Cleveland sweeps quad track meet
Cleveland’s boys and girls track and field teams downed Corinth Holders, Clayton and Triton in a four-team meet at Corinth Holders on Wednesday.
The Rams posted 118.5 points in the girls meet, 43 ahead of runner-up Corinth Holders. Clayton was third and Triton fourth.
Cleveland won three relays on the boys’ side (400, 1,600 and 3,200 meters) and three on the girls’ side (400, 800 and 1,600).
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Individual girls winners for the Rams were Cassidy McNierney (triple jump, high jump and long jump), Miranda Hinton (100), Syndi Fields (100 hurdles) and Walli Driggers (discus).
Arden Vessie (800 and 1,600) and Samara Gibson (200 and 400) won two events for Corinth Holders, which won the 3,200 girls relay.
Clayton had four girls’ event winners: Katherine Riley (3,200), Samantha Nelson (shot), Kennedy Thorne (300 hurdles) and Elizabeth Thompson (pole vault).
Cleveland’s boys had 107 points, Corinth Holders was at 95. Clayton took third.
Cleveland’s boys winners were Aaron Farmer (triple jump and long jump), Bryer Rogers (discus), Jacon Seman (300 hurdles) and Gabe Dershem (3,200).
Corinth Holders won the boys 800 relay, while Austin Carroll (1,600), Jared Johnson (shot) and Grant Sullivan (pole vault) were individual event winners.
Clayton’s Rodney Rowe won the 100 and the 200.
Gray is District coach of the year
Eddie Gray, coach of state 4A champion Garner, and Kim Annas of Durham Jordan were named as the district boys basketball coaches of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Chris Clemons of Millbrook and Kentrell Barkley were named the boys district players of the year.
Chapel Hill’s Sherry Norris and Broughton’s Brad McCorkle are the girls coaches of the year. Tainashia Vines of Bunn and Grace Hunter of Athens Drive are the girls players of the year in the area.
Area District V player honors went to four Garner and Cleveland area players.
State 4A championship game MVP Julius Barnes of Garner and Bobby Stenborg of Cleveland were named to the boys first-team all-district V squad. Barnes averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 assists per game for Garner; Stenborg put up 21.4 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Rams.
Southeast Raleigh had two players earn girls aid-district honors: first-teamer Jade Phillipos (14 PPG, 12 RPG) and second-teamer Amber Richardson.
Go to ncbca.com to see the all-district teams from throughout the state.
Elliott earns NCHSAA statewide award
Garner High School baseball player Jack Elliott won the weekly the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Performance of the Week award for the week of March 15. Each week one male and one female athlete in NCHSAA competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.
Elliott turned in a couple of outstanding baseball performances for the Trojans, who earned two victories last week. The junior had seven hits in eight at-bats in the two wins, going three for four in a 4-1 eight-inning triumph over West Johnston, and then collecting four hits in four trips, including a triple, and two RBIs as Garner beat Clayton, 10-3.
Corinth Holders soccer team sits at 4-0
The Corinth Holders girls soccer team is 4-0 on the season after 1-0 win over West Johnston Tuesday. The Pirates, who beat Wilmington Ashley 7-1 in The Brittany event in Wilson on March 21, have only allowed one goal on the season.
Carolina Solis leads Corinth Holders in goals.
North baseball splits pair
North Johnston dropped its Eastern Plains 2A Conference opener to North Pitt by a 7-1 count on Tuesday. Michael Stott was 2-for-4 in the loss for the Panthers.
North got back over .500 for the season (4-3) with a 12-6 win over Goldsboro on Wednesday.
Pirates edge Western Harnett
Corinth Holders won its Two Rivers 3A Conference baseball opener at Western Harnett on Tuesday, pushing across a run in the top of the seventh for a 3-2 victory. The Pirates are 2-3 on the season.
West Johnston rolls in two GNRC baseball wins
West Johnston downed Rolesville and Harnett Central in convincing fashion last week in Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball action. The Wildcats beat Rolesville in five innings 16-1 on Tuesday and downed Harnett Central 11-2 on Wednesday.
The Central game was moved up from Friday to try to avoid the rain expected at the end of the week.
West moved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play with the wins.
Panthers make short work of North Pitt
North Johnston took an 11-1 softball win in five innings against North Pitt, grabbing its Eastern Plains 2 Conference opener. Lexi Godwin and Taylor Narron drove in two runs each for the Panthers. Olivia Narron, Kaylynn Batten, Olivia Stewart and Emma Turner all had two hits each in the win.
Turner allowed just three hits and one walk, striking out seven for the win on the mound.
Clayton rally comes up short
Clayton’s baseball team came within a run of rallying out of a 10-2 deficit before falling to Harnett Central 14-13 in a Greater Neuse River 4A Conference baseball game Tuesday in Angier.
The Comets (3-3 overall, 2-2 conference) put up 11 runs in the final three innings of play. The two teams combined for 13 errors on the night.
Central hands West its first loss
Harnett Central topped West Johnston 2-1 in softball on Wednesday, dropping the Wildcats to 7-1 on the season overall and 3-1 in the GNRC.
Kasey Johnson throws no-hitter for Princeton
Kasey Johnson held Hobbton hitless in an 18-0 softball win for Princeton on Tuesday night. Johnson had one strikeout and one walk in the contest and also went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate.
Taylor Carroll was 3-for-4 for Princeton with two RBIs; Charley Cox also drove in two runs.
Kortney Edwards’ three-run double in the sixth inning lifted Princeton by Spring Creek 6-3 on Monday. The hit scored Cox, Kelsey Peedin and Carroll. Hailey Wood struck out seven and didn’t allow an earned run to get the complete-game win.
Pirates win at Reedy Creek
Corinth Holders grabbed its second consecutive team win in Two Rivers 3A Conference boys golf match in as many outings this season at Reedy Creek Golf Course on Monday. The Pirates finished at 319, 20 strokes ahead of runner-up South Johnston. Smithfield-Selma was fifth and Cleveland took sixth.
Patrick Stephenson of South Johnston was the individual medalist at 74. Corinth Holders was led by Nick Routhier’s 76 and a 79 from Matt Hayes. Monty Fields carded an 80 for the Pirates as well.
Ethan Faulconer shot 83 to pace SSS and Cleveland’s Patrick Schweitz finished at 87.
South Johnston blanks Wilson Hunt
Dinalee Spell worked a shutout as South Johnston downed Wilson Hunt in softball 3-0 on Monday night. Hannah Johnson, Caroline Dorman, Sarah Pierce and Lily Allen all had hits for the Trojans.
Princeton makes short work of Neuse Charter
Princeton grabbed a 13-3, five-inning baseball victory over Neuse Charter Monday. Rick Bartholomew was 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Bulldogs in the win. Nick Phillips, Tanner Flowers, Matt Daughtry and Ryan Braswell also had RBIs for Princeton.
Mitchell Nouse and Tyler Hammer had the only NCS hits.
Bulldogs escape Gators
Princeton topped Spring Creek 6-4 in girls soccer Monday night, getting two goals from Chelsea Hawley and single scores from Kassandra Velasquez, Madison Adkins, Amber Johnson and Jessica Brush. The Bulldogs moved to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in the Carolina 1A Conference with the win.
Princeton boys win Carolina 1A track meet
Princeton’s boys track and field team won a four-team Carolina 1A Conference track and field meet with Hobbton, Lakewood and Neuse Charter on Tuesday. The Bulldogs totaled 105 points, 41 ahead of Hobbton.
Event wins for Princeton went to Martin Bayles (pole vault), the 800 relay team, Jose Moreno (800), Earl Gibson (long jump), Austin Sullivan (1,600 and 3,200) and Johnny Frasier (110 hurdles and 100).
Princeton was second to Hobbton, by nine points, in the girls meet. Event winners for the Bulldogs were Megan Evans (800) and Shamonda Bell (100, 100 hurdles and 200)
Maurice Watson won the 400 and 200 for Neuse Charter’s boys.