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Barnett, North Johnston capture ugly first win

North Johnston senior quarterback Camden Aycock (10) looks downfield for a running lane while running back Camron Privette trails behind in case of a pitch on Sept. 13 during a 29-15 win against Smithfield-Selma. Any time the Panther offense faced a deficit, the team responded to the Spartans on the next drive. Jack Frederick | Times
SMITHFIELD — North Johnston High varsity football head coach Michael Barnett’s first win, by no means, will be his prettiest. But as the ice chips from an emptied cooler started being …
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Princeton 8th in first AP 1-A poll

Two wins to start the season, including one over Pamlico County — last year’s  North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A runner up — impressed the voters as the …
North Johnston's Hailey Medlin jumps to redirect a ball over the net toward a hole in the Smithfield-Selma defense during a 3-0 victory over the Spartans on Sept. 10 in Kenly. Jack Frederick | Johnstonian News

Panthers sweep SSS volleyball after early battle

KENLY — Midway through the first set, the Smithfield-Selma volleyball team stood just four points away from taking a 1-0 lead on North Johnston. But ahead by seven points on the same team …
James Kenan linebacker Lincol Figueroa (51) scoops up a fumble by North Johnston during a 17-0 victory over the Panthers on Monday night.

Turnovers sink North Johnston in Monday loss to James Kenan

KENLY — In an eventual 17-0 loss to Warsaw James Kenan, the ability to punctuate drives with a touchdown proved to be elusive for the North Johnston High football team on Monday …

Local schools participating in Panthers’ helmet contest

Three high school football programs in the Johnstonian News readership area — Princeton, North Johnston and Smithfield-Selma — have the chance to win sleek new helmets by October. All …
Smithfield-Selma running back Brandon Perry looks downfield before breaking off a long run in the first quarter of a 32-6 loss to Beddingfield on Sept. 4 in Wilson. After going into halftime down 10-6, Perry and the Spartans were held scoreless in the second half.

Football roundup: SSS battered by Beddingfield rushing attack

WILSON — After a short week that led into a 32-6 loss to Beddingfield, the Smithfield-Selma football team hopes an extra two days of rest leading into homecoming against North Johnston can help …

Corinth Holders rolls past Clayton

The Corinth Holders football team beat Clayton for only the second time in school history on Wednesday night in a 21-13 victory that was tight from start to finish. “I’m so excited for …
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 …
Community Sports
Bill Howard

The bedrock season

As Labor Day comes and goes, it brings about a wonderful time of the year. It marks the entrance to the hunting seasons. Whitetail deer, Canadian geese, small game, bear and other waterfowl. Yes, …
Pro Sports
Lucama's Joseph Pittman poses for a picture in front of his winning car after capturing his first-ever track title in the Mini Stock division at Southern National Motorsports Park, the track located about half a mile from his house.

Pittman finally breaks through at SNMP as Mini Car points champion for 2019

Growing up so close to Southern National Motorsports Park, the sounds and smells of the track are familiar to Joseph Pittman. It’s likely that on some nights, the last noises the Lucama native …
College Notebooks
ECU Notebook

Pirates offense has been alarmingly sluggish

ECU quarterback Holton Ahlers, getting ready to throw the ball during Saturday’s game against Navy in Annapolis, Md., has struggled a bit through three games this season with just one TD and three interceptions as the Pirates have gotten off to a 1-2 start under new head coach Mike Houston.
Most observers realized East Carolina would have some talent deficiencies in certain areas heading into the first year of the Mike Houston era. But the belief surrounding the program was the …
UNC Notebook
Spirits high for Tar Heels despite first loss

As disappointing as North Carolina’s six-point loss at Wake Forest on Friday night was, the Tar Heels have definitely exceeded expectations so far in 2019. Few Tar Heel fans and (if they were …

Duke Notebook
Blue Devils look to learn more about themselves versus MTSU

DURHAM — Finding some middle ground at Middle Tennessee State might help Duke define what type of team it can be this year. So far, the Blue Devils failed to live up to expectations in their …

NC State Notebook
McKay better than OK so far for Wolfpack

Dave Doeren is not concerned with his starting quarterback.  The move to Matt McKay as the primary signal caller in 2019 is bound to have its ups and downs.  The redshirt sophomore is …