BYH: To those who keep the Russia probe going. It is time to stop wasting money and time on this. Nothing has been...

PREP SPOTLIGHT: Shykeim Phillips


South Central's Shykeim Phillips dunks against Southern Wayne on Jan. 2, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 3, 2019

One of the keys to a successful basketball team is a defined leader at the point guard position. South Central, a team not lacking in talent, has just that in senior Shykeim Phillips. Phillips is known for his crafty passing, spectacular shooting and stellar ballhandling. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Phillips about his overall game, South Central’s basketball program, his future in the sport and the Falcons’ trip to the John Wall Invitational tournament in Raleigh.

Q: Your team is now nationally ranked (No. 23 in the nation) by USA Today. What were you feeling when you heard the news? 

A: “I was very excited. My team and I were all really excited. That’s a big accomplishment, going from being ranked highly in the state to a national ranking. That’s a big accomplishment for us here at South Central.”

Q: This group just dominates in the local area, but you got to see some new talent in the John Wall Invitational. What was that like, and how did it feel to make the All-Tournament team? 

A: “It was a great experience. That’s probably the best talent we’ll play all year, and I think we really needed that competition. So if we go deep in the state playoffs we’ll already be used to it.” 

Q: How is the recruiting process going for you? What are your top three schools right now? 

A: “The recruiting process is going really well right now. I’ve been hearing from a lot of mid-majors, but I don’t have a top three at the moment.”

Q: What is the relationship like between you and Day’ron (Sharpe)? Is he helping you through the recruiting process?

A: “Day’ron has been a big help for me so far. He’s got a really good mind. I’ve known him since second grade, so we have a really close friendship.

Q: If you could give some advice to a younger athlete about becoming successful in basketball what would that be? 

A: “My best advice for kids growing up is to just work hard. No matter where you’re from, if you work hard somebody will notice you.”


Humans of Greenville


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

High Schools

January 18, 2019

William Knight is known for his success with the North Pitt girls’ basketball program, including a bringing a state championship back to Bethel in the 2017-18 season. For his efforts, Knight was recognized as the North Carolina coach of the year in girls’ basketball by the National…


January 17, 2019

Ayden-Grifton senior Jordan Atkinson understands that hard work leads to success. A key cog on the Chargers basketball team, he is also already a committed college athlete. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Atkinson about A-G basketball and his future at the college level. 

Q: How did…


January 15, 2019

High School football coaches from across North Carolina met in Greenville on Saturday morning to discuss schemes, practice tips and building programs at the fourth annual Eastern North Carolina Football Coaches Association clinic.

The event has had many homes over the years, including most recently…


January 11, 2019

A new recruiting period opened nationwide for college football on Friday, which coincided in Greenville at the Holiday Inn with a unique meeting of high school and college coaches from all over the state and even a prep state champion coach from South Carolina.

The fourth annual Eastern North…


January 11, 2019

Turnovers and poor shooting sank the Ayden-Grifton girls basketball team against North Lenoir Friday night, 68-53. 

“We came out really flat early and turned the ball over a lot,” Chargers head coach Charles Kessel said. “That gave them easy points and put us in a hole.…


January 10, 2019

D.H. Conley posted a sweep in its first swim meet back from winter break, scoring 225 points in the girls’ standings and 220 in the boys in a meet featuring New Bern, West Carteret and Croatan as the Vikings’ closest competitors.

Conley girls who won in relay events…


January 10, 2019

At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Reed Chandler is a intimidating looking individual. Chandler is determined to win, whether it’s on the football field or the wrestling mats. The impressive senior will be taking his talents to West Point following graduation, where he will join the Army football…


January 09, 2019

D.H. Conley senior wrestler Drake Daughtry hit a milestone on Tuesday night when he recorded his 100th career victory in a close loss to New Bern in a conference match held at South Central.

Daughtry became the first Vikings wrestler in 15 years to accomplish the feat. The returning team MVP and…


January 09, 2019

Pitt County wrestling teams from South Central, D.H. Conley and J.H. Rose struggled Tuesday night at a meeting of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference, which included fellow members New Bern, C.B. Aycock, Eastern Wayne and Southern Wayne all visiting South Central’s gym.

J.H. Rose walked…


January 05, 2019

D.H. Conley’s girls’ basketball team improved to 2-0 in Eastern Carolina 3-A/‚Äč4-A Conference action when it won 56-32 at C.B. Aycock on Friday night.

South Central also is off to an unbeaten start in ECC play.

The inside duo of  Lauren Wiles and Tori Simmons led way for Conley…

130 stories in High Schools. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 13
        Next Page»   Last Page»