December 31, 2018

SouthWest Edgecombe coach Jonathan Cobb sat behind his desk, peered out from under a blue visor, and spoke over a persistent buzz.

Jelan Smith was the topic.

The Cougars senior defensive end — the Telegram’s Football Defensive Player of the Year is coming off a strong season where he…


December 31, 2018

With more than a month to digest the night Quinton Cooley rushed for a single-game school record of 413 yards against Eastern Alamance in the second round of the 3-A NCHSAA playoffs, Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster is confident now in what he saw that night.

It’s a new No. 1 for him.…


December 30, 2018

Every standout season needs a standout moment, and for Nash Central's Drifton Padgett, the Telegram's 2018 All-Area Boys' Soccer Player of the Year, it came on Oct. 23 against conference opponent Wilson Beddingfield.

Down two goals. Ten minutes left. Senior night at home.

"Just being down two,…


December 29, 2018

Before the most important match of the season, the Rocky Mount Academy girls’ tennis team stepped off the bus and began sizing up the players from Trinity Academy.

Haven Ross, the Eagles No. 1 singles player and the Telegram’s Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year, remembers the queasy…


December 28, 2018

The Rocky Mount Academy volleyball team finished a trail-blazing season this past fall, and Tiffany Chandler had everything to do with it.

The defensive specialist, back row player made a position change this season before guiding the Eagles to a berth in the second round of the 2-A NCISAA state…


December 26, 2018

Southern Nash’s Jadiza Jimenez, who finished 41st this year at the girls’ 3-A cross country state meet in Kernersville, hopes to eventually bump that result up to a top-10 finish.

The good news?

She has a lot of time to do it.

The freshman runner for the Firebirds this past season had a…


December 25, 2018

The girls golf program at Southern Nash has been hidden for too long. Elisabeth Collie wants to change that.

Collie was one of three golfers to play for the Firebirds this season, which is just enough to compete as a team at meets and tournaments. But just barely so. Collie spent the…


December 24, 2018

If Northern Nash’s Jordan Richardson had to choose a moment when his cross country career took off, it would be in middle school, when his second time trying out for the basketball team ended the same way it did the first time — without a spot on the team.

Indeed, he was cut twice. So…

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