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Student-athlete of the week
Shamir Small

Shamir Small

Shamir Small runs cross country for the Firebirds and is the Farris & Thomas Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Shamir began running in his early childhood, trying to outrace his older …
Football Forecast
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Southern Nash's Elisabeth Collie chips to the No. 16 green at Willow Springs Country Club on Monday on her way to being proclaimed Big East Player of the Year for the second time in the last three season and leading the Ladybirds to a share of their first conference championship.

Ladybirds’ long game on target

The game dramatically changed in Monday’s fifth — and final — 3-A Big East Conference girls golf match at Willow Springs Country Club — and Southern Nash thrived. Until …

Cooley cruises for 307 in Firebirds’ win at Northside

JACKSONVILLE -— Northside High was the latest team to be introduced to the punishing Southern Nash ground attack and star senior Quinton Cooley. The 5-foot-8, 193-pound Wake Forest …
Fike's Gavin Wheeler (1) controls the ball as Southern Nash's Adrian Rangel (6) defends during Monday's 3-A Big East Conference boys soccer opener. Wheeler scored twice in Fike's 2-1 victory.

Demons edge Firebirds in conference clash

The road to the 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer regular-season championship still runs through Fike High. After an 0-2 start to their season, the Golden Demons won their sixth straight …
Southern Nash senior Daylon Whitley (34) rushes for a 5-yard gain during Friday’s home game against Greenville Rose. The Firebirds piled up 572 offensive yards, led by senior Quinton Cooley’s 308 rushing yards, in their 55-21 victory to improve to 5-0.

Southern Nash powers past Greenville Rose

In its first varsity football meeting with Greenville Rose, Southern Nash piled up 572 yards of offense and steamed to its fifth straight win to start the season with a 55-21 triumph at Firebird …
Fike's Gavin Wheeler (1) controls the ball as Southern Nash's Adrian Rangel (6) defends during Monday's 3-A Big East Conference boys soccer opener in Stanhope. Wheeler scored twice in Fike's 2-1 victory.

Demons still on top

STANHOPE — The road to the 3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer regular-season championship still runs through Fike High. After an 0-2 start to their season, the Golden Demons won …
Southern Nash senior Daylon Whitley (34) rushes for a 5-yard gain during Friday’s home game against Greenville Rose. The Firebirds piled up 572 offensive yards, led by senior Quinton Cooley’s 308 rushing yards, in their 55-21 victory to improve to 5-0.

Firebirds power past Rampants 55-21 in first meeting

In its first varsity football meeting with Greenville Rose, Southern Nash piled up 572 yards of offense and steamed to its fifth straight win to start the season with a 55-21 triumph …
Southern Nash running back Quinton Cooley (20) fights for yardage as South Granville defenders Jimmy Hanson (10) and Dominic Deloatch (21) close in during Friday's game in Creedmoor. Cooley was named to the North Carolina squad for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Sunday.

Cooley named to Shrine Bowl roster

Southern Nash High senior Quinton Cooley has no problem following in the footsteps of his former Firebirds backfield mate Zonovan “Bam” Knight, now the leading rusher at N.C. State …
Southern Nash senior Quinton Cooley fights off a pair of South Granville defenders during Friday’s game in Creedmoor. Cooley ran for 225 yards and scored six touchdowns in the Firebirds’ 55-27 victory.

Cooley scores 6 TDs in Firebirds’ romp at South Granville

CREEDMOOR — Southern Nash High senior Quinton Cooley scored six touchdowns and rushed for 225 yards, more than half the Firebirds’ total offense, as they buried host South Granville 55-27 …
College Sports

Wesleyan tennis teams win conference titles

LAGRANGE, Ga. — The top-seeded and 23rd-ranked N.C. Wesleyan College men’s tennis team ran through second-seeded rival Methodist University 5-0 to win its 11th straight USA South Conference title …
Louisburg College football players Brian Smith, top left (East Carolina), Ivoree Atkinson, top right (Johnston C. Smith), Jared Eure, bottom left (Winston-Salem State) and Jeremiah Bolling-Farrar, bottom right (Wagner) are pictured after signing to continue their football careers at four-year institutions.

8 Louisburg players advance to 4-year schools

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College head football coach Trevor Highfield has announced the commitment of eight student-athletes to continue their education and football careers …
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Community Sports
Bill Howard

Blazing new hunting trails

I enjoy looking back at the history of hunting in North America. I find the stories entertaining, enriching and enlightening. Many people have heard how President Theodore Roosevelt pioneered the …
Pro Sports
Lucama's Joseph Pittman poses for a picture in front of his winning car after capturing his first-ever track title in the Mini Stock division at Southern National Motorsports Park, the track located about half a mile from his house.

Pittman finally breaks through at SNMP as Mini Car points champion for 2019

Growing up so close to Southern National Motorsports Park, the sounds and smells of the track are familiar to Joseph Pittman. It’s likely that on some nights, the last noises the Lucama native …
College Notebooks
Duke Notebook
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who was drafted No. 6 overall, throws a pass during NFL football rookie camp, Friday, May 3, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jones makes history for Blue Devils at No. 6 pick

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones left school one year early with a number of first-round guarantees from NFL organizations. The gamble paid off, as Jones heard his name called by commissioner Roger …
ECU Notebook
Pirates get lengthy break to prep for UCF

When it comes to open dates, it’s tough for East Carolina to complain much with the placement of their first one of the 2019 football season. After grinding through the first six games of …

NC State Notebook
Wolfpack seeks improvement in secondary, at QB position

N.C. State is tinkering with the quarterback position ahead of Thursday’s matchup against Syracuse. Dave Doeren wants adjustments elsewhere as well.  The Wolfpack has some good …

UNC Notebook
Tar Heels on schedule in Brown’s return

Entering its open week halfway through the season, North Carolina is on schedule. Although the disappointment of not closing the deal for a colossal upset against Clemson on Sept. 28 still stings, a …