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Fike quarterback D.J. Daniels rolls out to look for a receiver downfield during a game against Hunt on Nov. 8, 2013 in Buddy Bedgood Stadium. With Daniels, a future MLB Draft pick, at the controls of the Fike offense, the Golden Demons were free to take vertical shots downfield frequently. That impunity has ebbed and flowed through the years under Tom Nelson depending on who is at the controls of the Demons' spread offense.

Finding a medium: Where does scheme meet personnel in high school football?

Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program. During what is now the month of December, hundreds upon hundreds of players sign National Letters of Intent to populate NCAA Division I …
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Bored? Then set up camp

COVID-19 can cause sore throats, hacking dry coughs, and headaches as some of its symptoms. It can cause anxiety, anger, loneliness, concern, and a bit of stir-craziness, especially if kids are stuck …

Vick sinks 7th career ace

Wilson’s Tommy Vick, a golfer for some 40 years, continues to rack up outstanding achievements at Willow Springs Country Club. During Thursday’s round, Vick, approaching his 75th …

Greene Central's Radford, Tingen earn NCHSAA’s 'Heart of a Champion' Award

Greene Central High seniors Perry Tingen and Madalyn Radford were two of 35 student-athletes from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ranks to garner the association’s …
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All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

The hard work of countless cheerleaders from football through basketball season did not go unnoticed. On the All-Greater Neuse River Conference team, 11 cheerleaders were honored …

All-GNRC indoor track

For the winter indoor track season, Cleveland captured a pair of Greater Neuse River Conference titles to land atop the standings.  In the girls standings, the Rams edged out Clayton for the …
Smithfield-Selma wrestler Michael Nichols looks for an advantage while wrestling Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove on Nov. 20. Nichols was named an all-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestler for the Spartans.

GNRC produces 23 all-conference wrestlers

A season of bouts on the mat yielded 23 All-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestlers who earned their fair-share of victories this season. West Johnston 132-pound wrestler Gavin McKendrick, who …

Comets make a splash in the GNRC swimming awards

CLAYTON — The Clayton swimming teams swept through the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference postseason honors after what was a strong season in the pool for the Comets.  Jesse Lower was …
Clayton senior forward Megan Flockhart (15) pushes the ball ahead during the NRFA Cup championship game  against Cleveland on March 6. Flockhart would love to see the season, her final one, resume after it was paused due to COVID-19 concerns.

‘Special’ group at Clayton contemplates impact of COVID-19

CLAYTON — The seniors on the 2020 Clayton girls soccer team are a special group for head coach Joseph Mott. When Mott first came to the school in 2017 to coach soccer, eight now-seniors, who …
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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 …
Princeton senior Colby Sullivan (10) goes in for a layup as North Carolina senior Luke Maye tries to steal the ball in the Deacon Jones Gymnasium during the third stop of the 41st annual ACC Barnstorming Tour on Monday evening.

ACC Barnstorming Tour gives fans, players a night to remember

PRINCETON — A crowd of more than 1,500 eager spectators packed into Deacon Jones Gymnasium at Princeton High on Monday to see some of the best senior basketball players from Johnston County …
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Clements prevails in Limited Late Model Division at SNMP

Brandon Clements, center, poses with car owner Cal Clements and wife, Cali, after winning Sunday's Limited Late Model event at SNMP.
LUCAMA — Brandon Clements scored his first Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model win since 2012 in spectacular fashion, holding off Tony Grady in a breathtaking duel in …
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Taylor Gray celebrates in Victory Lane after taking the Solid Rock Carriers 150 Late Model Stock Car race during the CARS Tour season opener Saturday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Gray, Craig claim checkers in CARS Tour opener at Southern National

Taylor Gray and Matt Craig opened the sixth season of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour with victories in a thrilling Solid Rock Carriers 300 at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday …
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