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Hunt players, from left, Shakei Hines, Davon Jones, Shaq Wade, Ty’Chaun Clay, Tiquez Taylor, C.J. Joyner and Jah’terius Horne relax on the bench during the closing minutes of the Warriors’ 69-55 win over C.B. Aycock in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs Tuesday at Hunt. The Warriors are the lone area team playing at home in the second round as they will host Big East Conference rival Rocky Mount on Thursday night at 7.

Five are still alive: But the Hunt boys are the only area team playing at home Thursday in 2nd round

The only high school playoff basketball to be found in Wilson County on Thursday night will be at Hunt, where the No. 8-seed Warriors will host the 24th-seeded Rocky Mount boys, a fellow 3-A Big East …

Lady Cyclones drop season opener

Unable to score in the second half, the Community Christian girls soccer team fell 3-1 in its home opener against Kerr-Vance Academy on Tuesday night. The Lady Cyclones (0-1) gave up an intial …

Area Calendar, Feb. 27-28

Thursday, February 27   College Men’s Volleyball St. Francis Brooklyn at Barton, 7 p.m.   High School Varsity Boys Basketball NCHSAA playoffs, second round — …

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Aa’Niyah Sherrod, Beddingfield High

Aa’Niyah Sherrod helped her Beddingfield High varsity girls basketball team do something last week that the Lady Bruins haven’t done in seven years, making her this week’s Farris …
N.C. State guard Markell Johnson (11) shoots while North Carolina guard Leaky Black (1) defends during the second half of Tuesday’s game in Chapel Hill. The Wolfpack lost 85-79 to drop to 17-11 overall and 8-9 in ACC play, keeping the Wolfpack firmly on the bubble for NCAA Tournament consideration as the regular season heads into its final week.

Wolfpack still can’t get off the bubble

There are sections of games where N.C. State looks formidable, but those stretches don’t last long enough and have not shown up in enough contests to keep the Wolfpack away from the dreaded …
Barton freshman Bartlomiej Swiderski is the first Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA Division II national championships in men’s swimming.

Swiderski first Barton swimmer to qualify for nationals

From staff reports INDIANAPOLIS — Barton College freshman men’s swimmer Barlomiej Swiderski has qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division II Championship, becoming the first swimmer in …
Barton sophomore McCrae Knapp drove in a run  in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host UNC Pembroke on Wednesday.

Lady Bulldogs drop two at UNCP

PEMBROKE — A road trip to UNC Pembroke for a nonconference doubleheader yielded a pair of losses — a 6-3 loss then an 8-0 shutout — for the Barton College softball team on Wednesday …
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NCHSAA first round: Princeton, Clayton teams moving on

SMITHFIELD — Freshman Anna Taylor scored 33 points and added seven assists and seven steals to lead the No. 15 seed Neuse Charter girls basketball team past 18th-seeded Durham Voyager 63-40 in …
Corinth Holders senior Cooper Carlson, top, placed fifth in the 195-pound bracket at the state 4-A individual wrestling tournament. Carlson and teammate Jeffrey Palmer continued a school streak that has placed at least one Pirate wrestler on the podium since 2012. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Johnstonian News

Two from Corinth Holders place at state championships

GREENSBORO — A pair of seniors from Corinth Holders High School placed in the state 4-A individual wrestling tournament Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. Jeffrey Palmer battled his way …
Princeton senior guard Meredith Wooten (10) dribbles past Neuse Charter defender Daja Staten during a matchup on Feb. 5. Among Johnston high schools, Princeton is the top girls team headed into the playoffs. Jack Frederick | Johnstonian News

Johnston basketball teams head into playoffs

CHAPEL HILL — Four boys teams and four girls teams from Johnston County earned spots in the state basketball playoffs, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Sunday evening. After …
Clayton freshman Darionna Howard (5) encounters a pair of West Johnston defenders in the lane on Thursday night in Benson. Howard scored a game-high 15 points as the Comets won 50-34 and captured a share of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference title along with East Wake.

Comets earn share of GNRC title with rout of WJ

BENSON — The sound of celebration — of chanting and yelling and just plain screaming — echoed from the West Johnston High vistors locker room and out into the hallway near the …
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Three ejections, a promposal and 20 weird minutes of basketball

BENSON — A Thursday night trip over to West Johnston High School for a game the Wildcats hosted against Clayton yielded the strangest experience I’ve ever had at a basketball game. It …
College Sports

Area grads start college football season

The first college start of former Corinth Holders standout and Duke true freshman offensive tackle Jacob Monk headlined the participation of Johnstonian News readership area players in week one of …

Wooten and Cuddington named Preseason All-Big South

Two Campebll University redshirt senior football players hailing from the Johnstonian News readership area were named to the Preseason All-Big South football team announced Tuesday at the …
Princeton senior Colby Sullivan (10) goes in for a layup as North Carolina senior Luke Maye tries to steal the ball in the Deacon Jones Gymnasium during the third stop of the 41st annual ACC Barnstorming Tour on Monday evening.

ACC Barnstorming Tour gives fans, players a night to remember

PRINCETON — A crowd of more than 1,500 eager spectators packed into Deacon Jones Gymnasium at Princeton High on Monday to see some of the best senior basketball players from Johnston County …
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Sunday hunting? Time to sound off

I grew up in a different time than today. Anyone who has been around for the greater part of four decades or more have. It’s almost like the old story of walking uphill in three feet of snow to …
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Kyle Busch holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy Cup Series championship on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Busch will race in the Super Late Model Division as part of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Southern National postpones Thanksgiving Classic

Rain arrived sooner than expected, prompting Southern National Motorsports Park to call off Saturday's on-track activity.  The race has been moved to March 1 —  a week before the CARS …
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Tar Heels not instantly better with Anthony back

North Carolina guard Cole Anthony (2) tries to shoot over Florida State forward Malik Osborne (10) in the first half of Monday’s game in Tallahassee, Fla. The Tar Heels are 0-2 since the highly regarded freshman point guard returned after missing 11 games following knee surgery.
North Carolina’s final possession in an upset loss to Boston College on Saturday was a microcosm of the Tar Heels’ week. Superstar point guard Cole Anthony dribbled around the perimeter …
NC State Notebook

North Carolina State’s C.J. Bryce (13) moves the ball up the court against Louisville during the first half of Saturday’s game in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack by the numbers as the season hits home stretch

N.C. State looks to snap a three-game losing streak but must travel to Miami in the opener of a three-game road trip Wednesday. The Wolfpack has been bruised and battered this season and wildly …

ECU Notebook

East Carolina head coach Mike Houston runs onto the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadum prior to the Pirates’ final game against Tulsa on Saturday, Nov. 30. Despite the 49-24 loss that dropped the Pirates to 4-8 in Houston’s first season, there is optimism for the future of the program after three straight three-win seasons.

Despite final loss, Pirates look forward to future with Houston

It was the complete opposite of a storybook ending for East Carolina’s senior class, but the players participating in their final game in the purple and gold maintained following the 49-24 loss …

Duke Notebook

Florida State run-game coordinator/offensive line coach Greg Frey is seen in a smartphone image as he is interviewed during media day Aug. 19, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. Frey, who spent last season on the staff at Florida, was hired this week by Duke head coach David Cutcliffe to coach the Blue Devils’ offensive line, which has underperformed the past two seasons.

Blue Devils’ O-line gets upgrade with Frey

Daniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft. Quentin Harris, a …

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