Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lady Falcons soaring at the next level

The Charles B. Aycock softball program has been one of the most successful in The Wilson Daily Times coverage area in the past few seasons. The Lady Golden Falcons made four trips in five years to the N.C. High School Athletic Association "final four" at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Now a few of the mainstays on those teams are making their marks in college. Jenny Jackson, CBA's greatest player, has continued her excellence at Mount Olive College where she transferred last year after a stellar freshman season at NCAA Division I Western Carolina. Jackson was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week, her fourth such honor.

Also at Mount Olive, freshman Jazzmine Lee, another CBA product, singled home the winning run in the Lady Trojans' 7-6 victory against Belmont Abbey on Saturday. In the first game, an 11-0 MOC triumph, Lee belted her first collegiate home run.

In Laurinburg, Jasmine Dobbin, another CBA class of 2007 member, had three hits for the St. Andrews Presbyterian College team in its doubleheader loss to Anderson University on Sunday.

Good to see these former Lady Falcons are making their marks.

This season will be a little different in Pikeville for the first time in seven years. David West handed the head coaching reins to former CBA baseball player Brad Matthews, who was the head coach at Southern Wayne. West, who went 145-36 in six seasons, and assistant T.J. Lancaster won't be in the dugout but there should be no shortage of talent for Matthews.

The Lady Falcons' opener Tuesday against Fike was rained out and Thursday may be the make-up date. If not, weather permitting, CBA will host Clayton on Friday afternoon at 4.

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