Garner's Dominique Reed and Coach Eddie Gray win Greater Neuse 4A honors
Seventeen area prep softball teams will have a final tune up for the 2012 season Friday and Saturday in the Miracle League Softball Jamboree at Smithfield Community Park.
Scrimmages will be held Friday from 4:30 until 8 p.m. featuring Clayton, Harnett Central, North Johnston and Cleveland.
Saturday's scrimmages start at 9 a.m. and feature 13 teams: West Johnston, Garner, Hope Mills South View, South Johnston, Fayetteville Cape Fear, Princeton, Triton, Fayetteville Pine Forest, Southern Pines Pinecrest, Corinth Holders, Athens Drive and event host Smithfield-Selma.
Garner will host Millbrook in a clash of Triangle powers on Friday, with the winner advancing to next week's regionals. It's not the only high-powered showdown, as Apex, Clayton and Person travel to some of the state's top teams.
Oxford Webb and Isaiah Hicks play at Fayetteville Westover, while Triton hosts Northeastern Guilford.
All game times are 7 p.m.
"American Idol" finally -- FINALLY -- will winnow down to its 24 finalists this week, following nearly two months of sob stories, bad auditions and highly manufactured drama. (OMG, that girl just fell off the stage!!! Is she dead??? Um, no. Just dehydrated. Please move on.)
So will another North Carolinian take the title now held by last year's winner, Garner High School senior Scotty McCreery? There are still a few in the mix, though none seems to have received as much early-season airtime as Scotty did last year.
David Leathers Jr. of Fayetteville, right, -- the ladies man with the voice of a young Michael Jackson -- has been featured on the show a few times. And his group performance of "Rockin' Robin" (natch) last week from Las Vegas was pretty good. He's still in the pack.
Rocky Mount Prep at Princeton, 7
Corinth Holders at Reidsville, 7
Wakefield at Garner, 7
Wilmington Hoggard at Clayton, 7
Princeton at Lakewood, 6:30
Nash Central at Cleveland, 6
Southern Durham at Southeast Raleigh, 7
Garner 80, Sanderson 58
Wilmington Hoggard 59, Southeast Raleigh 57
Clayton 73, Athens Drive 52
Southeast Raleigh 68, Enloe 56
Wakefield 70, Clayton 58
Here are tonight's first round games for the state playoffs. Winners advance to Wednesday's sectional semifinals.
Prep Basketball: Girls State Playoffs - Sectionals
Red Springs at Princeton, 6
North Johnston at Bunn, 6
Cleveland at West Brunswick, 6
Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Championships at Garner
Girls: (2) East Wake vs. (1) Southeast Raleigh, 6
Boys: (2) Clayton vs. (1) Garner, 7:30
Eastern Carolina 3A Conference Championships at Triton
Girls: (2) Eastern Wayne vs. (1) C.B. Aycock, 6
Boys: (2) Southern Wayne vs. (1) Triton, 7:30
Northern Carolina 2A Conference Championships at Franklinton
Girls: (2) Franklinton vs. (1) Bunn, 6
Boys: (2) Corinth Holders vs. (1) Bunn, 7:30
Carolina 1A Conference Championships at Rosewood
Girls: (3) Rosewood vs. (1) Goldsboro, 6
Boys: (2) Princeton vs. (1) Ayden-Grifton, 7:30
Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Boys Semifinals
Clayton 53, Southeast Raleigh 50
Garner 87, Knightdale 64
Eastern Carolina 3A Conference Boys Semifinals
Southern Wayne 55, South Johnston 43
Triton 72, Eastern Wayne 54
Northern Carolina 2A Conference Boys Semifinals
Corinth Holders 57, Roanoke Rapids 44
Bunn 64, Warren County 46
Carolina 1A Conference Girls Semifinals
Goldsboro 46, Ayden-Grifton 19
Rosewood 38, Princeton 31
Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Girls Quarterfinals
Knighdale 53, Harnett Central 51
East Wake 63, Garner 33
Clayton 68, West Johnston 42
Southeast Raleigh 75, Smithfield-Selma 35
Eastern Carolina 3A Conference Girls Quarterfinals
South Johnston 50, Triton 45
Cleveland 33, North Lenoir 18
Eastern Wayne 80, Southern Wayne 25
Northern Carolina 2A Conference Girls Quarterfinals
North Johnston 44, Louisburg 22
Carolina 1A Conference Boys Quarterfinals
Spring Creek 48, Goldsboro 46
Rosewood 58, North Duplin 52