Cougars slam Wayne Christian

The Goldsboro High School basketball team defeated Wayne Christian at the University of Mount Olive tonight to advance to Friday’s FCA Winter Classic final against Wayne Country Day. The following photographs were taken by Pride photojournalist Coryana Smith and GHS journalism teacher Mr. Fine.

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Cougars stuff Saints

The Goldsboro High School varsity basketball teams swept Southern Wayne Tuesday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd, but the games were only part of the spectacle. Members of the GHS Marching Cougars made their presence felt, the GHS Show Stoppers threw down during halftime of the girls’ game, and a little boy named Chrystian stole the night with dance moves well beyond his years. The following shots were taken by Pride photojournalists Shayla Greene, Coryana Smith, and GHS journalism teacher Mr. Fine.



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Solid season ends

The Goldsboro High School football team didn’t get the outcome it wanted at Wallace-Rose Hill tonight, but the Cougars still improved on last season — advancing to the second round of the playoffs and notching a stunning first round victory over 2-seed South Granville last week.

The following shots were taken during tonight’s loss. Congratulations, gentlemen, on representing GHS well this season.

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BREAKING: Cougars upset Vikings

Xzavior Bowden — after trading in his ripped No. 12 jersey for No. 38 — finally had a reason to break out his sledgehammer again.

The 15-seed Goldsboro High School football team pulled off an upset for the ages in Creedmor tonight, defeating 2-seed South Granville 21-20 — a victory that sets up a post-Thanksgiving rematch with Wallace-Rose Hill.

Much more on the Cougars’ triumphant performance will be posted tomorrow, but for now, the following photographs were taken by Journalism teacher and Pride editor Ken Fine.

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Breaking News: Title shots

Under first-year head coach Timothy Ray, the Goldsboro High School football team fought its way into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The Cougars learned Saturday that they will travel to #2 South Granville Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

But the football team is not the only group celebrating this weekend. Also for a second consecutive year, the Cougars’ cheerleading squad qualified for Nationals.


More on both of the these stories will be published this week.


The Goldsboro High School basketball teams welcomed alumni ballers back to campus Saturday night … and it was a slam.

In case you forgot about last year’s standout Tyzhaun Claude, he threw down a windmill to remind the Cougars of what they’ll miss in his absence.

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But current GHS forward Isaiah Wilder responded – proving the team still has some explosive options, despite losing one of its key players to graduation.

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The following photographs were taken by Pride photojournalists Ze’Mirah Harris, Prophet DeVaughn, our teacher, Mr. Fine, and Pride alum Shy Franklin.

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Historic victory

For the first time in program history, the Goldsboro High School volleyball team is going to the third round of the playoffs. The Lady Cougars won their first-ever home playoff game in a five-set thriller and will play Saturday to keep their dream season alive.

The following photographs were taken by Pride photojournalists Shayla Greene and Asyah Thomas.

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One heck of a run


It has been an incredible week for the Goldsboro High School cross-country team and one of its coaches.

It started on Tuesday when the men’s team took home what Athletic Director Dwight Sutton characterized as the Cougars’ first-ever East Central Conference Season Championship.


Jyrei Thompson and Donovan Jones came in first and second place, respectively, so we talked to them to figure out just how it felt to be a part of something historic.

“It felt good,” Jyrei told the Pride. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of — something that I always wanted to accomplish while in high school.”

Donovan agreed and said he was “happy that I came in the top three.”

But running is about far more for Jyrei than winning a conference championship. For this young man, it’s a way out.

“I think about it a lot — to not stop, to not fall, don’t walk, getting to the finish line,” he said. “This something you can go to college for. For myself and my family, this is something that can get (us) out of here.”

Second-year Coach Michael Arnold, a seasoned marathon runner who earned conference Coach of the Year honors at the meet, was beaming with pride.

“I had a really good feeling about them because they had really been coming in all year. I’m really proud of them — Jyrei and Donovan, especially, he had really surprised me with how good he was doing. I had no idea he was such a good distance runner. I almost bust out a tear because I was so happy and so proud.”

He downplayed his own achievement, but told the Pride that “it’s a great honor to win, and to be a cross-country coach for GHS.”


But the men were not the only ones to bring home some hardware this week. The Lady Cougars won the Wayne County Championship Friday. For more on their title, and some words from their coach, Ms. Orsoco, follow the Pride.