Garner Cleveland: Sports

JUSA semifinals set for next week

Rain again won out in the annual attempt to get the JUSA Cup prep boys soccer tournament finished in the first week of the season.

After Clayton (on a 4-1 win over Smithfield-Selma) and West Johnston (on penalty kicks over Cleveland) advanced to the semifinals, two attempts to get the semifinal matches played were washed out by untimely thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday.

The tournament will continue later this season, taking advantage of regularly scheduled matches between the four teams as semifinal battles. The championship game will be set once the finalists are known.

When Corinth Holders (the defending champ) plays at West Johnston on Aug. 31 that will serve as one semifinal match. Then when Clayton goes to South Johnston on Sept. 3 that will be the other semifinal.

Solid volleyball starts: North Johnston, South Johnston and Cleveland all got off to 2-0 starts in volleyball the first week of the season.

South beat Clayton in three sets on Monday and West Johnston in four sets on Tuesday, while North Johnston claimed sweeps over North Duplin and Nash Central. Cleveland swept West Johnston and Clayton on successive days.

Princeton, the 2014 1A state champion, beat Bunn in four sets in its season opener.

Walston hits high goal mark: North Johnston junior Ian Walston set what is believed to be a school record for goals scored in a single boys soccer match in the Panthers’ season-opening 7-0 victory over Princeton Monday night. Walston scored six of North’s goals and assisted on the other score.

Walston also had two goals and an assist in North’s 4-0 win over Nash Central on Tuesday.

Wounded warriors to be honored: Southern National Motorsports Park near Kenly will hold Wounded Warrior Night on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the four-tenths of a mile race track.

Wounded warriors from across the Carolinas will have track side tented areas to watch the race and the warriors and their families will be given a free meal.

The race itself will also have a heavy military theme. The color guard from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base out of Goldsboro will serve as the color guard for the race, while the invocation and national anthem will also be delivered by members of the United States military. The program will feature racing for the Charger division, the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series, the U-CAR division — which active duty Air Force service member John Ordiway competes in — as well as the Late Models, Legends and Bandoleros.

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D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest