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August 09, 2019

I received a phone call earlier this week from a Tarboro High School football fan.

The man introduced himself as Al Hull, a 1961 Tarboro graduate and member of the rotary club in town. Al can remember back to his playing days and recall the round to which his Vikings advanced during his senior…

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August 08, 2019

For SouthWest Edgecombe and coach Jonathan Cobb, change is good.

Cobb, who is entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Cougars, ran his team without much variation over the first five years. The first two were largely spent installing his system and learning the intricacies of being a…

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August 06, 2019

Fans of the Southern Nash softball team might not know that Taylor Bailey doesn’t like to bat leadoff.

Bailey does a good job of hiding her jittery feelings, tumbling stomach and shortness of breath, symptoms of being thrust into the spotlight in the form of being the first to face an…

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August 03, 2019

On a back field on the Rocky Mount Academy campus is where the four-man blocking sled can be found. It was positioned against a row of trees, and the football team, preparing for a series of drills, first had to lift and turn the sled around so it could be pushed across the field.

The task of…

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August 02, 2019

We begin our high school football preview whiparound in championship country.

The Faith Christian football team is entering its third season as a program and has already got a taste of the top. Along with a winning record in each of their first two years, the Patriots also have a state championship.…

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August 01, 2019

When Elizabeth City State University football coach Anthony Jones took over the program ahead of the 2018 season, he soon learned about the Down East Viking Football Classic.

“One of the things you always do when you take a job is you try to figure out what’s important to the alumni,…

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July 31, 2019

Northern Nash has a new boys’ soccer coach.

Tristan Marshall, a Northern Nash graduate, will take over the program in a decision that was announced on Tuesday.

Marshall will aim to bring stability to the position, which has seen a different coach in each of the past three seasons. Longtime…

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July 30, 2019

Rocky Mount Academy hosted a baseball and softball game on an early-spring afternoon.

Athletic director Gayle High was making her way back and forth between the game when she found it was hard to pry herself away from the softball field. The Eagles had a new pitcher who was dealing.

“I think…

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July 29, 2019

Christopher Gardner remembers being focused.

It was the final golf event of his high school career, the NCISAA state tournament, and Gardner expected to play well. But it turned out that everything was backward, and the Rocky Mount Academy golfer was playing his best when his putter came out of the…

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July 28, 2019

At the end of the high school baseball season, Nash Central coach Willie Langley was contacted by a scout from a major league baseball team.

The regional scout was following up on the recent prep season when he came across Drifton Padgett’s stolen base numbers. The Nash Central senior swiped…

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