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Beddingfield's Raekwon Batts (20), carrying the football against Bartlett Yancey in the first round of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs last week, is expected to be a full participant at No. 1 East seed Clinton on Friday night.

Playing for a turkey day

A No. 1, a No. 2 and a No. 8 seed carry The Wilson Times readership area banner into the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football playoffs Friday …
Fike's Hunter Stokely, who tendered a verbal commitment to North Carolina during his freshman year, solidified his intention Thursday to play for the Tar Heels after signing his National Letter of Intent.

Stokely brings it back home by signing with UNC baseball

Regardless of the destination, a college signing day brings to culmination all the extra hours of work and devotion needed to rise above the fray and continue to play a sport past the high school …
Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe, left, speaks to an assistant during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
DUKE NOTEBOOK

Margin for error is gone for Blue Devils’ bowl hopes

DURHAM — A Duke football constant under head coach David Cutcliffe has been his willingness to reveal what he tells his players. Many paranoid coaches, citing confidentiality, won’t share …

AREA ROUNDUP: Fike bounces back to notch first victory, beats Rose 49-45

GREENVILLE — With three players scoring in double figures, the visiting Fike High varsity girls basketball team posted its first 2019-20 victory  by a 49-45 margin against 3-A Greenville …

Hunt boys capture Big East swimming opener

ROCKY MOUNT — Behind five first-place finishes, the Hunt High boys swim team, defending 3-A Big East Conference champions, opened the 2019-20 swimming season intent on driving toward its fourth …

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Martin and Quinn spark Wilson Christian win

Briceson Martin bucketed 11 points and Simon Quinn netted nine to lead the Wilson Christian Academy Blue boys basketball team to a 32-19 conquest of Halifax Academy on Thursday. The Chargers …
With fewer area teams remaining, the pot of unfamiliar high school matchups expands.

Football Forecast Playoffs Week 2

With fewer area teams remaining, the pot of unfamiliar high school matchups expands.

Area calendar, Nov. 22-23

Friday, November 22   High School Varsity Football NCHSAA playoffs, second round — 3-A: Northern Nash at Southern Nash, 7:30 p.m.; 2-A: Beddingfield at Clinton, 7:30 p.m.; …
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Programs gained experience in Neuse Charter quint

North Johnston's Ethan Brasewell, left, and Neuse Charter's Matthew Pelletier spar during the 160-pound bout that decided the match between the two schools. Pelletier pinned Brasewell in what was the most dramatic battle of the night during a quint hosted by the Cougars on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
SMITHFIELD — The gravity of what his bout would mean for the final score Wednesday night didn’t dawn on Neuse Charter wrestler Matthew Pelletier until he was already deep into …

Fall sports recap

AREA ROUNDUP: Neuse Charter girls improve to 4-0

SMITHFIELD — Freshman Anna Taylor scored 28 points by way of eight 3-pointers to lead the Neuse Charter girls basketball team to its fourth victory in a row to start the season, a 69-27 …
Princeton head coach Travis Gaster shakes hands with his players after a 44-0 shut out of North Johnston on Sept. 27. Gaster has a "history" with North Rowan, his Bulldogs' opponent in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-AA football playoffs.

‘It’ll be neat to go back’

PRINCETON — A nearly three-hour road trip separates Princeton High from North Rowan, but something other than the white lines of Interstate 85 connects the two schools. North Rowan, located …

AREA ROUNDUP: Basketball season gets into full swing

WENDELL — The Corinth Holders girls basketball team fell 41-35 to Clayton High in its season-opener on Monday night. By the end of the first quarter, the Comets had built up a 10-point lead …
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 …
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Community Sports

Methodist 'team of distinction' has Kenly connections

Stacy Holland, left, and Kelly Holland were honored as members of the 2001-03 Methodist women's basketball teams who were the first to make the NCAA Division III tournament during a ceremony on Nov. 1 in Fayetteville.
KENLY—Sisters and Kenly natives Kelly Holland and Stacy Holland were inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov.1 as part of a ‘team of distinction’ …
Pro Sports
Cameron Murray, right, stands next to his sister Olivia Murray after the two siblings came in first and second in the Bandolero feature on Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park. Cameron Murray started racing two years ago and his sister competed in only her 10th race on Championship Night in Lucama.

A rare sibling rivalry

Olivia Murray first found an outlet for her competitiveness in dance.  Only there’s a problem with the sport of choreography and calculated movement: Dancing has never pitted the …
College Notebooks
NC State Notebook

Time is running out on Wolfpack

North Carolina State’s Zonovan Knight (24) tries to break the tackle of Louisville’s Russ Yeast (3) during the first half of Saturday night’s game in Raleigh. Knight, a Southern Nash High graduate, led the Wolfpack in rushing with 65 yards in its 34-20 loss.
Time is something this season’s N.C. State football team does not have. There is no time for slip-ups if the Wolfpack is going to be bowl eligible. There is no time for looking back at what …
UNC Notebook
Tar Heels riding Anthony’s production early

“He’s the best point guard I’ve ever been around. Plain and simple. Period. The end.” UNC assistant coach and 12-year NBA veteran Hubert Davis had high praise for Cole Anthony …

Duke Notebook
No. 2 Blue Devils testing out early lineup combos

DURHAM — Duke’s third starting lineup three games into the basketball season resulted in Tuesday’s 105-57 romp over Central Arkansas, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski cautioned not to …

ECU Notebook
Elusive 4th victory a ‘big deal’ for Pirates

People outside of East Carolina’s football program may scoff at the notion of a fourth win being a milestone achievement, but those that have lived through the results the past few years …