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Modified: 07/15/13 09:42:36 AM

Mother: Rhonda Holt

Modified: 07/15/13 09:29:40 AM

My View:  Former Clayton High standout and Selma native Vernessa Hinnant has been selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Weekend later this month. Hinnant, a rising sophomore at Miami Dade College, is one of only 40 players nationally from the ranks of Division I, II and III selected for the honor.

Modified: 07/15/13 09:26:36 AM

Prep Conference Cups:  Clayton and Garner battled to the wire, while Corinth Holders led the way in the annual Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition for high school athletic conferences.

Modified: 07/09/13 12:52:59 PM

Mudcats:  Switch-hitting Francisco Lindor continues to earn recognition as one of the brightest stars in the minor leagues.

Modified: 07/09/13 12:52:00 PM

Golf:  The PGA’s answer to Little League Baseball and Pop Warner football may or may not produce the next Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

Modified: 07/09/13 12:50:05 PM

College Football:  High School: Corinth Holders

Modified: 07/05/13 09:11:01 AM

American Legion Baseball: Johnston County 4, Garner 3:  For more than eight innings in its pivotal rubber match against rival Garner Post 232, Johnston County Post 71 had a tough time finding the timely hit, often finding Garner gloves instead on hard hit balls with runners in scoring position.

Modified: 07/04/13 10:17:10 AM

Sports on the Fourth:  The Carolina Mudcats are home against Lynchburg and Salem through the holiday week and fans can take in the game and get a postgame fireworks show for three consecutive nights.

Modified: 07/04/13 10:20:59 AM

Minor League Baseball:  Jerry Sands was all set to put on a Red Sox uniform in late July. Then he found out he’d be sticking to the Dodger blue for a little while longer.

Modified: 07/04/13 10:24:00 AM

Softball:  High school summer league softball is back for a second year with three Johnston County teams participating. However, there are only two local teams since players from Cleveland have joined with Smithfield-Selma to field a team that’s playing as Smithfield-Selma. South Johnston is back for its second season.

Modified: 07/04/13 10:19:59 AM

Clayton Parks and Recreation is offering several classes.

Modified: 07/01/13 01:58:05 PM

American Legion Baseball: Garner 1, Johnston County 0:  There’s an often-used cliché in sports which offers up that when two equally great teams match up against each other and perform at an elevated level, it’s a shame that one of them has to lose.

Modified: 06/30/13 12:13:04 PM

Soccer:  Plenty of high school student-athletes enter their post-secondary education lives with dreams of professional sports. The majority of them know what long odds they face in that quest.

Modified: 06/29/13 12:08:09 PM

Prep Baseball:  Clayton will not lose a game during its summer high school baseball season this year. Then again, the Comets are not going to put together a win the old win-loss column either. And that’s just what the Clayton program is after. The Comets are skipping both the old – Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League – and new – Johnston County High School League – summer prep leagues. The Comets are holding twice weekly intrasquad scrimmages during the week.

Modified: 06/29/13 12:02:09 PM

American Legion Baseball:  Just a few more pitches might have decided it.

Modified: 06/29/13 09:39:04 AM

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Modified: 06/29/13 12:08:09 PM

Legion Baseball: Johnston County 10, Apex 2:  Apex’s American Legion Post 124 baseball team brought its batting shoes to Spartan Field Wednesday night for its Area I Western Division battle with Johnston County Post 71.

Modified: 06/29/13 12:06:04 PM

BMX Racing:  Jamie McHenry, an 11-year-old from Johnston County, has qualified for a world championship BMX event to be held in New Zealand in July.

Modified: 06/27/13 08:49:50 AM

Baseball:  Facing his first season of having to replace graduating seniors, Cleveland coach Jamie Lee is taking a couple of approaches in the inaugural season of the Johnston County High School Summer League.

Modified: 06/27/13 08:45:45 AM

Local Notes:  Smithfield’s Community Park will again host the North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament July 20-21, with this year’s edition being the 25th annual State event.

Modified: 06/27/13 08:42:40 AM

American Legion Baseball:  It always seems to go this way in late June and sometimes even July: nearby rivals Garner and Johnston County are set to meet in American Legion Baseball with a championship on the line.

Modified: 06/27/13 08:39:48 AM

Upcoming:  Johnston County at Wilson (Fleming Stadium), 7High School Summer League Baseball

Modified: 06/27/13 08:48:46 AM

American Legion Baseball:  Apex Post 124 has been done in by the proverbial big inning all season long.

Modified: 06/24/13 07:22:56 AM

Minor League Baseball:  Shawn Morimando has suddenly become one of the hottest pitchers in the Carolina League.

Modified: 06/21/13 03:53:56 PM

Minor League Baseball:  The Carolina Mudcats began the second half of the Carolina League season with nowhere to go but up. The Mudcats, despite fielding a squad full of solid prospects, won just 22 out of 70 games in the first half of the season.

Modified: 06/21/13 03:51:58 PM

College Signing:  Parents: Bob and Robbie Waynik

Modified: 06/21/13 03:49:57 PM

College Signing:  Parents: Dale and Mindy Ryals

Modified: 06/21/13 03:49:57 PM

Upcoming:  Johnston County at Apex, 7

Modified: 06/21/13 03:47:56 PM

Area sports announcements. Submit your announcement to cbest@newsobserver.com.

Modified: 06/21/13 03:47:56 PM
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