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USA Baseball president Mike Gaski speaks during the 45th annual Wilson Hot Stove banquet Tuesday evening at Recreation Park Community Center. Listening are master of ceremonies Alton Britt, left, and Raleigh radio personality Tony Riggsbee.

Hot Stove carries torch for summer game

The evening carried a touch of somberness and the crowd was a tad smaller than in recent years, but the Wilson Hot Stove burned brightly, the chilly weather outside notwithstanding, for the 45th …
Wilson Prep first-year head coach Anthony Atkinson turns his head up to the rafters of the Tigers' gym to celebrate what would become a 70-66 win for the program over North Edgecombe in 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference play on Tuesday night.

Shake-up in the Tar Roanoke: Tigers outrun Warriors in 70-66 thriller

The contributions of many put the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team in position to hand North Edgecombe its first loss in 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference play on Tuesday night at home. The …
Wilson Prep freshman Keyonna Thompson embraces contact as she prepares to shoot a close-range shot in a 61-52 loss to North Edgecombe on Tuesday night. Thompson scored 17 points in the loss.

Comeback falls apart for WPA girls vs. North Edgecombe

After pulling within four points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team fell victim to a similar kind of run late, eventually losing to North Edgecombe …

AREA ROUNDUP: Briggs’ 32 points sparks Lady Bruins by Nash Central, 66-56

ROCKY MOUNT — A commitment to better defense resulted in instant success for the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team, which rode freshman Daneesha Briggs’ career-high 32 points in …

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Elm City outlasts Speight, remains deadlocked for first place

Connie Pleasants bucketed 19 points for the Elm City girls basketball team Tuesday afternoon in a 30-23 victory over Speight. Mallory Jenkins tacked on nine points for the Lady Vikings (8-1), who …

Area Calendar, Jan. 22-23

Wednesday, January 22   College Men’s Volleyball Queens at Barton, 7 p.m.   High School Varsity Girls Basketball Greenfield at Lawrence Academy, 6 …
Virginia center Jay Huff (30) and North Carolina State forward D.J.Funderburk (0) battle for a rebound during the second half of Monday’s game in Charlottesville, Va. The Wolfpack won 53-51.

Wolfpack shows toughness in grinding victory at Virginia

If there was a game that encapsulates what it will take for N.C. State to emerge as one of the top teams in this season’s ACC standings, it would have to be the Wolfpack’s win Monday at …
Duke forward Matthew Hurt (21) drives to the basket against Miami during the second half of Tuesday's game in Durham.

No. 8 Duke runs roughshod over Miami, 89-59

DURHAM — The 30-point Blue Devils are back, ending their two-game losing streak with their fourth 30-point romp in their last five victories. Eighth-ranked Duke (16-3, 6-2 ACC) won 89-59 …
School Sports
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Bulldogs overtake Rosewood

GOLDSBORO — The Princeton boys basketball team improved to 5-0 in the 1-A Carolina Conference with 69-50 dominant victory over Rosewood on Tuesday night. Nayshin Waller and Aden Taylor …

Taylor leads Neuse Charter

ROSE HILL — Freshman guard Anna Taylor put up her second-consecutive 37-point game to lead the Neuse Charter girls basketball team to a 62-32 victory over Rose Hill Union on Tuesday …

Panthers rally against North Pitt

BETHEL — The North Johnston girls basketball team came all the way back in the fourth quarter to capture its first 2-A Eastern Plains Conference victory over North Pitt on Tuesday night by …
Jaylen White (34) is too late to stop the acrobatic layup of Cleveland's Walter Ghaffar (5) on Friday night during a contest between the two schools. The Rams won 70-54.

Rams get back on track with win over SSS

CLAYTON — The Cleveland boys basketball team ended what had been a losing skid with a 70-54 win over Smithfield-Selma, while the Spartans continued to slid deeper into 3-A Greater Neuse River …
Cleveland's Hannah Harrison drives to the bucket in the third quarter of a 48-43 win over Smithfield-Selma on Friday night. Harrison scored the first seven points of a crucial third quarter that put the Rams in position to tie the game, then take over the lead.

Second-half rally springboards Cleveland girls basketball past SSS

CLAYTON — After trailing Smithfield-Selma by seven at the half, the Cleveland girls basketball team executed a big second-half comeback to take over the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference …
College Sports

Area grads start college football season

The first college start of former Corinth Holders standout and Duke true freshman offensive tackle Jacob Monk headlined the participation of Johnstonian News readership area players in week one of …

Wooten and Cuddington named Preseason All-Big South

Two Campebll University redshirt senior football players hailing from the Johnstonian News readership area were named to the Preseason All-Big South football team announced Tuesday at the …
Community Sports

Keeping ‘Kayaking Kwanza’ in mind

Sometimes life gets in the way of our passions. Since this is an outdoors column, we are going to place outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking amongst others as our passion. …
Pro Sports
Kyle Busch holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy Cup Series championship on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Busch will race in the Super Late Model Division as part of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Southern National postpones Thanksgiving Classic

Rain arrived sooner than expected, prompting Southern National Motorsports Park to call off Saturday's on-track activity.  The race has been moved to March 1 —  a week before the CARS …
College Notebooks
UNC Notebook

Tar Heels tumble into losing mark in January for 1st time since 2001-02 season

North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks (15) tumbles over Pittsburgh’s Trey McGowens after trying a shot during the first half of Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh.
It has been a long time since North Carolina has looked as helpless and hapless on the basketball floor as they have over the past month, as the Heels now have their first losing record (8-9) since …
NC State Notebook

Virginia Tech’s Wabissa Bede (3) and North Carolina State’s Markell Johnson (11) battle for a loose ball in the first half of a game Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

Wolfpack still seeking consistency as ACC heats up

N.C. State has reached the quarter mark of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball campaign and the Wolfpack has yet to find any consistency, except when it comes to players missing …

Duke Notebook

Clemson’s Aamir Simms grabs a rebound while defended by Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. during the first half of Tuesday’s game, in Clemson, S.C. Duke lost 79-72.

Tighter rotations mean less margin for error for Blue Devils

Well, what did we learn from Duke’s surprising loss at Clemson? Perhaps the most revealing information was Duke’s 10-man rotation has been more than “coachspeak” from Blue …

ECU Notebook

East Carolina head coach Mike Houston runs onto the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadum prior to the Pirates’ final game against Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 30. Despite the 49-24 loss that dropped the Pirates to 4-8 in Houston’s first season, there is optimism for the future of the program after three straight three-win seasons.

Despite final loss, Pirates look forward to future with Houston

It was the complete opposite of a storybook ending for East Carolina’s senior class, but the players participating in their final game in the purple and gold maintained following the 49-24 loss …

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