News-Star: Sports

Sports Notes: March 6

Johnston County Senior Games

The Johnston County Senior Games will be held April 11-22. The Senior Games are a health, fitness and arts program for adults ages 50 and older. Registration forms are available at Parks and Recreation Department offices throughout Johnston County. Registration closes on March 4. Athletic events include cycling, pickleball, corn-hole, track & field, walking, bowling, bocce and golf. The Silver Arts competitions include visual arts (acrylics, drawing, photography, etc.), heritage arts (quilting, knitting, needlework, etc.), Literary (essays, poems, short stories, life experiences) and performing (comedy/drama, vocal, dance, instrumental). For more info or to volunteer at the Games, call 919-553-1550.

2016 Clayton 5K Road Race

The 2016 Clayton 5K Road Race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, in downtown Clayton. Awards will go to the first three finishers in six age groups. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants in the 0.1-mile Tot Trot. Register at the Clayton Community Center or online at The entry fee is $25 before April 22, $35 from April 23 until May 11 and $40 the day of the race. The Tot Trot fee (ages 6 and under) is $5. For more info, call 919-553-1550.

Johnston County Hall of Fame Ceremony

The induction ceremony for the 2016 Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, March 19, at West Johnston High School. The class of 2016 is Al Byrd Jr., Jim Laughter, Susan Wall, Twana Jeter Johnson and Deacon Jones. Tickets to the banquet are $10 each and available at any Johnston County High School.

Indoor Triathlon

An Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Flowers Plantation. Participants will compete in a 15-minute swim (maximum of four-foot deep water), a 15-minute stationary bike ride and a 15-minute treadmill run. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston County Animal Services and Pet Adoption Center. For more info, visit

Mudcats National Anthem auditions

The Carolina Mudcats will hold their annual National Anthem tryouts on Saturday, March 19, at Five County Stadium. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and tryouts start at 9:30. All singers, including solo acts or groups, wishing to perform the national anthem at Five County Stadium before a Mudcats game must audition at this tryout event. Those who have sung the “Star Spangled Banner” in previous years at a Mudcats game are also encouraged to audition again. Auditions must be performed a cappella and on the field at Five County Stadium. There is no age requirement. For more info, call 919-269-2287 or send an email to The Mudcats’ 2016 home season begins April 14 against Myrtle Beach.

Women’s Only Fly Fishing Workshop

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a women-only fly-fishing workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on April 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fly-fishing workshop is part of the Commission’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and rod assembly and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center. Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Info: 919-218-3638, or

Lifeguard training classes in Smithfield

The Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will be offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Training this spring. Participants must be at least 15 years old, pass a pre-course swim test, attend 100 percent of the classes in your session, and not mix sessions. The fee is $200-225. (A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with each application.) Contact the SRAC for swim test requirements.

Class dates are:

Second Session — Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, March 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20, 1-7 p.m.

Third Session — Sunday, April 17, 2-4 p.m.; Friday, April 23, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sunday, April 25, 1-7 p.m.

Fourth Session — Monday, May 9, 5-7 p.m.; Friday, May 13, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15, 1-7 p.m.

Class sizes are limited, so sign up early. For info, contact Aquatics Supervisor Laura Crumpler at 919-934-1408.

Piedmont Bass Classics tournaments

The Piedmont Bass Classics tournament trail fishing events have been set for the 2016 season and run from March through June. Events are held at Shearon Harris, Jordan, Kerr, Falls and Mayo lakes. The PBC Spring Opens and Invitational tournaments start Feb. 27 at Shearon Harris and run through June. New this year are events for boats with 150 horsepower or less and aluminum boats with 115 horsepower or less. Visit or contact Phil McCarson at or 919-971-5042 for more info.

Exercise Classes in Clayton

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and fees, visit online.

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