Sports Briefs: July 13, 2014

July 11, 2014 

Golf event to benefit Ram athletics

The fourth annual Fore! Cleveland Golf Tournament to benefit Cleveland High School athletics will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at Reedy Creek Golf Course. The entry fee is $280 per four-person team for the four-person superball event. A four-person entry with a hole sponsorship is $350. Entry fees cover all golf fees, lunch and dinner and prize eligibility. For info, 919-934-2455 or

Johnson, Higgins lead all-state softball selections

The N.C. Softball Coaches Associations all-state teams have been announced. Two Johnston County players picked up eastern region top honors.

North Johnston senior Jamie Johnson was the player of the year for the 2A east, helping the Panthers win their 11th straight conference championship.

South Johnston senior Lauren Higgins was the 3A pitcher of the year for the east region.

North’s Kaylynn Batten and Olivia Narron joined Johnson on the 2A all-state team.

The eastern 3A finalists from South Johnston earned four all-state nods. Kayla Allen, Madison Byrd, Krista Collins and Higgins were honored with selections.

Brittany Bucklin and Heather McLean of Cleveland also earned all-state 3A honors.

The all-state teams are extensive, including dozens of players in each classification. Schools whose coaches are not members of the association typically don’t have any all-state selections.

The complete all-state teams can be found online at

Flapjack fundraiser set for area

Showtime Basketball, a co-ed basketball team for local fourth and fifth grade students, will host a Flapjack Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Cleveland Applebee's (5158 NC Highway 42 West). All proceeds raised will be used to help offset annual expenses for the players, including tournament entry fees and new uniform costs. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (919) 333-4362.

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