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Sports Briefs: Football scrimmages continue this week

Football scrimmages continue

Scrimmages are the final step in preparation for the official start of high school football season on Aug. 22 and area teams will wrap up their scrimmage slates over the next few days.

Cleveland hosts Wilson Hunt for a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

Corinth Holders and Smithfield-Selma are both hosting events on Friday, Aug. 15. Corinth Holders will host its annual jamboree with North Johnston, North Lenoir, Southern Wayne and North Duplin in a five-team scrimmage at 6 p.m. The event will feature 10-play series for each unit, game situations and goal line drills.

Smithfield-Selma holds a three-team scrimmage at Tucker Stadium with Broughton and Harnett Central beginning at 5 p.m.

That same night, South Johnston is in the field for the Mellow Mushroom Pigskin Preview at Wake Forest with Enloe, Rolesville, Southeast Raleigh, Burlington Williams, Wakefield and host Wake Forest. The event begins at 5 p.m. South is also in a scrimmage at Wake Forest Heritage at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Garner and Princeton are in a 16-team jamboree at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh on Saturday, Aug. 16. Garner meets Sanderson at 3:45 p.m., while Princeton takes on Rolesville at 5 p.m.

Soccer Jamboree at Corinth Holders

Corinth Holders High School will host its annual soccer jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Pirates will welcome fellow Johnston County schools South Johnston, West Johnston and Cleveland in addition to Triton, Wilson Fike, East Wake, Southern Nash, Bunn and Roanoke Rapids. Scrimmages will be held on both the Pirates’ soccer stadium field and the practice field (behind the football stadium) every 40 minutes. Admission is $5.

Local golfers shine at TYGA event in Smithfield

Johnston County golfers fared well in a Tarheel Youth Golf Association tournament held at the Country Club of Johnston County recently. A dozen area golfers posted top 10 finishes in their age groups, led by Four Oaks’ Patrick Stephenson who was the only player to break par with a 70.

Haley Talton of Smithfield won the girls 14-18-year-old division, ahead of McKenna Hammer of Clayton. Ellen Watson of Smithfield was seventh in that division and Marjorie Alston of Smithfield took 11th.

Smithfield’s Ashton Gupton was the runner-up in the combined girls and boys 11-and-under division and Clayton’s Zachary Davis placed fourth.

Top five finishers in the boys 12-and-under division were Clayton’s Coltin Scott and Eston Lee of Four Oaks.

Smithfield’s Ethan Faulconer led area entries in the boys 14-15 division, tying for fifth. Clayton’s Noah Kallum (ninth), Smithfield’s Chandler Parrott (10) and Alex Castelle of Clayton (13) also placed in the 14-15 age group.

Other area notables in the boys 16-18 division were Clayton’s Nicholas Rothier who tied for eighth, Grayson Adams of Clayton who took 15 and Miles Fleming Jr. of Smithfield (19).

Cheer clinic in Garner

The Garner cheerleaders will hold the GMHS Cheer Clinic at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the school gym for ages 5-12. The cost for the three-hour clinic is $25 per person. Participants will learn cheers, chants and a dance. All participants will receive a t-shirt, a bow and cheer with the GMHS squad at the first home football game. To register, contact any Garner cheerleader or Katherine Stephens at

Fan appreciation night at SNRP

Southern National Motorsports Park will host the Lizard Lick 290 race program on Saturday, Aug. 16. It will be fan appreciation night with Ronnie and Amy Shirley of Tru-TV’s Lizard Lick Towing on hand for autographs. Gates open at 3 p.m. with the green flag for racing dropping at 7 p.m.

The race program includes seven racing divisions of action with 100 laps of Late Model Sports as well as races in Limited Late Models, Chargers, Street Stock, Ultimate Body Shop UCARs, Legends and Bandos.