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BIG EAST OPENER
HELD UP. Despite having his jersey grabbed by an offensive lineman, Franklinton defender Mike Rogers chases Rocky Mount quarterback Jaquan Lynch during last Friday's Big East Conference matchup.
BIG EAST OPENER

FRANKLINTON -- Thanks to its overall program improvement and surging confidence level, Franklinton had a good feeling about the prospect of bettering last season's 34-point loss to Big East Conference rival Rocky Mount.
And for one half, the Red Rams lived up to that promise -- only to see the touted Gryphons pull away in the second half of action during last Friday's meeting at the FHS Football Field.


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FHS On The Upswing
BACKHAND BASH. Franklinton High School No. 6 Singles player Jeanna Vordran returns a shot last Wednesday against league foe Northern Nash.
FHS On The Upswing

RED OAK -- Franklinton is still looking for that elusive first victory in the Big East Conference girls tennis standings, but the Lady Rams are certainly making things more interesting these days.
Despite being 0-10 in the ultra-competitive league, Franklinton has had its share of heroics this fall, including a 6-3 road loss last Wednesday against a strong Northern Nash squad.


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PARTY SPOILERS
DOWN IT GOES. Franklinton's Larissa Johnson (right) sends down a kill last Thursday against Northern Nash.
PARTY SPOILERS

RED OAK -- There was plenty to celebrate -- at least during pre-match ceremonies -- last Thursday for the Northern Nash Lady Knights as they honored six volleyball seniors at the NNHS Gymnasium.
But the festive nature of the occasion stopped once the match started as the Lady Knights proved to be no match for Big East Conference leader and defending champion Franklinton.


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BHS star inks with W. Peace
SPEED UP THE WING. Rachel Alford (right) uses her speed to create plenty of offensive chances for the Bunn Ladycats, including this one during a match last year versus Southern Nash.
BHS star inks with W. Peace

BUNN -- Back in the spring, Rachel Alford made a verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at William Peace University -- and she never wavered from that plan.
A signing opportunity, however, would not come until several months later due to NCAA rules.


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Wildcats win in double OT

HENDERSON -- The early candidate for the Game of the Year in the Northern Carolina Conference was staged last Friday night.
It will also be remembered as one of the wildest ones this season as Bunn survived two overtimes to edge homestanding Vance County by a 44-42 margin in a key NCC meeting at the VC Football Field.


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Warriors shut out by Jackets

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Louisburg entered last Friday's Northern Carolina Conference showdown at Roanoke Rapids with a two-game winning streak -- and plenty of optimism for a strong finish to the 2018 football campaign.
But the feel-good portion of LHS' season evaporated quickly as the Warriors were defeated by the Jackets by a 42-0 margin in a lopsided affair at RR's historic Hoyle Field.


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Mudcats announce 2019 sked
Mudcats announce 2019 sked

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, have announced their new 2019 Carolina League season schedule, which begins on April 4 in Kinston versus the Down East Wood Ducks and continues with the club's home opener at Five County Stadium on April 11 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.


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Lady Rams third in Big East

WILSON -- Franklinton High School took third place in the team standings at Monday's Big East Conference Golf Championships at Wedgewood Country Club.
The Lady Rams closed with 376 strokes to outlast Wilson Fike (418) for the No. 3 spot.
Sara Kenney led the way for FHS with a 119 over the 18-hole layout. She was followed by teammates Lily Puett (128), Samantha Bishop (129) and Isabella Henry (131).


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HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS
HERE THEY ARE, FOLKS

Lyeshon Parker (carrying flag) leads the Franklinton Red Rams on to the field before last Friday night's home football meeting with the Rocky Mount Gryphons.


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TANDEM TACKLE
TANDEM TACKLE

Franklinton High School's Kendrick Holt and Parker Coats team up for a tackle during the Red Rams' home football contest last Friday night against the Rocky Mount Gryphons.


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