New South Johnston High athletic director Brody Massengill is right at home leading the Trojan athletic programs. Massengill is a 2007 graduate of South where he was a three-sport athlete. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth Raynor Massengill, who was also a multi-sport standout at South.
“I was born and raised in the Trojan community,” Massengill said. “As a former athlete at South Johnston, I am a product of great coaches who helped mentor me and instill the qualities of teamwork, sportsmanship and pride in my school and community.”
Massengill, a grad of Fayetteville State who served as an assistant coach on the Trojan boys basketball team last year, takes over for football coach Hunter Jenks who served in an interim role after former athletic director Keith Durham left the school.
Spartans, West tie: Smithfield-Selma and West Johnston played to a 4-all tie in boys soccer Tuesday night. The Spartans moved to 3-1-1 on the season with the win, staying unbeaten at home (2-0-1). West stands 3-3-1 after the draw.
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Clayton tennis sweeps SSS, Rolesville: Clayton’s girls tennis team notched matching 9-0 dual matches sweeps of Smithfield-Selma and Rolesville on Tuesday and Wednesady. The Comets are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference.
Cleveland downs South Johnston: Cleveland beat South Johnston 8-1 in a Two Rivers 3A Conference girls tennis match on Wednesday. Madison Foulke, Bailee Hollemann, Leah Gilchrist, Abby Siegert, Ally Knowles and Sarah Rose all won in singles for the Rams.
North Johnston sweeps Goldsboro: North Johnston’s volleyball team beat Goldsboro 25-21, 25-21, 25-17 to move to 8-2 on the season Wednesday. Olivia Narron had five aces for the Panthers and three kills. Taylor Woodard had three kills as well.
Clayton dominates East Wake: Clayton rolled to a 5-1 Greater Neuse River 4A Conference boys soccer victory over East Wake on Wednesday, moving to 4-3 overall.
Jorge Alonso led a balanced Comets’ offensive attack with two goals, while Stephen Ruiz, Tim Jones and Seth Pope scored one goal each. Brandon Sainz had two assists.
Princeton sweeps Hobbton: Princeton moved to 3-0 in Carolina 1A Conference volleyball matches with a 25-15, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Hobbton on Wednesday. Daisey Eklund led the Bulldogs with 11 kills. Kortney Edwards (five aces) and Taylor Carroll (four aces) had strong service games for the Bulldogs (7-1 overall).
West Johnston takes battle for second place: West Johnston’s girls tennis team got by Garner, 7-2, on Wednesday to take sole possession of second place in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference behind Clayton. The Wildcats are 5-1 in league matches; Garner fell to 4-2 in the league.
Jessica Reese, Veronica McLean, Carmen Juarez, Carrington Mack and Blair Wright all won in singles for West. McLean/Juarez and Reese/Mack also picked up doubles wins.
Garner’s wins came from Haleigh Joyner in singles and Jamie Povich and Joyner at No. 3 doubles.
Rams roll to volleyball, soccer wins: Cleveland picked up non-conference boys soccer and volleyball wins on Wednesday. The soccer team downed Southern Nash, 4-0.
The Rams’ volleyball team moved to 9-0 on the season with a 25-5, 25-18, 25-18 victory over Rolesville (3-8).
Panthers grab another win: North Johnston’s boys soccer team moved to 8-1 with a 6-1 win over Nash Central on Wednesday. Ian Walston had two goals and two assists for the Panthers; Carlos Aguilar and Adolfo Rosales both contributed a goal and an assist.
JUSA Cup Finals set: Corinth Holders will host Clayton in the championship match of the annual Johnston County prep boys soccer tournament on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The Pirates are the defending champions of the event and beat West Johnston in a semifinal match earlier this season; Clayton downed South Johnston 1-0 in the other semifinal match.