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2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

2021 a busy year in local sports

Posted on January 3, 2022

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North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductees Julius Peppers, left, and Trot Nixon sit on stage during a July 23 press conference in Raleigh.

Kelly McLoughlin | Contributed photo

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductees Julius Peppers, left, and Trot Nixon sit on stage during a July 23 press conference in Raleigh.

Rocky Mount Academy sophomore Parker Eatmon, center, celebrates his U.S. Legends Racing Young Lion national championship in March with spotter Jordan Black and crew chief Corey Gordan at Dominion Raceway in Virginia.

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Rocky Mount Academy sophomore Parker Eatmon, center, celebrates his U.S. Legends Racing Young Lion national championship in March with spotter Jordan Black and crew chief Corey Gordan at Dominion Raceway in Virginia.

Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers pursue him during the Firebirds’ home opener in March. Vick, The Wilson Times All-Area Ironman of the Year, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at N.C. State.

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Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers pursue him during the Firebirds’ home opener in March. Vick, The Wilson Times All-Area Ironman of the Year, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at N.C. State.

Southern Nash second baseman Alexa Daniel (1) throws to first as Fike's Ashley Pendergrass (4) is forced out in the fifth inning of the 3-A Big East Conference opener on March 23. The Ladybirds won 9-1.

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Southern Nash second baseman Alexa Daniel (1) throws to first as Fike's Ashley Pendergrass (4) is forced out in the fifth inning of the 3-A Big East Conference opener on March 23. The Ladybirds won 9-1.

Southern Nash High varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor took the reins in June from longtime coach Brian Foster, who led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.

Mark Cone | SouthernNashNews.com

Southern Nash High varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor took the reins in June from longtime coach Brian Foster, who led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductees Julius Peppers, left, and Trot Nixon sit on stage during a July 23 press conference in Raleigh.

Kelly McLoughlin | Contributed photo

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductees Julius Peppers, left, and Trot Nixon sit on stage during a July 23 press conference in Raleigh.

Rocky Mount Academy sophomore Parker Eatmon, center, celebrates his U.S. Legends Racing Young Lion national championship in March with spotter Jordan Black and crew chief Corey Gordan at Dominion Raceway in Virginia.

Contributed photo

Rocky Mount Academy sophomore Parker Eatmon, center, celebrates his U.S. Legends Racing Young Lion national championship in March with spotter Jordan Black and crew chief Corey Gordan at Dominion Raceway in Virginia.

Rocky Mount Academy sophomore Parker Eatmon, center, celebrates his U.S. Legends Racing Young Lion national championship in March with spotter Jordan Black and crew chief Corey Gordan at Dominion Raceway in Virginia.
Southern Nash’s Jackson Vick (26) takes off with the ball as Fike linebackers pursue him during the Firebirds’ home opener in March. Vick, The Wilson Times All-Area Ironman of the Year, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at N.C. State.
Southern Nash second baseman Alexa Daniel (1) throws to first as Fike's Ashley Pendergrass (4) is forced out in the fifth inning of the 3-A Big East Conference opener on March 23. The Ladybirds won 9-1.
Southern Nash High varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor took the reins in June from longtime coach Brian Foster, who led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductees Julius Peppers, left, and Trot Nixon sit on stage during a July 23 press conference in Raleigh.

After a slow start due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 heated up for sports in southern Nash County.

From high school standouts signing with colleges to a returning hero recognized for his efforts on and off the field, last year offered plenty of academic sports action for area residents.

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