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North Pitt's Shiheim Suggs, front, wrestles on Jan. 4, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 5, 2019

D.H. Conley walked away winners on the mats at Farmville Central on Friday night, finishing with wins over the Jaguars, North Pitt and South Lenoir. At full strength, the Vikings have a wrestler for any opponent in any weight class. 

DHC earned several forfeits, but grapplers such as Nicolas Stox (113 pounds) and Ethan Lenysyzn (120) still managed to earn multiple victories on the night. 

Head coach Micheal Taylor has been pleased with the effort he’s seen throughout the season. 

“So far we’ve been working hard,” Taylor said. “It’s really showing. Everyone has bought into the program. We’ve done a great job at keeping the kids motivated.”

The Panthers finished 2-1 on the night, led by Alex Espinosa-Johnson (220) and Cameron Jones (185), who both finished 3-0.

Head coach Chris Young has just one hope for his team as the Panthers enter into the new year.

“Get healthy, that’s my No. 1 resolution for this program,” Young said. “Right now, we are struggling with that. If we get healthy we should be good to go.”

The host Jaguars finished 1-2 and are looking to improve under new head coach Ray Marshall. 

Senior Drew Grider led the charge for FC at 285, including a hard-fought fall victory over NP’s Samuel Romulo in just more than five minutes.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” Marshall said. “We are in a building phase as a team. We’ve had some coaching changes, and because of that we are struggling with our lineups. Here in the upcoming year we are hoping we can become better competition for our opponents.”

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


South Central 80, Eastern Wayne 60

The No. 23 nationally ranked Falcons improved to 11-1, 2-0 after an 80-60 victory over Eastern Wayne. With a 40-28 lead at halftime, SC cruised in the second half to another big win. 

SC won’t play again until Jan. 11, when the Falcons travel to face New Bern. 

Greene Central 79, North Lenoir 57

Greene Central moved to 8-5, 3-0 after another conference win.

The victory marks the sixth consecutive non-tournament win for the Rams, not including the team’s loss to Farmville Central in the Parker’s Pitt County Christmas Tournament. 

After a slow start, GC has picked up steam at the midpoint of the season. The Rams will host West Craven on Jan. 8.

All-state football

RALEIGH (AP) — Quarterback Sam Howell of Indian Trail Sun Valley and Charlotte Vance linebacker Power Echols were The Associated Press offensive and defensive prep football players of the year in North Carolina for the 2018 season on Friday, joining D.H. Conley receiver CJ Johnson.

East Forsyth’s Todd Willert was AP coach of the year after an unbeaten run to the Class 4-A state championship.

Echols led the 32-player AP all-state team, appearing on 15 of 17 ballots from statewide sports writers in results released Friday. The sophomore was among three all-state picks for Vance, joining Andre White at tight end and defensive back Xavier Marshall for the state 4-AA finalist.

Clayton and Cornelius Hough were the only other schools with multiple all-state picks. Clayton had defensive lineman Savion Jackson and defensive back William “J.R.” Walker. Hough had defensive back Tyus Fields and punter Conner Maynard.

Howell, a senior who committed to Florida State before signing with North Carolina, earned 13 votes along with Mount Airy receiver Donavon Greene and Elizabeth City Northeastern defensive lineman Traveon Freshwater — an East Carolina signee who made the team for a third straight season.

Walker, Fields, Johnson and Belmont South Point offensive lineman Larry Dowdy were all-state picks for the second straight year.



Ayden boys 69, Chicod 22

Ayden remained perfect at 6-0 after a win over Chicod on Thursday night. Ayden’s two reliable scorers, Alex Moye and Terrance Nicholson, both finished with 15 points in the win.

They will be back in action Monday when they host Bethel. 

Hope girls 42, Aycock 18

Hope’s girls also remained undefeated after a win over Aycock. The Mustangs were led by Kylah Silver (14 points), Aubrey Mayberry (seven points) and Karma May (seven points). 

Hope will return to the court Monday when it travels to face A.G. Cox.

Bethel girls 25, C.M. Eppes 21

Bethel rolled to 5-1 on the season behind 10 points from Tanasia Jenkins and eight from Miranda Tucker.

Dixon scored 10 to lead to Eppes.


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High Schools

March 19, 2019

Strong pitching was the key for D.H. Conley in its 4-3 win Tuesday over crosstown rival J.H. Rose at Hollywood Crossroads. 

The trio of UNC-Greensboro commit Robbie O’Neal (3 IP, 6 Ks, 2 ER), Davis Pugh (1.2 IP, 2Ks, ER) and Mitchell Hofler (2 IP, 4Ks) helped Conley escape with the first…


March 18, 2019


Pitt County has firmly placed itself as one of the premier locations in tradition-rich North Carolina for high school basketball. Just take a look at the three teams that competed for state championships Saturday night.

South Central brought in an exciting team with a mix of youth and…


March 17, 2019

RALEIGH — Chants of “252, 252, 252 …” boomed in Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday during the final minute of South Central High School’s breakthrough and blowout victory over West Charlotte for the Falcons’ first boys’ basketball state championship.



March 16, 2019

RALEIGH — Standing at the free throw line with his team leading Forest Hills by almost 20 points on Saturday night in Reynolds Coliseum, Farmville Central star Justin Wright knew he and his team were just minutes away from their second state championship in four seasons.

Wright hit both…


March 16, 2019

RALEIGH — South Central’s boys’ basketball team turned the NCHSAA 4-A state championship game into a blowout, leading the entire contest against West Charlotte and finishing a 72-46 victory.

Here are video scenes from the game:

South Central, Day'Ron Sharpe and coach…


March 16, 2019

RALEIGH — As the clock moved closer and closer to zeros Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Coliseum, the smiles on the faces of coaches and players for the South Central boys’ basketball team got wider and wider.

As the sound of the buzzer completed a lopsided contest, the 4-A East No.…


March 16, 2019

RALEIGH — Farmville Central pulled away from Forest Hills, 86-71, and won the NCHSAA 2-A state championship on Saturday night, completing an undefeated season of 32-0.

South Central, also from Pitt County, won the 4-A championship earlier in the day.

Here are some scenes from Farmville…


March 16, 2019

RALEIGH — By the end of an another emotional game, it was a heartbreaking end to an amazing season for the Farmville Central girls’ basketball team on Saturday night.

The Jaguars were upended by Mountain Heritage, 63-53, in the 2-A state championship game.

The Jags (27-1) finished one…


March 16, 2019

The end of the high school basketball season is here, and a trio of Pitt County teams are ready to compete for the title of state champion.


No. 3 South Central (29-1) vs. No. 6 West Charlotte (25-6)

South Central put the state on notice after defeating both No. 2 seed…


March 16, 2019

Farmville Central’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have the chance to make history tonight in Raleigh.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association confirmed this week that none of its member schools have ever won a boys’ and girls’ basketball state…

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