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D.H. Conley's Robbie O'Neal throws a pitch during their game against J.H. Rose on April 27, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Robbie O’Neal is a dedicated athlete who continues to improve his game by any means necessary. Whether it’s hitting the cages in his free time or playing American Legion baseball with Pitt County Post 39, O’Neal is always grinding to be the best. High School Preps writer Jake Keator caught up with O’Neal to discuss what it means to work for what you want and to become the best.

Q: Robbie, when did you begin playing baseball?

A: I started playing when I was about three or four years old. I was playing with the five-year-olds in the little league and it just grew from there.

Q: You had a pretty good season last year with D.H. Conley. What has it been like playing high school baseball and working to improve?

A: It’s been fun. I’m just going through the process and trying to improve every day, seeing that hard work pays off. It’s ultimately God’s plan and just letting him do his work.

Q: A lot of players would call their baseball season over after their high school season ends, maybe lifting some weights and light workouts. What inspires you to come during your summer to play legion ball, and what do you think that says about you as a player?

A: I think it shows my inner will to be better and to be great. As you said, the off-season is a grind, and coming out here and trying to get better everyday is just what’s in me.

Q: You made the choice in October to sign with UNC-Greensboro. What made you decide that was the best fit for you?

A: The coaching staff really brought me there and the facilities are great. It just feels like home out there. I’m really excited to get to work.

Q: Where are the coaches at UNC-Greensboro going to play you?

A: I’ll probably play catcher and come in to pitch in relief at times.

Q: What’s the best advice you would give to a kid who wants to play college ball or go pro?

A: “I’d tell them to work hard, trust the process and see things before they get there. Keep your head up and keep grinding for what you want in life.”

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


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December 13, 2018

North Pitt junior wrestler Antonio Betancourt has shown promise as part of the Panthers squad. NP is coming off two wins at a tri-meet involving Eastern Wayne and Tarboro. Betancourt spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about the sport of wrestling and how he prepares for his matches. 



December 12, 2018

South Central remained undefeated on the basketball season after a big win over Bertie High School, 84-34, on Wednesday night in Winterville.

The game was pretty much in hand in the first quarter of the game due to the fast pace of the Falcons. They led 30-3 after the first period and…


December 12, 2018

North Pitt wrestling took home first place Tuesday night, topping Eastern Wayne and Tarboro in a tri-meet in Bethel.

The meet was originally scheduled to also include Nash Central. The Bulldogs were unable to attend due to not being in school on Tuesday.

The Panthers made easy work of the Warriors,…


December 08, 2018

Farmville Central’s boys’ basketball team defeated Greene Central for the second time this season, winning 72-64 in Snow Hill on Friday night.

The Jaguars (6-0) were led by a sensational performance by Terquavion Smith, who finished with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Justin…


December 07, 2018

Pitt County East Carolina football recruits Jeremy Lewis of South Central and CJ Johnson of D.H. Conley doubled down on their commitments following the arrival of new head coach Mike Houston this week.

Attempts to reach Farmville Central’s Keziah Everett for comment were unsuccessful.



December 06, 2018

This time, Farmville Central wasted little time exerting its will.

The Jaguars started fast and never looked back in an 87-44 win over North Lenoir Wednesday. One day after needing a late run to defeat Ayden-Grifton 91-78, Farmville Central (5-0) led for all but the first 1:20 of the contest.


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December 06, 2018

South Central boys basketball took down Greene Central once again Wednesday night, earning an 80-41 victory. 

It was the second meeting of the young season for these two teams, with the Falcons also taking the win on the road, 92-61 on Nov. 27. 

The Falcons were once again led by North…


December 06, 2018

It’s not uncommon for students at John Paul II Catholic High School to congratulate 6-foot-4 junior guard Jordan Yarrell on a great performance. The leader of the Saints is a true utility player, working on becoming even more of a leader of the small squad. Athletic Director Sean Murphy…

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December 05, 2018

Farmville Central’s boys basketball team won the first round of its series with rival Ayden-Grifton Tuesday night, 91-78 in Littlefield. 

The Jaguars were led by their backcourt duo of Terquavion Smith (24 points) and Justin Wright (23 points). Dyquavis Wilkins also had a strong outing,…


December 01, 2018

The Farmville Central Jaguars maintained their perfect record and netted Larry Williford’s 300th-career win in the process after defeating Greene Central, 65-45, on Friday night in high school basketball action. 

The Jags were led by their dynamic backcourt duo of Terquavion Smith and…

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