Johnson commits to Clemson
Cleveland High’s Sterling Johnson, one of the top defensive line prospects in the country, committed to Clemson on Tuesday night.
Johnson, 6-foot-5, 281 pounds, has offers from most SEC and ACC schools and is ranked among the top 10 defensive end prospects.
He tweeted Tuesday night, “I would like to thank all the schools who have offered but, It’s official, I am verbally committed to Clemson university ! #Tigers”
Tennessee had been considered the leader for Johnson.
West wins 20th, advances in soccer playoffs
West Johnston jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held on through the second half for a 3-2 victory over Southern Alamance in the opening round of the 4A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (20-1-2) led 3-0 at the half and thrived on a balanced offensive attack. Robin Pollard, Madison Covey and Becky Meshaw all scored for the Wildcats. Kristin Power and Aliana Custer assisted on goals as well.
The win set up a second round match with co-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference champion Garner.
Johnson powers South Johnston into second round
Joseph Johnson did a little bit of it all for South Johnston Tuesday night in the Trojans’ 3-0 3A baseball playoff win over Northern Vance. On the mound, he worked a complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts. At the plate, he homered twice to account for almost all of the Trojans’ offense.
North Johnston softball rolls
North Johnston didn’t fare too well in the drawing to determine playoff seeding in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference. The Panthers drew the No. 3 seed after sharing the conference championship with Wilson Beddingfield and Washington.
But once they hit the diamond for the 2A playoffs, the Panthers handled exactly what they can control — winning and losing — and rolled by North Lenoir 11-1 on Tuesday night.
North (15-5) totaled 10 hits with Kaylynn Batten, Olivia Narron and Olivia Stewart notching two hits each. Batten went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and four total RBIs. Stewart singled and tripled. Jamie Johnson also drove in three runs for the Panthers.
Emma Turner held North Lenoir to four hits on the night.
Corinth Holders comes up just short
Burlington Williams survived a solid comeback bid by Corinth Holders Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory in the 3A girls soccer playoffs. The Pirates trailed 1-0 at the half and throughout the match but had a chance to pull even and force overtime just miss with less than a minute to play.
“We started out flat, but picked it up throughout the game and had many chances to score, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net,” said Corinth Holders coach Alison Vetterl. “The second half we came out with a sense of urgency, played hard, starting connecting passes more often which opened up more opportunities. We played from behind most of the game, and answered their runs as best we can. The girls played tough, and hard, and almost tied the game with about 20 seconds left.”
The Pirates finished with a 9-6 mark overall and will lose five seniors to graduation.
Princeton rolls into second round
Princeton dominated Gates County in the opening round of the 1A softball playoffs Wednesday in a 20-0 decision. Five different players had two hits each for Princeton: Charley Cox, Taylor Carroll, Tori Paul, Hailey Wood and Savanna Massengill. Kasey Johnson had a three-run double for the Bulldogs as well.
Paul and Johnson combined on a one-hit shutout with Paul working three innings of no-hit ball.
South Johnston makes short work of Byrd
South Johnston earned a five-inning 10-0 win over Fayetteville Byrd in the 3A softball playoffs on Tuesday night. Kayla Allen went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Trojans with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Kristi Collins and Dinalee Spell were both 2-for-3 with doubles.
Lauren Higgins (four innings pitched) and Spell (an inning pitched) combined on a two-hit shutout.
North Johnston, Neuse Charter bow out in soccer
North Johnston fell to Holly Ridge Dixon 9-0 Wednesday in the 2A girls soccer playoffs. The Panthers finish the season 11-10 and lose five players to graduation: Charon Barnes, Kaycie Evans, Jessica Massengill, Nicole Brown and Chandler Hines.
Neuse Charter fell to Raleigh Charter 9-0 in the 1A playoffs.