SOFTBALL: Eagles snap 2-game conference slide

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Kaley Hilton cranked out three hits as Rosewood handed Spring Creek a 15-0, three-inning defeat in Carolina 1-A Conference play Thursday afternoon. Hailey Weeks and Toree Marak supplied two hits and two RBI apiece for the Eagles,...

BOYS' TENNIS: Princeton trips up Carolina 1A rival

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Princeton swept the doubles and handed Spring Creek a 7-2 loss in Carolina 1-A Conference play Thursday afternoon. Jacob Williams, Garrett Klein and Lane Woodall each earned a singles point for the visiting Bulldogs. Klein-Alan Farrior, Williams-Zach...

BOYS' TENNIS: WCDS collects non-conference road win

MURFREESBORO -- Wayne Country Day emerged victorious on five singles courts and cruised past Ridgecroft, 7-2, at Chowan University on Thursday afternoon. Sam Dively, Alec Fritzinger, Charlie Dees, Gray Langston and Peter Ye each seized a straight-set win in singles....

BOYS' TENNIS: Eastern Wayne crushes South Central

WINTERVILLE -- Eastern Wayne posted three straight-set shutouts in singles play and breezed past South Central, 9-0, in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference match Thursday afternoon. Top-seeded Dylan March, fourth-seeded Ian Burchett and fifth-seeded Daniel Stevens did not drop a...

BOYS' TENNIS: Cougars rise to 2-0 in ECC 2A action

Goldsboro dismantled Ayden-Grifton 9-0 in an Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference match contested on the John Allen Farfour Courts at Herman Park on Thursday afternoon. Sam DeAraujo, Xan Pate, Caleb Whitted, Aaron Podbielski, Holden Jones and Conner Pate each claimed a...

BOYS' TENNIS: Bartlett delivers dosage of revenge

Chase Bartlett exacted a little revenge at No. 1 singles and carried that momentum into doubles play as Rosewood nipped Clinton, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon. Barlett rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-8) triumph over the Dark Horses' Zach...

ALL-AREA BASKETBALL: SC's Taylor named coach-of-the-year

By JUSTIN HAYES jhayes@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- He talks openly about the first win, a 33-31 bit of seminal drama 10 years ago, like a friendly haunt. An outlast-them-all bit of white-knuckle drama versus Triton High School, the tale could...

ALL-AREA BASKETBALL: Chargers King named boys' player-of-the-year

The orange cones, arranged in a warped jump-shooting polyagonal, are his plot points this afternoon. Upon a slap of the ball, he sprints from the baseline in clean-catch mode and takes a pass from his coach, David Flowers, who is...

GIRLS' SOCCER: CBA's Spier notches 4 goals

bcoley@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock head girls' soccer coach Byron Adkins has a defense full of eyasses. That's the scientific term used for baby falcons. It also serves as an appropriate definition for the youth in CBA's backline. Though...

PREPS DIGEST: Middle schools

Middle schools * Baseball: Norwayne 17, Spring Creek 0 -- Clay Matthews combined with four Norwayne teammates to throw a no-hitter. Drew Spencer led the Cobras' offense with two triples and four RBI. Brett Forbis and SJ Harris contributed...

BASEBALL: BOX -- Rosewood @ S. Creek

Rosewood 303 122 0 --11 14 1 Spring Creek 000 230 0 --5 9 2 Leading Hitters: Rosewood -- Derek Neal 3-5, 3 RBI; Tanner Bradley 3-4, RBI; Max White 1-2, 2 RBI; Stalen Massengill 1-3, RBI; Jonathan Peacock 2-4,...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

UMO: Men's basketball team honored

Basketball MOUNT OLIVE -- The University of Mount Olive men's basketball team received the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Award. The honor is the third for the Trojans, who earned the award during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. The men's...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Cougars dominate Wallace-Rose Hill

Win the day. Decisively. Such was the mindset of the Goldsboro High varsity girls' soccer outfit on Wednesday, who tendered a dominant-in-all-phases, 6-0 trouncing of non-conference foe Wallace-Rose Hill. But the conquest -- which redeemed a subpar effort earlier in...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Saints dealt mercy-rule loss

Southern Wayne dropped to 0-3 in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play with a shutout loss to J.H. Rose on Wednesday evening. The Saints are 2-6-0 overall this season....

BOYS' TENNIS: Goldsboro shuts out Princeton

Goldsboro cruised to a 9-0, non-conference triumph over Princeton on the John Allen Farfour Courts at Herman Park on Wednesday afternoon. Sam DeAraujo, Xan Pate, Caleb Whitted, Aaron Podbielski, Holden Jones and Conner Pate each earned a straight-set victory in...

GIRLS' TRACK: The 'Bell' rings during Carolina 1A meet

PRINCETON -- Princeton sprinter Shamonda Bell pulled off three first-place victories during a four-team Carolina 1-A Conference meet contested at Harvey Brooks Field on Wednesday afternoon. Bell won the 100-meter dash in 12.9 seconds, bested the field in the 100...

GIRLS' TRACK: CBA's Faulkner takes 1st in two events

WINTERVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock's Arlanda Faulkner emerged victorious in a pair of individual events during an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet ran at South Central on Wednesday afternoon. A junior, Faulkner claimed first in the long jump (17 feet,...

BOYS' TRACK: North Duplin's Addison picks up two individual wins

PRINCETON -- Terrion Addison picked up two individual wins and North Duplin emerged as the top-scoring team during a Carolina 1-A Conference meet ran at Harvey Brooks Field on the Princeton HS campus Wednesday afternoon. Addison won the 100-meter dash...

BOYS' TRACK: Golden Falcons' Owens sets school record in 1,600 meters

WINTERVILLE -- Deshawn Owens posted a school record in the 1,600-meter run and C.B. Aycock logged a second-place team finish during an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet ran at South Central HS on Wednesday. Owens crossed the finish line in...

COLLEGE BASEBALL: UNC 6, ECU 2

ECU Media Relations GREENVILLE -- Brandon Riley smashed a three-run home run as No. 9-ranked North Carolina toppled East Carolina, 6-2, at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Wednesday evening. Riley ended the night with three hits, four RBI and...

BASEBALL: BOX -- G. Central @ E. Wayne

G. Central 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 E. Wayne 0 1 0 3 2 x 6 8 0 Leading hitters: Greene Central -- Don Pigford 1-3. Eastern Wayne -- Tanner Wells 1-2, HR, 2 RBI; Landon...

BASEBALL: Warriors' Well tosses 1-hit gem

bcoley@newsargus.com Tanner Wells has been with Eastern Wayne's varsity team since his freshman year. He's now one of the senior leaders, and one of the strongest voices in the dugout. If the Warriors were going to break their losing skid,...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SOFTBALL: Santos, Cottle power Rebels to victory

rcoggins@newsargus.com Shay Campbell knew about Alyssa Santos and Brooke Cottle's tendencies on the travel and high school softball scenes. That's why the Rosewood head coach didn't think twice when each batter stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning....

BOYS' TENNIS: Warriors win battle with Golden Falcons

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Go to your refrigerator. Find a red marker. Draw a BIG circle around April 13 on your calendar. If you missed Tuesday's annual battle between county boys' tennis rivals Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock, that's when...

SOFTBALL: BOX -- ND @ Rosewood

North Duplin 101 211 06 -- 12 15 2 Rosewood 010 221 01 -- 7 10 5 Leading hitters: North Duplin -- Natalie Ramirez 1-3, HR, RBI; Rayanna Koch 2-5, RBI; Haley Brogden 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Alyssa Santos 2-5,...

BOYS' TENNIS: BOX -- EW @ C.B. Aycock

Eastern Wayne 6 C.B. Aycock 3 Singles: Dylan March (EW) d. Matthew Hare 6-1, 6-1; Nolan Casey (CBA) d. Walker Davis 6-0, 6-1; Yoseph Yan (EW) d. Jonas Creel 6-4, 7-6 (6); Austin Doyle (CBA) d. Anass Sarah 6-3, 6-7...

BASEBALL: BOX -- ND @ Rosewood

Rosewood 4 2 0 0 2 3 4 10 1 N. Duplin 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 Leading hitters: Rosewood -- Chance Howard 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Jonathan Peacock 2-3, RBI; Derek Neal 1-1, HR, 2...

BASEBALL: White silences Rebels

bcoley@newsargus.com Rosewood pitcher Max White began Tuesday night's game by allowing a hard-hit single to North Duplin's Dylan Jones. Jones eventually scored on a passed ball. After that sequence of events, White decided he wasn't go to be in such...

BASEBALL: Golden Falcons slip past Vikings

HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- Charles B. Aycock rallied to force extra innings and turned back D.H. Conley, 5-4, in a nine-inning Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference affair Tuesday evening. Tied at 4-4, Blake Gipson started the Golden Falcons' rally with a one-out...

BASEBALL: Gators turn back Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- Matt Dupuy scattered six hits in a complete-game effort and Spring Creek turned back Princeton, 4-1, in a Carolina 1-A Conference encounter Tuesday afternoon. Dupuy yielded an unearned run and fanned four Bulldog batters. He led the offense...

BASEBALL: Rose cruises past Southern Wayne

GREENVILLE -- Noah Horton drove in Southern Wayne's lone run during an 11-1, mercy-rule loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe J.H. Rose on Tuesday afternoon. Horton delivered an RBI single in the second inning. Josh Grady added one hit....

BASEBALL: Foster, Suggs lift Wayne Christian over Northwood Temple

Holden Foster supplied four RBI and Ted Suggs emerged as the winning pitcher during Wayne Christian's 17-3, mercy-rule conquest of Northwood Temple on Tuesday afternoon. Suggs sat down nine Northwood batters on strikeouts and permitted just one hit in three...

BASEBALL: Goldsboro falls to East Wake

Natorian Nobles collected the Cougars' lone hit in a 13-3, mercy-rule loss to East Wake Academy on Tuesday. GHS head coach Danny Merritt said "Matt Lewis had an outstanding game at catcher." The Cougars play James Kenan on Friday....

GIRLS' SOCCER: Warriors pick up two straight victories

La GRANGE -- Brennan Dove recorded four goals as Eastern Wayne dealt North Lenoir a 9-0, mercy-rule defeat on Tuesday afternoon. Claire Molloy contributed two goals and two assists. Madison Tallarida punched in a pair of goals. Alana Kazar supplied...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Gators shut out Bulldogs

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek benefited from an "own" goal off of a corner kick in the 25th minute and fended off Princeton, 2-0, on the Carolina 1-A Conference scene Tuesday afternoon. Jordan Lane recorded the Gators' second goal off...

GIRLS' SOCCER: Lane's offense too much for Rebels

Payton Lane notched a hat trick (three goals) as Rosewood handed Carolina 1-A Conference rival North Duplin a 4-0 loss on the Branch Pope Field pitch Tuesday evening. Rebecca Fitzmaurice added one goal. The Eagles are the guests of Spring...

GIRLS' SOCCER: WCDS dominates Pope John Paul

GREENVILLE -- Langley Barnes posted her second consecutive hat trick (three goals) as Wayne Country Day defeated Pope John Paul 5-0 in a Coastal Plains Independent 1-A Conference match Tuesday afternoon. Hayden Nielsen delivered two goals. Kathryn Hamilton, Ashton Gupton...

SOFTBALL: Southern Wayne pounds Rose

GREENVILLE -- Mackenzie Bryan just missed hitting for cycle and drove in four runs during Southern Wayne's 27-3, mercy-rule thrashing of Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe J.H. Rose on Tuesday afternoon. Bryan singled, doubled and tripled in a 4-for-5 outing....

SOFTBALL: Eagles display offensive fireworks

Leah Boswell cranked out an inside-the-park home run and collected a stand-up triple during Wayne Christian's 33-22 slugfest against Northwood Temple on Tuesday afternoon. Brianna Verme doubled and tripled. She also stepped into the pitcher's circle in the fourth inning...

SOFTBALL: Vikings use long ball to down Golden Falcons

HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- D.H. Conley slugged two home runs and handed C.B. Aycock a 10-4 loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Tuesday evening. Connor Vinson and Mookie Powell had three hits apiece for the Golden Falcons, who couldn't overcome...

BOYS' GOLF: Jones shoots 77

Charles B. Aycock's Bryce Jones earned medalist honors with a 5-over-par 77 during a multi-team meet played at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Falcons posted a four-player total of 326 that included 18-hole scoring rounds from...

BOYS' GOLF: Kenan wins conference meet

Cole Pridgen earned medalist honors with a 72 and James Kenan posted a meet-low 335 team score during a Carolina 1-A Conference match played Monday at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course. Cameron Klages collected an 83 for Rosewood. Forrest Tanner fired...

WOMEN'S GOLF: Rose, Ritt share low putts

Evelyn Rose and Penny Ritt shared low putts during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Linda Cannon won low net. Hiromi Sueki and Mary Ann Sutton tied for low gross. Faye Franklin captured first low net in...

BOYS' TENNIS: Eagles remain unblemished in conference

Rosewood remained unbeaten in Carolina 1-A Conference action with an 8-1 victory over Princeton on Tuesday afternoon. Collin Pendergraph, Marc Lewis, Jacob Smith, Cole Matthews and Kyle Matthews each picked up a straight-set win for the Eagles. Smith claimed a...

JV Digest

Softball: D.H. Conley 7, C.B. Aycock 5 -- Brooke Price, Logan Medlin and Brianna Martin each had two hits during the Golden Falcons' road loss. Marie Kidd suffered the pitching loss. C.B. Aycock (4-3 overall) is the guest of East...

Middle School Digest

Baseball: Norwayne 17, Grantham 4 (5 inn.) -- Clay Matthews, Chris Crow, Drew Spencer, Dennis Daingerfield, Austin Booth and Carson Gipson posted two hits apiece for the Cobras. Teammates Mason Bailey, Hunter Theriac, Tyler Thompson and DJ Madrigal each had...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Preps Digest -- Monday, March 20

Softball Southern Wayne 11, Goldsboro 6 Southern Wayne broke open a tense affair with six runs in its half of the final frame on Monday to post an 11-6 triumph over county foe Goldsboro. Anatashia McNair's pinch-hit walk sparked the...

Tennis -- Goldsboro blanks Rosewood in County matchup

Rosewood got the challenge it needed. Goldsboro found out a little more about itself, too. In a matchup between former student and teacher, the Cougars ushered in the first day of spring with a 9-0, non-conference boys' tennis victory Monday...

Soccer -- Spier nets hat trick, Falcons roll

PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock's offense sputtered to begin the season. Two games and zero goals. Not exactly what Golden Falcons' head coach Byron Adkins wants. So the veteran made some adjustments, including one big one -- get the ball to...

Tennis Box Score -- Goldsboro at Rosewood

Goldsboro 9 Rosewood 0 Singles: Sam DeAraujo (G) d. Chase Bartlett 6-0, 6-0; Xan Pate (G) d. Collin Pendergraph 6-0, 6-0; Caleb Whitted (G) d. Marc Lewis 6-4, 6-1; Aaron Podbielski (G) d. Jacob Smith 6-2, 6-2; Holden Jones (G)...

Monday, March 20, 2017

COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD: Five UMO athletes break school records

UMO Media Relations MOUNT OLIVE -- Five University of Mount Olive athletes broke school records during its first-ever home meet in school history at the Ray McDonald Sr. Track & Field/Lacrosse Complex. Danielle Hill (pole vault), Meredith Lorient (10,000-meter run),...

GOLF: Lane Tree LGA

Jeanette Sasser earned game-of-the-week honors from the red tees during play on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Sue Glover and Lou Wilson secured low net and low putts, respectively. Mary Ann Sutton was the GOW winner from the forward...

BASEBALL: Anderson's HR caps wild comeback for Wayne Christian

Jaxon Anderson swatted the game-clinching, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning as Wayne Christian claimed a come-from-behind, 9-8 victory over Bethel Christian. WCS entered the sixth down 8-5. Addison Johnson ignited the rally with a lead-off single...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

UMO -- Weekend digest

Baseball MISENHEIMER -- No. 5-ranked University of Mount Olive remained unbeaten in Conference Carolinas play with a three-game sweep 7-5, 5-2, 17-10 of in-state rival Pfeiffer University. It's the final meeting between the two schools. Pfeifferwill depart for the Division...

SOFTBALL -- So. Wayne @ C.B. Aycock

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Put the ball in Mackenzie Wheeler's glove and you're guaranteed one thing -- the contact pitcher lets her defense work behind her. Friday afternoon proved a perfect example. Wheeler benefited from two double plays and scattered four...

DIGEST -- Weekend

Softball Wayne Christian 14, Bethel Christian 9 * Abbe Harris smacked an inside-the-park home run during Wayne Christian's 14-9, non-conference conquest of Bethel Christian on Friday evening. Lindsay Stallard batted 3-for-4 as the Eagles evened their worksheet at 1-1 this...

BOX -- So. Wayne SB @ C.B. Aycock

Southern Wayne 000 00 -- 0 4 4 C.B. Aycock 142 21 -- 10 14 0 Two outs when game-ending run scored. Leading hitters: Southern Wayne -- Kelly Dail 1-2; Rebecca Coor 1-2; Iyahna Bess 1-2; Kayla Raynor 1-2. C.B....

BOX -- So. Wayne @ C.B. Aycock

Southern Wayne 020 010 1 -- 4 6 2 C.B. Aycock 000 100 0 -- 1 2 2 Leading hitters: Southern Wayne -- Matthew Stott 1-3, 2B, RBI; Aryc Chrisman 1-3, RBI; Jack Casbarro 1-3; Manny Walker 1-3; Kolby Anderson...

BOX -- S. Creek @ Hobbton

Spring Creek 003 011 0 -- 5 4 5 Hobbton 010 110 0 -- 3 8 9 Leading hitters: Spring Creek -- Christian Yarbrough 1-3, RBI; Kaden Geelen 2-4, 3 RBI; Casey Whitfield 1-4. Hobbton -- Mason Wilson 1-4; Jackson...

BOX -- New Bern @ E. Wayne

New Bern 000 313 0 -- 7 6 5 Eastern Wayne 000 001 0 -- 1 7 8 Leading hitters: New Bern -- Daniel Rust 1-4; Davis Balentine 1-4; Jamie Winfield 1-4, RBI; Zach Long 1-4; Jay Pike 1-3; Alex...

BASEBALL -- So. Wayne @ C.B. Aycock

bcoley@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- C.B. Aycock's Blake Gipson could only muster a blank, disagreeable stare. Southern Wayne's Derek Holsinger had just snuck a pitch by him. As the umpire gave his signal for the strikeout, the Saints' crowd erupted. The punch-out...

BASEBALL -- NB @ E. Wayne

jhayes@newsargus.com Decisions made in haste often sting. Such was the case Friday for the Eastern Wayne varsity baseball team, whose read-react nature formed the substantive basis of a puzzling, 7-1 home loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe New Bern....