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Pandemic baseball was fun while it lasted

A summer of baseball, created out of some of the most challenging circumstances, found life when the Wilson Tobs and Wilson Team Elite elected to give players an opportunity to play this season …
In this photo by Vernon Morton in the Friday, Aug. 3, 1951, edition of The Wilson Daily Times, UNC All-American Jimmy Thomas, left, clipped N.C. State’s Bob Mattson in a featured 150-meter medley race on the eve of the eighth annual Southern AAU Swimming Meet at Wilson Municipal Pool. Thomas won in 142.9 to set new AAU national and world records while Mattson also surpassed the previous mark.

Thomas sets national mark as AAU swimming meet begins

Jimmy Thomas, an All-America swimmer from the University of North Carolina, shattered the AAU and world record for the 150-meter individual medley at Wilson Municipal Pool as a prelude to the eighth …
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North Johnston track standout Caroline Leegins will transition from the Lady Panthers to Barton College after signing with the NCAA Division II Lady Bulldogs.

7 make college choices official at North Johnston signing ceremony

KENLY — Seven graduating seniors at North Johnston High made official their college choices during a signing ceremony June 4 at the school. Caroline Leegins signed with NCAA Division II Barton …

All-GNRC cheerleading team announced

The hard work of countless cheerleaders from football through basketball season did not go unnoticed. On the All-Greater Neuse River Conference team, 11 cheerleaders were honored …

All-GNRC indoor track

For the winter indoor track season, Cleveland captured a pair of Greater Neuse River Conference titles to land atop the standings.  In the girls standings, the Rams edged out Clayton for the …
Smithfield-Selma wrestler Michael Nichols looks for an advantage while wrestling Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove on Nov. 20. Nichols was named an all-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestler for the Spartans.

GNRC produces 23 all-conference wrestlers

A season of bouts on the mat yielded 23 All-Greater Neuse River Conference wrestlers who earned their fair-share of victories this season. West Johnston 132-pound wrestler Gavin McKendrick, who …
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 …
Community Sports

Clements prevails in Limited Late Model Division at SNMP

Brandon Clements, center, poses with car owner Cal Clements and wife, Cali, after winning Sunday's Limited Late Model event at SNMP.
LUCAMA — Brandon Clements scored his first Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model win since 2012 in spectacular fashion, holding off Tony Grady in a breathtaking duel in …
Pro Sports
Professional baseball player Jerry Sands, a former Smithfield-Selma High School standout, poses with his wife, Morgan, and their two sons, Eli and Tucker, after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in December 2019. Contributed photo

International pastime: Former SSS standout continues his career in Asia

When Jerry Sands traded his Wilson Tobs uniform for that of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league team in June of 2008, little did the Smithfield-Selma High product realize he was beginning a journey …
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