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NJ softball’s appeal denied by NCHSAA

North Johnston head softball coach Chris Batten, center, talks with his team at South Granville on Friday night. The Lady Panthers lost 6-5 after a controversial call negated a run scored on a home run by senior Lindsey Massengill.
KENLY — North Johnston High’s fight to get the result overturned of its game from Friday night against South Granville in the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic …

Heartbreak in Creedmoor for Lady Panthers

North Johnston’s Amberlynn Pearce (5) gets ready to make a pitch as Lady Panthers third baseman Lindsey Massengill moves into position during Friday’s NCHSAA 2-A fourth-round playoff game at South Granville. The Lady Panthers lost 6-5.
CREEDMOOR — Throughout history, there have been teams that may have been good enough to win a championship, but couldn’t get past that one team to win it. For the North Johnston High …
South Johnston had five seniors sign to play sports at the next level on Thursday. They are, from left, Malaki Benton (track and field at UNC-Wilmington), Aubrey Pollard (baseball at Lenoir Community College), Logan Blackmon (softball at William Peace University), Jacob Norris (baseball Lenoir Community College) and Jacob Thornton (basketball at Pitt Community College).

Five South Johnston seniors sign to play at next level

FOUR OAKS — South Johnston had five seniors sign their letter of intent to play sports in college on Thursday. Jacob Thornton signed to play basketball at Pitt Community College. Thornton was a …
Princeton sophomore pitcher Gracelyn Massey tosses a pitch in a 2-0 home win over Louisburg in the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs on Thursday, May 16. Massey allowed two hits and one walk in five innings pitched. Kai Jones | Johnstonian News

Lady Bulldogs topple Louisburg en route to East Regional Final

PRINCETON — Princeton High sophomore Gracelyn Massey pitches a one-hit shutout to take down the defending 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association East Region champion, Louisburg, 2-0 at …
Princeton sophomore pitcher tosses a pitch in the third inning of a 12-1 home win over Riverside in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs on Tuesday, May 14th. Massey allowed two hits and one walk in five innings pitched. Kai Jones | Johnstonian News

Lady Bulldogs roll past Riverside in five innings

PRINCETON — The Princeton High varsity softball team was 7-2 and had scored 50 runs through its first nine games of the season. But in the last six games — including a 12-1 home win over …
Neuse Charter junior Dargan Harris goes around a Reasearch Triangle defender in Wednesday, May 15th's 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A home playoff game for the Lady Cougars, who lost 4-1. Kai Jones | Johnstonian News

Lady Cougars miss opportunities, fall in third round

SMITHFIELD — The Neuse Charter School girl soccer team had three shots hit the goal post and lost, 4-1, at home to Research Triangle High on Wednesday, May 15, in the third round of the North …
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Pump the brakes on hysteria

We live in delicate times. There is no doubt. There is also no doubt that we can become alarmists with exaggerated threats as well. I have been wandering around on this planet for nearly 50 years …
UNC Notebook

North Carolina’s Seventh Woods (0), shooting against Auburn during an NCAA Tournament game March 29 in Kansas City, Mo., announced last week that he was transferring for his senior season, part of a busy week for the Tar Heels backcourt.

Tar Heels’ backcourt undergoes massive restructuring after busy week

The last week for North Carolina basketball has been about as eventful as an offseason week can get.  On Tuesday, the Tar Heels signed Cole Anthony (Oak Hill …

NC State Notebook
Spring game a chance for Knight to carve out spot

N.C. State will get its first look at the 2019 team when the program hosts its annual Kay Yow Spring Game on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. The intrasquad contest will kick off at 1 …

Duke Notebook
Hokies await Blue Devils after a tough NCAA opening weekend

It wasn’t easy, but Duke won both of its games in Columbia, South Carolina to return to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four seasons.  As the No. 1 overall seed entering the …

ECU Notebook
Houston installs new system, culture for Pirates

New East Carolina head coach Mike Houston didn’t shy away from transparency throughout his first spring with the Pirates. When ECU had a bad practice, like the team’s first day in pads …