Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame has a home
Johnston County Schools held a ceremony recently to debut its permanent display of all of the inductees of the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame in Smithfield. There have been 55 inductees since the Hall of Fame debuted in 2007.
The Hall of Fame display is located at the JCS West Campus building (211 Rose Street, Smithfield) and features photos of each of the inductees by year. The display can be viewed during regular business hours on weekdays.
Nominations for possible future inductees can be made through the athletic director at each high school. The class of 2015 will be inducted on March 28, 2015 at South Johnston High School.
Tickets may be purchased at any high school beginning in February. For questions about the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame, contact JCS Director of Athletics Ray Stott at 919-934-6031.
Clark off to fast start with Cincinnati
Clayton High School grad Gary Clark led Cincinnati to a 59-50 victory over N.C. Central last week, helping the Bearcats to a 4-0 start.
Clark, a freshman forward, had a season-high 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for Cincinnati. He has started all four games the Bearcats have played, averaging nearly 24 minutes a game.
Clark is second on the team in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game, while averaging 70 points a contest.
North Johnston star to Mount Olive Hall
Former North Johnston High School standout Twana (Johnson) Jeeter was among those inducted into the University of Mount Olive Athletics Hall of Fame last week.
After a standout career under Coach David Bagwell at North Johnston, Jeeter played at Mount Olive from 1991-95. She rolled up 1,218 career points, making her the school’s career-scoring leader from her graduation until 2007.
“I’m so thankful to God for giving me the ability to play basketball,” she said during her induction. “I want to encourage the young people who think they cannot do anything that you can.”
She also averaged nearly a double-double for her career with 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. Her 23-rebound game remains the school record.
Princeton baseball program honored
Princeton High School’s baseball program picked up two honors recently from the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association.
Assistant baseball coach Justin Willoughby was named the assistant baseball coach of the year for the state and the Bulldogs’ home field was selected as the baseball field of the year for Region 3.
Willoughby, a former standout who has both played on and helped coach a Princeton state championship winning teams, is primarily in charge of pitchers for the Bulldogs.
“His contribution to the success of Princeton baseball especially with our pitchers is well noted and respected by many,” said Princeton athletic director Marty Gurganus. “Justin is a good coach, and more importantly, a good person who works hard to ensure the development of our students as athletes and as people.”
The Princeton baseball field, maintained under the leadership of head coach Bruce Proctor, a former head coach at Garner, has long been regarded as one of the state’s best.
“For those of us who are part of the Princeton family this comes as no surprise,” Gurganus said. “We have enjoyed the beautiful baseball field for years and appreciate so much all that Coach Proctor does to keep the field looking so elite. He spends many hours working on it to ensure that our baseball team plays on the very best field possible.
“It is something that all of us are very proud of. We appreciate Coach Proctor taking this kind of pride in his field and his program.”
New license plate features red drum
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for a newly-approved North Carolina license plate that pays homage to the state’s saltwater fish. The red drum was officially adopted as North Carolina’s state saltwater fish in 1971.
The plate features an illustration of a red drum against a background of sea grass.
The cost is $30 for a regular plate or $60 for a personalized plate per year in addition to the regular license plate fee.
Download an application for the red drum plates at portal.ncdenr.org. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will not issue the red drum license plate until 500 applications are received.
Revenue from the sale of red drum plates is earmarked to fund public access to and habitat protection of red drum waters.
Sometimes called channel bass, spottail bass, red fish and puppy drum, red drum is an important species to both recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina.
The red drum tag is the twin of a new native brook trout license plate that features the state’s freshwater fish. To apply for native brook trout plates, see the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/NativeBrookTroutLicensePlate.aspx.