Conference championship season has begun across the area for the winter sports season. The Two Rivers 3A Conference were scheduled to hold (weather permitting) their swimming championships Friday night in Smithfield and the Greater Neuse River 4A holds its swimming finals this coming Friday.
A day later (Jan. 30), individual conference champions in wrestling will be decided in the four area conferences. Winter track and field meets in the Two Rivers 3A and Carolina 1A conferences will be held Feb. 3. (The GNRC does not have a conference championship meet during winter track.)
If the winter weather holds off (unlike last year when conference tournaments were wiped out), conference basketball tournaments begin across the area on Feb. 15.
State playoffs start on Feb. 2 in dual wrestling, then Feb. 23 in basketball.
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Princeton christens Sugg Court: Princeton named its basketball court, “Coach Raymond Sugg Court” Thursday night during its games against James Kenan in honor of a man who has done almost everything one could do in a town. Sugg was born in Princeton in 1923, starred in athletics there, served in World War II, returned to Princeton and coached championship teams at the school, founded the Princeton Little League, the town’s youth sports organization, and continues to be one of the biggest Bulldog fans there is.
“With all of his accomplishments Mr. Raymond is one of the most humble and endearing persons you will ever meet,” said Princeton athletics director Marty Gurganus. “He has a genuine love for young people and his presence alone is an encouragement to each of us to not only give our very best in sports but more importantly in life.
“He has set the standard high for each of us who have followed in his footsteps and it is our honor to name our court after him.”
SNMP sets 2016 schedule: Southern National Motorsports Park will begin its 2016 schedule of races on Saturday, April 2. The four-tenths of a mile paved oval near Kenly will feature the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions on opening night.
The regular points season will begin on April 9 with races in Late Model Stock, Charger, U-CAR, Legends, Bandolero and the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club. Other series races are set for April 30, May 7, May 28, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 23, Aug. 20 and Sept. 10.
The LFR Chasis Pro Late Model division will race on April 23, May 14, June 4, July 2, July 16, Aug. 6 and Sept. 24.
The Monsters in the Park show will return Aug. 13-14, the third annual Halloween Spooktacular will be Saturday, Oct. 29 and the 16th Thanksgiving All-Star Classic will run Nov. 25-27. For more info on the season, visit snmpark.com.
Schweitz wins at Mid Pines: Cleveland High’s Patrick Schweitz won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s one-day tournament at Mid Pines Golf Club on Jan. 18. Schweitz carded a 73 to lead the 16-18-year-old boys division and all golfers.
Sydney Wheeless of Benson tied for third in the girls 16-18 division and Clayton’s Spencer DeLorme was 10th in the 14-15 boys.
Tuesday’s area basketball scores
Girls: Rolesville 58, Garner 51; Knightdale 66, West Johnston 28;
Boys: Garner 76, Rolesville 63; Clayton 69, Southeast Raleigh 63; Knightdale 68, West Johnston 48; Wake Christian 77, Cary Academy 65