Area Sports

Princeton boys pull off magical comeback

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SEVEN SPRINGS—Up until the final seconds in the Princeton boys basketball team’s opening round Carolina 1A Conference tournament game against Lakewood last week, Bulldogs coach Jeff Davis was still in disbelief of what he had seen his team pull off. That feeling actually lasted past the final whistle that signaled…

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Panthers bounced in semifinals

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor WILSON—The saying goes that familiarity breeds contempt, and that might be true, but by the end of conference play in high school basketball, familiarity breeds tough, grind-it-out games against opponents who know exactly what you want to do on both sides of the court. After grinding out its third win…

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Braswell will continue softball career at N.C. Wesleyan

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—By the time Beth Braswell entered the third grade, she had a pretty good understanding of what she wanted to do when she grew up. Inspired by her third-grade teacher, Tracey Phillips, Braswell would go home and put on high heels and pretend to teach, mimicking what she saw from…

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Panthers honored among county’s best

Johnston United Soccer Association (JUSA) announced its 2016 Boys High School All County Team and three players from North Johnston High School were included. Ricardo Padilla-Sanchez and Ian Walston were named to the 13-member team while teammate Adolpho Rosales was named honorable mention. Dillon Parker from Corinth Holders won the Mr. Soccer award for being…

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Effort key as NJHS boys split pair in EPC tourney

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor WILSON—The North Johnston boys basketball team made a good showing in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference tournament last week as the Panthers advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-seeded Beddingfield on its home court. Thanks to hot shooting from the Bruins and, namely, Tobias Cooper, Beddingfield built a 14-point…

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Hot start, strong finish propel PHS girls to championship

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor CALYPSO—Despite steamrolling the competition in the Carolina 1A Conference for much of the season, the Princeton girls basketball team came out last Friday night as though it still had something prove. After defeating rival Rosewood for the third time this season in convincing fashion, 49-30, there’s no more left to…

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PHS boys drop conference games

Cold shooting from the floor led to a pair of conference losses last week for the Princeton boys basketball team. The Bulldogs dropped to Lakewood, 45-37 and to Rosewood, 47-39. Turnovers and poor shooting by the Bulldogs and the ability of the other teams to make some big shots and three pointers contributed to the…

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PHS’s Sullivan, Malham, finish in Top 10 in state meets

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor WINSTON-SALEM—Princeton’s Shae Malham and Austin Sullivan represented the Princeton Bulldogs at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A state championships last weekend in Winston-Salem and both posted top-10 performances. The timing couldn’t have been much worse for Sullivan as the Bulldogs’ accomplished long distance runner came down with a bonified…

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NJ girls have momentum entering conference tourney

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—The last week of the regular season for the North Johnston girls basketball team didn’t start out the way the Panthers wanted it to, but a pair of conference wins to close out the week gave North Johnston some momentum heading into the Eastern Plains Conference tournament this week. After…

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Panthers bounce back with two big wins

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—A night removed from a tough 56-46 loss at Midway, the North Johnston boys basketball team showed its mettle in bouncing back in a total team effort resulting in a 59-53 win over SouthWest Edgecombe last week. The Panthers owned the fourth quarter relying on the transition game to beat…

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