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2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 21 Continued from 4 take it,'"Baynes said."I said 'Alan,I don't want to take it from you.'" Cuddington quickly answered. "Well,it's not like that,"he said. "If I'm going to stop doing it,I want you to start doing it." RHS athletics director followed up Cuddington's call and encouraged Baynes to take the position.And rightly so.Baynes is a proven coach — three Carolina 1-A champi- onships in boys' golf and two league crowns in boys' tennis. One condition remained. It had to be a family affair.Baynes' wife,Jennifer,played for former RHS coach Debbie Bailey.And he's employed his two boys,Daniel (DB) and Benjamin (Benja),to chase loose balls that bounce over the fence and serve as water boys. "I think it's going to be real fun," Baynes said. Rosewood filed a 5-3-1 worksheet and lost to Chatham Central in sec- ond-round play of the N.C.High School Athletic Association Class 1- A dual-team playoffs a year ago. Three seniors graduated. Three of the top six are back. Faith Baker,says Baynes,is the lock at No.1 seed.But the senior plans to graduate in December and has registered for courses at Wayne Community College.Lintner should hold down the No.2 seed for the sec- ond straight season.Kiandra Taylor, who found some grit and determina- tion in her game,has almost solidi- fied a spot among the top four. "I'm really hoping that Faith can come back this year and play with us because she would really help us out a whole lot,"Baynes said."(But) we do have a group of girls who are still strong and experienced.Kiandra is a wonderful athlete and she took up the game a little bit later than the other girls." As Baynes runs the roster through his head,he stops at Emily Kornegay. The junior worked out with Baynes this summer and he observed her ded- ication to improve her style of play. There's also sophomore Lexi Clucas, who has shown some growth during the offseason. In total,16 girls are on the team. Baynes didn't cut any players. When he took over the boys' pro- gram,he enlisted a large corps of underclassmen and diligently worked with them so they could step into starting roles when the seniors began to graduate. "Hopefully,they'll learn the skills, get better and then we can just plug them (into the lineup),"Baynes said. "All summer,I've worked out with these players on Mondays and Wednesdays.Some of those days I was worn out by noon because of the heat.It's a lot of fun." Always a strategist who picks his wife's brain,Baynes devised four goals — play smart,exploit the opponent's weakness,use all areas of the court and terminate the point quickly —to help Rosewood play economical tennis this fall. That four-part plan will undoubted- ly continue the tradition established by his predecessors — Cuddington, Clifton Greenup,Bailey and Bert Perkins.Perkins guided RHS to the state 1-A dual-team final in 2002. Coach FALLSPORTSOUTLOOKS FOOTBALL • Cameron Helt left a big void as a dual- threat quarterback. Two-way starter Tucker Chapin seems determined to step in and take the reins. Mike Reid and sprinter Amrei Atwell should provide speed and get considerable protection from an experienced offensive line. Head coach Robert Britt has changed his defensive scheme in hopes of utilizing speed on the edges,and making tackles in open spaces. However,RHS must avoid key injuries that will deplete its roster. The Eagles open the season Friday at Charles B. Aycock in Pikeville. VOLLEYBALL • The Eagles lost seven players to gradu- ation. According to the RHS roster from 2016,head coach Jennifer Cochran should have junior middle hitter Toree Mack, sophomore libero/setter Braylee Butts, sophomore setter Kaitlyn Kincaid and junior libero/outside hitter Macy Tyndall in uniform this fall. The four provide a great nucleus for the Eagles,who filed an 11-12 record last season that included a third-place fin- ish in Carolina 1-A Conference play. BOYS' SOCCER • Rosewood returns five starters — sophomores Hayden Maldonado,Logan Mitchell and Logan Price; junior Gio Abril and senior Daniel Aburto. Abril and Aburto generated plenty of offense for the Eagles who reeled off four wins in their first six outings in 2016. The season — an 8-11 campaign — ended with a opening-round,double-over- time loss to Spring Creek in the NCHSAA state 1-A playoffs. CROSS COUNTRY • Rosewood has just 13 runners — six boys and seven girls. Head coach Jami Amy expects both teams to fare well on a con- ference,regional and state level this fall. Back for the girls are her daughter,Elaina; Angela Puzzo and Sierra Dietz. Amy placed fourth during the season-ending Carolina 1- A Conference championship meet and made her third appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state meet. "I have high hopes for Elaina because she has been running all summer and I think she's going to be faster than she was last year," coach Amy said. The boys are led by seniors Cameron Smith,Owen Blevins and Joseph Dubose. Also back is junior Spencer Riggs. Smith wound up seventh in the Carolina 1-A finals,while Blevins was 14th. "I think we have a strong boys' team as well with some new guys who can be really good," Amy said. "We'll know after our first meet." GIRLS' GOLF • Three sophomores return — Rebecca Dunham,Briyann Sutton and Sequoyah Davis. Freshman Gracie Smith is a newcomer. "(She) has shown a lot of promise with her ability from what we've seen,but she's new at it," RHS head coach Shay Campbell said. The N.C. High School Athletic Association has abandoned the "triple-bogey pickup" rule and gone to double-par scoring. the change could lengthen regular-season matches scheduled for either nine or 18 holes. Campbell understood that the Association wants to give more inexperienced players a chance and hopefully grow some more pro- grams in the state. He mentioned that sev- eral schools in the eastern part of the state, particularly in this season,have added girls' programs for 2017. He expects that Lane Tree Golf Club will be the site for the Mideast 1-A/2-A regional championship. Continued from 11 Magna Carta-inspired list of things to do,McClary Jr.gave pause,considering all the things that made him Southern's new hope. Those things,as it turned out,were people. He recalled the many faces,too countless to list,at the Parks and Recreation Center.He recalled youth league volunteers, middle school coaches,classroom teachers and the long,end- less days jack-knifing the sled for Elvin James at Cougar Stadium. And his parents — always. "All of that came at just one time,"the coach recalled."But it was short lived,because that decision was made the Monday (week) of our first game… I reflected on it a little bit,but I had to tighten up —we had a game that Friday night." And there is the story. Ronnie McClary,Jr.,in a moment of benchmark cultural importance and personal success,chose first to reflect on the many people that made him fit for the position. Which,looking back,means the Southern Wayne brass hired way more than a person representing history in Dudley — they hired perhaps the only man capable of handling it. Moment FALLSPORTSOUTLOOKS GIRLS' GOLF • Familiar faces. Such is the case for the lady linksters of Southern Wayne,who are slated to begin their season on August 29 in Mount Olive. It's likely the troupe will be paced by Cathryn Jones,a senior who led the team in stroke aver- age (54.7) a season ago. Her play will be complemented by classmate Amanda Murphy and junior Lauren Davis,who will try to push the Halos to brand new heights under third-year head coach Michael Wiggs. BOYS' SOCCER • 582 miles. That spells out the early-season travel ite- narary for Mario Aguilar and Co.,who will con- test five of their first six matches elsewhere before opening conference play at home versus New Bern on September 19. Over a 28-day span,the red-and-blue's road swing will see it barnstorm Rocky Mount, Fayetteville,Teachey,Fuquay-Varina and Winterville — map dots with opponents that will very likely examine the Halo's character ahead of its usual ECC 3-A grind. Stay tuned. VOLLEYBALL • Jamie Williams returns for her third cam- paign as leader of the Lady Saints,who opened their season in a very familiar place Aug. 15 — Goldsboro High School. Here's hoping her second season at the helm is a charm for the Lady Halos,who have won just three matches over the last two years. CROSS COUNTRY • According to Southern Wayne athletics director David Lee,new coaches will direct the program this season. Expect the Saints to put quality runners on the 5k course. But the ulti- mate goal is preparation for three sports — bas- ketball,indoor and outdoor track. GIRLS' TENNIS • The varsity team will play a conference-only schedule this season with home-and-away matches against South Central (season opener, Aug. 24),New Bern,J.H. Rose,D.H. Conley and its two county rivals — Eastern Wayne and Charles B. Aycock.

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