The Two Rivers 3A and Greater Neuse River 4A conferences will both charge $7 for admission to all ticketed athletic events this school year.
Ticket prices in the Eastern Plains 2A and Carolina 1A — where North Johnston and Princeton play, respectively — will be $6 this year.
The increase is the first for the Greater Neuse since the 2008-09 season when the price went from $5 to $6.
The move was made by both leagues to help offset the rising costs of game officials, increased security requirements at games.
Tanner to Hall of Fame: South Johnston High School graduate Ray Tanner will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in January. Tanner was a collegiate head coach for 25 seasons at South Carolina and N.C. State, posting 1,133 wins in total and winning two national championships with the Gamecocks.
He retired from coaching in 2012 and is currently the South Carolina athletic director.
Clayton High season passes: The Comet Athletic Booster Club is selling season passes until Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the main office. Pass purchasers must have their photo made for the pass at the time of purchase. Passes entitle the holder to admission to all home events throughout the year with the exception of playoff or endowment games.
A Clayton High student pass is $50, an individual pass for others is $100 and a family of four pass is $250 (additional family members are $25 each).
Henry shines again: West Johnston High grad Sarah Henry was the second highest leading point scorer at the U.S. National Swimming Championships last weekend in Texas. The recent Texas A&M graduate and former NCAA champion was second in the 400-meter individual medley, third in the 800 free and fourth in both the 200 individual medley and the 200 free, rolling up 63 total points.
Gold medalist at Worlds: Bernard Redfield won the gold medal in the Senior Kodanja Open Weapons division at the Worldwide Tang Soo Do Family World Championships in Las Vegas recently. Redfield, a fifth degree black belt, teaches martial arts in Garner and Wake Forest.
County Cup up for grabs: Neuse Charter and East Wake Academy, two area charter schools, will battle for the County Cup in sports for the 2015-16 school year. The schools play each other in middle school and high school sports.
Each win in the series will be worth three points for the winner, ties will result in one point being awarded to each school.
“Neuse Charter has enjoyed the interaction with East Wake coaches and student-athletes over the past few years,” said Neuse Charter athletic director Terry Tippett. “A mutual respect has developed between the two schools, as both face similar obstacles in growing and maintaining athletic programs. The County Cup challenge adds a degree of excitement for the participants, as well as parents of the schools.”
The competition gets started with an Aug. 18 boys high school soccer match at Neuse Charter.
TYGA Tournament of Champions: Clayton’s Makenna Hammer finished second in the girls division of the summer-season ending Triangle Youth Golf Association Tournament of Champions at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane. Hammer led a trio of Johnston golfers in the girls’ top four. Ellen Parker Watson of Smithfield was third and Sydney Wheeless of Benson took fourth.
Clayton’s Noah Kallam tied for 12th in the boys’ 16-18-year-old division and Matthew Hayes of Clayton was tied for seventh in the 14-15 age group.
Correction: A photo cutline in earlier issue an on the Southern Metro Swim League Championships incorrectly identified the winner in the girls’ ages 11-12 backstroke event. Alan Biondi of the Turner Farms Marlins won the event. We regret the error.