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New North Johnston head football coach Michael Barnett stands at the podium during the press conference announcing his hire Feb. 4 in Kenly. Barnett was hired Dec. 28 after former head coach Jon Riba resigned after the season.

Barnett takes reins at North Johnston football

KENLY — This time last year, Michael Barnett was applying to Goldsboro High, the school where his senior son played football. Barnett thought he would get the job. He didn’t. Barnett was …
School Sports

Princeton’s Byrd takes 3rd in 1-A/2-A triple jump

WINSTON-SALEM — Princeton High sophomore Zoe Byrd set school records in the girls 55-meter hurdles and triple jump Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A/2-A indoor …
Smithfield-Selma's kicker Jesse Vallecillo signed to play at St. Augustine University Monday morning in the school's auditorium. Kai Jones | Johnstonian News

Kicking down barriers

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High kicker Jesse Vallecillo signed to play football for St. Augustine University on Monday to become the first member from his immediate family to go to …
Smithfield-Selma's long snapper Jacob Gibbons signed to play at North Carolina Wesleyan College Monday morning in the school's auditorium. Kai Jones | Johnstonian News

A snapping rivalry

SMITHFIELD — Smithfield-Selma High’s Jacob Gibbons signed to play football for North Carolina Wesleyan on Monday morning to become the second long snapper in his family to play college …
Neuse Charter wrestlers Franko Cuccurello, left, and Isaiah Deck are headed to the NCHSAA 1-A wrestling championships. Cuccurello won the 1-A East Regional 138-pound championship Saturday at Rosewood High in Goldsboro while Deck was third at 170 pounds.  Neuse Charter wrestling

Four Pirates, two Cougars headed to state wrestling tournament

Wrestlers from Corinth Holders and Neuse Charter are headed to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association championships in Greensboro this weekend after finishing in the top four in their …

North Johnston girls fall to Farmville Central

KENLY — Fatigue set in for the North Johnston varsity girls basketball team Feb. 5 as Farmville Central’s full-court trap finally broke the Lady Panthers, 76-52, in the 2-A Eastern Plains …
Community Sports

Reaching again for the bow

This time of year used to bring a new kind of adrenaline rush for me. The last couple of years, things changed a bit due to work and health, leaving other things on my mind. This year however, a new …
ECU Notebook

ECU’s new football head coach Mike Houston, being recognized at halftime of an ECU basketball game at Minges Coliseum in Greenville on Jan. 26, signed three targets on National Signing Day, giving him 21 in his first signing class.

Houston signs 3 more to give Pirates 21

New head coach Mike Houston and his East Carolina football staff entered National Signing Day with three specific targets in mind. At the end of the day on Feb. 6, all three had signed on the …

UNC Notebook
Tar Heels flourish as White finds comfort zone

The North Carolina men’s basketball team took care of business on its first two games over the past week, first overwhelming NC State with 113 points before surviving a pre-Virginia trap game …

NC State Notebook
Wolfpack ends skid, but faces another tough stretch in ACC

    A three-game losing streak put N.C. State in a danger zone. Consecutive thrashings had folks wondering if the Wolfpack has what it takes to be an NCAA Tournament team. A 79-76 …

Duke Notebook
A rally for the ages

At Louisville on Tuesday, Duke looked listless and like it wanted to be anywhere but the KFC Yum! Center for the first 30 minutes of play.  Down 59-36 with 9:55 remaining, the Blue Devils …