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Honeycutt to coach in Shrine Bowl

February 17, 2014 

Barry Honeycutt, Corinth Holders High Football Coach

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS PHOTO

Corinth Holders High School football coach Barry Honeycutt has been named as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Honeycutt has been active in high school coaching since the mid-1980s and was previously a head coach at Triton High School.

“Coach Honeycutt has inspired and motivated numerous young people to greatness over the years, and the selection committee got this one right because there is not another head football coach in the state more deserving of this honor,” said Corinth Holders principal Chase Ferrell. “Some of Coach Honeycutt’s former athletes have followed his path and gone into the coaching and teaching ranks, others have played on Sundays in the NFL, some are city attorneys, some are school administrators, and many more have gone into other honorable professions.”

Honeycutt will be a part of a seven-coach staff led by Hal Capps of Mooresville High School. The game is set for Dec. 20 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Helms featured in benefit wrestling show: A professional wrestling show set for Smithfield on Saturday will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina. The OMEGA Championship Wrestling card, “Loco for JoCo” is scheduled to feature Smithfield resident Shane “The Hurricane Helms,” Matt Hardy, C.W. Anderson, Gunner, Christian York and many more.

Bell time for the event at the Smithfield Aquatics and Recreation Center is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

“It’s time to give back; it’s time to give back hope,” Helms said of the benefit show. “Our goal is to raise money for the extended research and financial assistance the Autism Society of North Carolina provides local residents each day. With your help, we will certainly accomplish this goal and beyond.”

Visit omegachampionshipwrestling.com for more info.

Football recruits: While the two days of snow and ice brought the rest of the high school sports world to a halt last week, it didn’t slow down the recruitment of the three local football standouts.

Cleveland High defensive lineman Sterling Johnson received an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January.

The bowl is one of the major national showcases for high school football talent.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 274-pound defensive tackle also received his 11th, 12th and 13th scholarship offers last week. The first in the string came from Alabama, then Mississippi and Texas followed. Virginia Tech and West Virginia offered earlier this month.

Johnny Frasier, a junior running back at Princeton, has added offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi in recent weeks.

Frasier, Johnson and Garner standout Nyheim Hines are all making unofficial visits to schools. All three were scheduled to attend the postponed Duke at North Carolina basketball game last week as football recruits.

Blandford to USA Swimming camp: Corinth Holders High School sophomore swimmer Connor Blandford has been invited by USA Swimming to the Southern Zone Select Camp in Louisville, Ky. in May.

Blandford was one of 28 swimmers selected from the regional zone (including North Carolina and 11 other states) based on their performances at the 2013 Summer Southern Zone Swimming Championships in Greenville, S.C.

He finished in the top eight individually in five events at the meet. He was fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke, the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. Blandford also swam on North Carolina relay teams that finished third in the 400 medley and fourth in the 200 medley relay.

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