BYH, I just saw footage of Trump saying "It's easy. I'd just drop a 25% tax on China". Would somebody please show me...

Falcons ride defense into fourth round


South Central's Madison Deanes (4) makes a one-handed catch during a playoff game against Harnett Central in 2016. (The Daily Reflector)


Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

After first-round bye and a tight 6-5 win over Lumberton to open the 4-A state playoffs, South Central softball and ace pitcher Isabel Moore relied on a Falcons defense that gave up only 64 runs during a 20-1 regular season to advance to the fourth round on Tuesday night.

Second seed SC crawled out of an early two-run hole to take the lead and then held on for a 7-5 triumph over No. 10 Wake Forest. The Falcons advance to the fourth round, hosting third-seeded Heritage on Saturday at home.

The Falcons (22-1) survived an up-and-down night at the plate, but Madison Deanes (1-4, run, two RBIs, three walks), Cam Davis (2-4, home run, two Rs, RBI, two BBs) and Amaya Evans (2-4, two RBIs) managed to swing the Falcons back into the game, and into the lead, in the third and never look back. Evans’ two-run single in the fifth made all the difference.

After another complete game, Moore continued to impress on the mound in her first season. Knowing that she has a solid defense behind her allows Moore to relax in the circle and concentrate on hitting her marks, a trait she has displayed to a tee thus far in the playoffs.

“I’ve got confidence in our girls, even though tonight we struggled at the plate. I know we can put some hits together,” South Central coach Cotton Nicholson said post game.

Nicholson said he is confident in Moore despite some early struggles. Davis’ home run was a key play and a momentum shifter, one in which coaches and teammates saw as an inspiring moment.

“She can really lift the team. She can really lift the ball too,” Nicholson said.

Amber Saunders’ two-run homer allowed the visiting Cougars to take an easy 2-0 lead in the first.

Jessica Purcell’s grounder in the third scored a run to cut the Cougar lead to 2-1. A dropped ball allowed Hannah Bailey to score for a 2-2 game, and a Deanes double brought in two more to make it 4-2 SC.

Davis led off the Falcons’ half of the fourth with a bang, as she hit a homer over the fence in left-center field on a 1-2 count to increase the Falcon lead to 5-2.

An error by Davis became costly in the top of the fifth, as it allowed Cougars runners to advance to second and third on what would typically be a routine play, and the Cougars ultimately cashed in a pair of runs for a 5-4 game.

Deanes earned a walk in the fifth, and Davis got a free base on an intentional walk, and both came home on Evans’ hit to make it 7-5.

Davis feels that her team has “a little spark” that can drive them deeper into the playoffs. The team captain made her voice heard in the game, as she called her own timeout to calm Moore during a rough stretch, a call few coaches allow their players.

“I just tell them to calm down, we’re fine,” she said. “Sometimes we just think too much and begin to make little errors like we did, but we cleaned things up and we were able to come back.”

D.H. Conley 9, C.B. Aycock 7

No. 19 seed Conley kept defying the odds on Tuesday night, taking out No. 6 seed C.B. Aycock for their third straight road win against a higher seed these playoffs.

Already, the Vikings (17-8) eliminated No. 3 Cape Fear and No. 14 West Johnston.

Up next for DHC is a Friday showdown with the winner between No. 2 Western Alamance and No. 10 Harnett Central.

Parrott Academy 3, Harrells 2

Elizabeth Norris singled home Collins Moore with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Parrott softball team into the final four of the NCISAA 2A state tournament in a walk-off win over Harrells Christian Academy.

It marks the second trip to the final four in three years  for the Patriots (9-8), with a chance to collect their first state title since 2015.

Norris came home on a wild pitch in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1, and Parrott added another run on an RBI grounder by Mary Pat Ferebee to take the lead. An error helped give rise to Harrells’ game-tying run in the top of the seventh.

Parrott’s Moore led off the inning with the triple, however, before Norris roped a single to left. The Patriots take on the Fayetteville Christian/Village Christian winner on Friday morning.


D.H. Conley 1, Terry Sanford 0

Another Conley team defied the odds when the Vikings soccer team knocked off third-seeded Terry Sanford on the road, pushing the Vikings into the fourth round.

No. 6 DHC (15-4-4) extended its playoffs-long shutout streak to 7-0 through three games in the victory.

Now, the Vikes advance to take on the winner between No. 2 Chapel Hill and No. 22 Northern in the round of eight scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.


Parrott in third place

The Parrott Academy golf team was in third place following the first day of the NCISAA 2A state championship at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. The Patriots shot a team score of 329, led by Jackson Crocker with a 78.

Griffin Steelman shot 81, Colby Tant 83, Holden Killinger 87, Matthew Richardson 88 and Hayes Mahoney 95. O'Neal School (295 points) led the team standings ahead of St. David's School (299).


Parrott Academy 5, Cape Fear Academy 0

The Parrott Academy boys tennis team advanced to the NCISAA 2A state championship match with a 5-0 victory over Cape Fear Academy on Monday.

It was the Patriots seventh consecutive win over the Hurricanes, and Parrott now will face Carmel Christian in the 2-A state title match, a rematch of the 2017 contest won by Carmel 5-2.

Cameron Pope, William Hill, Zach Sylvia and Winfield Warren won singles matches for Parrott before sweeping the doubles round.


Hope softball wins title

Hope Middle School defeated P.S. Jones in the Pitt County Middle School Athletic Conference championship game, 4-3 in 7 innings, to finish the season 13-1.

Trinity Nichols hit a home run and a double, while Nyla Rodgers had a pair of doubles and an RBI and Sarah Ange doubled and drove in a run to preserve the pitching victory for Emma Adams 1-3.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

High Schools

August 20, 2018

It was during the 2017 season when J.H. Rose suffered a 62-21 defeat to New Hanover, but the Rampants got some revenge on Friday night with a big offensive showing in their 49-6 victory over New Hanover in Wilmington.

Quarterback Grant Jarman’s 19-of-31 passing performance for five touchdowns,…


August 18, 2018

Edi­tor’s note: Scores and stats for high school and mid­dle school games need to be emailed to include all three  Daily Reflector emails of jkeator@re­flec­tor.com, nsum­mers@re­flec­tor.com and rwood­ward@re­flec­tor.com to en­sure the best…


August 18, 2018

A big second half allowed South Central to sneak away with a road win over Greene Central,18-14 on Friday on the opening night of high school football.

An onside kick recovery by SC’s Tarrel Hines with 2:40 left in the fourth secured the final score and the victory for the Falcons.



August 18, 2018

It was another down to the wire high school football finish between D.H. Conley and Northeastern.

Last season’s contest between the teams went to overtime in Elizabeth City. On Friday night, the Vikings rallied from a double-digit deficit and were on the verge of potentially sending the…


August 17, 2018

The only thing hotter than the on-field temperature at game time was the Chargers themselves, as they dominated on both sides of the ball.

Led by a three-touchdown performance by Michael Webb and a two-touchdown night by Ray Darden, Ayden-Grifton rolled to a 61-0 victory to kick off the season on…


August 17, 2018

Over the past four football seasons, North Pitt has been home to inconsistency, instability and a beaten-down program.

New head coach Greg Watford has been brought in to attempt to return the competitive edge to NP. Watford has shown over the course of his coaching career that he understands the…


August 17, 2018


Micheal Webb


Running back/cornerback

* Webb has received preseason praise from head coach Paul Cornwell for his work ethic as the Chargers look to build on last season’s even 6-6 record in the Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference.

* He should see an increase in touches in…


August 17, 2018

After a modest 5-7 season in 2017, the Farmville Central Jaguars are searching for the key to advance them past the first round of the 2-A state playoffs this year.

That hurdle is one that has stumped the Jags over the past several seasons. This will be the final year for several key pieces for the…


August 17, 2018

J.H Rose is looking for football redemption this year.

After an unusual and extremely disappointing 3-8 season in 2017, a new batch of seniors are looking to return the program back to its former dominance in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.

With experience starting in all the right places…


August 17, 2018

After an 11-2 regular season, D.H. Conley fell short of a state title in 2017, losing in the second round of the 3-A playoffs.

The defeat signaled the end of star quarterback Holton Ahlers’ high school career and a looming question for Vikings fans of who would step in to fill the void. In…

92 stories in High Schools. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 10
        Next Page»   Last Page»