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Sports Notes

George Whitfield Baseball Clinic is Jan. 10

The baseball clinic run by North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer George Whitfield is set for its 43rd annual renewal.

The clinic is scheduled for Goldsboro High School on Saturday, Jan. 10, and features another tremendous lineup of high school, college and professional coaches and scouts. Registration is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m, and the clinic will run until 6 p.m.

The clinic is open to all players from Little League through high school, and all coaches at any level are welcome. High school and middle school coaches may receive one unit of continuing education credit. The fee is $60 per person before Jan. 3. Registration on the day of the event is $70 per person.

For info: George Whitfield at 919-222-2018 or 216 Hardingwood Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K Run & Jingle Bell Jog

The annual Grinch Stink, Stank, Stunk 5K Run & Jingle Bell Jog will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Smithfield. The race collects toys and raises funds to benefit Harbour House and the Johnston County DSS Angle Tree Project. The registration fee is one unwrapped new toy. Participants can come dressed as their favorite Who from Whoville as part of the costume contest. Dogs are also welcome. Register early at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center or on the day of the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Grinch will arrive around 9:30 a.m. T-shirts are available to those who register by Nov. 24 for a $15 fee. (No extra shirts will be available.) For more info, contact Tiffay Pearson at or 919-934-1248, ext. 112.

Hitting lessons offered

Major League hitting coach Johnny Narron is offering individual and group baseball hitting lessons at Monster Cages in Clayton. For info, call 919-202-6365.]

Basketball Academy seeks coaches, mentors

The Smithfield-Selma Sports Academy Basketball organization is looking for people within the community who are interested in serving as coaches and mentors to the youth of our area. The Academy is a locally sponsored basketball non-profit organization that will field multiple travel teams. Plans are to offer teams serving grades 5-8. If interested,

Hunter Horse Shows for 2014

The Johnston County Hunter Horse Show Series final show is set for Nov. 8. All riding disciplines and equine breeds are welcome. For more information, visit, email or call 919-934-1344.

Johnston Horse Show Series for 2014

The Johnston County Horse Show Series dates for 2014 are set. These shows are open to all riding disciplines and equine breeds. The final show of the 2014 schedule, the Christmas Charity Show is set for Nov. 22. Proceeds from sponsorship of classes during the show help support the St. Ann Church Food Pantry and C.O.R.R.A.L. charities. More than $700 was raised last year. For more information, visit, email or call 919-934-1344.