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Clayton senior forward Megan Flockhart (15) pushes the ball ahead during the NRFA Cup championship game  against Cleveland on March 6. Flockhart would love to see the season, her final one, resume after it was paused due to COVID-19 concerns.

‘Special’ group at Clayton contemplates impact of COVID-19

CLAYTON — The seniors on the 2020 Clayton girls soccer team are a special group for head coach Joseph Mott. When Mott first came to the school in 2017 to coach soccer, eight now-seniors, who …
School Sports
North Johnston senior Emma Scott (21) hits the ball as classmates Riley Nicol (11), Gabby Hales (22) and Meredith Godwin, right, watch during Monday’s match at Beddingfield. The Lady Panthers won the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener for both teams in three sets to improve to 3-0. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Lady Panthers sweep Bruins in Eastern Plains opener

WILSON — The simple joy of a bus ride home for the winning team is something North Johnston High volleyball coach Nicole Davis is glad her players aren’t missing this season. With the havoc …

Senior-laden Lady Panthers eye playoffs, but partcipation numbers low

2-A EPC VOLLEYBALL As the delayed and shortened volleyball season tipped off this week, North Johnston High returned a solid group of seniors with hopes of climbing the ladder to playoff …
Pro Sports
Professional baseball player Jerry Sands, a former Smithfield-Selma High School standout, poses with his wife, Morgan, and their two sons, Eli and Tucker, after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in December 2019. Contributed photo

International pastime: Former SSS standout continues his career in Asia

When Jerry Sands traded his Wilson Tobs uniform for that of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league team in June of 2008, little did the Smithfield-Selma High product realize he was beginning a journey …
UNC Notebook
Tar Heels not instantly better with Anthony back

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
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 …

Duke Notebook
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 …

ECU Notebook
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 …