OCEAN — The Croatan boys soccer team came up short against its third straight 3A opponent Wednesday, falling 3-1 at home to Jacksonville.

The Cougars (0-2-1) are still without a win this season after playing three tough nonconference opponents with bigger rosters and bigger talent pools. They lost to Northern Guilford 1-0 at the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) Kick-Off Classic in Cary on Friday, following a 2-2 tie with New Hanover in the season opener Aug. 20. Croatan improved to 3-0.

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NEWPORT — The Croatan girls tennis team cruised to its fourth straight win of the season Tuesday, beating Swansboro 9-0 at Fort Benjamin Park in Newport.

The Cougars (4-0) had already handled the Pirates 8-1 on the road Aug. 20 but took it up an extra notch this week with the sweep. It is their second shutout of the season after defeating West Carteret 9-0 on Aug. 21. Swansboro fell to 1-4.

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NEWPORT — Babe Ruth Baseball fall ball signups will take place Saturday Aug. from 2 to 5 p.m. at Smith Park in Newport.

Players should come prepared to practice from 3 to 5 p.m. Registration is $20.

Contact Missy Clements at 252-269-7173 if you are not able to make it Saturday, so you can still be signed up. New players need to bring a copy of ar birth certificate. 

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