South grad Hodges is rookie of the week
South Johnston High graduate Katie Hodges was named the USA South college soccer rookie of the week for the week of Sept. 8. Hodges, a freshman midfielder at William Peace University, scored two goals and assisted on two others in a 9-0 victory over Hollins.
Former Clayton High School boys soccer head coach Keith Jenkins is the William Peace head coach; Clayton resident Brian Stevens is an assistant coach.
Hodges is the daughter of Thomas and Jan Hodges.
Panthers take pair of matches
North Johnston grabbed Eastern Plains 2A Conference girls dual tennis wins over North Pitt and Southwest Edgecombe last week. The Panthers edged North Pitt 5-4 on Sept. 10.
Jessica Worley, Jessica Scot, Kelsey Bentley and Jenna Renfrow won singles matches for the Panthers in the victory. North clinched the win when Scott and Bentley edged out North Pitt's No. 2 doubles team, 8-6.
The Panthers rolled by SouthWest Edgecombe 9-0.
"Haley Stevens and Emily Benedict, at No. 5 and 6 singles, played very well," said North coach Ana Tobar. "They had to play up since Jessica Worley was out because of injury. I'm very proud of the girls. They are improving their game with each match."
Trojans are sixth at challenge
Garner finished second in the second annual North State Girls High School Challenge girls golf tournament at Keith Hills Country Club on Friday. The Trojans posted a score of 262. Green Hope won at 249. Cleveland was 12th (339).
Tylor Whitley led Garner with an 82, finishing 12th individually.
Garner wins another GNRC golf match
Garner and standout freshman Kayla Ward continued its winning streak in Greater Neuse River 4A Conference golf matches Tuesday with a dominating win at Wendell Country Club. The Trojans, paced by Ward’s round of 36, finished at 127 for the nine-hole match. Clayton was second at 148 and West Johnston finished at 164.
Haley Talton led the Comets with a 41, while Grace Olmstead shot 51 for the Wildcats.
Clayton keeps streak going
Clayton downed West Johnston in a four-set Greater Neuse River 4A Conference match Thursday to move to 5-1 in conference play. West (2-4 conference) won the first set, 25-20, but the Comets took the next three sets by counts of 25-16, 25-19 and 25-18.
Comets split first two league matches
Clayton split its first two Greater Neuse River 4A Conference matches of the season last week, falling to Harnett Central 3-1 and topping Knightdale, 5-1.
Adam Saleh had two goals in the Comets’ win, while Stephen Ruiz, Sean Kimble and Seth Pope scored goals as well.
Prep basketball state championship games in Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host all eight NCHSAA state basketball championship games on March 13-14. The 2A and 4A games will be played at the Dean E. Smith Center and the 1A and 3A games are at Carmichael Arena.
Renovations at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of N.C. State mean that facility will be unavailable for the state finals this year.