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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 …
School Sports
North Johnston track standout Caroline Leegins will transition from the Lady Panthers to Barton College after signing with the NCAA Division II Lady Bulldogs.

7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

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 …
Pro Sports
Professional baseball player Jerry Sands, a former Smithfield-Selma High School standout, poses with his wife, Morgan, and their two sons, Eli and Tucker, after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in December 2019. Contributed photo

International pastime: Former SSS standout continues his career in Asia

When Jerry Sands traded his Wilson Tobs uniform for that of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league team in June of 2008, little did the Smithfield-Selma High product realize he was beginning a journey …
UNC Notebook
Tar Heels not instantly better with Anthony back

North Carolina’s final possession in an upset loss to Boston College on Saturday was a microcosm of the Tar Heels’ week. Superstar point guard Cole Anthony dribbled around the perimeter …

NC State Notebook
The Wolfpack by the numbers as the season hits home stretch

N.C. State looks to snap a three-game losing streak but must travel to Miami in the opener of a three-game road trip Wednesday. The Wolfpack has been bruised and battered this season and wildly …

Duke Notebook
Blue Devils’ O-line gets upgrade with Frey

Daniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft. Quentin Harris, a …

ECU Notebook
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 …