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Canes sign Jags' player
BIRTHDAY BASH. Tanner Rigsbee of Louisburg recently celebrated his 13th birthday, and the festivities included a fishing trip to Papa's pond that resulted in the catch of this bass, which weighed in at 4 pounds and 3 ounces. (Photo Submitted)

LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg College women's basketball team has announced the signing of Ra'shya Speight of Farmville Central High School in Pitt County.

The 5-6 guard led her team to back to back 2A state championship games her final two seasons in high school. Her senior season, the Jaguars finished with a record of 25-3 and 10-0 in the Eastern Plains 2A conference.

On March 7, Speight scored 14 points in a 69-52 win over Kinston High School in the NCHSAA Class 2-A Regional Finals.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the championship game was never played and Farmville Central was named co-champions.

"Ra'shya is going to make a great addition to our team next season," LC head coach Jason Rasnake said of Speight. "She has a natural feel for the game and comes from a winning high school program, but the thing that impresses me the most about Ra'shya is her willingness to play extremely hard on defense. She knows how to work hard and let her game speak for itself."

Her junior year, Speight was named WITN Pepsi Player of the Week.

NEW COACH: Louisburg College Athletic Director Mike Holloman has announced the hiring of new men's and women's track & field/cross country Head Coach Cameron Ruppe.

Ruppe comes to Louisburg from College of Charleston where he spent the 2019-20 academic year as assistant cross country/track & field coach.

There, he coached three Top-10 cross country performances in College of Charleston history, while the men's cross country team earned the highest grade point average of all varsity sports.

Before College of Charleston, Ruppe assisted at Buena Vista University for 2018-19. He coached 15 top 10 performances at BVU, including five school records, while guiding the men's team to their best regional finish in a decade. He also promoted the importance of high academic standing, with a women's cross country runner achieving Academic All-American.

As a student-athlete at Winthrop University, Ruppe competed in cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field, and in 2017 he placed 4th at the Big South Conference Steeplechase.

Also while in college, Ruppe was assistant cross country/track & field coach at Rock Hill High School, where he guided student-athletes to 4 team regional championships, 15 individual region champions, 8 All-State Performances, 3 state runner-up, and 8 collegiate scholarships.

Ruppe graduated from Winthrop University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science of Sport's Administration at Arkansas State University.

MUDCATS: The Carolina Mudcats have announced they are joining MiLB CommUNITY First, a new national initiative developed by Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) in conjunction with Feeding America, to raise funds for local food banks and to honor individuals risking their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mudcats' fans are encouraged to visit MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst through May 31 to donate.

Once on the site, fans can choose their donation amount and the Carolina Mudcats as the recipient of their donation to direct funds to the Triangle and East Wake community.

For every $10 donated, the Mudcats will donate one ticket to a future home game to a local hero of the pandemic.ately impacted people already at risk of hunger and could result in an estimated additional 17.1 million people experiencing food insecurity in the next six months, according to Feeding America.

As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 affiliates, Feeding America has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone.

In response, contributions from Mudcats fans and Minor League Baseball will help ensure families and individuals across the country most impacted by the pandemic are fed and cared for during these uncertain times.

Join the national campaign by donating and selecting "Carolina Mudcats" at MiLB.com/CommUNITYFirst and use #MiLBCommUNITYFirst on social media to show your support.

The Carolina Mudcats are the proud Carolina League, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. First established in 1991, the two-time Southern League Champion Mudcats are entering their 30th consecutive season of baseball at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.

The Mudcats are owned and operated by the Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers.


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