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Sports Notes

Challenger Sports Soccer Camp set for Cleveland

Challenger Sports will be hosting a soccer camp with Greater Cleveland Athletic Association June 24-28 for ages 3-16 at the GCAA athletic complex. The camp will be led by some of Challenger’s team of 1,000 British coaches flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Each camper receives a free soccer ball and camp T-shirt. For more info or to register, visit or call Carmelo Sapia at 877-263-7909.

South Johnston Pop Warner registration

Registration for the South Johnston Pop Warner football and cheerleading programs is open until July 1. The South Johnston program is affiliated with the National Pop Warner Little Scholars program. Practice begins Aug. 1 and games start Aug. 30. Register online at or sign-up in person on May 18 or June 22 from 10 a.m. until noon in Four Oaks (sites will be announced on the website. For more info, or 919-963-2483.

Camp Chillin’ Camps

The Polar Ice House in Garner will offer weekly summer camps – Camp Chillin’ – for ages 5-12. The camps will focus on skating techniques in their choice of ice skating, hockey basics, shooting and more. For more info on the camps and registration info, visit or call 919-861-7465.

Three Little Pigs Triathlon

The fourth annual Three Little Pigs Triathlon will be held June 15 in Smithfield. Races begin at 7:30 a.m. The race includes a 250-yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride and a 5K run. The swim is in the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, the bike ride takes you into rural Johnston County and the run is through Smithfield Community Park and onto the Buffalo Creek Greenway. Registration is $40-60 for individuals or $80-120 for relay teams, depending on the time of registration. A fee from $5-10 for USAT race day insurance will be added to the registrations of non-USAT members. Registration is online at until June 12. On-site registration will be available if the field is not full. Last year’s race included nearly 500 competitors.

Johnston County Tennis Championships

The Johnston County Tennis Championships for levels 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 will be held June 14-16 at Smithfield Community Park and Smithfield-Selma High School. The entry fees are $20 for singles and $30 for doubles teams. Proceeds will go to breast cancer-charities. To enter, call Milton Price at 919-268-8403 or email

Johnston Horse Show Series

Johnston County Horse Show Series events will be held May 25, June 29, Aug. 3-4 (at Hunt Horse Complex), Sept. 21, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena near Smithfield. Rings open at 8:30 for all events. Johnston County HUNTER Horse Series shows are May 11, June 8, Sept. 7 and Nov. 9 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena. For more information, email or

N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail

The Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail is open for the spring season. There will be seven events and a championship event on June 22 at Falls Lake. Teams must compete in at least four events to be eligible for the championship and the $10,000 championship prize. For more information, visit or contact tournament director Phil McCarson at 919-471-1571 or


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