Garner Cleveland: Sports

Henry is top scorer at U.S. Open

Garner native and West Johnston graduate Sarah Henry continued her amazing summer in the pool recently in the U.S. Open Championships in Irvine, Calif. Henry placed in the top five in five individual events and was the only swimmer to advance to five individual finals.

She finished second in the 200- and 800-meter freestyles, was third in the 400 individual medley, fourth in the 400 free and fifth in the 200 IM.

Henry’s performance earned her the Female High Point Scorer award.

“It’s a huge honor to win the high point award,” Henry told “I swam a load of events and was really happy with how I did. I just came off the World University Games, which was a seven-day meet in Russia, and to do this well a week later was a huge feat for me. All in all, it has been a great summer, and I’m excited for what the fall brings.”

Henry was on a gold medal-winning relay team at the World University Games last month.

Soccer jamboree set for Saturday: Corinth Holders High School will host its third annual high school boys soccer jamboree on Saturday with eight schools participating.

The field includes Cleveland, Corinth Holders, South Johnston, Southern Nash, East Wake, Wilson Fike, Roanoke Rapids, Franklinton and the host Pirates.

Each scrimmage runs 40 minutes and will be held on either the game field or the practice soccer field (located behind the football stadium). Scrimmages begin at 9 a.m. and start every 50 minutes on both fields until the last scrimmages begin at 2:50 p.m.

Each school will have four scrimmages. Admission is $5 per person.

Johnson to ECU: North Johnston rising senior Jamie Johnson verbally committed to accept a softball scholarship from East Carolina University recently. Johnson, a shortstop, is a three-year starter for the Panthers, who have won more than 60 games over the past three seasons.

Southeast to S.C. holiday event: Southeast Raleigh’s girls basketball team has been selected to play in the Upward Classic holiday basketball tournament at Dorman High School in South Carolina Dec. 27-30 and are looking for some extra help to get there.

The Bulldogs advanced to the NCHSAA 4A regional championship game last season and need help with transportation costs to rent vans and pay for gas to the event which will be held outside of Spartanburg, S.C.

Donations to help fund the trip can be directed to the Southeast Booster Club at the school.

The team will hold a yard sale at Southeast High School from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

For more info or to help, contact Bulldogs coach Nicole Sampson Myers at