NBA Playoffs

Asa Barnes, sports writer

The 2018 NBA playoffs has begun and it has gotten off to a exciting start. Here is a look at the bracket.


The first round gives us a couple of good series that come along with questions. Can the injury riddled Warriors win their second straight championship and their third in 4 years? Can the Houston Rockets led by the probable NBA MVP James Harden break get over the hump and break the stereotype? Can the LeBron led Cavs get back to the finals?

“Rockets are definitely winning.” Jordan Griffin states. “This is Harden’s year.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Warriors are winning it again.” Jay Lunsford said. “They are just far ahead of the league.”

Whoever you think will win, one things for sure and that’s that this year’s playoffs will be very exciting. I know that me and the rest of the world are looking forward to it.

2018 NFL Mock Draft

By: Staff Writer, Carson Young

#1    Related image    Cleveland Browns select Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

#2 Image result New York Giants select Sam Darnold, QB, USC

#3  Image result    New York Jets select Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

#4   Image result      Cleveland Browns select Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

#5 Image result      Denver Broncos select Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

#6   Image result       Indianapolis Colts select Derwin James, S, NC State

#7     Image result Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

#8   Image result      Buffalo Bills in a trade with Chicago and select Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

#9   Image result      San Francisco 49ers select Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

#10   Image resultLas Vegas Raiders select Tremaine Edwards, LB, Virginia Tech

#11   Image result    Miami Dolphins select Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

#12 Image result   Chicago Bears in a trade with Buffalo select Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

#13 Image resultWashington Redskins select Vita Vea, DT, Washington

#14   Image result  Green Bay Packers select Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

#15   Image resultArizona Cardinals select Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

#16 Image result   Baltimore Ravens select Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

#17 Image result     Los Angeles Chargers select Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

#18 Image result     Seattle Seahawks in a trade with Carolina Panthers select Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

#19 Image result   Dallas Cowboys select Kolton Miller, T , UCLA

#20 Image result   Detroit Lions select Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

#21 Image result   Cincinnati Bengals select Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso

#22 Image result    Buffalo Bills select Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

#23 Image result  New England Patriots select Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

#24 Image result  Carolina Panthers in a trade with Seattle Seahawks  select Justin Reid, S, Stanford

#25 Image result         Tennessee Titans select Rashaan Evans  , ILB, Alabama

#26 Image result  Atlanta Falcons select Taven Bryan, Dt, Florida

#27    Image result      New Orleans Saints select Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

#28   Image result    Pittsburgh Steelers select Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

#29 Image result    Jacksonville Jaguars select Courtland Sutton, WR, Southern Methodist

#30 Image result  Minnesota Vikings select Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

#31 Image result   New England Patriots select Arden Key, DE, LSU

#32 Image result Philadelphia Eagles select Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon




Village Varsity Baseball defeats CFC

SPORTS BRIEF: Peyton Miranda

Village defeated Cape Fear Christian 34-0 Thursday, April 13. Kyle Kettles led the team to victory by driving in four runs. Bryce Pfunter also was a big contributor to the victory with surrendering  zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Their next game is today April 13 home against Trinity Christian.

Knights in Action Today


Thurs, April 12, Varsity Baseball and Softball has a game away against Cape Fear Christian Academy at 4:00. Also, Middle School Baseball has a Double-Header home with The O’Neal School at 3:30 and 5:15 along with the Boys Varsity Tennis home vs Rocky Mount Academy. Come out and support your Varsity Baseball and Softball teams by bringing your school spirit to cheer them on!

Spring scoring

by Asa Barnes, staff writer

Spring sports are off to the races as the baseball, softball and women’s soccer have all started their seasons. The end of March is a great barometer of the climate of the team and the likelihood of success for the season.

At the midpoint of the spring season, the baseball team has a 4-5 record, the soccer team started 2-1-3 and the softball team is at 2-5.

Even though the baseball team started off with a losing record through the first 9 games, Drew Royal, a junior on the team still has confidence. “We started off the season with a pretty tough schedule,” Royal stated. “It made us a better team, and because of that, there’s no doubt in my mind that we will turn our season around and win a lot more games.”

While the baseball team seems to still have plenty of confidence, leaders of the softball team are trying to instill that mentality into their teammates. “It’s all about playing with confidence,” Makayla Kimble a junior on the team stated. “We have to believe in ourselves.”

The women’s soccer team also seems to be keeping their heads up despite a losing record early. “I believe that we are continuing to get better and better every day.” Jaylah Webb a junior on the team said. “We are improving.”

Do You Really Know What St. Patrick’s Day is All About?

By Mikhail Stephenson, staff writer

Understanding St. Patrick’s Day


“Tell me what you know about St. Patrick’s Day and what it is about,” I said to my friend Cal Stephenson. “Well, I know that people wear green. Um, it came from Irish people. Some people get drunk and people pinch others when they don’t wear green. That’s all I know man.”

Shamrocks? Check. Green clothes, hair, food, and drink? Check. Pinching anyone who doesn’t wear green and celebrating. Check, check, checkity-check. However, is that all St. Patrick’s Day is about? It’s time to find the origin of this day and find out where, how and why it was created.

St. Patrick was born in the town Banna Venta Verniae with the name Maewyn Succat. The town was in Roman Britain. His father, Calpurnius, was a deacon in the early Christian church.  When Maewyn was sixteen, he was captured by a pack of Irish pirates and enslaved for six years as a shepherd. During those years, he learned the Irish culture and language. He tried to escape but it was futile. He has captured again, but by the French and was taken to France where he learned of monasticism. He was then released and sent home to Britain where he continued to study Christianity.

In 432 AD he went back to Ireland and acted as a missionary to the Irish. While Maewyn was there on Ireland, he confronted the pagan Druids at Tara and abolished their rituals. Maewyn became a bishop, and after his death, he became Ireland’s patron saint. The celebration for St. Patrick was not tremendously celebrated until the Irish immigrated to the U.S.

More than one million Irish immigrated to the U.S due to the Great Potato Famine in 1845. There, the Irish faced prejudice for their Catholic beliefs and accents by Protestant Americans who despised them, portraying them as monkeys when they celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a drunken revel. The Irish were humiliated, but soon after learned that with combined strength, they could change the way they were perceived socially and politically.

Today, through the efforts of both St. Patrick and the Irish immigrants of the past, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, through this article, you can celebrate knowing the truth about St.Patrick’s Day. Have a great celebration!