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…


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…


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…


July 27, 2019

Evan Hart was drawn to baseball because he liked the idea of chasing down hits.

Centerfield was his position as a young player, and Hart relished the chance to track fly balls or race to the gaps to limit extra-base hits.

Yet Hart, who just finished his sophomore year at Rocky Mount High, made his…


July 25, 2019

Barrett Eidson is the soccer version of one of those coin sorter machines.

If it seems that the Rocky Mount Academy girls' soccer standout makes the right plays at the right times, it's probably because that's exactly what is happening.

Eidson knows where her teammates are and where the ball should…


July 23, 2019

Life makes sense for Cameron Johnson when he’s on a tennis court.

During a recent interview and photo-shoot session, the recently-graduated Nash Central athlete popped open a couple brand new sleeves of fuzzy tennis balls then built a pyramid out of them. The finished product was stacked…


June 09, 2019

The red curtains that hung behind Darius Edmundson were symbolic. He was about to put on a show.

The Southern Nash basketball player hopped onto the stage in the school’s gymnasium, grabbed a basketball, then leapt off the platform. A camera caught it all, and he would climb up again and…


June 08, 2019

Trapped. Surrounded. No option of going back.

If this happens, prepare for symptoms which can include loss of personal space, heightened frustration levels and sometimes a racing mind.

Just ask SouthWest Edgecombe’s Jada Battle, who has dealt all of those feelings and more on the basketball…

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June 07, 2019

Taped to a wall inside the Rocky Mount YMCA’s aquatic center is a sheet of paper that doesn’t mean much people who spend most of their time on land.

Lance Norris isn’t one of those people. That piece of paper displays the U.S. swimming 2020 Olympic Trials time standards, and the…

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