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Northern will open vs. Bunn

RED OAK -- Northern Nash High School’s 2013 baseball schedule will begin Feb. 27 with a home game against the Bunn Wildcats.

First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m. on the NN campus.

The Knights’ complete ledger is as follows, with home events listed in CAPS:

• Feb. 27 -- BUNN, 4:30 p.m.
• Feb. 28 -- SOUTH CENTRAL, 4:30 p.m.
• March 2 -- vs. New Bern (at Fleming Stadium in Wilson), 1:30 p.m.
• March 5 -- at Bunn, 4:30 p.m.
• March 8 -- D.H. Conley, 4:30 p.m.
• March 13 -- TARBORO, 5 p.m.
• March 16 -- at South Central, 2 p.m.
• March 26 -- WILSON HUNT, 7 p.m.
• March 28 -- at Southern Nash, 7 p.m.
• March 30-April 2 -- at D.H. Conley Tournament, TBA
• April 9 -- at Nash Central, 7 p.m.
• April 12 -- WILSON FIKE, 7 p.m.
• April 16 -- ROCKY MOUNT, 7 p.m.
• April 19 -- at Wilson Hunt, 7 p.m.
• April 23 -- SOUTHERN NASH, 7 p.m.
• April 25 -- NASH CENTRAL, 7 p.m.
• April 30 -- at Wilson Fike, 7 p.m.
• May 3 -- at Rocky Mount, 7 p.m .

NCWC MEN: North Carolina Wesleyan College held Averett University scoreless over the final 3:47 of the contest to earn an eventual 71-67 comeback win over the Cougars during last Wednesday night’s USA South Conference men’s hoops action.

The Bishops, who trailed by 13 at the half, score the game’s final eight points to secure their fourth straight win.

Wesleyan (13-7, 6-5 USA South) struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 21 percent from the floor en route to a 38-25 halftime deficit.

Sparked by the play of their bench in the second half, the Bishops began chipping away at the Cougars’ advantage and would take their first lead of the contest, 68-67, on a Brandon Givens’ lay-up at with 1:38 remaining.

Givens proceeded to go 3-of-4 at the free throw line in the final minute to finish with a team-high 18 points.

Josh Morrison, Devontae Williams and Jesse Simpson combined for 26 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, while Evan Collins dished out a game-high six assists. Givens completed with double-double with team-high 10 rebounds.

HAPPY CAMPER: The Happy Camper of Franklin County Four-Person Superball Golf Tournament will be held April 19 at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Louisburg.

Action will begin at noon. Cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per four-person team.

The registration fee includes lunch, cart, practice balls and goody bag.

Proceeds will go to Happy Camper of Franklin County.

For more information or to register, contact Karen Wilson at (919) 496-8103.

NASHVILLE REC: The Nashville Parks and Recreation Department will conduct signups for its spring sports leagues through this week and from Feb. 11-15 at Nashville Town Hall.

Registration will be available each day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

League offerings are as follows:

• T-Ball (Ages 4-6)
• Rookie Baseball (Ages 7-8)
• Baseball (Ages 9-12)
• Slow-Pitch Youth Softball (Ages 6-9)
• Slow-Pitch Prep Softball League (Ages 10-13)
• Fast-Pitch Softball League (Ages 9-12)
Cost is $15 for residents or $30 for non-residents.

For more information, contact the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department at 459-9796.

ECU BASEBALL: Senior Jay Cannon will wear East Carolina University’s honorary No. 23 jersey for the 2013 season according to an announcement by head coach Billy Godwin during the program’s annual “Meet the Pirates” fan session, which was held inside the Murphy Center last Saturday afternoon.

The No. 23 jersey, which was the number worn by the late ECU Head Coach Keith LeClair throughout his coaching and playing career, became an honorary number for the Pirate program in 2003.

”It’s a privilege to extend this great honor to Jay,” Godwin said. “He is a tremendous young man that has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates. The way he goes about leading our program in the weight room, classroom, in the community and on the field is a true testament to his character.”

Cannon played in 45 games making 40 starts during his first year with the Pirates after transferring from Brunswick Community College.

He batted .308 (44-for-123) with seven doubles, 23 RBI and 27 runs scored.

The number is awarded annually to a deserving player who best displays the hustle, determination and desire that made LeClair a great coach and player.

NN JAMBOREE: Northern Nash High School will host its annual Girls Soccer Preseason Jamboree on Feb. 21 on the NNSH campus.

In addition to the host Lady Knights, other participants will be Tarboro, Corinth Holders and Southern Nash.

Tickets are $4 per person and will be available at the gate. Teams will scrimmage in a 40-minute format, with a 10-minute break between sessions.

Here is the complete jamboree schedule:

• 5 p.m. -- Northern Nash vs. Tarboro
• 5:50 p.m. -- Corinth Holders vs. Southern Nash
• 6:40 p.m. -- Northern Nash vs. Corinth Holders
• 7:30 p.m. -- Southern Nash vs. Tarboro

Pictured (Above): THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. Four members of Red Oak Middle School’s 2005 undefeated boys basketball squad were honored during a ceremony at halftime of Monday’s home game against Southern Nash. Pictured are (l to r) Mike Williams, Trey Bunn, Chris Mizelle and Michael Speight. All of the players went on to enjoy success in various sports on the high school level -- Williams, Bunn and Mizelle at Northern Nash and Speight at Nash Central. (Graphic photo by Geoff Neville)

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