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