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    The unknowns have disappeared

    With the unknowns that come along with a new conference alignment gone, the Two Rivers 3A Conference is likely to feature a tightly packed six-pack of teams this fall. “We’re in a situation now where we’ve got a lot of familiarity and close ties with the county schools: Cleveland...


    Meet the Spartans event is Friday

    A “Meet the 2014 Spartans” event is planned at Hibbett Sports in Smithfield on Friday, Aug. 22. The event, running from noon until 2 p.m., will feature the SSS football team, cheerleaders and marching band the day of the team’s season opener.


    No more transition mode for West Johnston

    Jimmy Williams knew just what he was getting into when he took the job as head football coach at West Johnston. Moving to the helm last season after spending two seasons as defensive coordinator under Randy Ragland, Williams had watched the Wildcat program’s journey during most of the 14 ...


    Another jumbled race ahead in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference

    The Greater Neuse River 4A Conference looks more like the conference of old than it resembles the 2013 season as the 2014 campaign begins. That’s mainly because defending champion Knightdale is in full transition mode and perennial power Garner appears to be poised to make a return to its...


    North Johnston eyes new direction with a clean slate

    Coming off of a winless season last year, having a fresh start is a much-welcomed sight for the North Johnston football team.


    Princeton should not be simply a one-bite attack

    Princeton had rarely made much of a splash in North Carolina high school football until two things happened in 2012. Young Derrick Minor came in as the new head coach, and sophomore Johnny Frasier moved up to the varsity. And now the Bulldog program is a 1A state power.


    Football preview: South Johnston ready for improvement

    South Johnston went 2-9 last season, missing the playoffs for the second time since 2006. The Trojans’ 2009 season – in which they went 14-2 en route to the Eastern 3AA championship and beat archrival Smithfield-Selma for the first time in 37 tries – had started a run of four...


    Corinth Holders returns bulk of its passing attack for 2014

    Corinth Holders broke through last season with its best won-loss output in school history. The Pirates started the season 6-1 and remained in the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship hunt until late October. But losses in four of the Pirates’ last five games made for a less than promising...


    Prep sports season begins Monday

    The fall sports season for high schools gets its usual early start this week with volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis events all on the schedule for Monday. Girls golf kicks off on Tuesday.


    Teams debut a whole new spread

    Two longstanding football programs — Clayton High and Smithfield-Selma High, both with grand traditions of running the football, have both found the same key to their offensive futures — the spread offense.

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