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BROWNS SUMMIT — In soccer, the box score can only tell so much, especially about those tasked with keeping away goals rather than scoring them. But among soccer talent headed for top … more
GREENSBORO — Checking in at 5-foot-9 with teammates who towered nearly a foot over him, Anthony Council was the shortest player to take the floor in the 71st annual North Carolina Coaches … more
If it’s hard now, it’ll be easier later. This summer, that mantra is driving the North Johnston football program out in the summer heat of July. During preseason workouts on July … more
Progress has been a recurring theme for the Smithfield-Selma football program this summer. Looking ahead to the hope of greener pastures in 2019, the Spartans last had a winning season 11 years … more
New jobs bring on a challenge to learn on the fly. So how has new North Johnston football coach Michael Barnett gotten up to speed in the five months since he began his first head coaching … more
Chris Batten may be the dad of only one player from his program recently named to the North Carolina Sofbtall Coaches Association 2-A All-State team. But he feels fatherly pride for the final … more
Former Smithfield-Selma High basketball player Anthony Council is still reaping the rewards of his final season for the Spartans. The Fayetteville State University recruit went out with a bang on … more
Former Corinth Holders girls soccer defender Kaelin Sanderford says the best quality of her soccer skill set is her work ethic — which pushes her to attack the ball, even when many other players … more
SMITHFIELD — With a host of competitive teams headed to Smithfield just before the season begins, the Smithfield-Selma High football program hopes to boost local excitement for the sport’s return … more
PRINCETON — “Lasagna,” the player said. Looking up from the old flat tire he’d been pushing across the grass, the Princeton High football player turned to answer Bulldogs … more
Five players and a coach represented talent from the Johnstonian News readership area on the North Region team in the Powerade State Games of North Carolina high school girls soccer tournament in … more
Two Corinth Holders baseball players and the school’s baseball coach represented the Johnstonian News readership area at the Powerade State Games of North Carolina from June 12-16. more
Now that the school year is over, Princeton High athletics’ consistency has been rewarded on the state level. more
WENDELL — Landon Ginn was at a recent Carolina Mudcats game with his teammates when the news reached him that he’d been named the 4-A Player of the Year by the North Carolina Baseball … more
A sweep of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year honors headlined the end-of-season accolades for the North Johnston High softball and baseball teams after a pair of deep runs into the … more
North Johnston Middle School is set to hold a pair of summer sports camps for eligible middle school girls interested in basketball or volleyball later this summer.  From June 24-26, the … more
Growing up, there was a saying my father frequently told my brothers and me, particularly as it related to homework and chores, but also to life — work hard and play hard, but in that … more
KENLY — North Johnston graduate Maira Teruel faced a dilemma her senior year. She wanted to be a chef, but she also didn’t want to stop playing soccer. “It was really hard to find a college … more
KENLY — North Johnston senior wide receiver Imandre McFarland just wanted another chance to play football competitively. Louisburg College offered him that chance. McFarland signed to play with … more
PRINCETON — It is becoming a tradition that football players at Princeton High will get the chance to go on a mission trip. On June 7, head coach Travis Gaster will test new waters as he, his … more
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