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North Johnston High senior Tyler Boswell, front center, signed with Averett University to play football Feb. 25 at North Johnston. Joining him were his father, Jody, left, and mother, Lori, right, and sister, Samantha, back.

NJ’s Boswell to take versatility to Averett

By Paul Durham
| March 3, 2022

Tyler Boswell’s durability and versatility was a major asset for his North Johnston High football te...

Hunt's Ty'Chaun Clay (0) lines up his shot during the Warriors' 69-56 win over Smithfield-Selma in the first roun of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs Tuesday night.

Warriors pull away late for first-round win vs. SSS

From staff reports
| February 23, 2022

They don’t ask how, just how many. The Hunt High boys basketball team started slow in the first roun...

Clayton High has already installed an artificial surface in its football stadium. Other improvements are on the way.

Clayton High receives NFL Foundation grant

February 21, 2022

Clayton High School has received a $250,000 grant from the National Football League Foundation to he...

Longtime Smithfield-Selma High School basketball coach Carl Spragins, left, is shown here with Marlon Lee, a Smithfield councilman and the girls' basketball coach at Clayton High School.

SSS wants to name basketball court for late coach

By Scott Bolejack
| February 19, 2022

SMITHFIELD — The Johnston County Board of Education will likely name the basketball court at Smithfi...

Alaina Johnson is taking her volleyball skills to Barton College.

Princeton volleyball player signs with Barton

By Debbie Herrera
| January 29, 2022

PRINCETON — Princeton High School senior Alaina Johnson will play volleyball for Barton College. Joh...

North Johnston’s Jessie Gross (5) puts up a shot against Neuse Charter in Wednesday’s Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational at North Johnston.

Defense lifts North Johnston to tourney title

By Brent Walston
| January 4, 2022

KENLY — The North Johnston High girls basketball team defeated Spring Creek 42-18 on Dec. 29 to win ...

North Johnston’s Jaylen Sumler (40) puts up a shot against Neuse Charter in Wednesday’s Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational at North Johnston.

Panthers claim holiday crown

By Brent Walston
| January 3, 2022

KENLY — The North Johnston High boys basketball team won a game of runs on Dec. 29 to defeat the Neu...

North Johnston’s Ayden Pone puts up a shot against Neuse Charter’s Tommy Noles in Wednesday’s Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational at North Johnston.

Freeman, Panthers stop Neuse Charter to win JN Holiday Invitational

By Brent Walston
| December 31, 2021

KENLY — The North Johnston High boys basketball team won a game of runs to defeat the Neuse Charter ...

Neuse Charter’s Nivea Winston (12) lifts a shot in traffic over two Raleigh Charter players as Cougars teammate Leah Sheppard (2) watches during Wednesday’s Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational girls third-place game at North Johnston.

NJ girls thump Gators to win JNHI title

By Brent Walston
| December 31, 2021

KENLY — The North Johnston High girls basketball team defeated Spring Creek 42-18 to win the Johnsto...

Neuse Charter’s Donollyn Terrell (5) goes up to block a shot by Spring Creek’s Deyjhon Leonard (1) as Cougars teammates Tommy Noles (33) and Eli Ayres (14) look on during Tuesday’s game in the Johnstonian News Holiday Invitational at North Johnston.

JOHNSTONIAN NEWS HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL

Panthers rip Raleigh Charter to move into tournament final

From staff reports
| December 30, 2021

KENLY — Freshman guard Marcel Freeman dropped in 23 points to spark his North Johnston High varsity ...

North Johnston High senior Lane McLean signs his National Letter of Intent to further his baseball and academic careers at the University of Mount Olive.

NJ’s McLean to keep family tradition at UMO

By Paul Durham
| January 1, 2022

Lane McLean didn’t have to think too hard when it came time to decide where he would continue his ba...

Clayton High School football players prepare to christen their artificial turf field.

Clayton High christens artificial turf field

By Taylor Heeden
| September 22, 2021

The Clayton High School Comets on Friday played their first game on the school’s new artificial turf...

North Johnston High class of 2021 graduates Seth Coats, left, and Avery Pearce celebrated their recent signing with Louisburg College to further their baseball and academic careers.

Baseball

Panthers pair eager to play at Louisburg College

By Paul Durham
| August 16, 2021

For a while during their senior season at North Johnston High this past spring, baseball didn’t seem...

Beddingfield's Malik Woodard (5) tries to break the ankle tackle of SouthWest Edgecombe's Larry Jones (3) during the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship April 8 at Beddingfield. The Bruins continued their strong showing against EPC football foes with a runner-up finish to close membership in the league, but inconsistent participation and lack of a full sports offering played a role in a sixth-place Wells Fargo Conference Cup finish. The Bruins will attempt to forge a new identity entering play in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference. Sheldon Vick | Special to the Times

Neuse 6 teams prepare to chart new paths

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 13, 2021

While football isn't the only sport that comprises a high school athletic program, the preseason coaches poll in the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference can be extrapolated to illustrate the task that Beddingfield High and North Johnston have in establishing themselves as contenders in the new league created by North Carolina High School Athletic Association realignment.

Head football coaches of the 2-A Neuse 6 Conference gathered for the first time Thursday at Lowell Mill Restaurant in Kenly. From left to right are Spring Creek's Daniel Robinson, Ben Ellis of Beddingfield, Michael Barnett of North Johnston, Princeton's Travis Gaster, Tim Ray of Goldsboro and Eastern Wayne's Leander Oates. Jimmy Lewis | Times

Fresh start awaits Neuse 6 football programs

By Jimmy Lewis
| August 17, 2021

KENLY — Thursday's initial meeting of 2-A Neuse 6 Conference football coaches represented a chance, in one form or another, at a fresh start for the league's six programs.

Cleveland's J’vin Farmer goes down after returning a midgame kickoff.

Rams fall short in title bid

By Taylor Heeden
| May 7, 2021

CHAPEL HILL — Cleveland High School players and parents alike shed tears after the Rams came up shor...

The Cleveland High School Rams are headed to Chapel Hill to play for a state football championship.

Cleveland to play for state football title

By Taylor Heeden
| May 5, 2021

Amid a pandemic that upended sports, the Cleveland High School Rams played their way into Thursday’s...

Denny Medlin, center, coaches one of his Comet teams during a home game.

A ‘team builder’ retires from coaching

By Scott Bolejack
| April 22, 2021

CLAYTON — Denny Medlin became a coach because he couldn’t get competition out of his blood. “I’ve sp...

The Smithfield-Selma Spartans enter the field for a game in 2019.

Tickets on sale for SSS homecoming game on Friday

April 5, 2021

Smithfield-Selma High School is selling tickets online for its homecoming football game against East...

The Smithfield-Selma Spartans enter the field for a game in 2019.

SSS to sell football tickets only online

March 10, 2021

Smithfield-Selma High School is moving the purchase of football tickets online. Starting with the Ma...


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