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Layton Signs With Lady Canes
Rianna Layton (second from right) has developed into a team leader for the Franklinton High School softball team, including this discussion at the mound for the Lady Rams during a Big East Conference game last season versus Southern Nash.
Layton Signs With Lady Canes

FRANKLINTON -- Perseverance and a potent bat can take a softball player a long way -- and that's exactly what Rianna Layton is hoping for as she continues her career.
Layton, a senior at Franklinton High School, has overcome a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during her tenure with the Red Rams -- but has always remained upbeat while serving as a team leader.


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TRANSITION GAME
NOT TO BE DENIED. Louisburg High School's Madi Leonard makes a strong move toward the basket during Tuesday night's home basketball victory.
TRANSITION GAME

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School's girls basketball team has employed a set-it-up, half-court style for much of the season -- but the Lady Warriors used a much different tact Tuesday to earn a crucial Northern Carolina Conference victory over long-time rival Warren County.
During the decisive third quarter, Louisburg used several transition, uptempo baskets to surge ahead. The Lady Warriors then showed savvy down the stretch to earn a 38-23 decision over Warren County at the historic LHS Gymnasium.


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THIRD POSITION
THIRD POSITION

WILSON -- Franklinton's tournament and potential playoff fate would come down to a match against Southern Nash at the annual Big East Conference Dual Team Wrestling Championships.
Coming into last Saturday's prestigious event at the Wilson Fike High School Gymnasium, it was considered to be almost a given that the homestanding Golden Demons would claim the league's dual team crown.


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Wildcats a winner at RRHS
Wildcats a winner at RRHS

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Bunn High School came up with one of its most important victories of the season Tuesday on the road as the Wildcats rallied for a 62-60 victory over Roanoke Rapids in a key Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball contest.
Bunn led 22-10 after one frame, only to see the Jackets claw back and lead late in the game.


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FHS swept by Knights

RED OAK -- Both Northern Nash's boys and girls basketball teams utilized quick starts to pick up both squads' second Big East Conference wins of the season last Friday night, with two commanding victories over the visiting Franklinton Red Rams.
With an impressive crowd on hand at the Northern Nash High School Gymnasium, the Lady Knights jumped out to a lightning-fast 17-4 lead during the first period of play.


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Tough Loss For LHS
LOUISBURG'S JORDAN DURHAM
Tough Loss For LHS

LOUISBURG -- The second half of the season is destined to determine Louisburg High School's playoff fate in boys basketball -- a quest that was supposed to begin Tuesday at home with a meeting against Northern Carolina Conference opponent Warren County.
Certainly, Louisburg's start was good enough, but the Eagles began to claw back late in the first period and eventually earned a 68-62 decision over the Warriors at the LHS Gymnasium.


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Mudcats announce promotions
Mudcats announce promotions

ZEBULON -- Exciting family fun is once again on tap in 2020 as the Carolina Mudcats have unveiled an all-new promotions schedule featuring spectacular souvenir giveaways, exciting new specialty game jersey events and over a dozen fireworks shows for the upcoming 30th anniversary season of baseball at Five County Stadium.


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Ayrault set to return

ZEBULON -- The Milwaukee Brewers have released their newest Minor League coaching and training staffs and announced that Joe Ayrault will once again return as manager of the Carolina Mudcats for the 2020 season. Ayrault is Carolina's all-time winningest manager and is back for his fourth consecutive season with the Mudcats.


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EXCELLING AT EAST WAKE ACADEMY
EXCELLING AT EAST WAKE ACADEMY

Former Franklinton High School hoops standout Nick Tabron is now the head boys coach at East Wake Academy in Zebulon. Tabron, who also has extensive coaching experience on the AAU level, served as an assistant at EWA last year before taking over the program this season. Tabron is working with a young team that has plenty of potential for the future, and has won three games this winter.


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SPLITTING THE DEFENSE
SPLITTING THE DEFENSE

Louisburg High School junior standout Elijah Jamison makes his way through the Warren County defense during Tuesday night's important Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball game at the historic LHS Gymnasium.


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