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Mustangs Gregory headed to Pikeville By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Darryl Gregory III didn't have to look far to find his motivation for Parkland High's football team during the 2012 season. His father, Darryl “Pooh” Gregory Jr. passed away unexpectedly four years ago after being overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from a furnace. His dad,
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Sprinter continues to post new marks at Wake Forest
Darryl Gregory III a former standout at linebacker for East Forsyth in the early 1990's, was like a best friend and confidant. His dad, was also a coach in Pop Warner football and Little League baseball. He introduced him to both sports at an early age. “My dad was
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Mytoie Gathings helped establish the girls track program at Parkland as one of the tops in the state for producing quality sprinters. Gathings and her teammates set dozens of Mustangs records and
won state titles in individual and relay races. But while the careers of many ended at the conclusion of their senior seasons at Parkland, Gathings has continued to blaze a path on the track. Recently, Gathings broke her own record at Wake Forest in the 100 meter dash,
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FCD’s Smith plays major role in ACC title Former Forsyth Country Day star sticks out for UNC By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Lacrosse is a relatively new sports for most native North Carolinians. However, its popularity has soared in recent seasons and kids in the state are choosing to play the sport with a pace that exceeds the growth of any other. The Univ. of North Carolina’s lacrosse program has been one of the tops in the ACC for several decades. However, the Tar Heels didn’t sign a North Carolina athlete to a scholarship until three years ago, when
Photo Credit: Jeffrey A. Camarati, UNC Athletic Communications Jordan Smith, who played at Forsyth country Day helped lead the Univ. of North Carolina’s defensve unit to its title. they signed Jordan Smith, who starred for four years at Forsyth
Country Day. Smith hasn’t disappointed either. The defenseman
has started since midway through his freshman season and helped
lead the Tar Heels to their first ACC Lacrosse championship since
1996. Smith has start-
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Mount Tabor’s Nunn develops into a gem for Apps Former Spartan standout is Mountaineer ace By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly
Jamie Nunn, who played his high school baseball at Mount Tabor High, has developed into Appalachian’s ace.
Jamie Nunn subscribes to all the old adages that hard work pays off. Nunn, a junior pitcher at Appalachian State, has seen his stock rise considerably in the Southern Conference. This season the former Mount Tabor standout has emerged as one of the conference’s top pitchers.
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He attributes his success to working hard and having faith in his ability. “Right now we’re playing well as a team and personally I doing very well,” he said, during a recent telephone interview. Anytime you work really hard you expect success to come if you are patient enough to wait on it.” Nunn has emerged as the Mountaineers ace, mean-
ing he’s usually the starter during the team’s Friday games. It came quickly, earlier in the season, and Nunn said he was prepared to accept it. “At the start of the season I didn’t know I would be the Friday starter,” he said. “It wasn’t until the (North Carolina) State game that I found out. I just rolled with it and went out and tried to do everything that I could
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Home Grown Talent Hopkins named All-ACC top doubles team of Prabhakar and David Hopkins currently sits at No. 35 on the national charts, moving up 13 spots after their win over then-No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia in the ACC Championship final. Hopkins is a Winston-Salem native, who captured the state individual championship while playing at Winston-Salem Prep Academy. A fifth-year senior, he has been a standout for the Demon Deacons throughout his career at Wake Forest and has played a prominent role in the program’s revival.. The Demon Deacons (20-8) enter the tournament on a hot streak, having reached the final of the ACC Championship after knocking off No. 9 Duke in the semifinals. The winner of Friday's match will advance
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David Hopkins in action for Wake Forest.
Nunn from Page 1 to get the team a win.” Nunn has done a good job in holding down the ace slot on the mound for the Mountaineers. His record is 93 thus far with an Earned Run Average of 3.12. He has appeared in 12 games for Appalachian, starting each one. He also leads the team in most categories, including innnings pitched (83.2) and strikeouts (69). He says he hopes to
Smith from Page 1 ed in 12 of the Tar Heels' 15 games this season. North Carolina is 12-3 after having defeated Virginia for the ACC championship. On the season, Smith has recorded seven ground balls and has been a force for the Tar Heels' defensive unit, which has yielded only 150 goals all season while they have scored 200. Smith has been a starter in nine of the Tar Heels' 12 games. At the time that he announced his decision to accept a lacrosse scholarship
ATHENS, Ga. - The 19th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team will begin play in the NCAA Championship against No. 36 Northwestern on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Wake Forest, which finished second in the ACC championships a week ago, put three players on the 2013 All-ACC team with David Hopkins, Amogh Prabhakar and Adam Lee all earning allconference honors. Hopkins was named to the team for the second year in a row, while Lee and Prabhakar were honored for the first time. All three players have been nationally ranked in both doubles and singles this season. The Demon Deacons'
keep things going for the Mountaineers as they approach the Southern Conference Tournament and hopefully lead ASU into the NCAA Regionals. “We have talked about some of those things,” he said. “Obviously we would like to win the regular season in the Southern Conference and it would definitely help to win the tournament. “Right now we’re more concerned with just winning every game that we play and I’m trying to do my best every time Coach gives me the baseball.”
from the Tar Heels, Smith became the first native North Carolinian to accept at lacrosse scholarship to the Univ. of North Carolina. In the past most of the Tar Heel players came from the mid-Atlantic states. A pair of conference champions will meet in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship as Smith and the University of North Carolina will play host to Lehigh this Saturday at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Game time is 12 Noon. North Carolina and Lehigh have the two longest winning streaks in the nation
A junior, Nunn will have another year of eligibility left with the Mountaineers. If he continues to improve he would likely be looked upon favorably by major league baseball teams for their amateur draft next year. But it could also happen this season. “You can’t really look at that kind of stuff and start speculating,” he said. “You just have to continue working as hard as you have in the past and hope that those kind of things will fall in place. I have to focus on getting one player out at a time and not let anything affect my rhythm.
heading into Saturday's game. The Tar Heels have won nine in a row and captured the Atlantic Coast Conference championship two weekends ago, UNC's first victory in the event since 1996. Lehigh brings a seven-match winning streak to Chapel Hill. The Mountain Hawks have won back-to-back Patriot League championships. North Carolina will make its 28th overall appearance and seventh successive appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship when it plays host to Lehigh on Saturday.
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Eagles hold off Bobcats in PTC 4-A softball thriller East Forsyth’s Sidney Kado hits game-winning homer with game on the line By Kevin Pearman Triad Sports Weekly In a recent showdown, the East Forsyth Lady Eagles defeated crosstown rival the Glenn Lady Cats in a barn burner, 9-8. The first two innings were scoreless until the bottom third when East center fielder Kiersten Berrier drew a walk and in feilder Julia Barnes hit a base hit double driving Berrier in to take a 1-0 lead. The Lady Cats tied the game up 1-1 in the top of the fourth when first baseman Ashley Hurd hit a single driving in right fielder Elizabeth Toler. In the bottom of the fourth Eagles first baseman Macy George hit a triple and pitcher Kasey Todd bunted George home. Later in the inning third baseman Amanda Trivette
Gregory from Page 1 more like an older brother. We could talk about anything. We had a very nice relationship. We could talk about anything.” At the time his dad passed away, Gregory was playing in his final season of Pop Warner Football. That’s when he began to take football seriously. “My father’s death motivated me,” he said. “I was a backup linebacker and I came
hit a double driving home courtesy runner Alex Watson who was on second base to make the score 3-1. The Lady Cats had a huge inning in the top of the fifth as center fielder Samantha Stilling hit a triple followed by a single by short stop Heather Burton driving Stilling home to trim the Eagles lead to 3-2, singles by second baseman Tracy Haynes and right fielder Elizabeth Toler and a grand slam by pitcher Karen Foley would put Glenn up 6-3. Glenn's defense would come up strong in the bottom of the fifth as East came up scoreless in their half of the inning. The Eagles in return retired the Lady Cats in the top of the sixth and in the bottom of the sixth, they too would put up five runs as in fielder Julia Barnes hit a double
driving in second basethe seventh Lady Eagle man Abbey Lamendola catcher Sidney Kaydo and third baseman would step up to the the Amanda Trivette to plate as the lead off batmake the score 6-5 ter in her third at bat of Glenn. the night, the first two The scoring pitches wound up being would continue in the strikes, the third pitch inning for the Eagles as however was a solo short stop Sarah Beth home run to give East Ashley hit a single and the win 9-8 and to also Macy help East George hit ''When I hit it over I tie was real happy and so a double Northwest driving in were my teammates Guilford Ashley because not only did for a share and of the we defeat Glenn but Barnes to Peidmontwe also won a share put East Triad 4A up 8-6. In of the conference conferthe top of championship, so ence the sevchampieverybody was enth the onship. happy.'' Lady Cats Despite tied the hitting the - Sydney Kado game winscore at 88 thanks ning home to a solo home run by run, Kaydo said that she Tracy Haynes and a was real nervous when double from Karen she was up at the plate Foley driving home at bat. courtesy runner Morgan ''I was nervous Carter. because I had two In the bottom of strikes already and I
was just hoping that I wouldn't strike out,” she said. Kaydo went on by saying that she was very happy when she lifted the solo homer. ''When I hit it over I was real happy and so were my teammates because not only did we defeat Glenn but we also won a share of the conference championship, so everybody was happy.'' With the win the Lady Eagles now stand at (16-4) overall and finish the conference regular season with a (10-2) record and will begin play in the Peidmont-Triad 4A conference tournament later on this week and Kaydo says that their win on Friday will give them a big boost of confidence as they head into the tournament and playoffs. “It definitely gives us an edge because we clinched a
share of our conference title plus we finished the regular season off with a win so it definitely gives us a boost,'' said Mike Muse, Lady Eagles head coach. who says that winning last Friday night will also help them out seeding wise for the NCHSAA softball playoffs which will begin next week. ''It will give us a couple of home games heading into the state playoffs next week and having a home field advantage is always a great thing to have especially when your in the state playoffs.'' Congratulations to the Lady Eagles on clinching a share of the Peidmont-Triad 4A conference regular season championship and we wish them the best of luck as they participate in their conference tournament this week and in the NCHSAA state playoffs this week.
into the game and played the best game of my Pop Warner career. I made 10 tackles and had an interception.” At Parkland he teamed up with his cousin, Carlos Gregory and was a terror from the start. He finished second on the Mustangs in tackles as sophomore and led Parkland in 2011 and 2012, finishing with 105 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception as a senior. At Pikeville, an NAII program, he will
be playing alongside cousin Carlos once again. “They’re talking about keeping me at linebacker or moving me to safety,” said Gregory, who stands 511 and weighs approximately 190 pounds. “I think I’m ready for it. When I went there I had a chance to see their spring game and experience what college life would be like. I grew a lot mentally over the last year and learned how to read offenses and figure out what they were trying to do.”
Gathings has also helped set the Wake Forest record in the 4x100 relay. She teamed with Myesha Barr, Montasia Golden, and Brianna Dekine to set the school record at 46.96. In addition the quartert finished in fifth place at the ACC meet with that time.
A record-setter throughout her career at Parkland, Gathings is also closing in on the Wake Forest record in the 200 meter dash. The current mark is 23.94 and Gathings is within .4 of a second in establishing a record in that event.
Gathings from Page 1 clocking a time of 11.8 during a meet at the Raleigh Relays. That time eclipsed the time of 11.89 that she had previously set for the Wake Forest school record at the Wake Forest open.
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Schlottman, Townsend lead Furies in PACIS Forsyth Country Day gears up for state championship at Greensboro’s Bryan Park From Staff Reports FCDS finished off the 45 hole confer-
ence schedule with a resounding 75 shot victory over second place Wesleyan
Christian Academy. Five Furies made allconference led by 3 time PACIS
Ben Schlottman Conference player of the year Ben Schlottman who defeated runner-up Gray Townsend of FCDS by 1 stroke. Jay Hunt and Salah Sayess finished tied for 5th and Tyler Hartley rounded out the group
with a 7th place finish in the conference to earn all-conference honors. The final nine hole match at Tanglewood was won by the Furies with a 2 over par score of 146. Gray Townsend fired a 2 under par 34
to take the individual victory followed by Ben Schlottman with a 36 and Hunt and Sayess with 38's. The Furies will play the state championship at Bryan Park Champions course on May 13th and 14th.
Forsyth Country Day wins on Senior Night Furies lacrosse team takes 12-4 victory over Kerr Vance Academy From Staff Reports Sam Baughan, Gray Galloway and Tripp Showfety scored three goals
each to lead Forsyth Country Day to a 124 victory over Kerr Vance Academy of Raleigh on Senior Night. Devon
Winbush added two goals for the Furies and Hamilton Ross rounded out the scoring with one goal. Baughan and Showfety also led the team in assists with three and two, respectively. Winbush also added two assists. Ross and Will Perry contributed one assist each for FCDS. In a previous game, Forsyth Country Day School traveled to Cary, North Carolina to play an exhilarating game against Cary Academy. The Furies took control early
and fervently battled to maintain the lead for the entire contest. Team defense was key throughout the competition as Coleman Johnson, Weston Pruitt, Alex Rickabaugh, Jay Cavenaugh, David Kim, Evan Noble, Christian Powell, John Craig and Lathan Tripp Showfety scored three goals to help lead Verwoerdt kept Forsyth Country Day to victory. the Chargers Cullinan 1 goal and 4 Sam Baughan had 2 away from the goal. assists; Will Perry, goals and 1 assist; Goalie, John Hamilton Ross and Tripp Showfety 2 Showfety provided 10 goals and 1 assist; Christian Powell each well needed saves added one goal Devon Winbush 2 throughout the apiece. goals; Walker evening. Offensively,
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Rams capture title, prepare for playoffs Winston-Salem State baseball team wins its third consecutive CIAA crown From Staff Reports Petersburg, VA â€“ On the third and final day of competition at the 2013 CIAA Spring Sports Festival, Winston-Salem State University defeated Chowan University 9-1 in the championship game to claim their third consecutive conference title at the Whaley Colbert Field on the campus of VSU. The Rams finished 3-0 during the tournament in order to hoist the championship plaque. WSSU wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with three runs in the first inning. Chowan went three up and three down in the top of the first. The Rams produced three hits and three runs in the bottom of the first, including a RBI double from Tyler Hickernell. Both teams went scoreless in the second and third innings. The Hawks earned a run in the fourth off a RBI single from Evan Holton. The hit from Holton scored Brandon Mack from third base. The inning came to a close with one run, two
hits, an error, and two left on base. Unfortunately, that would be the only run generated by Chowan in the contest. Winston-Salem State responded with two runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to secure a victory. Neither team scored after the sixth inning. First baseman Aaron Jones had clutch day at the plate for WSSU with four hits off five at-bats, three runs scored and a RBI. Hickernell controlled the game on the mound and picked up the win. He pitched eight innings with five strikeouts, only allowing six hits and one run scored en route to being named Tournament MVP. Seth Mahaffey checked in for the save in the ninth. He struck out two, walked one, and had one ground out. The Rams earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs and await the tournament seeding announcement for their opponent. Below is a complete breakdown of the 2013 CIAA AllTournament Baseball Team:
WSSU swept through the CIAA Tournament with a 3-0 record. NAME, POSITION, SCHOOL Colton Gunn, Pitcher, Virginia State Levi Grassley, Third Base, WSSU Nicholas Christopher, Short Stop, Virginia State Tyler Hickernell, Pitcher/DH, WSSU John Hunter, First Base, Chowan Aaron Jones, First Base, WSSU Blake Leebrick, Catcher, Chowan Percy Evans, First Base, Virginia State
Ryan Moore, Designated Hitter, Chowan Evan Holton, Outfield, Chowan Rafael Gonzalez, Second Base, WSSU Josh Markins, Utility, Virginia State 2013 CIAA Baseball Tournament MVP Tyler Hickernell, Pitcher/DH, Winston-Salem State
Woods signs with Warcats Former WSSU standout joins local womenâ€™s pro team From Staff Reports Vontisha Woods, a former Winston-Salem State standout, has signed to play semi-pro basketball with the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats for the 2013 season. The Lady Warcats participate in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL), and provides an opportunity for women ages 21 and up to pursue an athletic career in basketball beyond amateur status. Woods will return to Vontisha Woods in action for WSSU. the hardwood McDonalds after returning Depiro Squad in Mosta, Malta. from overseas; At WSSU, her senior year, She was a memshe " managed to score in excess of Woods ber of the a 1000 points and grabbed over 900 rebounds. In her last year in college, she averaged 11pts and 8.5 rebounds per game." She also snagged awards such as 2011 AllCIAA Women's Team and First Team Honors on the NCAA Division I All-Independent team (2010). "Vee", as she likes to be called, will play in her first game as a Lady Warcat on Saturday, May 11th at 2:00pm. This game will be the first game, and first home game for the Warcats, taking on "cross town" rival, the USA Elite of Greensboro, NC. The series match-up is 2-2. Who will win the "Battle of the Triad" this year? Warcats home games are played at the Fulton Family YMCA, (385 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105).
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