Garner Varsity Cheer Clinic

Join the Garner High School Varsity Cheerleaders for some cheer fun on Saturday, January 5!

Children will learn cheers, jumps, chants and a dance and then perform at a Garner High School basketball game! The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 5 at Garner High School from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. am and is open to ages 5-13.

 Cost is $25 for pre-registration and $30 at the door and deadline for pre-registration is December 31, 2012. Cost includes t-shirt to wear at the game, cheer bow, picture with the GMHS cheerleaders and snacks during the clinic.

 For more information or registration forms contact Helen Cole at

Anyone who would like to view a flyer about the clinic can CLICK HERE.

Additionally, anyone interested in signing up can download a registration form CAN CLICK HERE

Trojans Comeback Falls Short in Championship

Down by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, Garner came storming back and was able to force a tie contest in the final two minutes of play on Thursday afternoon in the Championship game of the 41st Holiday Invitational. However, the men of Troy could not over come the Greensboro Dudley as the Panthers claimed its first Holiday Invitational Championship with a 73-71 victory.

Garner (8-2) trailed by four points at the break but it was the Panthers who came out on fire in the opening moments of the third stanza taking a commanding 10-point lead before leading 56-47 heading to the fourth.

Dudley (7-4) could only muster a pair of field goals over the first four minutes of the final  quarter as the Trojans went on a huge 14-6 spurt to trim the lead to two points with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

The men of Troy knotted the game at 61 with 1:57 left on a three-point play from Jasper Stallings but it would not be enough as Dudley's Sam Hunt was a perfect six of six from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds to preserve the 73-71 victory for the Panthers.

Garner placed three players in double figures led by Julius Barnes who had 19, Demarcus Sanford who was named Tournament Most Outstanding Player had 18 points while Stallings finished with a career high 14 poitns.

The Trojans return to action on Friday, January 4 when they welcome Knightdale to Trojan Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 8:00.

Trojans Run Past Cougars; Advance to Championship


Garner scored the first nine points of its game against Goldsboro on Wednesday afternoon and never looked back as the men of Troy advanced to the Championship Game of the 41st Annual Holiday Invitational by virtue of its 71-42 victory.

The Trojans (8-1) began the game in its diamond press and forced countless turnovers while converting on the offensive end to take a 9-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game.

Goldsboro (5-5) did its best to climb back into the contest timing to lead to single digits on two occasions in the opening stanza but Garner went to the locker room leading 47-21.

Garner used the three-point strip to perfection in the opening half as well, knocking down four long-range bombs with Julius Barnes knocking in three.

The Cougars had no answer in the second half as Garner went into the paint and fed Jasper Stallings who finished the game with a career-high 10 points and also pouring in five rebounds.

Coach Eddie Gray was also able to play his entire line-up as the Trojans coasted to 71-42 victory and advanced to the Championship Game of the Holiday Invitational on Thursday against the Dudley Panthers. The game will tip a 2:20 from Broughton's Holliday Gym.  


Trojans Survive Late Spurt to Down Spartans


Garner survived a late rally from Smithfield-Selma on Friday night inside Trojan Coliseum to move past the Spartans 72-66 to head into the holiday break.

The Trojans (7-1, 2-0) began the game in a dog fight with the Spartans (7-3, 1-2) as each team fought the others press before eventually the quickness of Garner began to take over and led the men of Troy to a 35-28 lead at the break.

In the games second half, the lead for Garner ballooned to double-digits on several occasions thanks to a monster third quarter from senior Demarcus Sanford who had six of his team-high 19 points in the games third stanza to give the Trojans a 49-38 lead heading into the fourth period.

However, Smithfield-Selma refused to quit as the Spartans began the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run and eventually had a 13-2 spurt to bull to within seven points before the Trojans called a timeout, just 90 seconds into the quarter.

But, the Spartans refused to go away as Montel Shepherd bombed three three-pointers in the final quarter to finish the contest with a game-high 26 and pull SSS to within six points at the 1:39 mark of the fourth. Thankfully, the Trojans found their stride at the line shooting 66 percent (12/18) in the fourth quarter while shooting 64 percent (23/36) for the game from the charity stripe.

Julius Barnes played a pivotal roll for the Trojans going five of six from the line in the fourth quarter while Sanford went six of 10 from the line in the final quarter to help give the Trojans the 72-66 victory.

Garner will break for the Christmas holiday and return to action on Wednesday, December 26 when they return to the Holiday Invitational. The Trojans will take on Goldsboro at 12:40 from Holliday Gym on the campus of Broughton High School.

Varsity Girls Fall

Garner could not overcome a poor shooting first half as the comeback effort for the lady Trojans, while valiant, came up just short as Garner fell to Smithfield-Selma 63-51.

The lady Trojans cut the Spartan lead to as few as six in the third quarter but could not get over the hump as they head into the Christmas break at 0-8.

Garner is back in action on Friday, January 4 when they host Knightdale at Trojan Coliseum - the contest is slated for a 6:30 tip-off.

JV Sweeps

Both JV teams swept its games on Friday night against Smithfield-Selma the JV girls earned a 36-21 victory while the JV boys downed SSS 61-43.

Cheerleaders Place Third

Congratulations to the Garner varsity cheerleaders who placed third in the GNRC Conference cheer tournament on Wednesday night at Trojan Coliseum.

Additional congratulations go to Cullen Hodges, who, for the second year in-a-row was named Conference Cheerleader of the Year.

A special congratulations to the Garner Special Needs cheer team who led the crowd in several cheers and also did a routine which brought the crowd to its feet!

Great job to everyone involved!

Defensive Surge Powers Trojans Past Warriors


Garner used a 20-2 fourth quarter spurt to turn an eight point lead into a 26 point, 70-44 road victory on Tuesday night at Sasser Gymnasium over East Wake.

The Trojans (6-1, 1-0) led 34-25 at the break after leading by as many 16 in the opening half. The men of Troy were paced in the opening half by Demarcus Sanford who scored 10 of his 15 points over the first 16 minutes.

East Wake (1-8, 0-2) cut the nine point deficit to single digits on several occasions in the third stanza as Quincy Jackson caught fire for the Warriors pouring in 11 of his game-high 17 points in the third to pull East Wake to within eight going into the final eight minutes of play.

However, the Warriors would get no closer as the men of Troy began to pull away in the fourth thanks to a career high 13 points from Patrick Henneghan as the Trojans coasted to a 70-44 win to open the conference season.

Garner returns to action on Friday night when they host Smithfield-Selma at Trojan Coliseum. Tip-off is slated for 8:00.

Varsity Girls Fall

Garner could not combat the size and quickness of East Wake as the lady Trojans dropped its first conference game of the season 68-44.

Coach Mays and his lady Trojans are back at home on Friday night at 6:30 when they host Smithfield-Selma.

JV Splits

Both JV teams split with East Wake on Tuesday night. With the JV girls falling 39-13 and the JV Boys downing the Warriors 62-39.

Each team will host SSS on Friday in Garner at 4 and 5:15 respectively 

Trojans Suffer First Loss

Northern Durham led from wire-to-wire on Tuesday night at O. David Pope Gym and handed the Garner Trojans its first loss of the season, 73-67.

The Knights (5-1) came out on fire to start the game, led by Kentrell Barkley who had 10 of his 20 points in the first quarter to help give Northern a 20-17 lead after one quarter.

Despite the poor shooting in the opening half, Garner (5-1) was able to hang around and eventually took an eight point lead midway through the second quarter thanks in large part to nine opening half points from Demarcus Sanford and five points from Sammy Saunders. But, the Knights refused to quit and battled back to take a one point, 35-34 lead at the break as Ricky Counil scored 11 of his game-high 25 in the half.

Northern came out of the locker room on fire turning a one point lead into a seven point margin over the first three minutes of the quarter before the Trojans called a timeout hoping to get back in the game. But, the Knights were able to stave off the Garner comeback as they took a 56-51 lead into the final quarter.

In the final stanza, the men of Troy pulled to within a couple of points midway through the quarter and eventually took a two-point lead but could not hang on as Northern Durham hit its free throws down the stretch to earn a 73-67 victory.

Garner returns home on Friday night at 7:30 when they open conference play taking on the Clayton Comets.

Varsity Girls Fall at Northern

Garner used a couple of spurts to turn a double digit deficit into six points in the final four minutes of the game but could get no closer as they fell to Northern Durham 51-36 on Tuesday night.

The Lady Trojans (0-6) will return to Trojan Coliseum on Friday night at 6:00 when they host the Clayton Comets.

JV Splits

The two JV teams split games against Northern Durham on Tuesday night with the JV boys winning 96-51 to avenge and early season loss to the Knights. However, the JV girls could not find a way to win as they fell 34-29.

Both JV teams will be in action on Friday when they welcome the Clayton Comets to Trojan Coliseum. The girls start at 4:00 followed by the boys at 5:00.

Garner Leads Wells Fargo Cup after Fall Sports Season

From: North Carolina High School Athletic Association release

With a fantastic fall consisting of championships in men’s soccer, volleyball, football, and women’s golf, Garner leads the Greater Neuse River Conference Wells Fargo Cup.

Clayton finished first in women’s tennis and is second overall while West Johnston finished first in men’s cross country and is in third overall. Conference Standings: Garner 83.5, Clayton 79, West Johnston 76.5, Southeast Raleigh 60.5, Knightdale 60, East Wake 56.5, Smithfield-Selma 54, Harnett Central 50.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia and now Wells Fargo has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

Late Surge Powers Garner Past Sanderson


For the second time in seven days Garner and Sanderson played a hard fought, physical basketball game that came down to the final moments, but on Friday night it was the Trojans who would once again prevail and remain perfect with a 54-50 win over the homestanding Spartans.

Garner (5-0) led by a single point with under one minute left and had the ball - following a couple of timeouts and what appeared to be a doomed possession for the men of Troy, somehow the ball found its way into the hands of Kyreece Mills who procured and offensive rebound and put the ball off the window and in with 40 seconds left to give the Trojans a three-point, 53-50 lead.

Sanderson (2-3) had a couple of looks at a bucket on the ensuing possession but came up empty before the Trojans sank a late free-throw for the four point win.

As you might expect the entire game was back-and-fourth win the Trojans leading by as many as six in the fourth quarter while the Spartans had as big as a seven point lead on the night.

The first quarter belonged to Sanderson as they took and 11-6 lead after the opening stanza thanks, in large part to the play of Joel Rosen and Reggie Traywick who knocked down two tree-pointers. However, the Trojans came storming back in the second stanza to send the game to the locker room tied at 22.

Garner was led by Patrick Henneghan who had six of his 11 points in the second quarter while Demarcus Sanford had five of his team high 13 in the opening half.

The Trojans, will return to action on Tuesday night at 7:00 when they travel to Northern Durham to battle the Knights. 

Varsity Girls Fall 

Garner faced another tough night on Friday night against a bigger Sanderson squad who was able to use its size and quickness to power past the Lady Trojans (0-5) 55-41.

Garner is on the road Tuesday night at 5:30 when they travel to Northern Durham to take on the Knights.

JV Sweeps

Both JV teams earned wins on Friday night with the JV Girls winning 32-29 and the JV Boys earning a 67-46 victory.

Tuesday will mark the return to action for both JV squads when they are back inside Trojan Coliseum to take on Northern Durham. The girls will play at 5:30 followed by the boys at 7:00.

Wrestling Opens Season with Loss to Clayton


Garner lost 38 to Clayton 40

Bowling Remains King Pin

The Garner varsity bowling team defeated Fuquay Varina 34-7 on Wednesday afternoon at AMF Pleasant Valley.

The Trojans were paced by  Matt Sage 219 and 222, Kori Smith 237 (High girl average of 217) and Lane Price 230.

Meanwhile the JV squad bowled unopposed and captured 34/41 points.

The varsity team is still in the top spot for the county. Garner's next match is January 2nd vs Green Hope.

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Free Throws Help Trojans Stay Perfect

In a game where a combined 43 fouls were called, the Garner Trojans made the most of its time at the charity strip shooting 81 percent (23/27) in a hard fought 68-57 victory over the Sanderson Spartans on Friday night inside Trojan Coliseum.

Sanderson (2-1) was able to slow the pace and dominated both the offensive and defensive boards in the opening half while knocking down almost everything in sight, especially from the outside as Reggie Traywick buried a pair of opening half three-pointers to give the Spartans a three-point, 34-31 halftime lead.

Garner (4-0), stayed close thanks to its shooting at the line going 18-of-20 from the line (90 percent) in the games opening 16 minutes.

The second half was more of the same and after a back-and-fourth affair in the third stanza, the game went to the final eight minutes tied at 49.

But, in those final moments, the Trojans took control thanks to the play of its two early season stars. Demarcus Sanford scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the final quarter while super Sophomore, Julius Barnes poured in five points on back-to-back possessions for the men of Troy to finish the final quarter with seven points and ended the contest with 19 as Garner pulled away for the 68-57 victory.

The Trojans will take a week off before returning to action on Friday night, Dec. 7 when they travel to Sanderson High School to battle the Spartans.

Varsity Girls Fall to Spartans

For the fourth game in-a-row, the varsity lady Trojans basketball team battled for the entire game only to fall in the final moments. Sanderson (2-1) built what seem to be a comfortable lead before Garner (0-4) came storming back to cut what was a double-figure deficit into a five point game as the final moments of the third quarter ticked away.

However, the depth and size of the Spartans was too much as they pulled away to defeat Garner 66-46.

Garner is back in action next Friday, Dec. 7 when they hit the road and once again battle Sanderson.

JV Splits

Both JV teams split their contests with Sanderson on Friday night at Trojan Coliseum. The JV lady Trojans fell to Sanderson 33-29 while the JV boys dropped the Spartans 60-34.

Both JV teams are back in action on Thursday night when they welcome Middle Creek to Trojan Coliseum.

Trojans Coast Past Cary

Garner got off to another slow start on Wednesday night at Charles H. Adams Gymnasium but managed to pick up the pace in the final three quarters as they cruised past the Cary Imps 76-49.

The Trojans (3-0) managed 21 points in the opening eight minutes, the most in the first quarter this season, as the men of Troy were paced by Demarcus Sanford who had eight of his 18 first half points in the opening stanza.

Cary (0-3) was able to hang close with Garner in the opening quarter and trailed just 21-15 before the Trojans pulled away to a 46-26 halftime lead. Julius Barnes led Garner in the second scoring 13 points inlcuding a four-point play midway through the quarter that salted the contest away.

In the second half, Garner continued its onslaught as Barnes finished with 15 points while Sanford led all scorers with 25 in the 76-49 win for Garner.

The Trojans return home on Friday night when they host the Sanderson Spartans at 8:00

Trojans Pounce on Jaguars


Garner started slow on Tuesday night at Trojan Coliseum but quickly heated up downing the Athens Drive Jaguars 85-34.

The Trojans (2-0), spent the first couple of minutes of the game searching for scoring but once they found it, the points came in bunches. Julius Barnes helped light the spark early for the Trojans hitting a trio of three pointers in the opening quarter to finish with 13 of Garner's 20 points as the men of Troy took a 20-11 lead into the final stanza of the half.

Athens Drive (0-2) could only muster six offense points in the second quarter due mostly to the Garner defense that prevented the Jaguars from getting off many good shots. Meanwhile, for the Trojan offense it started inside with Jasper Stallings scoring seven of his eight points in the second quarter while Barnes finished the half with a new career high of 21 points and did not score in the second half, but that was more than enough as the Trojans took a 44-17 lead to the locker room.

In the third quarter, nine different players scored for Garner while Athens scored just nine points allowing the Trojans to coast to a 61-26 lead after three and finishing the game with a 85-34 victory.

Garner returns to action Wednesday night at 7:00 when hit the road for the first time this season as they battle the Cary Imps.

Varsity Girls Fall

Coach Mays and his club had a tough time getting anything going against a quick Athens Drive defense while the Jaguars found its offensive stride defeating Garner 71-42.

The Lady Trojans are on the road Wednesday at 5:00 when they take on Cary.

JV Girls Earn First Victory

After dropping its season opener 13-10 last Tuesday, the JV Girls basketball team bounced backed with a 30-22 victory over Athens Drive to even the record at 1-1.

Garner is back at home on Wednesday at 5:30 when they take on Cary.  

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An Era Ends with Loss to Britt

The 2012 Eastern Regional Final came down to the final play on Friday night at Trojan Stadium, as Garner down by six had the ball at the Jack Britt 12-yard line with three seconds left, but it was not meant to be for the Trojans as Keon Young picked off his second pass of the game to seal a 14-8 victory for the Buccaneers.

Jack Britt (13-2) trailed 8-0 heading to the final quarter but were able pull to within two after a 35 yard touchdown run from Eric Carter to make it a 8-6 Trojan lead after the two point try was no good.

But, Garner (14-1) still had the lead and a chance to expand the lead but once again, the Britt defense came up with another play as on third down and long the Bucs picked off a pass to set up a short field and two plays later, Mark McRae connected with Edmund Grand in the end zone the score and following a two-point try, Jack Britt had the 14-8 lead.

The Trojans though, still had a shot down by just six, Garner moved the ball down the field on a Britt defense that was playing soft with passes from Vince Jefferies to Armani Lanier, Brayden Sims, Nyheim Hines and others to set up a first down and 15 from the Britt 12 yard line before the ensuing pass was intercepted by Young to seal the deal.

Garner took a 6-0 lead into the halftime break as Tyler Hinton scored the only touchdown of the half, from one yard out after the Trojans set up the score with pass plays from Jefferies to Lanier for 36 yards and to Tim Thorb for 11 before the nail in the coffin by Hinton to make it 6-0 after the extra point was missed.

The Trojans made it an 8-0 lead early in the second half with McRae was sacked in the end zone by Jeremie Bolobiongo. 

However, Britt came storming back and advanced to the State Championship next week for the fourth time in program history.

Friday's loss also marked the final game in the storied career of Trojan head coach Nelson Smith who finishes his Garner career with a record of 144-30 and 10 conference championships.

We would also like to extend a special THANK YOU to all the Senior athletes who made the last four years unforgettable.  

Experience Powers Garner to Opening Night Win


Garner's varsity boys basketball team will be young this season, but after losing nine seniors and four starters off last seasons 25-3 team, youth is to be expected. However, on Tuesday night in the season opener at Trojan Coliseum, it was blend of new and old faces that helped propel the Trojans past Northern Durham 80-74.

As one might expect the opening moments of the opening quarter were sloppy with both clubs trying to find their way but once the teams settled into a rhythm, the game took on a nice pace with Garner (1-0) jumping out of the gate on fire led by Julius Barnes and Demarcus Sanford who both had six points in the opening quarter to help the Trojans capture a 20-13 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Garner was paced by some new faces in the start of the second quarter as Jacqown Harris, Skyler Strickland and Patrick Henneghan all contributed to a second stanza that helped the Trojan lead grow near 10 points before the Knights came storming back with a huge second quarter from Ricky Council to trim the lead to five points with 3:15 left in the quarter. However, the Trojans would hold serve and take a 40-34 lead into the halftime break.

The men of Troy owned the third quarter as the took a six point halftime lead and turned it into a nine point lead thanks to an eight point quarter from Foster Dubar who achieved a new career high finishing the game with 16 as Garner took a 64-55 lead to the fourth.

But, the Knights refused to die as they went on a quick spurt to being the final stanza and made it a four point lead with 6:46 to play in the game, but once again the Trojan quickness took over along with the play making ability of Sanford who scored five of his career high 28 points in the final quarter to help salt the game away and give Garner a 80-74 victory.

The Trojans will return to action on Tuesday night when they welcome Athens Drive to Trojan Coliseum, tip off is slated for 7:30.


Varsity Girls Fall

Coach Mays and his varsity girls basketball team found the going tough against Northern Durham on Tuesday night at Trojan Coliseum. The lady Trojans could not get any offense going in the opening half but did chip away at the Knight lead in the second half.

However, they could not complete the comeback and Northern earned a 55-45 season opening victory.

The Lady Trojans are back at home on Tuesday night at 6:00 when they host Athens Drive. 

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Trojans 'Hammer' Leesville to Move to Regional Final


For the second consecutive year, Garner and Leesville Road met for the right to host the Eastern Regional Final and for the second straight year, the Trojans downed the Pride. This time, with a 56-35 victory at Trojan Stadium.

Garner (14-0) struck first as Raevon Smith began the party with a 30-yard scamper and following an extra point by Kenneth Perkinson, the Trojans had a 7-0 lead.

Leesville (12-1) would answered on their second play from scrimmage as Braxton Berrios caught a quick screen from Evan Parker and did the rest going 62 yards to pay dirt and a 7-7 score.

On the ensuing possession, Vince Jefferies connected for the first time with Armani Lanier for a 63-yard score and a one score Trojan lead. Following a Pride fumble, Garner went back to work and once again Jefferies found Lanier this time from just 13-yards out and a 21-7 lead, which is how the opening quarter ended.

However, the second quarter proved to be more of the same for the Trojans as they began the second stanza with another pass and catch from Jefferies to Lanier and a 28-7 advantage. That lead would balloon to 35-7 on a Tyler Hinton one yard score but the Pride answered right back to make it 35-14 heading into the break.

Leesville mounted a second half surge scoring the opening two touchdowns of the third quarter to make it 35-21 before Garner answered as Jefferies threw his fifth touchdown of the game this time to Nyheim Hines on a 90-yard dart and a 42-21 lead heading to the final quarter.

Once again, the Pride bounced back to make it a one possession game at 42-35 when Berrios got free and ran 30 yards for a score.

Following the score to make it a one touchdown game, the Trojans had a big kick-return from Smith to set up the offense for an easy score and Smith punched it in from two yards out and a 49-35 lead.

On the ensuing possession, Leesville had three consecutive penalties and found itself facing a fourth down and 25 from deep in its own end. That's when Parker fired an arrant pass that found the waiting arms of Lanier who ran it back 30 yards to the house for the final score of the night at a 56-35 victory.

Garner will now advance to the Eastern Regional Finals next week they welcome Jack Britt to Trojan Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 7:30.

Powell Signs with UNC-Wilmington

Standing (L-R): Nelson Smith, Drew Cook, Jason Boyette. Seated (L-R): Connie Powell, Kristen Powell, Jim Powell
The two-time Greater Neuse River Conference volleyball Player of the Year will have a new home this fall. Kristen Powell signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning in the Garner Magnet High School Media Center.

Powell, becomes just the second volleyball player in school history to play volleyball at the division one level and when asked about what that meant to her she said, "it's really awesome going down there knowing I come for a such great town and school; and knowing that I have the support of everyone back home."

But after playing four years in the middle, she will have to get use to a new role for the Seahawks having been recruited as as an outside and right side hitter.

Powell does not yet have an intended but says she is leaning toward Marine Biology.

The senior chose Wilmington over Appalachian State  because of the coaching staff, style of play and proximity to Garner, claiming Wilmington was "the perfect distance."

Congratulations to Kristen Powell for continuing the Trojan Tradition of Excellence!

Members of the Garner Volleyball team pause for a picture following the signing

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Playoff Football Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the Garner/Leesville Road third round playoff contest will go on sale Wednesday afternoon at lunch and will remain on sale until Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the Garner High front office.

Price for the tickets is $8.00 and fans who wish to purchase tickets at the front office must bring cash.

For those wishing to purchase tickets at the gate on Friday night can certainly do that as well.

Kick-off for the game is slated for 7:30 at Trojan Stadium.

Trojans Advance with Offensive Spurt


Garner scored 70 points or more for the first time since September 30, 2011 on Friday night when the men of Troy blasted Wakefield 76-34, at Trojan Stadium to advance to the third round of the 4AA state playoffs.

Each teams traded touchdowns on two of the first three possessions of the night and after Wakefield (11-2) went up by a score, the Trojans answered right back with Vince Jefferies hit Raevon Smith for a seven yard touchdown pass and a 14-14 tie, which is how the opening quarter came to an end.

On the first play of the second quarter, Tyler Hinton punched it in from a yard out to make it 21-14 Trojans (13-0). However that lead only grew as Smith scored again, this time on the ground and a 28-14 lead.

Leading by a pair of scores, the Trojan defense got involved, Connor Michted tossed his second of three interceptions of the night and his this time his pass found the waiting arms of Raekwon Britton who galloped down into the end zone for a 35-21 lead.

Late in the half, it was the defense again, as Smith picked off another Mitch pass and ran it back for a score but the Wolverines answered. Following a couple Trojan penalties, Wakefield had the ball deep in the Trojans end with 0.4 seconds left and Mitch hit Jordan Fielleteau for a score to close the half and give Garner a 49-28 lead going into the break.

The second half provided more offensive fireworks as the men of Troy struck first on a Nyheim Hines 48 yard run for a 56-28 lead, which proved to be the only scoring of the third quarter.

In the final stanza, the Trojans lit up the scoreboard as Jefferies found Armani Lanier from 31-yards out for a score and a 62-28 lead.

Wakefield answered which Mitch fired another touchdown pass and a 62-34 Garner lead, but that would be the final score of the night for the Wolverines.

Garner added a pair of scores, another run from Hines and Hinton bulled his way in to close the scoring and the 76-34 final score.

The 76 points for Garner are the most ever scored by the Trojans in a playoff game.

Garner will return home next week for the third round of the state playoffs as they welcome the Leesville Road Pride to Trojan Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 7:30.

Football Tickets to be Pre-Sold

The Garner athletic department announced Wednesday afternoon that tickets for the game against Wakefield on Friday night at Trojans Stadium will go on sale Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased in the front office beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the cost is $8.00. The presale will end on Friday afternoon at 2:00.

Kick-off for the game is slated for Friday night at 7:30 and no passes will be accepted.

Soccer Falls to New Hanover

After a record setting season, the varsity soccer season came to an abrupt end on Saturday night inside Trojan Stadium as Garner dropped its second round playoff contest to the New Hanover Wildcats, 1-0.

Garner (15-3-1) gave up the loan goal in the match midway through the opening half and could never recover as the Wildcats were able to survive several Trojan chances and advance to the third round of the playoffs with a 1-0 victory.

For Garner it will be recorded as the best season in school history as the men of Troy achieved the first conference championship and a birth in the second round.

Congratulations to the squad and head coach, Jon Sherwin for an outstanding season.

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Trojans Pounce on Jaguars to Advance


Garner took a 21 point victory into the locker room on Friday night at Trojan Stadium and never looked back as the Trojans blasted Athens Drive, 59-21 to move on to the second round of the 4AA playoffs next week.

Garner (12-0) opened the contest with the football and promptly marched down the field before Tyler Hinton capped the opening possession with a one yard run for a score.

After the two squads traded punts, the lead remained at seven before Athens Drive (5-7) had to punt the football away to the Trojans and into the waiting arms of Armani Lanier who fielded the punt and scampered 71-yards to pay dirt and a 14 point advantage.

Late in the opening quarter, Athens got on the board when quarterback Jason West fired a pass to Brad Bowling who slipped by the Garner defense and raced 85 yards for the score.

That seven point margin did not last long as on the first drive of the second quarter, the Trojans used a 12-play drive to march down the field on the Jaguars defense before Vince Jefferies hit Brayden Sims in the end zone for a 21-7 lead.

The Trojans punched in another score late in the half as Jefferies hit Lanier for a 55 yard score and a 28-7 lead. For Lanier the touchdown catch, his 12th of the season, sets the single season school record for most touchdowns reception season.

After halftime it was more of the same for the Garner offense which scored on its first two possessions of the half as Jefferies found Lanier again to open the second half scoring followed by a Raevon Smith 10 yard run and a 42-7 lead.

The men of Troy began the final quarter tacking on to the lead when Kenneth Perkinson nailed a 40-yard field goal and a 45-7 lead.

Athens Drive followed with a score when Dominique Lynch scored from a yard out to make it 52-14. But, on the ensuing kick-off, Nyheim Hines bobbled the kick but when he found his bearings, the super sophomore found a running lane and scooted 96-yards for the score and a 52-14 lead.

Following the final Jaguars score of the night, Snoop Dawson added the exclamation point to the contest when the reversed fields and found a seem for a 31 yard score and the final 59-21 margin.

Garner will advance to round two of the 4AA playoffs next week when the men of Troy welcome Wakefield to Trojan Stadium - kickoff is slated for 7:30.


Soccer Advances in Playoffs

After securing the first conference championship in school history, the varsity soccer team added another first to its resume on Wednesday night - a home playoff victory as Garner downed Fayetteville Pine Forest, 3-0 at Trojan Stadium.

Garner (15-2-1) took a one goal lead at halftime thanks to a Marco Perez goal midway through the period. It would be all the Trojans needed as senior keeper Kenneth Perkinson had another dazzling night in the net for the men of Troy.

However, Garner made sure they added some insurance in the second half as Perez struck again while Zach Hancock provided the third goal of the night for the Trojans while Kody Kamphuis tallied a pair of assists.

Garner will advance to the second round of the playoffs on Saturday when they welcome Wilmington New Hanover (13-6-2) to Trojan Stadium, the match is set for 5:00.

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Garner Closes Regular Season in Fine Fashion


Garner concluded the high school football regular season on Friday night and wrapped up the Greater Neuse River Conference championship with a 56-14 road victory over Harnett Central.

Garner (11-0, 7-0) wasted no time getting on the board on its first possession of the night, Tyler Hinton broke free and rumbled in for a 23-yard score and an early seven point lead. That lead grew to two scores on the Trojans next possession when Raevon Smith got in on the action scoring on a 35 yard scamper and a 14-0 advantage for Garner. 

Still clicking on all cylinders, Smith found pay dirt on the next Garner drive this time from 10 yards out and a 21-0 lead. After the offense sputtered, Brighton Hudson fired his first career touchdown pass to Terry Gilman for a 28-0 lead.

On the ensuing kick-off, Harnett Central (3-7, 2-5) got on the board when Anfrenee Hunter found a seem down the sideline and bolted to the end zone for a 75 yard score and a 28-7 Garner lead after the opening quarter.

Unfortunately for Central they could not slow down the Trojan offense as Garner answered right back with another Hudson touchdown pass, this time to Armani Lanier and a 35-7 lead.

Following a Central punt, Nyheim Hines found some open field and blistered the Central defense for a 54 yard spurt and a 42-7 advantage.

The men of Troy found the end zone once more during the first half as Hudson connected with Brayden Sims for his the third touchdown pass of the night for the sophomore and a 49-7 Garner lead at the break.

In the second half, the contest slowed as each team added another score, for garner it was a Dakota Labau touchdown run from five yards out for a 56-7 lead.

Central added a late touchdown for the final 56-14 margin.

For Garner they lock up the 18 conference championship of Nelson Smith's career.

The Trojans will return home next week at 7:30 in the opening round of the 4-AA State Playoffs when they will host Athens Drive at Trojan Stadium.

Additionally, it was announced on Saturday afternoon that Garner would be the number one seed in the 4-AA east bracket meaning the Trojans will have homefield advantage through the regional final.

JV Football Smacks Harnett Central; Crowned Champions

After a rocky start to the season, Garner's junior varsity football team bounced back in a big way, winning its final six games including a 48-6 bombardment of Harnett Central on Thursday night at Trojan Stadium, which earned the men of Troy another conference championship.

Garner (7-3, 6-1) opened the scoring on its second drive of the contest when Jaykwon Harris found some room on the outside and rumbled in from 11 yards out and a seven point lead.

Harnett Central fumbled on its ensuing possession leading giving the Trojans great starting position for another drive which ended in pay dirt once again. On the sixth play of the drive, Tyreece Taylor shed tackles and rolled into the end zone for a 13-0 advantage after the extra point was missed.

Central found its way in for a score on the next drive, but the two point conversion was no good and as a result, the homestanding Trojans led 13-6.

Garner answered right back and took a 20-6 lead after a five play drive for the score. Justin Robbins hit David Hamilton on a 34-yard pass play down to the Central four yard line which set up a touchdown run from Taylor on the following play.

After Central punted the football going three and out, Hamilton got loose on the first play of the next possession and sprinted down the field, 75-yard for another score and a 27-6 advantage. However, the first half scoring was not over for the Trojans as Hamilton scored his second touchdown of the night, this time from 15 yards and after an Austin Marbrey extra point, Garner led 34-6 heading into the halftime break.

The second half was more of the same as the men of Troy added a pair of scores, one from Austin Holland from 22 yards out and Khaliq Woods capped the scoring with a 24 yard scamper and the final 48-6 margin of victory.

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Bowling Splits with Broughton

The Garner bowling teams split a pair of match with the Broughton Capitals on Wednesday afternoon.

Team A won 35 out of a possible 41 points for a 35-6 victory. Meanwhile, Team B won 15 out of 41 points, but fell in the match 26-15.

Kori Smith paced the Trojans, bowling a  259 with nine consecutive strikes and followed that up with a 248.

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Volleyball Falls to Ashley

Garner's varsity volleyball squad accomplished a lot over the 2012 season, however the ultimate goal came up just short as the lady Trojans dropped a 3-1 decision to Wilmington Ashley on Tuesday night inside Trojan Coliseum.

Ashley took the opening two games of the match, 25-18 and 25-21 before Garner (22-4) came storming back in the third game to eek out a 25-22 victory. But it wasn't enough as the Eagles found its stride in the fourth game to defeat Garner 25-15 and advance to the third round of the playoffs.

Kristen Powell and Ka'asha Jefferies both finished the match with double figure kills achieving 10 on the evening. Kelsey Bryan also played a huge part in the match for the lady Trojans finishing with seven of Garner's 34 kills.

Meanwhile, the lady Trojans could only manage seven service aces on the match but they were paced by Courtney Weathersbee who finished with four.

Garner concludes its season with the best record in school history and once again had the conference player of the year in Kristen Powell.

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Trojans Capture First Ever Conference Crown

For the first time in school history, Garner can call themselves soccer conference champions. The men of Troy captured the crown with an 8-2 road victory over Southeast Raleigh on Monday night inside John Baker Stadium.

Garner (13-2-1, 10-2-1) wasted no time getting going in the match pounding the Bulldogs in a contest that was never close. Meanwhile Kenneth Perkinson once again provided outstanding defense in the goal for the Trojans.

The men of Troy return home on Wednesday night at 6:30 when they host Harnett Central for Senior Night.  Garner will close the regular season on Thursday night when they travel to Fuquay-Varina at 6:30.

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Volleyball Advances in Playoffs

After capturing the Greater Neuse River crown, the varsity volleyball team moved into the playoffs and managed to grind out a three games to one victory over Wilmington Laney High School on Saturday afternoon inside Trojan Coliseum.

Garner (22-3) took the opening game of the match 25-20 while Laney bounced back and took a 25-20 victory in the second game. However that would be all the Buccneers would get as the lady Trojans took the third game 25-17 before truncating the match with a 25-20 win the the fourth and decisive match.

Kristen Powell hammered 28 kills of Garner's 50 kills on the match. Kelsey Bryan also achieved double figure kills with 11. Courtney Weathersbee, Ka'asha Jefferies and Sarah Pierce all had three.

Additionally, Powell and Elena Mast both had a pair of service aces as Garner finished the match with seven. 

The victory for the lady Trojans sets a new school record with 22 wins as they advance to the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday night when they welcome the Ashley Eagles (17-5) to Trojan Coliseum. First serve for the match is set for 5:00.

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Trojans Dominate Bulldogs to Stay Perfect


On a night where an era came to an end, the Garner Trojans used a stingy defense and high powered first half to defeat rival Southeast Raleigh 28-6 on Friday night inside Trojan Stadium.

Garner (10-0, 6-0) opened the scoring on its second possession of the night as Tyler Hinton took a hand-off any plowed his way into the end zone for the first score of the contest.

Following a three and out by Southeast Raleigh (5-5, 2-4), the Trojan offense went back to work and strung together a nice drive that appeared like it would stall inside the red zone as Garner faced a third and goal from the Bulldog 22-yard line; but that did not stop the Trojans as Vince Jefferies hit Nyheim Hines over the middle for a score and a 14-0 lead for the home team.

Both teams traded punts and turnovers over the next couple of possessions but just when they needed it, the Garner offense went back to work and matriculated the ball down the field using a 12-play, 69-yard drive to hang another score on the board. The possession was capped when Jefferies fired toward the end zone where he was looking for Brayden Sims but the ball was tipped into the air and fell into the waiting arms of  Armani Lanier for the score and a 21-0 advantage as the two teams went to the locker room for halftime.

Both defense dominated the third quarter while several penalties on both squads truncated any momentum the offense's had gained. However, the Trojans hung their final score on the board early in the fourth when Jefferies dove in from a yard out and the 28-0 lead.

Southeast Raleigh got on the board late in the fourth wen Cameron Marshmon hit Aschod Meeks-Ewing in the end zone for the score and the final 28-6 margin.

For the Trojans, it marks the 30th consecutive regular season victory which is the longest in 4-A football. Additionally, the men of Troy improve to 15-2 all-time against its rival.

Garner returns to action next week in the penultimate game of the regular season when they travel to Angier to battle with Harnett Central, kick-off is slated for 7:00.

Volleyball Captures Conference Crown

By: Dustin Williams

The West Johnston Wildcats entered Trojan Coliseum on a nice run through the Greater Neuse River conference tournament and was ready for another intense match-up with the defending conference champions, Garner Trojans (21-3). The Trojans trailed early in the first set 8-5 but Kelsey Bryan had a nice kill to tie it up at nine. Ka'asha Jefferies and Bryan made some nice digs and gave the Trojans the lead midway through the set at 12-11. The defense was just outstanding and nice blocks at the net by Trojans Captain Kristen Powell and Jefferies helped finish off the Wildcats 25-19 in the first set.

In the second set, West Johnston started strong with a nice kill by Halle Eicher to tie the second set at six. Then the Trojans battle back as Sarah Pierce and Bryan make strong kills to give Garner the 12-8 advantage. Powell dominated in the second set with several nice kills and blocks to give the Trojans the win at 25-13 in the second set.

Up by two sets, Powell started strong giving the Trojans the early lead at 3-2, but Eboni Robinson from West Johnston has a nice dig and kill to even the third set at seven. Megan Gibbons has a strong kill and helps keep West Johnston tied up at 13. Courtney Weathersbee then took over with four aces and amazing hustle and dig by Maddy Stewart to extend the lead to 23-18. Jefferies followed with an ace on the next play, and Bryan provided the final kill as it deflects off the Wildcats defender for the win at 25-20 and championship.

Garner records their 51st straight conference win and won all 51 sets they played inside the conference this season. 

Head Coach Jason Boyette said "the defense was just great, and we had a good finish here tonight. I was impressed with Courtney serving and helped put us in a good position to win!" Weathersbee finished with eight service aces and while Powell finished the game with 15 of the teams 31 kills.

Garner will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Laney in the opening round of the state playoffs. First serve from Trojan Coliseum is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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Volleyball Moves on to Finals

After defeating Knightdale on Saturday morning to move to the semi-finals of the Greater Neuse River Conference tournament, Garner made short work of East Wake on Monday night inside Trojan Coliseum to advance to the championship match of the tournament on Wednesday evening.

Garner (20-3) downed the Warriors 25-16, 25-12 and 25-11 to keep its perfect record inside GNRC play in tact.

The lady Trojans blistered home 32 kills on the match, 13 of which came from Senior Kristen Powell while Ka'asha Jefferies added six and Courtney Weathersbee added five.

Garner also had five services aces with Powell and Weathersbee chipping in a pair and Senior Elena Mast providing the other.

With the victory Garner will advance to Wednesday's championship when they take on the Clayton/SE Raleigh winner inside Trojan Coliseum. First serve is set for 6:00.

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Volleyball blanks Knightdale to advance

Garner continued its dominance of the Greater Neuse River Conference on Saturday morning, defeating Knightdale three games to none in the opening round of the conference tournament.

The lady Trojans (19-3, 15-0), dominated all three games against the Knights winning 25-4, 25-12 and 25-7.

Kristen Powell knocked home 11 of Garner's 26 kills on the match. Ka'asha Jefferies also had six kills followed by three from Sarah Pierce, and Courtney Weathersbee. 

Another key in the match for Garner was the 25 service aces led by 10 from the right arm of Weathersbee and six from Kelsey Bryan. 

The lady Trojans advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament on Monday night inside Trojan Coliseum. Game time is still TBA.

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Trojans Joust Knights; Remain in Catbird Seat


After falling behind by a quick touchdown, Garner responded with 42 unanswered points and cruised past Knightdale, 42-7 win at Trojan Stadium to remain atop the Greater Neuse River Conference.

Knightdale (6-2, 4-1) scored on its first possession of the game as Marquavious Johnson busted off a 75-yard touchdown run up the middle for an early lead.

However, that proved to be the loan highlight of the night for the Knights as Garner (9-0, 5-0) answered on the ensuing possession as Tyler Hinton capped a 13 play drive to make it 7-6 after the extra point was blocked.

The Trojan offense struck again on its next touch of the football as Vince Jefferies found daylight down the seem and busted off a 28 yard run and a 12-7 lead for Garner after a two-point conversion attempt failed. On the ensuing Knights possession, backed up deep in its own end Knightdale elected to punt the football. However, Rae Britton had other ideas as he blocked his second punt of the year, out of the end zone and a 14-7 lead for Garner early in the second stanza.

Following a free kick from Knightdale, it took the Trojans just three plays to score again as Jefferies hit Armani Lanier for a 26 yard touchdown pass and a 21-7 advantage for the blue and gold.

Garner punched it in one more time before the half expired as Jefferies found Lanier for the second time in the game and the ninth time this season for a 63 yard score and a 27-7 halftime advantage.

During the break, the homecoming court was announced (finally). Congratulations to Julius Barnes who was named Prince, Lydia Milhouse was named princess. Wigi Ramous was crowned king and Ty Maultsby was named homecoming queen.

Back to the game, he second half began with the Trojans owning possession of the football and wasted no time getting back on the board. Once again it was a 13 play drive for the Trojans that milked the clock and thwarted the hopes of the Knights as Jefferies hit Terry Gilman for his third touchdown pass of the night and a 35-7 lead.

Garner's final score of the evening came late in the third quarter and again, it was the Trojan special teams that made the play.

Facing a fourth down from their own five yard line Taylor Betts was forced to punt again and just like the first half, Britton swatted the football away and after a few bounces it was recovered in the end zone by Tre Perry for the final score of the night.

The 42-7 victory for the Trojans is the 29th straight regular season victory for Garner, the longest active streak in 4A.

Garner returns to action next week when the welcome Southeast Raleigh to Trojan Stadium, it will be hall of fame night as the 2013 class of the Garner Hall of Fame will be introduced. Kick-off is slated for 7:00

Volleyball Procures Senior Night Victory

Garner closed the regular season on Thursday evening inside Trojan Stadium and did what they've don for the last 13 conference matches, sweep the match as they defeated Harnett Central 3-0 inside Trojan Coliseum.

Garner (18-3, 14-0) honored its three seniors, Kristen Powell, Maddy Stewart and Elena Mast prior to the contest with Central and then promptly disposed of the other set of Trojans, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-16.

On the evening, the lady Trojans had 51 kills, led by 24 from Powell and 12 from Ka'asha Jefferies, Kelsey Bryan also added eight while Sarah Pierce chipped in four kills for Garner.

Also, Garner slammed home eight service aces led by four from Courtney Weathersbee. Bryan, Mast, Stewart, and Jefferies all had one each. 

The lady Trojans finished the Greater Neuse River conference regular season without dropping a set inside conference play.

Garner's season continues on  Saturday when they begin conference tournament play at Knightdale High School.

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Trojan Tennis Update

Garner 6

Fuquay-Varina 3
SENIOR DAY (seniors/exchange student in bold)
Hannah Hamlin (G) d. Camille Baker (FV) 6-2, 6-3
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Erin Stiers (FV) 6-1, 6-3
ASHLEIGH ROBB (G) d. Katie Braxton (FV) 6-2, 6-1
INA FRIEDRICHSON (G) Alexa Greene (FV) 6-0, 6-1
Ellie McAlanen (FV) d. KRISTINA ZANI (G) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-5
Jessica Craemer (FV) d. SAMONE OATES-BULLOCK (G) 6-2, 6-1
Camille Baker/Erin Stiers (FV) d. ASHLEIGH ROBB/INA FRIEDRICHSON (G) 8-5
Hannah Hamlin/Abbey Walton (G) d. Katie Braxton/Alexa Greene (FV) 8-6
Sarah Hamlin/Mandisa Ebri (G) d. Ellie McAlanen/Jessica Craemer (FV) 8-4


Natalie Whittington/Savannah Richmond (8-1) and Mary Ayodele/Tiamber Goode (6-4) won in doubles.  Sarah Koczwara (7-9) lost in singles.
Record - (10-3, 11-4)

Garner 9
Southeast Raleigh 0

Hannah Hamlin (G) d. Dyneshia HIcks (SER) 6-0, 6-1
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Courtney Oneal (SER) 6-2, 6-0
Ashleigh Robb (G) Erin Martin (SER) 6-3, 6-1
Ina Friedrichson (G) d. Kanesha Stitt (SER) 6-0, 6-0
Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Autumn Owen (SER) 6-0, 6-0
Kristina Zani (G) d. Kendra Mojica (SER) 6-1, 6-1
Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Dyneshia Hicks/Courtney Oneal (SER) 8-0
Elizabeth Pittman/Mandisa Ebri (G) d. Erin Martin/Kanesha Stitt (SER) 8-3
Kristina Zani/Samone Oates-Bullock (G) d. Autumn Owen/Kendra Mojica (SER) 8-4
Zeinab Hilou (7-9) lost in singles.
Record: (11-3, 12-4)
Greater Neuse River Conference Tennis Tournament
Day 1 Results
Round #1
#1 Allison Powers (WJ) d. Alyssa Clark (G) 6-1, 6-0
#2 Elizabeth Carter (SSS) d. Autumn Owen (SER) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Maya Guha (C) d. Jasmine Cooper (K) 6-1, 6-1
#4 Christina Lee (SSS) d. Bethany McGlynn (EW) 6-2, 6-3
#5 Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Sarah Kuhaneck (WJ) 6-0, 6-0
#6 Joy Guha (C) d. Diamond McBride (SER) 6-0, 6-0
#7 Kayla Fish (HC) d. Rachel Longtine (EW) 6-0, 6-2
Michelle Wetherington (HC) d. #8 Sabra Shepherd (K) 6-4, 7-6 (1)
Round #2
#1 Allison Powers (WJ) d. Michelle Wetherington (HC) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Elizabeth Carter (SSS) d. #7 Kayla Fish (HC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
#3 Maya Guha (C) d. #5 Sarah Hamlin (G) 7-6 (3), 6-3
#4 Christina Lee (SSS) d. #6 Joy Guha (C) 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5
Round #1
#1 Elezcia Singletary/Logan Boykin (C) d. Haley Shigas/Amber Hines (WJ) 6-0, 6-1
#2 Alexis Montague/Sierra Blackley (EW) d. Lachonda Council/Sophie Kolawole (K) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Jennifer Littlejohn/Lily Faulconer (SSS) 6-2, 6-4
#4 Laura Oldham/Anna Grubbs (SSS) d. Essence Oneal/Monique Elliot (EW) 6-3, 6-0
#5 Caitlin Wood/Katherine Riley (C) d. Erin Martin/Kaniesha Stitt (SER) 6-1, 6-0
#6 Nicole Root/Mandisa Ebri (G) d. Shelly Guo/H'Yong Rochem (K) 6-4, 6-0
#7 Yarlies Vanga/Ashley Turner (WJ) d. Cassie Doran/Vikki Hill (HC) 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-0
#8 Lindsay Smith/Kalin Leuthold (HC) d. Dyneshia Hicks/Courtney Oneal (SER) 6-2, 6-1
Round #2
#1 Elezcia Singletary/Logan Boykin (C) d. #8 Lindsay Smith/Kalin Leuthold (HC) 6-1, 6-2
#2 Alexis Montague/Sierra Blackley (EW) d. #7 Yarlies Vanga/Ashley Turner (WJ) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. #5 Caitlin Wood/Katherine Riley (C) 6-4, 7-5
#4 Laura Oldham/Anna Grubbs (SSS) d. #6 Nicole Root/Mandisa Ebri (G) 6-1, 6-1
Team Key:
(C) - Clayton
(EW) - East Wake
(G) - Garner
(HC) - Harnett Central
(K) - Knightdale
(SER) - Southeast Raleigh
(SSS) - Smithfiled-Selma
(WJ) - West Johnston

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Soccer Smacks Spartans

The varsity soccer squad recorded another victory on Wednesday night defeating Smithfield-Selma 4-1 at Charles Tucker Stadium.

Garner (10-2-1, 6-2-1) received goals from Taylor Stephens, Zach Hancock and Luis Resendiz.

Once again, Kenneth Perkinson provided a stellar effort in goal for the Trojans who remain atop to Greater Neuse River.

The men of Troy are back in action on Monday when they host West Johnston at 6:30 inside Trojan Stadium.

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Volleyball Earns Milestone Victory

The varsity volleyball squad captured yet another Greater Neuse River Conference victory on Tuesday night when the swept Southeast Raleigh three games to none for the road win, however this was was special victory.

Garner (17-3, 13-0) won the opening game of the match 25-11 followed by a 25-14 and 25-19 wins to sweep yet another match and give head coach Jason Boyette his 100th career victory as the head coach of the Lady Trojans.

Kristen Powell once again paced Garner with 15 of the teams 31 kills. Courtney Weathersbee also chipped in five kills while Elena Mast added six service aces for the lady Trojans.

Garner will honor their senior athletes on Thursday night at 5:30 when they host Harnett Central inside Trojan Coliseum for the penultimate game of the regular season. 

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Trojans Spoil Party to Stay Perfect


West Johnston celebrated Homecoming on Friday night and Garner made short to spoil the party with a 56-7 thrashing of the Wildcats.

However, the Trojans didn't get out of the gate like head coach Nelson Smith would have liked a4-0s Justin Carroll found Jonathan Stevens on the first play from scrimmage and he sprinted 69-yards for the score and an early 7-0 lead for West Johnston (2-5, 1-3).

That would be as close as the Wildcats would get as Garner (8-0, 4-0) came storming back and knotted the score when Vince Jefferies hit Armani Lanier with a touchdown pass down the sideline for the game tying score.

On their next possession the Trojans took a lead they would not relinquish as Garner marched the ball down the field and eventually scored on Jefferies second touchdown run of the season to make it 14-7 for the visitors.  West got the ball back following possession and had just one play before Jeremie Bolobiongo scooped up a fumble and rumbled 44-yards for a score.

Garner's punched it in two more times in the opening half when Nyehim Hines and Raevon Smith both found pay dirt and a 35-7 lead for the men of Troy at recess.

The games second half was more of the same as the Trojans opened the second half with another Jefferies to Lanier connection (the seventh time they've connected for a score this season).

Later in the games third quarter, Hines broke free once again, this time from 66-yards out as we waltzed into the end zone for another score. Garner added the exclamation point early in the fourth quarter when Montel Watters made two men miss and rumbled in for the score.

It wasn't just the offense that played well for the Trojans; Garner's defense forced three fumbles and had a pair of interceptions on the evening as they coasted to the 56-7 victory.

Garner returns to action next Friday night when they welcome the Knightdale Knights to Trojan Stadium. It will be Pop Warner Night and players and cheerleaders wearing their Pop Warner uniforms will receive free admission to the game. Additionally, the announcement of homecoming court will be made at halftime. Kick-off for the contest is slated for 7:00.

Trojan Tennis Update

Garner 6
Harnett Central 3


Hannah Hamlin (G) d. Kayla Fish (HC) 6-3, 6-0
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Lindsay Smith (HC) 6-4, 6-1
Kalin Leuthold (HC) d. Ashleigh Robb (G) 4-6, 7-6 (1), 10-7
Ina Friedrichson (G) d. Michelle Wetherington (HC) 6-1, 6-0
Cassie Doran (HC) d. Alyssa Clark (G) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Vikki Hill (HC) 6-3, 7-5


Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Kayla Fish/Michelle Wetherington (HC) 9-8 (3)
Lindsay Smith/Kalin Leuthold (HC) d. Sarah Hamlin/Mandisa Ebri (G) 9-7
Alyssa Clark/Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Cassie Doran/Vikki Hill (HC) 8-6


Abbey Walton/Natalie Whittington (8-1) and Kristina Zani/Sarah Koczwara (8-6) won in doubles.  Samone Oates-Bullock/Caroline Banker (6-8) lost in doubles.
Record: (10-3, 10-4)

Garner Sweeps Knights and Clinch Championship

Facing its third match of the week, Garner once again made short work of its opponent downing Knightdale three games to none to lock up the lady Trojans fourth straight Greater Neuse River Conference Championship.

Garner (16-3, 12-0) took the opening game of the match 25-12 followed by a 25-7 thumping in the second game before the match ended with a 25-17 victory for the lady Trojans.

Once again, Garner was able to smack 30 plus kills on the match, finishing with 35 on the night paced by 15 from Kristen Powell. Kelsey Bryan added eight while Courtney Weathersbee added four.

Additionally, the lady Trojans finished the match with 18 aces led by 11 from Powell. Elena Mast and Bryan both chipped in a pair of aces as did Weathersbee.

The victory is the fourth consecutive regular season championship. Garner will hit the road on Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 when they take on Southeast Raleigh.

JV Football Rolls Past West Johnston

Garner scored 26 unanswered points and built a commanding lead and never looked back on Thursday night to cruise past West Johnston 46-12 at Trojan Stadium.

The Trojans (4-3, 2-2) fell behind on the first drive of the game from West Johnston as the Wildcats reeled off a 12-play 70 yard drive to take an early 6-0 lead. However, the Trojans bounced right back with a four play drive as David Hamilton scampered 40 yards for the score and following an Austin Marbery extra point, the Trojans led 7-6.

After the two teams traded punts, West Johnston gave Garner up an easy score to the Trojans as Andrew Abrom picked off a pass and sprinted down the far sideline 47-yards to the house for a 13-6 Garner lead.

Early in the second stanza, Garner got the ball at its own 30 and it took just one play for Tyreece Taylor to rumbled 70-yards for another score and a 20-6 Trojan lead. That advantage ballooned to 20 points on Garner's next drive when the Trojans Jaykon Harris found a gap and ran 10 yards for a score.

After West return the ensuing kick-off back for a touchdown, the men of Troy answered right back with a nine play, 60-yard drive and capped the drive on a Taylor score and a 33-12 halftime lead for the Trojans.

In the second half, Taylor and Michael Robertson both added scoring runs for the Trojans and the final, 46-12 margin.

Garner will return to action next Thursday when they travel to Knightdale and a 6:30 kick-off with the Knights.

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Volleyball Blanks Central

In the middle game of a three game week for the varsity volleyball squad, they made short work of Harnett Central earning a three games to none victory on Wednesday night in a match that a make up for a contest which was rained out earlier in the season.

Garner (15-3, 11-0) blasted Central in all three games of the match winning 25-4 in the opening game followed by a 25-7 win and finally truncating the match with a 25-9 thumping of Central.

After knocking home 30 kills last night, the lady Trojans had 37 kills in the road victory on Wednesday. Once again, Kristen Powell paced Garner with 11 kills followed by eight from Ka'asha Jefferies. Additionally, Kelsey Bryan added six kills and Sarah Pierce hammed five kills. Madison Stewart and Courtney Weathersbee had four and three respectively.

Weathersbee also added five service aces, Powell added four and Elena Mast chipped in three aces for the Lady Trojans.

Garner returns to the hardwood tomorrow night at 5:30 when they travel to Knightdale.

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50/50 Raffle Update

Due to the rain that was experienced during the homecoming football game against Smithfield-Selma, the Trojan Club announced that the 50/50 raffle pot will carry over to the Trojans next home game on October 12 vs. Knightdale.

If you purchased a ticket from the game against SSS, do not throw it away it will be entered into the new pot for a chance to win. You will also have the opportunity to purchase more tickets for your chance to win what promises to be a big pot.

Soccer Shuts Down Comets

After a tie with Harnett Central earlier in the week, the varsity soccer squad notched another tally in the win column with a 2-0 victory over the Clayton Comets.

Garner (9-2-1, 5-2-1) got a first half goal from Kody Kamphuis as the men of Troy took a one goal lead into the halftime break.

In the games second stanza, Marco Perez blasted home another score for a two goal lead for the Trojans.

That would be more than enough for keeper Kenneth Perkinson who pitched another shutout for Garner.

The men of Troy return to action on Monday night at 6:30 when they host East Wake at Trojan Stadium.

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Volleyball Sinks Wildcats

In the first of three matches this week, the varsity volleyball squad jump started its week with a three games to none victory over West Johnston inside Trojan Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Garner (14-3, 10-0) opened the match with a 25-16 victory followed by a hard fought 25-21 win and final closing things out with a 25-13 win.

The Lady Trojans pounded West Johnston with 30 kills on the match with 10 in the first and 11 in the second. UNC-Wilmington commit, Kristen Powell paced Garner with 13 kills followed by six from Kelsey Bryan and four by Ka'asha Jefferies. 

 Powell also contributed four service aces while Bryan, Courtney Weathersbee, Elena Mast and Madison Stewart all added one for Garner.

Coach Boyette's squad returns to conference action on Wednesday when they travel to Harnett Central for a 5:30 match. The contest is a makeup from a game which was rained out earlier in the season.


Garner Tennis Update

Garner 3

Clayton 6

Hannah Hamlin (G) d. Maya Guha (C) 6-3, 3-6, 11-9
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Joy Guha (C) 6-3, 6-2
Elezcia Singletary (C) d. Ashleigh Robb (G) 6-1, 6-0
Logan Boykin (C) d. Nicole Root (G) 6-3, 6-2
Caitlin Wood (C) d. Alyssa Clark (G) 6-0, 6-2
Katherine Riley (C) d. Elizabeth Pittman (G) 6-1, 6-3


Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Maya Guha/Joy Guha (C) 9-7
Elezcia Singletary/Logan Boykin (C) d. Sarah Hamlin/Ina Friedrichson (G) 8-3
Caitlin Wood/Katherine Riley (C) d. Nicole Root/Mandisa Ebri (G) 9-8 (7)


Natalie Whittington/Hannah Hawley (1-8), Savannah Richmond/Zeinab Hilou (2-8) and Mary Ayodele/Tiamber Goode (1-8) lost in doubles.

Record - (7-3, 7-4)

Garner 8
East Wake 1


Hannah Hamlin (G) d. Alexis Montague (EW) 6-0, 6-0
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Sierra Blackley (EW) 6-3, 6-0
Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Bethany McGlyn (EW) 6-2, 6-4
Nicole Root (G) d. Sammie Smith (EW) 6-1, 6-0
Alyssa Clark (G) d. Rachel Longtine (EW) 6-3, 6-2
Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Essence O'Neal (EW) 6-2, 7-5


Alexis Montague/Sierra Blackley (EW) d. Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) 8-4
Nicole Root/Mandisa Ebri (G) d. Bethany McGlyn/Rachel Longtine (EW) 8-2
Alyssa Clark/Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Sammie Smith/Essence O'Neal (EW) 8-6


Samone Oates-Bullock (8-4) and Abbey Walton (8-6) won in singles.  Kristina Zani/Sarah Koczwara (4-8) lost in doubles.

Record - (8-3, 8-4)


Garner 7
West Johnston 2


Alli Powers (WJ) d. Hannah Hamlin (G) 6-1, 6-2
Sarah Hamlin (G) d. Ashley Turner (WJ) 6-0, 6-1
Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Yarlies Vanga (WJ) 6-4, 6-4
Nicole Root (G) d. Haley Shigas (WJ) 7-5, 6-0
Alyssa Clark (G) d. Sarah Kuhaneck (WJ) 6-0, 6-0
Elizabeth Pittman (G) d. Amber Hines (WJ) 6-0, 6-2


Hannah Hamlin/Ashleigh Robb (G) d. Ashley Turner/Yarlies Vanga (WJ) 8-1
Alli Powers/Haley Shigas (WJ) d. Sarah Hamlin/Ina Friedrichson (G) 8-1
Nicole Root/Mandisa Ebri (G) d. Amber Hines/Lauren McLeod (WJ) 8-1

Kristina Zani/Sarah Koczwara (8-0) and Karla Paredes/Caroline Banker (5-3) won in doubles.

 Record - (9-3, 9-4)

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