The News & Observer looks at many of the top athletes in spring sports in Sunday's sports section. Nine spring sports are profiled along with dozens of high school athletes.
The free baseball clinic for seventh graders offered by Texas Rangers assistant hitting coach Johnny Narron, previously scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled because of the expected inclement weather. Johnston County Schools have called off any activities at schools scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The clinic was set to be held at Smithfield-Selma High School.
Winter started barely two weeks ago, but it's already time to count down to when pitchers and catchers report.
And that means parents planning to sign up children for spring baseball and softball leagues should plan now. Some area leagues fill up fast, and registration deadlines will arrive long before warm weather does.
To find leagues in numerous sports and instruction for all ages, check the Play! Recreational Sports Calendar regularly. The online version of the calendar is updated weekly, and the print version appears each Tuesday in the Sports section.
Is another Josh Hamilton waiting to emerge from the Triangle's baseball ranks?
He might get some help from an Eastern North Carolina baseball family.
On Jan. 8, the Narron family and friends will conduct a free skills clinic for players in the seventh grade.
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department recently completed its three fall youth baseball league tournaments at Buffaloe Road Athletic Park.
Age 10-11 champions: The Red Sox defeated the Mets 7-6 in six innings to win the Bronco League tournament on Oct. 8. The No. 7-seeded Sox defeated the top three seeds.
Age 12-13 champions: The Twins defeated the Tigers 6-1 to win the Pony League tournament on Oct. 18.
If you love baseball or if you just like the idea of helping give kids a chance to play, then you won't want to miss Thursday's launch of Midweek Miracles.
Backyard Bistro and Pepsi Bottling Ventures will co-host a carnival from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday - rain or shine - in the restaurant parking lot to start the Midweek Miracles fundraising campaign for the Miracle League of the Triangle.
The Miracle League of the Triangle is celebrating its fifth season of helping children with special needs play baseball.
Glee (8pm, Fox) - Britney Spears appears as herself in an episode in which Schuester does not want the kids doing a Britney Spears routine. Could we get a battle of the brains between Britney and Brittany (Heather Morris, left). Reports are that the two Brits will sing "Me Against the Music" together. Also, Schuester is jealous of Emma's new dentist boyfriend, played by John Stamos.
Baseball: Tenth Inning (8pm, UNC-TV) - In the follow-up to Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary (1994), the filmmaker explores the crippling baseball strike of 1994, the influx of international players, Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak, and the home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. This is part one of two parts.
No Ordinary Family (8pm, ABC) - The premiere of an entertaining adventure drama about an ordinary family that develops super powers after a plane crash in the Amazon. Stars Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") and Julie Benz ("Dexter"). Here's our review.
Stargate Universe (9pm, Syfy) - In the Season 2 opener, Rush devises a risky plan to use radiation from the binary pulsar to force the Lucian Alliance to cede control of Destiny. If you watch this show, I assume you know what that means.
But wait! There's more! Keep reading...
Check out the Play! Recreational Sports Calendar with listings for camps, leagues, tryouts, instruction, fundraisers, tournaments and events around the Triangle and elsewhere.
A week into July already! How summer flies.
The season's summer sports camps are flying by, too, but a few spots remain in camps offered by colleges, professional teams, pro athletes, high schools, grade schools, churches, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit enterprises around the area.
The camps cover a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, jump rope, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Multi-sport camps give participants a chance to try a variety of sports without having to pay for several camps.
The five-day Southern Johnston Baseball Invitational youth tournaments wrap up tonight at Smithfield Community Park. The championship games are all set for 7 p.m. Playing for the titles will be:
Coach Pitch (ages 7-8)
West Raleigh vs. Four Oaks
Midget League (ages 9-10)
Rocky Mount National vs. Rocky Mount American
Little League (ages 11-12)
Rocky Mount vs. Raleigh Capitals