Johnston Community College is bringing back its men’s basketball program next fall and adding a women’s program as well, the school has announced.
The Jaguars fielded a successful men’s team from 2006-12 and have never fielded a women’s team. JCC currently fields men’s and women’s golf teams and offered women’s volleyball for a short time.
JCC will play its home games at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.
“Our students have been asking us to bring some type of spectator sport to our athletics program, so we feel the timing is right,” said Dr. Pam Harrell, vice president of student services. “We are so grateful for our partnership with the SRAC and its administration. We are excited about what the expansion of athletics at JCC will mean for our students, employees and community, and we encourage everyone to come out, participate, and cheer for the JCC Jaguars.”
The men’s team will play at the Division III, Region X level of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the women will play in Division II of Region X. The Jaguars will play games against teams from the Carolinas and Virginia.
Lancaster ties for 30th at Champions Q-School: Smithfield resident Neal Lancaster finished in at tie for 30th at the final state of Champions Tour Qualifying School last week. The former winner on the PGA Tour needed to finish in the top 12 to earn conditional playing status on the Tour in 2016 or the top five to have exempt status into every event. He will continue to compete for weekly qualifying spots in Champions Tour events.
He opened the tournament with a costly 73, but shot 9-under, 63, in the second round. On Thursday he posted a 71 and a 69 in the final round for a total of 8-under-par.
Brandt Jobe was the event winner at 18-under.
Corinth Holders cheerleaders win: Corinth Holders won the Two Rivers 3A Conference cheerleading competition held last month. Each team preformed a two-minute, 30-second routine for a panel of judges during the competition.
Cleveland was second and South Johnston took third. Smithfield-Selma finished fourth, followed by Western Harnett and Triton, respectively.
Stephenson posts three wins in a row: South Johnston student and 2016 East Carolina University golf recruit Patrick Stephenson has won each of his last three tournaments. Stephenson won the fifth annual ACC Southeastern Fall Classic with rounds of 72 and 67, winning by 10 shots, then took the UNC Tarheel State Junior Championship in Chapel Hill with a pair of 72s. He topped a field that included the No. 2 -and 12-ranked players in the state for that two-stroke win.
The last win came in the Bullet Bell Holiday Classic in Pinehurst with play at Mid Pines and Pine Needles. He closed with a 67 for that win.
Stephenson, a senior, was the state runner-up at the NCHSAA 3A golf championships last spring.
Clayton snapper up for national award: Clayton High School football player Mitch Hall is one of 15 semifinalists for the Chris Rubio Award for 2015, an honor that goes to the best prep football long snapper in the nation. The junior is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in North Carolina for the class of 2017 by Rubio Long Snapping.
The award will be announced Dec. 10.
Clayton golfer wins in Pinehurst: Clayton’s Matthew Hayes won the freshman/sophomore division of the Winternational Junior Series in Pinehurst on Nov. 29. Hayes posted rounds of 79 and 80 to win by five strokes. The tournament was played at Pinehurst No. 4, which will host the U.S. Four Ball Amateur Championship in 2017.