Trojan Nation Welcomes Newest Member

Congratulations to JV Baseball Coach and Garner alum TJ Nelson and his wife Misty on the birth of their son Rayne Crocker Nelson who was born on Saturday and is 7 lb 9 oz and everyone is doing well!

Congratulations again the Nelson family on their newest edition!

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Trojans Have Good Showing at Wrestling States

1st Round

130 - Nick Rodrigues (Lake Norman) Decision 10-6 over Anthony Chiles (Garner)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 2:39 over Devon Moore (East Mecklenburg)

1st Round Consulation

130 - Daniel Mitchell (Apex) Decision 9-5 over Anthony Chiles (Garner)

2nd Round Quarterfinals

285 - Collin Campbell (Person) Decision 7-0 over Tyler Maher (Garner)

3rd Round - Quarterfinal Consulaion

285 - Tyler Maher Fall 2:56 over Raquan Edwards (Parkland)

4th Round - Pre-Semi-Final Consulation

285 - Marcus Miller (Pine Forest) Fall 4:04 over Tyler Maher (Garner)

Tyler was one round from placing. Both wrestlers did an outstanding job at States and the Trojan Nation is very proud of them

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Trojans Fall in Overtime to New Hanover


Again Friday night came down to a game of runs in the sectional finals as the Trojans traveled to New Hanover on Friday night looking to win their first sectional final since 1998. However, the Trojans couldn't pull it out as they lost 62-59 in overtime.

The game started off with New Hanover starting the game on a little spurt to take a early lead, however the Trojans answered right back as Stephon Drane scored six points in the first quarter, with Garner down two and four seconds left in the opening stanza, the Wildcats make a quick basket, but Garner point guard Emanuel McClain went coast to coast and hit a floater to end the fist stanza and pull the Trojans even at 12-12 as the first quarter came to an end.

After a first quarter plagued with team fouls, New Hanover had committed just two team fouls while Garner committed seven team fouls including the first technical foul of the season on Coach Eddie Gray.

But, despite the foul situation, the Trojans evened the game back up and even pulled ahead as Gavin Wilson scored eight second quarter points to give the Trojans a 26-23 lead at halftime.

The third quarter belonged to Garner as the Trojans were able to work the ball inside and get the New Hanover big guys in foul trouble. Another big key to the third stanza was the Trojans finally found their outside shooting.

After not making a three in the first half, Garner explode for four third quarter three point baskets including three of them by Gavin Wilson and one by Donald Johnson. As a result, Garner had a 47-42 lead after three.

That lead would grow to as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, but New Hanover refused to quit, even when both their star big guys fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats forced several Garner turnovers as the Trojans became timid with the ball on offense and allowed the Wildcats to tie the game.

With time running out in the fourth, New Hanover had a shot to win the game with a three from the corner, but the shot went begging and we were heading to overtime tied at 54.

Garner seemed to have the edge in the extra session, with both big guys out for New Hanover, however Garner had foul troubles of their own as Stephon Drane and Dominique Reed both had four fouls.

Garner did hit a the first basket in overtime to go up by two, but New Hanover would scored the next four points to take a two point lead. Garner was able to get a blocked shot by Wilson, but on his rebound, Gavin Wilson was called for a technical foul, to give the Wildcats two shots and the ball.

Freddie Jackson hit one of two of the technical shots to give New Hanover a four point lead. Garner made a defensive stand and came down court and got a three pointer to bank home from Donald Johnson.

On the ensuing inbound pass, the Trojans got a steal and had several close shots to take the lead, but the shot by Malcome Sloan went begging, and as Coach Gray beached the officials for a foul, Garner found themselves still down by one and had to foul.

New Hanover made both shots and took a three point lead with just four seconds left. Garner got the ball and the shot my Emanuel McClain went begging and the Trojans lost a thriller 62-59.

Garner (18-9) finishes the season with their second consecutive conference championship and the first sectional final appearance since James Mays played for the Blue and Gold.

New Hanover (20-7) will advance to the regionals in Greenville next Friday night.

Congratulations to Coach Gray and the Trojans for an outstanding season!

GARNER: G. Wilson 21, D. Johnson 16, S. Drane 10, D. Reed 7, E. McClain 5, D. Dorsey 1.
New Hanover: F. Jackson 21, C. Daley 14, D. Thames 12, M. Gibbs 7, D. Rodgers 5, J. Lewis 2.

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Softball Rosters Announced!

The Garner Softball Coaching Staff released the 2010 roster today and below you will find the roster. Garner looks to repeat off last season's success that saw the Varsity team win the Conference Tournament for the first time and along with a 23-5 record, the Lady Trojans advanced to the third round of the State Playoffs.


Armstrong, Sydney
Beck, Michaela
Canipe, Erica
Fleming, Emily
Foster, Jordan
Gill, Kristen
Kirkland, Amber
Light, Marina
Nicley, Cailyn
Powell, Kristen
Rogers, Kayla
Schultz, Shavonne
Tran, Jessica
Watson, Regina


Armstong, Jenna
Barbour, Shea
Burton, Anna Marie
Campbell, Breanne
Carroll, Ashley
Daeke, Morgan
D'Arco, Alyssa
Gower, Christina
Hamrick, Kasey
Powell, Mary Scott
Smith, Raven
Stewart, Kimmie
Stewart, Madison
Strickland, Meghan
Warner, Halie

The Lady Trojans will begin their season on Tuesday when both teams travel to Trition High School. The JV game will begin at 4 and the Varsity at 6:00.

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Outer Loop Sports Show Back on the Air

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Trojans Roll to Round 3


Garner was back at home on Friday night looking to get to a point that last year's squad couldn't, round three of the state playoffs, and after a slow start, the Trojans found themselves in the sectional finals with a 75-51 win over Scotland County.

Both teams started off slow, but after the first three minutes of the game, Garner had opened it up a little big and grew the lead to five points after the first quarter 18-13. Gavin Wilson came out hot in the first quarter as he had 10 first quarter points en route to a game high 20 points.

Scotland County couldn't get anything going on offense as the Trojans shut down their play maker, Mo Covington. After Covington hit a three to start the game, he was held scoreless. He was coming off a 22 point performance on Monday night.

Garner continued to take advantage of their height advantage as they took a 39-22 lead to the locker room. Scotland County (15-12) second year head coach, Mike Ritchie, must have lit a spark in his team at halftime as his team came out and made a little run to start the third quarter.

However, Garner quickly found their step as they went on a 15-5 run to pretty much put the game out of reach as Stephon Drane took control in the third quarter with 7 points in the third stanza, and after three, Garner had a 58-36 lead.

The Fighting Scots never quit and continued to try and chip away, but the Trojans just could not miss and ran away from the Scots 75-51 to advance to the sectional finals on Friday night.

Garner (18-8) will travel to New Hanover High School for the sectional finals on Friday night at 7:00. New Hanover was a 68-64 overtime winner over Pine Forest on Wednesday night.

If you can't make the game, the Trojan Sports Network will have the game!

Scotland County:
D. Clark 17, I. Robinson 15, L. Browne 6, B. McMillian 6, M. Covington 3, T. Mcrae 2, L. McIntyre 2.
GARNER: G. Wilson 20, D. Johnson 19, S. Drane 13, D. Reed 11, D. Dorsey 6, E. McClain 5

Trojan Track at the State Meet

Congratulations to Michelle Bailey and Daryl Saunders for their accomplishments at the State Indoor Track Meet on Saturday.

Michelle place fourth in the women's 1600 meter run in a highly competitive race. She also finished sixth in the girls 1000 meter run running a personal best time of 3:05 and finish a respectable 10th place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:57.

Daryl Saunders finished in second place in the boys high jump with height of 6' 4" . In a jump off between the defending state champion..

Great Job Trojans!!!!

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Trojans Survive Round One


Many times you hear the saying, "survive and advance" and that's just what Garner did on Monday night in the first round of the State Playoffs as they downed a scrappy Greenville Rose squad 81-63.

In the past couple of games, Garner has come out of the gate on fire, but on Monday night, the Trojans came out flat and as a result, Rose took a 5-0 lead to start the game, but Garner wouldn't die, as yet again, the fantastic trio came around. Gavin Wilson and Stephon Drane put Garner on their back and led the Trojans to a 23-13 lead after one.

However, the Rampants just would not die as they went on a run of their own to cut the Garner lead to single digits over halfway into the second quarter, as the Trojans scored just 12 second quarter points, which allowed Rose to make a comeback and pull to within one at 35-34 going to the locker room.

The third quarter went back and forth as the Rampants built a four point lead in the third, but Garner came storming back as Stephon Drane took over for the Trojans with 10 third quarter points, however, even Drane couldn't put Garner ahead as the two teams were tied at 54 after three.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans continued to pound Rose, who were playing with just nine players due to injury and Garner got the Rampants into some deep foul trouble. Since Rose was in foul trouble, the Trojans pounded the ball inside to Drane and Dominique Reed, but the Trojans also got some break way's off their full court press and point zone defenses.

With Rose down and time running out, the Rampants decided to foul, and Garner went to the line where in the fourth quarter, they were 14/17 from the line and for the game were 31/35 (88%). The free throws allowed Garner to pad the lead and the Trojans pulled out the 81-63 win.

Garner (17-8) will advance to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the Fighting Scots of Scotland County High School who come in as the number two seed in the Southeastern Conference.

The Scots (15-11) defeated 71st 53-48 on Monday night in their first round game. The Scots will visit Trojan Coliseum for a 7:00 tip off, the game can be heard LIVE on beginning at 6:30.

***Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans traveled to Ashley High School on Monday night, and came up short vs. the Sreaming Eagles, losing 42-38. Congratulations to Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans for an outstanding season!***

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Outer Loop Sports Show Presents Third Episode

This week on the Outer Loop Sports Show, the guys talk about the Coaching Carosual that has gone on in football, about basketball conference player of the year's and other hot topics, click below to view the show!

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Two Trojan Wrestlers Going to State!

Congratulations to Anthony Chiles and Tyler Maher who will be going to the State Wrestling meet on Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 28th in Greensboro.

Below are the results from the wrestling over the weekend, Congratulations to the two Trojan Wrestlers!

1st Round

103 - Dennis Gustafson (Hoke County) Fall :16 over Timothy Jones (Garner)
112 - Zak Watts (Scotland) Fall 1:45 over Damian Harrell (Garner)
119 - Malcom Williams (Smith - E. E.) Fall 1:36 over Isiah Cain (Garner)
130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Decision 8-4 over Juan Rodriquez (South View)
135 - Matthew Canady (Cape Fear) Fall 2:25 over Marchus Carter (Garner)
140 - Collins Creech (Smithfield-Selma) Fall 1:07 over Steven Lombana (Garner)
152 - Aaron Quinones (Smithfield-Selma) Fall 4:31 over Christian Townsend (Garner)
215 - Daniel Keith (Pinecrest) Tech Fall 16-4 over Vincent Mollo (Garner)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 2:15 over William Farnell (Smithfield-Selma)

2nd Round

103 - Timothy Jones (Garner) win with a bye
112 - Damian Harrell (Garner) Decision 5-4 over Kieran Hunt (Britt-Jack)
119 - Michael Lippincott (Pinecrest) Fall over Isiah Cain (Garner)
135 - Marchus Carter (Garner) Decision 15-10 over Curtis Washington (Laney)
140 - Tyler Manship (Brit-Jack) Major Decision 12-1 over Steven Lombana (Garner)
152 - Christian Townsend (Garner) Major Decision 11-1 over Brandon Carbone (West Johnston)
215 - Vincent Mollo (Garner) Fall 2:48 over Leo Gonzalez (South View)

3rd Round

130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Decision in OT 7-5 over Ben Ewald (Scotland)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 1:57 over Storm Stevens (West Johnston)

4th Round

103 - Bailey Hoke (Laney) Fall :49 over Timothy Jones (Garner)
112 - Malik Harris (JH Rose) Major Decision 18-2 over Damian Harrell (Garner)
135 - Anthony Venero (Clayaton) Fall 4:48 over Marchus Carter (Garner)
152 - Anthony Gonderdman (Lumbertson) Decision 9-5 over Christian Townsend (Garner)
215 - Alex Norkett (Cape Fear) Fall 1:53 over Vincent Mollo (Garner)

5th Round

130 - Anthony Mauro (Ashley) Decision 9-5 over Anthony Chiles (Garner)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 1:07 over Corey Raven (South View)

6th Round

130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Decision 5-1 over Schyler Wagner (Laney)

7th Round

130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Fall 2:09 over Jeff Zukowski (Smith - E. E.)

8th Round

285 - Deven Riles (Seventy First) Decision 5-3 over Tyler Maher (Garner)

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Basketball Playoff Bracket Announced

One night after winning their 6th Conference Tournament Title in school history, Coach Gray and the Garner Trojans learned their fate and who they would match up with in the NCHSAA State 4A playoffs which begin on Monday night.

Garner will be the number one seed from the Greater Neuse River Conference and by virtue of winning the conference, the Trojans will have at least two home games in the playoffs.

The Trojans will be home in the first round to face the Greenville Rose Rampants who come into the playoffs as the number four seed out of the Mideastern Conference, the Rampants are 9-15 on the year.

Garner and Rose will tip off Monday night at 7:00 from Trojan Coliseum and as always, if you can't make the game, you can Listen Live Beginning at 6:30 as the Trojan Sports Network will have the game for you!

The winner of the game will face the winner of the Scotland County/71st match up. You can view the full 4A Boys Bracket by clicking HERE.


Congratulations also to Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans as they will once again be back in the state playoffs. The Lady Trojans finished as the number five seed out of the GNRC and will have to travel for their first round game on Monday night.

The Lady Trojans will face Wilmington Ashley at 7:00 from Ashley High School on Monday. Ashley finished the season with a 20-3 record and are the number one seed in the Mideastern Conference.

The winner of the game will face the winner of the East Wake/71st game on Wednesday.

Good luck to the Trojans on Monday night!

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Trojans Bring Home Conference Championship


Friday night turned out to be a milestone night all around Garner as the Trojans completed a season that many believed would be a rebuilding year prior to the season, however, when the final buzzer sounded on Friday night, the Trojans had defeated East Wake 85-62 to bring home the first Conference Tournament Championship since 2006.

East Wake (10-16. 6-11) was hoping to spring the upset, because East Wake could only make the state playoffs by winning on Friday, but Garner was not going to let that happen as the Trojans began the game on a 13-1 run and East Wake first year head coach Darin Stinson was forced to call two time outs in the first quarter to try and stop the bleeding, but nothing would cool the Trojans off in the first quarter as they raced out to a 20-5 lead after one.

In the second quarter, it was more of the same as the Trojans big three in Stephon Drane, Donald Johnson and Gavin Wilson got rolling, and really exploited East Wake as Garner used their quickness and size to make life tough for the Warriors and as a result, Garner had a 39-16 lead at halftime.

East Wake tired to make a run in the second half, and did eventually seize the momentum as a pack Trojan Coliseum saw the third quarter sway back and forth, but Stephon Drane put the Trojans on his back and carried his team to the fourth quarter as Drane poured in 11 third quarter points to give Garner a 59-42 lead going to the final stanza.

The fourth quarter was filled with big plays on both sides as each team was able to get the crowd rocking, but in the end, Garner was able to hit the free throws down the stretch as once again it was Donald Johnson hitting from the line as he was 8 of 10 from the line in the fourth quarter alone, and for the game he was 10 of 13.

As the final seconds ticked off and the buzzer sounded the Trojan students flooded the floor to swamp the Trojans as Garner celebrated the 6th Conference Tournament Championship of the Eddie Gray era with a 85-62 win.

Garner will be the number one seed in the State Playoffs which will begin MONDAY night at 7:00 against a team yet to be announced. The bracket will be released Saturday and once the opponent it known it will be passed along!

Friday night was also a milestone for the Trojan Sports Network as the premiere high school broadcast network celebrated the 100th broadcast in network history! The Trojan Sports Network broadcast team would like to express thanks to all of the Trojan Nation for their continued support of the Trojan Sports Network!

East Wake: K. Williams 21, A. Ray 13, Antwan Payton 11, Antonio Payton 9, D. Davis 4, Q. Langen 3.
GARNER: S. Drane 23, D. Johnson 22, G. Wilson 18, D. Reed 9, E. McClain 6, M. Powell 4, D. Harris 4.

Indoor Track Competes in State Meet Saturday

After the cold and winter weather has played havoc on the Indoor Track season, the Indoor Track season will come to an end on Saturday with the State meet and there will be a couple Trojan Athletes competing for State Championships.

Michelle Bailey and Daryl Saunders will be competing in the State Meet on Saturday at the Eddie Smith Indoor Arena on the campus of UNC and the 4A meet is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.

Michelle Bailey in the Women's 1600m run, 1000m run and 3200 meter run while Daryl Saunders will compete in the Men's High Jump.

Good luck to both Trojans on Saturday!

Trojans Run Their Way into the Conference Finals


Garner and West Johnston met for the third time this season on Wednesday night at Garner's Trojan Coliseum and once again it was another back and forth heated contest with neither team giving an inch, however, much like the other contest the two teams have played this year, the game was a game of runs, but in the end, Garner's run would last longer than West Johnston's tired legs as the Trojans came away with a 79-65 win over the Wildcats.

Each team was playing their third game in as many days, however West was unable to rest their starters during the first two games this week due to both games coming down to the wire, but early on, Garner was killing themselves as West Johnston continued to turn the ball over, but Coach Gray's squad was unable to convert points off those turnovers as the Trojans were have a stretch of sloppy play of their own, and after the first quarter, Garner had a 16-9 lead.

In the second quarter, Garner managed a little run to get ahead by eight, but West Johnston came storming back thanks to the play of Mark Parker who scored five second quarter points to pull West to within four at halftime at 32-26.

But, as you looked at the first half score sheet, neither team really had much to write home about as the leading scorer in the first half for West Johnston was Mark Parker with eight and for Garner, Emanuel McClain also had eight for the Trojans.

Both teams came out much different clubs in the second half as finally some of the Trojan regulars found their shot as Stephon Drane and Gavin Wilson led Garner in scoring in the third quarter with 7 and 8 respectively and after three Garner lead by only three as West Johnston hung close, 45-42 Trojans, after three.

In the games final stanza, the Trojans were able to run past the Wildcats with the fresher legs as Garner's Stephon Drane exploded in the fourth with 11 fourth quarter points to finish with a game high 24 as Garner went on a big 15-5 run to put the game away. Garner placed four players in double figures as they came away with the 79-65 win.

With the win, the Trojans (15-8, 14-2) will move on to Friday night's Conference Championship game where they will meet the East Wake Warriors (10-15, 6-10), who upset Knightdale 61-48 in the other semi-final on Wednesday night.

Since Garner is the number one seed in the Tournament, both the Girls and Boys Championship games will be played at Garner. The Girls will play first at 6:00 followed by Garner and East Wake at 7:30.

West Johnston:
M. Parker 20, B. Jacobs 16, S. Dance 7, C. Fredrick 7, T. Davis 4, T. Colton 3, A. King 2, J. McNeill 2
GARNER: S. Drane 24, D. Johnson 19, G. Wilson 19, E. McClain 10, J. Moye 4, D. Reed 3.

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Trojan Wrestlers Heading to Regional's

Congratulations to the following wrestlers who have advanced to the Regional's which will be held at UNC-Pembroke. The wrestling will begin around 5:30 Friday night and will conclude around 9:00 on Saturday.


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Brown, Hunter
Fisher, Jesse
King, Jackson
Pleasant, Jackson
Powell, Matt
Bailey, Brett
Norris, Will
Perry, Colin
Torruella, Connor
Walters, Brett
Brown, Steven
Doak, Robert
Hulmes, Alec
McCreery, Scotty
Newbry, Jared
Stephens, Taylor
Strickland, Skylar
Walker, Austin
Sanders, Aquail
Schmidt, CJ
Austin, Carrington
Ellington, Jake
Faucette, Jake
Galavotti, Anthony
Gilman, Terry
Jeffries, Vince
Lamb, Michael
Lee, Trever

Balanced Effort Sends Garner to Conference Tournament Semi-finals


Garner had no problems taking care of SSS in the opening round of the Greater Neuse River Conference Tournament on Tuesday night as they dominated SSS from the opening tip to defeat the Spartans 80-50 to advance to the second round tomorrow night at home against West Johnston. The Trojans played 13 players tonight and they all scored at least one point.

The Trojans got things going early as off the opening tip, Emmanuel McClain found Donald Johnson on the right wing for a three and Garner was off and running and began the game on a 8-0 run prompting SSS Head Coach, Dwight Carter, to call a timeout.

However, the timeout did little to slow the Trojans down as Johnson continued his hot shooting scoring 8 of Garner's first 11 points. Garner continued pacing along in the first quarter, the following a timeout, the Spartans had six men on the floor resulting in a technical foul which Garner hit 1 of 2 from the line as they raced out to a 23-5 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Dominique Reed, made his presence known as he scored six of his 10 points in the second quarter to give Garner a 41-16 halftime edge.

The Spartans tried to cut into the Garner lead as they held the Trojans to just 16 third quarter points, however, SSS could only muster 13 points and the Trojans had a 57-29 lead after three.

In the games final quarter, the Trojans rested all their starters and got some of the other players some time on the court and it was a seamless transition between the players as Garner continued their rapid pace on offense as they came away with at 30 point win to advance to the second round of the Conference Tournament.

Garner (14-8, 13-2) will be back at home tomorrow night at 7:30 as they take on West Johnston who defeated Southeast Raleigh on Tuesday night, 50-40.

J. Watson 14, L. Williams 8, D. Thorne 7, S. Turner 6, J. Rawlings 6, W. Spragins 4, G. Green 3, B. Barnes 1.
GARNER: D. Johnson 21, D. Reed 10, G. Wilson 8, J. McClain 8, M. Koscielny 7, S. Drane 6, E. McClain 5, D. Hall 4, N. Wyrick 4, C. Holt 3, D. Harris 2, J. Moye 2, M. Powell 2, D. Dorsey 1.

UPDATED GNRC Men's Bracket: Semi-finals to be played on Wednesday night AT GARNER

6:00 - (6) East Wake vs. (2) Knightdale

7:30 - (4) W. Johnston vs. (1) GARNER

Varsity Girls Fall vs. Knightdale

Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans were on the road Tuesday night in the first round of the GNRC tournament as they took on the Knightdale Knights at Southeast Raleigh High School.

Garner had already defeated Knightdale once this season on the road at Knightdale, however, the Lady Trojans fell short tonight in the opening game of the conference tournament 65-60. However, Garner could still make the playoffs barring a lower seed winning the conference tournament.

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Senior Night Sweep for Garner


The night began for Coach Gray and his Trojans prior to the game as all of the senior boys and girls basketball players and cheerleaders were honored, along with the Senior Night presentation, Anette Atkinson (class of 1987) presented Super Senior Stephon Drane with a plaque as he was nominated for the McDonald's All-American game, and the nominated must have fired up the Senior as Drane dropped 16 first half points en route to a new career high 32 points to lead Garner past Harnett Central 86-73 in the final regular season game of the season.

Garner started all for seniors, Darne' Hall, Matt Koscinelly, Stephon Drane and Matt Powell and they played well as they paced the Trojans early in the game, however, Coach Gray brought in the regulars and after the first quarter, Garner had a 22-17 lead as they were led by Stephon Drane with 8 first quarter points and at one time, Drane had scored all of Garner's points.

The Trojans began to pull away in the second quarter as Gavin Wilson came off the bench to find his stroke as he hit three three point shots as he set a new career high with 20 points as the Trojans had a 48 -35 lead at halftime.

Garner would pad their lead in the third quarter, and used a 19 point third quarter effort to extend the lead to 67-52 after three. But, when the fourth quarter started, Harnett Central hit two big three pointer's and all of a sudden, the lead was cut to seven points at 67-60.

Once that happened, Garner went on a run and finally put the game away the big key to the Trojan success down the stretch was the play inside by Drane and Dominique Reed who finished the game with 10 points, and six of them coming in the fourth quarter.

With the 86-73 win, Garner finishes the regular season with a 13-8 overall record and a 12-2 conference mark. Garner is also the number one seed in the GNRC tournament which will begin on Tuesday with two games at Garner.

Beginning at 6:00, West Johnston will play Southeast Raleigh and Garner will play SSS at 7:30. Other games in the boys tournament will be at Knightdale with Clayton playing East Wake at 6:00 and Knightdale playing SSS at 7:30.

Below, you will find the Boys GNRC Tournament Bracket:

Game 1: (1) Garner vs. (8) Smithfield-Selma - 7:30 at Garner
Game 2: (4) West Johnston vs. (5) Southeast Raleigh - 6:00 at Garner
Game 3: (2) Knigthdale vs. (7) Harnett Central - 7:30 at Knightdale
Game 4: (3) Clayton vs. (6) East Wake - 6:00 at Knightdale

Harnett Central: B. Taylor 21, A. Chatman 14, E. Baggett 13, T. Wheelin 7, J. Spears 6, B. McMillian 6, C. Hill 5,
GARNER: S. Drane 32, G. Wilson 20, D. Reed 10, D. Johnson 7, J. McClain 6, D. Hall 5, M. Powell 4, E. McClain 2.

Varsity Girls Win Thriller

Garner and Harnett Central started off slow on Monday night as after the first quarter, the score was 8-6 Harnett Central, but following the sluggish start the two teams found their rhythm, but it would be Garner who would have to get on the comeback trail and they did just that as they climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter.

One of the biggest keys to the Trojan comeback was the outside shooting of Jennifer Steinbach who hit three big three pointers down the stretch as Garner came from behind to avenge an earlier season loss to Harnett Central with a 46-42 win.

Garner finishes the season as the fourth seed in the conference and they will play Knightdale on Tuesday night at either Clayton or Southeast Raleigh. Below you will find the Girls GNRC Bracket:

Game 1: (1) Southeast Raleigh vs. (8) West Johnston - 7:30 at Southeast Raleigh Game 2: (4) Garner vs. (5) Knightdale - 6:00 at Southeast Raleigh

Game 3: (2) Clayton vs. (7) Smithfield-Selma - 7:30 at Clayton
Game 4: (3) East Wake vs. (6) Harnett Central - 6:00 at Clayton

JV Boys Win Thriller

After the weekend layoff Garner showed a lot of signs of rust as they weren't sharp and never really put things together.

The Trojans missed a lot of easy, close range shots, but battled against a very good Harnett Central team. Down by two with under 30 seconds to play, Garner forced Harnett Central into a turnover and got the ball back with 8 seconds remaining.

After a time out the Trojan coaching staff drew a play up, Jarie Hicks got a 3 pointer off and banked it in with just .2 seconds left on the clock.

The win seals hte 2nd straight conference championship for the Trojans as they finish the season at 15 - 4 overall and 12 - 2 in the conference.

Harnett Central 9 27 33 47

Garner 15 27 33 48

Cameron Redd 12 pts

Jarie Hicks

Juwan Moye 8 pts

Rashaun Shaw 7 pts

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Automotive Troubleshooting Team are Champs AGAIN!

The Automotive troubleshooting team competed at the NC Auto Expo and took home 1st place for the 2nd year. Students competed on a 2010 Siverado pickup provided by Sir Walter Chevrolet. The problems consisted of a check engine light with it's diagnosis of the coolant temperature circuit, and a measurement and analysis of the front brake condition. Students used precision instruments to measure lateral run out, rotor thickness, and variation.

Team members are: Taylor Pebeahsy, Jamaquez Langley, Andrew Watson, and Daniel Allen.

Congratulations to Coach Jake Stevens and his team!

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Varsity Cheerleaders Finish Second in Conference

Congrats to Coach Cole and the Varsity Cheerleading squad as they placed 2nd in the GNRC Cheer Championship on Wednesday night held at Clayton High School.

By vulture of their second place finish, the ladies will compete this Saturday for the Wake County Championship!

Congratulations and good luck to the Trojan Cheerleaders!

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JV Boys Basketball Update

Below are some updated JV Boys Basketball Results, the Boys will play their final game of the season Friday night at Harnett Central at 7:30.

Garner 5 20 34 44
@SSS 12 16 31 41

Richardson 12 pts
Redd 10 pts

@Garner 24 34 47 56
Southeast 12 27 49 67

Sanford 11 pts
Moye 11 pts

@Garner 13 37 54 71
East Wake 3 19 40 65

Moye 20 pts
Hicks, Jarie 13 pts
Sanford 12 pts

Overall 14-4, Conference 11-2 -- Trojans are sitting atop the Conference and can close it out on Friday night at Harnett Central

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Second Edition Outer Loop Sports Show is HERE

Garner Play by Play Announcer Chris Edwards had team up with some local High School Sports experts to bring you the Outer Loop Sports Show, below you will find the latest episode of the show!


Garner Wrestlers Finish Regular Season With Road Win Over Central

Garner 40
Harnett Central 37

103 - David Blalock (Harnett Central) Fall :50 over Timothy Jones (Garner)
112 - Damian Harrell (Garner) Fall :25 over Charles Adams (Harnett Central)
119 - Joey Pembrook (Harnett Central) win by forfeit
125 - Isiah Cain (Garner) 5:36 over Tristen Capshaw (Harnett Central)
130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Fall 4:46 over Adrian Bennett (Harnett Central)
135 - Marchus Carter (Garner) Fall 3:06 over Joshua Ray (Harnett Central)
140 - Mike Wood (Harnett Central) Decision 5-3 over Steven Lombana (Garner)
145 - Mike Murray (Harnett Central) Major Decision 14-2 over Anthony Finochio (Garner)
152 - Christian Townsend (Garner) Major Decision 14-2 over Zack Tunstill (Harnett Central)
160 - Connor Capshaw (Harnett Central) Fall 1:11 over David Huie (Garner)
171 - Mitchell Thomas (Harnett Central) Fall 1:08 over Jamel Thomas (Garner)
189 -Taylor Fornell (Harnett Central) Fall 2:27 over Darius Davis (Garner)
215 - Vincent Mollo (Garner) Fall 3:34 over Eric Upchurch (Harnett Central)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) win by forfeit

Garner will find out next Wednesday who is going to Regionals, next Saturday, February 19th and 20th. Regionals will be held at UNC Pembroke.

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Trojans Sloppy In Loss to Knightdale


After their win over East Wake on Tuesday night, the Trojans learned that Knightdale had lost to Clayton, with the loss, Garner was crowned the Conference Champion's for the second straight year, and the 10th time the Trojans have won the conference under Coach Gray.

However, the Trojans didn't have long to celebrate as they were right back in action on Wednesday night as they played host to the Knightdale Knights the team that handed Garner their only conference loss of the season.

But, it would be Knightdale who came out with the intensity as they began the game on a 9-3 run and Garner just could not recover in the first quarter as the Knights marched out to a 18-15 lead as the Trojans, Gavin Wilson, hit a three just before the first quarter buzzer to cut the lead to three.

In the second quarter, Knightdale's lead would grow to double digits before Garner began on the comeback trail and eventually cut the lead to four points as in the first half it was Wilson and Stephon Drane who kept the Trojans in the game, but the Knights would begin to pull away and take a 36-28 lead to the locker room.

Knightdale would dominate the third quarter as Garner didn't have much of an answer, but it was also tough for Garner to get things going with starting point guard, Emmanuel McClain picking up three quick fouls in the first half and was limited in his playing time in the game. As a result, the Knights had a 55-41 lead after three.

The lead for Knightdale would grow to as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter before Garner began to mount a comeback, as they cut the lead to 10, but Knightdale just didn't make any mistakes down the stretch and hit the free throws as Garner was just completely out of rythem as they fell to Knightdale 68-54.

With the loss, Garner is now 12-8 on the season and 11-2 inside the GNRC. The Trojans will host Harnett Central on Friday night for Senior Night. The game will tip at 7:30 and the Senior Night celebration will be between games. Also, you need to be at the game early to catch a special presentation!

S. Geter 16, A. Abdullah 14, A. Smith 14, T. Nicholson 8, A. Pope 4, M. Hinnatt 4, R. Fredrick 4, B. Bolling 2, A. McDowell 2.
GARNER: G. Wilson 19, S. Drane 17, D. Harris 4, D. Johnson 4, D. Reed 2, M. Sloan 2, J. McClain 2, D. Hall 2.

Varsity Girls Fall to Knightdale

After defeating Knightdale just a couple of weeks ago, the Lady Trojans have played really good basketball, but on Wednesday night, Garner reverted back to their old ways as they lost to Knightdale at home 64-43.

Knightdale was able to play very physical with the Lady Trojans and force Garner into several turnovers and bad shots as Garner will look to rebound on Friday night at 6:00 when they host Harnett Central for Senior Night.

Stay after the game as the Lady Trojans will honor their Seniors from the class of 2010.

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Trojans Spoil East Wake's Party With Key Win


East Wake celebrated senior night on Tuesday night, and played tough with the league leading Trojans, however, Garner would hit the shots down the stretch to come away with at 78-74 win over the Warriors.

Garner began the game on a 9-3 run prompting, first year East Wake Head Coach Darin Stinson to call a timeout, and his team responded as they cut the Garner lead to seven points as the first quarter came to a close with the Trojans leading 18-11.

One of the key components to the Trojans first quarter success was the outside shooting which found it's way back to the Trojans after Garner struggled from distance in the past couple of games, but in the first half, Garner hit three first half shots from the perimeter with Emmanuel McClain hitting two three's and Gavin Wilson nailing the other. As the Trojans finished the first half with a eight point 42-34 lead. However, the Trojans had trouble stopping East Wake forward, Kasunn Williams who lead the Warriors with 20 of his game high 29 points in the first half.

East Wake tried to make a comeback in the third quarter, and started to cut into the Trojan lead, but Garner would maintain their lead until midway through the quarter. East Wake had cut the lead to three points and came down looking to continue to cut into the Trojan lead, but, after a missed shot, East Wake's Jonathan Aparicio was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim and with 3:38 to play in the third quarter, Garner had a chance to change the tempo of the game as Donald Johnson nailed both technical shots and Garner got the ball back as they pushed the lead to 63-55 after three.

In the final quarter, the Warriors refused to die and Garner had to hold off a furious East Wake rally. Late in the final quarter, Stephon Drane was called for his fourth personal foul, but managed to stay in the game to contribute as the Trojans needed some help down the stretch.

East Wake cut the Garner lead to one point at 71-70 with just over a minute to play, but East Wake would get no closer as the Trojans hit their free throws down the stretch to finish 69 % from the line for the game as Garner closed the road part of their conference schedule with a 78-74 win over East Wake.

Garner (12-7, 11-1) will be back at home Wednesday night at 7:30 when they host Knightdale in a first place battle. While East Wake (8-13, 4-8) will travel to West Johnston on Wednesday night.

GARNER: S. Drane 17, E. McClain 17, G. Wilson 13, D. Reed 13, D. Johnson 11, D. Dorsey 5, M. Sloan 2.
E. Wake: K. Williams 29, Q. Langen 14, A. Ray 11, D. Davis 10, Antw. Payton 6, Anto. Payton 3, T. Horton 1.

Varsity Girls Rally to Beat East Wake

Garner trailed East Wake by 13 points in the first quarter, but some how, Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans cut into the lead and going to the locker room for halftime, Garner was right back in the game.

The Lady Trojans hung around in the second half before coming all the way back and the score was tied late in the fourth quarter. That's when the Garner defense came into play as they put full court pressure on East Wake and forced the Warriors to turn the ball over several times down the stretch.

While East Wake was turning the ball over, Garner was playing smart fundamental basketball and hit the shots from the line en route to at 50-44 victory over East Wake.

Garner is back at home tomorrow night at 6:00 as they host Knightdale.

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Gymnastics Finishes 4th In State!

Congratulations to the Gymnastics Team on finishing 4th in the State Gymnastics Meet this past Saturday.

The Members of the team are: Megan Clifford, Kaisha El-McPherson, Jessica Hellmann, Sarah rogers, Holly Townsend.

Trojan Wrestlers Compete in the Conference Tournament

The Trojan Wrestling team was in action over the weekend in the GNRC Wrestling Tournament from SSS High School, the results are below:

Sportsmanship Award - Damian Harrell - 112 lb.

All Conference Award - Anthony Chiles - 130 lb. and Tyler Maher - 285 lb.

Outstanding Wrestler for the Tournament - Tyler Maher 285 lb.

2009-2010 CONFERENCE CHAMPION - Tyler Maher 285 lb.

Vince Mollo - 215 lb. - 3rd Place
Anthony Chiles - 130 lb - 3rd Place

Damian Harrell - 112 lb - 4th Place

103 - David Blalock (Harnett Central) Fall 1:36 over Timothy Jones (Garner)
112 - Damian Harrell (Garner) Fall 1:17 over Derrien Moody (East Wake)
125 - Tyshawn Willis (West Johnston) Fall 1:49 over Isiah Cain (Garner)
130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Fall 4:36 over Adrian Bennett
140 - LeVincent Clark (Southeast Raleigh) Fall 4:29 over Steven Lombana (Garner)
145 - Mike Murray (Harnett Central) Fall 5:47 over Anthony Finochio (Garner)
152 - Zack Russell (Knightdale) Decision 3-2 over Christian Townsend (Garner)
160 - Russell Thrasher (Clayton) Fall 3:32 over Drawman Fouty (Garner)
171 - Nick Tedder (Smithfield Selma) Fall 2:37 over Jamel Thomas (Garner)
189 - Kyander Moore (East Wake) Fall 1:25 over Darius Davis (Garner)
215 - Vincent Mollo (Garner) Decision 8-2 over Jake Adams (West Johnston)
285 - Tyler Maher win by bye

2nd Round:
112 - Luke Ludke (Clayton) Fall 2:41 over Damian Harrell (Garner)
130 - Charlie Manarino (East Wake) Fall 3:34 over Anthony Chiles (Garner)
215 - Mike Atkins (Smithfield Selma) Decision 3-2 over Vincent Mollo (Garner)
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 1:12 over Storm Stevens (West Johnston)

3rd Round:
112 - Ever Reyes (Smithfield Selma) Fall 4:39 over Damian Harrell (Garner)
130 - Anthony Chiles (Garner) Major Decision 18-9 over Brock Adams (Southeast Raleigh)
215 - Vincent Mollo (Garner) Fall 5:03 over Eric Upchruch (Harnett Central)

Championship Round:
285 - Tyler Maher (Garner) Fall 1:04 over Ryan Harris (Southeast Raleigh)


Trojan Sports Network to Bring Fans Spring Sports Preview Show

For the first time ever, the Trojan Sports Network will take it's show on the road as they will bring you the first ever Spring Sports Preview show, on Monday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.

The show will come to you LIVE from Shuck 'em Shack Oyster Bar located in the White Oak Shopping Center (next to the movie theater), and fans are encouraged to attend the show and are also encouraged to participate in the show as the Trojan Sports Network will also have most of the Spring Sports Coaches on the show and fans will have a chance to ask the coaches questions during their interviews.

Again, that is Monday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. from Shuck 'em Shack Oyster Bar in Garner. Please make plans to attend the show, or if you can't make it you can simple LISTEN LIVE BY CLICKING HERE.

ALSO, if you can't make it to the show, and you listen online you can submit a question via email at

If you have questions about the show or are interested in sponsorship send a email to

Outer Loop Sports Show Makes Opening to focus on Wake County Sports

Garner play by play announcer Chris Edwards joined the sports editor from the Garner/Clayton Record and South Wake Weekly, D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake to bring you the Outer Loop Sports Show.

The show will be a weekly discussion about High School Sports outside the area around Garner and will focus primarily on the Greater Neuse River Conference and the Tri-9 Conference, you can view the first episode below and look for shows each week.

Outer Loop Sports Show: Feb. 5 from Outer Loop Sports Show on Vimeo.

Trojans Survive 'Dog Fight' to Down Bulldogs


Friday night was a typical Garner/Southeast Raleigh basketball game as the two foes met at Southeast Raleigh High School, and after the Bulldogs jumped ahead of the Trojans, Garner responded as Gavin Wilson scored 15 of his career high 22 points in the second half to lead the Trojans to a 70-60 come from behind victory over Southeast.

The first quarter looked more like a football game than a basketball contest as the play was fast, furious and physical as just two combined fouls were called in the first quarter but at the end of the first stanza, Southeast held a two point, 13-11 lead.

The Bulldog lead would grow to double digits as the second quarter got underway as Garner struggled to find their stroke from beyond the arc as the Trojans hit just one first half three pointer, however, the key to keeping Garner in the game was the play of super Sophomore, Dominique Reed, who scored 10 of his career 12 points in the first half to lead Garner in first half scoring, but alas the Trojans trailed 33-27 at the break.

At halftime, the pep talk by Garner Head Coach, Eddie Gray was a impassioned speech which carried through the halftime break and the officials had to go to the locker room to get the Trojans.

But, whatever Coach Gray said at the break fired his club up as Garner came out on a 9-1 run to take a one point lead at 36-35. But, the Bulldogs didn't quit as they continued to fight but Garner would find their game as Gavin Wilson and Stephon Drane carried Garner in the second half and after three, Garner had a three point 48-45 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the two teams battled back and forth, but Southeast was plagued by foul trouble and as a result, Garner was shooting free throws for the entire fourth quarter and down the stretch, the Trojans hit more shots than they missed and as a result, Garner came away with a hard fought 70-60 win over Southeast Raleigh (8-11, 4-7).

Garner (11-7, 10-1) will return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to East Wake at 7:30.

GARNER: G. Wilson 22, S. Drane 16, E. McClain 13, D. Reed 12, M. Sloan 4, M. Powell 2, D. Johnson 2.
Southeast: J. Newkirk 12, T. Walker 11, T. Griffis 11, T. Hines 10, C. Moore 6, T. Mallette 6, A. Smith 5.

Girls Fall to Bulldogs

Coach Mays and his Lady Trojans came into play on Friday night on a two game winning streak, unfortunately for the Trojans on Friday night they were playing one of the league leaders in Southeast Raleigh.

But, to the credit of the Lady Trojans they didn't back down and hung with the Bulldogs early as they played some hard nosed defense and only trailed by a couple of points at halftime.

In the second half, Southeast was just too much inside for the Lady Trojans as Garner fell to Southeast Raleigh 49-31.

The Lady Trojans will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to East Wake for a 6:00 tip off.

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Trojan Club Pancake Breakfast SATURDAY!

The Garner Trojan Club will host a all you can eat Pancake Breakfast THIS SATURDAY from 7:00 - 10:00 AM at O'Charley's in Garner.

Tickets are $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children. Currently tickets can be purchased from any Trojan Club board member or you can buy at the door on Saturday morning.

Please come out and help support the best athletic department in Wake County!

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Trojans Get Back on Track With Win Over SSS


Garner and Smithfield-Selma have now met twice, both times after a Garner loss. The first time these two teams met were after the Trojans lost to Millbrook in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational and Garner won that meeting, 67-41. On Thursday, Garner was coming off their first conference loss of the year, a 78-74 loss at Knightdale, and Thursday would have the same result as the previous meeting as Garner Slayed the Spartans 65-48.

SSS tried to slow down the high powered Trojan offensive attack in the first quarter, and for the most part did a good job as they frustrated the Trojans on the offensive end, but Garner took a 18-7 lead after the first quarter.

In the games second quarter, Garner's lead would grow to double digits as Gavin Wilson got hot and poured in 11 points to lead the Trojans in first half scoring en route to his game high 17 points.

The Spartans first half was marred by foul trouble as at halftime, SSS had three players with at least 2 or more fouls which really limited what the Spartans could do in the second half as they trailed by ten a 34-24 at halftime.

However, Garner let SSS creep back into the game until it was just at six point lead at 36-30 midway through the third quarter, but after a Trojan timeout, Garner went on an 11-1 run to really put the game away as the Trojans full court pressure created several turnovers as the Trojans came away with a 65-48 win.

Garner (10-7, 9-1) will be back in action tomorrow night as they travel to arch rival Southeast Raleigh for a 7:30 tip off.

Varsity Girls Get Win over SSS

Both teams started slow on Thursday night as Garner had a 8-6 lead after the first quarter, however, the Lady Trojans overcame their slow start and avenged a early season loss to the Spartans as they picked up a big 49-36 win over SSS on Thursday night.

Coach Mays and the Lady Trojans have now won two in a row and they will try to make it three in a row Friday night when they travel to Southeast Raleigh for a 6:00 tip.

Winter Sports Changes

With school being closed today, all athletic events have been cancelled, meaning that the basketball game vs. Smithfield-Selma can not be played. The game will now be played on THURSDAY with the JV teams going to SSS and the Varsity teams at home vs. the Spartans.

Tomorrow night's Varsity Basketball games vs. Knightdale has been postponed, due to the fact that Wake County schools will once again be closed on Wednesday. The game will be made up NEXT WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10 at Garner High.

Tonight's wrestling match has been cancelled and at this time there is no reschedule date. The Track meet scheduled for today has also been postponed and will be made up on THURSDAY, Feb. 4.

Also, the GNRC Cheerleading Championships have been rescheduled and will now be held on Feb. 10th at 6:30 at Clayton High School.

If you have any questions call the Garner Athletic Department at (919) 662-2415 or send a email to