February 11, 2017

PINETOPS — The SouthWest Edgecombe gym is full of banners. A good portion belong to the girls’ basketball program.

They denote state titles and runner-up years. All but one sports vibrant versions of the school’s colors. That outlier looks old, faded and dusty. And it’s one…

SouthWest Edgecombe's Hodges signs with UNC Pembroke

February 02, 2017

PINETOPS — Dylan Hodges stood on the field, taking in the final moments of his high school career.

It was Nov. 18, and SouthWest Edgecombe had just lost to South Granville in the opening round of the NCHSAA playoffs. The smoke from the Cougars’ celebratory cannon, hanging in the air…

Vikings drop pair to league contender

January 28, 2017

TARBORO – A two-win Tarboro boys team, shorthanded by injuries and foul trouble, nearly downed the best team in its conference on Friday night.

The Vikings (2-9, 1-3 Two Rivers) clawed back against Williamston Riverside (13-2, 5-1) before falling short in a 70-59 defeat to the Knights.…

Tarboro basketball stands tall

January 27, 2017

At any moment of any game, the Tarboro High boys’ basketball team has the means to stand quite tall.

To some, it can look like a large wall amid a tangle of arms. To others, like Vikings coach Reggie Bess who calls the look “trio,” it is just another way to play basketball.…