Eastern Wake Buzz

Change has become a constant in our world these days. All over the eastern Wake County region the landscape is changing. But one thing remains the same. We still share a strong common interest in what’s happening in our community. The Eastern Wake News blog -- now called the Eastern Wake Buzz -- is the place to go to learn about the changes taking place in our part of the world and to share your thoughts on the news of the day. Regular entries are posted by news staffers Brian High, Aaron Moody, Denise Sherman and Johnny Whitfield. We’d love to share the latest buzz with you. We can’t wait to read your comments and insights.

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"No legs, no problem" for former East Wake wrestler

Lance Benson scrawled "No legs, no problem" across the front scrap of his wrestling helment when he was a high school senior at East Wake High in 1991.

He still uses the same slogan, because, he said, it sums up his life very well.

"I have no legs, but that's not a problem," Benson said this week.

Mudcats' Tice is Carolina League Player of the Week

The Carolina League announced today that the Carolina Mudcats’ Jeremie Tice was named the Player of the Week for the week of April 23-29.

Tice was stellar in a four game series against the Lynchburg Hillcats at Five County Stadium. The slugger from Dacula, Ga., was 9-for-14 with three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored. He finished the week with a .643 batting average.

The 25-year-old leads the Mudcats with four home runs and 18 driven in. He’s raised his batting average to .328.

Carolina Mudcats National Anthem tryouts set for Saturday at Five County Stadium

The Carolina Mudcats Baseball Club will be hosting their annual National Anthem tryouts on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Five County Stadium. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the third base side of the stadium and will be first come first serve.  Tryouts will end at noon. All singers, including solo and groups, wanting to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" must tryout on this date, including those who have sang in years past. All auditions must be sung a cappella. All performers will sing the National Anthem on the field as if it were a real game. Info: (919) 269-2287.

Garner vs. South Johnston volleyball match cancelled; Garner-East Wake match moved

Today's prep volleyball match between Garner and South Johnston has been cancelled. It will not be made up. Garner's scheduled Tuesday meeting with East Wake has also been moved to Oct. 5.

Mudcats' broadcaster Kinas is Southern League Broadcaster of the Year

Carolina Mudcats broadcaster Patrick Kinas has been named 2011 Radio Broadcaster of the Year for the Southern League, as selected by other league broadcasters and the Southern League's league’s general managers.

Reds' Chapman expected to remain with Mudcats until June 15

The Cincinnati Reds have confirmed that left-handed Aroldis Chapman will be continuing his Major League rehabilitation assignment in Zebulon as the Mudcats host the Tennessee Smokies in a five-game series that runs from Thursday through Sunday.
Chapman allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first rehab outing for Carolina against Chattanooga last night. He threw 24 pitches, 12 of those for strikes.
Chapman, a 23-year-old originally from Cuba, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, and has been out since May 16.  Chapman has appeared in four games as part of his rehab assignment (three with Triple-A Louisville).
No announcement was made on when Chapman might pitch for Carolina.
Chapman is eligible to be activated from the disabled list, but is expected to be with the Mudcats until June 15. For the Reds this season, Chapman has appeared in 16 games with a 2-0 record over 13 innings, fanning 15 and walking 20 while compiling an ERA of 6.92.

Reds' fireballer Arodlis Chapman on assignment with Mudcats

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will be joining their Double-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats on a major league rehab assignment beginning tonight in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chapman, the 23-year-old flamethrower originally from Cuba, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, and has been out since May 16.

Mudcats hosting Armed Forces Day Saturday at Five County Stadium

The Carolina Mudcats and Support U.S. Armed Forces have partnered to host an Armed Forces Day celebration at Five County Stadium Saturday as the Mudcats host the Chattanooga Lookouts. Active military personnel will receive free General Admission tickets to the game with military identification.

West Johnston, Knightdale to meet for final GNRC baseball playoff spot tonight

Regular-season play in the Greater Neuse River 4-A Conference baseball ranks concluded on Monday but there's still one post-season spot left to be decided. West Johnston and Knightdale tied for fifth in the league, both with 6-8 records. Those two teams will meet today (Tuesday) at Clayton High School at 6 to see who moves into Friday's NCHSAA 4-A playoffs against Southern Pines Pinecrest.

Clayton, Harnett Central, East Wake and Garner claimed the league's other playoff spots. The final league standings...

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