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Louisburg Soars Up To Second
A GAME OF TAG. Louisburg's Brenton Bullock (right) tags out a Knightdale player at third base during last Saturday's action at the Tar Heel League 11-12 All-Star District Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
Louisburg Soars Up To Second

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg All-Stars entered Monday's championship-round matchup with Garner Baseball with high hopes -- but a low level of energy.
That's because the Orange and Blue was forced to work its way out of the loser's bracket in the double-elimination format at the annual Tar Heel League 11-12 District Baseball Tournament at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.


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PROWESS IN PINTO
USING A LITTLE FORCE. Youngsville shortstop LD Person (right) executes a force play during his team's matchup with West Raleigh at the Pony League Pinto Sectional Tournament in Garner.
PROWESS IN PINTO

GARNER -- Youngsville almost defeated one of the area's top diamond titans as part of its appearance at the Pony League Pinto (Coach-Pitch) Sectional Championships last weekend at the Garner Baseball Complex.
During pool play, Youngsville tangled with tradition-rich West Raleigh and fell by a tight score of 8-7.
Youngsville trailed 5-0 going into the top of the fourth but rallied with a pair of runs as Caden Alexander laced an RBI triple and Rylan Ball followed with a run-scoring double.


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Wildcats earn first in league
PARDON ME FOR A SECOND. Bunn's Sam Kagarise scores on a wild pitch as Southern Nash's Matthew Horrigan awaits the relay throw.
Wildcats earn first in league

ROCKY MOUNT -- In the short span of three days, Bunn went from underdog to favorite at the Nash County Babe Ruth Prep League Baseball Tournament.
Nash Central, which went undefeated in the regular season, entered the event as the team to beat -- but suffered that fate during semifinal action last Monday.


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Bunn picks new coach

BUNN -- One of Robin Faulkner's final tasks before retiring as the principal at Bunn High School was to find a new boys basketball coach to guide a program that suffered through its first sub-.500 campaign in recent memory last winter.
Bunn has a history of making the state finals, including a pair of trips in the late 1990s. So it was symbolic that the Wildcats' newest hire is someone who is familiar with that journey.


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RAIDERS ROMP
GIVE AND TAKE. Youngsville's Cody Rice watches a pitch go by during sectional tournament action last Saturday.
RAIDERS ROMP

GARNER -- Whenever a baseball team takes the next step up from the Coach-Pitch level, it's easy to wonder how that club will fare against live pitching, as opposed to a machine.
Also, players need to be picked from the roster to learn how to pitch themselves -- and that sometimes isn't an easy task.
But for the Youngsville Red Raiders, everything has worked out perfectly as the talent-rich group moved out of Coach-Pitch in the off-season -- and didn't miss a beat.


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The Super Start
TAKING THE THIRD. Louisburg's James Rider (right) is safe at third base during last Wednesday's first-round victory over Knightdale at the Tar Heel 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.
The Super Start

LOUISBURG -- It didn't take long for Louisburg's bats to perk up at the Tar Heel 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.
During last Wednesday's opening game, Louisburg poured it on early and went on to defeat Knightdale by a 16-6 total at the Louisburg High School Softball Field.
The Blue and Orange tallied three runs in the bottom of the first stanza as Matthew Thomason blasted a three-run homer far beyond the left-center field fence.


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K-VA to host a soccer camp
K-VA to host a soccer camp

HENDERSON -- The Kerr-Vance Academy Youth Soccer Camp will be held July 20-24 on the K-VA campus in Henderson.
Children in rising grades 5-8 are welcome to participate. The cost is $100 per person.
The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-Noon each day. An 8 a.m. drop-off is available.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact pvillatico@kerrvance.com.


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BHS hosts football camp
NOW LISTEN UP, FELLAS. Bunn High School football coach David Howle addresses a group of youngsters during last week's BHS Football Camp, which is held annually in June.
BHS hosts football camp

BUNN -- For youngsters in the Southeast portion of Franklin County, a week at the Bunn Wildcats Football Camp is always a summer highlight.
The camp, directed by BHS coach David Howle, was conducted last week and featured 40 children.
The kids visited North Carolina State University's Murphy Center and Carter-Finley Stadium as part of the camp.


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CAROLINA HURRICANES' SKED

RALEIGH -- The National Hockey League has released the 2015-16 schedules for its 30 member clubs.
The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 82-game campaign on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Nashville before playing their first home game on Saturday, Oct. 10, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Carolina's complete schedule is as follows, with the games listed in CAPS (all times Eastern):


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BLUE AND ORANGE FIREBALLER
BLUE AND ORANGE FIREBALLER

Shane Musselman pitched well for the Louisburg All-Stars at the Tar Heel League 11-12 District Baseball Tournament.


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FLINGING THE FOOTBALL
FLINGING THE FOOTBALL

A camper takes part in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition at the Bunn High School Wildcats Youth Football Camp, which was held last week.


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Mudcats swept versus P-Nats
Mudcats swept versus P-Nats

WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- Carlos Franco hit a solo home run in the seventh, Joe Odom hit a score- tying single in the eighth, but Carolina's comeback was eventually bested by Stephen Perez and his game-winning, walk-off double in the ninth in Potomac's 6-5 win at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.


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ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO
ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO

Youngsville second sacker Jacy Cancilla tags a West Raleigh baserunner and prepares to throw to first base in an attempt to finish off a double play last Saturday.


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REACHING FOR THE STARS
REACHING FOR THE STARS

Youngsville shortstop L.D. Person (left) elevates in an attempt to catch a line drive.


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RIDER RIPS A SINGLE
RIDER RIPS A SINGLE

James Rider makes contact and delivers a base hit for the Louisburg 11-12 All-Stars.


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STAND AND DELIVER
STAND AND DELIVER

Youngsville's Pete Honse comes through with a double during last Saturday's victory over High Point at the Pony Mustang Sectional Tournament. Youngsville went on to win the championship at the Garner Baseball Complex.


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THAT'S A RIP
THAT'S A RIP

Youngsville's Layton Hester sends out a single during last Saturday's contest vs. West Raleigh.


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