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Life comes fast for Gore

In a span of a few months last spring, life came at MacKenzie Gore as fast as his fastball barrels toward opposing batters. Entering his senior season at Whiteville High, Gore was hoping to help …

The ‘state’ of NC baseball apparent at Hot Stove banquet

The idea of building a baseball museum for North Carolina has rarely seemed more sound than at Tuesday’s 43rd annual Wilson Hot Stove League banquet, which appropriately serves as a major …

School Sports

Frenetic run-and-gun pace leaves Bruins behind

The Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team flew the unfriendly skies Monday afternoon. It was no secret to the Bruins that Kill Devil Hills First Flight would …
Student-athlete of the week

Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Abbey Rogers, Fike High

Senior Abbey Rogers helped her Fike High girls swim team stay unbeaten in the 3-A Big East Conference at last week’s meet, making her this week’s Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of …

Lady Cycs pressure, then top PJP II 51-28

GREENVILLE — The visiting Community Christian School varsity girls basketball team thrived with its full-court pressure in posting a 51-28 nonconference victory against Pope John Paul II on Tuesday …

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Forest Hills boys 5-0 after beating Elm City 65-39

Forest Hills decked Elm City in 65-39 in boys basketball action Tuesday, keeping the Bucks unbeaten through five games. Davon Jones had 22 points to lead Forest Hills while C.J. …
COLLEGE SPORTS
ECU Notebook

Pirates’ future taking shape with Southside expansion

A vision is beginning to become a reality for Jeff Compher and the rest of ECU’s athletic administration. The Pirate athletics director stood in front of a group of dozens of high-ranking ECU …
NC State Notebook

Lighter schedule? Wolfpack in no mood to hear about it

N.C. State enters what may be considered a softer portion of its conference schedule on paper. Just do not try telling that to the Wolfpack. After a seemingly endless slew of battles against …
UNC Notebook

Tar Heels regain footing in ACC with two wins

UNC Notebook After two consecutive road losses, North Carolina regained its footing with two ACC wins last week, but the concerns that have surfaced in the Tar Heels’ four losses have not yet …
Duke Notebook

Duke slams Pitt, but road woes remain

Duke fell to unranked N.C. State on the road, the team’s second conference loss away from home in a row this season and the program’s fifth in a row going back to last year. It is a concerning …

Stenborg has 29 as BC rolls

CENTRAL, S.C. — After two frustrating losses in a row, the Barton men’s basketball team unloaded on host Southern Wesleyan 92-68 on Monday night. The 24-point win, Barton’s most one-sided …

Lady Bulldogs rout SWU for 9th win

CENTRAL, S.C. — The ninth straight victory for the Barton women’s basketball came with little resistance from host Southern Wesleyan as the Lady Bulldogs stormed to a 72-43 Conference Carolinas …
Community Sports

TRULY A baseball town

For the better part of a century, Wilson has been touted as a baseball town. The Eastern North Carolina community thrived in that capacity as the 43rd annual banquet of the Wilson Hot Stove League …
Pro Sports

Big league arm with a small-town heart

Chris Hatcher will begin his eighth season as a major league baseball pitcher in a few weeks but that doesn’t mean he has an extravagant lifestyle with fancy cars and exotic vacations. Nope, …
Fike @ 50

Cyclones’ precious memories

Whatever paths their lives have traversed in the last half century, members of Fike High’s football team in 1967 are forever bonded by an experience that had an impact far beyond winning the state …

1967 Fike High Cyclones seniors

STEVE BARNES — Starting offensive/defensive lineman. Worked in the roofing industry. Died October 2013. SARVIS BASS — Starting pulling guard. Graduated from N.C. State University. Has …

Fike Cyclones reign as 1967 state champs

Whether it was destiny or determination, the Fike High Cyclones became state champions with a stirring second-half comeback to defeat South Mecklenburg 28-14 in the North Carolina High School …