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April 24, 2017

It has been nine years since Robert “Bob” Murphrey felt the jitters of anticipation that came before coaching a basketball game.

Earlier this month, the longtime Ayden-Grifton boys’ coach experienced a new kind of anxiousness when he and seven others were enshrined as the…


Big innings pave way for Pirates

April 23, 2017

The East Carolina baseball team hit the weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, with zero American Athletic Conference victories for the season, but it showed progress by taking Sunday’s rubber match, 14-3, over the host Bearcats in a game that was called after eight innings for the 10-run AAC Sunday…


ANDERS: Ganassi strength, Gibbs slump among early surprises

April 23, 2017

I swear, sometimes I think Jimmie Johnson just likes to toy with us.

After six largely lackluster races to start 2017, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team not only broke through for their first win of the year at Texas two weeks ago, but they did it in the last race before NASCAR entered its…


Pirates pick up AAC win

April 22, 2017

A nasty streak East Carolina baseball has been trying to stop for weeks came to an end Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio, behind a masterful pitching performance by senior Evan Kruczysnki.

The left-hander and proven Pirate ace tossed eight scoreless frames, retiring 22 consecutive batters, while the ECU…