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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hustle, heart push Princeton into state 1A volleyball final

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- Each season, Paige Renfrow scours different sources to find motivational quotes for her volleyball team. She couldn't have found a more appropriate proverb this season -- "hustle and heart set us apart." It's been the cornerstone of...

Spring Creek-Lejeune soccer game changed

SEVEN SPRINGS -- Due to possible inclement weather Saturday, athletics directors and head coaches from Spring Creek and Lejeune agreed to move their second-round game in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' soccer playoffs.The teams will play...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Faye Franklin secured low gross during weekly play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links. Gaye Bryant and Mary Morris seized low net and low putts, respectively....

Lejeune upends Rosewood in OT in 1A soccer

JACKSONVILLE -- Lejeune tallied a pair of overtime goals and handed Rosewood a season-ending, 5-3 defeat in opening-round action of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs. Marquail Almontaser and Ethan Chapin provided one goal and one assist apiece for the Eagles. Teammate...

Rebels, in inaugural season, win first-ever soccer playoff game

TARBORO -- For the second straight year, a Carolina Conference team bumped Tarboro out of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A playoffs. This time it was North Duplin. The Rebels, in their inaugural season, upended the Vikings 3-0....

Preps digest: JV, middle schools

JV * Football: CB Aycock 38, Eastern Wayne 36 -- A Charles B. Aycock field goal in the third quarter made the difference as the Golden Falcons upended Eastern Wayne 38-36 on Thursday. Zeke Best led the Warriors going...

Brooks-Darden meetings have paid off in 2014

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- When Charles B. Aycock's football coaches talked about Damien Darden, they all recognized the physical gifts the player possessed. But they also saw a player with no motivation. A kid who had everything he needed to...

Eastern Wayne's speed, athleticism present challenges to C.B. Aycock

rcoggins@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- County rivals Charles B. Aycock and Eastern Wayne have finished the gauntlet -- meetings against four consecutive Eastern Carolina 4-A schools -- on their respective schedules. Now, the real season begins. The playoff-bound Golden Falcons (4-7 overall,...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spring Creek scores mercy-rule win over Kestrel Heights

aetzler@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- When Spring Creek's Gio Avila scored his first hat trick of his career against Hobbton in one of the final regular season games, he ripped off his shirt in celebration of something he'd never done before....

Topsail turns back Southern Wayne in 3A soccer playoffs

rcoggins@newsargus.com HAMPSTEAD -- Southern Wayne's confidence brewed after Juan Trejo connected on the go-ahead goal 10 minutes into the second half Wednesday evening. But senior-led Topsail turned up the pressure. The Pirates regained control of the match, distributed the ball...

Goldsboro football faces must-win situation

rcoggins@newsargus.com Goldsboro is in the 11th hour. One more defeat and the Cougars' postseason aspirations are dashed for the second straight season. North Lenoir hopes to play the spoiler when the Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference teams clash Friday evening at...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Princeton battles back, wins east 1A regional volleyball crown

rcoggins@newsargus.com SALEMBURG -- The glass slipper didn't crack this time. Cinderella is finally going to the ball -- thanks to a freshman. Outside hitter Emily Ricks' kill on championship point assured the Bulldogs' invitation to the big dance with a...

Hawks win PK shootout against Panthers in 2A soccer playoffs

La GRANGE -- North Lenoir converted four penalty-shootout goals and turned back North Johnston, 2-1, in opening-round play of the 2014 N.C. High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs Tuesday evening. Eric Holloway gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead off of...

3A golf -- CBA's Sauls completes solid freshman season

SOUTHERN PINES -- Charles B. Aycock freshman Abby Sauls finished among the top 70 golfers upon conclusion of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state championships at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. Sauls shot a 36-hole total of 207. Cardinal Gibbons emerged...

1A golf -- Eagles' Burton finishes among top 15

FOXFIRE VILLAGE -- Rosewood junior Lindsey Burton placed 14th overall during the 2014 N.C. High School Athletic Association Classes 1-A/2-A golf championships, which concluded Tuesday. Burton shot a two-day total of 182 on the par-72 Red Fox Course at the...

West Carteret ousts E. Wayne from 3A soccer playoffs

aetzler@newsargus.com When Eastern Wayne head coach Jorg Wagner made the switch midway through the season to give Ryan Fleming full-time duty in goal, he anticipated the keeper making some positioning mistakes. Fleming had never played in goal before and was...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Meet the Coaches": Higginbotham shows off dance moves

When University of Mount Olive men's basketball coach Joey Higginbotham heard his name announced over the PA system he walked out to the court to join his men's team holding his daughter's hand. Then the music overcame him. Higginbotham let...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Volleyball: Spring Creek d. Brogden 25-10, 25-13, 25-13 -- The Gators concluded regular-season play 8-5 overall and 4-4 against Wayne County Middle School Athletic Conference Division I competition. * Boys' soccer: Spring Creek 2, Brogden 2...

Burton shares 18th place in 1A state golf tournament

FOXFIRE VILLAGE -- Rosewood junior Lindsey Burton shares 18th place overall after first-round action of the NCHSAA 1-A golf championships. Burton shot a 96 along with West Stokes' Alivia Daniels and West Davidson's Olivia Sharpe on the par-72 Red Fox...

CBA's Sauls competes in 3A state golf tournament

SOUTHERN PINES -- Charles B. Aycock freshman Abby Sauls shot an opening-round 102 during the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A golf championships Monday afternoon. The two-day, 36-hole tournament is being played on the challenging Longleaf Golf and Country...

Consistent, patient Voyager Academy ousts North Duplin

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- North Duplin ran into the best competition its seen this season on the tennis courts Monday afternoon. Voyager Academy's patience and consistent play proved the difference. The Vikings triumphed on five of six singles courts and...

Monday, October 27, 2014

North Duplin's Thurston qualifies for state cross country meet

From staff reports CARY -- North Duplin sophomore Haley Thurston finished fourth overall in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A mideast regional contested at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday. Thurston ran the 5k (3.1-mile course) in 21...

WCDS honors student-athletes with fall awards ceremony

Student-athletes at Wayne Country Day concluded their fall sports season with an awards ceremony Sunday evening. Coaches presented awards in nine sports. Among the highlights were the recognition of the Chargers' varsity girls' tennis team, which won its second...

Regional XC agate

HENDERSONVILLE -- Results from the 2014 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' and girls' cross country championships ran at Jackson Park: BOYS Wayne Country Day 17. Jason Jones 20:22.63 41. DJ Waters 22:37.05 43. Jackson Warren 22:49.83 44....

Rebels' Quintanilla finishes state runner-up in 1A singles

CARY -- North Duplin junior Julissa Quintanilla finished state runner-up in the singles portion of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A girls' tennis championships. Quintanilla began her title quest with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over North Stokes'...

Prep notebook: Strange call negates Eastern Wayne touchdown

HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- A strange callback. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Eastern Wayne took over at its own 49-yard line. KK Best's 25-yard run pushed the ball inside D.H. Conley's red zone, but a fumbled pitch on...

Princeton's Renfrow issues challenge after 2nd set

rcoggins@newsargus.com BURGAW -- Paige Renfrow channeled her inner Jim Valvano. Facing a two-set deficit against perennial prep volleyball powerhouse Pender, the fourth-year Princeton head coach laid it all on the line Saturday evening. "You've got three sets to go, so...

Prep football players-of-the-week: Oct. 24

OFFENSE -- Johnny Frasier (Princeton): Accounted for 281 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns as No. 4-ranked Bulldogs rolled past North Duplin, 67-30, in Carolina 1-A Conference play Friday. DEFENSE -- Evan Reiss (Rosewood): Recovered senior linebacker...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

State champs, again -- WCDS nets 2nd straight 1A dual-team tennis title

rcoggins@newsargus.com WILSON -- Hollywood couldn't have penned a better script. A senior winning state-championship point? It happened Saturday afternoon. Standing on the service line knotted at deuce, Wayne Country Day's Taylor Willman took a couple of deep breaths as she...

Southern Wayne-New Bern Box

New Bern 21 35 0 0 -- 56 Southern Wayne 0 0 0 0 -- 0 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING --Southern Wayne -- Tyaire Allen 19-33; Nick Kennon 1-4; Manny Walker 5-3; DJ Graham 4-(minus-3). PASSING -- Southern Wayne -- DJ...

Taylor's fumble return sparks Rosewood

aetzler@newsargus.com Rosewood coach Robert Britt never even saw the play happen. Britt was huddled around four of his offensive lineman showing them how to handle the Spring Creek defensive blitzing scheme that had given them so much trouble to that...

Rosewood-Spring Creek box

Rosewood 7 0 7 21 -- 35 Spring Creek 0 7 0 0 -- 7 First quarter RHS -- Woodard 21 run (Almontaser kick), :13 Second quarter SC -- Casper 1 run (Reynoso kick), 8:47 Third quarter RHS -- Woodard...

Princeton-North Duplin box

Princeton 16 24 21 6 -- 67 North Duplin 14 0 8 8 -- 30 First quarter ND -- Mora 16 run (Jaimes kick), 7:14 ND -- Mora 1 run (Jaimes kick), 3:01 Third quarter ND -- Brock 72 run...

NC prep football scores

Albemarle 23, North Stanly 15 Alleghany County 41, West Wilkes 21 Arden Christ School 28, Hickory Grove Christian 0 Ashe County 54, North Wilkes 0 Asheboro 23, North Forsyth 20, OT Asheville Erwin 45, North Buncombe 14 Asheville Reynolds 72,...

James Kenan-Hobbton box

Hobbton 0 0 0 6 -- 6 James Kenan 26 21 6 0 -- 53 First quarter JK -- Brooks 22 pass from Avent III (Hernandez kick), 11:25 JK -- Brooks 17 pass from Avent III (Hernandez kick), 7:30 JK...

Goldsboro-Ayden-Grifton box

Goldsboro 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Ayden-Grifton 7 17 10 0 -- 34 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING -- Goldsboro -- Rayvonne Barnes 12-27; Nashir Bowden 3-3. PASSING -- Goldsboro -- Nashir Bowden 10-23-0, 71. RECEIVING -- Goldsboro -- Ronnie Tookes...

D.H. Conley-Eastern Wayne box

Eastern Wayne 0 14 7 0 -- 21 D.H. Conley 14 7 7 14 -- 42 First quarter DHC -- Ahlers 12 run run (Evans kick), 9:11.7 DHC -- Andrews 22 interception return (Evans kick), 0:34.3 Second quarter EW --...

Eastern Wayne struggles at D.H. Conley

rcoggins@newsargus.com HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- Shake this one off and move forward. But it's gonna sting a little bit. One week after stunning No. 8-ranked J.H. Rose in phenomenal fashion, Eastern Wayne appeared still hungover. D.H. Conley took advantage of the...

CB Aycock-South Central box

CB Aycock 7 7 8 0 -- 22 South Central 14 21 3 13 -- 51 First quarter CBA -- Darden 5 pass from Morrow (Matthews kick), 4:52 Second quarter CBA -- Ford 19 run (Matthews kick), 8:19 Third quarter...

Johnson advocates to keep bullying out of Goldsboro High

aetzler@newsargus.com Bennett Johnson turned on "Good Morning America" before school one morning and saw the news. Sayreville War Memorial High School canceled the remainder of its football season amid what was then called a bullying scandal. There would be no...

Frasier, No. 4-ranked Dogs run away from Rebels

CALYPSO -- North Duplin scored 14 points in the first quarter, but Princeton stacked the box to take away the run and held the Rebels to 16 points the rest of the way in a 67-30 victory at H.E. Grubbs...

South Central upends C.B. Aycock in ECC 3A-4A football

WINTERVILLE -- South Central scored 51 points on just 44 offensively plays during its 51-22 romp of Charles B. Aycock in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference action on Friday night. The Golden Falcons ran 81 offensive plays. Quarterback TJ Morrow tossed...

No. 2-ranked Tigers scratch Wildcats

WARSAW -- James Kenan took a 47-point lead into halftime and cruised to a 53-6 win over Carolina 1-A opponent Hobbton on Friday. The No. 2-ranked Tigers rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns. They had 12 players get a...

Ayden-Grifton charges past Goldsboro in ECC 2A football

LITTLEFIELD -- Goldsboro managed just two first downs in a 34-0 loss to Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference foe Ayden-Grifton on Friday night. The Cougars combined for 15 carries and 30 yards on the ground, while quarterback Nashir Bowden was 10...

No. 1-ranked, unbeaten Bears shut out Saints

DUDLEY -- Southern Wayne surrendered 56 first-half points to No. 1-ranked and unbeaten New Bern, but held them scoreless in the second half of a 56-0 loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play. "We did not play with a lot...