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High school teams set service projects

My View by D. Clay Best

North Johnston High School’s girls soccer team raised $234 for the American Cancer Society during their “Pink Out for Cancer” match last month. The Panthers are (front row, from left) Jennifer Sanchez, Kasey Winstead, Morgan Townsend, Sam Richardson, and Cynthia Carrillo, (middle row) Sam Clifton, Cassidy Dowling, Ashlyn Smoot, Barrett Davis, Alex Bridgeman, and Mary Catherine Davis, (back row) Cassidy Goodwin, Kaitlyn Satterwhite, Morgan Foster, and Skylar Tyndall.
North Johnston High School’s girls soccer team raised $234 for the American Cancer Society during their “Pink Out for Cancer” match last month. The Panthers are (front row, from left) Jennifer Sanchez, Kasey Winstead, Morgan Townsend, Sam Richardson, and Cynthia Carrillo, (middle row) Sam Clifton, Cassidy Dowling, Ashlyn Smoot, Barrett Davis, Alex Bridgeman, and Mary Catherine Davis, (back row) Cassidy Goodwin, Kaitlyn Satterwhite, Morgan Foster, and Skylar Tyndall. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS PHOTO

The Smithfield-Selma High football team is working with Raleigh-based Stop Hunger Now to provide 10,000 meals for the international program next month.

Spartan coaches and football players will pack the meals together on May 2 at the high school.

“We are excited about the event and hope that the community will come together to help SSS meet their goal in fighting hunger,” said Antonio McDaniel, a SSS running back.

The Spartans want to raise $2,900 to cover the meals, which cost just 29 cents to prepare. Donations are being accepted online at events.stophungernow.org/SpartanFootball.

“If you try to help all the people all of the time instead of helping some of the people some of the time, you wind up helping none of the people none of the time,” said Spartan coach Wes Hill. “Our team is very passionate about this cause but we cannot do this without the help of our Spartan family and the community.”

Helping the Warriors: The West Johnston High baseball team will host a benefit concert with a portion of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project on May 16 at the school’s football stadium. The concert will feature Nashville recording artist Kasey Tyndall, the Blake Kearney Band and South Johnston High student Jordan Hines.

Parking opens at 2 p.m.; gates open at 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are all general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of the event or contact Joey Worley at JosephWorley@johnston.k12.nc.us for tickets or more info.

Panthers raise ACS funds: North Johnston’s girls soccer team completed a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society last month. The Panthers raised $234 during their second annual Pink Out for Cancer match against Rosewood, taking donations and conducting a 50-50 raffle.

Last year, senior Nicole Brown, organized the pink out game for her senior project, and she raised money for the pink jerseys that are to be used in the annual game.

Before this year’s game Stormin’ Normans restaurant in Kenly hosted both teams to a meal that helped promote fellowship and sportsmanship for both teams.

North Johnston anglers finish in top 3: Tyler Little and Chase Crocker of North Johnston High School finished third in the Collins Inc. YES high school bass fishing tournament on Lake Gaston on March 21. The pair landed three fish totaling 6.89 pounds.

Clayton duos Chris Chavez and Ethan Howard and Mason Medlin and Colt Myslinski were fourth and sixth, respectively.

Soccer coaching milestone: Corinth Holders girls soccer coach Alison Vetterl notched her 100th career coaching victory just before Spring break. The Pirates are off to a 7-0 start this season and Vetterl is 101-49 in eight seasons coaching in New Jersey and at CHHS.

Johnson on AA list: South Johnston junior baseball player Joseph Johnson has been named to the Perfect Game USA preseason high school underclassmen high honorable mention list. Johnson is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder.

Renfroe shines in Campbell spring game: Wake Christian Academy graduate Tyler Renfroe had a big evening during Campbell University’s spring football game last week. Renfroe, a redshirt sophomore, had two sacks for the Orange defensive unit.

The Orange defense unit was the star of the scrimmage. The Camels open the 2015 season Sept. 3 against Pikeville.

SSS gets alum as tennis coach: James Reid was named team MVP during his years playing tennis at Smithfield-Selma High in the mid-1980s. He’s back at the school to help current Spartan players reach their full potential on the court.

Reid, a 1986 SSS grad and a U.S. Tennis Association certified coach, is in his first season as head boys tennis coach at SSS.

“The 2015 Spartan Tennis Team is a young and improving team,” Reid said. “We are a team with no seniors and an extremely dedicated group of focused underclassman. The sky is the limit for this team and better (winning) days are ahead of us.”

“In years past, SSS has had great teams, and we have every expectation that this team will begin to live up to that storied legacy.”

Golf notables: Four Oaks golfer and South Johnston High student Patrick Stephenson finished tied for 16th at the Seventh Annual Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational golf tournament at Jacksonville Country Club on March 29. Stephenson posted rounds of 75 and 78 in the 36-hole event, which featured golfers from North and South Carolina. … Garner’s Kyle Burgess tied for third in a Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Tournament at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club on March 28, posting a round of 81. … Sam Sparks of Raleigh was the loss gross winner in the Tarheel Seniors event at The Neuse on March 30. Clayton’s Bill Schaffroth (low gross) and Steve Wirth (low net) had third place finishes in their respective flights. … Thomas Lee Jr. of Four Oaks teamed with Mount Airy’s Travls hall to finish second in the ‘A’ flight of a CGA One-Day Four-Ball tournament at the Hasentree Club in Southern Pines.

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