Summer high school leagues begin play this week across the area. The leagues are instructional, near pick up games, often played at doubleheaders beginning at 4 p.m.
Johnston County Instructional League teams this year will be Clayton, Cleveland, West Johnston and South Johnston.
Games are played from Monday through Thursday. Doubleheaders begin at 4 p.m. Single games begin at 5 p.m. Those four teams will also play games against teams from Wake Forest, Knightdale and Rolesville.
Garner is in the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League and starts play on June 15.
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Stephenson qualifies for N.C. Amateur: South Johnston High School junior Patrick Stephenson claimed a spot in the 55th N.C. Amateur Championship by tying for third place at a qualifier at Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro on Thursday.
Stephenson played in the U.S. Amateur last summer and was the runner-up in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 3A state championship earlier this spring. He finished at 3-under-par 69 for the qualifying round.
Garner’s Scott Freeman missed out on a berth by two strokes, tying for 26th. He shot a 75.
Clayton’s David Germann has already qualified for the N.C. Amateur, which will be played June 18-21 in Wilmington at the Landfall Nicklaus course.
Dutch continues to blaze: A week after winning the 400-meter hurdle title at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon in his best time ever, Clayton native Johnny Dutch ran the 400-meter hurdles in 48.13 seconds in at the Golden Gala IAFF Diamond League meet in Rome on Thursday.
Dutch nipped world No. 1 Bershawm Jackson to win the Pre title in 48.22 seconds.
The next big in-country meet on Dutch’s schedule will be the USA Track and Field National Outdoor Championships June 25-28 in Eugene, Oregon, the same site where the Prefontaine Classic was held.