Garner Cleveland: Sports

Prep sports season begins Monday

Logan Vick, Carolina Mudcats
Logan Vick, Carolina Mudcats

The fall sports season for high schools gets its usual early start this week with volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis events all on the schedule for Monday. Girls golf kicks off on Tuesday.

One of the biggest events of the week is the annual Johnston United Soccer Association Cup, the annual Johnston County soccer championship event. Corinth Holders is the host this year as the event goes back to a six-team format.

First-round games on Monday feature Smithfield-Selma vs. West Johnston and South Johnston meeting defending event champion Clayton at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. The South/Clayton winner meets Cleveland at 6 p.m. on Tuesday with the host Pirates taking on the West/SSS winner at 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s slate features a consolation match between Monday’s match losers at 6 p.m. and the championship match at 8 p.m.

Clayton, 4-1 winners over West Johnston in last year’s finals, is the defending event champion.

There are also non-conference rivalry games aplenty on tap in other sports with Cleveland meeting West Johnston in volleyball (Monday), Middle Creek taking on Garner in soccer (Wednesday) and Clayton and SSS meeting in volleyball (Tuesday).

Vick is top Carolina League hitter: A strong week at the plate for outfielder Logan Vick earned the Carolina Mudcats’ slugger the Hitter of the Week award in the Carolina League for Aug. 4-10. This is the first such honor for Vick and the second for a Mudcats hitter this season.

Vick, 23, hit .381 (8-19) in five games this week for the Mudcats. Four of those hits were doubles and another was his third home run of the season. He scored two runs, plated three and finished with a .402 on-base percentage for the week. Continuing strong defensive play for Carolina, Vick also made a game-saving catch in the bottom of the ninth against the Frederick Keys on Aug. 7.

Anthony Gallas won the CL’s Hitter of the Week honor for May 5-11. Since joining the circuit in 2012, seven Mudcats hitters have received the weekly award.

Carolina is home at Five County Stadium Tuesday through Thursday meeting Frederick.

Golf notables: Four Oaks’ resident and South Johnston High student Patrick Stephenson carded rounds of 79 and 77 in the U.S. Amateur championship in Atlanta. He did not advance to the match play portion of the event. It took a two-round score of 144 to advance. … Brandon Britt of Benson won the Men’s “B” division in a Carolinas Golf Association one-day tournament at Masonboro Country Club in West End on Aug. 9. … Clayton’s Brady Hooks finished 11th in the boys’ 12-13-year-old division at the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions in Southern Pines on Wednesday. He finished the 36-hole event at 153.

Local NFL Punt, Pass & Kick: The Club at Flowers Plantation is a host for an area NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20. There is no charge to participate but registration is required. Register online at and search for the area competition using your zip code.