Area Notes

Outlaws headed to Southern National

April 21, 2014 

Southern National Motorsports Park will host the United Sprint Car Series Outlaw Thunder Tour on Saturday, April 26, bringing 130-mile per hour racing action to the four-tenths of a mile track near Kenly.

It will round two of the USCS Road to Atlanta six-race pavement series which qualifies drivers for an event held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That race will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Labor Day weekend and the only sprint car stop at SNRP this season.

The night’s schedule will also include local SNRP division races in the limited late models, chargers, street stocks, UCARs, Legends and Bandoleros. Racing in the Easter Bunny 290 begins at 7 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5. For more info, visit

Brodgen second in N.C. Senior Amateur: Garner’s Pat Brodgen finished second in the N.C. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte last week. Brodgen finished at 157, five strokes behind champion Patty Moore of Charlotte.

Moore benefitted from a shot that skipped across the pond on the fifth hole during the second round and landed safely. She later made a birdie putt on the hole.

“After I hit that shot I thought, ‘Oh boy, that is either going to go in the water or it has a good chance to skip over,’” Moore said. “Luckily for me, it skipped over. That could have been a big three shot swing between myself and Pat.”

Double duty: Marc Morris has accepted the football head-coaching job at Carolina Forest High in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but he is working at Cleveland High this spring. That creates a problem, especially since South Carolina high schools have 13 days of spring football practice.

“It’s tough, but I want to make sure I complete my obligations here,” he said.

Compounding the problem is some of his old Cleveland staff is going with him to South Carolina. They still are working at the Johnston County school, too.

“Working two jobs, especially when they are 2 1/2 hours apart, is difficult, but we’re going to handle it,” Morris said.

He has faced coaching difficulties before. Harnett Central was not a power when he was named head coach, but he coached the 2009 Trojans team to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship game.

Morris moved to Cleveland when it opened in 2010. His first varsity team at the school had no seniors. Nevertheless, the Rams posted 11-4, 12-2 and 9-4 records during his three seasons.

“Some coaches are builders and other are maintainers,” he said. “I always have enjoyed the challenge of building.”

Loving track: Garner running back Nyheim Hines loves running track. He enjoys competing and thinks track has made him a better football player. He has no plans to cut back on track to concentrate on offseason football.

“Track has gotten me to where I am in football,” Hines said. “Why should I stop doing something I enjoy doing and something I’ve done all of my life? Running track and playing football has worked out well for me.”

Johnston golfers defend home turf: Several Johnston County golfers played well in the Tarheel Seniors golf event at Pine Hollow Golf Club on Monday. Mike Dillon of Clayton was the low gross winner in the championship flight with a 74, while fellow Clayton resident Terry Small won the gross title (80) in the second flight.

Selma’s Dave Bacon was the low net leader in the third flight with a net 64.

Concussion testing in Smithfield: Baseline concussion testing for athletes will be offered this spring at Smithfield-Selma High and Neuse Charter School this spring. Advanced Physical Therapy of Smithfield will offer the test with no fee. All participating students must have a signed parental consent form to take the test. Tests will be at SSS on April 29 and NCS on May 21. For info, Dr. Daniel Skulavik at 919-300-5040.

Tim Stevens contributed.

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