Garner Cleveland: Sports

Clayton native earns $7,500 NCAA scholarship

Clayton High graduate and former Campbell University kicker Sam Eberwein has received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. He is one of 58 fall sport student-athletes nationwide receiving the $7,500 scholarship.

A four-time Pioneer Football League All-Academic selection, Eberwein is President of Campbell’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a CU representative at the Big South’s Leadership Conference, a CU Pharmacy and Presidential Scholar and a multiple-time recipient of the Campbell Scholar-Athlete Award all while enrolled in the Campbell Dr. of Pharmacy & MBA joint degree program.

Eberwein was also a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award this past season, as well as First Team Academic All-District 3 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and First Team Academic All-PFL. Eberwein owned a perfect 4.00 GPA during his undergraduate work, and holds a 3.67 in his graduate program.

On the field, he was a perfect 21-for-21 on extra point attempts this season and connected on 3-of-9 field goal tries with a long of 41.

Southeast hurdler is nation’s fastest: Southeast Raleigh’s Temetris Morrison is the national high school leaders in the 400-meter hurdles, according to track statistician Jim Spier. Morrison posted a time of 1:01.67 earlier this season.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association uses the 300-meter hurdles instead of the 400-meter hurdles.

Miracle League field donations for Teem: Donations to the Miracle League of Johnston County’s capital campaign – the Partnership to Build a Miracle - in memory of former Clayton High baseball player Hogan Teem have topped the $4,000 mark, according to capital campaign chairman Chris Key. Teem, who suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition, passed away from cardiac arrest during an off-season workout in December.

The funds will help build a Miracle League field for special needs children in Johnston County near Smithfield Community Park.

The majority of the donations are from individuals, but the Clayton High DECA club made a $500 donation in Teem’s name and the baseball teams from Clayton and Cleveland donated $1,040 earlier this season.

Teem and his Comet teammates volunteered with the Miracle League last fall and the experience made an impression on him and his parents asked that any memorial donations in his name support the Miracle League.

“It is a great way to remember Hogan,” Key said, “and the effort of these students, as well as other in the community will ensure that Hogan’s name is a permanent part of the Miracle League Ballpark.”

To make a donation in memory of Teem, call 919-601-5080 or visit

Spartans planning expanded football scrimmages: Smithfield-Selma will hold one of its largest preseason prep football scrimmage events in years later this summer. The Spartans will host six teams for scrimmages on Aug. 10. Among those on the schedule are Southeast Raleigh, Athens Drive, Broughton, Southeast Guilford and Overhills. SSS will be prepping for its first season back in the 3A ranks.

Minor League Updates: Clayton’s Chris Archer won his first two starts with the Durham Bulls to open the International League season. Archer has 12 strikeouts in 10 innings of work this season and an earned-run average of 4.50 after giving up four runs in five innings during his Tuesday start.

Smithfield-Selma alum Jerry Sands was off to a slow start with the Indianapolis Indians, going just 3-for-20 to start the season. He’s in his first year with the Pirates’ organization.

The other Clayton native in minor league baseball – Jason Creasy – is in Single-A ball with the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League. The 20-year-old has made three relief appearances, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Teams win local basketball tournament: The Selma-based Carolina Chaos and the Cary Rim Rockers won championships in the Greater Neuse River Basketball Championships held last month in Smithfield. The Chaos, a sixth-grade team, went undefeated in pool and bracket play topping the East Carolina Elite of Rocky Mount in the finals.

The Rim Rockers were also perfect, downing the N.C. Wizards of Kinston in the championship.