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Red Rams Host A Tri-Match
FOCUSED. Franklinton's Ruben Santiago keeps an eye on his opponent as part of last Wednesday night's wrestling tri-match at the FHS Gym.
Red Rams Host A Tri-Match

FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School wrestling coach Alan Carter encountered a unique proposition during his club's home tri-match last Wednesday evening against rivals Southern Vance and Nash Central.
Under Northern Carolina Conference rules, the two league teams are supposed to wrestle first, followed by non-conference events against the other competing squad.


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A FITTING FAREWELL
QUEEN OF THE COURT. Middle hitter Anna Moss enjoyed a tremendous season on the volleyball court this fall for the Franklinton Lady Rams.
A FITTING FAREWELL

FRANKLINTON -- After securing her future over the summer, Anna Moss concentrated on the present during the 2014 volleyball season for the Franklinton Lady Rams.
Determined to achieve a wealth of personal and team success during her senior campaign, Moss did exactly that while providing an exclamation point to her star-studded prep spike career.


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Wildcats dropped by Vikes
NOWHERE TO GO. South Granville High's Joseph Mitchell (left) tries to get past Bunn's T.J. Jones during last Friday night's boys basketball game.
Wildcats dropped by Vikes

BUNN -- Judging by some of the early-season scores, parity could be a keyword this winter in the Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball standings.
But the South Granville Vikings have staked an early claim to NCC supremacy courtesy of a trio of wins to start the league ledger -- including a 51-48 road decision last Friday against Bunn in a matchup of the final two conference clubs with undefeated marks in NCC action.


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NINE STRAIGHT
TIGHT DEFENSE. Bunn's Tainasha Vines (left) follows South Granville's Claire Patrick during last Friday night's girls basketball contest.
NINE STRAIGHT

BUNN -- After blitzing through the non-league portion of their schedule, the Bunn Ladycats are now focused on winning a Northern Carolina Conference basketball championship for the fifth time in the past six years.
So far, so good.
The dominant Ladycats improved to 9-0 overall -- and 3-0 in the NCC -- with a 66-37 home decision last Friday night against South Granville at the Bunn Dome.


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FHS swept vs. Warren
FHS swept vs. Warren

FRANKLINTON -- Warren County point guard Michael Hargrove made one of two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to give his Eagles a 51-50 win over the Franklinton Red Rams last Friday night in Northern Carolina Conference boys basketball action at FHS gym.
Red Rams guard Cole Gupton missed a three-pointer as time expired, as Franklinton lost its third straight contest at home.


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BHS to host event

BUNN -- Bunn High School will host the BHS Christmas Basketball Tournament on Dec. 29-30 at the Bunn Dome.
The event will feature a homecoming for former BHS boys coach Gerald Melton, who will bring his East Wake Warriors into Franklin County.
Northern Nash and Corinth Holders round out the boys participants.


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Pirates third in league

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Making its debut as a member of the American Athletic Conference, East Carolina University has been picked third in the 2015 preseason baseball poll, as chosen by the league's eight head coaches Monday afternoon.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Cliff Godwin, the Pirates return 16 letterwinners including 2014 All-Conference USA Freshman Team selections Bryce Harman and Charlie Yorgen, as well as 2013 All C-USA performers David Lucroy and Travis Watkins.


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Conference Cup standings updated

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2014 fall sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup Award recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state's four competitive classifications.


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DIVISION WINNERS
DIVISION WINNERS

The Franklin Wake Soccer Club Team Force, a U-11 Challenge squad from Youngsville, claimed first place in its division at the Johnston United Soccer Association Challenge Cup. The event was held in November in Clayton. In the championship match, the Force secured a 7-1 victory over Liberty Soccer Academy. Earlier in the tourney, the Force topped XL Soccer World 03 Select Milan (9-0), Liberty Soccer Academy (10-1) and Wake Futbol Club (7-1).


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CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENTS
CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENTS

The Franklin Wake Soccer Club 11-U Girls Fury finished the fall season with a Black Division victory at the JUSA Challenge Cup in November in Johnston County. The talented squad claimed three championships for the campaign and put together an impressive 16-2-2 overall record.


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UNBEATEN EFFORT
UNBEATEN EFFORT

The Franklin Wake Soccer Club Phoenix posted a 3-0-1 record at the JUSA Challenge Cup, which was held in November in Clayton. The squad participated in the Red Premiere Division and defeated Wake FC Liverpool (6-2), Wake FC Celtic (7-2 in the semifinals) and XL 04 Select Daggers (4-2 in the championship match). The Phoenix also tied JUSA Arsenal 4-4 during pool play. This talented group is currently ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 10 nationally.


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Vanguards split matchups

HENDERSON -- The Vance-Granville Community College Vanguards men's basketball team closed out the fall semester and the year 2014 with a win on the road and a loss at home.
On Dec. 4, VGCC traveled to face the junior varsity team at the University of Mount Olive.
The Vanguards defeated the Trojans in a dominating 80-51 performance.


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BIG NIGHT
BIG NIGHT

Precious Walker (left) was the leading scorer for the Bunn Ladycats during last Friday night's home triumph against league foe South Granville.


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DOING THE DISH-ES
DOING THE DISH-ES

Bunn's Bernadette Cooke (left) sends out another assist during last Friday night's home league decision against South Granville HS.


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HEMMED IN
HEMMED IN

Bunn's Shane Garrison (left) and Darreus Caldwell (right) double-team Southern Granville's Earl Green during last Friday's boys hoops contest.


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TWO FOR TAKEDOWN
TWO FOR TAKEDOWN

A Franklinton wrestler (right) takes charge of his match during last Wednesday night's team event against Southern Vance High School.


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