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Frank looks back at October-December 2017

Revised on: 01.24.2018 at 09:55 a.m.

Posted on: 01.12.2018 at 11:40 a.m.


  • West Columbus Boys Soccer defeats East Columbus 3-2 for its first conference win since 2014.
  • Jason Nance picks all 18 games correctly in the Angela Slagle Allstate Agency-Pigskin Picks contest.
  • Freshman Cirilo Gonzalez scores the lone goal in Whiteville Boys Soccer 1-0 win over West Columbus.
  • Whiteville Girls Tennis upsets previously undefeated West Bladen 5-4.
  • East Columbus JV volleyball ends South Columbus’ 27-match conference winning streak with a 25-22, 25-23 win.
  • Central Middle Girls soccer completes another undefeated season. Hallsboro finishes second with a 7-1 record.
  • Walt Greer obtains Ironman status in the Maryland Triathlon.
  • Fairmont volleyball ends South Columbus’ 51-match winning streak.
  • West Bladen sweeps three doubles matches to hand South Columbus its first Girls Tennis loss and move into a first-place tie.
  • Later that week, South Columbus defeats West Bladen in Girls Tennis 7-2 to earn the outright TRC championship.
  • Whiteville Girls Cross Country places five runners in the top 10 to win its 5th consecutive TRC championship.
  • Whiteville Volleyball defeats South Columbus 3-1 to earn its first title in 17 years.
  • East Columbus forfeits its varsity football game to East Bladen due to a lack of players.
  • South Columbus and Whiteville Girls Tennis and East Columbus Volleyball each win in first round playoff action.
  • Central Middle School win s the Columbus County Middle School Football title with a 5-0 record.
  • East Columbus boys Soccer defeats South Columbus 7-5 to clinch the automatic 1A playoff berth.
  • Mary Grayson Koonce of SCHS is named TRC Girls Tennis Player of the year for the second consecutive season.
  • Central football wins the “Super Tuesday” championship defeating Acme-Delco 16-6. Tabor City defeats Hallsboro 30-12 and West Columbus tops Williams 20-6.


  • Whiteville football dominates South Columbus 47-13 to hand the Stallions its first loss and create a three-way tie for the TRC championship. Later that evening, EB pulls #1, SC #2 and Whiteville # 3 for playoff purposes.
  • East Columbus defeats West Columbus 20-14 in a battle between winless football teams.
  • Whiteville and South Columbus are each placed in the 2A West bracket.
  • Whiteville and East Columbus lose in first round Boys Soccer playoff games.
  • Whiteville’s Lilli Inman is named the TRC Volleyball Player of the Year.
  • Whiteville’s Kourtney Grainger and Lauren Hilbourn, as well as South Columbus’ Carson Powell, sign to play softball for UNC_Pembroke.
  • Whiteville’s Ivy Hayes signs to play softball at Newberry. Santana Best signs to play at Southeastern CC.
  • Lilli Inman of Whiteville signs to play volleyball at Sandhills CC.
  • Brooks Baldwin of Whiteville signs to play baseball at UNC-Wilmington.
  • Rodney Hester is the overall winner of the Angela Slagle Allstate Agency-Pigskin Picks contest.
  • South Columbus defeats Green Sea-Floyds 20-6 for the Columbus County Youth Football League 7-8 year old championship.
  • Mountain Heritage scores on every possession to down Whiteville 52-44 in 2A West, 2nd round football action.
  • South Columbus advances to 2A West 3rd round play with a 47-14 win over Lincolnton.
  • Central Middle Volleyball completes an undefeated season by winning the Nakina Middle Invitational.
  • The Cardinals defeat the Dolphins 37-20 to win the 9-10 Columbus County Youth Football League championship.
  • The Panthers top West Columbus 46-37 to claim the Columbus County Youth Football League 11-12 year old championship.
  • The Inaugural Columbus Open Tennis tourney is held with winners, Mens Singles: Barry Bullock. Mens Doubles: Sterling Koonce and Mason Hewett. Womens Doubles: Ellen Steinberg and Valerie Georgevitch . Mixed Doubles: Bailey Barnhill and Bridger Warlick.
  • Reidsville eliminates South Columbus in 3rd round 2A West football action 28-0.
  • Blake Brookshire and Brian Miller win the 5K Turkey Trot.
  • In a season with more twists and turns than a mountain highway, Central Middle Boys Soccer wins the championship. Williams finishes second despite defeating Central.
  • Ty Moss is named TRC Offensive Player of the Year.


  • West Columbus’ Kaylyn (KK) Horne and Whiteville’s Jennifer Stocks earn NCHSAA Cheerleading scholarships.
  • Whiteville Boys Basketball trails 59-50 at East Columbus with less than a minute remaining, but comes back to win 65-62 in regulation.
  • T. Edwards’ West Columbus Boys Basketball team gives him his first win over his brother Bryant’s South Columbus squad 61-50.
  • Jazmin Faison’s lay up with 9 seconds left gives Whiteville’s girls a 51-49 win at Fairmont.
  • The West Columbus at Fairmont Boys Basketball game is stopped with 3:36 left in the second quarter when the scoreboard ceases operation. WC is leading 24-21 at the time and chooses to return at a later date to continue.
  • December 18, 13 days after play was suspended, West Columbus defeats Fairmont 84-75 in three overtimes to complete the suspended contest.
  • The West Columbus JV basketball tournament is renamed the Hubert McCleney JV Basketball to tournament to recognize Coach McCleney for his contributions.
  • The East Columbus JV Girls and West Columbus JV Boys win the JV tournament championships.
  • Nathan Edwards is selected to the NCPreps 2A All-State team.

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