Area Notes

Herrera honored nationally

June 2, 2014 

South Johnston High School grad Edgar Herrera was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2013 Division II Men’s All-America team recently.

Herrera, a senior midfielder, was a third-team selection. He scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime for the Saint Leo (Fla. )Lions in their regular-season finale in the fall to beat Rollins and win the conference title.

Evans earns all-state honors: Clayton tennis standout Klein Evans was named to the Team Connection 4A all-state boys tennis team after his stellar 2014 season. Evans, a state semifinalist in singles, was also an all-region selection.

Pirate relay team sets school record: Corinth Holders High School’s 3,200-meter girls relay team broke the school record with a run of 10 minutes, 21 seconds in the NCHSAA 3A Mideast championships on May 10. The Pirates’ quartet included Cameron Rutherford, Megan Chappell, Kayla Ste. Marie and Victoria Watson.

Davis earns All-Conference honors: Former Clayton High baseball standout Taylor Davis was named to the USA South All-Conference team recently. Davis, a junior at Averett, was tapped as the league’s top utility player.

He hit .322 with a team-high 30 RBIs and 25 runs scored while pitching, playing the outfield and first base and serving as a designated hitter.

Mudcats rank in top 25 in merchandise again: For the third straight year, the Carolina Mudcats can count themselves among the top 25 teams in Minor League Baseball for merchandise sales. The rankings are based on wholesale sales reported in 2013. The Mudcats are one of two Carolina League teams on the list, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the other.

The combined totals of all the teams topped more than $55.4 million in retail sales. The total is the second highest sales figure for the licensing program since its inception in 1992 and a 2.6 percent rise from the previous year.

Online sales have also played a significant role in the steady growth of merchandise sales, increasing a staggering 27 percent from the previous year. According to data compiled by Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO), online sales saw a 28 percent growth through the end of April as compared to the same time period in the previous year.

Local senior golf: Randy Robbins of Smithfield was the low net winner in the championship flight of the Tarheel Seniors golf event last week at Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Garner’s Bill Mitchell led the first flight low net field. Clayton’s Lowell Harris and Garner’s Mark Keen picked up closest to the pin nods during the one-day tournament.

Gallas is Carolina League Player of the Week: Carolina Mudcats outfielder Anthony Gallas was named Carolina League Player of the Week for May 5-11. It is the first such honor for a Mudcat this year and the first one for Gallas.

During a seven-game road trip through Lynchburg and Salem, Gallas hit .481 (13-for-27). He finished the week with consecutive three-hit performances. The 26-year-old stroked six doubles, cracked his fifth home run of the year and drove in four runs while scoring seven times.

Gallas continues to have a breakout season after missing most of 2013 following hip surgery. He was leading the CL for doubles (13), is tied for fourth in home runs (5) and his batting average (.342) is third best entering this week.

Middle School Scholar teams announced: Johnston County Schools has announced the team winners for the Middle School Scholar Athlete Award for the spring season.

Taking home the awards were Four Oaks baseball and softball, Cleveland’s girls track team, the girls soccer team from Archer Lodge and the boys track teams (co-winners) Archer Lodge and Princeton.

Scholar-Athlete teams include any seventh or eighth grade teams with an 88.0 or higher composite grade average, which – for spring sports – is based on grades earned for the third grading period of the school year. All Scholar-Athlete teams are eligible for a team academic award with the awards being presented to the sports team with the highest grade point average in the county.

Garner Chamber Golf results: The Andy Pinario CPA team repeated as gross champions in the 32nd Annual Garner Chamber Golf Outing presented by Fairway Outdoor Advertising on May 8. The winning team included Andy Pinario, Paul Pinario, Mark Snyder and Tom Patterson.

First place net went to the Fairway Outdoor Advertising team of Tim Craven, Sherry Tedder, Donald Tedder and Jeffrey Pohl.

The runner-up in the gross division was the Insurance Solutions team (Larry Schild, Scott Leonard, Chuck Phillips and Mike Hodges) and third-place gross went to Turner Farms Self Storage (Douglas Ball, David Ball, Brad Morris and Matt Davis).

The runner-up in the net competition was Martin Marietta Materials (Jason Phillips, Matt Miller, George Marsh and Bob Marsh), while the three-buisness team of Carl Newton with Absolute Best Carpet Care, Gail Peele and Bill McAuley with PSNC, and Reuel Heyden with FastMed finished third net.

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