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Corinth Holders hosts signing day for 10 athletes

From left to right, Corinth Holders baseball players Nick Tyler, Landon Ginn, Tanner Smith, Ty Cummings, Gabe Brewington and Matt Kelley all signed their national letters of intent together during a ceremony held at the school Wednesday.
WENDELL —  Ten Corinth Holders senior athletes across four sports made their college plans official by signing national letters of intent to play at the next level during a ceremony …
Smithfield-Selma's Elijah Weir (5) stepped in as point guard late last season when the team became saddled with injuries and proved he was ready for a bigger role. Returning as a senior, the Spartans' offense is expected to run out of Weir's hands this season as the team focuses on playing hard, rebounding and playing tough defense.

SSS driven by 'non-negotiables'

SMITHFIELD — Smith eld-Selma head basketball coach Matt Cuddington hasn’t set many expectations for his team in the upcoming season. “As far as expectations for wins and …

AREA ROUNDUP: Bulldogs compete in state cross-country meet

KERNERSVILLE — Two runners from the Princeton High cross-country team competed in Saturday’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A championship meet, and both placed in the …
North Johnston's Mackenzie Gibson (24) goes up for a layup and avoids Beddingfield's Makayla Everette during a 2-A Eastern Plains Conference meeting in Kenly last season. Gibson, who sat out a lot of last season with a knee injury, is expected to be "the glue" for head coach Jay Poole's program in 2019-20.

North Johnston basketball prepping for challenging EPC slate

KENLY — The North Johnston girls basketball team won’t have the deepest roster in 2-A hoops. With just eight players on the team, the Panthers will live and die by how they can work …
Corinth Holder's senior guard Marcus Bland (10), defending against Cleveland's Hamilton Harrison on Dec. 4, 2018, is expected to be a key leader for the Pirates in his final season. As one of nine seniors on the roster, Bland and his teammates  are looking to  avoid letting games fall out of reach in the fourth quarter, something it struggled with last season.

Pirates ready to compete in NAC

WENDELL — The strength of the Corinth Holders girls basketball team lies in its variety. The Pirates won’t rely on one player to carry the team night after night, but will instead look …
College Sports

Area grads start college football season

The first college start of former Corinth Holders standout and Duke true freshman offensive tackle Jacob Monk headlined the participation of Johnstonian News readership area players in week one of …

Wooten and Cuddington named Preseason All-Big South

Two Campebll University redshirt senior football players hailing from the Johnstonian News readership area were named to the Preseason All-Big South football team announced Tuesday at the …
Community Sports

Methodist 'team of distinction' has Kenly connections

Stacy Holland, left, and Kelly Holland were honored as members of the 2001-03 Methodist women's basketball teams who were the first to make the NCAA Division III tournament during a ceremony on Nov. 1 in Fayetteville.
KENLY—Sisters and Kenly natives Kelly Holland and Stacy Holland were inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov.1 as part of a ‘team of distinction’ …
Bill Howard

Deer can be deadly

Africa has a beast known as ‘Black Death.’ No, it isn’t the plague or other disease. It is an animal. The Cape buffalo is notoriously ornery and vindictive, and if one cannot handle …
Pro Sports
Cameron Murray, right, stands next to his sister Olivia Murray after the two siblings came in first and second in the Bandolero feature on Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park. Cameron Murray started racing two years ago and his sister competed in only her 10th race on Championship Night in Lucama.

A rare sibling rivalry

Olivia Murray first found an outlet for her competitiveness in dance.  Only there’s a problem with the sport of choreography and calculated movement: Dancing has never pitted the …
College Notebooks
Duke Notebook

No. 2 Blue Devils testing out early lineup combos

Duke center Vernon Carey Jr. (1) and guard Tre Jones (3) react during the first half of Tuesday’s game against Central Arkansas in Durham. Both Carey and Jones have been in the starting lineup for all three of the Blue Devils’ games in which head coach Mike Krzyzewski has experimented with different starting lineups.
DURHAM — Duke’s third starting lineup three games into the basketball season resulted in Tuesday’s 105-57 romp over Central Arkansas, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski cautioned not to …
ECU Notebook
Big night for Pirates’ offense in loss to No. 17 Cincy

East Carolina’s offensive explosion in this past weekend’s 46-43 loss to Cincinnati came as a shock to nearly everyone. After sputtering for much of the season when it came to moving …

NC State Notebook
Bates fills role for Wolfpack

In the past two seasons under Kevin Keatts, N.C. State has played the type of defense that lends itself to allowing high-shooting percentages from the opposition. The Wolfpack may have finally …

UNC Notebook
Anthony lives up to hype for Tar Heels

If you thought the preseason hype for freshman superstar Cole Anthony might be too much to live up to, Anthony has only worn the blue of Carolina for two games and he’s already accomplished …