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Sports Briefs June 16

Garner's Demarcus Sanford (15) splits Clayton defenders Dawson Medlin (left) and Gary Clark (right) as he goes to the basket during a game last season.
Garner's Demarcus Sanford (15) splits Clayton defenders Dawson Medlin (left) and Gary Clark (right) as he goes to the basket during a game last season.

Camp for football linemen coming to Johnston County

The Western Carolina University football coaching staff will hold a camp for linemen at South Johnston High School from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, June 21. The camp is for offensive or defensive linemen who play in youth leagues through the high school level.

The cost is $40 for individuals or $30 per player for groups of 10 or more. For info or to register, visit the football page at and follow the link for football camp information.

Garner standout to East-West basketball game

Recent Garner High graduate Demarcus Sanford has been named to the East team for the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game to be held in Greensboro on July 22.

Sanford led a Garner team that went 22-5 in scoring with a 16.5 average per game. He added 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and a team-high 3.4 assists a game as well.

The game will be played at 8 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. Sanford is one of four Wake County players on the roster. He’s joined by Wakefield’s Logan Evans, Broughton’s Devonte Graham and David Robertson of Green Hope.

Johnston flavor in State-Carolina baseball clash

Sunday’s opening round College World Series clash between N.C. State and North Carolina will feature two Johnston County residents in opposite dugouts – Smithfield-Selma graduate Tate Parrish playing for the Tar Heels and South Johnston grad Logan Jernigan suiting up for the Wolfpack.

Both players saw action in the mound in their teams’ winning Super Regional efforts.

Jernigan was the starting pitcher in the Wolfpack’s 5-4, 17-inning win over Rice in Game 2 of their Super Regional Series last Sunday. He gave up just two hits and an earned run in five innings of work.

Parrish worked a scoreless inning in North Carolina’s 8-0 loss to South Carolina in Game 2 of their Super Regional. The left-handed specialist has yet to give up a run in 18 appearances for the Heels.

Lancaster playing well on Champions Tour

Johnston County pro golfer Neal Lancaster has played in the last three Champions Tour events, including two major championships. Lancaster, 50, is a Smithfield native and resident.

His best finish during the run was a tie for 20th at the Senior PGA Championship on May 26. It was his third straight top 20 finish on the tour for players age 50 or older. He followed the Senior PGA up with a tie for 39th at the Principal Charity Classic and an up-and-down four rounds at the Regions Tradition last weekend left him tied for 60th.

Lancaster posted rounds of 67 and 80 during the tournament. The 80 came on Sunday.

He also made four PGA Tour starts this season, making the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Valero Texas Open.

His winnings on the two tours combined for the year is $107,935.

The Champions Tour takes this weekend off for the playing of the U.S. Open and returns to action on Thursday with the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill. Another major follows June 27-30 with the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.

Post 232 pitchers carry no-hitter into the ninth

Garner’s American Legion baseball team carried a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning Wednesday night in a 5-0 victory over Cary. Post 232 standouts Brett Daniels, a North Carolina recruit, Garrett Suggs, a N.C. State recruit, Kyle Borawski and Tyler Marshburn combined on the two-hit shutout. Daniels pitched four innings, Suggs the next three, then Borawski worked the eighth before Post 67 got a hit on an infield single in the ninth.