A tennis tournament to help send Johnston County players to an out-of-state U.S. Tennis Association Ablilities Tennis Association program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Neuse River Racquet Club (45 Summit Overlook Drive, Clayton). Play will be offered for all ages in singles, doubles and mixed doubles with an entry fee of $35. There is a two-match guarantee and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Harper Lock at 919-376-7017 or email@example.com.
The goal is to fund a trip for four members of the Johnston County Special Olympics program and the Abilities Tennis Association of Johnston County to the Special Pops Tournament in Atlanta.
Williams ranked among nation’s top 100-meter runners: Danielle Williams, a student at Clayton Middle School, is now ranked 13th in the nation in the girls 100-meter dash after her performance in the U.S. Amateur Track and Field Junior Olympics recently in Sacramento, Calif. Williams had her career-best run of 13.03 seconds in the 100 at the USATF Region III Championships earlier this summer.
Running for the Evolution Track Club of Johnston County, Williams bounced back from an injury which prevented her from competing in the events leading up to the state, regional and national championships.
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West assistant to East All-Star staff: West Johnston High assistant football coach Sam Hales will be a member of the coaching staff for the East All-Stars in the 2017 East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro. It will be the third straight year a coach from Johnston County has been a member of the football coaching staff.
New Bern golfer leads Dogwood qualifying at the Cardinal: New Bern golfer Jack Towarnicky earned medalist honors on Aug. 5 in a qualifier for the Dogwood State Boys Junior Championship at the Cardinal Country Club. Towarnicky carded a 3-under round of 69 for the day. The top 10 finishers and ties advanced to the Dogwood. It took a round of 75 or better to advance.
No golfer from Johnston County was among those advancing; Brady Hooks of Clayton tied for 23rd with a 79.
Other golf notables: Peyton LaBonte of Wendell, a Corinth Holders High student, was the medalist for the girls 14-18-year-old division of a Triangle Youth Golf Association One-Day tournament at Coharie Country Club on Aug. 3. LaBonte finished at 79. Smithfield-Selma grad Parker Watson took third in the same division.
Ethan Faulconer of Smithfield tied for third in the boys 16-18 division and Four Oaks’ Eston Lee took third in boys 14-15. ...
The Country Club of Johnston County hosted a TYGA one-day tournament on Friday. Smithfield’s Parker Watson led the girls division with an 82. Raleigh’s Frank Gilliam led all boys golfers with a 72. Hometown entry Ethan Faulconer of Smithfield shared medalist honors Evan Johnson of Garland with a 75 in the 16-18 division. Ian Aspey of Clayton was sixth in the 16-18 group.
Lee tied for second with a 77, while Clayton’s Jake Petroski and Tyler Dechellis tied for sixth in the 14-15 division. Clayton’s Davis Sprawling took third in that division. Ashton Gupton tied for first in the girls 12-13 group.