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Southern Swept By Ladycats
BUTTERBALL WITH THE BALL. Bunn’s Bernadette ‘Butterball’ Cooke drives against Southern Nash’s Eyla Santos during last Friday night’s game.
Southern Swept By Ladycats

STANHOPE -- Heading into the middle portion of December, the Bunn Ladycats have staked a claim to being one of the top girls basketball squads in the area.
That’s a fact Nash Central and Southern Nash found out earlier in the month, as both Nash County clubs suffered defeats against the Ladycats.

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BIG YEAR FOR RO?
RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Red Oak’s Victor Ward (right) knows an Edwards player is trailing him during Monday’s contest at the ROMS Gymnasium.
BIG YEAR FOR RO?

RED OAK -- Even though it’s still early in the season, veteran Red Oak Middle School boys basketball coach Jeff Dodrill can’t help but compare his current club to past championship squads in 2005 and 2013.
In each of those campaigns, Red Oak struggled the year before with a lineup dotted with seventh-graders. When those players returned the next season, the Tigers were able. Red Oak won’t be able to achieve that goal in 2014-15 after an early loss to Toisnot.

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Trojans a winner on the court
SURE SHOT. Nash Central Middle School’s Mykel Hedgepeth drives for a layup during last Thursday afternoon’s home hoops victory vs. Rocky Mount.
Trojans a winner on the court

NASHVILLE -- Another game, another lopsided victory for the Nash Central Middle School girls basketball squad.
The Lady Trojans scored the first 18 points of the contest last Thursday and never looked back on their way to delivering a convincing 49-12 home conquest against Rocky Mount Middle.
Central is the defending Tri-County Conference champion, and the Lady Trojans have looked the part of a possible repeat team this winter in the early  portion of the campaign.

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NC Responds With Win
IT’S MY BALL. Nash Central’s Montre Cash (right) maintains possession for the Bulldogs during last Tuesday evening’s home victory over non-conference opponent Bunn at the NCHS Gymnasium.
NC Responds With Win

ROCKY MOUNT -- Over the past handful of seasons, Nash Central’s boys basketball squad would have been unable to compete following the loss of a key player -- lead alone the squad’s top scorer.
But that’s what happened last Tuesday when the Bulldogs hosted non-conference foe Bunn for a matchup at the NCHS Gymnasium.

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A New Streak Begins
SUPER SCOOP. Southern Nash’s Bryan Vines (left) elevates for two points during last Friday night’s home boys basketball triumph against the Bunn Wildcats.
A New Streak Begins

STANHOPE -- After seeing one winning streak snapped two nights earlier, the Southern Nash Firebirds embarked on another one last Friday night at the SNHS Gymnasium.
Southern had opened the 2014-15 boys basketball campaign with five straight victories, but the Firebirds suffered their first setback last Wednesday on the road against the C.B. Aycock Falcons in Wayne County.

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STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are last weekend’s championship matchups in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Football Playoffs:

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Mudcats announce new coaching staff
Mudcats announce new coaching staff

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats have unveil edtheir 2015 field staff as they prepare for their first season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
Luis Salazar, who has 15-plus years of major league coaching experience, will helm the Mudcats this summer.
Carlos Mendez will serve as the team’s hitting coach, while Derrick Lewis joins the staff as the pitching coach.

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Pressure Packed
FULL EXTENSION. Red Oak’s Kristian Johnson (left) grabs a rebound for the Lady Tigers during Monday afternoon’s girls basketball decision over Edwards Middle School at the ROMS Gymnasium.
Pressure Packed

RED OAK -- Despite the loss of some key performers from last year’s conference runner-up team, the Red Oak Lady Tigers look primed for another successful campaign this time around.
The Lady Tigers are currently undefeated and  earned another Tri-County Conference victory Monday afternoon at the ROMS Gymnasium.

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Lady Bishops drop tight contest

ROCKY MOUNT -- Up 55-45 with 5:34 to play, the North Carolina Wesleyan College Battling Bishop women’s basketball team looked poised to pick up its second USA South win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Everett Gym.
Unfortunately for NC Wesleyan, the Cougars of Averett University had other ideas, using a 13-2 run over a two-minute span down the stretch to erase the deficit and secure an eventual 65-62 win.

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Halfway There
ON THE REBOUND. (L to R) Bunn’s Tainasha Vines and Nash Central’s Rebecca Speight go for a rebound during last Tuesday night’s girls basketball matchup at the NCHS Gymnasium.
Halfway There

ROCKY MOUNT -- With the outcome of the game in doubt at halftime, the Bunn Ladycats turned to a reliable ally to break open last Tuesday’s road basketball showdown at Nash Central.
Central led by as many as three points in the opening quarter and stayed to within six points of the Ladycats at the break.

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Annual Whitfield event is targeted

GOLDSBORO -- The baseball clinic run by North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer George Whitfield is set for its 43rd annual renewal.
The clinic is scheduled for Goldsboro High School on January 10, 2015, and features another tremendous lineup.
Registration is scheduled from 7:30-9 a.m., and then the clinic will run until 6 p.m.

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NASHVILLE BELT TESTING, 1
NASHVILLE BELT TESTING, 1

BELTS AWARDED. The Nashville Academy of Martial Arts held a belt test on November 15, with nine students receiving belt advancements. Sensei Allen Clark, the owner/instructor of Nashville Academy of Martial Arts, presented the awards. Asher Nichols received his gold with white stripe belt. Nicholas is in the Tiny Nama Tots program for 4-6 year olds.

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NASHVILLE BELT TESTING, 2
NASHVILLE BELT TESTING, 2

BELTS AWARDED. The Nashville Academy of Martial Arts held a belt test on November 15, with nine students receiving belt advancements. Sensei Allen Clark, the owner/instructor of Nashville Academy of Martial Arts, presented the awards. Two students earned their gold belts in the 14 and up class. Pictured (L-R) is Brandon Bunn, Sensei Allen Clark and Taylor Weaver.

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GOING UP STRONG
GOING UP STRONG

Southern Nash’s Marquise Wright elevates for a stickback last Friday night against the Bunn Wildcats.

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INSIDE THREAT
INSIDE THREAT

Red Oak Middle’s Kayla Richardson scores in the paint against rival Edwards during Monday’s game.

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INTENSE BOARD WORK
INTENSE BOARD WORK

Red Oak’s Victor Ward (right) tries to claim a rebound Monday against rival Edwards Middle in Tri-County Conference boys basketball action.

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NUMBER ONE
NUMBER ONE

Nash Central’s Kathryn Wilkins (left) scores in the paint for the Lady Bulldogs during last Tuesday’s home meeting with Bunn.

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SWAT TEAM
SWAT TEAM

Nash Central Middle School’s Naudika Howard (left) prepares to tip the ball away from a Rocky Mount Middle player during last Thursday’s girls basketball contest in Nashville.

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TWENTY-TWO FOR TWO
TWENTY-TWO FOR TWO

Red Oak’s Carresian Whitaker (right) scores in transition for the Tigers during Monday evening’s home boys basketball conquest against Edwards Middle School.

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UP FOR TWO
UP FOR TWO

Southern Nash’s Tatyana Pulley goes up for a basket during last Friday’s contest against Bunn at the SNHS Gymnasium in Stanhope.

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