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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Isabel Moore

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Isabel Moore (#6) pitches during a game against D.H. Conley Softball Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Isabel Moore is a unique South Central freshman with a skill for sending batters back to their dugouts disappointed. After leading the Falcons to a 20-1 regular season, Moore now is leading the charge in the 4-A state playoffs. Daily Relfector prep sports beat writer Jake Keator caught up with Moore to discuss her love for the game, and what it has been like to see success so early in her career.

Q: When did you discover your love of softball?

A: I started when I was five. I had a lot of fun when I participated in my first travel ball team. I think I was around eight or nine years old.

Q: What have your parents been like throughout your time playing softball?

A: They have been great, they’ve always kept me up and have supported me for everything I’ve always wanted to do. They have been to every game and they have really been with me through it all.

Q: After a 20-1 regular season and a current run in the postseason after a dominating year, what does it mean to you to see all of your hard work paying off?

A: It makes me feel great. It makes me think, “I’m so glad I kept doing this to help out my team.” It keeps me prepared for what I need to bring to the next game for my team.

Q: It’s only been one year for you playing high school softball. What have you learned playing with Coach Nicholson and your teammates?

A: I’ve learned they always want to help me out. They always want to help me win. They help keep me in a good mood and a good attitude. They always want to win.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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October 22, 2018

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s release of volleyball state playoff brackets Monday afternoon saw two Pitt County teams earn No. 1 seeds. Matches begin Tuesday.

In the top of the 3-A East bracket is undefeated D.H. Conley (21-0), which opens in Greenville as 32nd-…

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October 22, 2018

A game traditionally known to be a tight, high-scoring affair ended up being highly one-sided contest Friday night, as D.H. Conley defeated rival J.H. Rose 48-21 win for a second consecutive win over the Rampants.

The win put another punctuation mark on how dangerous DHC (6-2, 4-0 Eastern Carolina)…

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October 21, 2018

Pitt County had a strong show­ing at the NCHSAA 3-A girls’ ten­nis re­gional at N.C. Wes­leyan Col­lege this week­end, high­lighted by a J.H. Rose tan­dem tak­ing top hon­ors in dou­bles ac­tion.

Maryah Stokes and Ginger Evans won the…

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October 20, 2018

South Central continued its undefeated football season with a decisive victory over New Bern on Friday night, 52-8.

In their first game in two weeks, the Falcons dominated with their multifaceted run game and took advantage of the Bears’ offensive mistakes.

After a sloppy but uneventful first…

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October 20, 2018

Four Pitt County high school volleyball programs are ready to make some noise in postseason play. J.H. Rose, D.H. Conley, South Central and Ayden-Grifton all are eyeing a state title this year after terrific regular seasons.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association plans to reveal the…

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October 19, 2018

D.H. Conley bested rival J.H. Rose on the gridiron for the second straight year Friday night, 48-21, increasing their win streak to six straight in the process.

“This is an awesome feeling,” Conley head coach Nate Conner said. “The most important thing is that it puts us in a…

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October 19, 2018

It’s time for another installment of one of the best rivalries in the state as D.H. Conley (5-2, 3-0) travels just under seven miles down the road to face J.H. Rose (5-2, 2-1) tonight in high school football action.

With two high-scoring offenses coming together it will be a shootout, and…

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October 18, 2018

The Ayden-Grifton Chargers volleyball team celebrated senior night by defeating South Lenoir Wednesday to improve to 19-1 on the season.

The Chargers (11-0 in league play) won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-8 and 25-19.

The match marked the final time seniors Jordan Cannon, Zion Hardy and Kristen…

October 18, 2018

Zion Hardy, known by her teammates as “The Beast,” is one of three seniors on a Chargers volleyball roster that has only 10 players. Hardy spoke with preps Beat Writer Jake Keator after a 3-0 win on senior night about the Chargers season and winning back-to-back conference titles.

Q:…

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October 16, 2018

J.H. Rose put on a performance reminiscent of the beginning of its season with a 55-0 rout of Southern Wayne last Wednesday night. 

The game seemed to be a walk in the park for head coach Dave Wojtecki and Rose (5-2, 2-1), who held a comfortable 42-0 lead at halftime.

The Rampants switched up…

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