Ragsdale’s Gaither hopes to shine at national combine
Jerry Gaither Jr. turned plenty of heads at the Blue-Grey Carolina football combine at Proehlific Park on May 11.
As a result, Gaither, a rising senior running back/cornerback at Ragsdale High School, has been selected to compete in the prestigious Blue-Grey national super combine at the New England Patriots training facility in Foxborough, Mass. June 8-9.
Only 200 players from a pool of more than 4,250 earned the invite to Foxborough.
If Gaither performs well enough at the national combine, he could earn an invitation to take part in the Blue-Grey National All-American Classic at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Jan. 11, 2014.
Gaither, a 5-6, 152-pounder, rushed 15 times for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers last season. He also recorded seven tackles (one solo) as a reserve defender and special teams performer.
PRATT UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
High Point Central defensive back Germaine Pratt is among 400 players nominated to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school all-star football game
Of the 400 nominees, 90 will selected to fill the game’s rosters. The East vs. West contest is scheduled Jan. 4 and will be televised by NBC.
Players were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 24/7Sports — the Bowl’s official online recruiting network — and All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country.
The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced throughout the Fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
HPU ATHLETICS DONATES FOOD TO SALVATION ARMY
The High Point University Athletic Department recently combined to collect 1,492 pounds of food to donate to the Salvation Army. It was part of the Big South Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee annual Community Service Initiative.
HPU’s administrative staff donated 541 pounds of food for the donation. The Panthers’ top team was the women’s lacrosse team at 255 pounds, just edging the women’s track team’s 241-pound donation. High Point’s women’s soccer and volleyball teams each collected 125 pounds of food for donations.
VIRGINIA QB RULED INELIGIBLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia football coach Mike London announced Friday that quarterback Phillip Sims is ineligible and currently not enrolled at the University. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Sims completed his sophomore season in 2012 after transferring from Alabama last summer.
“The thing we tell the young men who come to the University of Virginia to receive a world-class education and play for our football program is pretty simple,” London said in a release from the university. “Go to class. Show class and treat people with dignity and respect. Those directions are pretty easy to follow and they will lead you on a path of success.
“When an individual strays from those directions, it is very disappointing to me. Phillip Sims did not make the commitment he needed to succeed here.”
SOUTH STANLY WINS 1A OPENER
GREENSBORO – Russ Weiker helped lead South Stanly with both his arm and his bat to a 3-0 victory over Midway on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A baseball championship series at NewBridge Bank Park.
Weiker, who was the Most Valuable Player of last year’s NCHSAA state 1-A championship series as the Rebel Bulls beat Durham Voyager Academy, limited the Raiders to just one hit while striking out eight and walking just one in improving his pitching mark to 12-1. He was also two for four at the plate and drove in two of the three South runs.
PIEDMONT ROMPS IN 2A
ZEBULON — Monroe Piedmont exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and coasted to a 9-3 triumph over North Brunswick on Friday in the opening game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.
SOCON RETURNS TO ASHEVILLE
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The Southern Conference says it has extended its agreement to hold its basketball tournaments in Asheville through 2017.
The league’s men’s and women’s tournament had been played there the past two years. The agreement adds three years to the deal set to expire after next season. The league announced the move Friday at the conclusion of its spring meetings.