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North Johnston High class of 2021 graduates Seth Coats, left, and Avery Pearce celebrated their recent signing with Louisburg College to further their baseball and academic careers.


Panthers pair eager to play at Louisburg College

By Paul Durham
| August 16, 2021

For a while during their senior season at North Johnston High this past spring, baseball didn’t seem...

Beddingfield's Malik Woodard (5) tries to break the ankle tackle of SouthWest Edgecombe's Larry Jones (3) during the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship April 8 at Beddingfield. The Bruins continued their strong showing against EPC football foes with a runner-up finish to close membership in the league, but inconsistent participation and lack of a full sports offering played a role in a sixth-place Wells Fargo Conference Cup finish. The Bruins will attempt to forge a new identity entering play in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Neuse 6 teams prepare to chart new paths

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 13, 2021

While football isn't the only sport that comprises a high school athletic program, the preseason coaches poll in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference can be extrapolated to illustrate the task that Beddingfield High and North Johnston have in establishing themselves as contenders in the new league created by North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment.

Head football coaches of the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference gathered for the first time Thursday at Lowell Mill Restaurant in Kenly. From left to right are Spring Creek's Daniel Robinson, Ben Ellis of Beddingfield, Michael Barnett of North Johnston, Princeton's Travis Gaster, Tim Ray of Goldsboro and Eastern Wayne's Leander Oates. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Fresh start awaits Neuse 6 football programs

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 17, 2021

KENLY — Thursday's initial meeting of 2-A Neuse 6 Conference football coaches represented a chance, in one form or another, at a fresh start for the league's six programs.

Cleveland's J’vin Farmer goes down after returning a midgame kickoff.

Rams fall short in title bid

By Taylor Heeden
| May 7, 2021

CHAPEL HILL — Cleveland High School players and parents alike shed tears after the Rams came up shor...

The Cleveland High School Rams are headed to Chapel Hill to play for a state football championship.

Cleveland to play for state football title

By Taylor Heeden
| May 5, 2021

Amid a pandemic that upended sports, the Cleveland High School Rams played their way into Thursday’s...

Denny Medlin, center, coaches one of his Comet teams during a home game.

A ‘team builder’ retires from coaching

By Scott Bolejack
| April 22, 2021

CLAYTON — Denny Medlin became a coach because he couldn’t get competition out of his blood. “I’ve sp...

The Smithfield-Selma Spartans enter the field for a game in 2019.

Tickets on sale for SSS homecoming game on Friday

April 5, 2021

Smithfield-Selma High School is selling tickets online for its homecoming football game against East...

The Smithfield-Selma Spartans enter the field for a game in 2019.

SSS to sell football tickets only online

March 10, 2021

Smithfield-Selma High School is moving the purchase of football tickets online. Starting with the Ma...

Lady Panthers sweep Bruins in Eastern Plains opener

| November 24, 2020

WILSON — The simple joy of a bus ride home for the winning team is something North Johnston High volleyball coach Nicole Davis is glad her players aren’t missing this season. With the havoc …

Senior-laden Lady Panthers eye playoffs, but partcipation numbers low

| November 18, 2020

2-A EPC VOLLEYBALL As the delayed and shortened volleyball season tipped off this week, North Johnston High returned a solid group of seniors with hopes of climbing the ladder to playoff …

Bump, set and mask

| November 18, 2020

The first N.C. High School Athletic Association contests in eight months came Monday as volleyball tipped off the 2020 season. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the start of the season back to the time …

7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

| June 23, 2020

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

From staff reports
| March 27, 2020

All-GNRC indoor track

From staff reports
| March 27, 2020

GNRC produces 23 all-conference wrestlers

From staff reports
| March 27, 2020

Seven from Corinth Holders joining college ranks

From staff reports
| March 5, 2020

NCHSAA first round: Princeton, Clayton teams moving on

From staff reports
| February 27, 2020

Two from Corinth Holders place at state championships

| February 25, 2020

GREENSBORO — A pair of seniors from Corinth Holders High School placed in the state 4-A individual wrestling tournament Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. Jeffrey Palmer battled his way …

Johnston basketball teams head into playoffs

| February 25, 2020

CHAPEL HILL — Four boys teams and four girls teams from Johnston County earned spots in the state basketball playoffs, the N.C. High School Athletic Association announced Sunday evening. After …

Three ejections, a promposal and 20 weird minutes of basketball

February 14, 2020

BENSON — A Thursday night trip over to West Johnston High School for a game the Wildcats hosted against Clayton yielded the strangest experience I’ve ever had at a basketball game. It …

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