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Friday, March 10, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 5 www.facebook.com/GoldsboroPediatrics Stay Connected Every Step of the Way. Supporting Wayne County baseball & softball teams since 1978. Schedule your child's annual physical with Goldsboro Pediatrics today and we'll not only ensure a healthy school year, but also complete your child's sports physical during the visit. That means one thing: more money for hot dogs and post-game victory ice cream. 61DCT0317J© Every Step Of The Way 919-734-4736 –– Princeton –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-936-3164 –– Mt. Olive –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-658-9123 –– LaGrange –– Pediatrics P.A. 252-566-5999 www.GoldsboroPediatrics.com A HEALTHY SEASON – BEGINS WITH A – HEALTHY T E A M Wayne Christian • EAGLES HEAD COACH: PETE NORRIS • CPIC 1-A • 2016 RECORD: 7-8 News-Argus/SETH COMBS The 2017 Wayne Christian School varsity baseball team DATE OPPONENT March 7 Jones Senior March 9 Kerr-Vance Academy March 13 at Community* March 17 Bethel Christian March 21 Northwood Temple March 27 at Greenfield* March 31 at Wayne Country Day* April 3 Greenfield* April 11 Community* April 13 Wayne Country Day* April 28 at Jones Senior END OF REGULAR SEASON * — CPIC 1-A games 2017 SCHEDULE By JUSTIN HAYES jhayes@newsargus.com He walks and talks, talks and walks. There's a flight of stairs, unusually narrow and vertical, which he handles like someone competing for an opening- day roster spot. Up, down and in a flash, back. The man still has quicks. Around the corner, a retail-inspired rack of clothing runs the length of a hallway, which he explains was formed through the kindness of wonderful civic partners. Beyond the cardigans and cargos and capris and clutches is a mili- tary-grade walk-in cooler — a titanic bounty of perishables — that had be to installed in sections due to its size. Thank goodness, he adds, they don't have any trouble keeping it full. Following another turn, more hallway runs out, leading to additional rooms — a daycare, a pre-school, a kinder- garten and something called "Uptown," a stadi- um-seated, vaulted the- atre dressed in stage black that both enter- tains and inspires. Over the past 20 years, newly-minted Wayne Christian varsity base- ball coach Pete Norris built Harvest Fellowship Church — a 25,000 square foot hall of good tidings in downtown Goldsboro — largely on his own, from the ground up. Not bad for a converted minor-league shortstop. • Before Norris accepted the school's offering this winter, he worked dili- gently to quiet a loud, recurring concern — how in the world would prac- tice plans, safety squeeze reps and theories of run manufacturing fit in with the obligations of his faith-based life? The question wandered with him most days, and rightly so. In addition to leading the congregation at Har- vest each Sunday, Norris also supervises a staff of 24 volunteers that gather three days a week to pre- pare and serve breakfast for the area's homeless — a spread of goodwill that touches nearly 2,000 Wayne County citizens per month. What's left of the week is another tightrope, one spent navigating an orga- nizational maze that includes research and writing, the development of four fellowships and the continued coordina- tion with partners such as the Eastern North Caroli- na Food Bank — a rela- tionship that, above all else, keeps his group in a position to help others. Amidst what seemed like endless deliberation, his answer arrivedly sim- ply. "What I do for a living has kind of consumed me the last twenty years," Norris said of his day- job. "But my daughter's a junior now, and she'll be gone after next year, so I thought… I need to do this — and I believe there is a lot I can pour into young kids." • The coach grew up a cut-off throw from Golds- boro, in Benson, and played the game with his school chums when not tending matters on his family's hog farm. After Little League, it was on to South John- ston High School, where he traded bullpen gas with the likes of Ray Tanner and learned the game from Hall of Fame skipper Bruce Coats — friendships and lessons that inspired confidence, dreams and hopes of a big league future. "I had several scholar- ship offers, but chose to go try and play a little pro ball," Norris recalled of the time. "But I was too young, too imma- ture… I just wasn't ready for that lifestyle." So after 18 months of hacking out a meager liv- ing as a Dodgers farm hand, in places like pan- fried Sarasota and Dou- ble-A Bakersville, Norris returned home — where he would begin defining the man he is today. • Grace would be the new grooved fastball for Pete Norris. www.goldsborophysicaltherapy.com Preventing & Treating Sport Related Injuries 919.734.1311 2503 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 Preventing. Treating. Caring. Serving Goldsboro & Surrounding Areas for Over 30 Years Happily Treating Patients In Our Main Office and Our Family Y Satellite Office New Patients Welcome Most Medical Insurance Accepted & Filed • Physician Referral Not Required Ken D. Keesee, DPT • Eric C. Bourgeois, DPT • Tony L. Williams, PT Amanda P. Palmer, PT • Martie S. Saylors, PT • Bill P. Sorrels, PT 44DCT0317J© Norris feels 'time is right' to guide Eagles' ballclub ■ Wayne Christian advanced to the sec- ond round of the NCISAA 1-A playoffs last season. See NORRIS, Page 11 PLAYER POS. YR. 3 Jaxon Bauer IF So. 4 Bailey Woods OF 8th 5 Holden Foster IF Sr. 6 Corbett Schaefer OF So. 7 Luke Suggs IF So. 8 Dawton King IF Fr. 9 Tyler Kornegay IF 8th 10 Will White IF So. 12 Addison Johnson OF Fr. 13 Josiah Simmons OF Jr. 14 Jamari Waters OF Jr. 17 Ted Suggs IF Sr. 18 Jaxon Anderson OF Jr. 2017 ROSTER

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