Raising the bar

Teen places 3rd in national weightlifting test. by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Shelby Neal started weightlifting in March and is already a nationally recognized weightlifter. The 15-year-old placed third in the 117-pound weight class in the National Youth Weightlifting...

Rolesville pitcher named to All-State team

by Marty Simpkins ROLESVILLE — For the second year in a row, Madison Taylor made the All-State team for the Rolesville High School softball team. The sophomore batted a .443 and hit four doubles. She also tossed 62 strikeouts and had an Earned Run Average of 1.6 as a starting...

Mustang-9 wins sectional championship

by Marty Simpkins YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville’s U9 All-star baseball team won the Piedmont Sectional Tournament July 1 at Garner. Mustang-9 features some of the best eight and nine-year olds Youngsville, Franklinton and Bunn have to offer. They swept their three pool games to enter...

Camp Gladiator comes to Wake Forest

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Camp Gladiator just wrapped up their first week of their third camp in Wake Forest. Over 80 people from the surrounding area have joined the fitness camp where they perform various exercises such pushups, sit-ups, plyometrics and other...

Undefeated Rockies walk away as champs

Rockies 14, Indians 13 by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Rockies finish the season undefeated after beating the Indians, 14-13 off a walk-off double from Megan Rogers to win the 14U fast-pitch softball championship June 30. The Rockies took an early 6-1 lead after the first...

Patriots are summer league champs

Franklin Academy 59, Raleigh Charter 17 by Marty Simpkins ZEBULON — It’s been a great start to the summer for the Franklin Academy girls basketball team. They defeated conference rival Raleigh Charter, 59-17, Friday to win the summer league basketball tournament at East Wake...

Lake Monsters emerge on top

Lake Monsters 16, Nuts 5 by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — The Lake Monsters defeated the Nuts, 16-5, to win the Wake Forest minor league baseball championship. All 13 players on the Lake Monsters’ roster got at least one base hit during the game, and they combined for three home...

Local athletes perform well at state Junior Olympics

by Marty Simpkins GREENSBORO — Ten athletes from the Rolesville Athletic Academy and a Wake Forest High School graduate placed in the top eight at the state USA Track and Field Junior Olympics this past weekend at NC A&T State University in Greensboro. All three of the...

The French connections

Local youth soccer players travel to France by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Some local kids competed in a soccer tournament in LeMans, France June 6-7. Dario Brose assembled the team of nine North Carolina boys and one from Detroit, Mich. and made the arrangements. His nephew,...

Athletics win youth senior baseball league

WAKE FOREST — The Athletics won the Wake Forest Park & Rec Youth Senior Baseball League championship game by way of forfeit. They finished first place in the regular season as well. Pictured above is the team: (back row from left to right) Assistant Coach Don Preskenis,...

Patriot wins 3-point contest

ZEBULON — Franklin Academy’s Chris Golding won the 3-point contest in East Wake Academy’s summer basketball tournament June 25. Golding knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first round and then splashed home 10 in the final round to win the contest. “I just tried to get off as...

Heritage sports camps improve kids’ game

by Marty Simpkins WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School wrapped up their sports camps that they held June 15-18 and June 22-25. Local kids learned how to play soccer and lacrosse from the Heritage coaches and other volunteers. A total of 81 kids attended the week-long camps. There...