Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Briefs: March 5, 2014

Clark to play in Carolinas Classic

Clayton boys basketball standout Gary Clark has been selected to play in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic on March 22 in Socastee, S.C. Clark is a University of Cincinnati recruit and averages nearly 25 points a game this season for the Comets.

The game pits the best class of 2014 talent from North Carolina against the best players from South Carolina. Clark is the only Triangle-area player on the boys’ team this year.

Lancaster cards a 28

Smithfield’s Neal Lancaster carded a round of 8-under-par, 28, on the front nine at his home course, the Country Club of Johnston County late last month.

Playing with CCJC members Jackson Temple, Thomas Lee and Derek Wallace, Lancaster finished with a flurry of red numbers. He chipped in for birdie from about 30 feet out on the par-3 sixth, eagled the par-5 seventh putting from the fringe of the green, birdied the eighth, then drove his ball just in front of the green on the ninth and knocked down the short birdie putt. He was 5-under over the final four holes on the 3,159-yard front nine.

Lancaster, a 51-year-old touring PGA and Senior PGA pro, is somewhat familiar with nine-hole scores in the 20s. He has shot 29 over nine holes twice in the U.S. Open Championship. The first, in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills, gave him a tie for fourth place. The second came a year later at Oakland Hills.

Christiansen nails 55-yard field goal

Clayton High School senior Nick Christiansen beat out 16 other kickers in a football showcase event held last month at the University of South Alabama. Christiansen made a 55-yard field goal during the competition.

He is hoping to land an opportunity as a college kicker next fall.

Christiansen made eight field goals for Clayton’s football team last season, including game-winner against Corinth Holders. He was named the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference co-special teams player of the year and also played on the Comets’ soccer team.