Trinity’s Johnson signs with Guilford
STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
TRINITY — It’s official. Trinity High School’s Jordan “J.J.” Johnson will continue his football career at Guilford College.
Johnson signed a letter of intent to play football at Guilford College May 8 in the Trinity High School media center. At age 5, Johnson loved playing football in his backyard so much that his dad Perez Johnson signed him up with the Blue Devils, a little league team that played games at Archdale-Trinity Middle School.
That early start led to a four-year varsity football career at Trinity High School.
Both of Johnson’s parents, including mom Rita Johnson, and his brother Cameron Johnson were on hand as he signed his letter of intent May 8.
Johnson was a starter for the varsity team during the past three years. According to head varsity football coach Clayton Trivett, Johnson was a dominating force on the D-line.
“At times he was unblockable,” said Trivett.
Johnson made all-conference in both his junior and senior years. During his senior year he tallied 35 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 2 touchdowns scored.
“Guilford College is getting better because of him,” said Principal Brad Phillips.
“I’m looking forward to interacting with new players while playing football in a new environment,” Johnson said.
“J.J. has been a huge asset to the Trinity High School football and the basketball court and he will certainly be missed,” said Athletic Director Robert Mitchell.
— DEBBIE HIGHTOWER
FORMER HPU BASEBALL PLAYER SHOREY NAMED TO BIG SOUTH ALL-DECADE TEAM
CHARLOTTE — Former High Point University baseball player Mark Shorey was named the Big South Conference’s All-Decade Team for 2000-09. The conference is announcing its All-Decade teams in honor of its 30th anniversary.
Shorey was named a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American and Co-Big South Player of the Year as a senior in 2006 after posting one of the single best offensive seasons in High Point baseball history. He led the league with 20 home runs and also topped the Big South in both slugging percentage (.779) and on-base percentage (.504). Shorey also finished second in the conference with a .408 batting average and fourth in RBI with 62.
In four seasons with the Panthers, Shorey played in 144 games with 120 starts and finished with a .335 batting average, 101 RBI and 87 runs scored. The outfielder had 34 career doubles and 26 career home runs. He ranks among the top-10 in the HPU all-time record book in several career offensive categories including home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Shorey was the first High Point player in the team’s Div. I era to earn All-American honors and the first to earn Big South Player of the Year honors. He was also just the second HPU player to be named first-team All-Big South.
RAGNO’S TEAM POSTS HPSGA WIN
HIGH POINT — Jim Ragno, Sonny Dykes, Don Brugger and Phil Robinson carded 7-under to win this week’s High Point Seniors Golf Association playday at Oak Hollow.
Team score was the two best balls on each hole.
Two teams tied for second at 3-under — Ed Hester, Charles Smith, Ron Kennedy and J.D. Willams and Kaline Gant, Duffy Diffenbecker, Johnny Mitchell and Walt Weber.
Don Carpenter eagled No. 8.
PANTHERS SIGN DRAFT PICKS BENJAMIN, TURNER
CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers signed first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round selection Trai Turner on Wednesday.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
All six of the team’s draft picks this year are now under contract.
Benjamin, the 28th overall pick, had 84 receptions for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons with Florida State, including the winning 2-yard TD catch in the Seminoles’ BCS National Championship win over Auburn.
Turner, the 92nd pick, started 20 games and played in 25 during in two seasons at LSU. As a sophomore, Turner was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, starting 13 games and leading the conference with 21 blocks resulting in touchdowns.
HAMMOND CAPTURES N.C. WOMEN’S AMATEUR CROWN
LUMBERTON — Hayley Hammond of Mooresville capturedthe 65th North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship hosted by PineCrest Country Club on Thursday.
Hammond carded rounds of 70, 77 and 72 to finish at 219 for a four-stroke victory over 59-year-old Pat Brogden of Garner. Defending champion Courtney McKim of Cary finished tied for fifth.
In the state tees division, 12-year-old Rachel Kuehn of Asheville shot a 75-77-77—229 to win her flight and the overall division by seven shots. Clate Aydlett of Elizabeth City captured the Senior division (age 62+) by three shots over Cynthia Curry of Charlotte.
Among area golfers, Cecily Overbey of High Point placed eighth overall in championship flight at 74-78-77—229.
High Point’s Kathy DeVore was 23rd overall and fourth in championship flight three at 82-84-80—246.