Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Notes: Dec. 28

Fly fishing clinics planned

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer four basic fly-fishing clinics Jan. 3, 17 and 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center ponds in Fayetteville. The Wildlife Commission designed the clinics for participants who have limited or no experience fly fishing. Instructors will teach the basics of fly-casting. They also will teach multiple fly-casting techniques, including on-the-water instruction. Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts who want to earn fly-fishing merit badges are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14. Clinics are limited to 30 people each, and registration at is required. A registration fee of $5 for each participant will be collected the morning of the clinic by the Fayetteville Cumberland County Parks and Recreation Department. For more info, 910-868-5003 or

Youth only waterfowl hunt

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound. The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business, Jan. 15. Permits can be purchased at any wildlife service agent location, online at or by calling 1-888-248-6834. The hunt is for ages 12-15. Youth hunters must hold hunter education certification to participate in this permit hunt. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend a mandatory orientation session on Jan. 30. The check-in, dinner, and orientation will be held Jan. 30 - one day before the hunt - at the Hampton Lodge on Waterlily Road in Coinjock. The Currituck Waterfowl Association will provide boats, life vests, decoys and guides for the hunt. Youth hunters must bring their own shotguns and steel shot. Info: B.B. Gillen at 919-218-3638 or

Local rugby club expanding

The Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby program will add a high school team in Johnston County this coming year. The organization offers youth rugby teams for ages 5-18 as well as adult teams. The season will begin in February. For info, visit or contact Pat Cunningham at or 919-631-1633.

Travel baseball tryouts for ages 9-14

The Carolina Rebels travel baseball organization, based out of Fayetteville, will have tryouts Saturday, Jan. 10, at 360 Elite Sports Training. The Rebels 9U-14U tryouts for players ages 8-11 will take place from 1-2 p.m. and ages 12-13 from 2:15 until 3:30. Ages 14U will begin tryouts at 3:30. All ages as of May 1, 2015. The spring season will run from April 1 through July and fall season from August to November. Most tournaments played usually no more than one to two hours away. For info, Donald Bennett at 910-303-8129 or

Hitting lessons offered

Major League hitting coach Johnny Narron is offering individual and group baseball hitting lessons at Monster Cages in Clayton. For info, call 919-202-6365.

George Whitfield Baseball Clinic is Jan. 10

The baseball clinic run by North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer George Whitfield is set for its 43rd annual renewal.

The clinic is scheduled for Goldsboro High School on Saturday, Jan. 10, and features another tremendous lineup of high school, college and professional coaches and scouts. Registration is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m, and the clinic will run until 6 p.m.

The clinic is open to all players from Little League through high school, and all coaches at any level are welcome. High school and middle school coaches may receive one unit of continuing education credit. The fee is $60 per person before Jan. 3. Registration on the day of the event is $70 per person.

For info: George Whitfield at 919-222-2018 or 216 Hardingwood Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534.