Garner Cleveland: Sports

March 21, 2014

Scheduling back up continues

It’s been a very wet spring sports season so far. One where most teams have spent as much or more time practicing inside and dealing with rescheduled games than playing normally scheduled events.

It’s been a very wet spring sports season so far. One where most teams have spent as much or more time practicing inside and dealing with rescheduled games than playing normally scheduled events.

This week brought another two-day period where there was no chance to do much of anything outside. Wednesday’s schedule was nearly wiped out because of standing water on fields.

Most schools have had to shuffle more than two or three dozen events already. Not many games have been lost (i.e. cancelled entirely) but the backlog of non-conference games, combined with conference schedules whipping into full gear, means any more long periods of rain will start to knock more of those games off of the schedule.

After all, it’s those conference events that are most important in determining playoff qualification so they’ll always get played before traditional rivalry games that are non-conference in nature, like Clayton vs. Smithfield-Selma is now.

“We are hoping to reschedule all, but I really think there is no way to get them all in due to weather later in conference games,” said North Johnston athletic director Nicole Davis.

Some teams are in worse shape than others. Corinth Holders’ track and field team ran its first meet of the season Friday in the Johnston County Track and Field Championships. The Pirates had lost their first two meets to the weather. The Pirates’ baseball team is four games behind where it should have been at this point.

So among the other reasons we’d all like to see as much normal sunny weather as possible over the next couple of months, add getting back to a normal sports calendar and season to that list.

North, Clayton standouts earn district honors: Clayton’s Gary Clark was named the District V boys basketball player of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Clark averaged 26 points and 14 rebounds and helped lead the Comets to the regional round of the 4A playoffs.

He was also a first-team all-district selection. North Johnston’s Chandler Hines made the girls’ District V first team and Panther teammates Jamie Johnson and Tangela Williams were second-team selections.

Frasier commits to Army All-American Bowl: Princeton running back Johnny Frasier has committed to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. The game features many of the top high school recruits in the nation annually and is broadcast nationally.

Frasier, a junior, is rated as one of the top running back prospects in the nation in the class of 2015.

Comets to play game at Five County Stadium: Clayton’s baseball team will get the chance to play in a minor league ballpark on March 27 when the Comets meet East Wake in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference battle at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.

The stadium has hosted a few East Wake vs. Knightdale match ups in recent seasons.

Basketball championship split regionally: For 11 times in the past 15 years, the Western representatives have held the edge over the Eastern champions in the NCHSAA state basketball championships, but for the second year in a row, the 2014 championships were an even four-four split.

This year’s finals saw three of the four Eastern teams win the games in Reynolds Coliseum while the West took three of four at Smith Center. In 2013, it was the East taking three of four at the Smith Center and the West holding the edge at Reynolds.

The years the East representatives have held the advantage are 2012 and 2006.

In the 2012 championships, the East took five of the eight titles. Eastern teams swept the four games at Reynolds Coliseum while the West representative took three of four at the Smith Center. Eastern teams took both the 2A and 4A titles for men and women, along with the 3A men’s crown.

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