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Southern Nash's Chason Royal, driving to the basket against Hunt's TiQuez Taylor during a February  game at Hunt, returns as leader of the Firebirds backcourt for the 2021 season.

HIGH SCHOOL SEASON PREVIEW

Southern Nash hoops teams optimistic, but now face longer wait

By Jimmy Lewis
| January 6, 2021

When basketball teams from Southern Nash High take the floor this season, they will do so with a sch...

North Johnston's Lanie Croft (16) looks to hit over the defense of Southern Nash's Tabatha Tomaszewski (7) during Monday's match at North Johnston. North Johnston won 3-0. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Lady Panthers sweep interstellar clash from Ladybirds

By Jimmy Lewis
| December 23, 2020

KENLY — Varsity volleyball teams from North Johnston High and Southern Nash conspired to commit an a...

Southern Nash head coach Melanie Hicks gives timeout instructions to her Ladybirds, including Taylor Bailey (2) and Hannah Carpenter (4) during Monday's  home match against Hunt. The Ladybirds lost in three sets to fall to 3-4, all in Big East play.

Ladybirds fall to Lady Warriors at home

By Jimmy Lewis
| December 17, 2020

A season defined by adaption around COVID-19 protocols hasn’t caused the Hunt High varsity volleybal...

Fike's Kendall Harris (10) attempts to get a set up during Monday's 3-A Big East Conference match against Southern Nash. Fike won in four sets. Jimmy Lewis | Restoration NewsMedia

Ladybirds fall to Lady Demons in 4 sets

By Jimmy Lewis
| December 9, 2020

Perhaps the first set came a bit too easy for the Fike High varsity volleyball team Monday night and...

Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game

| March 18, 2020

ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams from Nash Central and Southern Nash moved their scheduled game …

Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win

| January 28, 2020

FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 victory at 3-A Big East Conference opponent Franklinton on Friday …

Peppers to join NC Sports Hall of Fame

| January 28, 2020

Southern Nash High graduate Julius Peppers is one of the headliners in the North Carolina Sport Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction class announced Jan. 22. Peppers, who went on to become one of the …

Firebirds’ Cooley named to AP all-state team

| January 28, 2020

RALEIGH — Seniors Quinton Cooley of Southern Nash and Jaquaez Powell of SouthWest Edgecombe were among the 30 high school football players named to The Associated Press all-state team for North …

Southern Nash powers past Greenville Rose

| September 24, 2019

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 …

Demons edge Firebirds in conference clash

| September 24, 2019

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 …

Cooley named to Shrine Bowl roster

| September 17, 2019

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 …

Cooley’s 5 TDs boost Firebirds past Bunn

| September 10, 2019

Jackson Vick started the deluge for the Southern Nash High varsity football team. Quinton Cooley emphatically finished it. Vick broke away for a 57-yard scamper to open the scoring Sept. 4, and …

Ladybirds stymied at Northern Nash: Bunn ambushes Ladybirds in 3 sets

| September 10, 2019

SOUTHERN NASH ROUNDUP ROCKY MOUNT — For the second straight match to open 3-A Big East Conference play, the Southern Nash High girls tennis team was handed a 9-0 defeat, this time at the hands …

Bam’s debut: 1st TD, leading rusher

| September 3, 2019

RALEIGH — It took all of one collegiate carry for N.C. State freshman and Southern Nash High product Zonovan “Bam” Knight to visit a place he was all too familiar with during his days with the …

Southern Nash Firebirds storm past Nash Central

| September 3, 2019

The Southern Nash High varsity football team, irked by a pair of first half blunders, stormed to a 59-14 nonconference victory against county rival Nash Central Thursday evening. The Firebirds, …

Firebirds steamroll Warren County, 65-14

| August 27, 2019

If there was any doubt as to whether or not Southern Nash High senior running back Quinton Cooley was prepared to become the feature back for the Firebirds this season, consider Friday night’s …

Southern Nash wins NC Wesleyan Invitational: Ladybirds beat weather, Lady Cougars

| August 27, 2019

FIREBIRDS ROUNDUP ROCKY MOUNT — Led by the exploits of senior Hunter Issette, the Southern Nash High boys cross-country team coasted to victory Saturday in the North Carolina Wesleyan …

Mudcats come up short in series opener

| August 27, 2019

ZEBULON — The Mudcats loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Wes Rogers and Payton Henry both struck out with the bases loaded in the final frame as Carolina failed to score again in a 4-3 …

Mudcats drop last 2 of series vs. Dash

| August 7, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM — Despite hitting a pair of late home runs, the Carolina Mudcats fell 7-5 to the Winston-Salem Dash in Sunday’s Advanced-A Carolina League series finale at BB&T Park. The …

Firebirds feeling good on first days

| August 7, 2019

BAILEY — Much cooler temperatures and a slight breeze greeted prospective Southern Nash High football players on the second of six mandatory conditioning practices Friday morning, making for a good …