February 22, 2018

He soared through the air, his purple-tinted shoes trailing behind him, to finish a layup through a flurry of swinging arms. Rocky Mount Prep’s Sam Benton started a third-quarter run which built to a crescendo when teammate Keyshawn Bryant threw down a thunderous dunk.

It was a whirlwind of a…

No. 2 Northern Nash's season ends with last second loss to No. 18 Westover

February 22, 2018

While there were never any broad proclamations or black-and-white all-or-nothings spoken over the last three months, Northern Nash coach Henry Drake and his players had something special floating in their heads throughout this 2017-18 season.

A 24-1 record and an undefeated conference mark helped…

Knights not looking to dwell on Tuesday's near upset

February 21, 2018

Wednesday’s practice could have gone a few different ways for Northern Nash, which nearly blew a double-digit home lead on Tuesday to Cleveland in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A postseason tournament.

But from the initial moments after the surprising 72-68 result in the locker room, to the…

Gryphons rout Conley, play way into second round

February 20, 2018

Jamar Ellis and his Rocky Mount High teammates adopted a motto heading into the NCHSAA 3-A basketball playoffs.

“Our saying is ‘starting fresh,’” the Gryphons guard said. “We didn’t end the season how we wanted, but we have an opportunity here to try and go deep…