With new N.C. High School Athletic Association realignment starting this fall, all area teams are getting new conference rivals. And some of those schools are joining new leagues entirely.
A newly-formed Two Rivers 3A Conference will feature Cleveland, Corinth Holders, Smithfield-Selma, South Johnston, Triton and Western Harnett. The Big Eight 3A Conference is a new name for Cardinal Gibbons, Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge, Northern Vance, Northwood, Orange, Oxford Webb and Southern Durham.
The area 4A conference will continue as the Greater Neuse River with new school Rolesville replacing Smithfield-Selma.
North Johnston will be the only Johnston County school in the 2A ranks so that means the Panthers will spend a lot of time on the road for the next four years in the Eastern Plains Conference. Other conference members will be Wilson Beddingfield, Farmville Central, North Pitt, Southwest Edgecombe and Washington.
North Johnston will be the western most school in the conference and facing an 80-mile trek to Washington, its longest trip.
The Carolina 1A Conference lives on with a mix of new and old members. Neuse Charter becomes a full NCHSAA member this fall joining holdovers Princeton, Rosewood, North Duplin and Spring Creek. The league also adds Hobbton, James Kenan and Lakewood.
Collins scores 1,000th-career point: Corinth Holders’ senior boys basketball player Kenneth Collins passed the 1,000-point barrier for his career in the Pirates’ win over North Johnston Tuesday night. But the sharpshooter was more glad that passing the mark was in his rearview mirror than he was excited about hitting it.
“It’s exciting but I was ready for it to be over with because we’ve got bigger things to accomplish,” Collins said. “Last year I realized that if I kept this up I could get there but I really didn’t focus on it much. I didn’t really focus on it until the last three or four games.”
Golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warrior Project: Corinth Holders High School senior Becca Wilkins is trying to help military families like hers with her Senior Project. Wilkins has organized the Wounded Hero Golf Classic, a Four-person, captain’s choice golf tournament to be held March 30 at Riverwood Golf Course. The event features a 1 p.m. shotgun start and includes dinner and prize eligibility. The entry fee is $50 per person.
All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For more info on the event or to register, visit sites.google.com/site/woundedherogolf. For sponsorship information or to donate a door prize, call 919-515-8132.
Wake Tech sets 5K run: Runners and walkers are invited to help celebrate Wake Tech’s 50th anniversary at the first annual Road Scholars 5K Run/Walk. The race will be held at 8 a.m. at Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus (6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh) on Saturday, March 16. The entry fee is $25 before Feb. 28, $30 between March 1-15, and $35 on race day. The entry fee includes a T-shirt. Registration is available online at roadscholars.waketech.edu. Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund at Wake Tech Community College.
“We’re excited to have a healthy activity as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. We also think it’s a great way to involve the community,” said race director, Dr. Darryl McGraw.
Water will be available along the course, and refreshments, music, and activities will be awaiting participants at the finish line. Awards will be presented to the top three men and the top three women overall, as well as the top two finishers in various age categories.
Correspondent Christian Worstell contributed.