Eastern Wake: Sports

Notebook: Raffle helps club live up to service goal

The Tar Heel Gun Club is wasting no time living up to the community service part of its motto. And the education and training parts, too.

After selling T-shirts to provide four families with Thanksgiving dinners complete with pies, members are conducting a Coats for the Cold raffle to help people in need.

Organized this year, the club is following its motto of “promoting our Second Amendment right through education, training and community service,” member Jerry Pinkerton of Youngsville said Tuesday.

“When you call yourself a club, there’s more than just going around saying we have a right to carry a weapon,” he said.

After working with Dorcas Ministries of Cary to aid families needing meals, the club will donate coats through nonprofit organizations as well.

“We knew that the first thing we did was such a success, and it happened so quickly, we thought, ‘Good, we could do something else,’ ” Pinkerton said.

The club, which is at “12 members and growing,” Pinkerton said, meets at Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders in Knightdale, 4022 Village Park Drive, at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

Education and training are emphasized. For example, even though each member individually has earned a concealed-carry permit, the club retook the class as a group.

“You can never hear the law enough,” Pinkerton said.

The raffle will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Rudino’s.

First prize is a $150 gift certificate from Carolina Ceramic Coating of Raleigh. Second is a class with Kevin White’s Firearms Training of Louisburg. Third is a $20 gift certificate to Perry’s Gun Shop in Wendell and a club T-shirt.

Tickets cost $10 each or three for $25. Coat donations are welcome. Go to www.facebook.com/tarheelgunclub.

Gooch making noise: Former Knightdale High defensive back JerMario Gooch was one of two Guilford College players recently named to the 2014 D3football.com All-South Region first team.

Gooch, a 2012 Knightdale graduate, was an All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference first team selection after the fall season, when he managed a career- and league-high six interceptions.

His six picks were the seventh most in Guilford history and he will enter his senior year with 11 total INTs, the sixth most in school history.

The cornerback also tallied 42 tackles (23 solo) and broke up a team-best seven passes (fifth best in ODAC) his junior season. He averaged a league-high 1.3 passes defended per game (56th nationally).

Gooch (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) had two interceptions in wins over Southern Virginia University and Randolph-Macon College. His tackling helped in a win over Washington and Lee.

The Quakers (8-2, 5-2 ODAC) matched the school record for overall and conference wins in a season and shared first place in the league for the first time since 1997.

Bolling recognized: Ben Bolling, former Knightdale High quarterback who graduated in 2011, was one of eight Campbell University football players recently named to 2014 Academic All-Pioneer Football League teams.

The redshirt junior wide receiver was a second-team selection for the second time.

The eight Academic All-PFL picks ties Campbell’s school high from 2012. Student-athletes must be varsity starters or key reserves and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 after participating for two seasons athletically and academically to be considered for Academic All-PFL recognition.

Pirates bring in honors: Corinth Holders senior soccer player Aaron Lopez has been named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3A all-state team for the 2014 season.

Lopez helped the Pirates to a 20-1 mark and the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship. He finished the season with 21 assists and nine goals.

Seven area players earned all-regional honors and two coaches picked up regional coach of the year honors: North Johnston’s Jody Edwards and Corinth Holders’ Brent Walston.

Lopez made the all-region 3A team with teammates Chason Karst, Grant Austin and Dane Martin.

Austin, a forward for the Pirates, also made the News & Observer’s All-Metro soccer team. He led Corinth Holders with 26 goals and 13 assists.

Staff writers Aaron Moody and D. Clay Best contributed to this report.