Area Sports

Princeton track and field continues to impress

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—The Princeton boys and girls track and field teams hosted a Carolina Conference meet last week and continued to shine. The girls team easily took first place posting a combined score of 116.5 points with Lakewood being the closest at second with 38.5 points. Meanwhile, the boys side settled for…

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Bulldogs tennis has good mix

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor BENSON—First year Princeton boys tennis coach Michael Price has liked what he has seen thus far this season in his team that includes a mix of experienced returning players and a few first-year players. The team has notched three wins to date and is readying itself to qualify as many…

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NJ softball flexes some muscle

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—The North John-ston softball team shot out of the gates this season and entered last week’s action unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps.com 2A rankings. However, the Panthers may have been most impressive thus far last week in crushing previously unbeaten Beddi-ngfield 10-3 and 20-0 in a pair…

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Middle School Roundup

By: Jacob Huffman North Middle tops Benson, 16-7 Last Wednesday, North Middle’s baseball team defeated Benson Middle, 16-7, rising to 3-1 overall and in the conference. “This was a good way to start back after a long break,” said head coach Chris Creech said. “The bats really showed up today which always takes the pressure off…

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High School Roundup

NJ soccer splits pair The North Johnston girls soccer team defeated North Pitt, 2-1, before falling to Eastern Plains Conference leaders Nash Central, 6-0, last week. In the victory, Johanna Pacheco put the Panthers (3-7-1, 2-1 EPC) ahead in the first half thanks to a nice cross from Barrett Davis. However, North Johnston needed a…

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Reloaded Lady Panthers will be ready

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY— North Johnston softball coach Chris Batten is looking for his team to develop a killer instinct despite its undefeated season thus far and he was still searching for it after the Panthers won the first game of the Conestoga Wood Specialties Invitational. North Johnston jumped out to a huge…

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Lady Bulldogs build momentum

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor ANGIER—If the Princeton softball team was a little unsure about how good it was, the Bulldogs should know now after an impressive showing last week in the Harnett Central Spring Break Softball Tournament. Taking on three quality 3A teams in a span of just two days, Princeton claimed a pair…

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NJ gains one win in Golden Leaf Invitational

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor WILSON—The North Johnston baseball team received no favors at all as it came to its scheduled opponents last week in the fifth annual Golden Leaf Invitational. Facing three tough opponents, the Panthers garnered one win bookended by two defeats against solid teams. To start out the tournament, North Johnston parlayed…

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Princeton comes up short in three-peat bid

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—The Princeton baseball team advanced to the championship game of the Deacon Jones Invitational Easter Tournament last Friday afternoon for the third time in three years but just couldn’t come up with the hits to match the potent Spring Creek lineup. The Bulldogs fell to the Gators, former Carolina 1A…

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Middle School Roundup

By: Jacob Huffman Princeton Middle shuts out North Last Monday, Princeton Middle’s baseball team shut down North Johnston, 10-0. North Johnston is 2-1 overall and in the conference. North soccer beats Princeton Last Monday, North Johnston Middle’s soccer team shutout Princeton Middle, 9-0. North Johnston rises to 2-1 overall and in the conference. Princeton is now at…

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