Trio earn all-state honors in baseball
Three area players have been named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association all-state high school team.
Garner’s Brighton Hudson leads the way with his second consecutive selection to the team. Hudson, a 6-foot-2, left-handed pitching recruit for Mount Olive, was 6-2 with a 1.88 earned-run average. He recorded 114 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings on the season with just 21 walks. At the plate, Hudson hit .308 with 23 runs scored.
South Johnston junior Joe Johnson earned an all-state nod in the 3A ranks. He had a huge May, helping propel the Trojans to the eastern regional championship series. Johnson hit .413 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. On the mound, he was 8-4 with two saves and a 2.33 earned-run average.
Johnson is the first all-state selection for South since Aaron Parnell was named to the team in 2007.
Clayton infielder Brett Clark was also named to the team after helping lead the Comets to the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championship. Clark, who has recently accepted an offer to play at Mount Olive, hit .525 with nine doubles and a triple. He was named the player of the year in the GNRC.
Dove hunting season grows by 20 days
Dove hunters who want more opportunities will get their wish this fall.
Hunters will have 20 additional dove hunting days in seasons the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has announced. However, hunters will have to start the first dove season segment on a Monday, Labor Day on Sept. 1, instead of the preceding Saturday because federal rules do not allow states to open migratory game bird seasons before Sept. 1. The first Saturday of the month will be Sept. 6.
To allocate the 20 extra days, North Carolina added to the Sept. 1-Oct. 11 segment and to the late November and early December segment, which will run until the season ends Jan. 15. The second season segment will begin Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, not the usual preceding Monday.
Seasons and limits for most other species are similar to last year’s webless migratory game bird and waterfowl early seasons and September seasons for Canada geese and teal.
The statewide early season for Canada geese is Sept. 1-30. More seasons, including extended falconry seasons, can be found at www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.