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More area All-Star Game selections announced

June 16, 2014 

Clayton High School’s Nick Christiansen has been named the kicker for the East squad in the annual N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game to be played in July in Greensboro.

Christiansen is a signee with Miles College of Alabama and made eight field goals as a senior. He will join fellow Greater Neuse River 4A Conference standout David Onyiego (linebacker) of Southeast Raleigh on the East roster. The annual All-Star Game is set for July 23 at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High School.

North Johnston girls soccer standout Kaycie Evans has been selected to the East roster for the July 22 game at UNC Greensboro. Evans, who played a number of positions depending on the situation for the Panthers this past season, will serve as a midfielder. She was an all-conference selection in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference and helped the Panthers make the playoffs.

Johnson in State Games: North Johnston grad and UNC Pembroke signee Jamie Johnson has been selected to play in the State Games of North Carolina East-West Senior Showcase for softball this week in Charlotte.

There will be an eight-region tournament for underclassmen held as well. No Johnston County players were selected for the Region III team.

Mudcats lose All-Star to Double A: The Cleveland Indians promoted outfielder Anthony Gallas to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks last week. Gallas was named a 2014 Carolina League All-Star. He departs after hitting .276 in 58 games with the Mudcats this year. Gallas led the Mudcats with eight home runs and 21 doubles. He leaves tied for the team lead in RBIs (31).

Junior golf league expands: PGA Junior League Golf will expand the number of programs in the area this summer, continuing the growth that marked the 2013 season. Teams are planned for Eagle Ridge Golf Club, River Ridge Golf Club and Pine Hollow Golf Club among a group of nearly three dozen Triangle-area courses.

PGA Junior League Golf teams are comprised of young golfers (boys and girls) with no prior playing experience required. The teams play 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format.

The format of play reinforces the team aspect and limits the personal pressure that players often feel. Additionally, coaches can substitute players every three holes, so the entire team of golfers had the opportunity to participate.

Teams play regular-season matches before entering city and regional championships. Each regional champion advances to the PGA Junior League Golf Championship held Oct. 24-26 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga.

For more info, visit your local participating course or PGAJrLeagueGolf.com online.

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