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.

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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

SPORTS BRIEF

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.”

March Madness

by Braden Simmons, staff writer

March Madness has come back again and brackets are going to be made, upsets will happen, and ultimately one team will win the madness known as the NCAA tournament. Many people look forward to March Madness as a time to root for their favorite colleges and to hopefully see their team come out on top. What is interesting about the tournament is team’s placements in the bracket are not by their win to loss ratio alone it is also selected by which teams you beat and which conference you’re in and many other things can affect where a team is placed. One thing that is for certain when watching March Madness is there is bound to be upsets. However this year had many more upsets than usual. This was a momentous year of madness with such events as a 16th seed beating a one seed, UNC going down in the sweet sixteen, and Loyola Chicago going as far as the sweet sixteen as an eleven seed.

Kameron McKinney said,” I love watching March Madness. It’s so crazy and unpredictable. All of the star players have been choking.”

“I don’t really watch basketball, but I think that Basketball is a fun sport, “ Chad Mitchell, a ninth grader, said.

During a poll of ten people who were asked to predict a winner at the start of March Madness it wasn’t shocking to see that seven people said UNC, one person said Duke, one person said Virginia, and one person said they didn’t watch college basketball.                                                                                                                                                                                    With March Madness in full swing and about to return most people entered the tournament thinking there was going to be teams that we a lock to not be upset by anyone. However this March madness made history and not in a good way when number one seeded Virginia went down to the number sixteen UMBC in the first round. This is the first time that this has ever happened in NCAA tournament history. Along with all the upsets comes the busted brackets.  Well there’s always a chance next year.

NFL Pro Bowl

By: Kaleb Bowen, Staff Writer

The NFL Pro Bowl is an all-star game for the NFL played one week before the Super Bowl. It has been played in Orlando Florida for the past two years but before that it was played in Honolulu, HI. The past two years it has been AFC vs NFC but in the past it was always two legends picking their teams on the Wednesday before the pro bowl.

The Pro Bowl is a highly touted game where this years All-Pro players will play each other as an All-Star game.  The New Orleans Saints led the NFC with the most Pro Bowl players on the roster with seven players one as a replacement, and on the opposing team the Pittsburgh Steelers led with nine Pro Bowl selections but only eight played.

A couple of takeaways from the game would have to be Derek Carr’s, second-half surge to Jarvis Landry’s must-see plays.  The winning team of the Pro Bowl got paid $64,000 each which is double that of the losing team. AFCs Quarterback, Derek Carr, drove the ball down the field and threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker to win the game on the last drive with six seconds left.

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“FC quarterback Drew Brees (9), of the New Orleans Saints, looks to pass under pressure from AFC defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) of the Cincinnati Bengals, during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius). ”