Smithfield: Sports

Winter sports start this week

The 2014-15 winter sports season starts on Monday with boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics and winter track all on the schedule before Thanksgiving rolls around.

Smithfield-Selma visits West Johnston on Monday night in basketball for a set of Johnston County rivalry games. The Clayton vs. Corinth Holders games set for Monday have been postponed. Clayton now opens the season Wednesday at South Johnston; Corinth Holders opens its season tenatively on Friday against Nash Central.

West turns around and meets Cleveland on Tuesday, while North Johnston hosts Midway and South Johnston visits C.B. Aycock in their season debuts.

Garner plays a split site boys/girls matchup with Fuquay-Varina on Monday.

Teams in the Two Rivers 3A and Greater Neuse River 4A conferences will play mainly the quadruple header schedule in basketball with junior varsity games at 4, then varsity action starting about 6:30 p.m.

Princeton doesn’t open its season until Dec. 2 against Raleigh Charter.

Clayton High team hosts prep bass tournament: Fourteen teams showed up for the Buckhorn Reservoir High School Team Tournament, hosted by the Clayton High bass club recently. The open event, consisting of two high school anglers and one adult boat captain, included teams from Clayton, North Johnston, South Johnston, Corinth Holders and Hunt high schools.

A first of it’s kind for the area, the tournament allowed these young fishermen a chance to test their bass angling skills against fellow high school competitors while learning valuable lessons and techniques from their adult boat captains. Prizes and trophies were handed out to the top four teams.

Using a combination of lipless crank baits and jigs for their pattern, North Johnston anglers Tyler Little and Chase Crocker stole the show with a massive weight of 21.30 pounds for their five-fish catch. Crocker also landed the lunker for the event with a bass tipping the scales at 7.64 pounds. Little and Crocker received trophies a rod and reel combo for their finish.

Clayton teams grabbed the next four finishing positions. Zach Greene and Mason Medlin finished second at 13.09 pounds. Greene and Medlin were rewarded for their efforts with matching second place trophies and tackle bags.

Ethan Howard and Chris Chavez were third (9.81 pounds) and Cameron Reynolds and Rodney Rowe (8.45) took fourth.

Perkinson earns all-conference honors: Garner native Kenneth Perkinson, a UNC Pembroke freshman, has been named to the 2014 Peach Belt Conference all-conference team. The goalkeeper was named to the second team.

Perkinson lands among the list of honorees for the first time in his career after he played and started all 17 games in goal. The Garner native ranked sixth in the league in saves (65), goals against average (1.13) and goals against (20), and fifth in saves percentage (.765). He is second in the league in shutouts with six including a 0-0 draw with Montevallo, win over regionally-ranked Barton, tied with Francis Marion, route over Mars Hill, PBC victory over North Georgia and 1-0 win over Chowan in the regular season finale.

He was a two-time league player of the week this season.

South Johnston fall banquet set: South Johnston High School will hold its fall sports banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the cafeteria. Tickets for guests (all fall athletes eat for free) are $10 each and available from South Johnston fall sports coaches and in the main office.

Britt wins in South Carolina: Benson golfer Brandon Britt led the Men’s B division of a Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Tournament at Greensboro National Golf Club in Summerfield on Nov. 1. Britt posted a score of 85.

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