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Honeycutt to coach in Shrine Bowl

Barry Honeycutt, Corinth Holders High Football Coach
Barry Honeycutt, Corinth Holders High Football Coach Johnston County Schools Photo

Corinth Holders High School football coach Barry Honeycutt has been named as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Honeycutt has been active in high school coaching since the mid-1980s and was previously a head coach at Triton High School.

“Coach Honeycutt has inspired and motivated numerous young people to greatness over the years, and the selection committee got this one right because there is not another head football coach in the state more deserving of this honor,” said Corinth Holders principal Chase Ferrell. “Some of Coach Honeycutt’s former athletes have followed his path and gone into the coaching and teaching ranks, others have played on Sundays in the NFL, some are city attorneys, some are school administrators and many more have gone into other honorable professions.”

Honeycutt will be a part of a seven-coach staff led by Hal Capps of Mooresville High School. The game is set for Dec. 20 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Football recruits: While the two days of snow and ice brought the rest of the high school sports world to a halt last week, it didn’t slow down the recruitment of the three local football standouts.

Cleveland High defensive lineman Sterling Johnson received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January.

The bowl is one of the major national showcases for high school football talent.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 274-pound defensive tackle also received his 11th, 12th and 13th scholarship offers last week. The first in the string came from Alabama, then Mississippi and Texas followed. Virginia Tech and West Virginia offered earlier this month.

Johnny Frasier, a junior running back at Princeton, has added offers from Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi in recent weeks.

Frasier, Johnson and Garner standout Nyheim Hines are all making unofficial visits to schools. All three were scheduled to attend the Duke at North Carolina basketball game as football recruits.

Blandford to USA Swimming camp: Corinth Holders High School sophomore swimmer Connor Blandford has been invited by USA Swimming to the Southern Zone Select Camp in Louisville, Ky. in May.

Blandford was one of 28 swimmers selected from the regional zone (including North Carolina and 11 other states) based on their performances at the 2013 Summer Southern Zone Swimming Championships in Greenville, S.C.

He finished in the top eight individually in five events at the meet. He was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke, the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. Blandford also swam on North Carolina relay teams that finished third in the 400 medley and fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Milhouse to Campbell: Former Garner High School standout Greg Milhouse will join the Campbell University football team this fall after transferring from Appalachian State University. Millhouse, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle, is a 2012 graduate of Garner.