Leach named to East-West squad
Terrell Leach of Southwest Guilford was the only local player named to play in the East-West high school boys basketball all-star game July 22 at Greensboro Coliseum.
Leach will play for the West team. Craig Hinton of East Forsyth was the only other player from the Piedmont Triad 4A selected for the West. The only other player from Guilford County picked was Kevin Hunt of Dudley.
GILES CONTRIBUTES IN US ROMP
MOLDONADO, URAGUAY — Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy scored 14 points and grabbed 10 to rebounds help the U.S. team open play in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships with a 130-31 rout of Mexico on Tuesday.
Giles hit 6 of his 10 field goal attempts, had three assists, two steals, blocked two shots and committed one turnover.
The US faces Argentina today at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Labonte to race No. 51 this weekend
TRINITY - Bobby Labonte confirmed Tuesday that he will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway for Phoenix Racing. The agreement was reached after Labonte spoke with and received approvals from officials with JTG/Daugherty Racing and Toyota Racing Development. It is currently an agreement for one race.
JTG/Daugherty is putting AJ Allmendinger in the No. 47 for this weekend and possibly for as many as five other races for which it does not have sponsorship. The team said the move is being made to get another opinion as to what is needed to improve the team’s performance. Labonte has not finished better than 15th in any race this season.
Labonte, who has 14 previous starts for Phoenix Racing and the James Finch-owned team, is always grateful for the opportunity to race with the team.
“James has always been one of the first to reach out to offer help in a situation like this,” said Labonte in a release. “I enjoy racing with Nick Harrison, Steve Barkdoll and the entire group of guys. I’m looking forward to this weekend.”
Labonte also feels this will help his current team, JTG/Daugherty Racing, as he continues to be committed to helping the organization move forward.
“Racing for another team this weekend will be another process in helping me understand the development of the new car and how it compares to my current ride,” Labonte said. “I’m not happy with our current performance level as a team and absolutely want to work hard to help our race team improve. My commitment continues to give the best efforts possible each weekend. That has never changed and this opportunity will hopefully make everyone, including myself, get a better understanding of where improvements can be made. We just completed our first test at Kentucky, which was valuable time spent on the track, that should assist in improving our team performance starting this weekend and going forward.”
TWO TIE FOR FJ INVITATIONAL LEAD
GREENSBORO — Carson Young of Pendleton, S.C., and J.D. Lehman of Bluffton, S.C., are tied for the first-round lead at the FJ Invitational after firing matching 4-under-par 66s at the Sedgefield Country Club – Donald Ross Course on Tuesday.
Lehman got hot on the back nine, riding four birdies and no bogeys to a 4-under-par score on the side, a stark contrast to his up-and-down time on the front, where he had three bogeys, birdies and pars.
Young, a senior committed to play at Clemson in the fall, used stellar iron play to hit 16 greens on the day, which compensated for the fact that he only hit five fairways.
Ben Schlottman of Advance is among three players tied for third at 2-under 68. Schlottman woke up 45 minutes before his tee time and ate breakfast on the run, but some smooth putting and good iron play allowed him to finish high.
Drew Johnson of Oak Ridge is tied for sixth at 1-under 69. Thomas Walsh of High Point is tied for 24th at 2-over 72.
COMBS PREVAILS IN OHLGA PLAY
HIGH POINT — Willie Combs was the winner of the Oak Hollow Ladies Association weekly playday on tuesday, carding in a 32.5 under a format that counted the best front or back nine with half a player’s normal handicap.
Combs also earned low gross honors with a 92 and low net with a 69. Kathleen Koch had the fewest putts with 32.
The association also announced first-round President’s cup winners were Sandy McCulloch, Nancy Kiers, Frances Kiser and Betty Neely.
STEWART LEADS NC WOMEN’S AM
ASHEBORO — Angela Stewart of Greenville made a 15-foot birdie putt on her eighteenth hole to shoot a 1-over par round of 73 to take a one shot lead over Alaina Yeatts of Durham and Western Carolina golf coach Mallory Hetzel of Waynesville.
Stewart carded four birdies and three bogeys on the day at Pinewood Country Club. She also leads the Senior Division.
In the State tee division Sook Hee Yang of Jamestown shot 4-over-par 76 and leads by five shots over three other players (Donna Johnson, Asheboro; Melissa Sage of Charlotte; and Vicki DiSantis of Pinehurst). This division plays a shorter course.
HOOVER ADDS TO STAFF
WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest women's basketball head coach Jen Hoover announced the hiring of assistant coach Clarisse Garcia on Tuesday. Garcia comes to Wake Forest after one season on the women’s basketball staff at Alabama.
In her one season with the Crimson Tide, Garcia helped the team to a 13-18 record including a win over ACC-foe Virginia and a tournament title at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational. She was primarily responsible for recruiting in addition to coaching, player development, elite camp and scouting.
Garcia replaces Jaida Williams, who accepted the head coach position at Coastal Carolina earlier this spring.
FIELD NAMED FOR RICHARDSON AFTER HUGE DONATION
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte 49ers have announced their new 15,300-seat football facility will be named Jerry Richardson Stadium following a $10 million donation from the Carolina Panthers owner.
Construction on the stadium was completed last October.