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February 18, 2017

BAILEY — The Nash Central girls love to shoot 3-pointers, but they couldn’t connect to start Friday.

The third seed Bulldogs were down six points to Rocky Mount High at halftime, and they made only two 3s in that time span. The good looks they felt they were getting didn’t…

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February 17, 2017

BAILEY — Basketball becomes a solo sport when a player is at the foul line. With no defense, the shot going in depends on the player.

Nash Central’s Michaela Nelms was reminded of that before Thursday’s 3-A Big East Conference tournament semifinal against Wilson Fike. Bulldogs…

February 17, 2017

Bobby Williams just wanted to give his big man a break.

As the third quarter against Rocky Mount Prep trickled away, the Williamston Riverside coach looked down his bench for a sub. He picked the best shooter he saw, Jahkee Cooper, to bring in for 6-foot-7 Markel Freeman. 

The coach got what…

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February 16, 2017

BAILEY — Rocky Mount High was playing for survival.

The Gryphons entered Wednesday’s Big East tournament semifinal against top-seeded Northern Nash two games below .500. They knew if they wanted to make the playoffs, they had to win this tournament.

As of today, that is still reachable.…

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February 15, 2017

BAILEY — The Southern Nash girls basketball team put together one of its best games of the season, but couldn’t knock off Nash Central in the opening round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament on Tuesday.

The Firebirds used a hot-shooting second half to put a scare into the…

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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…

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February 11, 2017

Darius Spragley might have been in range from the parking lot.

The Northern Nash star drained a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter, while picking apart a Rocky Mount High defense that had no answer for the senior guard. The Knights used Spragley’s big game to hold off the host Gryphons,…

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February 10, 2017

Isaiah Gay honored Northern Nash football coach Randy Raper’s most important message, and it helped vault him to the next step in his career.

Gay, a Northern Nash defensive lineman, committed to play football at the University of Illinois. He sent in his letter of intent on Feb. 5, and made…

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February 08, 2017

Joshua Legaj spends more time in one spot on the basketball cour than any other.

During practices inside Rocky Mount Academy’s gymnasium, the senior can be found taking corner 3s, with the basket to his right, one after another. And Legaj was shooting from that during pregame shootaround…

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February 04, 2017

Raymond “Goody” Bullock sensed the energy of it all.

It was probably a combination of things. The buzz of senior night. The last home game of the season. The need to perform better after a near loss in his team’s last game. And, most importantly, the potential to lock down a…

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