Weldon-NCTA clash examined in new series
Holiday basketball, reconstituted.
Such is the premise of “Run it Back,” a new Daily Herald podcast dedicated to the Northwest Collegiate and Technical Academy-Weldon showdown staged by the longstanding rivals at the 2018 Northampton County Christmas Tournament.
Slated for a New Year’s Eve release on the Herald’s Facebook page, the project will feature interviews with broadcasters, coaches, players and fans — layering a clash many across the Valley still discuss on a regular basis.
“We’re extremely excited to deep-dive that game and the buzz that lingers around it,” said Herald sports writer Justin Hayes. “Fortunately, a lot of people have been eager to assist, and we believe their context will resonate in the show’s final cut.”
Weldon, which entered the holiday bash having played just one game, ran KIPP Pride and Greensville County in the opening rounds before clipping NCTA, 75-60, in a steamy, fire-code pushing final — spurred at every turn by Jalen Lynch, who averaged 26.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest en route to collecting Most Valuable Player honors.
“Jalen’s play stands out, and it certainly should — he was so comprehensive,” Hayes said of Lynch, now a student at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. “But there are a lot of stories and tidbits from that week that will inform — we couldn’t be happier with how things have gone thus far.”
The show, slated to arc over three episodes, is being produced in association with Jay Bell and the Big Sports Digital Network.
Volleyball Louisburg sweeps Roanoke Rapids
Sophomore Caleigh Murphy tallied 12 kills on Wednesday as Louisburg turned back Roanoke Rapids in 25-20, 25-18, 25-14 fashion.
The straight-sets triumph moved the Warriors to 3-1 overall this season and in Northern Carolina 1A/2A matters.
Chloe Webster and Greenleigh Gleason also substantiated the visiting attack, combining for 15 kills, with Webster also dealing six service aces.
Junior setter Taylor Leonard recorded 26 assists.
Louisburg returns to work today at Granville Central, while Roanoke Rapids (1-3, 1-2 Northern Carolina 1A/2A) entertains J.F. Webb at 6 p.m.