JUSA Cup begins Monday
High school sports season gets rolling Monday with the annual Johnston County boys soccer championship – the Johnston United Soccer Association Cup – making a four-day run on the calendar.
Quarterfinal matches will be played at four sites across the county on Monday with defending event champion Clayton visiting Corinth Holders, Princeton traveling to Cleveland, South Johnston at North Johnston and West Johnston at Smithfield-Selma. All of the matches with the exception of the South-North game (6 p.m.) start at 7 p.m.
The tournament shifts to Princeton High School’s Fred Bartholomew Athletic Complex for the following three days with semifinal matches set for 5 p.m. (Clayton-Corinth Holders winner vs. Princeton-Cleveland winner) and (South-North winner vs. West-SSS winner) 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Consolation matches featuring first-round losers are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, while the championship match will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
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Track athletes on the move to new colleges
A trio of local track and field standouts are on the move to new schools.
Clayton graduate Keni Harrison is joining the University of Kentucky track team after two years at Clemson University. The talented hurdler and sprinter was the most valuable performer at the ACC Outdoor Championships and finished in the top five in three events at the NCAA Division I Championships this summer: the 100-meter hurdles, the 400 hurdles and the 400 relay.
Two former Southeast Raleigh High School standouts have joined the University of North Carolina track and field program. Kendra Douglas, a sophomore, is transferring to UNC from Western Carolina after winning a conference championship in the 400 meters.
Charity Lackey, a 2013 grad and member of the Bulldogs’ state championship girls team this past spring, will run sprints for the Tar Heels. Lackey finished fourth in the 2013 indoor state championships at 1,000 meters.
South, Garner in volleyball tournament
South Johnston will hold the Trojan Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Saturday with Garner, Athens Drive and Harnett Central in the field.
South meets Harnett Central in the first semifinal at 10 a.m., followed by Garner meeting Athens Drive. The consolation match is at 2 p.m. and the championship starts at 4 p.m.
Admission for the day will be $6 per person.
Indians’ standouts promoted
Two Carolina Mudcats standouts are moving up to the Double-A Akron franchise. Pitcher Cody Anderson and outfielder Tyler Naquin, the Indians’ 2012 first-round draft pick, left the Mudcats on Wednesday.
Anderson was the Indians’ pitcher of the week for Aug. 5-12 and was 9-4 with a Carolina League-best 2.34 earned-run average.
Naquin, Carolina’s center fielder and lead-off batter, hit .277 with 124 hits in 108 games for the Mudcats.
In other roster moves, outfielder Logan Vick was promoted from A-Lake County. A Midwest League All-Star, Vick hit .281 over 107 games with the Captains. He stole 25 bases and smacked 23 doubles to go with five runs and 45 RBIs. Pitcher Cole Cook was received from Akron and catcher Ryan Battaglia returns from SS-Mahoning Valley.