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Clayton High football players share their love of reading

Clayton High’s Jordon Smith (8), above trying to get around Smithfield-Selma defender Robert Hicks (11) last season, is one of several Comet football players who were videotaped reading children’s books to promote National Read Across America Day earlier this month.
Clayton High’s Jordon Smith (8), above trying to get around Smithfield-Selma defender Robert Hicks (11) last season, is one of several Comet football players who were videotaped reading children’s books to promote National Read Across America Day earlier this month. newsobserver.com

A group of Clayton High School football players did their part to promote reading earlier this month, helping promote National Read Across America Day (March 2). Comets Aaron Boykin, Bruce Wilder, Anthony Duff, Jordon Smith, Joe Whittington, Will Lovett, Reggie Harper and Brooks Verona were videoed recorded reading various children’s books, including Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. The Clayton football staff, led by head coach Randy Pinkowski, helped record the videos.

Pinkowski said the players had a great time recording the readings and doing something special for younger students. “The purpose of the service project was to inspire younger readers by seeing that high school athletes still loved to read,” Pinkowski said.

The videos are being shared with elementary schools throughout Johnston County.

Check them out:

Cat In the Hat - Read by Aaron Boykin, Bruce Wilder and Anthony Duffy

Bear Feels Sick - Read by Jordon Smith

Green Eggs and Ham - Read by Joe Whittington

Catch The Bus - Read by Reggie Harper

The Fire Engine Book - Read by Brooks Verona

Jacobs is an Academic All-American: Princeton High School graduate Ben Jacobs, a senior basketball player at UNC Pembroke, was one of 15 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II men’s basketball team last week.

Jacobs, who also played at West Johnston and is the son of Cleveland High boys basketball coach John Jacobs, maintains a Peach Belt Conference-best 3.98 cumulative grade point average as an exercise and sports science major at UNCP.

A four-year standout, Jacobs averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game for the first 115 games of his career at Pembroke. The recipient of the PBC’s Elite 15 Award as a sophomore in 2012-13, he also earned Capital One Academic All-District laurels as both a sophomore and senior as well. He also became the 31st member of UNCP’s 1,000-Point Club with a 15-point outing in a home win over Flagler in late January.

Rainouts, postponements continue to mount: Thursday’s rain and ice wiped out two more days from the sports spring calendar. Some eye-catching Friday baseball and softball games like Clayton-South Johnston and Cleveland-West Johnston were not played because fields were still too wet.

At this point, most teams have had more games postponed and/or cancelled because of weather issues than they’ve had normal outdoor practices.

Rescheduling, always a big thing early in the spring, is a daily task. And that task has gotten so big that some athletic directors have just sent out completely new schedules instead of doing the game-by-game updates.

All I know is I’m ready for a 60-degree 4 o’clock baseball game. Maybe we’ll get one of those type days soon.

Karst named to East-West All-Star squad: Corinth Holders student Chason Karst has been named to the East squad for the annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Boys Soccer Game in Greensboro this July.

The game, featuring much of the top talent in the Class of 2015 in the state, will be played at 8 p.m. on July 21 at UNC Greensboro’s soccer stadium.

Karst was a standout defender on Corinth Holders’ 20-1 squad, which won the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship last fall. He played the middle of the Pirates’ defensive formation.

Karst is the second Johnston County representative announced for the East-West All-Star week in Greensboro.

West Johnston football coach Jimmy Williams is the head coach of the East All-Star squad. That game will be played on July 23.

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