Clayton girls down Garner
Clayton spread the scoring around in a 74-47 girls basketball win over Garner on Tuesday night. The Comets had four players total a dozen or more points and five hit double figures.
Vanessa Pitts led Clayton with 19 points, while Alexis Murphy and Taisha Murphy picked up 13 points each. Jenna Harris added 12 and Jasmine Dixon totaled 10 as the Comets moved to 4-3 in conference play on the season.
Garner, which trailed by 8-12 points for most of the first three quarters of the game, had four players hit double figures as well. Khayani Chandler and Kelsey Bryan had 13 each. Abaya Thorpe and Amber Courtney picked up 10 each.
Rams win third straight league contest
Cleveland’s boys basketball team won its third straight Eastern Carolina 3A Conference game at Eastern Wayne Tuesday night, pulling out a 62-54 win. The Rams’ Bobby Stenborg led all scorers with 24 points. Gilbert King added 14.
Cleveland moved to 3-3 in the conference with the win and 6-11 overall.
Eastern Wayne, unbeaten in the conference, edged Cleveland 52-49. Courtney Ireland paced the Rams (3-3 in conference play) with 14 points in the loss.
Johnston CCA banquet is Feb. 7
The Johnston County Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will hold it’s annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center in Smithfield (2736 Highway 210).
The event includes the usual raffles, drawings and auctions including outdoors equipment and marine prints by artists such as Carey Chen. Proceeds benefit the CCA and the organization’s efforts to protect North Carolina’s fisheries and marine resources.
Tickets are $55 for individuals, $85 for couples and $250 for a banquet sponsor (each ticket includes beverages and dinner). For tickets or info call Fred Hoyt at 919-631-0150 or Zeke Cox at 919-915-0516. The CCA is a 501(c3) Non Profit Organization and your ticket is tax deductible.
State champions can be NCHSAA’s guest at finals
The N.C. High School Athletic Association will admit members of former state championship teams to their respective state championship events this year as a part of the celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary.
Teams must register with the NCHSAA. Registration forms are available online at nchsaa.org through the 100th anniversary links.
The deadline to register a team for winter sports championships (swimming and diving, indoor track and field, basketball and wrestling) is Jan. 31.
A photo in last week’s edition of the Clayton News-Star misidentified Corinth Holders swimmer Michaela Carter as Brenna Zimmerman. The News-Star regrets the error.