Area Sports

What a difference a year can make

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor FAYETTEVILLE—Last summer, David Cobb was just named head coach of the Princeton boys basketball team. Inheriting a group of players who were trying to figure him out and not having the luxury of having the position long enough to have a full summer schedule planned, a lot has changed for…

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Whitley drafted by Orioles

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor Trey Whitley, the three-sport standout from North Johnston, made history earlier this month as he became the first North Johnston player drafted by a Major League Baseball team when he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft on June 6. For…

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Former Panther drafted to new professional softball league

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor Jamie Johnson, former two-time female athlete of the year at North Johnston, recently graduated after a stellar softball career at UNC-Pembroke and planned on traveling this summer to Austria and New Zealand continuing to play the sport she loves. However, Johnson was notified of a new professional fast-pitch softball league…

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Rosales to play soccer at Peace

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—Adolfo Rosales has been the heart and soul of the North Johnston boys soccer team for the past four seasons and was recently named to the 2A all-state team by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. Rosales, who scored 47 goals and dished out 31 assists as a four-year starter in…

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Barnes to become an Eagle

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—Brandon Barnes, a three-sport standout and integral member of the North Johnston baseball team over the past two seasons, recently signed his letter of intent to continue playing baseball at Wake Tech Community College. For the consistent Barnes, who hit .377 in his two seasons for the varsity team, finding…

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Winners announced at Princeton Athletic Banquet

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—At the recent Princeton High School Athletic Banquet, student-athletes were recognized for their achievements this past season. Shamonda Bell, a standout on the girls track and field team, won the Sugg Award for female athlete of the year and Rahjai McPhatter won the Bulldog Award for best male athlete of…

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Longtime best friends to continue together in cheerleading at Barton

By MICHAEL HELD Sports editor KENLY—Autumn Davis and Sara Liles have been friends for most of their lives and during their many years of friendship, cheerleading has been a common bond. Last week, the senior duo from North Johnston both officially signed to attend Barton College and compete as members of the Bulldogs cheerleading team.…

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Myers to play softball at N.C. Wesleyan

BY MICHAEL HELD Sports editor PRINCETON—Brianna Myers discovered something about herself during her time at Princeton High School being an integral part of the perennial power that is the Bulldogs softball program. She can’t stop playing. Fortunately for Myers, who possessed the Bulldogs’ highest batting average this past season, she won’t have to stop. She…

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Princeton Middle School Hunter Safety team makes its mark

The Princeton Middle School Hunter Safety team has built a reputation of being a strong youth program as the Bulldogs have qualified for the state competition event the last several years, but Princeton outdid itself this year with its best-ever showing, finishing in seventh out of 26 teams The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission hosted the…

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NJMS plans for girls basketball/volleyball camps this summer

Girls basketball and volleyball camps will be held this summer by North Johnston Middle coach Casey Creech for any North Middle student. The basketball camp will be June 25-27. The volleyball camp will be July 30-Aug. 1. The camps will be held from 8 a.m. to noon each day for rising sixth, seventh and eighth…

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