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Friday, March 27, 2015

1-on-1 with Spring Creek senior Chad Spurgeon

The News-Argus conducted a 10-queston Q&A with senior baseball standout Chad Spurgeon after Spring Creek's practice on a wet Thursday afternoon. Of course, Spurgeon returned to the batting cage to get in some more swings once the interview had ended....

Golden Falcons' Warner sprints to three first-place finishes

Courtney Warner, as usual, continued her dominant outdoor season with three individual first-place finishes in four-team, Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference meet Thursday afternoon. The Charles B. Aycock senior won the 100-meter dash (12.00 seconds), 200 dash (26.56) and 400 (1:01.62)....

Cougars' Hall earns medalist honors on Lane Tree links

Matt Hall earned medalist honors with a 76 and Goldsboro emerged as the top team with a 374 during a non-conference meet contested at Lane Tree Golf Club on Thursday afternoon. Eastern Wayne, led by Willis Underwood (80) and Victor...

Wayne Country Day romps past KVA

HENDERSON -- Lance Davis rallied from an opening-set loss and Wayne Country Day earned a 9-0, non-conference victory over short-handed Kerr-Vance on Thursday afternoon. Davis, the No. 4 seed, turned back Daniel Adkins 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. Sam Dively, Hunter Hawkins...

Aycock nets shutout of county foe Southern Wayne

PIKEVILLE -- Charles B. Aycock posted three straight-set shutouts in singles play and handed county rival Southern Wayne a 9-0 loss. The Golden Falcons improved to 2-0 against their 3-A opponents in the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference. Chas Hooks, Stanton...

Wayne Christian quartet combines for no-hitter

ERWIN -- Ted Suggs, Austin Howell, Tanner Rose and Holden Foster combined for a no-hitter on the mound during Wayne Christian's 18-0, mercy-rule win over Carolina Christian 1-A Conference foe Cape Fear Christian on Thursday. The quartet combined for eight...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Burlington School claims 2-0 shutout of WCDS

cellis@newsargus.com The Burlington School girls' soccer team had more than enough reasons to be pessimistic about Wednesday's game. They were coming off of an 8-0 loss the day before and only just 11 players in uniform against Wayne Country Day....

Women's team players wear T-shirts to honor men's players

aetzler@newsargus.com Donning her decorative T-shirt dedicated to her best friend, Shy'lia Buie took a seat front and center in the University of Mount Olive cafeteria as the Trojans' men's basketball team played in their Elite Eight game against Tarleton State...

No. 7-ranked Tarleton State ousts UMO from Elite 8

rcoggins@newsargus.com EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Timely outside shooting and scrappy work against taller defenders on the boards had been University of Mount Olive's two strengths during the postseason. They proved, along with foul trouble, to be the Trojans' downfall Wednesday afternoon....

Preps digest: JV, middle schools

JV Baseball: Charles B. Aycock 10, Greene Central 4 -- The Golden Falcons scored four runs in the fourth inning to gain control against the Rams. The fourth-inning rally came by way of a passed ball, a two-RBI single...

Rosewood, Spring Creek duel on tennis courts

Rosewood's Jordan Price dropped the first singles match to Spring Creek's Carter Cipiti, but the Eagles went on to win eight straight matches to seal the Carolina 1-A Carolina victory. Jeremy Lintner won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. His...

Rebels stay perfect on Carolina 1A softball scene

It was the kind of game Rosewood coach Shay Campbell loves. He just didn't love the result. North Duplin capitalized on five errors and handed the Eagles a 5-3 loss in Carolina 1-A Conference play Wednesday evening. "A retired coaching...

Panthers double up Cougars

Goldsboro scratched out nine hits, but couldn't hold down North Johnston in a 12-6, non-conference loss on Wednesday. Isaiah Core and Ray'Quan Griffin each had two hits for the Cougars. Core, Thomas Vick and Sterling Dodson each drove in a...

Knights defeat Chargers on baseball diamond

Greenfield cranked out 15 hits and defeated archrival Wayne Country Day, 17-4, on Wednesday afternoon. The Chargers used four different pitchers in the five-inning affair, but none proved to be able to shut down the high-powered Greenfield attack. All nine...

Saints fall to Hawks in non-conference play

Chad Ginn and Orlando Cannon combined for a two-hit shutout as North Lenoir beat non-conference foe Southern Wayne 8-0 on Wednesday. The duo combined for eight strikeouts. Braxton Greene led the Hawks with two hits and two RBI. Ethan Pittman,...

Coor, Spurgeon, Sawyer spark Gators on the road

PRINCETON -- Spring Creek's three, four and five hitters -- Allen Coor, Chad Spurgeon and Sawyer Smith -- combined for nine of the Gators' 16 hits in an 11-5 victory over Carolina 1-A opponent Princeton on Wednesday. Smith doubled and...

Baseball: Eastern Wayne-D.H. Conley box

D.H. Conley 000 004 4 -- 8 7 1 Eastern Wayne 000 403 0 -- 7 8 2 Leading hitters: D.H. Conley -- Bryant Packard 2-3, 2B; Holton Ahlers 2-2, HR, 3 RBI; Kevin Wrought 1-2, 2 RBI. Eastern Wayne...

Warriors cruise through 5-plus innings, Vikings battle back to win

rcoggins@newsargus.com Tanner Wells was on cruise control. The Eastern Wayne left-hander held D.H. Conley scoreless and to a pair of hits in five-plus innings on the bump. His defense made four highlight-reel plays behind him, including Zack Smith's U-4-6 inning-ending...

Beddingfield earns regular-season sweep of CBA softball

aetzler@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE -- Beddingfield softball coach Jeremy Howard sits back and thinks about his record against Charles B. Aycock in his career. "Uh, coming into this year I think I was 1-18," Howard said. Well, now he's 3-18. The Bruins...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preps digest: JV, middle schools

JV * Baseball: C.B. Aycock 5, D.H. Conley 2 -- The Golden Falcons scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the Vikings. Zack Mott's two-RBI double put the Golden Falcons ahead for good. Trey Jordan...

Baseball: UMO-Catawba box

Tuesday's game At Newman Park (Salisbury) UMO 442 010 010 -- 12 14 2 Catawba 201 012 211 -- 10 15 7 Leading hitters: Mount Olive -- Zak Orrison 3-3; Kilgore Gailmard 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Jason Morozowski 1-3, RBI;...

UMO's Lancaster notches 1,000th career win

rcoggins@newsargus.com SALISBURY -- Justin Manning flashed the sign. Jose Serrano nodded. Catawba pinch-hitter Austin Stilley watched as the pitch popped into Manning's glove. The umpire called "strike three," and Manning and his University of Mount Olive teammates had finally done...

Boxscore: Lakewood-Rosewood baseball

Lakewood 000 000 0 - 0 3 2 Rosewood 310 300 x - 7 9 1 Leading hitters: Rosewood - Derek Neal 3-4 2B RBI, Boone Moody 1-4 RBI, Blake Dean 1-3 2B 2 RBI Bryce McKeel 1-3 2B RBI...

Gurley tosses 3-hit, shutout gem

cellis@newsargus.com Jordan Gurley knew he was in a rhythm from the first pitch. It didn't take much longer for the Rosewood crowd -- and Lakewood -- to realize the same thing. Gurley was masterful on the mound with a three-hit,...

Thornton's homer wakes up Rosewood

aetzler@newsargus.com After two innings of stranding runners in scoring position, Rosewood head softball coach Shay Campbell wondered if the bats were going to come alive. The Eagles were too impatient. They weren't squaring up many balls. But then Callie Thornton...

Walnut Creek Ladies Golf news

Kathy Woodard recorded a hole-in-one on No. 13 during play on the Walnut Creek Country Club links Tuesday....

Wayne Christian's Floars emerges as top finisher in meet

WILSON -- Blake Floars earned medalist honors with 40 and Wayne Christian defeated runner-up Freedom Christian 197-221 during a five-team played at Wilson Country Club. Ethan McKenzie complimented Floars with a 9-hole score of 43. Teammates Michael Singletary and Drake...

JK's Pridgen claims medalist honors

KENLY -- James Kenan's Cole Pridgen earned medalist honors during a six-team Carolina 1-A Conference meet contested on the Cardinal Country Club links. The Tigers had a 404 team score. Jeremy Mercer logged an 81 and Dylan Champion carded an...

Vikings blank Saints in ECC 3A/4A soccer

D.H. Conley upended Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference foe Southern Wayne 9-0 in a mercy-rule victory on Tuesday....

Golden Falcons continue struggle in conference play

GREENVILLE -- J.H. Rose handed Charles B. Aycock a 9-0, mercy-rule loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Tuesday. The Golden Falcons (1-5-0 overall) face D.H. Conley on Thursday....

Rebels dealt first defeat on soccer pitch

Kimberly Rodriguez' herculean 22-save effort in goal, wasn't enough during a 4-0 loss to Carolina 1-A Conference foe James Kenan on Tuesday. The Rebels fell to 2-1 overall this season....

Mozingo punches in 4 goals, EW routs Goldsboro

Angelina Nacca put Goldsboro ahead in the 14th minute, but Eastern Wayne came back with a vengeance and scored seven straight goals in a 7-1 non-conference win Tuesday. Nacca's goal came on a direct free kick from 20 yards out....

Bell raps out 3 hits in Warriors' softball loss

GREENVILLE -- A solid offensive performance wasn't enough to get Eastern Wayne past J.H. Rose during an 18-8 loss in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play. Trisha Bell drove in three runs and had a triple during her two-hit night. Britni...

Princeton softball dismantles Hobbton

Princeton throttled Carolina 1-A Conference foe Hobbton 18-0 in three innings on Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs cranked out 16 hits and took advantage of eight Hobbton errors. Princeton (6-0 overall, 3-0 CC) visits North Duplin today....

DHC defeats C.B. Aycock in ECC 3A/4A softball

HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- The Golden Falcons pounded out nine hits, but fell to 5-2 to D.H. Conley in an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference game Tuesday.. Allison Shingleton drove in both runs during her two-hit performance. Connor Vinson had three hits...

Griffin has lone hit in Cougars' loss

Goldsboro mustered just one hit in an 11-0, non-conference loss to Jones Senior on Tuesday. Ray'Quan Griffin had the lone hit for the Cougars. Jared Howard endured the loss for Goldsboro. The Cougars (1-5 overall) play host to North Johnston...

Baseball power Lawrence Academy blanks WCDS

MERRY HILL -- Wayne Country Day scratched out six hits, but couldn't push across any runs in a 9-0, non-conference loss to Lawrence Academy on Tuesday afternoon. Mitch Turnage, Amane Godo, Zach Barfield, Jacob Magera, Jon Bryant and Drew Barnes...

Golden Falcons handed first defeat of season in baseball

HOLLYWOOD CROSSROADS -- Charles B. Aycock dropped from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-1 loss to Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A opponent D.H. Conley on Tuesday. The Vikings scored four fifth-inning runs on four of their seven hits as a team. The...

WCDS blanks Oakwood in tennis

Wayne Country Day handed Oakwood a 9-0 loss on Tuesday afternoon. Top-seeded Sam Dively, Preston Edwards, Hunter Hawkins, Young Wang, Lance Davis and Nolan Davis each won in singles play. The duos of Dively-Edwards and Wang-Nolan Davis both swept their...

Warriors' tandem of Sasser-Davis earn match-clinching point

WINTERVILLE -- Gray Sasser and Walker Davis accounted for three points, including a match-clinching win at No. 3 doubles which lifted Eastern Wayne past South Central, 5-4, on Tuesday afternoon. Le Solomon and Nathan Fleming also earned a singles point...

Gaster named new head football coach at Princeton

cellis@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- After almost eight weeks of interviews, Princeton High School finally has a new football coach -- Travis Gaster. Gaster's hiring ended two-month search and interviews with 20-plus applicants. It's the first head coaching job for Gaster, who...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Higginbotham: Trojans need to 'keep it simple' at Elite 8

rcoggins@newsargus.com EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Stick to the basics. Do the little things. Just keep it simple. That could be easier said than done. But its the gameplan University of Mount Olive plans to execute during its quarterfinal-round game against perennial...

Preps digest: Middle schools

Middle schools * Girls' soccer: Greenwood 5, Grantham 1 -- Alana Kazar provided a hat trick (three goals) for the victorious T-birds. Alliyah Mabry and Taniyah Oates scored one goal apiece. Mabry contributed an assist. Greenwood (4-1-0 overall) faces...

Softball box: Spring Creek at Princeton

Spring Creek 100 002 0 -- 3 4 0 Princeton 020 103 x -- 6 9 1 Leading hitters: Spring Creek -- Ashley Marriner 1-4; Sarah Ford 1-3; Rachel McCollum 1-2, RBI; Alanna Price 1-3. Princeton -- Charley Cox 2-3,...

Edwards' double sparks Dogs past Gators

rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON -- Princeton's Taylor Carroll stood on first base and told teammate Kortney Edwards "she could do this." Hitless in her previous three at-bats, which included two strikeouts, Edwards faced another two-strike count with the bases loaded. She just...

Hawley has two goals, two assists for Bulldogs on soccer pitch

PRINCETON -- Chelsea Hawley delivered a two-goal, two-assist performance as Princeton knocked off Spring Creek, 6-4, in a Carolina 1-A Conference battle Tuesday evening. Jessica Brush provided one goal and one assist. Kassandra Velasquez, Madison Adkins and Amber Johnson scored...

Bailey notches, goal assist in Chargers' win

WAKE FOREST -- Allison Bailey tallied one goal and assisted on another goal as Wayne Country Day blanked Neuse Christian, 2-0, on Monday afternoon. Margaret Tanner punched in a goal for WCDS. Goalie Langley Barnes earned the shutout between the...

North Duplin slips by Lakewood, 2-1

SALEMBURG -- North Duplin continued its unbeaten start with a 2-1 triumph over Lakewood in Carolina 1-A Conference play Monday. Diana Saucedo and Priscilla Saucedo each scored a goal for the Rebels, who improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0...

Lane Tree Ladies Golf news

Teresa Shearin, sidelined by a rib injury, seized game-of-the-week honors and low gross (79) on the Lane Tree Golf Club links. Linda Watson earned low net. Shelley Leder claimed low putts....

Hall, McAlduff lead Goldsboro in ECC 2A golf meet

AYDEN -- Matt Hall carded a 2-over par 74 and Goldsboro claimed first-place honors in an Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference match contested on the Ayden Country Club links Monday afternoon. Luke McAlduff and Ruben Quiroz each contributed an 80. Ty...

Eagles dominate track meet

James Madison University football signee Tyree Chavious won the discus and helped Rosewood dominate a three-team Carolina 1-A Conference meet Monday afternoon. Chavious logged a throw of 116 feet, 2 inches. Marquail Almontaser won the triple jump (37-0) and 110...

Weeks, Tyndall combine for no-hitter; Thornton nearly hits for the cycle

WARSAW -- Callie Thornton just missed hitting for the cycle in Rosewood's 16-0, mercy-rule conquest of Carolina 1-A Conference foe James Kenan on Monday afternoon. Thornton doubled, tripled and swatted a home run for the Eagles. Sophomore Hailey Weeks and...

Greenfield handcuffs Wayne Christian

WILSON -- Wayne Christian mustered just four hits in a 10-0, mercy-rule loss to perennial independent 1-A power Greenfield on Monday at historic Fleming Stadium. Austin Howell, Holden Foster, Ted Suggs and Ryan Kennedy each had one hit in the...

Smitherman, Aycock 'steals' victory over J.H. Rose

PIKEVILLE -- Hank Smitherman stole home with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Charles B. Aycock upended J.H. Rose, 2-1, in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play Monday afternoon. Down 1-0 through 51/2 innings, the unbeaten Golden...

Blount made right decision to attend UMO

aetzler@newsargus.com Heading back to the locker room, JaQuan Blount knew the messages would be there. He just didn't know what they would say. The junior had just played nearly a flawless game, dropping in 19 points, dishing out five assists...

County teams improve scores on GMGC links

Wayne County golfers walked away from Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course with a mixture of emotions on a breezy, sunny Monday afternoon. Four players posted their lowest 18-hole rounds of the season. Two teams shot their best scores after three tournaments...

Monday, March 23, 2015

UMO seniors Hargrove, McCain provide versatility on court

cellis@newsargus.com Just 47,500 feet separate C.D. Hylton and Potomac High Schools. Roughly nine miles of rural highway that twisted and turned along the outermost edges of Prince William Forest Park, separated Kendall Hargrove and Jordan McCain. Now, after four years...

Koehler's homer helps UMO salvage league series against King (Tenn.)

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Joe Koehler mashed a three-run, seventh-inning homer and No. 14-ranked University of Mount Olive rolled past Conference Carolinas foe King (Tenn.), 12-3, on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans (20-9 overall) avoided a three-game sweep in the series. Jason...

Aycock soccer drops two games at The Brittany

WILSON -- Charles B. Aycock dropped a pair of games in The Brittany contested on Saturday. The Golden Falcons fell 5-0 to West Brunswick and 4-1 to East Carteret. Sabrina Johnson scored the team's lone goal. Aycock (1-4-0 overall) plays...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Preps digest: JV news

JV * Girls' soccer: Wayne Country Day 3, Faith Christian-Rocky Mount -- Langley Barnes delivered the eventual game-winning goal in the seventh minute for the Chargers. Janae Jones and Ally Willman provided one goal apiece. WCDS (3-0-1 overall) entertains...

Elite 8: Trojans' ball movement is team's forte

aetzler@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Dontrell Brite never thought he would play this way. Dominique Reed played the exact same way in high school. No matter the background, the University of Mount Olive basketball players come to campus and play the...

Trojans' Corkin sets career high against Converse

rcoggins@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- Candace Corkin unpacked her "magic stick" and had a fantasy-like game that most lacrosse players dream about on Saturday afternoon. Corkin posted a natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) within the first six minutes and punched...

Boxscore: Spring Creek-Hobbton baseball

Hobbton 000 001 0 -- 1 6 1 Spring Creek 003 024 x -- 9 11 1 Leading hitters: Hobbton -- Brandon Rogers 2-3; Greg Herring 1-3, 2B; Michael Bass 1-3; Justin Adkins 1-3; Mason Wilson 1-3, RBI. Spring Creek...

Gators start slow, cruise past Wildcats

rcoggins@newsargus.com SEVEN SPRINGS -- Sawyer Smith sighed in relief when Spring Creek teammate Kane Geelen scooped up a grounder and tagged first base for the final out of the first inning. He tapped gloves with Geelen as the two headed...

Boxscore: Southern Wayne-D.H. Conley box

Saturday's game At Dudley D.H. Conley 242 22 -- 12 11 1 So. Wayne 100 10 -- 2 3 0 Leading hitters: D.H. Conley -- Bryant Packard 4-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Travis Cross 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Jake Pollard...

Packard's home run sparks Conley past Southern Wayne

cellis@newsargus.com DUDLEY -- Bryant Packard was already rounding first base by the time the ball landed. Packard, Conley's third hitter in the lineup and starting third baseman, wasted no time, sending the second pitch he saw from Southern Wayne pitcher...

PUT ME IN COACH -- Leave team down by 1 shot, but make amends in clubhouse

Hey guys, I'm actually good at something. Let me start by saying I'm not usually good at golf. And I'm not good in the sense that Bubba Watson is good. I'm good in the sense that I didn't make myself...

LOCAL OPINION: Players stop game, approach bully in stands

There are some afternoons where boredom just sinks in. You either scan Twitter, Facebook or some other social media to find something that could bring a smile to your face, make you laugh or even shed a few tears. After...

Chargers drop CPIC opener in 8 innings

FAYETTEVILLE -- Wayne Country Day launched its 2015 Coastal Plains Independent 1-A/2-A Conference campaign with a 12-11 loss to defending N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A state champ Freedom Christian on Friday afternoon. "What an ugly game ... not good...