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Friday, February 27, 2015

Trojan women growing up at right time

cellis@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- It's been a trying year for the University of Mount Olive women's basketball team. The young Trojans have shown promise occasionally, but have struggled with inexperience and lost several games in the final minutes. UMO finished...

Trojan men hold postseason destiny in own hands

aetzler@newsargus.com MOUNT OLIVE -- After what his teams have been through the last two years, University of Mount Olive head men's basketball coach Joey Higginbotham doesn't want the decision of whether the Trojans make the NCAA Division II tournament bid...

Burlington School bumps WCDS boys from NCISAA 1A basketball playoffs

ASHEVILLE -- Joel Davis scored 11 points in his final prep game as Wayne Country Day endured a season-ending, 73-49 loss to The Burlington School in quarterfinal-round play of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A boys' basketball playoffs...

NCHSAA advisory: Basketball playoffs

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released the following information about the NCHSAA basketball playoffs, which have been hit hard by the snow across the state. A total of 13 first-round games in all classifications, out of 128,...

Ellis' humble discussion led to Freedom Classic, now in 5th year

rcoggins@newsargus.com KINSTON -- Bill Ellis never anticipated the response he'd get by having a three-game series between two military academies at historic Grainger Stadium. But that one conversation with a U.S. Naval Academy baseball coach eventually launched the Freedom Classic...

Area athletes find pick-up games during inclement weather break

aetzler@newsargus.com Eastern Wayne guard Tianna Christopher had never been more ready. The team had just come off a tough Monday practice and everyone was excited to try and continue their undefeated streak into the playoffs. Then the snow came. Tuesday's...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Daze: Area spring sports coaches waiting to practice, rescheduling games

rcoggins@newsargus.com You can't control Mother Nature. Or Old Man Winter for that matter. But each has certainly caused enough havoc -- and headaches -- among spring sports coaches in Wayne County and surrounding areas over the past 10 days. Somebody...

Updated prep basketball playoff schedule

Prep basketball 2015 NCHSAA playoffs Girls South Brunswick at Eastern Wayne    5 p.m. Princeton at Riverside-Martin    5 p.m. Raleigh Charter at Rosewood    6 p.m. Southern Vance at Goldsboro    6 p.m. Fay. Westover at C.B. Aycock    6 p.m. Boys Cedar Ridge...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hargrove's double-double leads UMO men past Barton

WILSON -- Kendall Hargrove recorded a double-double and led five University of Mount Olive players in double figures during a 79-68 conquest of Conference Carolinas archrival Barton College on Tuesday evening. Hargrove netted 23 points on 8 of 10...

Barton women complete regular-season sweep of UMO

WILSON -- Anamaria Zjacic and Ty Wallace notched 12 points apiece as the University of Mount Olive dropped a 70-56 decision to Conference Carolinas archrival Barton inside Wilson Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. It was the regular-season finale for both...

Whitfield: NCHSAA keeping close eye on weather

CHAPEL HILL -- Contingency plans are in place to handle Tuesday's inclement weather, but with the threat of another snowstorm, the window of playing days has become smaller. That's the main consensus Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the N.C. High School...

Carolina Elite Stars compete

RALEIGH -- The Carolina Elite Stars competed at the All-Star Challenge Clash of the Titans national competition and returned home with two championship squads. The Mini Level 1 Little Dippers and Senior Level 3 Super Sonic each placed first...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Charging on: WCDS defense stifles Knights

rcoggins@newsargus.com Play defense. It's the single-most request Wayne Country Day head basketball coach David Flowers has requested of his team all season. He finally saw it in full force Monday evening. The Chargers held Hickory Christian to nine field goals,...

Boxscore: Wayne Country Day-Hickory box

2015 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A playoffs (First round) Hickory 10 2 11 0 -- 23 W. Country Day 23 20 19 12 -- 74 HICKORY CHRISTIAN (13-10) Noah Hewitt 1 0 0-0 2, Casey Broome 1 0...

UMO teams ranked in latest polls; women's golf in 2nd place

UMO Media Relations MOUNT OLIVE -- Winner in 10 of its last 11 games, University of Mount Olive vaulted to No. 4 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II top 30 poll based on votes submitted through the American Baseball...

Snow school again

From staff reportsCHAPEL HILL -- Due to this morning's snowfall, many basketball playoff games in eastern North Carolina have been postponed due to travel issues. Rick Strunk, associate commissioner of communications at the N.C. High School Athletic Association, said this...

Monday, February 23, 2015

STATE CHAMP -- Rosewood's Taylor wins 1A heavyweight crown

rcoggins@newsargus.com GREENSBORO -- Kaleb Taylor watched as several of his teammates stumbled in their respective semifinal-round matches Saturday afternoon. The goal of returning home with a team state title vanished. "(The losses) kind of worked both ways because I was...

State wrestling results

GREENSBORO -- Results from the 2015 N.C. High School Athletic Association state individual wrestling championships contested at Greensboro Coliseum. Wrestler is listed by weight class with FINAL overall record in parentheses behind name. CLASS 1-A Rosewood HS 120: Malique Boyd...

Rosewood's Sam Drew fights through pain

rcoggins@newsargus.com GREENSBORO -- Pain seared through his body as Rosewood wrestler Sam Drew talked with his coaches after an opening-round loss in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1-A individual state championships. They wanted to medically forfeit the injured...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gators top James Kenan

Cam Ellis cellis@newsargus.com CALYPSO -- It's not a secret that when Spring Creek's starting backcourt of Brandon Gonzalez and Trey Hammonds are playing well, they're tough to beat. But when the Gators get big time contributions from other players -...

Flu-stricken Eagles beat Lakewood

CALYPSO -- Imagine a dynamic basketball player from North Carolina, playing in a championship game and carrying the scoring load all while fighting a vicious case of the flu. Sound familiar? Lexi Mercer took a page out of Michael...

Ice can't cool down Eastern Wayne, neither can CB Aycock

The snow from this past week kept kids out of school, but it couldn't keep Eastern Wayne's Micah Smith out of the gym. Smith has been one of the hottest players in the area over the past four games,...

Four local athletes selected to All-Star games

Four area players have been selected for all-star games on the private school circuit. Tyrique McClain, of Wayne Christian School, was selected to the Super 60 Showdown and Goldsboro native Coby White of Greenfield got invited to the North...

Allen iced by mother nature

A sickness and some pesky icy roads kept me on the sidelines this week. Despite not being able to get on a practice field or court, I had my first experience at Wilber's Barbecue since moving down here, and I...

Goldsboro Heat finish runner-up in conference tournament

The Goldsboro ended up runners-up in the NCHEAC Eastern Conference tournament after losing to the South Wake Sabres 51-42 on Saturday evening. Gavin Portela led the Heat with 15 points, eight rebounds four steals and three assists, just missing...