Area Sports

Two brilliant plays propel Bulldogs past Panthers

KENLY—A little less than a span of three minutes and two moments of brilliance separated rivals North Johnston and Princeton as the two girls soccer teams faced off for the first of two meetings this season last Thursday. If the second meeting happens to be half as good a game as the first installment turned…

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Princeton wins Deacon Jones Invitational for second year in a row

PRINCETON—Last Wednesday, Princeton baseball coach Justin Willoughby called a team meeting concerned with a lack of effort he had seen from the Bulldogs in the two games leading up to the Deacon Jones Invitational Tournament last weekend. What a difference a few days makes. Behind 12 innings of scoreless pitching offered by the Bulldogs pitching…

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Panthers baseball bounces back

After a couple of tough losses in the Golden Leaf Invitational, the North Johnston baseball team responded with a pair of lopsided wins over Rocky Mount and Warren County last week. The Panthers closed out the Golden Leaf Invitational with an 11-1 win over Rocky Mount. North Johnston broke the game wide open in the…

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Panthers softball splits a pair

The North Johnston softball team split a pair of nonconference games last week. Jada Santiago hit two homeruns and drove in three runs and Lindsey Massengill also drove in three runs in a 7-3 win over Louisburg Friday. Massengill‘s RBI double in the first inning opened up the scoring and Santiago came up the next…

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Middle School Sports Roundup

By Jacob Huffman North 9 drops Benson, 12-1 North Johnston Middle baseball team prevailed against Benson Middle last week, 12-1. North is 5-2 overall and 4-1 in conference heading into the last three games of the season. “This was a great way to come back from Spring Break,” said head coach Chris Creech. “The boys…

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NJ tennis gains pair of wins

KENLY—The North Johnston boys tennis team picked up a pair of wins over Princeton last week as both teams looked to stay sharp heading towards the end of the season with big conference matches and regionals on the horizon. The Panthers took both contests 8-1, taking all the doubles matches in each meeting and all…

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North Johnston JV baseball drops tournament finale

BENSON—Heading into last week’s championship game in the West Johnston JV Baseball Tournament, North Johnston had made all the plays it had needed to win its first 10 games of the season. Although the Panthers had a great night at the plate, several errors opened the door for Corinth Holders to deal North Johnston its…

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Princeton softball falls in championship game

ANGIER—It wasn’t what Princeton softball coach Terry Braswell was necessarily aiming for but the Bulldogs did manage to get a pair of wins last week before advancing to and then falling in the championship game of the Harnett Central Easter Tournament. After looking impressive in a pair of wins over Triton and Apex Friendship in…

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North Johnston baseball drops first game of Golden Leaf Invitational

WILSON—The North Johnston baseball team surrendered four runs in the eighth inning and fell to Southern Nash, 9-6, in the Panthers’ first game in the Golden Leaf Invitational last Saturday held at Wilson’s Fleming Stadium. Dylan Radford led North Johnston with four hits and three runs batted in. Brandon Barnes and Logan Hayes each added…

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Sullivan to run cross country and track at Mount Olive

PRINCETON—When Austin Sullivan runs around Princeton, people take notice and wave. It might have something to do with the fact that Sullivan is 6-foot-4 and stands out, so to speak, but Sullivan probably correctly attributes it to being part of a close-knit community. It’s that “small-town vibe,” as Sullivan describes it, which makes running for…

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