Dancers receive awards at national competition

Dancers representing 3 Dancing Sisters & Co. dance studio in Kenly brought home several awards from Southeast Showdown Nationals dance competition at Carolina Theater in Greensboro last month. In trio dance numbers competition the clogging duet team of Elizabeth Leegins, 17, and Caroline Leegins, 15, placed first in the senior division and fourth overall in…

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Awana program to begin at Kenly Missionary Baptist

Kenly Missionary Baptist Church will begin its Awana program next Wednesday, Aug. 30 with a hot dog supper at 5:30 p.m. Awana, which stands for Approved Workmen are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15, is a children’s ministry and will include children from age 2 through high school. The meetings are held once a week…

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Princeton Friday night’s matchup

Midway (1-0) @ Princeton (1-0) 7:30 pm The two teams met last year in a wild game that resulted in a 55-54 Midway win. The Raiders’ offense struggled last week, however, but managed enough plays to get past one of Princeton’s conference opponents, Union, 14-0. Sha’king Warren is back for Midway and the senior running…

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Big week for NJ volleyball

The North Johnston varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams went undefeated last week both piling up wins over Southern Nash, East Wake Academy and Southern Wayne. In varsity action, the Panthers earned three sweeps to start the season. North Johnston defeated Southern Nash 25-16, 25-14 and 25-14 to open the season. Against East Wake Academy,…

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Panthers win season opener

The North Johnston varsity football team got off to a great start at home last Friday night in toppling Tar Roanoke 1A Southeast Halifax, 26-15. The Panthers stretched its lead to 20-0 with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter on a Trey Whitley touchdown run. Whitley had found Austin Lee for a TD toss earlier…

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New faces for Bulldogs cross country

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—Princeton cross country coach Mark McLamb may need for some of his runners to wear name tags, at least for the beginning of the season. Twelve of the Bulldogs’ 17 runners this season will be new to cross country. “This year will be like starting with a brand-new team,” said…

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Key returners, newcomer mean exciting times ahead for NJ girls tennis

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—North Johnston girls tennis coach David Anderson was excited about this year’s team. With three of his top four players back from last season’s 11-win squad, which shared the regular season title in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference, Anderson knew this year’s team would be good. That was before the…

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Difficult non-conference schedule to benefit NJ soccer

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—Fifth-year boys soccer coach Jody Edwards isn’t a mad scientist even though some of his players may think so. However, truth be told, he has concocted a dangerous mix of some of the best soccer programs in eastern North Carolina and thrown them into the Panthers’ non-conference schedule to push…

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Ground game helps Princeton run past Smithfield-Selma

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SMITHFIELD—There is always such a long period of anticipation heading into the first game of the high school football season. A lot of work is put in the summer months and it seems like the regular season will never arrive Last Friday night, it did arrive and more specifically, the…

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