Sports Briefs: Jan. 29, 2014

January 27, 2014 

Clayton grabs pair of road wins

Clayton scored 20 points in the third period to build a 17-point lead and coasted to a 42-33 Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls basketball victory against Harnett Central. The Comets scored only three points in the fourth quarter.

Taisha Murphy led the Comets with 17 points, while Ashley Murphy added eight.

Gary Clark scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in Clayton’s 74-48 boys victory against Harnett Central. Clayton leads the league with an 8-0 record and is 15-3 overall.

Chris Dixon had 14 points and Dawson Medlin had 11 for the Comets.

Swimming regionals, wrestling conference tournaments on tap

Berths in the NCHSAA state swimming championships are on the line beginning Friday as the area swimming regionals begin. The 3A eastern regionals will be held Friday at Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary, while the 4A eastern regionals are Saturday morning at the same location.

In wrestling, it’s the first big weekend of individual-focused competition of February with all of the area conferences holding their respective conference individual tournaments. East Wake hosts the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference members, while Smithfield-Selma hosts the Two Rivers 3A.

National champs offer Cleveland lineman a scholarship

National champion Florida State offered a football scholarship to Cleveland High defensive lineman Sterling Johnson on Wednesday, but FSU is just one of several schools that has noticed the 6-foot-5, 274-pound junior.

Johnson, who was the Two Rivers 3A Conference defensive lineman of the year in 2013, already had offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest and others are expected.

“Sterling works extremely hard and works in the weight room just as hard,” said Cleveland coach Marc Morris. “He is a fine young man. You just don’t see many kids his size who can run like he does. Big linemen like him are hard to find.”

Spring youth baseball and softball

Registration for youth baseball and softball this spring with the Clayton Parks and Recreation Dept. is open until Feb. 3 (or age groups or full). Leagues offered are T-ball (coed, ages 5-6 as of July 31, 2014), coach-pitch (boys ages 7-8 as of July 31, 2014), boys Tar Heel Leagues Inc. baseball (ages 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 as of May 1, 2014) and girls fast-pitch softball (ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 as of Jan. 1, 2014). The fee is $25-60.

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