About Bryan Hanks

I have been the managing editor of the Kinston (N.C.) Free Press since June 2008; before that, I was the sports editor of the Free Press from October 2002. Before arriving in Kinston, I worked for the Shelby (N.C.) Star from September 2001-October 2002; the Gaston (N.C.) Gazette from July 2000-September 2001; and the Lincoln Times-News from March 2000-July 2000. Before becoming a full-time sports journalist, I taught in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system after attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College. Before joining this field full-time, I was a free-lance journalist (or stringer) for more than 30 newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast. I have had articles printed in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News and Observer, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record and the Asheville Citizen-Times, among many others. I love sports, politics and long walks on the beach. I've also learned to love blogging -- so feel free to sign in and leave your thoughts on any subject!

2A state boys’ championship: Kinston vs. Waxhaw Cuthbertson

The Kinston boys are going for their second straight title and fourth in six years.

Waxhaw Cuthbertson is the visiting team; here is the Cavaliers’ roster:

No. Name                    Pos.  Ht.  Wt. Year

0   Jorden Hardrick        F   6-2   205   Sr.

1   Emmitt Afam            G   6-0   190  Sr.

2   Justin Austin             F   6-3   175   Sr.

3   Ryan Mobley            G   5-11  150  Fr.

4   Shelton Mitchell        G   6-3   175   Jr.

5   Zach Chitwood          G   6-0  175   Sr.

10   Roland DesLauriers  G   6-0   175   Sr.

11   Cornelius Stradford   F   6-1   180   Sr.

21   Bobby Barnes          F   6-1   180   Sr.

22   Matt Allen                G   6-1  175   Soph.

23   Nick Karas               F   6-2   190   Soph.

25   Lucius McMillon      F   6-5   205   Sr.

31   Isiah Cureton          F   6-4   185   Sr.

35   Tyler Hardiman       F   6-1   175   Soph.

45   Anthony Pandoli     F   6-5  200  Soph.

The Cavaliers are coached by Mike Helms; he’s assisted by Jeff Hansen, Patrick Lee, Blake Gallagher and Dane Thompson

Kinston will be the home team; here is the Vikings’ roster:

No.   Name                   Pos.   Hgt.  Wgt.

1    Jeremy Taylor        F   6-0   180

2    Josh Dawson         G   6-1   175

3    Qwari Ham            G   5-11  160

5    VeQuain Joyner    G   6-0   170

11   JaQuan White      G   5-9   150

13   Brandon Ingram   G   6-7   165

15   Mykel Hart            G   6-3   160

20   Darnell Dunn        F   6-4   195

21   Trayvon Jones     F   6-7   180

23   Denzel Keyes      G   6-5   200

31   Damian Williams  F   6-2   175

32   Deriante Rouse   G   6-0   185

33   Tiquan Canady   F   6-3   210

45   Andrew Lopez    G   5-11  175

51   Keriante Jackson  F   6-7   240

The Vikings are coached by Perry Tyndall; he’s assisted by Darnell Matthews, Ryan “Diesel” Gieselman and Reggie Clark

Cuthbertson starters are: Afam, Mitchell, McMillon, Cureton & Hardrick; Kinston starters are: Jeremy Taylor, Josh Dawson, VeQuain Joyner, Brandon Ingram and Denzel Keyes

START OF FIRST QUARTER:

6:53 — no score yet, both teams very patient

5:47 — KHS 2, Cuth 0; Josh Dawson rebounds own miss, hits follow

5:26 — KHS 2, Cuth 2; Denzel skies for a block, unfortunately, goaltends

5:10 — Cuth 4, KHS 2; Mitchell scores

4:41 — KHS 4, Cuth 4; Ingram dunk on Dawson assist

4:14 — KHS 6, Cuth 4; Keyes layin on beautiful Dawson assist

3:54 — KHS 6, Cuth 6; Afam scores on offensive board

3:34 — KHS 6, Cuth 6; Keyes misses 2 FTs

2:31 — Cuth 8, KHS 6; Mitchell hits running jumper

2:13 — Lopez and Canady enter game, replacing Joyner and Taylor

1:40 — Cuth 8, KHS 7; Ingram hits 1 of 2 FTs

0:46 — Cuth 10, KHS 7; Austin scores on offensive board

0:29.2 — Cuth 10, KHS 9; Keyes hits 2 FTs

0:03 — Cuth 12, KHS 9; Mitchell hits drive

END FIRST QUARTER: CUTHBERTSON 12, KINSTON 9

Kinston led by Keyes’ 4 points; Cuthbertson led by Mitchell with 6

SECOND QUARTER

6:47 — Cuth 12, KHS 11; Keyes scores, fouled, misses FT

6:37 — Cuth 14, KHS 11; Mitchell drive

6:31 — Cuth 14, KHS 13; Dawson drive

6:24 — Cuth 15, KHS 13; Afam hits 1 of 2 FTs

6:12 — Cuth 15, KHS 15; Taylor scores on garbage basket

5:44 — Cuth 15, KHS 15; McMillon misses 2 FTs; Dawson picks up second foul

4:57 — Cuth 17, KHS 15; Cureton scores, fouled, misses FT

4:47 — Cuth 19, KHS 15; Cureton steals ball, scores

4:01 — Cuth 19, KHS 17; Dunn scores on assist from Canady

3:53 — Cuth 22, KHS 17; Afam drives, scores, fouled and hits FT

3:42 — Cuth 22, KHS 19; Ingram basket

2:31 — Cuth 24, KHS 19; Mitchell hits 2 FTs

2:22 — Cuth 24, KHS 21; Dunn hits 2 FTs

1:33 — Cuth 27, KHS 21; Stradford 3 on pretty Mitchell assist

1:12 — Cuth 27, KHS 23; Joyner scores on offensive rebound

HALFTIME: CUTHBERTSON 27, KINSTON 23

Kinston scorers: Denzel Keyes 6, Brandon Ingram 5, Josh Dawson 4, Darnell Dunn 4, Jeremy Taylor 2, VeQuain Joyner 2; Kinston has hit 11-30 from field (36.7 percent); 1-7 from 3 (14.3 percent); 4-8 from FT (50 percent)

Cuthbertson scorers: Shelton Mitchell 10, Emmitt Afam 7, Isiah Cureton 4, Justin Austin 3, Cornelius Stradford 3; Cuthbertson has hit 9-23 from field (39.1 percent); 0-4 from 3; 5-9 from FT (55.6 percent)

Foul trouble: Josh Dawson and Jeremy Taylor have 2 each for Kinston; Jorden Hardrick has 2 for Cuthbertson

THIRD QUARTER

7:48 — Cuth 27, KHS 25; Keyes opens up second half scoring for Kinston

6:46 — Cuth 30, KHS 25; Cureton hits 3 over Ingram

5:28 — Cuth 32, KHS 25; Cureton snakes into lane, scores

5:08 — Cuth 32, KHS 27; Keyes drives hard, scores

4:02 — Cuthbertson calls timeout with Kinston’s Jeremy Taylor going to line

4:02 — Cuth 32, KHS 29; Taylor hits both FTs

3:47 — Cuth 32, KHS 32; Ingram hits 3 off Dawson assist after Lopez steal

3:30 — KHS 34, Cuth 32; Keyes layup on Lopez assist and steal

3:10 — KHS 34, Cuth 34; Mitchell bucket

2:52 — Cuth 36, KHS 34; Mitchell hits 2 FTs; Taylor picks up fourth foul for KHS

2:20 — Cuth 38, KHS 34; Mitchell drives, scores; he’s up to 16 points

1:20 — Cuthbertson calls 30-second timeout; according to Keith Spence, Kinston’s 7-0 run answered by Cuthbertson’s 6-0 run

1:03 — Cuthbertson 40, KHS 34;

0:53 — Cuthbertson 40, KHS 36; Ingram hits floater in the lane

0:36 — Cuthbertson 42, KHS 36; Mitchell hits his own floater

0:17 — Cuthbertson 42, KHS 39; Dawson hits LONG 3

END OF THIRD QUARTER: CUTHBERTSON 42, KINSTON 39

FOURTH QUARTER

7:36 — Cuth 42, Kinston 41; Keyes on fantastic assist from Dawson

7:01 — KHS 43, Cuth 42; Dawson basket

6:38 — KHS 45, Cuth 42; Lopez hits both ends of 1-and-1

6:25 — KHS 45, Cuth 44; Mitchell on beautiful drive

6:01 — KHS 47, Cuth 44; Dawson on crazy awesome drive

5:19 — KHS 49, Cuth 44; Taylor jumper on Dawson assist

5:11 — Cuthbertson calls timeout

4:38 — Kinston calls timeout

4:35 — KHS 49, Cuth 46; Mitchell basket, 22 points for the junior

4:16 — KHS 51, Cuth 46; Keyes scores off offensive rebound

3:58 — KHS 51, Cuth 48; McMillion scores off offensive rebound

3:40 — KHS 51, Cuth 48; Keyes comes down weird on drive, is fouled and misses 2 FTs

3:35 — Kinston calls timeout

3:23 — KHS 53, Cuth 48; Keyes on beautiful basket off an even prettier assist by Dawson

2:27 — KHS 54, Cuth 48; Dawson hits 1 of 2 FTs

2:12 — KHS 54, Cuth 51; Austin hits 3 off Mitchell assist

1:34 — KHS 54, Cuth 51; Dawson misses 2 FTs

1:11 — KHS 54, Cuth 53; McMillion hits turnaround left hook

1:11 — Cuthbertson calls timeout

0:56 — KHS 56, Cuth 53; Ingram follows own miss with basket

0:14.0 — KHS 56, Cuth 53; Keyes misses two FTs

KINSTON WINS 56-53

Kinston: Denzel Keyes 18 points, 10 rebounds; Brandon Ingram 12 points; Josh Dawson 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists; Jeremy Taylor 6 points; Darnell Dunn 4 points; VeQuain Joyner 2; Andrew Lopez 2

Cuthbertson scorers: Shelton Mitchell 22, Isiah Cureton 9, Justin Austin 8, Emmitt Afam 7, Lucius McMillion 4, Cornelius Stradford 3

Kinston’s Denzel Keyes wins MVP of championship game

2A state girls’ championship: Kinston 51, Canton Pisgah 40

I’m courtside at the Dean E. Smith Center on the campus of UNC. The Kinston girls tip off against Canton Pisgah at noon.

Pisgah is the visiting team; here is the Black Bears’ roster:

No.  Name                  Pos.  Yr.

10   Kelsi Long            F   Jr.

11   Ashley Thompson   G   Sr.

12   Sheridan Pressley   G   Jr.

13   Ashley Penland    G   Soph.

14   Emily Rhea          F   Jr

21   Sydney Singleton   G   Soph

25   Sarah Johnson     F   Soph

30   Lindsey Wells       F   Sr.

31   Taylor Galyean    F   Sr.

32   Elizabeth Mammarelli   G   Soph

33   Mariah Lewis          F   Jr.

34   Brooklyn Allen        G   Fr.

The Black Bears are coached by Brandon Holloway; he is assisted by Tiffany Hamm, Heidi Morgan, Byron Burnette and Holly Kuykendall

Kinston is the home team; here is the Vikings’ roster:

No.  Name                  Pos.   Yr.

1   Anshonee Addison   G   Jr.

5   Annie Thi                  G   Sr.

10   Alexis Williams       G   Sr.

11   Jada Faison           G   Fr.

12   Monique Lofton      G   Sr.

13   Babrionna Cannon   G   Soph.

15   Hannah Vermillion   G   Jr.

20   Lydia Rivers            G   Soph.

22   Brittany Drumgoole   G/F  Jr.

23   Xequoijah Washington   F   Soph.

24   Takerian Harper       G/F   Soph.

25   Starneka Clark         F   Sr.

30   Cristallyn Tice         F   Jr.

The Vikings are coached by Hubert Quinerly; he’s assisted by Christopher Bradshaw, Shonda Hines, Ira Jones and Keith Sherrod

Pisgah starters are: Pressley, Singleton, Galyean, Lewis and Allen; Kinston starters are Addison, Williams, Lofton, Rivers and Drumgoole.

FIRST QUARTER

7:39 — PHS 2, KHS 0; Allen on play off inbounds pass

7:14 — KHS turnover

6:09 — Harper enters game for Williams (KHS)

5:44 — Williams enters game for Addison; KHS already has four turnovers

4:36 — Kinston still scoreless, but Lydia Rivers has 2 or 3 blocks

3:57 — Rivers shoots, hung up for jump ball; Pisgah gets ball back

3:31 — PHS 4, KHS 0; Galyean hits 12-foot jumper from left side

3:04 — PHS 6, KHS 0; Lewis scores on pretty assist

3:03 — Kinston calls 30-second timeout

2:12 — PHS 6, KHS 2; Rivers scores inside on pass from Drumgoole

1:52 — PHS 7, KHS 2; Lewis fouled by Drumgoole; hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:30 — PHS 9, KHS 2; Allen goes coast-to-coast for easy layin

0:32 — PHS 9, KHS 4; Jada Faison on offensive rebound of Drumgoole miss

0:08.9 — Drumgoole scores, but called on offensive foul for pushing off. Her second foul

END FIRST QUARTER: PISGAH 9, KINSTON 4

START SECOND QUARTER

7:06 — PHS 9, KHS 5; Addison hits 1 of 2 FTs

6:40 — PHS 9, KHS 7; Addison muscles offensive rebound, scores

4:59 — PHS 9, KHS 9; Rivers layin on Lofton assist

4:31 — Pisgah calls timeout after being tied up

3:43 — KHS 11, PHS 9; Faison comes up with steal, drives lane, is fouled on made basket and misses FT

2:34 — KHS 13, PHS 9; Rivers on Lofton assist

2:08 — KHS 13, PHS 11; Lewis scores off offensive rebound

1:04 — PHS 14, KHS 13; Galyean 3-pointer

0:26 — PHS 16, KHS 13; Pressley pull-up jumper in lane

0:05 — PHS 16, KHS 15; Faison on drive

HALFTIME: PISGAH 16, KINSTON 15

Stats:

Kinston scorers: Lidia Rivers 6, Jada Faison 6, Anshonee Addison 3; Vikings were 7-19 from field (36.8 percent), 0-5 from 3-pt; 1-3 from FT (33.3 percent)

Rivers has 6 points, 2 rebounds and 9 … yes, 9 blocked shots at the half

Pisgah scorers: Taylor Galyean 5, Mariah Lewis 5, Brooklyn Allen 4, Sheridan Pressley 2; Bears were 7-of 33 from field (21.2 percent), 1-5 from 3-point (20 percent) and 1-2 from FT (50 percent)

THIRD QUARTER:

6:51 — PHS 18, KHS 15; Allen scores

6:36 — PHS 18, KHS 17; Drumgoole scores on smooth drive

6:10 — PHS 20, KHS 17; Lewis goes up strong in lane

4:50 — PHS 20, KHS 18; Addison hits 1 of 2 FTs

4:09 — PHS 20, KHS 20; Rivers layup on pretty assist by Drumgoole

3:57 — KHS 22, PHS 20; Drumgoole hits 2 FTs

2:45 — KHS 22, PHS 21; Allen hits 1 of 2 FTs for Pisgah

2:04 — Lofton misses 2 FTs

1:49 — PHS 24, KHS 22; Pressley gets offensive rebound, scores, is fouled by Addison and hits FT

1:29 — KHS 25, PHS 24; Faison banks in 3-pointer for KHS

1:01 — KHS 27, PHS 24; Rivers from Drumgoole

0:31.6 — KHS 27, PHS 27; Allen drives lane, hits basket, forces Rivers’ third foul and hits FT to tie game

0:15.8 — KHS 28, PHS 27; Faison hits 1 of 2 FTs

END THIRD QUARTER: KINSTON 28, PISGAH 27

Rivers has 10 points, 7 rebounds, 9 blocked shots at end of three quarters. Also three fouls.

START OF FOURTH QUARTER

7:13 — KHS 31, PHS 27; Lofton hits 3-pointer, her first points of the game

6:59 — Pisgah calls timeout

6:45 — KHS 31, PHS 29; Pressley short jumper

6:34 — KHS 33, PHS 29; Addison  jumper from right side

5:48 — KHS 33, PHS 31; Pressley drive

5:40 — KHS 34, PHS 31; Lofton hits 1 of 3 FTs; Mariah Lewis’ fourth foul

5:10 — KHS 35, PHS 31; Rivers hits 1 of 2 FTs

5:03 — KHS 38, PHS 31; Lofton hits 3 from left side

4:17 — KHS 40, PHS 31; Drumgoole scores inside on offensive rebound

3:46 — KHS 42, PHS 31; Drumgoole hits layup on gorgeous assist from Harper

3:46 — Pisgah calls timeout; Kinston on 9-0 run over last 2:01

3:32 — KHS 42, PHS 32; Allen hits 1 of 2 FTs; Rivers picks up fourth foul for Kinston

3:16 — KHS 44, PHS 32; Lofton scores on breakaway layup

2:57 — KHS 44, PHS 34; Pressley on drive

2:14 — KHS 47, PHS 34; Faison on 3-pointer

1:51 — KHS 47, PHS 36; Allen scores

1:39 — KHS 49, PHS 36; Lofton hits 2 FTs

1:32 — KHS 49, PHS 38; Pressley on drive

1:31 — Pisgah calls timeout; Bears have one left

1:25 — KHS 51, PHS 38; Rivers scores on Drumgoole assist

FINAL SCORE: KINSTON 51, PISGAH 40 Kinston WINS STATE TITLE!

Kinston scorers: Lydia Rivers 13, Jada Faison 13, Monique Lofton 11, Brittany Drumgoole 8, Anshonee Addison 6.

Pisgah scorers: Sheridan Pressley 13, Brooklyn Allen 13, Mariah Lewis 7, Taylor Galyean 5, Emily Rhea 2.

Overall MVP was Lydia Rivers with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 blocks; Jada Faison was named MOP of East with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; West MOP was Brooklyn Allen

2A Eastern Regional girls’ final: Kinston 56, Siler City Jordan-Matthews 37

Jordan-Matthews is the visiting team; here is the Jets’ roster:

No.   Name                  Pos.  Yr.

10   Emily Nona           F   Fr.

12   Madison Poe        G   Jr.

14   Beatriz Aguirre     G   Soph.

20   Bethany Pyrtle      G   Soph.

22   Kaitlin James        G   Fr.

23   Alanna Pyrtle        G   Soph.

24   Odyssey Dunn      G   Fr.

30   Caroline Webster   F   Fr.

32   Mylia Garner          F   Sr.

34   Kelsey Moffit          F   Soph.

40   Erin Bristow           C   Sr.

50   Taylor Paige          F   Sr.

The Jets (27-4) are coached by Jeff Stutts

FIRST QUARTER

7:26 – Kinston 2, JM 0; Lofton on layup

7:08 – Kinston 4, JM 0; Drumgoole on layup on Williams assist

6:40 – Kinston 4, JM 2; Garner basket

6:04 – Kinston 6, JM 2; Addison bucket on Rivers assist

5:19 – Kinston 6, JM 3; Garner hits 1 of 2 FTs

4:13 – Kinston 9, JM 7; Lofton 3-pointer

3:31 – Kinston 11, JM 7; Lofton hits 2 FTs

3:07 – Kinston 11, JM 9; Paige short jumper

2:03 – Kinston 14, JM 9; Drumgoole hits runner, gets fouled, hits FT

1:04 – Kinston 16, JM 9; Drumgoole steals, goes full court for basket

END FIRST QUARTER: KINSTON 16, JORDAN-MATTHEWS 9

SECOND QUARTER

6:19 – Kinston 16, JM 11; Bristow layin

6:02 – Kinston 18, JM 11; Rivers basket on Drumgoole assist

5:41 – Kinston 18, JM 13; Paige basket

5:24 – Kinston 21, JM 13; Rivers on very, very impressive layin on inbounds pass; fouled and hits bonus

3:48 – Kinston 21, JM 15; Garner hits 2 FTs

3:31 – Kinston 24, JM 15; Lofton 3-pointer

2:11 – Kinston 26, JM 15; Drumgoole hits 2 FTs

1:36 – Kinston 26, JM 17; Paige off offensive rebound

1:19 – Kinston 26, JM 18; Bristow hits front end of 1-and-1

1:08 – Kinston 28, JM 18; Rivers from Drumgoole

0:50 – Kinston 28, JM 20; Bristow on pretty assist from Poe

HALFTIME: KINSTON 28, JORDAN-MATTHEWS 20

JM scorers: Garner 9, Paige 6, Bristow 5

Kinston scorers: Lofton 10, Drumgoole 9, Rivers 7, Addison 2

THIRD QUARTER

7:29 – Kinston 31, JM 20; Lofton 3 on Drumgoole assist

5:34 – Kinston 32, JM 20; Lofton hits 1 of 2 FTs

5:22 – Kinston 32, JM 22; Bristow bucket

4:21 – Kinston 34, JM 22; Rivers nice layin on Drumgoole assist

3:50 – Kinston 36, JM 22; Rivers 2 FTs

3:40 – Kinston 36, JM 24; Garner basket

3:11 – Kinston 36, JM 27; Garner from NBA 3-point range

2:39 – Kinston 38, JM 27; Rivers on strong, strong drive

2:16 – Kinston 40, JM 27; Drumgoole basket

1:54 – Kinston 41, JM 27; Drumgoole hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:44 – JM coach calls a timeout after Lydia Rivers blocks a shot to South Carolina

1:34 – Kinston 41, JM 28; Dunn hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:13 – Kinston 43, JM 28; Williams jumper

0:41.9 – Kinston 45, JM 28; Drumgoole misses shot, rebounds own miss, spins into lane and hits runner. Fouled, but misses FT

0:04.3 – Kinston 47, JM 28; Addison hits both ends of 1-and-1

END OF THIRD QUARTER: KINSTON 47, JORDAN-MATTHEWS 28

FOURTH QUARTER

7:23 – Kinston 48, JM 28; Drumgoole hits 1 of 2 FTs

5:51 – Kinston 48, JM 30; Garner hits 2 FTs

4:55 – Kinston 48, JM 33; Garner hits 3-pointer

4:54 – JM timeout

4:33 – Kinston 50, JM 33; Rivers basket

3:29 – Kinston 50, JM 35; Paige layin

3:27 – JM timeout

3:16 – Kinston 52, JM 35; Lofton hits 2 FTs

2:39 – Kinston 54, JM 35; Williams hits 2 FTs

1:43 – Kinston 56, JM 35; Williams hits 2 FTs

0:54.6 – Kinston 56, JM 37; Bristow hits 2 FTs

FINAL: KINSTON 56, JORDAN-MATTHEWS 37; LADY VIKINGS HEADED TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY!

Jordan-Matthews  9   11   8   9   — 37

Kinston                 16  12  19  9  — 56

Jordan-Matthews: Mylia Garner 19, Taylor Paige 8, Erin Bristow 7, Emily Nona 2, Odyssey Dunn 1. Kinston: Monique Lofton 16, Brittany Drumgoole 15, Lydia Rivers 15, Alexis Williams 6, Anshonee Addison 4.

2A Eastern Regional boys’ final: Kinston 68, Fairmont 41

Come back here at 3:30 p.m. for play-by-play of Kinston’s 2A Eastern Regional final matchup against Fairmont.

Fairmont will be the visiting team; here’s the Golden Tornadoes’ roster:

No.  Name                        Pos.  Hgt  Wgt

3    JaQuan McRae           G   5-9   140

4    Jackie Oxendine         G   5-9   176

5    Jarod Neal                  G   6-0   170

10   DeShawn Fields        G   6-1   155

11   Kevin Frierson           F   6-5   177

12   Malik Milton               G   6-0   150

13   Kashon Leonard        G   6-0   160

14   Shyheim Hines          F   6-3   170

15   Dwayne Green          F   6-3   160

20   Shemar Fields          G   6-1   165

21   Kwinton Hinson        F   6-5   210

22   Anthony Watson       C   6-4   170

23   Luke Hunt                 F   6-3   220

24   Chalton Townsend   C   6-3   260

25   Ashquan Williams     C   6-4   190

The Golden Tornadoes are coached by Michael Baker; he’s assisted by Richard Mitchell and Montrell McNair

Kinston will be the home team; here is the Vikings’ roster:

No.   Name                   Pos.   Hgt.  Wgt.

1    Jeremy Taylor        F   6-0   180

2    Josh Dawson         G   6-1   175

3    Qwari Ham            G   5-11  160

5    VeQuain Joyner    G   6-0   170

11   JaQuan White      G   5-9   150

13   Brandon Ingram   G   6-7   165

15   Mykel Hart            G   6-3   160

20   Darnell Dunn        F   6-4   195

21   Trayvon Jones     F   6-7   180

23   Denzel Keyes      G   6-5   200

31   Damian Williams  F   6-2   175

32   Deriante Rouse   G   6-0   185

33   Tiquan Canady   F   6-3   210

45   Andrew Lopez    G   5-11  175

51   Keriante Jackson  F   6-7   240

The Vikings are coached by Perry Tyndall; he’s assisted by Darnell Matthews, Ryan “Diesel” Gieselman and Reggie Clark

Starting lineups: Fairmont – Oxendine, Hinson, Townsend, Neal and Fields; Kinston – Ingram, Keyes, Lopez, Taylor and Dawson;

FIRST QUARTER

7:42 – Kinston 2, Fairmont 0; Ingram basket on Taylor assist

6:22 – Kinston 5, Fairmont 0; Lopez 3 on Taylor assist

5:51 – Fairmont 30-second timeout

5:07 – Kinston 7, Fairmont 0; Taylor layin on Dawson assist

4:09 – Kinston 7, Fairmont 2; Hinson 2 FTs

3:50 – Kinston 7, Fairmont 4; Oxendine basket

3:02 – Kinston 7, Fairmont 5; Hunt hits 1 of 2 FTs; Taylor picks up second foul for KHS

2:42 – Fairmont 8, Kinston 7; Hunt 3 pointer

2:31 – Kinston 9, Fairmont 8; Keyes basket on Lopez assist

2:00 – Kinston 11, Fairmont 8; Keyes 2 FTs

1:20 – Kinston 11, Fairmont 11; Oxendine 3-pointer

1:14 – Kinston 13, Fairmont 11; Keyes hits 2 FTs

0:01.3 – Fairmont 14, Kinston 13; Neal 3-pointer

END OF FIRST QUARTER: FAIRMONT 14, KINSTON 13

SECOND QUARTER

7:47 – Fairmont 16, Kinston 13; Townsend follows miss with basket

6:30 – Fairmont 16, Kinston 15; Keyes bucket on Lopez assist

6:13 – Fairmont 18, Kinston 15; Townsend offensive rebound leads to basket

6:05 – Fairmont 18, Kinston 17; Canady drive

5:27 – Kinston 19, Fairmont 18; Keyes jumper on Dawson assist

4:41 – Kinston 21, Fairmont 18; Ingram hits 2 FTs

4:02 – Kinston 24, Fairmont 18; Dawson 3-pointer

3:17 – Kinston 26, Fairmont 18; Keyes offensive rebound, lay-in

3:09 – Fairmont timeout

2:51 – Kinston 26, Fairmont 20; Neal hookshot

2:22 – Kinston 26, Fairmont 22; Neal offensive rebound, layin

1:36 – Kinston 29, Fairmont 22; Lopez 3 on Dawson assist

1:02 – Kinston 31, Fairmont 22; Dawson drive on Ham assist

0:43.8 – Kinston 31, Fairmont 23; McRae hits 1 of 2 FTs

0:29.9 – Kinston 33, Fairmont 23; Keyes hits basket, misses FT

0:14.1 – Kinston 34, Fairmont 23; Ingram hits 1 of 2 FTs

HALFTIME: KINSTON 34, FAIRMONT 23 — STATS COMING SOON

Fairmont scorers: Townsend 6, Neal 5, Hinson 5, Oxendine 3, Hunt 3, McRae 1.

Kinston scorers: Keyes 14, Lopez 6, Dawson 5, Ingram 5, Taylor 2, Canady 2.

Fairmont leading rebounders: Townsend 7, Hunt 4

Kinston leading rebounders: Ingram 5, Keyes 4

Fairmont leading assists: Neal 3, Hinson 1

Kinston leading assists: Dawson 4, Taylor 2, Lopez 2

THIRD QUARTER

7:17 – Kinston 36, Fairmont 23; Ingram strong drive to the basket

6:39 – Kinston 38, Fairmont 23; Ingram jumper on Canady assist

6:06 – Kinston 41, Fairmont 23; Ingram 3-pointer

6:00 – Fairmont timeout

5:52 – Kinston 41, Fairmont 25; Neal runner

5:25 – Kinston 41, Fairmont 27; Neal teardrop

4:55 – Kinston 43, Fairmont 27; Dawson drive

4:38 – Kinston 46, Fairmont 27; Dawson drive and a foul, hits FT

4:15 – Kinston 49, Fairmont 27; Ingram drive and a foul, hits FT; BEAUTIFUL assist by Qwari Ham

3:17 – Weird situation right now; evidently, Denzel Keyes has blood on his jersey or uniform and has been sent to locker room. Josh Dawson and VeQuain Joyner also went back, although Dawson is back on bench

2:12 – Kinston 49, Fairmont 29; Townsend nice, strong drive to basket

1:56 – Kinston 51, Fairmont 29; Taylor drive

Denzel is back on bench and getting checked out by coach Perry Tyndall. Not back in game yet, though

1:08 – Kinston 54, Fairmont 29; Ham 3-pointer

0:38 – Kinston 56, Fairmont 29; Dawson jumper

0:28 – Kinston 56, Fairmont 31; Neal layup

END THIRD QUARTER: KINSTON 56, FAIRMONT 3

FOURTH QUARTER

Denzel Keyes back in game for KHS

7:30 – Kinston 56, Fairmont 33

7:12 – Kinston 58, Fairmont 33; Ingram basket, assisted by Lopez

6:40 – Kinston 60, Fairmont 33; Dawson hits unbelievable drive; looked for someone to pass it to, couldn’t find anyone and finished — all in the air

6:00 – Kinston 60, Fairmont 34; McRae hits 1 of 2 FTs

5:52 – Kinston 62, Fairmont 34; Denzel Keyes rebounds missed Dawson FT, lays it in

5:48 – Kinston timeout

5:19 – Kinston 64, Fairmont 34; Keyes misses a dunk, Lopez rebounds and is fouled and hits 2 FTs

5:08 – Kinston 64, Fairmont 36

4:50 – Kinston 66, Fairmont 36; Keyes scores off offensive rebound

Starters out for Kinston with 1:53 remaining

1:22 – Kinston 67, Fairmont 36; Derionte Rouse hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:20 – Kinston 68, Fairmont 36; Trayvon Jones hits 1 of 2 FTs

0:44.5 – Kinston 68, Fairmont 39; Milton hits basket and FT

0:22 – Kinston 68, Fairmont 41; Milton layup

FINAL: KINSTON 68, FAIRMONT 41; VIKINGS ADVANCE TO 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAINST WAXHAW CUTHBERTSON NEXT SATURDAY IN CHAPEL HILL

All-regional team being announced: Kinston’s Denzel Keyes, Brandon Ingram named to team; Josh Dawson named MVP

Fairmont  14    9   8   10  — 41

Kinston    13  21  22  12  — 68

Fairmont: Jackie Oxendine 3, Jarrod Neal 9, Kwinton Hinson 5, Charlton Townsend 10, JaQuan McRae 4, Malik Milton 5, Shyheim Hines 2, Luke Hunt 3. Kinston: Jeremy Taylor 4, Josh Dawson 14, Brandon Ingram 17, Denzel Keyes 18, Andrew Lopez 8, Qwari Ham 3, Travon Jones 1, Deriante Rouse 1, Tiquan Canady 2.

2A Eastern Regional girls’ semifinal: Kinston 49, Bunn 45

Courtside at Fayetteville’s Crown Arena for the NCHSAA 2A girls’ semifinal between third-seeded Kinston and fourth-seeded Bunn.

Bunn will be the visiting team; here is the Wildcats roster:

No.  Name                  Pos.   Yr.

10   Chandra Terry      G      Sr.

11   Casandra Key      G    Soph.

12   KeElla Gallatin      F      Sr.

13   Kiera Gallatin       F       Fr.

14   Tainasha Vines     F     Soph.

15   Amber Wright       G     Jr.

20   Whitney Bunn      G     Sr.

21   Tia Branch           F     Fr.

22   Jayla Cofield       G   Jr.

23   Precious Walker   G   Fr.

30   Jonasha Green    G   Fr.

31   Aaliyah Simmons   G   Fr.

The Wildcats are coached by Benjamin Daniels

Kinston is the home team; here is the Vikings’ roster:

No.  Name                  Pos.   Yr.

1   Anshonee Addison   G   Jr.

5   Annie Thi                  G   Sr.

10   Alexis Williams       G   Sr.

11   Jada Faison           G   Fr.

12   Monique Lofton      G   Sr.

13   Babrionna Cannon   G   Soph.

15   Hannah Vermillion   G   Jr.

20   Lydia Rivers            G   Soph.

22   Brittany Drumgoole   G/F  Jr.

23   Xequoijah Washington   F   Soph.

24   Takerian Harper       G/F   Soph.

25   Starneka Clark         F   Sr.

30   Cristallyn Tice         F   Jr.

The Vikings are coached by Hubert Quinerly; he’s assisted by Christopher Bradshaw, Shonda Hines, Ira Jones and Keith Sherrod

Bunn’s starters: Walker, Branch, Vines, KeElla Gallatin and Bunn; Kinston’s starters: Rivers, Drumgoole, Addison, Williams and Lofton

FIRST QUARTER:

5:15 – Bunn 3, Kinston 0; Walker 3-pointer

4:47 – Bunn 5, Kinston 0; Bunn hits 2 FTs

4:26 – Bunn 7, Kinston 0; Key hits short jumper

4:10 – Bunn 7, Kinston 2; Rivers hits lay-in on Drumgoole assist

3:57 – Bunn 9, Kinston 2; Key hits jumper from left side

3:07 – Bunn 9, Kinston 4; Rivers banks in shot on Drumgoole assist

2:33 – Bunn 9, Kinston 7; Rivers hits shot on Williams assist, hits FT

1:59 – Bunn 9, Kinston 9; Rivers hits shot on Drumgoole assist; Rivers has all of Kinston’s points

0:53 – Bunn 12, Kinston 9; Key hits 3-pointer

0:09 – Bunn 12, Kinston 11; Rivers on lay-in on Drumgoole assist

END FIRST QUARTER: Bunn 12, Kinston 11

SECOND QUARTER

7:13 – Kinston 13, Bunn 12; Rivers scores on Drumgoole assist

6:40 – Bunn 14, Kinston 13; Gallatin jumper

5:32 – Bunn 16, Kinston 13; Vines rebound of miss

4:55 – Bunn 18, Kinston 13; Vines hits jumper

4:22 – Bunn 21, Kinston 13; Walker hits an NBA 3

4:19 – Kinston calls timeout

4:00 – Bunn 21, Kinston 15; Drumgoole driving layup

3:38 – Bunn 23, Kinston 15; Bunn drives lane for bucket

2:52 – Bunn 23, Kinston 17; Drumgoole driving layup

2:31 – Bunn 26, Kinston 17; Gallatin long 3

2:16 – Bunn 26, Kinston 19; Harper driving layup off glass

1:32 – Bunn 26, Kinston 21; Drumgoole hits 2 FTs

HALFTIME: BUNN 26, KINSTON 21

Scorers:

Bunn: Key 7, Walker 6, Gallatin 5, Vines 4, Bunn 4

Kinston: Rivers 13, Drumgoole 6, Harper 2

Rebounds:

Bunn: Vines 5, Bunn 4, Simmons 3, Branch 2, Walker 2

Kinston: Drumgoole 8, Addison 3, Rivers 2, Harper 2, Williams 1, Lofton 1, Faison 1

Assists:

Bunn: Bunn 4, Vines 2

Kinston: Drumgoole 4, Williams 1

THIRD QUARTER

6:24 – Bunn 26, Kinston 23; Rivers misses shot, rebounds own miss, hits shot

6:08 – Bunn 29, Kinston 23; Bunn hits 2-plus-1

5:55 – Bunn 29, Kinston 26, Williams 3-pointer

5:31 – Bunn 29, Kinston 29; Lofton 3-pointer

4:57 – Bunn 31, Kinston 29; Walker hits 2 FTs

4:48 – Bunn 31, Kinston 31; Harper turnaround jumper on Drumgoole assist

3:59 – Bunn 33, Kinston 31; Walker drives lane, hits layup

3:05 – Bunn 34, Kinston 31; Simmons hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:46 – Bunn 34, Kinston 32; Drumgoole hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:16 – Bunn 36, Kinston 32; Vines on drive

END OF THIRD QUARTER: BUNN 36, KINSTON 32

FOURTH QUARTER

7:48 – Bunn 36, Kinston 35; Lofton 3 on Drumgoole assist

7:27 – Bunn 39, Kinston 35; Bunn 3 pointer

7:16 – Bunn 39, Kinston 37; Drumgoole drive

6:40 – Bunn 39, Kinston 39; Lofton drive

5:44 – Bunn 41, Kinston 39; Walker tough drive to hoop

5:14 – Bunn 41, Kinston 41; Rivers layin on Drumgoole assist

4:58 – TIMEOUT

3:58 – Kinston 43, Bunn 41; Drumgoole hits 2 FTs

2:45 – Kinston 43, Bunn 42; Walker hits 1 of 2 FTs

2:45 – TIMEOUT

2:13 – Kinston 45, Bunn 42; Rivers rebound of Williams miss

0:48.3 – Kinston 46, Bunn 42; Rivers hits 1 of 2 FTs

0:24.8 – Bunn turns over the ball

0:22.2 – Kinston 48, Bunn 42; Drumgoole hits 2 FTs

0:15.0 – Kinston 48, Bunn 45; Bunn hits 3-pointer from NBA range; Bunn calls timeout

0:10.9 – Kinston turns ball over on inbounds play, Bunn calls timeout

0:06.1 – Bunn misses 3-pointer, rebounds but dribbles out of bounds; Kinston ball

0:05.6 – Kinston 49, Bunn 45; Drumgoole hits front end of 1-and-1

0:03.9 – Bunn timeout

FINAL: KINSTON 49, BUNN 45 — LADY VIKINGS WILL PLAY FOR REGIONAL TITLE AT 6 P.M. ON SATURDAY!

Final stats:

Bunn      12   14   10    9  — 45

Kinston   11   10   11  17  –  49

Bunn: KeElla Gallatin 2-5, 0-0, 5; Tainasha Vines 3-9, 0-0, 6; Whitney Bunn 4-17, 3-3, 13; Tia Branch 0-2, 0-0, 0; Precious Walker 4-17, 3-4, 13; Casandra Key 3-3, 0-0, 7; Jayla Cofield 0-0, 0-0, 0; Aaliyah Simmons 0-1, 1-2, 1. FG: 16-54 (29.6 percent); FT: 7-9 (77.8 percent)

Kinston: Anshonee Addison 0-5, 0-0, 0; Alexis Williams 1-7, 0-0, 3; Monique Lofton 3-10, 0-0, 8; Lydia Rivers 9-14, 2-3, 20; Brittany Drumgoole 3-15, 8-10, 14; Jada Faison 0-1, 0-0, 0; Takerian Harper 2-3, 0-0, 4. FG: 18-55 (32.7 percent); FT: 10-13 (76.9 percent)

3-point shooting: Bunn – Gallatin 1-1, Bunn 2-8, Walker 2-8, Key 1-1; Kinston – Addison 0-1, Williams 1-5, Lofton 2-9, Drumgoole 0-5

Rebounds: Bunn (37) – Vines 9, Bunn 6, Walker 5, Simmons 4, Branch 3, Gallatin 2, Key 2, Team 6; Kinston (40) – Drumgoole 13, Rivers 7, Addison 4, Williams 3, Harper 3, Lofton 2, Faison 2, Team 6.

Assists: Bunn (7) – Bunn 4, Vines 3; Kinston (10) – Drumgoole 9, Williams 1.

2A Eastern Regional boys’ semifinal: Kinston 63, Bunn 44

Come back here at 6:45 p.m. today for live play-by-play of Kinston’s 2A Eastern Regional semifinal game with Bunn. The Vikings take on the Wildcats for a 2A Eastern Regional finals berth against either Jacksonville Northside or Fairmont; Northside and Fairmont play after the Kinston/Bunn game and I’ll provide updates of that game, too.

LIVE!

Having computer issues here at the Crown Coliseum; but here we go … I’ll update starting lineups at halftime.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Kinston 11, Bunn 11

SECOND QUARTER:

6:21 – Kinston 13, Bunn 13

5:56 – Bunn calls first timeout

5:22 – Kinston 15, Bunn 13; Josh Dawson jumper

5:04 – Bunn 16, Kinston 15; Batchelor 3-pointer

4:20 – Kinston 17, Bunn 16; Brandon Ingram jumper inside 3-point line

3:33 – Kinston 20, Bunn 16; Qwari Ham 3

3:21 – Kinston 20, Bunn 19; High 3-pointer

2:52 – Kinston 22, Bunn 19; Denzel Keyes hits 2 FTs

2:40 – Kinston 22, Bunn 21; DeShawn High hits running jumper; he has 13 points

2:32 – Kinston 25, Bunn 21; Brandon Ingram 3-pointer on Josh Dawson assist

1:46 – Kinston 26, Bunn 21; Tiquan Canady hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:19 – Kinston 28, Bunn 21; Josh Dawson rebound of missed shot, lays it in

0:52.5 – Kinston 31, Bunn 21; Dawson hits drive, fouled, hits FT

0:03.2 – Kinston 33, Bunn 21; Denzel Keyes hits 2 FTs

BUZZER: Kinston 33, Bunn 24; Tavon Perry hits shot from halfcourt at the buzzer for margin. Scoring leaders upcoming

HALFTIME STATS:

Scorers:

Kinston – Brandon Ingram 10, Josh Dawson 9, Jeremy Taylor 4, Denzel Keyes 4, Qwari Ham 3, Darnell Dunn 2, Tiquan Canady 1, VeQuain Joyner 0, Andrew Lopez 0. Bunn – DeShawn High 13, Brandon Batchelor 6, Tavon Perry 3, Nick Johnson 2, Jonathon Alston 0, Jordan Lucas 0, Javonte Perry 0

Rebounds:

Kinston led by Keyes’ 5, 4 each from Dawson and Ingram; Bunn led by Alston’s 3

Assists:

Kinston led by Dawson’s 4, 2 from Taylor; Bunn led by High and Perry’s 2 each

THIRD QUARTER:

7:45 – Kinston 35, Bunn 24; Ingram jumper on assist from Dawson

5:48 – Kinston 37, Bunn 25

5:32 – Kinston 39, Bunn 25; Taylor scores on assist from Dawson; Bunn calls timeout

4:41 – Kinston 43, Bunn 25; Ingram scores on alley-oop from Dawson

3:48 – Kinston 46, Bunn 25; Ingram 3-pointer on assist from Ham and hockey assist from Dawson

3:30 – Kinston 46, Bunn 26; High hits 1 of 2 FTs

1:54 – Kinston 46, Bunn 28; High bucket

1:14 – Kinston 46, Bunn 30

1:02 – Kinston 49, Bunn 30; Lopez 3-pointer

0:49 – Kinston 49, Bunn 33; High basket

END THIRD QUARTER: Kinston 49, Bunn 33

FOURTH QUARTER

7:45 – Kinston 51, Bunn 33; Keyes lean-in

7:15 – Kinston 53, Bunn 33; Dawson rebounds Bunn miss, drives length of court, scores easy layup

6:42 – Kinston 55, Bunn 33; Taylor scores on beautiful assist from Dawson

6:38 – Bunn timeout

6:24 – Kinston 55, Bunn 35; High pretty jumper

5:53 – Kinston 56, Bunn 35; Keyes hits 1 of 2 FTs

5:29 – Kinston 56, Bunn 38; High hits 3 from 3 feet behind NBA 3 point line

4:57 – Kinston 57, Bunn 38; Dawson hits 1 of 2 FTs

4:36 – Kinston 57, Bunn 41; Perry 3-pointer

4:14 – Kinston timeout

3:14 – Kinston 59, Bunn 41; Dawson drive

1:46 – Kinston 61, Bunn 41; Taylor basket on Dawson’s 9th assist

1:25 – Kinston pulls starters

1:06 – Kinston 63, Bunn 41; Mykel Hart scores on offensive rebound

1:01 – Bunn timeout

0:40 – Kinston 63, Bunn 44; Tyler Sanders 3-pointer

FINAL SCORE: KINSTON 63, BUNN 44 — VIKINGS ADVANCE TO SATURDAY’S 4 P.M. REGIONAL FINAL AGAINST JACKSONVILLE NORTHSIDE/FAIRMONT

FINAL: Kinston 63, Bunn 44

Bunn     11  13   9   11 — 44

Kinston 11  22  16  14  — 63

BHS: DeShawn High 24, Tavon Perry 6, Brandon Batchelor 6, Javonte Perry 3, Tyler Sanders 3, Nick Johnson 2, Jonathon Alston 0, Jordan Lucas 0, Malik Finley 0, Thomas Dean 0. FG: 16-43 (37.2 percent); 3-pt: 10-24 (41.7 percent); FT: 2-6 (33.3 percent)

KHS: Brandon Ingram 17, Josh Dawson 14, Jeremy Taylor 12, Denzel Keyes 9, Qwari Ham 3, Andrew Lopez 3, Mykel Hart 2, Darnell Dunn 2, Tiquan Canady 1, VeQuain Joyner 0, Jaquan White 0, Trayvon Jones 0, Damian Williams 0. FG: 25-49 (51 percent); 3-pt 4-12 (33.3 percent); FT 9-12 (75 percent)

Rebounds: BHS (18) - J. Perry 5, Alston 3, Johnson 3, Batchelor 3, Lucas 1, TEAM 3; KHS (35) – Keyes 11, Dawson 7, Ingram 5, Taylor 3, Canady 3, Dunn 2, Joyner 1, Hart 1, TEAM 2.

Assists: BHS (10) – T. Perry 4, High 3, Johnson 1, Batchelor 1, J. Perry 1; KHS (13) – Dawson 9, Taylor 2, Ingram 1, Ham 1.

 

Live-blogging from Fayetteville

Be sure to check back here Thursday, Friday and Saturday as I’ll be live-blogging Kinston’s games in the 2A Eastern Regionals in Fayetteville. The boys’ tip off at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Bunn; the girls start at 7 p.m. on Friday, also against Bunn.

If they win, the boys play at 4 p.m. on Saturday against either Jacksonville Northside or Fairmont; if the girls win Friday, they’ll play either Siler City Jordan-Matthews or Graham at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

How I voted in the statewide NCPreps.com polls, Feb. 11

The full poll will be released later tonight — here are my votes.

Boys

1A

1. Winston-Salem Prep

2. Rocky Mount Prep

3. Plymouth

4. North Rowan

5. Monroe

6. Hendersonville

7. East Carteret

8. Albemarle

9. Lake Norman Charter

10. Goldsboro

 

2A

1. Kinston

2. East Rutherford

3. Waxhaw Cuthbertson

4. Shelby

5. Wendell Corinth-Holders

6. Burlington Cummings

7. Elizabeth City Northeastern

8. Trinity

9. West Stokes

10. West Caldwell

 

3A

1. Concord

2. Rocky Mount

3. Statesville

4. Fayetteville Westover

5. NE Guilford

6. Wilson Hunt

7. Chapel Hill

8. Oxford Webb

9. Gastonia Ashbrook

10. Gastonia Hunter Huss

 

4A

1. Charlotte Olympic

2. SW Guilford

3. Fayetteville 71st

4. Hoke County

5. Clayton

6. Garner

7. Pfafftown Reagan

8. Raleigh Broughton

9. Charlotte Ardrey Kell

10. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor

 

Girls

1A

1. Lejeune

2. North Wilkes

3. South Davidson

4. Monroe

5. Cherokee

6. Riverside-Martin

7. Salemburg Lakewood

8. Robbinsville

9. Lake Norman Charter

10. East Surry

 

2A

1. High Point Andrews

2. Kinston

3. Catawba Bandys

4. Burnsville Mountain Heritage

5. Reidsville

6. Granville Central

7. Pasquotank

8. North Surry

9. Pittsboro Northwood

10. Jordan-Matthews

 

3A

1. Northern Nash

2. Chapel Hill

3. Morganton Freedom

4. Eastern Wayne

5. West Craven

6. West Rowan

7. Hickory

8. Shelby Crest

9. Southern Vance

10. Northern Guilford

 

4A

1. Raleigh Millbrook

2. Charlotte Myers Park

3. Southeast Raleigh

4. Cary Green Hope

5. Charlotte Ardrey Kell

6. Wilmington Laney

7. Fayetteville 71st

8. Greensboro Page

9. Holly Springs

10. Alexander Central

Lenoir Co. Board of Elections responds to B.J. Murphy

Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy expressed his opinion about the Lenoir County Board of Elections attempting to unseat Director Dana King in an exclusive interview with Jon Dawson and I on this week’s Free Press Radio Show (I also wrote about his visit in this article).

Excerpted from the audio, the mayor said, “I think the entire board needs to change. I don’t know how soon the board changes after the governor’s race, but the fact is you have a Republican governor, so you should have two Republican board members now. …

(The current  board has) had it out for her since Day 1. The Democratic Party didn’t even tell the two former members they weren’t going to be gone. They replaced them with two new people. I like them; don’t get me wrong and it’s nothing personal. … Eventually, there comes a time when it’s time to step down.”

The Lenoir County Board of Elections sent this letter to B.J. this afternoon (and CC’ed Jon and I at the same time):

Mayor Murphy,

We have read and listened to your interview yesterday, February 7, with the Free Press.  We are astonished that you would not only buy into but choose to further the hearsay rumors about the Lenoir County Board of Elections’ motivation in seeking the termination of the Elections Director.

The rumors are wrong.  Contrary to their – and your – stated perception, this Board has not been “out to get” the Elections Director, from “Day 1” or at any time since then.  Even a casual reading of the publicly-available petition for termination would tell you, if you were to bother reading it before you arbitrarily assign motivation, that the petition was driven solely by the Board’s ongoing, unaddressed, and increasing concerns about the efficient, effective management of the Board of Elections – and thus, of Lenoir County residents’ money.

It is not, and has never been, about “getting” the Elections Director, or about anyone’s taking her job.

We feel safe in assuming that one of your primary concerns, as Mayor of Kinston, is the effective, efficient management of the City’s resources.  We fail to understand then why you so freely impugn, in a public forum, the Board of Elections members’ integrity for bringing that very same priority to our oversight of the agency we were all, in fact, appointed to oversee.

We see from the article that you think “the entire Board needs to change.”  We would point out to you that the majority of the Board did in fact change, less than two years ago.  We also see that you believe that “eventually, there comes a time when it’s time to step down.”  The former Board chairman, one of the people who were not reappointed 19 months ago, had served in that capacity for 16 years.  It seems to us that more than meets your timetable for tenure.   We can’t speak to the process by which the Democratic party made the appointments, because we were not part of that process;  unless you were part of it or have spoken to members of the Lenoir County Democratic Executive Committee about it, you might consider being more careful about assigning blame for what you appear in print to consider wrong.

Your claim in the Free Press interview that “it’s nothing personal” feels very personal to each of us.

Sincerely,

Sharon Kanter, Chair

Oscar Herring, Secretary

Kimberly Allison, Member

Lenoir County Board of Elections

Again, for the original interview, check out the link above for the show.

My take: I’ve always found Dana King to be a woman of integrity; she’s one of the few people in the public realm who ALWAYS answer their phones — and if she doesn’t, she calls back ASAP.

My only beef with her has been how slow we get Election Night results as compared with surrounding counties. However, I’ve always chalked that up to her wanting to make sure everything is 100 percent complete and that there wouldn’t be any mistakes. If that’s the case — and I believe it is — good for her.

Saying all this, the board seems to have a legitimate problem(s) with her and they’re doing what they have to do to fix it in their eyes. To be continued…

Kinston boys rise to No. 1 in NCPreps.com 2A poll; Kinston girls up to No. 7 — and how I voted

 

For the first time this season, the Kinston boys are No. 1 in the statewide NCPreps.com 2A poll. Additionally, the girls cracked the poll at No. 7.

Click here to see the complete polls.

And here’s how I voted. Incidentally, if you’re wondering why I didn’t post my votes last week … it’s because my dumb ass missed the deadline. Yikes.

Anyhoo — here’s my votes:

Feb. 4 — Boys
1A
1. Winston-Salem Prep
2. SW Onslow
3. Rocky Mount Prep
4. Plymouth
5. North Rowan
6. Monroe
7. Hendersonville
8. East Carteret
9. Albemarle
10. Lake Norman Charter
2A
1. Kinston
2. East Rutherford
3. Waxhaw Cuthbertson
4. Shelby
5. Trinity Wheatmore
6. West Caldwell
7. Monroe Piedmont
8. Wendell Corinth-Holders
9. Burlington Cummings
10. Central Davidson
3A
1. Concord
2. Rocky Mount
3. Oxford Webb
4. Hickory
5. Statesville
6. Fayetteville Westover
7. NE Guilford
8. Wilson Hunt
9. Chapel Hill
10. Gastonia Ashbrook
4A
1. Charlotte Olympic
2. SW Guilford
3. Fayetteville 71st
4. Garner
5. Raleigh Broughton
6. Hoke County
7. Winston-Salem Mount Tabor
8. West Charlotte
9. Clayton
10. McDowell County
Girls
1A
1. Lejeune
2. North Wilkes
3. South Davidson
4. Monroe
5. Cherokee
6. Riverside-Martin
7. Salemburg Lakewood
8. Robbinsville
9. Salemburg Lakewood
10. Warsaw Kenan
2A
1. High Point Andrews
2. North Surry
3. Kinston
4. Catawba Bandys
5. Burnsville Mountain Heritage
6. Reidsville
7. Graham
8. Granville Central
9. Pasquotank
10. Pittsboro Northwood
3A
1. Northern Nash
2. West Rowan
3. Chapel Hill
4. Morganton Freedom
5. Eastern Wayne
6. West Craven
7. Southern Vance
8. Hickory
9. Franklin
10. Winterville South Central
4A
1. Raleigh Millbrook
2. Charlotte Myers Park
3. Southeast Raleigh
4. North Mecklenburg
5. Cary Green Hope
6. Charlotte Ardrey Kell
7. Wilmington Laney
8. Fayetteville 71st
9. Greensboro Page
10. Durham Hillside