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December 24, 2016

Around Rocky Mount Academy, it is understood that Julia High is good at tennis. Not as many people got to see it in person.

High, a year-round athlete, gets a decent amount of spectators during her matches, but tennis is a long sport. Basketball and softball, the other two sports High plays, are…


December 23, 2016

Jacob Pridgen tricks people. 

Off the pitch, he’s a modest and quieter presence at Faith Christian School. But when he gets inside the lines and works his way to the front of his side’s penalty box, he puts on his mask as the Patriots’ defensive pest.

Pridgen, the 2016…


December 22, 2016

A young girl wanted to spend time with her father who was always on the move. So she laced up her shoes and ran out the door after him.

Rocky Mount High senior Barkley Browder first decided that she wanted to become a strong runner so she could keep pace with her dad. She was just 8 years old and…


December 20, 2016

The Gainey family didn't have much of a choice.

As teachers and basketball coaches at Rocky Mount High School, afternoon and evening babysitting options were not ideal for a family with two small children.

So it became a regular occurrence every late fall and winter that M.J. Gainey and his little…


December 20, 2016

Daniel Belton gets excited when he is near truck stops.

His fascination with 18-wheelers isn’t that of a little boy who might be awed by the sheer size of the vehicles.

Belton is enamored with how such vehicles operate, what it takes to keep diesel engines running for thousands of miles, and…


December 18, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM — Belmont South Point’s playoff performances created a daunting perception of the team. 

Scoring 172 points while only allowing six in the four-game stretch leading to the 3-A title game, the Raiders appeared unstoppable.

Rocky Mount High sent a reminder on Saturday…


December 18, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM - Rocky Mount High couldn’t complete its quest for a second state football championship in as many seasons as it lost to Belmont South Point, 16-7, on Saturday at Wake Forest University.

The Gryphons held a slim lead heading into halftime, but couldn’t hang on as the Red…


December 17, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM - Rocky Mount High football coach Jason Battle stepped into the media room and took a seat. He was flanked by players Thomas Battle and Deangelo Collins, who peeled off their game jerseys moments earlier.

Jason Battle was asked to give an opening statement by an NCHSAA public…


December 17, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM — The magic finally ran out for Rocky Mount High on Saturday.

The defending 3-A state champions slugged hard to return to this year’s title game, and the Gryphons found revenge waiting for them. 

Belmont South Point strangled the Rocky Mount offense, holding it 118…


December 16, 2016

Turns out, a year doesn’t make much of a difference at all.

At least not in the 3-A state title game. 

Rocky Mount High (13-2) will take on Belmont South Point (11-4) Saturday, a rematch of last year’s championship. Last year was a 24-21 overtime win for the Gryphons, their first…

Title game photo 2015
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