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August 18, 2017

With his junior-heavy squad getting its first taste of varsity action, J.H. Rose head coach Dave Wojtecki needed to find out how his team would handle adversity early in the year.

On the season's opening night, he got his answer, but it wasn't the one he was looking for.

The Rampants battled to…


August 18, 2017

LITTLEFIELD — Ayden-Grifton reclaimed supremacy in the Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference last season, winning the league for the third time in four seasons.

For the Chargers to be in the mix again this year, though, they are going to have to find some playmakers to replace the production lost…


August 18, 2017

J.H. Rose’s junior varsity team constructed a perfect record last year, outscoring teams by an average of 24.0 points per game en route to a 10-0 record.

For the Rampants’ varsity program to return to state championship contention in its first year in 3-A, a large number of players from…


August 18, 2017

The way Andy Tew sees it, South Central earned some respect last season.

His Falcons went from two wins in 2015 to five in 2016, and barely missed out on a couple of more wins that would have put them in the 4-A postseason.

Gaining some respectability was a nice jump in his second year as head…


August 18, 2017

BETHEL — For the second straight season, North Pitt enters the campaign with a former player in his first year as head coach, hoping to turn around the struggling program at his alma mater.

Garrett Wingate is the Panthers’ interim head coach this season, having been assigned that job in…


August 18, 2017

FARMVILLE — As he enters his 10th season as head coach at Farmville Central, Scott Gardner looks around and can remember how it used to be.

A lot has changed since he took over the Jaguars in 2008. Now, Gardner and the Jags would love to see their fortunes change and them get back into the…


August 18, 2017

The last time D.H. Conley was on the football field, nearly everything that could go wrong did, resulting in a first-round exit from the 4-A state playoffs last November.

On the edge of their first season in the 3-A classification, the Vikings are rejuvenated, having taken nine months to pore over…


August 17, 2017

J.H. Rose junior Jonathan Daniel is back with the Rampants’ soccer team this season after playing last season with the Carolina RailHawks (now called North Carolina FC) U16 Academy team. Daniel chatted with Reflector prep sports beat writer Jordan Anders this week about that experience, as…


August 17, 2017

As the playoffs approached last season, I wrote a column about how I should have seen the madness of the 2016 season coming.

In the moment, the fact that the season-opening game I was covering — Farmville Central at Kinston — got rained out was a slight annoyance. I didn’t realize…

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