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    Five area teams bow out of basketball playoffs

    Hillsborough Orange downed South Johnston 71-34 in the 3A boys playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans finished the season with a 14-10 mark.


    Corinth Holders hangs on to make history

    Fortunately for the Pirates, three quarters of solid play and, more importantly, the 17-point cushion it provided entering the final quarter, was just enough to hold off a spirited late rally from the Gryphons as Corinth Holders survived for a 46-43 victory.


    Cold streak costly for Smithfield-Selma

    Smithfield-Selma was held scoreless for the first 6:50 of the third quarter as the Wolverines pulled away for a 60-45 first-round victory, ending the Spartans’ season at 10-13.


    Webster hits 1,000 points in South Johnston’s playoff loss

    The Trojans’ highlight of the day was junior guard Anna Webster’s 1,000th career point late in the fourth quarter, but the Chargers were already rolling to a 69-42 victory.


    Softball preview: Softball is special in Johnston County

    Winning softball programs are almost a given in Johnston County, which has sent five different teams to the state semifinals already this decade.


    Sports Notes: March 1

    The Johnston United Soccer Association will hold tryouts for its U16 and U18 Classic girls teams at 3:30 p.m. on March 14 and at 1:30 p.m. on March 15 at Clayton Middle School. Registration is $15 and open until March 13 at


    High school notebook: NCHSAA taking it day by day

    Davis Whitfield, the commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, said schools across the state will have to cooperate and communicate during the next two weeks in the wake of the basketball playoffs’ disruption.


    Cruz-Cruz takes second in state

    Cleveland’s Mathews Cruz-Cruz led the Johnston County contingent of wrestlers with a runner-up finish in the 3A ranks at 132 pounds. It wasn’t the finish that Cruz-Cruz wanted, it being his second consecutive loss in a state championship match.


    Goodbye ice, hello spring

    The ice and snow, but maybe not those piles of salt residue, are finally gone from last week’s storms. Spring practices have officially begun for area teams. There are the basketball state championship races still going on this week, but the end of the snow brings the promise of the Spring...


    Pirates’ relay team sets school record

    There’s plenty of great track and field talent across the Triangle area every year. It’s what makes me like covering the state championship meets for The News & Observer family papers so much.

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