Smithfield: Sports

Sports Briefs: Jan. 25, 2015

Corinth Holders tops SSS

Corinth Holders beat Smithfield-Selma 56-18 in a Two Rivers 3A Conference dual wrestling match Wednesday night.

Larry Williams, Brian Hines, Austin Palmer, Greg Alford and Sam Bargoil had pins for Corinth Holders, which is unbeaten in conference dual matches. Alex Staples and Luke Turner also picked up wins.

Smithfield-Selma had Robert Hicks take an 8-4 decision over Corinth Holders at 195 pounds. SSS’s other two wins came via forfeit.

Johnston County CCA Banquet set

The Johnston County chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at The Farm at Springhill Outfitters. The event includes a live auction, a silent auction, raffles, dinner and an open bar. Tickets are $60 for individuals, $90 per couple. Banquet sponsorships are $250. Each ticket includes a one-year CCA membership, admission, the dinner and open bar. For tickets or info: the CCA of NC at 919-781-3474, Zeke Cox at 919-915-0516 or visit online.

Stenborg recognized by Raleigh Sports Club

Clevleand High School senior basketball player Bobby Stenborg was the Raleigh Sports Club's Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 21. Stenborg has led the Rams to first place in the Two Rivers 3A Conference and averages 20.6 points a game this season.

North Johnston athletes honored

The Eastern Plains 2A Conference has released its fall all-conference awards. North Johnston senior offensive lineman Jacob Cuddington was named a first-team all-conference selection in football. Washington's Marquel Spencer was the football player of the year in the conference.

Also named to all-conference teams from North were soccer players C.J. Jackson, Jose Diaz, Max Kirby and Marcos Orozco, volleyball player Morgan Townsend, girls tennis players Jessica Scott and Jessica Worley and cross country runner Meghan Sherrod.

More changes for the Mudcats' front office

Eric Gardner has been promoted to general manager of operations of the Carolina Mudcats as he enters his 20th year with the Carolina League farm club of the Atlanta Braves.

“I’m honored that Steve and Joe have trusted me with this position,” Gardner said. “I look forward to continuing the great work being done and ensuring the Mudcats continue giving our fans a memorable experience.”

“Eric’s promotion to General Manager of Operations is something he has worked tirelessly for,” said Joe Kremer, Mudcats vice president and general manager. “He is as deserving of this promotion as anyone I have ever known.”

A native of Tarboro, Gardner graduated from Barton College with a degree in Sports Management in 1997. He began his tenure with the Mudcats in 1996 as a college intern and quickly rose through the ranks while working in stadium operations, tickets and concessions.

The Mudcats will also have a new radio voice this season. Darren Headrick, who has served as the play-by-play announcer for Carolina the past three seasons, has accepted a position to join the broadcast team of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders, the Trple-A team of the New York Yankees.