Area Sports

Sharks claim the title of Southern Metro Swim League championship

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SMITHFIELD—Last year the Edgebrook Eels won the Southern Metro Swim League title and proved to be a force once again this year as the Smithfield Recreation & Aquatics Center played host to the SMSL championship meet on Saturday. However, it was the SRAC Sharks, whose theme this year was to…

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Princeton Bulldogs’ impressive summer ends at state football tournament

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor HICKORY–The Princeton Little League 8U coach-pitch baseball team was one of 12 teams that participated in the Tar Heel League’s state tournament last week in Hickory. After the Bulldogs started things off on the right foot with a 12-6 victory over Granite Falls on Thursday, Princeton was knocked out of…

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Princeton boys wrap up successful summer league

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—For Princeton boys basketball coach David Cobb, the summer league the Bulldogs participated in and hosted this year was never about wins and losses. It had more to do with getting a jump start on the season this upcoming winter than was possible last year due to Cobb’s return to…

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Rays dominate on way to claiming NC Wiffle Ball tournament championship

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SMITHFIELD—As co-founder Jeff Davis looked on and proclaimed that Wiffle Ball is indeed a young man’s game, relative newcomers the Rays unseated defending champions Uncensored, 18-3, in the championship game of the 37th installment of the North Carolina Wiffle Ball tournament to take the title. Held at the Smithfield Community…

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Yellow Jackets show some sting and big smiles at camp

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SELMA—Cleades Sanders has coached recreation football for Selma Parks and Recreation going on 20 years. Just one minute observing him instruct and encourage players will tell you why he comes back year after year. He absolutely loves it. So, too, did a record 101 kids aged 6 to 14 during…

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NJ fall tryouts schedule

The tryout dates, times and locations have been released for the fall season in North Johnston High School athletics. All athletes must be enrolled at North Johnston, have 2018-2019 concussion forms completed and also have a current physical on file in order to participate in try-outs. Football–July 30              …

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Young grapplers get some experience on the mat

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SMITHFIELD—Forty youth wrestlers converged last week at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center to participate in the Johnston County Wrestling Camp. Neuse Charter wrestling coach Chase Crocker coordinated the event and collaborated with long-time friend and fellow wrestling coach Kristian Stewart to provide an opportunity for boys and girls between…

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Runner-up finish pushes Princeton to state tournament

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor SMITHFIELD—The Princeton coach-pitch baseball team (8U) had to do it the hard way but the Bulldogs advanced to the Tar Heel League state tournament after finishing in second place at the District V tournament last week in Smithfield. After suffering a loss to a powerful Cleveland team early in the…

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NJ Little League team picks up win in District V tournament

The North Johnston Little League (12U) all-star team claimed an opening round win over Cleveland last week in the Tar Heel League District V tournament but couldn’t quite get over the hump in a very competitive division and was unable to secure a spot in the state tournament. A loss to an undefeated contingent from…

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