Tuesday, February 23, 2010

North Carolina Wesleyan announces plans for 2010 Athletics Gala

The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics has announced plans for its 2010 Athletics Gala to be held on Thursday, May 6 at 6:15 p.m. in the Dunn Center. In addition to both silent and live auctions, the evening will feature Notre Dame head men's basketball coach Mike Brey as the keynote speaker.

Brey is currently in his 10th season on the Irish sidelines and 15th season overall, having amassed over 300 coaching victories in his career. In 14 years as head coach, he has won three conference titles and advanced 12 of his teams to postseason play, including seven to the NCAA tournament.

Brey's name has become synonymous with Notre Dame basketball
and success. His tenure has seen him earn BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors on two occasions (2007, 2008) after leading the Irish to one conference championship, five NCAA tournament berths, and a trip to the Sweet 16. He has also mentored two BIG EAST Player of the Year honorees in the form of Troy Murphy and Luke Harangody.

Prior to making the trip to South Bend, Brey served as head coach at the University of Delaware from 1995-2000 and assistant coach alongside Duke's Mike Krzyzewski from 1987-1995. His Delaware stint saw Brey garner America East Co-Coach of the Year honors in 1997, while his Blue Devil tenure resulted in six NCAA Final Four appearances and two National Championships.

Brey began his coaching career as an assistant to legendary coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School, where he also played for two seasons. He spent five years as an assistant at his alma mater before beginning his collegiate coaching career at Duke. In 2003, he was called back to DeMatha to receive its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Brey played collegiately at Northwestern Louisiana State (now Northwestern State) and George Washington University. In his final season at GWU, he served as team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors. He graduated from George Washington in 1982 with a degree in physical education.

Known for his contagious enthusiasm, Brey possesses a true passion for the game and genuinely cares for the young men he coaches. His positive demeanor and willingness to become involved resulted in the veteran coach traveling to Kuwait in May of 2007 as part of Operation Hardwood IV, an event sponsored by the United Service Organization (USO) and Armed Forces Entertainment. Most recently in 2008, he was the recipient of the inaugural Skip Prosser award named after the late Wake Forest head coach and one of Brey's closest friends in the coaching profession.

Currently in his third year on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Rules Committee, Brey also serves on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors. He is married to the former Tish Schlapo, and the couple has two children: Kyle (22) and Callie (19).

Brey's keynote speech will highlight an exciting evening of events designed to provide support for our Battling Bishop student-athletes.

The evening dedicated to “Spreading the Bishop Pride” will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction in the Mims Gallery followed by dinner in the Garner Lobby at 7:00 p.m. In addition to Brey’s address, a viewing of Wesleyan’s 2009-2010 highlight video will be offered in the Garner Lobby, which is also the site of the always entertaining live auction. Various auction items will include vacation packages, autographed sports memorabilia, golf outings, and jewelry, to name a few.

Tickets will be sold for $100/individual and $175/couple. Tables are also offered for purchase, and sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds will go directly to the North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics.

For more information and/or to reserve tickets, please contact Martha Proctor by phone at 252-985-5213 or by email at mproctor@ncwc.edu. Interested supporters may also contact Director of Athletics John Thompson by phone at 252-985-5218 or by email at jthompson@ncwc.edu.

Monday, February 22, 2010

UNC's Goodwin gets first collegiate hit Sunday

CHAPEL HILL - It took three days for it to come, but it came in style.

Former Rocky Mount centerfielder Brian Goodwin got to start in UNC's baseball season opener Friday - part of a three-game set with visiting George Washington. The freshman started in right field.

After a 6-5, 10-inning win on Friday where he went 0-for-4 with an RBI, Goodwin was 0-for-4 in the Tar Heels' 4-2 victory Saturday.

UNC closed out the series with a 6-3 triumph over the Colonials on Sunday and Goodwin finally got that elusive first hit. He was 1-for-3 with that historic hit being a triple in the third inning that scored two runs.

"So relieved," Goodwin said to TarHeelsBlue.com Sunday. "It felt like it had been forever since I'd been on base."

Goodwin is Rocky Mount's all-time leader in hits with 126.

North Carolina (3-0) will continue their 2010 campaign Tuesday hosting in-state foe UNC Greensboro (3-0) at 3 p.m. at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels will entertain Maine in another three-game series this weekend.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Top Rocky Mount hoop scorers meet

Rocky Mount senior forward Tashawn Mabry (left) got the opportunity to meet Gryphon legend Phil Ford (right) when the Rocky Mount varsity boys basketball team took in a Charlotte Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte recently.

Ford, who is an assistant coach with the Bobcats, was the school's all-time leading scorer (2,093 points) until Mabry moved passed the N.C. Sports Hall of Famer last month.

Mabry has scored 2,242 points going into Wednesday's Big East Tournament semifinal game with Nash Central.

Below is a team shot with Ford on the court. (Photos contributed)

Smith named head football coach at Easley High (S.C.)

Chad Smith (above, middle), who coached football at Rocky Mount and Northern Nash over the last last decade, will open this new decade as head coach of the school he likely didn't care for in his high school playing days.

Smith and his family returned to his native Pickens County, S. C. last summer when he took a strength and conditioning teaching position at Easley High School - the main rival of his alma mater Pickens High (Class of 1997).

This past month, Smith, 31, got the second head coaching position of his young career when he was promoted to head football coach at Easley High.

Easley High is the county's largest school (approximately 1,600 students) and plays in the South Carolina High School League's Division 4-A in Region I. The school's colors are kelly green and white and the mascot in the Green Wave.

For the record, Easley has the lead in the series with Smith's old high school, 35-18-1. But the Blue Flames, Pickens' nickname, handed Easley a 37-17 loss last season. Easley was 1-10 last season and 0-11 the year before. Its last winning season was in 2006 (7-4).

Smith's athletic director Chris Carter had some simple advice for him.

"If you want to be happy for an hour, eat a steak. If you want to be happy for a day, play a round of golf. If you want to be happy for a week, go on a cruise. If you want to be happy for a month, buy a new car. If you want to be happy for a year, win the lottery.

“But if you want to be happy the rest of your life, beat Pickens every time you play them!"

Easley's principal did have some more good news for Smith just after he was announced as head coach. Like at Rocky Mount, Easley is having a new campus built - due to be opened in the fall of 2011. Ironically, it will cost almost the same amount - to the dollar - as RMHS' new digs - a hair under $38 million.

But budgetary issues had held up whether the new school would get a new football stadium. The principal, right after announcing him as head coach, gave him the good news that a new stadium will be built at the new campus.

Congrats Chad, Hannah, Hunter, Ashton and newborn Shepherd!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Former NN star Moody enjoys the moment

Northern Nash's all-time leading scorer Carisse Moody (top) is honored at center court at Friday's Northern Nash-Rocky Mount basketball game. She is escorted by her former coach Grover Battle. A plaque declaring her accomplishments (below), was revealed at the ceremony. (Photos/David Hahula) -

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rocky Mount-Ardrey Kell to tangle in IMPACT Invitational

For the third straight season, the Rocky Mount varsity baseball team will be participating in the Impact Invitational High School Baseball Tournament which will be held this spring on Saturday, March 6.

After starting out at Wilson's Fleming Stadium, then moving to the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, the event, with 18 of the best high school baseball teams in the state in the field, will be splitting fields with USA Baseball and the old Durham Bull Park, now called Durham Athletic Park.

The Gryphons will face the No. 1 preseason team in the 4-A ranks - defending NCHSAA champion Ardrey Kell. Game time will be 4:30 p.m. at Field 2 at the USA Baseball Complex.

Rocky Mount is ImpactBaseball's No. 1 preseason team in the 3-A ranks.

IMPACT Invitational
High School Baseball Tournament
Saturday - March 6, 2010
USA Baseball Complex & Durham Athletic Park

The annual IMPACT Invite is the most scouted high school baseball event in North Carolina every spring.

*Admission: $8 (covers all games)
*Concessions: Will be run by USA Baseball.
*NO pets allowed passed gate.

*USA Baseball Complex Address: 200 Brooks Park Lane, Cary

*Durham Athletic Park Address: Corner of Washington and W. Corporation Streets, Durham

IMPACT Invitational Schedule

USA Complex

Field 2
11:00 AM: Ragsdale vs. J.H. Rose
1:45 PM: Pinecrest vs. Providence
4:30 PM: Ardrey Kell vs. Rocky Mount

Field 3
11:15 AM: Northwood vs. West Rowan
2:00 PM: Watauga vs. Graham
4:45 PM: C.B. Aycock vs. Smithfield-Selma

Durham Athletic Park (Former Durham Bulls Park)
11:00 AM: Southern Alamance vs. Middle Creek
1:45 PM: Forsyth Country Day vs. Whiteville
4:30 PM: D.H. Conley vs. Orange

Mabry tops the Twin Counties

I guess it was the perfect way to end his final regular season game.

Rocky Mount senior Tashawn Mabry scored 32 points in the Gryphons' 90-63 win at Northern Nash Friday. And that performance moved him past Tarboro's Marquetta Dickens (N.C. State) as the Twin Counties' all-time leading scorer at 2,242 points.

Both Rocky Mount teams ended up as Big East Conference regular season champs.

Between the games Friday, one the players on that all-time scoring list was honored - former Lady Knight center Carisse Moody.

She was especially happy that the Northern girls upset Rocky Mount 36-35. I will have an article on her on her return to her alma mater later next week.

Both Rocky Mount teams will return to action in the Big East Tournament semifinals Wednesday (boys) and Thursday (girls) at Wilson Hunt.


1. 2,242 – Tashawn Mabry, Rocky Mount, ‘10 - updated (32 pts. vs. Northern Nash)

2.. 2,241 – Marquetta Dickens, Tarboro, ‘03
3. 2,207 – Tynesha Lewis, SW Edgecombe, ‘97
4. 2,131 – Alphelia Jenkins, SW Edgecombe, ‘81
5. 2,093 – Phil Ford, Rocky Mount, ‘74
6. 1,921 - Trey Sumler, Nash Central, ‘09
7. 1,857 - Carisse Moody, Northern Nash, ‘99
T8. 1,760 – Monique Hudson, SW Edgecombe, ‘07
T8. 1,760 - Marcia Richardson, Northern Nash, '80

10. 1,727 – Pam Gorham, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
11. 1,644 - K.J. Cooper, North Edgecombe, '08

12. 1,616 – Bridget Jenkins, SW Edgecombe, ‘82
13. 1,600 – Kim Taylor, Rocky Mount, ’83
14. 1,516 – Jontae Sherrod, Tarboro, ‘07
15. 1,515 – Alyse Hall, Southern Nash, ‘09
16. 1,482 – Terrie Condery, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
17. 1,472 – Danielle Powell, Rocky Mount, ‘92
18. 1,413 – Phyllis Gorham, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
19. 1,402 – Charles “Buck” Williams, Rocky Mount, ‘78

Thursday, February 11, 2010

USA South Conference inaugural Hall of Fame class includes two NCWC icons

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class.

The 2010 class includes six former student athletes, three coaches and one administrator. The inductees will be officially honored and recognized during the final day of the USA South Basketball Tournaments at Christopher Newport University on Feb. 27.

USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs stated, "The USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) was established in 1963. A strong tradition of exciting teams, outstanding student-athletes and stellar coaches and administrators has filled the 46 years of the Conference’s history.

"Establishing this Conference Hall of Fame gives us a platform to honor those outstanding individuals who played, coached and guided the Conference administratively through the years. This inaugural class is comprised of exceptional student-athletes and coaches and one of the founding fathers of the Conference. We look forward to a moving and memorable induction ceremony."

North Carolina Wesleyan College has two members in the Hall's first class.

Mike Fox led the NCWC (1983-1998) baseball program for 15 seasons. He compiled a 540-141-4 record, good for an .800 winning percentage.

His 540 wins ranks 15th all-time in NCAA Division III baseball. Fox led the Bishops to 10 Conference titles, 14 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, eight NCAA Division III Regional crowns and the 1989 National Championship. He earned seven Conference Coach of the Year honors, eight NCAA Division III South Region Coach of the Year accolades and one national Coach of the Year honor. A total of 29 players under Fox garnered NCAA Division III All-American honors, while 55 were selected as first team All-Conference members.

Currently, he is in his 12th season as head baseball coach at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Fox was named Baseball America's National Coach of the Year in 2008.

Don Scalf taught for 36 years, coached for 18 years and coached for 18 years and served as Athletic Director for six years at NCWC.

During his coaching career, Scalf's teams won Conference championships in basketball (1966) and golf (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973). He earned Conference Golf Coach of the Year honors on four occasions.

In addition to his role as the first coach in both Bishop basketball and golf history, he also served as head coach for the College's inaugural women's volleyball team in 1974. A founding father of the USA South (then the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in 1963, Scalf served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.

For this reason, the conference presents its prestigious Don Scalf Award to one deserving male and female student-athlete on a yearly basis.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mabry nearing one more area milestone

A couple of weeks ago, Rocky Mount senior Tashawn Mabry became Rocky Mount's all-time leading scorer - boys or girls.

Likely next week, he will become the Twin Counties' all-time leading scorer - boys or girls.

Currently, two girls stand above the 6-foot-5 forward.

Mabry is at 2,188 points, but he has to pass SW Edgecombe's Tyneshia Lewis and Tarboro's Marquetta Dickens to stand on top of the heap. Both young ladies had solid collegiate careers playing for the late Kay Yow at N.C. State.

Dickens is No. 1 at 2,241 and Lewis, who I saw in one game score an amazing 10 points in just a 15-second span, is No. 2 at 2,207.

With Mabry averaging 24 points a game and needing 54 points to get this record, he might just pull it off in the Gryphons' regular season finale at Northern Nash Friday.

Below are those players who scored more than 1,400 points. Rocky Mount's players are in bold and navy!


1. 2,241 – Marquetta Dickens, Tarboro, ‘03

2. 2,210 – Tashawn Mabry, Rocky Mount, ‘10 - updated (22 pts. vs. Hunt Wed.)

3. 2,207 – Tynesha Lewis, SW Edgecombe, ‘97
4. 2,131 – Alphelia Jenkins, SW Edgecombe, ‘81
5. 2,093 – Phil Ford, Rocky Mount, ‘74
6. 1,921 - Trey Sumler, Nash Central, ‘09
7. 1,857 - Carisse Moody, Northern Nash, ‘99
8. 1,760 – Monique Hudson, SW Edgecombe, ‘07
9. 1,727 – Pam Gorham, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
10. 1,644 - K.J. Cooper, North Edgecombe, '08

11. 1,616 – Bridget Jenkins, SW Edgecombe, ‘82
12. 1,600 – Kim Taylor, Rocky Mount, ’83
13. 1,516 – Jontae Sherrod, Tarboro, ‘07
14. 1,515 – Alyse Hall, Southern Nash, ‘09
15. 1,482 – Terrie Condery, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
16. 1,472 – Danielle Powell, Rocky Mount, ‘92
17. 1,413 – Phyllis Gorham, SW Edgecombe, ‘88
18. 1,402 – Charles “Buck” Williams, Rocky Mount, ‘78

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Artist rendering of the new Rocky Mount High School

(click to enlarge)

Above is an artist's rendering of the new Rocky Mount High School campus, which is set to open in August of 2012 on Bethlehem Rd.

Nash-Rocky Mount School Board members voted Monday night to award a construction contract to build the new Rocky Mount High School to Branch Associates of Roanoke, Va. at a price tag of $34,769,200.

Here are some of the features slated for the new digs!

The facility will be a two-story, “H” plan facility with a central atrium that serves as the commons for the school.

The design includes 1,500-seat gymnasium, 300-seat auxiliary gym, 250-seat black box multi-purpose theatre, media center, culinary arts program, automotive technology, JROTC, weight room, training room and construction technology.

It will also feature a masonry construction lab, self-contained and exceptional children learning center, technology and production labs, science classrooms, distance learning lab, and multiple teacher and student collaboration/ project rooms.

Energy and environmental design features include a geothermal ground source heating system that achieves an efficiency rating of over 50 percent better than baseline design parameters.

Classroom daylighting and indoor environmental air quality will create an optimal educational learning environment and the site design reflects a considerate application to the natural ecology of the area.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Moody to be recognized by Northern Nash

Northern Nash girls basketball coach Grover Battle has plans on honoring one of the very best to ever wear the old gold and green - center Carisse Moody.

Battle and the school will honor Moody during the Rocky Mount-Northern Nash basketball game Friday evening. A few years ago, he did the same former with NNHS standout and All-ACC forward (Maryland) Marcia Richardson.

Moody, of course. led Battle's 1998 squad to the NCHSAA 4-A state championship. As a four-year starter, she scored 1,857 career points and grabbed 900 rebounds. She was named the 1998 Gatorade N.C. Player of the Year. She was the Big East Conference Player of the Year three times and she played in a school record 112 games for Northern.

Moody was a 1999 AP second-team All-State selection and she played in the 1999 N.C. East-West All-Star Girls Basketball Game before heading to N.C. State.

There, she scored 1,050 career points and pulled down 490 rebounds. She was an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection in 2003 and 2002, a second-team All-ACC pick in 2001 and made the ACC All-Tournament team in 2001.

Bishops picked to finish third in USA South baseball race

N.C. Wesleyan has been picked to finish third in the upcoming USA South Conference baseball race.

The Battling Bishops placed third in the balloting with 25 points and one first place vote. They will be attempting to build on a successful 2009 season that was highlighted by the program's 1000th overall victory, 16th regular season USA South Championship, sixth USA South Tournament title, and 21st NCAA Tournament bid.

Head coach Charlie Long returns 16 players from that squad, including seven pitchers and four position starters. Leading the way are seniors Joel Creef (.282 avg.) and John Child (6 saves, 3.58 ERA), who was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection last season after boasting a 2.82 ERA in league play. The two helped the Battling Bishops to a 27-21 overall record and an 8-4 league mark in 2009.

For the first time in many years, an ex-Gryphon will be on the Bishops' roster. Pitcher Chad Womble transfered to the school this year after two years at Florence-Darlington Community College (S.C.). The junior right-hander is expected to contribute to Long's bullpen.

Returning to the program are ex-Northern Nash players Daniel Moore and Andrew Webb. Freshman Tyler Clark, who helped carry the Knights to the playoffs last season, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his dad Greg at the school. The elder Clark is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame and is one of only five former NCWC baseball players to have his number retired.

One of those other players is also a former Knight - pitcher Carl Payne.

Also making the move up from the community college ranks is former Southern Nash standout Brian Allen. Allen, who like in his Firebird days, played football for the Bishops last fall and will be playing in the infield and pitching for NCWC this spring.

Allen comes to Wesleyan after two seasons at Pitt Community College.

Wesleyan opens its season Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va. in the USAC/ODAC Spring Challenge. It will play Virginia Wesleyan College in a doubleheader beginning at 12 noon.

2010 USA South Baseball Coaches Poll

Rank (1st place votes) Pts.
1. Shenandoah (5) 35
2. Methodist 29
3. N.C. Wesleyan (1) 25
4. Christopher Newport (1) 24
5. Ferrum 17
6. Greensboro 9
7. Averett 8

Macklin to play for CPL's Asheboro Copperheads

Former Nash Central star baseball player Xavier Mackin will play in the Coastal Plain League this coming summer for the Asheboro Copperheads.

Macklin is looking to continue the offensive form that earned him first-team All-MEAC honors as a freshman and landed him on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s first team Freshman All-American squad.

Macklin, a 6-2, 190-pounder, hit .364 for the Aggies last spring with 12 homers and 51 RBI. He led the team in hits and also stole 14 bases. Macklin played briefly with the Wilson Tobs in the CPL last summer, but returned here to play American Legion ball and led his team to the state tournament by hitting close to .500.

He was named Area I Player of the Year.

Asheboro opens its season against Wilmington on Wednesday, May 26 at home at McCrary Park.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Twin County athletes sign football LOIs

Four Twin County athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to play college football.

Here are bios on those players. Good luck to you all at the next level!


Takoby Cofield (Offensive line, 6-6, 300) Tarboro, Tarboro High School

Three-year letterman at Tarboro under coach Jeff Craddock ... Tabbed the 40th-top offensive tackle in the nation and the 15th-best overall prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com ... Listed as the third-best offensive lineman in North Carolina and the 17th-top overall prospect in the state by the Charlotte Observer ... All-Mid Atlantic Region choice by SuperPrep ... Started 42 career games while helping Tarboro to a three-year record of 36-8 with three state playoff berths, one runner-up finish (2008) and one championship (2009) ... In 2009, helped Tarboro to 15-1 overall record and the 2-A state championship with a 28-3 win over Burnsville Mountain Heritage in the title game ... Carded over 100 pancake blocks on offense while registering 40 tackles and 20 tackles for loss on defense as a senior ... 2009 Honorable mention All-Southern selection by the Orlando Sentinel ... 2009 First team 2-A All-State pick by NCPreps.com ... Helped Tarboro to 14-2 ledger and state runner-up finish in 2008 ... Two-time first team all-conference and all-area selection ... Helped North Carolina to a 24-14 win over South Carolina in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on December 19, 2009 in Spartanburg, S.C. ... Also lettered in track and field ... Born January 22, 1992 ... Son of Ava and Toney Cofield

Cofield Video


Phillip Dobbins (Offensive line, 6-3, 275) Elm City, Southern Nash High School

Dobbins was a starter in the 2009 Shrine Bowl as well as a first-team All-Big East Conference pick by the league’s coaches. A team captain, Dobbins was chosen as the academic athlete of the year. The 6-3, 275-pound lineman helped Brian Foster’s team to the fourth round of the North Carolina 3-AA playoffs. The squad posted its best season in 20 years in 2009, going 11-4. Phillip is the son of Terry and Jeanette Dobbins and currently has a 4.47 GPA.

Dobbins Video


Andrew Gehring (Defensive Back, 6-2, 179) Elm City, Southern Nash High School

Gehring is a three-sport athlete at Southern Nash High School, lettering three years in basketball, twice in football and twice in baseball. As a senior, started at cornerback and safety as the football team was 11-4 and reached the Eastern Finals. Named All-Conference and All-Area as a junior and senior. Also named All-Conference honorable mention in basketball and received the team’s Golden Glove award in baseball.


DeMarcus Jones (Defensive End, 6-3, 220), Bailey, Southern Nash High School

Jones exploded on the scene as a standout defensive end this past season with 59 tackles, 13 for loss; 8 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gainey closing in on No. 300

Rocky Mount head girls basketball coach Pam Gainey is growing ever nearer to 300 wins for her career.

With the Lady Gryphons' 58-46 victory over Nash Central last Thursday, Gainey picked up win No. 292 for her career. She's in her 17th season as RMHS' head coach.

Four conference games remain, and if they keep winning, two more Lady Gryphon wins will come in the Big East tourney. Sadly, Rocky Mount will not make up its regular season games at home with J.H. Rose or at Hertford County.

So the odds are, if Rocky Mount wins its second round playoff game, Gainey will reach the milestone this season.

But you never know when a team, even a good one, will stump its toe, so we'll have wait this one out.


2009-10 - 14-2 (through 1/28/10)
2008-09 - 22-5, NEW 6 3-A champ, tourney champ, playoffs
2007-08 - 23-2, NEW 6 3-A champ, tourney champ, playoffs
2006-07 - 16-11, playoffs
2005-06 - 8-18, playoffs
2004-05 - 17-8, Big East 4-A champs, playoffs
2003-04 - 23-5, Big East 4-A champs, tourney champs, playoffs
2002-03 - 22-3, Big East 4-A champs, tourney champs, playoffs
2001-02 - 20-3, Big East 4-A champs, tourney champs, playoffs
2000-01 - 24-3, Big East 4-A champs, tourney champs, playoffs
1999-00 - 20-5, Big East 4-A champs, tourney champs, playoffs
1998-99 - 20-6, playoffs
1997-98 - 12-12, playoffs
1996-97 - 12-13, playoffs
1995-96 - 14-10, playoffs
1994-95 - 15-10, playoffs
1993-94 - 10-14

Career - 292-130, .692 winning percentage (17th season)

(Eight conference titles, seven conference tournament crowns, eight 20-win seasons, one sectional title, 15 straight playoff appearances)

Whitley honored by Wilson Hot Stove League

Dudley Whitley, the former Rocky Mount High School coach and athletic director who passed away on Jan. 3 of last year, was recently honored by the Wilson Hot Stove League at its annual banquet.

Whitley was also a baseball standout for Rocky Mount, N.C. State, the Rocky Mount Leafs and the Wilson Tobs. He played seven seasons in the minor leagues.

The banquet program was dedicated in memory of Whitley, along with Wilsonians Don Thompson, Bennett Flowers and Tom Lofton.

Gilbert Ferrell, who served as a coach at Wilson Fike and later as Wilson County's high school athletic director, spoke about all four at the banquet, including Whitley.

"He was a first-class guy," Ferrell said. "The one thing he taught me most was that there's a difference between rivals and enemies. You can have rivals without having enemies."

Top N.C. HS Boys Basketball Scorers; Mabry's No. 16

Rocky Mount senior Tashawn Mabry (background) buries a 3-pointer against Northern Nash that put him past Phil Ford on the school's all-time scoring list. The game was halted seconds later to honor Mabry for his feat. (Photo/David Hahula)

When Rocky Mount senior Tashawn Mabry moved past Phil Ford last week on Rocky Mount's all-time scoring list, he also moved into the top 20 of the state's all-time scorers.

Check out where Mabry stands right now, below:

1. 3,307 JamesOn Curry Eastern Alamance 2000-2004
2. 2,846 Akeem Richmond Southern Lee 2005-09
3. 2,758 Lawrence "Cotton" Clayton Kitrell Zeb Vance 1956-59
4. 2,577 Josh King Trinity 2000-04
5. 2,575 Vernon Odom Bandys 1979-82
6. 2,574 Donald Williams Garner 1988-91
7. 2,503 Mike Cottrell Cullowhee 1984-87
8. 2,481 Chris King Hobbton 1984-88
9. 2,469 Scooter Sherrill West Rowan 1996-2000
10. 2,424 Julius Powell Newton-Conover 2001-05
11. 2,388 Justin Johnson Cherryville 2004-08
12. 2,382 Claude "Sleepy" Taylor Bartlett Yancey 1970-74
13. 2,375 Tony Byers Lincoln Academy/Bessemer City 1966-70
14. 2,366 Shon Coleman West Iredell 1992-96
15. 2,285 Brian Frazier Roanoke Rapids 1987-91
16. 2,210 Tashawn Mabry Rocky Mount 2006-present

17. 2,203 Brian Hege Ledford 1988-92
18. 2,157 Anthony Oliver North Duplin 1985-881

19. 2,135 James McCleave Bandys 1975-79
20. 2,122 Justin Strickland East Davidson 2002-06
21. 2,104 Jason Thompson Chatham Central 2000-04
22. 2,102 Jenis Grindstaff McDowell 1993-97
23. 2,100 John Virgil Elm City 1974-76
24. 2,093 Phil Ford Rocky Mount 1972-74
25. 2,087 Courtney Alexander Durham Jordan 1991-95
26. 2,087 Donte Minter West Rowan 1998-2002
27. 2,082 Russell Stephens Williams Township 1986-89
28. 2,071 Jay Moody Blue Ridge 1993-97
29. 2,063 Michael Ellis South Iredell 2001-04
30. 2,059 Trellonie Owens Bladenboro 1986-90
31. 2,042 Ray Respess Pantego 1958-61
32. 2,039 Jerry Stackhouse Kinston/Oak Hilll 1989-92
33. 2,035 Joe Ladd Lowell 1951-55
34. 2,031 Kevin Strickland North Surry 1984-87
35. 2,015 Donnie Seale Morehead 1986-89
36. 2,007 Dewayne Grant Davie County 1973-77
37. 2,000 Jeremy Atkinson Wilson Fike 2005-09