Barnes, Phillips on All-State hoops teams
Garner’s Julius Barnes and Southeast Raleigh’s Jade Phillips were named to the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association all-state teams.
Barnes, the most valuable player in Garner’s state 4A championship win, was named to the boys’ second team. The 5-8 point guard averaged 7.1 assists and 14.2 points. His back-to-back 3-pointers in the title game after the Trojans fell behind were a key in the title victory.
Phillips, a Syracuse recruit who averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds, is on the girls’ second team.
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Cleveland drops Clayton in softball
Cleveland held Clayton’s high-scoring offense mostly in check and grabbed a 7-5 non-conference softball win over the Comets on Thursday afternoon.
Jodi Morgan homered for the Rams in the win, while Ali Papworth was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Cleveland (4-2) never trailed in the contest after putting up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. A four-run fourth inning made up most of the Rams’ offense.
Erica Sanderford, Skyler Allen, Hannah Jones and Jodi Morgan all had hits for the Rams.
Taylor Drayton got the win for Cleveland, giving up four earned runs.
Clayton (6-2) scored two runs in the fifth to get within three runs, but could only muster a single run in its final two at bats.
Comets double up Rams in baseball
Clayton bounced back from a loss at Harnett Central earlier in the week to down non-conference rival Cleveland, 6-3. The Comets (4-3) totaled 11 hits on the afternoon and jumped to a quick lead with a three-run first inning.
Tyler Keenan had two hits for Cleveland (6-2) in the loss.
Comets tennis team keeps rolling
Clayton posted 9-0 boys tennis wins over West Johnston and Cleveland last week and added an 8-1 triumph over Harnett Central on Thursday as well. Central became the first team to take a match win against the Comets this season.
Clayton still has not lost a singles match this season.
Top-seeded Klein Evans is 9-0, as are Brooks Campbell, Naren Guha and freshman Dillon Hyde. Freshman Christopher Riley is 8-0 and Vance Lanier is 7-0.
Pirates are 7-0 in Two Rivers tennis
Corinth Holders moved to 7-0 on the season in Two Rivers 3A Conference matches with a 8-1 win over Western Harnett on March 25. William Xia, Nakhar Patel, Zac Blinson, Jake Altman and Patrick Johnston won in singles for the Pirates.
Corinth Holders wins at Pine Hollow
Corinth Holders’ boys golf team prevailed in a Johnston County boys golf match with Clayton, South Johnston, West Johnston and Cleveland at Pine Hollow Golf Club on Thursday. The Pirates finished at 154, paced by co-medalist Monty Fields’ 37. Fields shared medalist honors with Patrick Stephenson of South Johnston. Corinth Holders picked up a 38 from Kellen LaBonte and a 39 from Nick Routhier.
Clayton nipped South Johnston by a stroke for second place, 170-171, while West Johnston was next at 182 and Cleveland was fifth at 193. Patrick Schweitz led the Rams with a 39. Matt King shot 40 for the Comets.
Smithfield-Selma’s Ethan Faulconer also shot 40 in the match. Brice Connors led West Johnston with a 44.
Wild turkey hunting season opens this month
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide spring hunting season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — on April 11, preceded by a youth-only week from April 4-10. The season ends May 9.
During the youth-only season, turkey hunting is only allowed for those younger than 16 years, who must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years old. An adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt. The adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must report harvest to the Wildlife Commission through a Big Game Harvest Report Card. License-exempt youths should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for license-exempt hunters.
The daily limit is one turkey and the possession and season limit is two turkeys per hunter, only one of which may be taken during youth season.
“The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting season — is to positively identify your target and what is beyond your target before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, state hunter education coordinator. “If there is any doubt in your mind, don’t shoot.”
For more information on the season, visit ncwildlife.org.
Wiffle ball event raises $400 for American Heart Association.
The In It To Win It team won a benefit wiffle ball tournament sponsored by North Carolina Heart and Vascular of Goldsboro to benefit the American Heart Association on March 21. The event raised more than $400. The Squad took second place, while the Cuddington Family took third.