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August 24, 2009

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Jess Huffman
Sun Journal

It was a nightmarish season-opener for the New Bern football team, and Havelock quarterback Danny Webster Jr. was the boogeyman.

Webster picked up 228 yards on offense and tossed three touchdown passes, leading the Rams to a 21-3 victory over the Bears on Friday at Caruso-Coates Stadium. But numbers can’t describe the biggest play he made.

With New Bern pinned against its own end zone in the first quarter of a scoreless game, working from its own 4-yard line, quarterback Jerrell Armstrong busted up the middle and broke free. No one was catching him.

But just when it appeared Armstrong was going to run for a 94-yard touchdown, a New Bern blocker touched Webster in the back, and both players stumbled to the ground. A flag followed, and New Bern’s first fireworks of the season were extinguished.

 “Danny Webster set that clip up good,” Havelock second-year coach Jim Bob Bryant said. “He moved in front of him and let him push him in the back. He’s one of the smartest football players I’ve ever coached.”

A New Bern player never touched the end zone again. The Rams limited the Bears to just 171 yards of offense, including a dismal 56 yards in the second half.

Senior Mike Jones accounted for all of New Bern’s scoring, kicking a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter.

“We’ve got to get better as a team:  offense, defense and special teams,” New Bern coach Bobby Curlings said. “I hope it was just first-game jitters. I think we’re a lot better than we showed.”

New Bern lost two fumbles in the first half, both of which led to Havelock touchdown drives. Addrick Rasberry’s recovery led to Webster connecting with tight end Dillon Post for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter. And Mike O’Brien’s recovery set up Havelock’s 12-play, 71-yard scoring drive, capped off by another Webster-to-Post touchdown as time expired in the first half.

“That last-second touchdown to put us up by 21 points against New Bern at their house — it was a big, humungous motivator,” Webster said. “It was good for us.”

Webster finished the game 12-of-24 passing for 109 yards and rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries.

Armstrong led New Bern with 118 passing yards and 46 yards on the ground. He showed flashes of promise throughout, but particularly in the first half, when he threw for 69 yards and ran for another 52. He connected with senior wide receiver Mike Brown three times for 57 yards.

“He’s gotten better and better every day,” Curlings said. “I think you’re just seeing the tip of the things that he can do, because he’s an outstanding athlete and a very intellectual young man, so he catches on quick.”

The two teams combined for nine fumbles — five of which were lost — and seven turnovers. New Bern’s defense had an interception, three fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. Yet, the Bears allowed the Rams to gain 317 total yards, including 201 rushing yards.

Senior defensive back J.R. Williams intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble for the Bears.

 “It was a lot like last year’s game,” Curlings said. “The offense put the defense in bad spots.”

Havelock defeated New Bern, 12-8, last season at Wilbur Sasser Field in Havelock. Friday night marked the first time the Rams had beaten the Bears in consecutive seasons since the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

New Bern still leads the series 20-19-1.

“I was excited for the kids, especially for the seniors,” Bryant said. “Having the chance to go out and beat New Bern two years in a row, I’m really excited for them.”

The Havelock defense forced three New Bern turnovers. Cody Toler had two sacks in the second half, and William Griffith intercepted a pass.

The Rams committed 13 penalties and fumbled five times. 

New Bern (0-1) returns to action Friday at West Craven (1-0), while Havelock (1-0) hosts East Carteret (1-0).

“To me, this was probably the most important game of the year,” Webster said. “It was the first game. Everybody’s got first-game jitters. Everybody’s going to make first-game mistakes. We played nowhere near the best football that, hopefully, you’ll see this year.”

Havelock 21, New Bern 3

Havelock          7              14            0              0 — 21

New Bern         0              0              3              0 — 3

First quarter

H — Dillon Post 4 pass from Danny Webster Jr. (Tylor Cooper kick), 4:11

Second quarter

H — R.J. Bryant 8 pass from Webster (Cooper kick), 5:40

H — Post 4 pass from Webster (Cooper kick), 0.0

Third quarter

NB — Mike Jones 27 field goal, 6:26

Team stats                       H                             NB

First downs                   15                       12

Total yards                   317                     171

Rushes-yards              33-201                  22-45

Comp-Att-Int.            12-24-1                 11-32-1

Punts-Avg.                   2-48                    3-38

Fumbles-lost                  4-3                     5-2

Penalties-yards             13-90                   5-40

Individual stats

Passing — Havelock: Webster 12-24-1 116. New Bern: Jerrell Armstrong 10-26-1 118, Matt Solter 1-6-0 8.

Rushing — Havelock: Webster 14-112, William Griffith 7-61, Andretti George 8-20, Robbie Hollister 1-3, Tyrone Bradley 2-9, Kemo Richardson 1-(-2). New Bern: Armstrong 13-46, Josh Moore 6-7, Solter 3-(-8).

Receiving — Havelock: Daniel Bailey 6-76, George 2-19, Jerell Wallace 1-15, Post 2-8, Bryant 1-8. New Bern: Mike Brown 3-57, Rashad Benjamin 2-40, Moore 2-13, Javarus McConner 2-10, TaQuan Hall 1-8, Jeric Nelson 1-(-1).

August 21, 2009

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By ALAN ZIBEL, AP Real Estate Writer Alan Zibel, Ap Real Estate Writer

WASHINGTON – The U.S. housing market is rebounding faster than expected. The question is, can it last? Home resales in July posted the largest monthly increase in at least 10 years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax credit that expires this fall. Sales jumped 7.2 percent and beat expectations, the National Association of Realtors said Friday.

“The housing market is back up and running and that is great news,” wrote Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.

Sales hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.24 million in July, from a pace of 4.89 million in June. It was the fourth-straight monthly increase and the strongest month since August 2007. Sales had been expected to rise to an annual pace of 5 million, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

The risks, however, are unemployment, mortgage rates, and a homebuyer tax credit that is over at the end of November. And the last one could be a doozy because first-time buyers are snapping up one out of every three homes.

First-time buyers get a credit of 10 percent of the purchase price of a home, up to $8,000. Singles must earn less than $75,000, and couples less than $150,000. The real estate industry is lobbying to have the credit extended, but its unclear if Congress will be swayed.

“I would not be at all surprised to see a dip at the end of the year once the tax credit expires,” said Robert Dye, senior economist with PNC Financial Services Group.

The home sales report was another sign that the U.S. economy is on the verge of a long-awaited recovery after enduring a brutal recession and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Economic activity in both the U.S. and around the world appears to be leveling out and “the prospects for a return to growth in the near term appear good,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday.

But fallout from the recession will linger for some time. Unemployment rose in July in 26 states and fell in 17, the Labor Department said Friday. That is driving up foreclosures, which are not expected to level off until sometime next year.

Sales of foreclosures and other distressed properties made up about a third of all transactions last month, down from nearly half earlier this year. In places like San Diego and Orlando, buyers are snapping up foreclosed properties at deep discounts, and real estate agents are pressing banks to release more foreclosures onto the market.

Those sales helped drag down the median sales price by 15 percent to $178,400.

It took Stephen Stoyko two years of off-and-on house hunting before he bought a four-bedroom, two story foreclosure for $320,000. Built just 2 1/2 years ago in Roswell, Ga., north of Atlanta, the home was initially priced at $335,000.

Stoyko, who is single, expects to spend about $7,000 to replace missing kitchen appliances and light fixtures — a cost will be at least partially offset by the first-time homebuyer tax credit. “It’s bigger than I needed, but the price was right,” he said.

The inventory of unsold homes on the market rose to 4.1 million, from 3.8 million a month earlier as buyers who had held their homes off the market in the past decided to list them for sale. That’s a 9.4-month supply at the current sales pace, unchanged from June.


AP Real Estate Writer Adrian Sainz contributed to this report. AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa contributed reporting from Jackson Hole, Wyo.

August 11, 2009

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August 05, 2009 6:17 AM
By Ken Buday
Havelock News


While summer may be a good time for vacations, a group from Havelock found it a good time to help those in need.

A group of 30 volunteers spent a week in the mountains of West Virginia, helping residents there with home repairs and various other projects.

“It was a good time for fellowship,” said James Godley, a construction contractor who made the trip. “You work your tails off, but that’s the mission.”

The group included construction workers, Marines from Cherry Point, workers from BSH in New Bern and others associated with Fellowship for Christ in Havelock.

The projects involved construction of a 60-foot retaining wall for one West Virginia resident whose property and home were in danger from a nearby hill.

“His backyard was flooding away every year,” said Mike Janes, one of the Marines who volunteered for the trip. “Everything flowed right into the street. Eventually, his house could have fallen away.”

Janes said the homeowner had a blood disease, a 6-year-old boy at home and a father who had recently had a stroke.

“He tried to help, but we just kept having to tell him to sit and relax,” Janes said of the homeowner. “He was trying to help so much. He was so grateful.

“His 6-year-old boy had a shovel and a toy dump truck, and he would shovel gravel into his truck and bring it to us. It was pretty cool.”

On the final day of the mission, the group constructed a 60-foot long handicap ramp at the home to allow the owner’s father access to the home.

The group also helped repair a teen center that had fallen into disrepair.

“It was covered in poison ivy and the stairs were rotten,” Godley said. “The job was supposed to be to just change the windows, but it was a lot more than that.”

Another job involved changing out windows on the home of a woman’s mobile home.

“There were holes in the floor and in the side,” Godley said. “We had to remove a lot of trash.

“At first, I don’t know if it was shame or what, we would take something out, and she would bring it back in through the back door. By the end though, she ended up helping. Eventually, she just broke down crying. Everyone was crying.”

Jeff Knipple, who helped organize the trip, said the church partnered with the WorldVision missions project, while BSH supplied tools for the work and Golden Corral in Morehead City allowed volunteers to raise money for the work by waitressing for tips.

He said the reaction of the residents was amazing.

“The first day, there was just plain despair, almost a woe-is-me type mentality, thinking things were so bad and feeling as through there was no one who cared for them,” Knipple said. “By the second day, due to the fact that this team was working so hard, caring so much and spending as much as we did to help, the community became transformed. The homeowners, other churches and their members, as well as others in the community, began to chip in and assist.”

Beyond the construction projects, volunteers also brought clothing and school supplies for the residents.

“As much as it helped them, I think it affected a lot of us,” Godley said. “I think our group got as much out of it as they did.”

Janes said helping those is need is just part of God’s plan.

“It’s a good feeling knowing you have helped someone in need,” Janes said. “It’s much better than sitting back and watching the world. We should be making God’s world a better place. We’re just so grateful.”


Havelock Football August 11, 2009

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By Jess Huffman

Freedom ENC

The clock struck midnight, but the lights above Havelock High School continued to shine bright Saturday. A group of football players surrounded head coach Jim Bob Bryant.

“The football gods smiled on us today,” Bryant said. “They let us practice.”

Rain soaked the majority of Craven County, but Mother Nature refused to dampen Havelock’s night. The Rams opened their season with a three-hour practice, beginning late Friday and ending at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The ceremonial minute allowed the Rams to get their first official practice in the books.

“That counts as an August 1 practice,” Bryant said.

Players were rambunctious, rowdy, slapping helmets and hollering. Quarterback Danny Webster Jr. said there was no better place to be than the football field.

“I’m super excited,” he said. “If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s play football.”

Webster is coming off a breakout sophomore season in which he gained more than 1,600 total yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He’s a year more experienced and a year stronger, ready to showcase a more versatile game in Bryant’s spread offense.

“He’s really improved his passing game,” Bryant said. “Last year, he was more of a (runner) and a good athlete. This year, I think he’s improved his arm strength. He can throw it probably 20 yards farther than what he did last year.”

In Bryant’s first year as head coach, the Rams finished 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the Coastal Conference. They began 8-1 before losing their final three games, including a first-round playoff loss to Washington.

Webster said this year’s team will not let up as the season progresses.

“We’re going to bring a lot more heart — a lot more love to the game,” he said. “Last year, we kind of quit. We kind of gave up a little bit at the end there. I don’t think you’ll see that this year.”

Havelock returns nine starters on both offense and defense, including recent South Carolina recruit Corey Robinson, a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle, and running back/linebacker William Griffith, who rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns last season. Both are expected to take on leadership roles.

The Rams also return their leading tackler, linebacker Tre Jones, and their top-two receivers from last year, Octavious Coates and R.J. Bryant.

“We’re cautiously optimistic about this season,” Coach Bryant said.

The new-look Coastal Conference will include eight 3A teams. New Bern and J.H. Rose are out, and White Oak and Jacksonville are in.

“Having an all 3A conference kind of evens the playing field a little bit more,” Bryant said. “We’ve got two great teams coming in the conference, so it will still be a really strong conference.”

The Rams spent the summer competing in a 7-on-7 passing league, which also included East Carteret, White Oak, Croatan, Washington, Pamlico, Jones Senior at South Lenoir. They scrimmage at East Duplin on Aug. 12 before hosting Pamlico, Croatan and Swansboro for a scrimmage on Aug. 15.

Havelock opens the season Aug. 21 at New Bern.

August 11, 2009

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By Drew C. Wilson as published in The Havelock News

Dancing and drumming will kick off this year’s Music in the Park summer concert series Thursday at Havelock City Park.  The free performances are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday in August.

A local troupe, the Rhythm-Cize dancers, is scheduled to kick off the series on Thursday night. 

“For the performance, we’re going to do a variety of dances,” group leader Cora Green said. “We’re going to do jazz, spiritual lyrical, African rhythms, line dancing and Hawaiian dances.” Green said the group consists of nine dancers, one as young as 6 years old. She said the group has performed at a variety of charity events in Craven and Carteret counties. After the 30-minute dance program, the Korean Drummers, based in Jacksonville, are scheduled to take the stage at the park.

“They are a group of kids that drum in time and they are fascinating to listen to,” said Helen Emerson, head of the Havelock Cultural Arts Committee that puts on the annual series. “They march in time and are just outstanding.”

Emerson said the series has been going on for about 25 years. The committee gets support from the city and a Grassroots Program Fund grant administered through the Craven County Arts Council and Gallery to put on the series. Emerson said the events are good opportunities for fellowship.

“Meet your neighbors, listen to different styles of music and utilize the city park,” she said. “Bring a chair. Bring a picnic dinner. Sit and meet your neighbors. No television.”

The Aug. 15 performance is entitled “Pickin’ in the Park,” a jam session for people who play guitars, banjos, violins, harmonicas and mandolins.

“If you play, step up and play with them,” Emerson said. “Everyone is invited to join in with them.”

On Aug. 22, gospel singers from area churches will perform religious-themed music.

The last performance of the year will be by the New Bern bluegrass group “Unshackled.”

In the event of rain on the evening of a performance, it will shift inside to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

For more information on the Music in the Park series, call 447-3763 or 447-3259.