National champs offer Cleveland lineman a scholarship
National champion Florida State offered a football scholarship to Cleveland High defensive lineman Sterling Johnson on Wednesday, but FSU is just one of several schools that has noticed the 6-foot-5, 274-pound junior.
Johnson already had offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest and others are expected.
“I think a lot of the recruiters are going by Garner to talk to (runner) Nyheim Hines and then coming here and vice versa,” Cleveland coach Marc Morris said. “Sterling works extremely hard and works in the weight room just as hard. He is a fine young man.
“You just don’t see many kids his size who can run like he does. Big linemen like him are hard to find.”
Johnson was the Two Rivers 3A Conference defensive lineman of the year in 2013.
Knightdale boys top West Johnston
West Johnston jumped out to a nine-point first-quarter lead in the boys game but fell victim to a 19-point output in the second half as Knightdale prevailed, 75-54, Friday. Ronshag Allan-Shabazz of Knightdale led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field.
Cameron Williams had 11 to pace West Johnston, which also got nine points each from Tre Frederick and Ryne Turner.
Swimming regionals, wrestling conference tournaments on tap
Berths in the NCHSAA state swimming championships are on the line beginning Friday as the area swimming regionals begin. The 3A eastern regionals will be held Friday at Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary, while the 4A eastern regionals are Saturday morning at the same location.
In wrestling, it’s the first big weekend of individual-focused competition of February with all of the area conferences holding their respective conference individual tournaments. East Wake hosts the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference members, while Johnston County schools Smithfield-Selma (Two Rivers 3A) and Princeton (Carolina 1A) host their respective tournaments. North Johnston is in the Eastern Plains 2A event at North Pitt.
JCEI baseball brackets set
The pairings for the 2014 Johnston County Easter Invitational prep baseball tournament at South Johnston High School have been announced. The event runs April 12-15.
In first round games on April 12, West Johnston meets Smithfield-Selma at noon and Triton takes on Clayton at 2:30. After the home run derby, Harnett Central meets Cleveland at 5:30 and host South Johnston takes on Bunn at 7:30.
The championship game is April 15 at 7:30.
Southeast sweeps Rolesville
Southeast Raleigh’s basketball teams swept by first-year program Rolesville Friday night. The Bulldogs boys earned a 79-35 decision, while the girls won, 86-18.
Shrine Bowl combine back at South Johnston
South Johnston High School will host one of five area Shrine Bowl combines for rising seniors on April 26. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by drills beginning at 10 a.m. (kickers) and 11 a.m. (all other positions). Players will be measured and tested in the vertical jump, 40-yard dash, agility shuttle and bench press reps (185 pounds) and evaluated using position-specific drills. The clinics give players the chance to showcase their skills for potential scholarship offers and possible Shrine Bowl selection. The cost is $20 per player (cash only). Coaches and fans are admitted free of charge.