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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Jordan Atkinson

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Ayden Grifton player Jordan Atkinson (#4) goes to dunk the ball while Farmville Central's Rande Harper (#11) tries to block him during a game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, 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 you get your start in basketball?

A: “I just started playing with my friends. Then we started playing in a rec league when I was about six years old. We just kept going from there.”

Q: Was there a moment when you realized you may be more talented than most?

A: “Yes. I was always good, and I only got better as I grew and my body got more toned. I have great friends who helped motivate me and are playing at the next level.”

Q: What has it been like playing at Ayden-Grifton?

A: “I’ve learned a lot at Ayden-Grifton. It’s been difficult, but the coaches like coach (John) Moye and coach (Johnny) Davis push me to get better every day as a player and a man.”

Q: You sank the 1,000th point of your career last Friday. What does it mean to you to have accomplished such a feat?

A: “It means a lot. Not everyone has been able to do that. It almost felt unreal when it happened. I just thank God for letting it happen.”

Q: How has your family helped your basketball career?

A: “My mom and dad have been a huge help. They push me to be better everyday. They play a huge role in my life.”

Q: What is it like being a part of this years Chargers squad?

A: “It’s great. We’re very close and always trying to make each other better. We’re just always getting better each time we play.”

Q: Are you looking to play basketball in college? 

A: “I’m actually already committed to play baseball at Methodist University. I’d like to be able to play both, and we’re working to try and find a way to allow me to do that. I’d love to be a dual athlete.”

Q: What advice would you give to a younger athlete?

A: “If I could give some advice to a younger athlete I’d tell them just to stick with it. No matter how hard it gets, just stick with it.”

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

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June 16, 2019

Saturday night saw another edition of one of the top American Legion battles in Eastern North Carolina, as Post 39 hosted Wayne Post 11 in a conference makeup game. Post 11 walked away victorious, 9-4.

The bats never reached their full potential, as Post 39 earned nine hits on the night, compared…

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June 16, 2019

D.H. Conley freshman pitcher Matthew Matthijs walked into high school baseball with plenty of expectations already set. The former Greenville Little League star had all the hype in his first season, and delivered.

He went 9-1 in 14 appearances, striking out 86 batters in 58.1 innings pitched. He…

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June 16, 2019

The following players were selected to The Daily Reflector’s All-Area baseball team. 

FIRST TEAM

Matthew Matthijs, D.H. Conley: Pitcher of the Year

Grant Charles Jarman, J.H. Rose: Batter of the Year

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June 16, 2019

Grant Charles Jarman wrapped up an outstanding high school athletic career this season. After four years of football and baseball Jarman walks away with one final award, The Daily Reflector’s All-Area Batter of the Year. 

“One thing that will stand out to me is the guys last…

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June 16, 2019

It was yet another successful season for the D.H. Conley baseball team, led by longtime coach Jason Mills.

Mills led DHC to a 26-5 overall record, going 11-1 in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference. The Vikings season culminated in a trip to the 3-A East Regional Finals, where it lost to…

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June 14, 2019

Athletes from three local schools learned if they received the honor of being named to their sports All-Conference list in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference. Take a look at who made the cut. 

BASEBALL 

11 players received all conference honors, with D.H. Conley leading the way with…

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June 13, 2019

Another batch of local high school athletes signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

Chargers duo inks to Louisburg College

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June 13, 2019

After recently seeing his D.H. Conley athletic career come to a close Shea Ward continues to improve his game on the diamond. The Pitt Community College commit is playing with the Post 39 Legion team this summer before joining the Bulldogs. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Ward about his…

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June 12, 2019

After fighting weather postponements last week, Post 39 and Farmville Post 151 finally had a chance to face off, with Post 39 walking away victorious, 11-1, in six innings.

Robbie O'Neal had a stellar performance for Post 39, picking up the win by tossing five strong innings. He earned 13…

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June 12, 2019

A former Farmville Central state champion is key to success of Pitt County basketball this past season

All Tyreek Dupree wanted to do was give back, and he certainly did.

Dupree graduated from Farmville Central in 2016, and was a member of the Jaguars squad that went 28-0 and won the 2-A state…

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