Garner Cleveland: Sports

Cleveland leads area cheer squads in championships

Cleveland’s cheerleading squad registered the highest finish of area schools in the annual N.C. High School State Invitational Cheerleading Championships in Raleigh last week. The Rams finished third in the varsity coed Division I standings.

Corinth Holders, South Johnston and Smithfield-Selma also entered teams.

South Johnston was sixth in the small junior varsity non-tumbling Division I, while Smithfield-Selma took 13th.

Corinth Holders was sixth in the small varsity Division I. South’s varsity squad was ninth in the medium varsity Division I non-tumbling class. SSS took 10th in the medium varsity Division I B classification and North Johnston was 17th in the medium varsity non-tumbling Division II.

This was the first year that the competition was classified to a degree. The Division I competition was for 3-A and 4-A squads while the Division 2 competition was for 1-A and 2-A schools.

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons won the Carolina Cup, which goes to the varsity-level team with the highest cumulative score in the event.

Cleveland student at Shrine Bowl: Cleveland High School student Tanner Costine will be a part of the North Carolina team at the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this week. Costine will serve as one of the student trainers for the Tarheel squad in Spartanburg, S.C.

Costine will work with the medical staff, which is led by Garner High School Athletic Trainer Mike Guerrero and Garner area physician, Dr. Greg Pleasants. At Cleveland High, Costine works on the Rams’ student training staff under athletic trainer John Shepard.

Christiansen is an All-American: Clayton High grad and Miles University kicker Nick Christiansen has been named to the BOXTOROW All-America team. The team is comprised of players from historical black colleges and universities.

Christiansen was one of the the best kickers in Division II football this fall, hitting 16-of-20 field goals and two 50-plus-yard field goals. He was 25-of-26 on extra point attempts.

MAC honors for Henry: West Johnston grad Andrew Henry went seven-for-seven in event wins for Eastern Michigan University last weekend, earning Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week honors for Dec. 8. He won the 100-yard free, 200 free and the 500 free individually and he helped the Eagles win the 200, 400 and 800 free relays and the 400 medley relay.

CGA title winners: Two area golfers went home with championships from the Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Four-Ball Tournament of Champions at Pinehurst No. 1 on Dec. 6

Selma’s Tracey King teamed with Jason Smith of Raleigh to win the first flight, net gross title with a score of 67.

Garner’’s Pamela Bergquist and Raleigh’s Diane Thomas Rupert won the women’s gross championship with a score of 77.

The Carolinas One-Day Four-Ball Tournament of Champions was open to any first place gross or 1st place net winners from the 2015 CGA One-Day Four-Ball tournament schedule or 2015 CGA Foundation Four-Ball Fundraiser Tournament. Teams may be comprised of any eligible players that won a CGA One-Day Four-Ball Tournament in 2015.