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JIMMY ON THE JOB
HERE'S HOW IT IS GOING TO BE DONE. New Franklinton High School head football coach Jimmy Williams meets with his team during a recent gridiron practice session on the FHS campus.
JIMMY ON THE JOB

FRANKLINTON -- A handful of jokes and good-natured teammate ribbing were on display as the Franklinton Red Rams prepared to kick off another football practice session Tuesday afternoon.
But once the whistle was blown, all of the chatter stopped -- and two hours of challenging work ensued.


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A Tough Test For BHS
ON THE RUN. Fullback Caleb Morton picks up yardage for Bunn during last Wednesday's football scrimmage at Rocky Mount High School.
A Tough Test For BHS

BUNN -- Dale Murphy's first test as the Bunn High School football coach will be a contest this Friday that has been anxiously anticipated -- by the Wildcats' opponent.
Last year, Bunn defeated North Lenoir with a final-second field goal to cap a miraculous comeback that left many of the Hawks' faithful upset with everything from the officiating to the timekeeping.


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HOME OPENER
LOUISBURG'S THOMAS JOYNER
HOME OPENER

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School opened its 2017 football campaign in emphatic fashion with a lopsided victory against KIPP Pride.
LHS head coach Dontae Lassiter would love to repeat that scenario this Friday when the Warriors kick off their schedule with a rematch versus KIPP at Patterson Field on the LHS campus.


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Mullins recalled by O's
CEDRIC MULLINS
Mullins recalled by O's

BALTIMORE, MD. -- Former Louisburg College standout Cedric Mullins is making quite the instant impact for the Baltimore Orioles.
Mullins, who starred at Louisburg for two seasons before moving on to Campbell University, made his debut with the Orioles last week and has already appeared in five games.


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LHS splits vb matches
LHS splits vb matches

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School wasted no time getting into the challenging portion of its volleyball schedule on Monday at the LHS Gymnasium.
That's when the Lady Warriors hosted Falls Lake Academy in a duel of area Class 1-A spike titans.
Last year, both clubs were knocked out of the postseason by eventual state finalist Roxboro Community School -- Louisburg in the Elite Eight and Falls Lake in the semifinals.


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FHS On The Rise
SUPER SIX. Franklinton's Navid Qazizada advances the ball for the Red Rams during Monday evening's season-opening victory over Falls Lake Academy at the Granville Athletic Park.
FHS On The Rise

OXFORD -- It didn't take long for Franklinton to provide a solid opening chapter to what is expected to be a quality 2018 boys soccer campaign.
The Red Rams scored in the third minute and never looked back en route to defeating homestanding Falls Lake Academy in a non-conference meeting Monday at the Granville Athletic Park.


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Mudcats rout Salem on the road
Mudcats rout Salem on the road

SALEM, VA. -- Cooper Hummel and Ryan Aguilar both had three hits, Trever Morrison hit a solo home run, Nick Roscetti drove in three with a bases loaded triple and Christian Taugner pitched through six scoreless frames in his debut as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the host Salem Red Sox 9-0 in a rain-shortened game on Sunday in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.


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Brett among Hall of Fame inductees

CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the eight-member group of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
This year's class is the 32nd class to join the illustrious Hall of Fame dedicated to honoring those who "have done the most for high school athletics in North Carolina" throughout their careers.


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LC women's soccer will open on Sept. 1
LC women's soccer will open on Sept. 1

LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College's 2018 women's soccer campaign will kick off Sept. 1 with a home match against Region X opponent University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.
First kick is slated for 5 p.m. at Ronald May Field on the LC campus.
This will be the first season for new LC head coach Sierrah Soto.


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ANOTHER VETERAN PRESENCE
ANOTHER VETERAN PRESENCE

New Franklinton High School defensive coordinator Darrin Stinson has plenty of coaching experience, most notably at East Wake and Knightdale.


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BACK IN THE COUNTY
BACK IN THE COUNTY

After one season at Northern Vance, former Bunn High School assistant Donnie Ray has returned to Franklin County as a defensive backs coach for the Franklinton Red Rams.


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BREAKING AWAY
BREAKING AWAY

Bunn's Joseph Smith escapes en route to a touchdown run during last Wednesday evening's high school football scrimmage against the host Rocky Mount Gryphons.


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INSTANT CREDIBILITY
INSTANT CREDIBILITY

New head coach Jimmy Williams brings experience, credibility and plenty of intensity to the Franklinton High School football program.


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OUT OF HARM'S WAY
OUT OF HARM'S WAY

Franklinton's Sam Gupton dribbles through traffic for the Red Rams during Monday evening's road triumph against Falls Lake Academy.


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POINTING LHS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
POINTING LHS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Louisburg High School offensive line coach Jerry Williams explains a blocking technique during a recent football practice session.


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