Local Notes

More holiday events on tap

April 14, 2014 

Three more area Spring break-themed tournaments will be held this week involving Johnston County teams. Two are one-day round-robin events: Corinth Holders’ Tuesday run in the Golden Leaf Invitational at Fleming Stadium in Wilson and the Pikeville Insurance Invitational softball event at Princeton.

Corinth Holders meets Southern Pines Pinecrest and Wilson Fike in back-to-back games, beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Princeton welcomes Cleveland and South Johnston for three games between a trio of softball teams which are riding very high right now. Cleveland and South meet at 3, followed by South and Princeton, then Cleveland and Princeton.

Wednesday and Thursday feature the return of the Deacon Jones Invitational baseball tournament at Princeton. Spring Creek takes on Rosewood in the opener at 4 Wednesday with North Johnston and Princeton meeting at 7 p.m. The consolation game is Thursday at 4 with the title game set for 7 that night.

Also on Wednesday, Garner will host one of the nation’s top-ranked baseball teams in Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller at 5 p.m. Moeller is ranked third in the maxpreps.com Xcellent Top 25 national poll.

On Saturday and Monday, April 21, the Corinth Holders softball team plays in the 16th annual Vikings Easter Tournament at the Sara Law Softball Complex in Winterville. The Pirates meet Washington at 11 a.m. on Friday, then meet East Wake at 5 that evening. On Monday, April 21, Corinth Holders takes on South Creek at 3 p.m.

Football prospect ratings: The 247 Sports online recruiting site has pushed Garner junior running back Nyheim Hines to the No. 2 all-purpose running back prospect in the country for the Class of 2015. At 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds, Hines has risen steadily in the recruiting rankings this spring after his performances in various workouts.

Hines rushed for 3,149 yards yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. He had 613 yards in receptions and scored a total of 60 touchdowns for the 10-4 Trojans.

“He has really been impressive this spring during his workouts,” said Garner coach Thurman Leach. “Nyheim still has his head on right and isn’t resting on his laurels. He is working to improve and get better. I think it is going to be fun to watch him play in the fall. I want to see what he is going to do next.”

247 Sports has Princeton’s Johnny Frazier listed as the No. 1 running back prospect in the country and Wake Forest High’s Bryce Love is listed as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the country.

Cleveland’s Sterling Johnson is the No. 7 strong side defensive end prospect in the country.

Ham and Yam soccer tourney: The Ham and Yam Festival boys 7-on-7 soccer tournament will be held Saturday, May 3, in Smithfield. The entry fee is $100 per team with a four-game minimum. Games will be played at Smithfield Community Park. Division of play are U11 (grades 4-5), U15 (middle school) and U19 (high school). For more info, Kurt Bienias at kurtbeinias@yahoo.com or 863-669-3228 or hamandyam.com.

Buffaloe in Carolinas Mid-Amateur: Garner’s Chris Buffaloe tied for 11th in the 34rd Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association last weekend. The tournament hosted by The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. Buffaloe finished the 54-hole event at 3-over par. Burlington’s Matthew Crenshaw won at 7-under.

Tim Stevens contributed.

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