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Friday, March 10, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 11 C.B. Aycock HS • GOLDEN FALCONS HEAD COACH: CHARLES DAVIS • EASTERN CAROLINA 3-A/4-A • 2016 RECORD: 21-5 News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO The 2017 Charles B. Aycock High School varsity baseball team PLAYER POS. YR. 2 Carson Smitherman IF Jr. 3 Tyler Daniels IF Jr. 4 Chandler Matthews U Sr. 5 Nick Aycock IF/P Jr. 6 Blake Gipson IF/P Jr. 7 Bradley Pate IF/OF Sr. 9 Cody Whaley IF/OF Jr. 10 Alex Aycock OF Jr. 11 Joey Hampton OF Sr. 14 Jordan Gay IF/P Jr. 15 Luke Frederick OF/P Jr. 16 Zack Brewer OF/P Jr. 17 Sam Mott IF Sr. 18 Dakoda Leeper OF Sr. 20 Chris Turner IF/OF Sr. 24 Nolan Harrell IF Jr. 28 Zack Mott IF Sr. RESULTS OPPONENT SCORE Hunt W, 11-1 (5) at Northern Nash W, 7-1 at Rosewood W, 3-0 REMAINING SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT March 8 North Lenoir March 10 at Hunt March 15 Rosewood March 17 Southern Wayne* March 21 at D.H. Conley* March 24 South Central* March 25 Southeastern^ March 28 at New Bern* March 29 at Greene Central March 31 J.H. Rose* April 4 at Eastern Wayne* April 5 at North Lenoir April 6 Greene Central April 11 at Southern Wayne* April 13 D.H. Conley* April 15 Cardinal Gibbons# April 17 Rocky Mount# April 18 RM Academy# April 25 at South Central* April 28 New Bern* May 2 at J.H. Rose* May 4 Eastern Wayne* END OF REGULAR SEASON ^ — Tobs Classic * — ECC 3-A/4-A games # — Golden Leaf Invitational 2017 SCHEDULE 2017 ROSTER Continued from 4 "I got saved at 23 years old," he said with a smile. "And six months later I was the pastor of a church… went to school full-time, five nights a week… I've always been a motivated type-guy." Indeed so. And Norris has worked diligently since then — from scratch, because there's no other way — building rela- tionships, exploring all manners of faith and helping others find the best versions of themselves. The work is far from easy, but redeeming. This spring, Norris will continue the journey, hoping to instill in his players some of what he has experienced over a 35-year tour of faith and, in one par- ticular case long ago, futility. It's an opportunity he relishes. "I've always been about bringing out the best in everybody," Norris said. "(And) we've got some good kids and some good talent… I just felt like this year I was supposed to help them out." Norris By JUSTIN HAYES jhayes@newsargus.com PIKEVILLE — He's an easy smile these days, loose. And his thoughts, which range from old- school education to a grimy pair of channel- locks ahead of a recent Saturday drive through his hometown, drift in and out of the baseball lockers he helped build, and that he works to fill now with his players' laundry. They also tell you much of what you need to know about Charles Davis — the powder-blue ball coach whose Hall of Fame resume is, quite possibly, the least impres- sive thing about him. • He's the son of Black Creek — always. On the surface, it's a parcel of vine-ripe fresh- ness that stretches 0.7 miles in all its glory. Along Minshew Street, a governing-body water tower keeps an eye over the town. A few blocks away, the good folks of Lee Woodard Elementary School take care of the rest. It's the type of place today's most popular country singer-songwrit- ers would like to hail from, but can't — because Nashville's office of central casting doesn't have property rights in God's country. "You knew everybody, and everybody knew you," Davis reflected of his formative years there. "The school was the centerpiece of the community, and whatev- er the teachers said was the gospel… if you messed up, you were gonna get it." That discipline was also a staple of his home life, where two devout, up-by-the-sun parents raised Davis and his sis- ter to mind proper things. It was far from a monastic upbringing, but certain principles had to be given due observation — and hard work was atop the list. "It's what was expected of kids back then," the coach recalls. "You get out of school during the summer, have a couple of weeks off… and then tobacco season started." He spots a barn in the distance, still standing after all this time, and points. Repeatedly. "We'd get there at 5:30 in the morning," he said. "And take out these barns of tobacco, just do what you were supposed to do… It would be a hundred degrees in the fields, and guess what — nobody even said any- thing about it." Davis had his share of fun times, too, collecting bottles along the railroad track in exchange for a scoop of Dip ice cream at the Centre Street filling station — a place where townsfolk often gathered to gossip and gab about the business of Black Creek. Homespun wi-fi, if you will. But all of those times paled in comparison with the games Davis and his army of Lee Woodard pals staged behind a run of live Oaks near the cor- ner of Center and Ceme- tery Streets. Roughly the size of a football field, "the big yard" was a vacant lot that hosted a weekly symposium of grade- school luminaries. Every Sunday after supper and a lightning-quick change of clothes, the gang would gather en masse — sometimes in excess of 20 heads — to recre- ate what they'd read about all week in the daily rag or witnessed on a recent "Game of the Week" telecast. And come rain, shine, tobacco-barn heat adviso- ry or frost, they played. • He's the son of the truth, as seen fit by his daddy. A small business owner who made a living with his hands, the elder Davis stressed a great many lesson to his only son before passing in 2008 — rules of a God- fearing playbook to stretch across all seasons. "He was a man's man, I guess you could say," Davis recalled of his pops. "His sole purpose was to raise his children to the best of his ability and provide for his family… and that's what he did." Which meant simple things. There was church in regular doses at First Presbyterian, where his mother still worships, and ball games — a ton of them, together, by radio or television — because there can never be too many Yankee fans under one roof. Later, when teenage responsiblities became a part of his life, there was the punctuality talk — one that still carries with Davis, who often quotes his favorite line to a will- ing listener. "If you're early," he says with a joke's-on-you smile, "then you're never late." • He's the son of respon- sibilty, end of story. The carousel tour is over and Davis lumbers alone back to the field house on Aycock's cam- pus. He gladly would've talked more, and proba- bly waxed humbly for a good while about how nothing is perfect and how he's been incredibly lucky all these years in Pikeville — but his son has a doubleheader in Greenville, and time is ticking. By degrees, with each step, he gets smaller. Eventually, he passes the football gate and disap- pears for good. He'll probably check the laundry again before leaving town. Davis' value of hard work is cornerstone CBA baseball ■ Beddingfield grad and Black Creek native uses 'tools of the trade' he learned from his parents. 2302 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro • 919-735-6936 www.waynerespiratory.com WAYNE PHARMACY AND RESPIRATORY HOME CARE Go where you want, when you want without worrying about running out of oxygen tanks. Call us to discuss the benefits of the InogenOne ® portable oxygen concentrator. At Wayne Pharmacy & Respiratory Homecare we offer this free of charge to our oxygen users for vacations or travel when airline use is involved as it is FAA approved. The InogenOne ® is a single solution portable oxygen concentrator; small lightweight, quiet and easy to use. It can be used at home, sleeping and travel. 67CT0317J© Headed To The Game? Follow us on Twitter: @newsargussports Charles B. Aycock's Blake Gipson (6) is out at second base as Hunt attempts to turn a double play during their season-opening game last Wednesday. CBA has won six straight season openers. News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO

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