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Greenville, NC, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Caleb King returning as Havelock head football coach

HAVELOCK, N.C. (WNCT) — Caleb King is back as Havelock High School’s football coach. In a social media post, King announced the move. He also said Allen Wooten, who was the head coach last season, will now serve as an assistant coach. King was the Havelock head coach in 2018 and 2019 before leaving for […] → Read More

ECU players, fans still soaking in record-setting Birmingham Bowl win

Former D.H. Conley standout Holton Ahlers closed out his East Carolina University football career with a Birmingham Bowl-record five touchdown passes as the Pirates rolled to a 53-29 win over Coastal Carolina. → Read More

Class 2-A state title preview: East Duplin vs. Reidsville

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCT) — Four area high school football teams will be participating in the state finals starting Friday. Area coaches gather in Charlotte for state title preps WNCT will take a preview look at each of the classification’s games, including the Class 2-A state title game between East Duplin and Reidsville. On Monday, we […] → Read More

New Bern ends regular season as Touchdown Friday Top 9 champ

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The New Bern High School Bears went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll. Torrey Nowell and company ripped through the Big Carolina 3-A/4-A conference with a 6-0 record, averaging over 47 points a game and giving up an average of just six points a game. Here is the final poll. → Read More

Touchdown Friday: New Bern, East Duplin clinch titles

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — One was an epic game and the other was not. In the end, both led to significant moments for the teams that won. East Duplin won the annual battle of Duplin County, edging Wallace-Rose Hill 13-12 on Friday. The win gives the Panthers (8-1) the East Central 2-A regular season title. […] → Read More

ECU entertains Memphis for homecoming

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina celebrates Homecoming this weekend when Memphis comes calling for an American Athletic Conference affair at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the contest will air on ESPNU with Brian Custer (play-by-play), Dustin Fox (analyst) and Lauren Sisler (sideline) on the call. The Pirates are under the direction […] → Read More

Touchdown Friday Week 7: Rose, Riverside, FC pick up wins

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Week 7 is mostly in the books except for some games that were pushed to Monday due to anticipated bad weather from Ian. Whew. It seems to happen every football season. 2022 is no different. Games that were scheduled for Friday were moved to Wednesday and Thursday this week. All of […] → Read More

Wood Ducks will have new manager in 2023

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The Down East Wood Ducks will be playing under a new manager in 2023. Steve Mintz was a staple in Kinston as the pitching coach for four seasons before moving up to the managerial role. He has been let go by the Texas Rangers organization. The Wood Ducks finished 2023 with […] → Read More

New Bern stays No. 1 in Touchdown Friday Top 9, lots of changes after that

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The first Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll was perfect. Not so much for Week 2. Four of the area’s teams in the poll lost last Friday. As a result, there were a number of changes to the poll heading into Week 3. Games will be played on Thursday and Friday this […] → Read More

Ladies Football Clinic provides in-depth look at Pirate football

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Friday night was ladies’ night for ECU football. East Carolina head coach Mike Houston and his wife, Amanda, hosted the annual Mike Houston Ladies Football Clinic. It was a chance for female fans to get to know more about the ECU football program and see the facilities. They also had time […] → Read More

ECU set to host Texas in Greenville Super Regional

GREENVILLE, N.C. – No. 8 national seed East Carolina (45-19) will host its first-ever on-campus Super Regional when it takes on No. 9 Texas (45-19) Friday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch of the weekend is slated for noon and will be televised on ESPN2. ECU Police speak on safety ahead of big events […] → Read More

‘We’re not done yet’: Pirates ready for conference tourney

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WNCT) –The East Carolina baseball team is set to face South Florida on Tuesday in the second game of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. East Carolina comes into the tournament having won 14 games in a row. The Pirates were 20-4 on the year in conference play, and they won their third straight […] → Read More

Cole’s OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho extended the game. Ian Cole ended it. And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs despite being completely outplayed most of the night. Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Wednesday […] → Read More

NCHSAA baseball playoffs second round recap

NCHSAA scores, pairings: Class 1-A | Class 2-A | Class 3-A | Class 4-A Scroll down to see highlights from several of Thursday’s NCHSAA baseball second round games featuring eastern North Carolina teams. → Read More

NCHSAA softball playoffs first round recap

Here’s a look at how local teams fared Tuesday in the first round of the NCHSAA softball playoffs. Scroll down to see highlight videos from each game. → Read More

Farmville Central, Kinston advance to 2-A Final Four

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — There are some familiar faces in the state Final Four of the high school basketball playoffs. Farmville Central and Kinston will meet in the boys Class 2-A East final with a spot in the state finals on the line. Both teams won their respective games on Tuesday. Farmville Central’s girls also […] → Read More

Daffer’s 54-yard FG as time expires gets ECU past Navy 38-35

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Owen Daffer drilled a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give East Carolina a 38-35 victory over Navy on Saturday night. Maquel Haywood scored on a 98-yard kickoff return that gave Navy (2-8, 2-5 American) a 35-27 lead with 8:33 remaining. East Carolina’s Holton Ahlers answered with a 28-yard touchdown pass to […] → Read More

Pirates look for two in a row at home against Temple on Saturday

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina will try to extend its American Athletic Conference home winning streak to four in a row – the Pirates’ longest run of success at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as a member of the league – when it hosts Temple for a 3 p.m. matchup Saturday. ECU will also attempt to post its […] → Read More

Tarboro remains No. 1, lots of other changes in latest Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Tarboro remains the No. 1 team in our Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll. After that, it’s a totally different look heading into Week 10 of the high school football season. Four of the nine ranked teams from last week each lost: North Pitt, Havelock, Jacksonville and J.H. Rose. Because of that, […] → Read More

Tarboro remains on top of latest Touchdown Friday Top 9

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — We are in Week 9 of the high school football season and a familiar face remains on top of the latest Touchdown Friday Top 9 poll. Tarboro lost its season opener to Rocky Mount, dropping the Vikings from the top spot in the preseason poll. Since then, the Vikings have rolled […] → Read More