The 2015 East All-Star football team will have a strong local contingent this July. Six players from the area will play on the squad, which will be led by West Johnston high head coach Jimmy Williams.
Two West players are on the squad: lineman Sam Campbell and back Cameron Williams. Garner has Christian Anumihe and Raekwon Britton on the team. Two players who were among the statewide leaders in quarterback production were also selected: Cleveland’s Aaron Farmer and Clayton’s Eric Hoy.
The N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game will be played on July 22 at Greensboro Grimsley High School’s Jamieson Stadium.
2015 Clayton Road Race: Fifteen-year-old Caleb Silver won the 32nd annual Clayton Road Race on May 9. Silver finished in 17 minutes, 29 seconds. Keith Williams, 18, was second at 17:40 and Austin Carroll, 16, took third (17:57).
Susan Heuser was the women’s division winner at 20:31. Runner-up Alicia Rider, last year’s winner, completed the course in 21:03. Jaime Cottle took third (21:04).
Age group winners were Tripp Bullard (males 1-11), Lily Cottle (females 1-11), Jarred Komyati (males 12-19), Callie Blandford (females 12-19), Amadeo Iraheta (males 20-29), Jessica Cotton (females 20-29), Matthew Drown (males 30-39), Susan Brosnan (females 30-39), John Musgrave (males 40-49), Joy Cusptid (females 40-49), Jeff Crume (males 50-59), Mary Curran (females 50-59), Eddy Clarkson (males 60-99) and Louise Guardino (females ages 60-99). Guardino, 74,was the oldest runner in the race.
Stephanie Tidmore was the fastest walker.
Golf notables: Clayton’s David Germann was one of five to share medalist honors during qualifying for the N.C. Amateur Championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club on Saturday. Germann, Noah Edmondson of Davidson, Jeremy Ray of Pfafftown, Ryan Nagy of Raleigh and Jake Colley of Holly Springs all shot 3-under rounds of 68.
The top 17 finishers advanced to the 55th Amateur Championship, which will be held June 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicklaus course in Wilmington.
Sydney Wheeless of Benson finished second in the girls ages 12-15 division of a Triangle Youth Golf Association event in Mt. Gilead, N.C. recently. She posted a score of 85.
Clayton’s Brady Hooks tied for fifth in the boys’ 14-15 division. …
Mike Johnson of Clayton was the only Johnston County golfer to earn a qualifying spot for the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Senior Amateur Championship during local qualifying at Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton. He tied for seventh at 77. Don Detweiler and Rick LaFata (both of Raleigh) shared medalist honors with 1-over, 72s.
American Legion baseball: The Garner Nationals independent American Legion Baseball team will pull players from Clayton, Middle Creek, Green Hope and Midway high schools this summer. The Nationals, coached by Garner’s Chris Cook, made the state championships for a second consecutive season last year.
The Nationals are in a conference with Apex Post 124, Cary Post 67 and Raleigh Post 1. They open their season May 23 with a doubleheader against Hope Mills at South View High School.
Garner is expected to play its home games in Holly Springs at the North Main Athletic Complex stadium which is near completion and where the Coastal Plains League team will also play. The first home game is set for June 1 against Wayne County Post 11.
Look for a preview of the 2015 Nationals in a coming issue.