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Best Blog covers the sports scene in and around Johnston County and Garner, including the Carolina Mudcats. The blog is compiled by D. Clay Best, the sports editor of The Smithfield Herald and the Garner-Clayton Record. For more updates on sports in the area, follow Clay on Twitter @dclaybest or become a fan of The Smithfield Herald or the Garner-Clayton Record on Facebook.

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Area high school basketball holiday tournament schedules - more than a dozen tournaments included

Here's a rundown of high school holiday basketball tournaments involving area teams. There are more than a dozen tournament fields listed involving nearly 100 local squads.

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Princeton, Cleveland girls to meet in Princeton Holiday Tournament finals; Dawgs-Rosewood in boys final

Thursday, Dec. 20 Results
Girls
Princeton 47, Spring Creek 27
Cleveland 47, Rosewood 43
Boys
Rosewood 72, Cleveland 65
Princeton def. Spring Creek

Friday, Dec. 21 Games
Girls Consolation
Spring Creek vs. Rosewood, 4
Boys Consolation
Cleveland vs. Spring Creek, 5:30
Girls Championship
Princeton vs. Spring Creek, 7
Boys Championship
Rosewood vs. Princeton, 8:30

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Greater Neuse 4A all-conference football

Garner's Vincent Jefferies, Clayton's Demage Bailey and Knightdale's Marquavious Johnson lead Greater Neuse 4A all-conference football

Final NCHSAA football playoff brackets posted

The NCHSAA has released the final brackets for the 2012 prep football playoffs. Analysis coming soon here.

Download the final brackets below

Smithfield-Selma forfeits its football win over Harnett Central

Smithfield-Selma has forfeited its Oct. 5 prep football victory over Harnett Central the school announced Tuesday morning. The Spartans used an ineligible player in the game, according to SSS athletics director Chase Crocker.

"There was an oversight in the enrollment process of one of our student athletes, due to this we must forfeit our win over Harnett Central," Crocker said in a statement. "Mr. (Mike) Taylor (SSS principal) and myself take full responsibility in the oversight and will put checks into place to prevent this from ever happening again."

SSS took a 21-16 win on the field in the contest for its only win of the season. The change moves Harnett Central to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference. The Trojans are now part of a four-way tie for fourth with Southeast Raleigh, West Johnston and East Wake.

The Spartans are now 0-10 overall, 0-6 in the league. SSS completes its season Friday against Southeast, while Harnett Central hosts Garner.

Eastern Carolina 3A Conference soccer tournament begins Saturday; Cleveland is top seed

The Eastern Carolina 3A Conference boys soccer tournament begins Saturday and concludes on Wednesday. Cleveland is the league regular-season champion.
Saturday's Quarterfinals
(7) Eastern Wayne at (2) South Johnston, 5
(6) Triton at (3) Southern Wayne, TBA
(5) C.B. Aycock at (4) North Lenoir, 1
Monday's Semifinals
North Lenoir/Aycock winner at (1) Cleveland, 6
Eastern Wayne/South Johnston winner vs. Southern Wayne/Triton winner at higher seed, 6
Wednesday's Championship
Semifinal winners meet at highest remaining seed, TBA

Northern Carolina 2A Conference volleyball tournament semifinals are today

The Northern Carolina 2A Conference volleyball tournament begins tonight (Monday). Bunn and Corinth Holders were regular-season co-champions in the conference. Corinth Holders pulled the No. 1 seed for the tournament in a draw.
Monday's matches
at Corinth Holders
(5) Louisburg 3, (4) North Johnston 1
(1) Corinth Holders 3, (8) Northwest Halifax 0
at Bunn
(3) Franklinton def. (6) Roanoke Rapids
(2) Bunn def. (7) Warren County
Tuesday's semifinals
at Corinth Holders
Franklinton vs. Bunn, 4:30
Louisburg vs. Corinth Holders, 6
Wednesday's championship
at highest remaining seed
Tuesday's semifinal winners meet, 6

Eastern Carolina 3A Conference volleyball tournament semifinals set

The Eastern Carolina 3A Conference volleyball tournament begins Monday and runs through Wednesday.
Monday's first round matches
(2) Cleveland 3, (7) Eastern Wayne 2
 (3) North Lenoir def. (6) Southern Wayne
(5) South Johnston 3, (4) C.B. Aycock 2
Tuesday's semifinal matches
South Johnston at (1) Triton, 6
North Lenoir at Cleveland, 6
Wednesday's championship match
Semifinal winners meet at highest remaining seed, TBA

UPDATED Greater Neuse River 4A Conference volleyball tournament brackets

The Greater Neuse River 4A Conference prep volleyball tournament will begin Saturday at Knightdale High School with four quarterfinal matches. Semifinals will be played at the highest remaining seed on Monday with the championship on Wednesday.
The tournament schedule:
Saturday's Quarterfinal Results
(1) Garner def. (8) Knightdale
(4) East Wake def. (5) Southeast Raleigh
(2) Clayton def. (7) Harnett Central
(3) West Johnston def. (6) Smithfield-Selma
Monday's Semifinals Results
Garner 3, East Wake 0
West Johnston 3, Clayton 1 (West is No. 2 GNRC state playoff seed)
Wednesday's championship at highest remaining seed
West Johnston vs. Garner, 6

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