The Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame officially welcomed its 10th class of inductees Saturday night in a ceremony at West Johnston High School.
Enter the Hall were Twana Jeeter Johnson of North Johnston basketball fame, Al Byrd of Smithfeld-Selma High fame, Susan Wall of Smithfield-Selma High fame, Jim Laughter of Smithfield High and the longtime Smithfield Herald sports editor and the late Kenneth “Deacon” Jones of Princeton High fame.
Byrd was a part of the first recruiting class for football Coach Dick Sheridan in 1986 at N.C. State. He now serves as team chaplin for the Wolfpack football team.
Wall was a three-sport athlete at SSS and played at UNC Pembroke before coaching at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years in the area.
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Known for many years for his car dealerships of late, Jones was a standout athlete winning baseball and basketball championships in the 1950s for the Bulldogs. He is a former president of the Princeton Booster Club and a longtime donor to Bulldog athletics. Princeton’s new gym now carries his name.
Jeeter Johnson was the first female athlete to win North’s prestigious Panther Award as the school’s best all-around athlete in 1990. She was the University of Mount Olive’s all-time leading scorer for 12 years after her graduation and is also a member of the Trojans’ Hall of Fame.
Laughter played football and baseball at Smithfield High, graduating in 1965, then returned to Smithfield to become the sports editor of the Smithfield Herald in 1969 after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. He served as the Herald sports editor for 28 years, earning multiple N.C. Press Association Awards and starting toe Johnston County Little League All-Star Baseball Tournament and helping start the Johnston County Easter Invitational prep baseball tournament at South Johnston. Since retiring from the newspaper business, he has worked as substance abuse counselor.
Pirates win at Times Track Classic: Corinth Holders posted three wins at the Wilson Times Track Classic last week. The Pirates’ 3,200-meter girls relay team of Rachel Strickland, Kayla Ste. Marie and Kayla Alznauer won that event in 10 minutes, 37 seconds.
Individually, Cameron Rutherford won the girls 1,600 in 5:47.5 and Grant Sullivan won the boys pole vault, clearing 12 feet.
Corinth Holders finished third in the girls team standings; the Pirate boys were seventh among the nine teams in the meet.
Panthers are swinging the bats: North Johnston is hitting .300 as a team through its first nine baseball games of the season. The Panthers were 8-1 through their first nine contests. Garrett Littleton leads North with a .476 average and 11 RBI; Dallas Krob is batting at a .443 clip.
Steven Worley already has four pitching wins and a save, while Dylan Radford has three wins.
Corsbie to coach at Green Hope: Former Garner High School girls soccer coach David Corsbie has been named the head boys soccer coach at Green Hope High School. He served as the Trojans’ head coach for three seasons, earning Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2012.
Stephenson blisters Reedy Creek: South Johnston High senior Patrick Stephenson led the way in last week’s Two Rivers 3A Conference boys golf match with a round of 4-under-par 68 at Reedy Creek Golf Course. Cleveland won the team competition with a total of 336, paced by Patrick Schweitz’s 73.
Garner, Jones pound East Wake: Garner opened its week of games against East Wake with two big softball and baseball wins on Tuesday. The Trojans won 14-4 in baseball behind a seven-RBI day from Cody Jones. Jones had a grand slam and a double as well in the win, which featured a six-run second inning and a seven-run third inning for Garner. Trevor Blalock, Colin Pippin and Noah Gallogly also had two-hit games for the Trojans.
Garner won 12-0 in softball with a nine-run output in the fourth inning. Alisha Josey was 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run. Kristina D’Arco went 2-for-3.