NASHVILLE -- With a deep roster filled with veterans and potential-filled newcomers, Nash Rec seems poised to continue its long-time dominance of the Nash-Halifax Swim League. The Sharks didn't have to travel too long for last Thursday's regular season opener -- just down the road to meet with backyard rival Birchwood. Nash Rec flashed its promised by defeating the Barracudas by a 519-182 score at the BCC Pool.
CHERRY ON TOP. Northern Nash's Coleman Cherry was outstanding during his distance-running career for the Knights -- and he will continue to run next season at Louisburg College under touted coach Jay Koloseus.
RED OAK -- Four student-athletes known for their all-around excellence took home the top honors at the recent Northern Nash High School Athletic Awards Ceremony. Zach Langley was tabbed as the Boys Athlete of the Year, while CeCe Harrison was the selection as the Girls Athlete of the Year for the 2015-16 school calendar at Northern Nash.
RED OAK -- Mike Cook called it the best event yet -- and the numbers bear out that assessment after Cook hosting his third Ultimate Backyard Warrior competition last month on his property near Red Oak Middle School. Cook was unable to compete because of an injury, but 87 other performers tested their endurance and skill on Cook's home-built course, which features a series of obstacles and is inspired by the acclaimed television show 'American Ninja Warrior'.
STANHOPE -- Olivia Lamm earned a starting position on the mound when she first arrived as a freshman three years ago at Southern Nash High School. Lamm hasn't let up since, and her continued improvement helped vault the Ladybirds into the upper half of the Big East Conference softball standings during the 2016 campaign. After leading Southern Nash to a third-place effort and a spot in the Class 3-A State Playoffs, Lamm has been saluted as the Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year.
NEW YORK -- Area resident Christian Buffaloe, 16, recently competed in the "2016 All American Kyokushin International Karate Championships" in New York City on June 18. This prestigious annual event is sponsored and organized by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan and featured over many fighters from Japan, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Canada, and South America.
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the 2016 North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Basketball Games, which will be played July 18 as part of a doubleheader at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets for the hoops twinbill will be available at the gate. Rosters for the event are as follows:
CHAPEL HILL -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2016 spring sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup award recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats finished their first-half schedule one win shy of 30 in the Class A Carolina League after losing 4-3 to the Blue Rocks in Sunday's baseball series and first-half finale at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Ryan Clark allowed his league worst 12th home run of the season in the loss. The loss came in front of a Father's Day crowd of 4,988 at Five County Stadium and in game six of a six-game series between the Mudcats (29-41) and Blue Rocks (27-42) in Zebulon.
The Bulldogs were the champions in the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department's Tar River 7-8 Baseball League. Pictured are, in no particular order, Coach John Gibson, Joseph Gibson, Ayden Phillips, Trey Kowack, Aaron Mowatt, Carson Holloman, Nicolas Groesser, Carter Griffin, Hunter Parker, Jayden Jones and C.J. Rosser.
COMPETITIVE SPIRIT. Action was plentiful last Thursday evening as the 2016 Nash-Halifax Swim League campaign opened with a contest between long-time rivals Nash Rec and host Birchwood Country Club in Nashville. Among the participants were (above) Nash Rec's Callie Wilson.