Friday’s sectional championships — KHS, SL and JS are in the Regionals!

What a night! Kinston, South Lenoir and Jones Senior are all in the Regionals next week! Congratulations to the Vikings, Blue Devils and Trojans. 

Here’s the deal: the Regional assignments will be announced tomorrow morning or early afternoon. Kinston will play on Tuesday, South Lenoir will play on Friday and Jones Senior will play on Thursday.

My analysis later (when I get off deadline) – and I’ve got a lot of it.

Boys 

3A

Kinston 105, Hertford County 55 — KHS led 33-14 at the end of the 1Q, 65-27 at halftime and 89-41 after three quarters. Reggie Bullock scored 37 points, including 23 in the second quarter alone. Bo Ingram had 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Vikings shot 41 of 66 (62.1 percent) from the field and 14 of 23 (60.9 percent)

2A

South Lenoir 54, Clinton 42 — Blue Devils (16-12) were down 20-8 early, but turned it on late to advance to the first regional in school history. They’ll play either Farmville Central (22-3), West Bladen (27-2) or Southern Vance (16-8) in Friday’s first regional game.

1A

Pamlico 66, Ayden-Grifton 53 — Chargers end season at 21-7.

Jones Senior 66, West Columbus 58 — The Trojans (21-4) will play either Perquimans (21-5), Pamlico (18-6) or Plymouth (18-2)-North Edgecombe (27-1) in the 1A Regionals at 7 or 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Girls

1A

East Bladen 69, Jones Senior 43 – Trojans girls end season at 17-8. 

Thursday’s second-round boys’ results

All four of our boys’ teams won, meaning Friday is going to be a BUSY day! 

3A

Kinston 84, South Central 50 — The Vikings (24-4) will face their toughest test of the sectionals when they host Hertford County (24-2), the team that knocked them out two years ago.

2A

South Lenoir 53, Kitty Hawk First Flight 50 – The cardiac Blue Devils (15-12) will face East Central 2A-mate Clinton (25-3) for a berth in the regionals.

1A

Ayden-Grifton 56, Pender 47 — The Chargers (21-6) will host Pamlico (17-6) in the sectional final on Friday.

Jones Senior 71, Lakewood 57 — The Trojans (20-4) will host a doubleheader, beginning with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. against West Columbus (19-9)

My ugly mug on TACC-9

I did a segment about prep basketball with TACC-9′s Chris Hemeyer for his “Sportstalk” show; if you’re interested in watching it, here are the times on TACC-9:

Today (Thursday) — 9 p.m.

Friday — 6:30 a.m.

Saturday — 11 a.m.

Sunday — 5:30 p.m.

Hemeyer, who is also the voice of the Kinston Indians, does an excellent job with this show. Check it out.

Tuesday’s boys’ first-round results

Four of our five teams won tonight, and the fifth (North Lenoir) played a heck of a game before bowing out. Check out the complete NCHSAA scoreboards here. 

3A

Kinston 61, West Craven 49 — Vikings improve to 23-4 with win, host South Central (15-10) on Thursday.

2A

Eastern Guilford 85, North Lenoir 83 — NL ends season at 12-14, outrebounded 50-27 by Eastern Guilford, who also had 23 offensive rebounds. Juel Bizzell and Chris McPhail had 23 each for NL, which also got 22 from Tim Roberts.

South Lenoir 49, St. Pauls 42 — Fueled by 10 points from Alex Graham, SL (14-12) outscored SP 14-2 over the final 3 minutes of the game to turn a 40-35 deficit into the final result. Blue Devils will travel to Kitty Hawk First Flight (16-10) on Thursday.

1A

Ayden-Grifton 57, Topsail 40 – Chargers (20-6) travel to Pender (21-5) on Thursday.

Jones Senior 72, Hobbton 55 — Trojans (19-4) will host Lakewood (14-9) on Thursday.

2008 ECU football schedule

I’ll post my predictions later, but here you go:

2008 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 – Virginia Tech @Charlotte (ESPN/ESPN2)

Sept. 6 – WEST VIRGINIA (ESPN/ESPN2)

Sept. 13 – *at Tulane

Sept. 20 – at N.C. State

Sept. 27 – *HOUSTON

Oct. 11 – at Virginia

Oct. 18 – *MEMPHIS

Nov. 2 – *at UCF (ESPN/ESPN2)

Nov. 8 – *MARSHALL

Nov. 15 – *at Southern Miss

Nov. 22 – *at UAB

Nov. 29 – *UTEP

Dec. 6 – C-USA Championship Game @highest-seed campus site (ESPN/ESPN2)

Home games in ALL CAPS; *Conference USA game

Quick take: one thing you can say about Terry Holland — he’ll get some ACC games on the schedule. This is a good-looking schedule (well, except for the C-USA games). No patsy out-of-league games for the Pirates!

Changes, they are a’coming

Blogees — just a heads up: a new look is coming to the ol’ blog soon. Our advertising department has determined that we can make some money by putting some ads up here, so there will be ads soon here.

Don’t worry — I have been assured there will be NO — I repeat, NO — pop-up ads.

But this is a good opportunity for you business owners out there. This blog is the fourth highest-viewed blog in all of Freedom Communications, only behind three blogs in Orange County, Calif. It’s the highest viewed SITE within kinston.com and Freedom ENC (approximately 1,200 genuine page views a day; averaging approximately 32,000-36,000 a month).

To advertise on this site, call Billy Moore at (252) 559-1050 and he’ll hook you up with the right folks. You are going to be shocked at how cheaply you can advertise here.

And no, I don’t get anything extra with the new revenue.

Doggone it.

Monday’s girls’ playoff results

We lost three of our five girls’ teams tonight … for full scoreboard, visit the NCHSAA site here. 

3A

Bertie 42, Kinston 40 — Vikings (10-13) had two chances at the basket in the final seconds to tie the score.

2A

North Lenoir 71, Granville Central 40 — Hawks (18-9) led 37-12 at halftime, will host Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (18-7) on Wednesday.

Red Springs 63, South Lenoir 47 — Blue Devils (17-9) committed 19 turnovers, which Red Springs converted for 17 points; Red Springs only had six turnovers (three in first 31 minutes) and South Lenoir didn’t get any points off Red Devil turnovers.

1A

Jones Senior 63, Midway 44 — Trojans (16-7) will host Roanoke (17-10) on Wednesday.

SE Halifax 49, Ayden-Grifton 41 — Chargers end season at 20-7 with upset loss.

The amazing world of NASCAR

I don’t know why I allowed this to happen to myself — since I hate NASCAR – but it is 1:51 a.m. on Monday and I am awaiting the restart of the NASCAR race in Fontana. It was originally slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. our time. It ran for about 20 or so laps, then was delayed, then went about 60 more before it was halted again.

They have literally pushed the restart back four times to, now, 2 a.m., our time.

Anybody else still up?

UPDATE AT 2:05 a.m.: Well, NASCAR did it again. I was in an ESPN chat room with a few dozen fans who stayed up this late for the race and it’s been postponed until 1 p.m. our time (10 a.m. local) today. Good job, NASCAR. Way to screw your fans again…

State playoff pairings, first-round of sectionals

See the complete pairings at the NCHSAA site.

Boys (games are on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Tuesday 

3A

West Craven (10-16) at Kinston (22-4)

2A

South Lenoir (13-12) at St. Paul’s (11-11)

North Lenoir (12-13) at Eastern Guilford (14-11)

1A

Hobbton (9-15) at Jones Senior (18-4)

Topsail (14-12) at Ayden-Grifton (19-6)

Girls (games are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Monday

3A

Kinston (10-12) at Bertie (16-7)

2A

Granville Central (10-10) at North Lenoir (17-9)

South Lenoir (17-8) at Red Springs (21-4)

1A

Midway (13-10) at Jones Senior (15-7)

SE Halifax (14-11) at Ayden-Grifton (20-6)