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LOUISBURG -- The opening of the 2014 softball season has featured a split of emotions -- literally -- for Louisburg College head coach Don Stopa.
The Lady Hurricanes have played four doubleheaders to date -- and split each one of them.
“We’ve blown three seven-inning leads so far,’’ Stopa said. “We just haven’t been able to get on the dirt and practice enough (because of poor weather).
HENDERSON -- After a long season, the Bunn Ladycats ultimately came within two points of gaining a share of the Northern Carolina Conference basketball championship.
But it wasn’t meant to be for BHS, which saw its four-year crown streak come to a close last Thursday with a heartbreaking loss at eventual title holder Southern Vance.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School girls basketball coach Sarah Bolten thought her club’s season might be over when the Lady Warriors fell to eventual champion Granville Central during last Wednesday’s semifinals of the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Tournament.
But due to a third-place tie with Southeast Halifax, Louisburg played that squad in an important matinee’ meeting last Friday before the title games of the TRAC Tourney.
BUNN -- Bunn ended the regular season with a bang -- and began the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs in the same fashion.
BHS, which has won 22 of its last 23 outings, closed out the Northern Carolina Conference portion of its campaign last Friday night by drubbing Durham School of Arts by a tally of 88-32 at the Bunn Dome.
LOUISBURG -- Old-timers love to talk about the glory days of Louisburg High School boys basketball -- back when the gym was filled to the rafters with energetic fans.
It’s been awhile since that level of intensity has been spotted at the LHS Gymnasium, but it was certainly there during last Friday night’s Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Championship.
RED SPRINGS -- Franklinton couldn’t overcome an early deficit during the Red Rams’ loss to Red Springs on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs.
FHS trailed by over 20 points in the opening half as the Red Rams had difficulty with Red Springs’ tenacious pressure defensive schemes.
The Louisburg Warriors were outstanding during the 2013-14 boys basketball campaign.
Bunn’s Tainasha Vines (left) drives for a basket last Thursday against rival Southern Vance.
Bunn’s Precious Walker (with ball) enjoyed an exceptional performance for the Ladycats during last Thursday’s game at Southern Vance.
Junior standout Tainasha Vines (with ball) has put up some amazing statistics this season for the Bunn High School girls basketball team.
Louisburg High School’s Calvin Manley (with ball) escapes a Weldon defender last Friday night.
Louisburg College’s Tori Geissinger (right) makes her way to second base during last Thursday’s doubleheader with Surry CC at Sheilah R. Cotten Field on the LC campus.
Louisburg’s Keiana Evans (right) grabs a rebound as teammate Tyreka Kearney looks on last Wednesday night against conference foe Granville Central HS.
BUNN -- Bunn High School was scheduled to open its 2014 softball season Wednesday at home versus the Northern Nash Lady Knights.
Bunn’s complete ledger is as follows, with home games listed in CAPS:
LOUISBURG -- One of the by-products of Louisburg College’s recent men’s basketball dynasty is that there usually aren’t many hotly contested matchups at the Taylor Center.
But LC head coach Mark Vanderslice expects to deviate from that norm Saturday when new rival Richard Bland College comes to town for the regular season finale for both clubs.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College baseball team completed a weekend sweep of the College of Southern Maryland with a pair of wins at Frazier Field on Sunday afternoon.
Spencer Bivens earned a 6-3 win, out of the pen in game one as he came in for starter Deshaun Hewitt, who went two innings in the start.
LOUISBURG -- The 19th-ranked Louisburg College Lady Canes had their hands full Monday night as they played their second night in a row and had to go to overtime to beat the Dolphins of Brunswick Community College, 96-87, in women’s basketball action the Taylor Center.
The Canes were led by guards Kiara Rawls and Courtney Raiford as Rawls dropped 24 points in the conference win, while Raiford finished with 23.
RICHMOND, VA. -- Daniel Concepcion struck out seven in 6.2 scoreless innings, while Logan Farrar drove in two runs lifting Virginia Commonwealth University to a 3-0 win over East Carolina Tuesday afternoon at The Diamond.
With the win, the Rams improved to 7-1 while the Pirates dropped their fourth-straight game, falling to 3-5.
Concepcion (2-0) scattered three hits in his second start of the season while walking three.
Bunn’s Malik Finley (with ball) soars for a deuce during last Thursday’s win at Southern Vance. Bunn hosted Graham on Wednesday in the second round of the Class 2-A State Basketball Playoffs.
SPRING HOPE – Charles “Butch” Benson Harris, Jr., 68, of Spring Hope, died Monday at his home.
CASTALIA – Norma Jean Outlaw Parrish, 80, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2014 at her home. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Red Bud Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
EAST ORANGE, NJ-Funeral services for Cleo Rand, 92, who died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with Bishop Roger Lee Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
LOUISBURG — Commissioners refused to issue a special-use permit for a solar farm they said would harm a residential neighborhood.
Green Energy Development LLC proposed erecting a solar farm on 15 acres of a 46-acre tract on Cedar Creek Road near Franklinton High School.
The county’s planning board, though, urged the board to deny the petition during a January vote on the matter.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, left, meets with County Manager Angela Harris, center, and Louisburg Town Councilwoman Emma Ruth Stewart, during a presentation about the IRS and North Carolina Free File programs. It was held at Vance-Granville Community College, hosted by Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity Inc.