December 23, 2017

Cracked and uneven with grass sprouting from the worn out concrete, the Panola Street tennis courts in Tarboro, a quick walk from Brenna Bryant’s childhood house, oftentimes were passed by rather than played on, with Bryant and her parents electing for some of the other newer or smoother…


December 23, 2017

Phillip Willoughby and Tarboro High football coach Jeff Craddock are watching film together on an opponent. Film sessions are a large part of the Vikings’ game preparation.

Early Saturday mornings are dedicated to breaking down game tape. It’s never too early to begin work on the next game. By now,…


December 22, 2017

There is one play in particular from this season that sticks out in Brannon Price’s mind.

Against rival Wilson Fike in a tight game, two opponents appeared to have the senior Southern Nash goalie beat, bearing down on Price in a two-on-one breakaway.

With no Firebirds defenders in sight, the…


December 21, 2017

Mackenzie Proctor is a rarity for cross country, a sport where an athlete usually obsesses about times down to precious seconds.

Proctor doesn’t overthink anything while on the course. While running, the opponent isn’t on her mind, instead dinner plans, homework and weekend activities…


December 20, 2017

Like most 5-foot tall seventh graders who don't allow height to get in the way of their athletic ambitions, Jordan Richardson knew he was going to the NBA.

He had the first name after all, and like the all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan, Richardson felt he would develop into a basketball…


December 20, 2017

Senior years are stressful enough, and before Ashlee Brackett set foot on Northern Nash's campus this season, she knew a decision needed to be made.

She had spent the past 15 years learning various forms of dance.

As a sixth grader, she fell in love with volleyball.

Her father played college…

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