STANHOPE -- Southern Nash High School's newest varsity coaches will be familiar faces -- albeit in different responsibilities. Southern has made coaching changes in girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and softball in preparation for the 2015-16 calendar year. Only one fall sport was affected as Mike Kennedy will take over as the head coach of the successful Southern Nash boys soccer program. Kennedy was SN's boys assistant last year and also served as the school's boys golf coach -- a position he will retain next spring.
NASHVILLE -- The much-anticipated swim showdown between Nash Rec and host Roanoke Valley never materialized last Thursday evening. Instead, the meeting -- which was for the top spot in the Nash-Halifax Swim League standings -- was cancelled and will not be made up. The season-ending matchup between homestanding Westridge and Birchwood Country Club was also cancelled. Nash Rec and Roanoke Valley -- expected to be the league's top-two clubs -- were unable to conduct a full meet this summer.
NASH COUNTY -- Given the option, most clubs would choose to have the final at-bat in a baseball game -- for the simple reason of knowing how many runs are needed in the last inning in order to secure a victory. But Nash County took a different and successful strategy at the Babe Ruth 13-Under Eastern North Carolina State Championship, which concluded last week at Emerald Isle in Carteret County.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School will begin its fall sports practice schedule soon in preparation for the upcoming seasons. A list of practice times by sport is as follows: • Football will have a mandatory meeting today at 6 p.m. in the NCHS Media Center. The meeting is mandatory for prospective football players and their parents. The first practice will be Saturday from 8-11 a.m.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Carolina starter Rob Whalen allowed just two earned runs in his Mudcats debut, but Myrtle Beach starter Brad Markey struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the host Pelicans defeated the Mudcats 3-1 on Sunday night at TicketReturn.Com Field in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown . Markey (W, 3-0, 0.76) faced only 24 batters and scattered three hits over seven full innings pitched for the Pelicans ((57-43, 16-15).
ROCKY MOUNT -- Chris Lee's last official order of business at Louisburg High School -- and his first at Nash Central -- came during last Wednesday's North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game at Greensboro Grimsley's Jamieson Stadium. Lee, who became Central's head football coach in the off-season after a successful tenure at Louisburg, served as an assistant for the East, which left Greensboro with an impressive 27-13 victory.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School's boys soccer campaign will kick off Aug. 18 at home against the North Johnston Panthers. First kick is scheduled for 5 p.m. on the NCHS campus. The Bulldogs' first matchup in the always-competitive Big East Conference will be Sept. 21 at home versus Rocky Mount. Soccer interest continues to increase at Nash Central, and the Bulldogs will undertake a junior varsity schedule this fall.
STANHOPE -- The annual Nash County Football Jamboree will shift to Southern Nash High School this season. The event, which rotates between county schools, will make its way to SN's Firebird Stadium on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. The host Firebirds will be in scrimmage action along with Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, Nash Central, Bertie, West Johnston and Southeast Halifax. Junior varsity squads will also participate.
LOUISBURG -- One of the most prolific stretches in Louisburg College men's basketball history came to an end earlier this week with the resignation of head coach Mark Vanderslice. Vanderslice, who piled up an almost-unbelievable 152-20 record during five campaigns at LC, has stepped down to take over the Division II program at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.