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February 19, 2017

TARBORO – Across much of America, February is iced over in winter gray or whitened by blankets of snow that keep most creatures on a quest for warmth and longing for spring.

Josh Abrams spends winter's final full month just like he spends the other 11 segments of the year — relentlessly…

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February 19, 2017

Basketball coaches in Pitt County will have a little less time to plan for their first-round playoff opponents than they originally planned.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association postponed the release of postseason brackets Saturday evening, announcing via Twitter that the brackets…

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February 18, 2017

Mississippi brought in its closer to start the eighth inning Friday night in a top-10 showdown with East Carolina, and Will Stokes and the Rebels got the win despite a late push by East Carolina that included a home run in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss by the Pirates.

The opening game between ECU…

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February 18, 2017

The sentimental aspect of B.J. Tyson’s return to the Minges Coliseum hardwood on Wednesday night was likely enough to carry the team out of the gym with an extra bounce in its step.

Tyson, a 6-foot-3 junior guard who was the Pirates’ leading scorer before a knee injury knocked him out…

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February 18, 2017

For a man whose team had just won the Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference tournament title, South Central boys’ basketball coach Chris Cherry didn’t look like a man ready to celebrate Friday night.

He looked like a man focused on preparing for the task ahead.

Cherry’s Falcons…

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February 18, 2017

A pair of J.H. Rose athletes signed letters of intent this week to compete at the collegiate level.

Lauren Phillips, Meredith

Volleyball player Lauren Phillips decided early on in her high school career that she wanted to pursue the opportunity to play in college.

That opportunity was made official…

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February 18, 2017

Everything changes. That’s the unfortunate truth of life. 

As frustrating as that can be, it makes it all the more fun when things can revert back to what we yearn for them to be again.

I’ve never been one to get caught up on the names of races. The concept of event…

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February 17, 2017

In college baseball, trips to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series are unforgettable. 

East Carolina’s Cliff Godwin, an ECU alumnus and the Pirates’ third-year head coach, has been to the CWS twice, the last trip coming in 2014 when he was on Mike Bianco's staff at Mississippi.…

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February 17, 2017

East Carolina baseball’s nine seniors all have different stories, yet they want to leave ECU with the same legacy. Their clear goal is for this season to end in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series.

It is the same goal of so many previous Pirate teams, but this time it seems as realistic…

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February 17, 2017

PROJECTED LINEUP

Catcher

Travis Watkins — Concord native has 163 career starts and could fill a key spot in the lineup as the cleanup hitter.

First base

Spencer Brickhouse — Talented freshman replaces injured senior Bryce Harman. Brickhouse was on track to start at designated hitter…

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