Fairmont falls in third round FAIRMONT — As Fairmont catcher Chance Leggett walked off the field Friday, he started to open his mouth, but suddenly was at a loss of words.
His eyes started to well up, his voice choked.
“I did what I could do,” he said, before pausing to regain himself. “I tried.”
A similar emotion was visible as the rest of the Tornadoes filed off the field.
Opposite them, the scoreboard left the outcome clear: North Brunswick 5, Fairmont 3, ending a 1...
Pirates’ Davis to continue career at Methodist LUMBERTON — Lumberton senior Hunter Davis had the grades to go to plenty of colleges.
But when it came down to it, he mainly wanted to keep playing baseball.
“I didn’t want to look back and say I didn’t (play) when I wanted to,” Davis said.
The love of the game ultimately played a large role in his decision to attend Division III Methodist University in Fayetteville this fall, where he will join fellow LHS alumni Steven Kirby and Chris ...
Fairmont expects North Brunswick's best in third round FAIRMONT — Accountability.
It's a factor Fairmont's baseball team has mastered this season according to head coach Sandy Thorndyke and a big reason why the Golden Tornadoes have rarely been tested during their current 12-game winning streak.
They'll try and make it 13 consecutive tonight in the third round of the 2A playoffs against North Brunswick.
“Our guys get along pretty well, there’s no jealousy here or pouting about playing time from...
St. Pauls track team focused on keeping relay dynasty alive ST. PAULS — Over the last four years, the faces of the St. Pauls track teams have changed.
But as some runners graduate and younger ones fill their shoes, the constant has come from the sprint relays on the girls.
In the last three seasons, the Lady Bulldogs have won three consecutive state championships in the 4x200 meter relay and two in the 4x100, with the non-winning year resulting in a second-place.
“It doesn’t happen every day,” said ...
Crawford: Thorndyke’s gambles pay off for Fairmont Sandy Thorndyke knows a thing or two about baseball.
And he’s never been afraid to take chances to put his team in the best position to win.
The consecutive five-time conference champion and 19-year coaching vet grinned Tuesday night after talking with his team following the Golden Tornadoes’ shutout win over South Columbus in the second round of the state playoffs.
The patented “I told you so” was in order.
“Some people might have thought...
Homer-happy Fairmont wins behind Lovin's gem FAIRMONT — From his perch in the Fairmont dugout, freshman starter Cole Lovin rose to his feet in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night when Chance Leggett launched his fourth homer of the season deep into the woods in right center.
In the next inning, Tyler Musslewhite and Zach Caudle added solo drives of their own to provide Lovin with more than enough run support in his first career postseason start.
The former Orrum star escaped a...
Lady Pirates fall at Apex in second round APEX — Lumberton's softball team saw its season come to an end Tuesday night in the 4A playoffs against an adversary with an elite hurler.
The postseason magic had ran out.
Apex's Lindsay Hodge tossed her seventh shutout of the season, limiting the Lady Pirates to three hits during a 6-0 loss. Lumberton (14-13) was coming off its first playoff win during the fast-pitch era last week against Millbrook.
"We had runners in scoring position aga...
ANSWERING THE CALL: Fairmont's Cole Lovin, Lumberton's Meagan Skipper get the ball in Round 2 FAIRMONT — Shortly after Friday’s first-round win over Reidsville, Fairmont baseball coach Sandy Thorndyke reminded his players just how difficult the playoffs can become with each additional game. Opponents are tougher, individual at-bats are scrutinized and pitching becomes even more vital to success. But with staff ace Alex Britt available to go a full seven innings tonight, Fairmont’s veteran skipper has called the number of another arm ...
Kenseth wins at Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is quickly showing how well he fits in at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kenseth passed JGR teammate Kyle Busch 13 laps from the end to win the Southern 500 on Saturday night, his third victory in his debut season after a successful stint with Roush Fenway Racing.
JGR president J.D. Gibbs knew he was getting a champion in Kenseth. Still, even he's been surprised with how fast the new driver has come up to speed alongs...
Tiger wins Players Championship with strong finish PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One bad tee shot made Tiger Woods appear vulnerable. One clutch par putt and a critical birdie made him look invincible.
Woods closed out The Players Championship on Sunday like he has so many other tournaments: hitting big shot after big shot down the stretch.
His latest unflappable finish helped him secure his fourth victory of 2013 and capture the richest prize on the PGA Tour for the first time in a dozen yea...
STAYING IN BLUE: St. Pauls QB Kane Banner heading to Duke ST. PAULS — Between quarterback Kane Banner and tailback Shawn Williams, the St. Pauls football team spent last season spreading the wealth.
Anchored by Williams’ 2,000-yard season, Banner was often secondary in the game plan, taking a step back from showcasing his dual-threat capabilities in the hurry-up Pistol. He didn’t mind. Banner still racked up 33 touchdowns and a county-high 965 rushing yards at the position.
Next year, he’ll be a Bl...
FRINGE: Robeson County CCC tourney Thursday The Robeson County Church and Community Center will be hold its fifth annual golf tournament Thursday at Fairmont Golf Club.
The three-man captain’s choice tournament has a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., with registration starting at 10 a.m. Competition will be broken into two flights.
The entry fee is $50 a person — $150 for a team — and includes lunch, carts and practice balls. There will be door prizes, along with closest to the pin, most a...
NCHSAA Softball Playoff Roundup: Pirates earn first playoff win in fast-pitch era LUMBERTON — Midway through the fifth inning of Friday’s 6-5 win over Millbrook, Lumberton softball coach Mackie Register felt like his girls were playing a bit apprehensively.
So before they went to bat in the bottom of the inning, trailing 5-0, the key was a bit more aggression.
“We felt like the whole game we were playing not to lose,” Register said. “I told them in the fifth inning, ‘We’ve got to play to win it, nobody’s going to give it ...
NCHSAA Baseball Playoff Roundup: Swett falls flat against Leesville Road PEMBROKE — Maybe it was the nine-day layoff between games or perhaps the slight underestimation of a first-round opponent.
Whatever the case Friday night in Pembroke, the Purnell Swett baseball team that battled throughout the spring in the competitive Southeastern Conference didn’t show up against Leesville Road in their first postseason game since 2007.
The Pride chased Purnell Swett ace Sean Sanderson in the second inning and pounded out ...