RED OAK -- Lisa Weaver's second season as the head coach of the Northern Nash High School girls tennis squad has gotten off to a quality start. The building Lady Knights have five team victories for the campaign despite having a young roster that features just a trio of seniors, including No. 1 Singles performer Chelsea Lucas.
STANHOPE -- Nobody can accuse the Southern Nash Firebirds of waltzing their way to an unbeaten record so far thanks to an easy schedule. The Firebirds have worked their way through five foes to date, including last year's Class 2-AA state runner-up in the Bunn Wildcats. Southern Nash has also knocked off a touted South Johnston club -- by 49 points, no less. The Firebirds received another lofty test last Friday as they entertained Tarboro, a tradition-rich powerhouse with several state championships to its credit as part of its storied past.
RED OAK -- The first of what could be the many meetings between Nashville and Northern Nash on the junior varsity football level might also be remembered as one of the wildest. Northern Nash seemed in charge of the contest late in the fourth quarter, only to see the Hornets rally with two unanswered touchdowns en route to a stunning 25-21 victory for Nashville at Death Valley on the campus of Northern Nash High School.
TARBORO -- Northern Nash evened its season volleyball record at 7-7 overall on Monday with a four-set road decision against the Tarboro Lady Vikings in Edgecombe County. Scores were 25-19, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-23 in favor of the Lady Knights in the hard-fought non-league spike showdown. Ashlee Brackett came through with three kills and one block for Northern Nash, while teammate Jenna McKenney came through with a quartet of aces.
WINCHESTER, VA. -- Senior Gerrel Patton rushed for a career-high 141 yards to lead his North Carolina Wedleyan Wesleyan football team to an impressive 31-13 road win at Shenandoah University last Saturday. Defensively, the Bishops racked up five sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss, and an interception to complete an impressive all-around performance. Wesleyan opened up a 14-0 lead at the break thanks to pair of touchdown passes by sophomore quarterback Nathan Gardner.
ROCKY MOUNT -- After scoring a last-minute win against SouthWest Edgecombe one week earlier, Coach Chris Lee's Nash Central Bulldogs turned their focus to the 2-2 Beddingfield Bruins for a non-conference prep football contest last Friday night at The Dawg Pound on the NCHS campus. Bedingfield, coming off of a loss against Wilson Fike, looked to put a stop to Nash Central's first three-game win streak since 2011 but it wouldn't happen as the Bulldogs nabbed consecutiv victory No. 4 in impressive fashion with a 43-28 triumph.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, have announced that pitcher Enderson Franco was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending on September 5. The Atlanta Braves also announced that Mudcats pitcher Matt Withrow and outfielder Keith Curcio won the organization's Class A Advanced Pitcher and Position Player of the Year awards, respectively.
BULLDOGS TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICE ENDEAVOR. Several Nash Central High School student-athletes have been volunteering to referee youth soccer games this fall. The athletes are, in no particular order, Davidson Winders (baseball), Zach Patterson (baseball), Jared Sanchez (soccer), Antonio Solis (soccer), Pablo Solis (soccer), Chris Godwin (baseball) and Mike Walyko (baseballand soccer).
Northern Nash's Jesse Smith, Jr., earns some yardage as part of the Knights' home junior varsity football event against Nashville last Saturday at Death Valley on the campus of Northern Nash High School. Nashville rallied with two late scores to earn the hard-fought victory.
MAKING A BIT OF HISTORY. The Northern Nash Knights and the Nashville Hornets met for the first-ever time last Saturday in a much-anticipated Eastern North Carolina Football League showdown. The Rookie League game opened the festivities at Death Valley on the campus of Northern Nash High School. Even though an official score wasn't kept per league rules, there was plenty of intense action. Above, Northern Nash quarterback Kamren Freeman eyes the Hornets' defense as he prepares to execute a handoff.