February 24, 2018

Kalil Baker knew. 

The Rocky Mount Prep guard buried a 3-pointer from the corner to cap a third-quarter run, forcing opponent East Carteret to call a timeout as Baker twirled toward the crowd holding up three fingers. It was during the frenzy that followed that Baker knew his team would hang…

Jaguars playing with new life

February 23, 2018

Kalil Baker couldn’t shake the feeling of dread.

It was the unknown that worried the Rocky Mount Prep basketball team’s leading scorer, while the idea that he could do nothing but wait and hope that the NCHSAA made a decision in his team’s favor made him squirm.

The NCHSAA had…

Rocky Mount Prep advances to third round of 1-A playoffs

February 22, 2018

He soared through the air, his purple-tinted shoes trailing behind him, to finish a layup through a flurry of swinging arms. Rocky Mount Prep’s Sam Benton started a third-quarter run which built to a crescendo when teammate Keyshawn Bryant threw down a thunderous dunk.

It was a whirlwind of a…

No. 2 Northern Nash's season ends with last second loss to No. 18 Westover

February 22, 2018

While there were never any broad proclamations or black-and-white all-or-nothings spoken over the last three months, Northern Nash coach Henry Drake and his players had something special floating in their heads throughout this 2017-18 season.

A 24-1 record and an undefeated conference mark helped…