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Favorable Comments by Sun Journal Sports Writer

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by Kevin Travis, New Bern Sun Journal

Special fall season

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Plenty of highlights, high points

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My first sports season at the Sun Journal has been a blast.

While the fall season is coming to a close and the winter one is rapidly approaching, I’m hoping we can extend football season until Dec. 11. That’s the date of the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship games.

The undefeated New Bern Bears are still rocking in the 4-A playoffs, while the Havelock Rams are still alive in the 3-A playoffs. The 4-A state title game will be held at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University. The 3-A state title game will be played at Carter-Finley Stadium at N.C. State.

It would be great if sports writer Adam Thompson and I were still covering football games on Dec. 11.

The Bears, with the likes of Josh Taylor, Tyrell Lindsey, Karon Simmons and Jerrell Armstrong, and the Rams, led by the likes of Garrett Crowe, Jerell Wallace, Andy Keel, Alex Malone and Addrick Rasberry, have provided several highlights already this season.

Playoff time is always the busiest time of the season for sports editors and sports writers. But it’s also the best time.

We’re always hoping a team, or an individual, can rise above the rest and be crowned state champion.

While nobody has earned that honor so far, several individuals and teams did make a nice run.

New Bern’s Ashley Osiecki and Shelby Osiecki capped off a phenomenal season by placing in a tie for eighth and a tie for 11th, respectively, in the 4-A state golf championships. Just sophomores, the sisters have a chance to do even better in the next two years.

The Pamlico and Havelock cross country teams enjoyed success this season, as both competed in the state meet. Finishing off a great career at the state meet is a nice way for Havelock head coach Terry Taylor to go out.

West Craven won its first playoff game in soccer. The always-classy Aaron Steele and his Eagles had a great season, setting a school-record for wins and earning all kinds of respect. The play of Jaime Cortes is something I won’t forget for a long time.

Though New Bern didn’t win a soccer playoff game, the play of Sasha Seymore and Christian Hansen always impressed me.

Pamlico made a strong run in the state volleyball playoffs, getting all the way to the fourth round. Kaylah Blount, Leigh Ward, Allison Hollowell, Darian Roberts, Parker Lee, Kara Cayton and company, guided by Coach Heidi Griffee, had a sensational season. They were a fun bunch to cover.

We’re hoping to have the Sun Journal all-area volleyball and soccer teams completed by Thanksgiving, though a special project and winter sports previews, on top of football playoff coverage, may postpone that. Much like the athletes we’ve covered in this fall season, we’ll try our best.


Kevin Travis can be reached at 252-635-5669 or at ktravis@freedomenc.com.

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