July 08, 2018

The title-winning feeling for Sam Mills, who was on the mound for the last out of Faith Christian’s 2018 baseball season, still hasn’t fully set in yet. That won’t happen until the fall, he said, when championship rings are doled out to the team who toppled Greensboro Caldwell…


July 08, 2018

Nash Central’s Trey Whitley had a few marquee moments this season — a junior year campaign that helped the Bulldogs win a conference title for the first time in school history.

There was the time he came within four outs of a perfect game in the opening round of the NCHSAA 2-A state…


July 06, 2018

As a sixth grader at Rocky Mount Academy, Casey Jones was the 10th player added to a scant roster for a team and program without much traction, where some of the players had other interests and the coaches — Jones has had five in her seven varsity years — were mostly there as…


July 05, 2018

Carrigan Ewers slid her cell phone across the table. On the screen was a photo she had taken during a recent family vacation.

To most, the tree in the photo was just that — a tree. But to Ewers, a Southern Nash softball player, the tree represented a chance for some originality and an…


July 03, 2018

The bug didn't bite until late, but it now consumes Christopher Gardner.

As a young child, Gardner didn't play much golf, opting to work on his jump shot as a pretty decent basketball player.

His father, Christopher Gardner Sr., loves golf, but he did not see a passion for the game in his namesake.…


July 02, 2018

Tennis, maybe more so than any other sport, has a defined ranking system that slots players one through six depending on talent and ability.

For the past four years, Tyler Brice has been atop the Rocky Mount High boys’ tennis team’s lineup. Without wavering, Brice would face the…


July 01, 2018

For the first time in as long as she could remember, Linzi Long didn’t have a soccer practice to attend or a game to play.

As summer melted away the finals days of the high school year, Long’s plans have freed her to spend the next couple months working as a lifeguard and enjoying time…


April 04, 2018

During a junior year spent on the bench during games and with Duke’s sports medicine department during rehab -- the latter part three, sometimes four times a week -- Nash Central’s senior leading scorer Robbi Allen learned more about her legs than she had ever hoped she’d need to.…


April 03, 2018

Kayla Miller doesn't waste time swimming.

For some, the sport is a good way to stay in shape or perhaps a hobby, but Rocky Mount Academy coach Brian Winham only has to watch Miller to see how serious she is about her pool time.

When the practice sheet calls for a certain amount of laps, Miller will…


April 02, 2018

Whether the trait is innocence or indifference, there is a refreshing tone to Brandon Miller's thought process regarding swimming.

To be so talented, Miller doesn't overthink the sport.

He's not exactly certain how he arrived at this place of youthful dominance.

He's not really fazed by the…

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