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March 17, 2018

Lance Norris is staring at his cellphone. The noise of swimmers splashing, the sound of the starting horn and chatter surround him. He’s on the pool deck. This scene could describe any swim meet over the past few years.

Norris doesn’t mind the noise. He probably doesn’t notice.…


March 17, 2018

The area's soccer connection to one of the poorer countries in the world is much closer than many might know.

The Rocky Mount Academy athletics department is one of the more recent organizations to partner with local resident Kimberlea Bauer's non-profit agency, Bundas Kids, to send used jerseys to…


March 17, 2018

Nash Central’s seven-run home loss on Saturday afternoon would have been a beauty if ties were accepted and baseball was a five-inning game.

But alas, the sixth and seventh innings count, too, and South Granville was ready to make them count.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Nash…


March 16, 2018

The Northern Nash baseball team picked up its first win of the season on Friday, splitting a doubleheader with SouthWest Edgecombe.

The Knights (1-6) won the first game, 9-5, but couldn’t top the Cougars in the second, losing 3-1.

“It felt really good to get the monkey off our back to…

March 16, 2018

Trey Whitley entered the third inning with one job.

Or, in the eyes of the chilly observers, perhaps two—throw strikes, and hurry a wandering game along.

Whitley, the junior right-hander for Nash Central, entered the game Friday night against former conference rival Southern Nash in the third…


March 16, 2018

Decanie "Duke" Sanders, a longtime employee of the Carolina Mudcats who began working with the team during its inception in 1991, died this past Thursday at the age of 62, according to a social media post from the minor league baseball team.

“The exceedingly exuberant Sanders was a fixture of…

March 15, 2018

The Nash Central boys’ tennis team cruised to an Eastern Plains Conference win on Thursday over SouthWest Edgecombe.

The Bulldogs swept the match, earning a 9-0 decision.

Cameron Johnson won at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2, while teammate Isaiah Hernandez won, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. The pair…

March 15, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kevin Willard was watching TV on the eve of Seton Hall’s NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina State when the self-described “Mr. Negativity” turned to his wife and asked what he would tell his core group of seniors if they lost.

Together they…

APTOPIX NCAA NC State Seton Hall Basketball

March 15, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski keeps wringing his hands about his team’s youth. And then Duke and its roster of NBA-bound freshmen get on the floor against a more experienced opponent and the Hall of Fame coach’s fears largely vanish.

Having Marvin Bagley III certainly helps.…

NCAA Iona Duke Basketball

March 15, 2018

A puddle of standing water behind home plate turned the infield dirt on the softball field at Rocky Mount High into a form of quicksand.

Coach Koron Nickelson’s shoes were caked in mud as he worked on bunt defense with his players on Wednesday. What was supposed to be gameday turned into a…

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