Tim Jenkins out at South Lenoir

Ive confirmed with two independent sources that Tim Jenkins, the football and baseball coach at South Lenoir, has resigned to become an assistant coach at East Duplin. A replacement for Jenkins who only coached one year at SL has not yet been announced, although it should be worked out this week by SL Principal Steve St. Amand and Athletic Director Lisa Smith.

Thanks to longtime blog supporter Jonathan Davis for giving me the tip on this nugget.

My take: Interesting development, especially since Jenkins announced on our podcast earlier this season(Im trying to find the link andIll post it heretomorrow)that he was going to be at South Lenoir until he retired orunless he got fired.

Im never going to denigrate a mans career choice, but this one hurts for South Lenoir. Its bad enough Jenkins is leaving the Blue Devils program(s) in a lurch baseball workouts begin REALLY SOON (this week, I think?) but to leave Deep Run for Beulaville? To be an assistant? Dang.

I hope Coach Jenkins was/will beclassy enough to address his team and look those freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the eye to tell him he was leaving ESPECIALLY after he was staying there until he retired.

We’re b-a-a-a-c-k

Yessir — your incessant emails, Facebook messages and general harrassment of me in most public places has paid off: the blog is back up and running.

I’m just kicking the tires and checking the oil around the ol’ site, but we’ll have some dandy new features for you in the next day or two.

Tell your friends: we’re back, baby.


The good folks at Freedom Communications have decided my blog needs to go to another server, so they are in the process of moving it now. I won’t be posting anything for the next few hours/couple of days until this is complete. Check out my Twitter feed at BCHanks for updates — and we’ll have this puppy back up and at it.

WCTI denies rumor of merger

WCTI ABC-12 — the home of our good friends Brian North, Derek Bayne, Wes Goforth, Skip Waters, John Swartz, Annette Newell and Carly Swain — has answered The Free Press’ original report about the merger of the three local TV stations with this story.

Here’s the original story (which has since been edited, but was much funnier here):

Reports in one local newspaper are erroneous about a merger between this station and two other competitors.

It was reported in the Kinston Free Press — a newspaper that’s aligned with the Jacksonville Daily News and the New Bern Sun Journal — that WCTI-TV would merge later this month with WNCT-TV and WITN-TV. Reports of that merger are completely false.

“I don’t know where that report came from, or who could have possibly confirmed it,” said Shane Moreland, news director at WCTI-TV. “But there is no such merger, and there has never been talk of such merger.”

Moreland went onto say that the only place one can see “that red dress” is on WCTI NewsChannel 12 and FOX Eastern Carolina.

WCTI-TV has file a cease-and-desist order against The Kinston Free Press and Freedom Communications, and will be seeking legal action against the newspaper.

The date on the cease-and-desist order is April 1, 2011.

My take: Hilarious! Good to see our friends at WCTI have a sense of humor, too!

Unless they’re serious …!

Tonight’s football postponements (updated 11:20 a.m.)

And … they’re off. Send me your Friday night football postponements because of this crazy rainy weather and I’ll post ‘em here.

Kinston at Wilson Beddingfield — postponed until Monday at 7 p.m. (thanks, Coach Gulledge!)

Swansboro at South Lenoir — postponed until Monday at 6 p.m. (thanks, Herman!)

Jacksonville Northside at East Duplin — postponed until Monday at 7:30 p.m. (thanks, PantherFan2!)

Parrott Academy at Lasker Northeast Academy — postponed until Monday at 6 p.m.

Greene Central at North Pitt — still on at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Hatcher to make first MLB start tomorrow!

Former Kinston High School and UNC-Wilmington star Chris Hatcher will be making the first MLB start of his career behind the plate for the Florida Marlins against the Milwaukee Brewers at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

If you don’t have the MLB package, you can’t watch it; however, I just talked to our good friend Rickie Killinger and he’ll be airing the game on his big screens at The Dugout (in the former Pastimes location). And not only can you watch Chris making history, you’ll be able to see all the NFL games on Rickie’s other TVs, too.

See you there — it’d be nice to have a good group of supporters at The Dugout to cheer one of our own on tomorrow!

John Eric Waters resigns as NL hoops coach; ‘Copperhead’ back in

From Lenoir County Schools:

John Eric Waters, teacher and head coach for the boys varsity basketball team at North Lenoir High School, has resigned.  Coach Waters has accepted a teaching position without coaching responsibilities in another school district. 


In addressing the subject of leaving his current position, Coach Waters stated, “I love North Lenoir and have enjoyed my years here.  I will miss everybody very much.  I am leaving only because I want to teach Physical Education and because I would like to be closer to my home in Goldsboro.  Not coaching basketball and baseball will give me more of an opportunity to spend more time at home with my family. I wish the best for North Lenoir, for the athletics programs, and for all of the staff members and students.”


North Lenoir principal, Brent Williams, expressed gratitude to Waters for the contributions that he has made to North Lenoir High School during his employment as teacher and coach by saying, “The members of the North Lenoir High School family appreciate his service to our school. He has worked very hard to move our basketball program forward.  We wish Coach Waters well in all that he does in the future.”  North Lenoir High School Director of Athletics, Wayne Barwick, agreed stating, “Coach Waters has been an asset to our coaching staff during his years here.  We wish him much success.”


An interim head varsity basketball coach for North Lenoir High School will be named within the next two weeks.

My take: Kind of surprising for this to happen this late in the school year, but things happen, I guess. I enjoyed my time working with Coach Waters — he was a pretty classy dude who always helped us with the UWDOB.

I don’t know why he’d resign this late, but I do know who will be the interim coach this year — and it’s a blast from the past.

Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Anthony “Copperhead” Loftin will take back over the program he helmed for several years until 2002. John Pyles, who assisted Copperhead for the girls’ team last year, will take over the girls’ team from Copperhead, who was the head coach from 2005-09.

Here’s my hope — that North Lenoir treats Copperhead better than it did the last time he was the head boys’ basketball coach. He was unceremoniously swept away in 2002 when Charlie Stevens was hired. But Copperhead never whined about it, never complained — and now he’s back in charge eight years later. He is truly one of the good guys in our area.

Here’s hoping NL wins about 25 games this year.

Kinston has its football coach

Thanks to Ryan Herman for this nugget:

Kinston nabs Greenville Rose assistant Anderson as head FB coach

By Ryan Herman, Sports Editor

Kinston finally has its guy.

The school officially announced late Wednesday it has selected former Greenville Rose assistant Nick Anderson to head up its football program. Anderson’s physical education teaching contract was approved by the Lenoir County Board of Education late Wednesday afternoon.

“We finally have our guy,” Kinston Athletic Director Wells Gulledge said. “It’s been a long search, but we finally found the one that we believe best fits what our program is about and will continue to keep the program at a high level.”

In his first varsity head coaching gig, Anderson, 28, comes to Kinston after five seasons leading the running backs at Rose, where he helped lead the Rampants to a 51-17 record and back-to-back state 4A titles in 2005 and 2006.

Anderson was the head junior varsity coach for two years from 2007 to 2009.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a head coach of a program,” Anderson said. “I knew it was late (to be hiring a head coach), but the process just fell together.

“I really like the area — Eastern North Carolina — and the position opened, so I tried for it and here we are.” 

Anderson’s hire comes 42 days after former head coach Battle Holley announced he was leaving the Vikings program to take a physical education job at East Duplin, where he also joined the football staff as an assistant.

Holley’s two seasons at the helm were well-documented, as he led the Vikings from a combined six wins the three seasons prior to his arrival to a regional championship game in his last year.

Anderson, no stranger to success, hopes to simply build on what Holley began.

“He came in and turned the program around,” Anderson said of Holley. “We just want to keep building on what he started.”

Anderson plans on doing that by continuing to focus on weight training, like Holley, and perhaps taking it even farther.

“We’re going to raise the level of commitment even higher,” he said.

My take: Good hire, methinks. I’ll probably have more on this tomorrow…

Welcome to the world, Caroline Grace Tribula!

I was going to put this in the Morning News Report, but I figured it deserved its own blog entry — congratulations to our very good friend, J.T. Tribula, on the birth of his new daughter, Caroline Grace Tribula. She was born at 11:25 a.m. yesterday, weighed 6 1/2 pounds and was 18 inches long.

Here’s a picture of the dad and baby I just stole from his Facebook page (click on it for a better view!):


Again, congrats, J.T.! Hope to soon have you back teaching and coaching where you belong — in Lenoir County!