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April 23, 2017

Everything about it is a trip to the past.

The baseball stadium that Tarboro High calls home is old school. Rain pelting the roof at Tarboro’s Municipal Stadium on Friday during the championship game of the school’s Easter tournament sounded like the team was playing in a tin can.

The…


ALL-AREA: Spivey expands her game and dominates

April 21, 2017

Pam Gainey noticed the emotion Keyanna Spivey was wearing.

Gainey’s power forward was disappointed.

The Rocky Mount High coach watched players wander into the gym for a Saturday morning practice during the 2015-16 season after a loss at Nash Central the night before.

Spivey, then a junior,…


ALL-AREA: Tarboro's Hopkins finds maturity in path to individual title

April 20, 2017

TARBORO — There might have been some words said, but in the moment, only the gesture mattered.

On Feb. 21, seconds after winning the individual state title that had eluded him the previous two years, Tarboro senior Quadarrius Hopkins and Vikings coach Andrew Harding shared a hug that had been…


ALL-AREA: SouthWest Edgecombe's Coltrane enjoys swimming in fast lane

April 19, 2017

Jack Coltrane was nowhere to be found. Not on the pool deck, his name not printed in the heat sheet. Joe Larranaga would know because he went looking.

Larranaga, then a coach with the Tarboro Marlins swim club, coached Coltrane through many summers that the SouthWest Edgecombe sprinter used to get…