Shawn Stinson

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ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA's academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same.
While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements.

Parents play vital role in academic success

ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA's academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same. While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements.

HUNTERSVILLE — Facing possible elimination, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team came out swinging Friday afternoon.
Literally.
Rockingham pounded out 12 hits en route to defeating High Point 14-3 in a South Region tournament contest at Huntersville Athletic Park.
“We swung the bats pretty well,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said.

Rockingham Pony stays alive

HUNTERSVILLE — Facing possible elimination, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team came out swinging Friday afternoon. Literally. Rockingham pounded out 12 hits en route to defeating High Point 14-3 in a South Region tournament contest at Huntersville Athletic Park. “We swung the bats pretty well,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said.

DAVIDSON — For the second time in three days, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team had its game at the South Region tournament postponed because of rain.
Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said they were nearly halfway to Davidson when officials informed him of the postponement.
Rockingham is scheduled to play High Point in an elimination game at 3:

Rockingham Pony squad rained out

DAVIDSON — For the second time in three days, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team had its game at the South Region tournament postponed because of rain. Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said they were nearly halfway to Davidson when officials informed him of the postponement. Rockingham is scheduled to play High Point in an elimination game at 3:

ROCKINGHAM — Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
This is where the majority of the state's school boards find themselves when addressing the minimum requirements for one of their student-athletes to be academically eligible.
The vast majority of school boards follow the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's guidelines of a st

Board members look at minimum GPA standard

ROCKINGHAM — Stuck between a rock and a hard place. This is where the majority of the state's school boards find themselves when addressing the minimum requirements for one of their student-athletes to be academically eligible. The vast majority of school boards follow the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's guidelines of a st

ROCKINGHAM — The NCAA is doing its best to debunk the stereotype of athletes being labeled as just “dumb jocks.”
Beginning in 2016, the academic standards for student-athletes wanting to play on the Division I level will increase.
The minimum requirements the NCAA has decided to use — 2.3 GPA, the completion of 16 core cou

Study shows athletes succeed in the classroom

ROCKINGHAM — The NCAA is doing its best to debunk the stereotype of athletes being labeled as just “dumb jocks.” Beginning in 2016, the academic standards for student-athletes wanting to play on the Division I level will increase. The minimum requirements the NCAA has decided to use — 2.3 GPA, the completion of 16 core cou

Davidson edges Rockingham in Pony tourney

DAVIDSON — Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram went away from his strategy of playing small ball for one inning. Ingram felt that may have cost his team a chance to pull out a win over Davidson Force its opening game in the South Region tournament in Davidson. “I feel bad,” Ingram said. “I wish I had that one back.” T

ROCKINGHAM — Cody Leviner felt like it was “weight off of his shoulders.”
What Leviner was referring to was his decision to verbally commit to Western Carolina University to play baseball.
“I'm glad to get it out of the way,” Leviner said. “When you aren't committed, it's all you think about.”
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Leviner gives WCU verbal commitment

ROCKINGHAM — Cody Leviner felt like it was “weight off of his shoulders.” What Leviner was referring to was his decision to verbally commit to Western Carolina University to play baseball. “I'm glad to get it out of the way,” Leviner said. “When you aren't committed, it's all you think about.” Leviner ad

ROCKINGHAM — It's like an earthquake in the middle of the ocean.
Everyone knows the tsunami is coming, but they are helpless to do anything to combat it.
This is similar to how college coaches had to feel when the NCAA decided to increase its academic eligibility standards.
There was a small bit of good news — these new rules won't b

Upcoming rule emphasizes academics for athletes

ROCKINGHAM — It's like an earthquake in the middle of the ocean. Everyone knows the tsunami is coming, but they are helpless to do anything to combat it. This is similar to how college coaches had to feel when the NCAA decided to increase its academic eligibility standards. There was a small bit of good news — these new rules won't b

ROCKINGHAM — The end result in Asheboro was just as Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram hoped.
Rockingham relied on strong pitching, solid defense and generating runs playing small ball to finish 4-0 in the round-robin section tournament with Asheboro and Bennett to win the title and advance to the East Zone South Region beginning tonight in D

Rockingham Pony team ready for next step

ROCKINGHAM — The end result in Asheboro was just as Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram hoped. Rockingham relied on strong pitching, solid defense and generating runs playing small ball to finish 4-0 in the round-robin section tournament with Asheboro and Bennett to win the title and advance to the East Zone South Region beginning tonight in D

With another All-Star Game in the books, it is time to hand out our annual mid-year awards.
The races for the MVP in both the American and National Leagues have some familiar people as well as some very young faces in the mix.
Will this be the year Mike Trout becomes “The Man” after playing second fiddle to players like Miguel Cabrera

Trout, McCutchen earn mid-year MVP honors

With another All-Star Game in the books, it is time to hand out our annual mid-year awards. The races for the MVP in both the American and National Leagues have some familiar people as well as some very young faces in the mix. Will this be the year Mike Trout becomes “The Man” after playing second fiddle to players like Miguel Cabrera

ASHEBORO — Pitching is the key to winning a championship and right now the Rockingham Pony team is getting more than its fair share of solid work on the mound.
Rockingham is the only undefeated team in the East Zone South Region Piedmont Section tournament in Asheboro.
Rockingham opened the tournament with a 6-1 victory over Asheboro Wednes

Rockingham Pony team undefeated in tourney

ASHEBORO — Pitching is the key to winning a championship and right now the Rockingham Pony team is getting more than its fair share of solid work on the mound. Rockingham is the only undefeated team in the East Zone South Region Piedmont Section tournament in Asheboro. Rockingham opened the tournament with a 6-1 victory over Asheboro Wednes

ROCKINGHAM — With a one-run lead heading into the top of the fifth inning, Rockingham Mustang coach Danny Lampley was feeling good about his team's chances.
All of those good feelings went flying out the window.
Western Branch Gold scored two times in the fifth, added another three in the sixth and then fought off a Rockingham rally to hold

Rockingham rally falls short

ROCKINGHAM — With a one-run lead heading into the top of the fifth inning, Rockingham Mustang coach Danny Lampley was feeling good about his team's chances. All of those good feelings went flying out the window. Western Branch Gold scored two times in the fifth, added another three in the sixth and then fought off a Rockingham rally to hold

ROCKINGHAM — By the time Rockingham got its offense going against Huntersville, it was a little too late.
After being held to one hit over four innings, Rockingham recorded three in the final two and scored three runs.
But Huntersville had built a 4-0 lead after four and tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to hold on for a 5-3 victory i

Huntersville powers past Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM — By the time Rockingham got its offense going against Huntersville, it was a little too late. After being held to one hit over four innings, Rockingham recorded three in the final two and scored three runs. But Huntersville had built a 4-0 lead after four and tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to hold on for a 5-3 victory i

ROCKINGHAM — Before the Pony League East Zone Mustang tournament started, Rockingham coach Danny Lampley hoped his team would stay competitive in its games.
On Tuesday it did more than that.
Rockingham pulled out a 12-9 victory over West Raleigh White Tuesday night at Browder Park. In the other opening game, West Raleigh Red edged Huntersvi

Way leads the way for Rockingham Mustangs

ROCKINGHAM — Before the Pony League East Zone Mustang tournament started, Rockingham coach Danny Lampley hoped his team would stay competitive in its games. On Tuesday it did more than that. Rockingham pulled out a 12-9 victory over West Raleigh White Tuesday night at Browder Park. In the other opening game, West Raleigh Red edged Huntersvi

CARTHAGE — Unlike the first matchup when Lumberton pounded out a win over Rockingham, the rematch was much different.
But the result was still the same — a Lumberton victory.
Rockingham pitchers Jenna Greene and Ragan Liles limited Lumberton to three hits, but Lumberton bunched those together in the third inning that led to all of its

Lumberton inches past Rockingham

CARTHAGE — Unlike the first matchup when Lumberton pounded out a win over Rockingham, the rematch was much different. But the result was still the same — a Lumberton victory. Rockingham pitchers Jenna Greene and Ragan Liles limited Lumberton to three hits, but Lumberton bunched those together in the third inning that led to all of its

It was hard to tell who was having more fun — the kids or Dannell Ellerbe.
Once again, Ellerbe sponsored a free football camp Saturday morning on the practice football fields at Richmond Senior.
And Ellerbe was right in the middle of the action with the campers and had a smile on his face.
Working with the attendees on offensive line drill

Ellerbe brings smiles to campers' faces

It was hard to tell who was having more fun — the kids or Dannell Ellerbe. Once again, Ellerbe sponsored a free football camp Saturday morning on the practice football fields at Richmond Senior. And Ellerbe was right in the middle of the action with the campers and had a smile on his face. Working with the attendees on offensive line drill

CARTHAGE — At this stage in the tournament, it is all about survival for the Rockingham Ponytails team.
After suffering its first loss Sunday afternoon to Lumberton to fall into the losers' bracket, Rockingham needs to win out to keep its state championship hopes alive.
Rockingham coach Matthew Liles pulled out all the stops to ensure Rocki

Rockingham stays alive in Ponytails tournament

CARTHAGE — At this stage in the tournament, it is all about survival for the Rockingham Ponytails team. After suffering its first loss Sunday afternoon to Lumberton to fall into the losers' bracket, Rockingham needs to win out to keep its state championship hopes alive. Rockingham coach Matthew Liles pulled out all the stops to ensure Rocki

CARTHAGE — It shouldn't have been any surprise that Jenna Greene finished the game the way she started it — striking out a Dunn batter.
Greene totaled 13 strikeouts while hurling a complete game two-hitter to lead the Rockingham Ponytails to a 2-1 victory over Dunn Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Dixie Softball state tourn

Greene day for Ponytails

CARTHAGE — It shouldn't have been any surprise that Jenna Greene finished the game the way she started it — striking out a Dunn batter. Greene totaled 13 strikeouts while hurling a complete game two-hitter to lead the Rockingham Ponytails to a 2-1 victory over Dunn Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Dixie Softball state tourn

CARTHAGE — Before the Dixie Softball Ponytails state tournament started, Rockingham coach Matthew Liles thought he had a solid combination of pitching and defense.
Against Lumberton, Rockingham struggled defensively in the first and third innings.
Those struggles turned out to be the key in allowing Lumberton to pull out a 7-2 victory over

Lumberton's Britt silences Rockingham's bats

CARTHAGE — Before the Dixie Softball Ponytails state tournament started, Rockingham coach Matthew Liles thought he had a solid combination of pitching and defense. Against Lumberton, Rockingham struggled defensively in the first and third innings. Those struggles turned out to be the key in allowing Lumberton to pull out a 7-2 victory over

ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Ponytails relied on pitching to capture the Dixie Softball District 4 championship last month.
And now they hope to copy that success to win a state championship in Carthage.
Rockingham allowed one run — on a home run to the first batter the team faced in Troy — en route to claiming the district crown

Rockingham Ponytails face familiar foe in opener

ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Ponytails relied on pitching to capture the Dixie Softball District 4 championship last month. And now they hope to copy that success to win a state championship in Carthage. Rockingham allowed one run — on a home run to the first batter the team faced in Troy — en route to claiming the district crown




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