Area Sports

NJ Panther tennis ousted from third round playoffs

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—The North Johnston boys tennis team has enjoyed many great days on the courts this season having gone undefeated in the Eastern Plains Conference on its way to the conference title and compiling 17 wins. Last Monday against Clinton in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association…

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NJH can’t dethrone defending champs

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—The North Johnston softball team put a scare into two-time defending state champion South Granville in the fourth round of the state playoffs last Friday night but, despite tagging the Vikings for the most runs they conceded all season long, the Panthers couldn’t quite keep up. South Granville (24-0) advanced…

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Rosewood’s fourth time in eastern regionals in seven years

GOLDSBORO–A six-run fifth inning moved the Rosewood baseball team one step closer to a chance at a state title as the Eagles rallied for a dramatic 7-6 win over sixth-seeded Voyager Academy last Friday night. Rosewood plated six runs in the fifth inning to take control after the Vikings went up 4-0 early on, chasing…

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Princeton softball eliminated in eastern semifinals

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—The defending state 1A softball champions were denied a chance to repeat their title as visiting Whiteville used the long ball to eliminate Princeton, 15-2, in the eastern 1-A semifinal-round tilt Friday evening. Sage McLelland did much of the heavy lifting for the Whiteville Wolfpack with three home runs and…

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NJ baseball bounced from playoffs

BY JOHN LUCAS Guest correspondent KENLY–Miscues were costly for North Johnston’s baseball team in a 5-1 loss to visiting Randleman in a game in which no earned runs were scored in the third round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs. “In close games, when teams are pretty much equal, all it takes is one error,”…

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Bulldogs baseball bows out in first round of state playoffs

By Michael Held Sports editor The Princeton baseball team’s season ended in the first round of the playoffs last week despite another strong outing from Bulldogs’ starting pitcher Tanner Flowers. The Bulldogs, the No. 12 seed in the 1A Mideast, gave No. 5 East-seeded Gates County out of the tough Coastal Ten Conference all it…

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Three Panthers qualify for states

Alex Boyette, Dylan Pinder and Quasheila Thorne all qualified for the 2A track and field state championships this Friday with top performances at last week’s 2A East Regional held in Elizabeth City. Boyette’s jump of 6 feet was the best in the boys high jump competition. Thorne placed third in the 400-meter dash with a…

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Panthers softball powers through to third round

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—The North Johnston softball team didn’t mess around last week as the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs began. The Panthers blasted seven homeruns in two games to advance to the third round with ease. The Panthers scored 13 runs in the second inning alone as they dismantled fellow…

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Panthers soccer clinch second place

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor DUNN—Heading into its first round matchup against Midway, the North Johnston girls soccer team knew it had to hold the Raiders’ Kasey McLamb in check in order to advance in the 2A N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. McLamb’s 32-goal total entering last Wednesday’s game stood out but, ultimately what…

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NJMS baseball team volunteers with Miracle League of Johnston County

On Saturday, April 29, the North Johnston Middle School baseball team traveled to Smithfield Community Park to volunteer with the Miracle League of Johnston County. This is the team’s fifth year volunteering for the league. Head coach Chris Creech had the idea to take his team out to volunteer when he was helping out with…

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