Prep Notebook: Charlotte 49ers to feature 2 ex-area football stars

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

A pair of former area football stars will make history today when they take part in the Charlotte 49ers first spring football game.

Offensive guard Casey Perry, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound freshman who played at Hillside High School for Coach Antonio King, and Fletcher O’Neil, a 6-1, 225 sophomore defensive end from East Chapel Hill who played for since-retired coach Bill Renner, will both suit up for the fledgling program today.

O’Neil was an all-PAC-6 offensive tackle at East. Perry, an all-PAC-6 star and former PAC-6 lineman of the year, was also a member of the 2011 Herald-Sun all-area football team. He was recruited by Charlotte as a defensive tackle and moved to the offensive line this spring.

Charlotte officially began its football program a year ago and redshirted its entire inaugural recruiting class. Coached by former Wake Forest aide Brad Lawson, the 49ers play their first season this fall.

Perry wears No. 70 for the 49ers and O’Neil No. 56.

The 49ers will play in a new 15,300-seat on-campus stadium. They’ll play their first two seasons as an FCS (formerly I-AA) Independent and will join Conference USA, an FBS member program in 2015. Charlotte can become bowl-eligible as early as the 2016 season depending on its success on the football field.

The program’s first game will be Aug. 31 at home against Campbell.

FRIDAY CANCELLATIONS

All sports events involving Durham Public Schools Friday afternoon and evening were postponed because of the tornado watch for the county ... Also on the chopping block is Monday’s scheduled Voyager Academy at Southern baseball game. Southern needed the date to schedule a makeup PAC-6 4-A game. No makeup date was announced.

EX-VIKING SIDELINED

South Granville alumnus and Creedmoor resident Matt Harrison, the opening-day starter earlier this month for the Texas Rangers, will undergo back surgery Tuesday and is expected to be out until after the All-Star break in July.

Harrison, an 18-game winner and All-Star last season, originally went on the disabled list because of an inflamed nerve in his back, that has now been diagnosed as a herniated disk.

The left-hander was 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA as tried to pitch with soreness in his lower back. He is in the first season of a $55 million, five-year contract.

GOLF AT TREYBURN

Defending state 4-A individual golf champion Stephen Saleeby and his state 4-A Raleigh Broughton championship teammates headline Monday’s field at the Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational tournament at Treyburn Country Club.

The tournament is free and open to the viewing public.

Area high school stars will also be in the invitation-only field.

No local high school teams will be playing because invitations were only issued to 2012 state champions and runners-up in public school, independent school and Christian school classifications.

The only area team that qualified and was invited to participate — but declined — was the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, 2012 NCISAA 1-A runners-up.

Tee times begin at 10 a.m. at both the first and 10th holes. Here’s a look at area players in Monday’s field, along with tee time and starting hole. All the players are from Durham, with the exception of Michael Wicker, who lives in Rougemont.

10:19 — Harry Schrickx Jr., Durham (10th); 10:28 — Evan Norfleet (10th); 10:38 — Luke Farley (10th); 10:47 — Newt Barringer (1st) and Michael Wicker (10th); 10:57 — MacKenzie Barringer (1st); 11:54 — Carson Hunt (1st).

Among the teams competing are Kinston Arendell Parrott Academy (NCISAA 2-A champion), Raleigh Broughton (NCHSAA 4-A champion), Huntersville Cannon School (at-large), Asheville Christ School (3-A independent champion), Gastonia Forestview (NCHSAA 3-A champion), Lewisville Forsyth Country Day School (NCISAA 3-A runner-up), Raleigh Leesville Road (at-large), Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (NCHSAA 3-A runner-up), Raleigh Ravenscroft (at-large), The Elon School (1-A independent champion) and High Point Westchester Country Day (2-A independent runner-up).

Westchester Country Day is the defending tournament champion.