Clayton alum Creasy putting together solid starts in Single-A
Clayton High graduate Jason Creasy is continuing his solid summer in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Creasy, who reeled off a string of three consecutive starts without allowing a run in June, has a 2.96 ERA on the season for the West Virginia Power of the Single-A South Atlantic League. He went a season-high six innings on Aug. 2, allowing just one run and striking out six.
In his last 10 starts he has an ERA of 2.03.
Smithfield-Selma graduate Jerry Sands has seen his average tick up a little bit for the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A Pirates) but the right fielders batting average was at .214 entering the weekend.
Cleveland wrestler wins scholarship to Iowa college
Cleveland High School graduate Dakota Hill has signed a wrestling scholarship with Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The NAIA school plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with schools in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
Hill was a three-year starter for the Rams and finished third in the state at the 2013 NCHSAA 3A state championships. He was named Clevelands most outstanding wrestler in 2013 and was the Rams most improved wrestler in 2012.
We are excited about the addition of Dakota to our growing program, said Graceland coach Zack Mullins. The success Dakota had during high school in both the classroom and on the mat makes me excited to get him on campus in the weeks to come and get to work.
Not only has he had success but he carries the characteristics I am building this program upon.
Dakota is the son of Kevin and Lynn Hill and will major in business administration and sports management.
Corinth Holder Pirates dealing with large JV squad
Whoever said having too much of anything was a bad thing? When you have a combined turnout of more than 100 athletes come out for your varsity and junior varsity football programs, its definitely a good thing. But it comes with challenges.
A combined 42 returning varsity lettermen and players moving up from last years junior varsity unit is a whopping number to deal with. That being said, Corinth Holders coaching staff consists of nine individuals this season, including varsity head coach Barry Honeycutt, to groom the astronomical turnout.
We have a really good ninth- and 10th-grade group coming up, Honeycutt said, referring to the 60-plus individuals who have turned out for the JV team. Two years ago, two-thirds of the (varsity) team was ninth- and 10th-graders, and its good to know you have those type of kids that are staying in the program. Anytime you go over 100 (candidates), you have a pretty good turnout.
Having such a large JV turnout could be a problem, but with the nine-man staff, the Pirates have been able to divide the players (secondary, defensive line, receivers, and offensive line) into smaller sections to get more work done.
Our big numbers are really a big challenge for us, Honeycutt said. Whatever group they are in is larger than the varsity, so its difficult for one coach to take the varsity and another take the JV. Were very happy to have three guys (Fred McLamb, Greg Parrish and John Enyeart) helping us out They are huge additions to the staff and are doing a great job for us.
Malcolm Deans is the new volleyball coach at Wake Christian Academy. He was a highly successful coach at Wilson Christian Academy, winning seven N.C. Christian School Association state volleyball championships during from 2000-10.
Jody Edwards is the new boys soccer coach at North Johnston High School, while William Williams will lead the Clayton boys and girls varsity teams this school year. Williams has been the Comets girls head coach the past few seasons and had been serving as an assistant varsity boys coach.
Jay Mumford contributed.