Neuse Charter Open Mat
By Ally Acton
Wrestling season is coming up quickly! Open Mat is a great
opportunity to start getting in shape for wrestling
Coach Jim Herlinger is very excited for this upcoming season and
is impressed with the number of participants of Open Mat. “We have about eleven
or twelve students from the high school and the middle school, with a total of
around 22-24 students participation.”
Open Mat is a great opportunity to make new
“Although you may take it down hard on the mat with somebody, you
can go home and hangout after and still be
friends,” said Jim Herlinger.
The middle school has an advantage because of the opportunity to
attend open mat. Most middle schools don’t have wrestling, so the wrestlers must
wait until high school to start. The wrestling program at Neuse Charter for the
middle school helps prepare them for high school
Neuse vs. Triangle Thunder
On October 29, the Neuse Charter Athletics took on the Triangle
Thunder in wheelchair basketball. Many students and staff participated in
playing against them.
Triangle Thunder is a recreational wheelchair basketball team
that is an opportunity for men and women with disabilities to participate in
The final score was 50 to 15. Although Neuse Charter lost against
them, they played to the best of their ability.
Junior Joseph Bell said, “It was fun, I got to see how people
that were actually in wheelchairs play. It makes you value your abilities.”
Sixth grader Alyssa Lynch plays for Junior Thunder.
Cougars Face Tough Lost
The Cougars boys’ varsity soccer
team faced a tough lost in a conference game against Hobbton on Tuesday, October
When asked how he felt about the
game, sophomore Decarius Bryant said “We could have played better and played
with more heart. But we have improved a lot since the first time we played them
as a team.”
Freshman, Michael Leix, also added “It was a good first half but when the second half came we got a little
discouraged and fell apart but at least we finished the
The Cougars fought hard but fell short 7-1 after having the game tied at halftime 1-1.
Cougar cheer competition
By Sammie Atkins
The Neuse Charter School Varsity cheerleading team had their first competition on October 12, in the gym.
There were seven squads who competed and the bleachers were filled with family and
friends of the different squads.
“I thought the competition went really [well]. It was our first competition and we
didn’t know what to expect going in. We also worked together as a team,” said
Samantha Brownlee, captain of the varsity cheerleaders.
The squad placed 5th out of 7 squads.
“We were successful because we had support from other Neuse Charter teams,” said
varsity cheerleading coach Jessica Brank.
Thanks to athletic director Coach Browning, the competition was extremely
According to Brank, “the judges loved the routine, commented on the high jumps, and loved
The varsity cheerleading team showed Cougar pride and excellence in the
They have no more competitions this year, but we will see what next year holds for
the Lady Cougar cheerleaders.
Neuse Charter beats Ravenscroft, rivalry continues
By Darrin Robinson
Neuse Charter School beat Ravenscroft in a tough soccer match on September 31.
The final score of the game was 2-1. The goals were scored by Tre’Shon Charles and Freddy Bonilla.
“I think we played exceptionally well,” said senior Tre’Shon Charles. He later went on and said, “We were hustling for everything in the air and kept the ball on their side of the field. We need to improve on our passing; it’s the one area that we struggle in.”
The boys varsity soccer team is coming toward the end of their season.
Girls golf makes Neuse Charter history
By Makenna Hammer
The girls golf team finished their conference season at Pine Hollow.
The Neuse girls placed fifth of 12 teams.
Throughout the season they maintained a steady rank. The best they placed was third of eight teams, beating Clayton High and Corinth Holder. They played well this year and are expecting an even better season next year.
Junior Makenna Hammer, team captain, placed first in the individual rankings. In every tournament she placed either first or second. She will be competing in the Regional tournament on October 21 and is expected to make the cut for the state tournament.
Senior Sammie Atkins and junior Caroline Lancaster were key players, making it possible for Neuse to place so well.
Senior Mark Fang shows his excitement at the soccer team's win (Credit: Tre'Shon Charles)
Ending the streak
By Tre’Shon Charles
Neuse Charter School’s soccer team celebrated its first win in two years, breaking its losing streak.
On August 30, Neuse played against Kestrel Heights and won 5-0.
Neuse currently has a 4-4-0 record and is expected to keep doing well.
“We had better players than we did last year,” said senior Mark Fang, a defender on the soccer team.
Let the racing begin
By Angelica Cortes
September 17, the Neuse Charter cross country team had their first home race.
The runners included Marika Samuelson (5th place), Maurice Watson (5th place), Taylor Davis (time: 34 minutes), Sara Stephenson (1st place), Nathan Smith (21st place), Freddy Bonilla (unknown), Mark Fang (26th place), and John Fang (unknown).
The runners were very proud of their times and placements.
They ran against several schools including Hopton, Rosewood, North Duplin, and Princeton.
Isaac House, freshman, said, “Marika is the bomb diggity!” about her placement in the run.
The runners are now preparing for their next race on September 24 against North Duplin.
Neuse Charter School under new coaching
By Darrin Robinson
Neuse Charter School's girls varsity basketball team is under new coaching.
New coaches Daniel Casey and Carl Collie have visions and plans for this upcoming season.
Casey said, “I have been coaching for four years; I coached the Overhills High School JV boys team, which was the school I was at before I came here. I was a student assistant at Appalachian State University. My goal for this upcoming season is to do better than last year.”
Neuse Charter's varsity girls team is looking forward to new warm ups as well as uniforms and fast-paced practices. The girls are working for chemistry and fundamentals, hoping to make it to the state conference.
When asked how she felt about the new coaching staff and the effects it will have on the team, senior Sakoyia Heath said, “I don’t necessarily have any feelings about Casey as our new coach because I don’t know if he is a good coach or not yet; if anything I think it will help us win games because as a team I believe we all want to win.”
The Lady Cougars are starting open gym workouts and are looking forward to having a great season.
Junior Joe Bell (right) and Coach Jimmie Sanders are excited about the plans for open gym (Credit: Sakoyia Heath)
Early bird gets the worm
By Sakoyia Heath
The coach of Neuse Charter Schools Varsity Boys – Jimmie Sanders – is opening up the gym at 6:15 to 7:45 for a good workout before school.
Coach Sanders said, “Open Gym in the morning provides an extra opportunity to get in shape as well as develop chemistry, having the boys come out early in the morning helps the coach know who is serious about the game of basketball.”
Sanders finds opening the gym up not as getting an edge over rival schools such as Princeton but staying competitive with them, seeing as how neighboring schools are opening up and making use of their gyms as well.
According to Joseph Bell – Junior at Neuse – “This season should be exciting. We have been working hard in open gym.” He also concluded, “It’s very educational, bruh, communication and trusting each other is truly going to help us this season.”
Open gym is from 6:15 to 7:45, and it's helping the boys varsity team stay competitive.
Coach Sanders has been coaching for about 18 years getting his first shot at coaching in Arizona, teaching middle school girls. Since then he has been passionately teaching youth the fundamentals of basketball.
The motto for boys varsity, according to Coach Sanders, is “We over me.” Meaning, he said, “We put our school and our team over individual to bring success.”
Neuse Charter should expect a group of young men going to play very hard and compete at all times this upcoming season.