Vikings voyage to college
Four South Granville High School senior football players will stay in the game on the Division III level.
Matt McCutcheon was South Granville’s quarterback and will be attending Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Cole Parrish and Andrew Ferguson blocked for McCutcheon. Parrish is headed to the University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. Ferguson has committed to Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, Virginia.
Craig Wilkie was a linebacker for South Granville. He’s going to Bridgewater, too.
Scholarships at Division III schools are academically based, and these young men have combined for $252,000 worth of financial assistance, which speaks to what South Granville coach Mike Hobgood demands in the classroom from his players, South Granville recruiting advisor George Ferguson said
Jordan's Layne muscling for position on national team
DURHAM — Jordan freshman Lizz Layne made it to third day of the USA Basketball 17U National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The team is expected to be finalized today.
The trials started with 145 players. There were 96 players left after the first cuts, and 70 players remained after the second cuts, Jordan coach Ty Cox said.
Among the remaining players, Layne is the fourth youngest and one of only seven freshman.
Layne, a straight-A student at Jordan, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game for Jordan, second on the team to PAC-6 player of the year Salita Greene.
Georgia Tech wins ACC baseball tournament
GREENSBORO — A.J. Murray drove in three runs, and Georgia Tech won its second Atlantic Coast Conference baseball title in three years, beating Maryland 9-4 on Sunday.
Freshman Connor Justus capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run single that helped send the ninth-seeded Yellow Jackets (36-25) to their ninth conference title.
Georgia Tech claimed the ACC’s automatic NCAA tournament berth and became the lowest seed to win the tournament, though this was the first year the field expanded to 10 teams.
Byron Smith wins Rex Hospital Open
RALEIGH — Byron Smith won the Rex Hospital Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory
The 33-year-old Smith finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Wakefield Plantation and earned $112,500 to jump from 66th to 10th on the money list with $139,061.
“This means everything. It’s a long time coming,” said the 33-year-old Smith, who was on the Pepperdine golf team for two years but never played in a tournament during days as a philosophy major. “They say golf is a game of mostly failures and I’ve had plenty of that. This is what makes it all worth it. It’s amazing. It’s the biggest moment in my golf career up to this point by far.”
Smith bogeyed the par-4 18th after birdieing Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 15 and parring Nos. 16-17. He shot a 63 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Hunter Haas and Harold Varner III.
Varner finished with a 70 to tie for second with Australia’s Scott Gardner at 12 under. Gardner shot 69.
Smith was seven shots off the pace entering the weekend.
“I just wasn’t making anything,” Smith said. “I hit it amazing for four rounds and finally got the putter working on the weekend. I stayed patient and didn’t try to force anything. I just kept hitting quality iron shots and giving myself good looks. Thankfully a couple started to drop.”