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J.H. Rose's Grant Jarman, left, looks for the pass while being chased down by South Central's Tyler Mckoy during their game on Friday Sept. 22, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Grant Jarman understands what it means to be a leader, both on and off the field. A dual-sport athlete, Jarman works hard to ensure he can perform his best whether on the baseball or football field. He sat down with preps beat writer Jake Keator to discuss the new and improved Rampants football team and what it’s like to switch sports each semester.

Q: How did you get started in football?

A: “My dad got me started. My sophomore year he told me he wanted me to play another sport (along with baseball). So I picked football and really excelled in it.” 

Q: What is the feeling like in the locker room now that the team has improved compared to last season? 

A: “The locker room is really intense. We are all really hyped, but we are also prepared to go out there and play, and win.”

Q: What does it mean to you personally to be the starting quarterback for J.H. Rose?

A: “To me that means a lot. There’s a lot of responsibility that goes with that title. I have to be sure to check our guys to be sure they are ready to go come game time, but it is a lot of fun as well.”

Q: Is there a difference in your mind in being a leader on the baseball field compared to the football field?

A: “ Not really. I don’t see a ton of differences. Obviously as the quarterback you have to know the plays, but all in all I’m the same kind of leader in both. 

Q: What is it like when you have to make the switch from football to baseball?

A: We have a little break between the two, so I spend time getting used to swinging the bat and throwing the ball at a different angle. Some guys are starting baseball now, so I have to catch up to them when the season ends. 

Q: Do you prefer one sport over the other?

A: When it’s football season I prefer football, but when it’s baseball season I prefer baseball. It all depends on the season.” 

Q: What are some personal goals you have for yourself this football season?

A: “ For me, I want to lower the amount of interceptions and increase my passing yards. I also want to help improve the run game, and keep that going well each week.’

Q: What advice would you give to a younger kid who wants to also become a dual-sport athlete?

A: “It’s a lot of work, especially with school. You have to be determined to get better every time, and be willing to work hard to be the best at both sports.”

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


J.H. Rose 3, North Pitt 0

The Rampants bounced back immediately from a loss to South Central on Tuesday, blanking North Pitt in three straight games, 25-10, 25-10 and 25-23.

Rose got 17 assists from Holly Gibson, while Abby Wordsworth notched nine kills and Izzy Reeves seven kills in the win.


Conley takes top spots

Peyton Walters and AJ Miller finished first and second, respectively, to lead D.H. Conley’s boys to a runaway victory over C.B. Aycock and J.H. Rose on Wednesday in a meet held at Aycock in Pikeville.

The DHC girls also won big.

Conley’s boys placed eight runners in the top 10 and finished with a low score of 20 points to win its second meet of the season.

The Vikings, who will host an Eastern Carolina Conference meet next week at Boyd Lee Park, also got a fourth-place finish from Owen Thorndike (19:00) and swiped every place from sixth to 10th.

On the girls’ side, Conley came within one point of a perfect score, scoring 16 points while running away from the competition. Led by Jennifer Perez, the Conley girls took the top 4 spots and 11 of the top 13 places.

Behind Perez were Conley’s Emma Cole (23:20), Annika Stoakes (24:03) and Alice Guth (24:23), and Rose’s Corry Eason (24:37) took fifth.

The Vikings return to action next week in a home meet against all of the ECC schools at Boyd Lee Park.


J.H. Rose 2, North Pitt 0

Rose shut out North Pitt thanks in part to the performance from Jaden Aldridge, who had 10 aces and five assists, helping to steer the Rampants to 25-16 and 25-15 game wins.

Also for Rose, Candace Dobra had three assists and four digs.

D.H. Conley 2, Eastern Wayne 0

The Vikings dominated, scoring game wins of 25-6 and 25-0 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at 5-0.

Anna Sawyer served a complete set with 25 points won in the second game for Conley, which hosts Northern Nash today.


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South Central’s undefeated boys basketball team defeated rival J.H. Rose, 90-53, Tuesday night after another fantastic effort from point guard Shykeim Phillips, who put up 27 points in the win.

North Carolina commit Day’ron Sharpe also had a good night, putting up 18 points for the…


December 17, 2018

Pitt County basketball teams are ready for the upcoming Pitt County Christmas Tournaments at J.H. Rose High School, which kick off with girls action on Wednesday night with a full slate of games. 

D.H. Conley was voted the top seed by other coaches in the tournament. The Viking girls are…

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December 15, 2018

Greene Central’s boys basketball team held off rival Kinston in overtime to bring home a big 64-58 win on Friday night in high school basketball. 

It was the first major win for new head coach Blue Edwards and was the third straight victory for the Rams (5-3). 

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December 14, 2018

Farmville Central defensive lineman Keziah Everett confirmed he is ready to sign with East Carolina on Wednesday’s start of the national early signing period.

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December 13, 2018

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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.

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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.

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December 07, 2018

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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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