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…

Bagley, Duke rout Iona 89-67, breeze into second round

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.…

Lopsided games mean more work to be done for Gryphons softball

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…

RMA's Smelcer signs to play football for UNC Charlotte

March 13, 2018

Rocky Mount Academy quarterback Isaiah Thomas saw tight end Trey Smelcer with a 1-on-1 matchup in the end zone, and the junior quarterback decided to trust his teammate.

Smelcer, a 6-foot, 7-inch tight end, jumped higher than a Kinston Parrott Academy defensive back and came down with the ball and…