Karli Heimbecker (SLHS) recently ended her collegiate golf career with the University of South Florida on a high note by being named to the 2012-13 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team. This was the second time in her career that she has received this honor, having been named an All-American Scholar player her sophomore year as well.
Appointment to this team marks solid work both on the golf course as well as in the classroom as student-athletes must post a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to be eligible for the honor. This past season with the Bulls, Heimbecker competed in six tournaments, averaging a score of 81.4 and posted her best finish at the Big East Championships when she placed in a tie for 26th place. In the classroom, she earned a 3.87 GPA, graduating with a major in International Studies and a minor in General Business. Heimbecker said, “My fondest memory at the University of South Florida was being a part of the Big East Championship team my junior year and I am very thankful for my family’s support throughout my career.”
Heimbecker has stayed on top of her game this summer by competing in several Carolina Golf Association events. On May 21-23, she participated in the 87th Women’s Carolina Amateur Championships at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, finishing tied for 12th with a score of 82-73-74-229. She just recently she competed in the 57th Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Match at Stonewall Resort. In this invitation-only event, two teams comprised of 24 golfers representing North and South Carolina faced their counterparts from Virginia and West Virginia in a captain’s choice format on the Arnold Palmer signature course. This was Heimbecker’s second time receiving an invitation to this event. This year, she was paired with South Carolina golfer Catherine Shealy, a Winthrop graduate. The Carolinas team defeated the Virginians, 56-52.
After graduating, Heimbecker contemplated continuing to play golf competitively but has decided to relocate to Arizona where she hopes to enroll in graduate school at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., and join the women’s golf team as an assistant coach.
Several local collegiate football players had their summer vacation cut short due to returning to campus this past week to open pre-season camp in preparation for the 2013 gridiron season. Here is a look at some of the local ball players that we will be covering this fall.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) hit the field this past Saturday to open pre-season practices at Florida Atlantic for his senior season. The defensive end is looking to work into the starting rotation after playing in six games last year. The Owls open their season on Aug. 30 traveling to Miami, and then Stryffeler will make his only trip to North Carolina in week two as Florida Atlantic travels to Greenville to face East Carolina for a Thursday game on Sept. 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Danny Dillon (LCHS) and Dalton Brown (NHS) returned to Campbell University under new head coach and ex-Carolina Panther Mike Minter to open camp last Wednesday. Players started learning the playbook, ran through position drills and began their first conditioning. Dillon handled all of the long snapping duties last year for the Fighting Camels, while Brown was a mainstay on the offensive line. Pre-season camp will end Saturday, Aug. 24, with a fan appreciation day where fans can meet the players, coaches and tour the facility. The Fighting Camels have been picked to finish eighth in the PFL and will open the 2013 season on Aug. 31 as they travel to Charlotte to play UNCC in the 49ers' first ever football game.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) will hit the field on Thursday for his first pre-season practice of year as he returns for his sophomore year at wide receiver for North Carolina A&T. The Aggies were 7-4 last year, their first winning season in nine years. Swann played in 10 games, seeing considerable action on special teams returning a punt for 19 yards and blocking a punt on defense. The Aggies are picked to finish third in the MEAC with a defensive secondary returning that finished number one in pass defense in the football championship subdivision. Seven defensive starters return from last year’s defense that was ranked second in the nation in the Division 1 – FCS. NC A&T will host Aggie Fest on Aug. 24, an event filled with music, food and youth football competitions. Spectators will have the opportunity to meet the Aggies fall sports teams. A&T will then open its 2013 season on Sept. 7 traveling to Boone to face Appalachian State.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS) and Cody Lanier (LCHS) will all suit up this fall for the UNC Pembroke Braves. Elliott returns for his junior season as a defensive leader, while Gaines hopes to see more action from his split end spot on the offensive side of the ball. Upchurch will add some experience to the defensive backfield, transferring in from Louisburg College, and the newcomer, Lanier, will add depth to the offensive line. The Braves will open the 2013 season on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. in front of a national audience as CBS Sports broadcasts Pembroke hosting 2012 national runner-up Winston-Salem State. This will be the first time that UNCP has made a national television appearance in any of its 16 varsity sports.
Michael Reives (SLHS) returns to Averett for his sophomore year. Reives made a considerable contribution last year as a freshman — playing in eight games and starting two at safety, recording 24 tackles with 15 of them being solo. The Cougars will open the 2013 season Sept. 7 as they travel to face Hampden-Sydney for a 1 p.m. game.
Chase Arrington (LCHS) has joined the quarterback ranks of Gardner-Webb University. The Bulldogs are picked to finish third in the Big South Conference this season and will open play on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. by hosting Furman.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS) will add depth this fall to the Wingate offensive line. The Bulldogs open their season at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 14 by hosting St. Augustine's.
T.J. Lett (LCHS) and Austin Johnson will join Brevard College’s roster. Johnson comes in as an offensive lineman while Lett will join the wide receiver corps. The Tornados will open play on Sept. 7th at 2 p.m. at Presbyterian.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS) and Reese Setzer (LCHS) will report to camp in a few weeks to begin preparations for Guilford’s 2013 season.
Tre Wells (LCHS) attended orientation at Greensboro College on Friday, June 24, and will be returning soon to join The Pride as they prepare for the upcoming season. Greensboro is coming off of a record-breaking season where they eclipsed the .500 mark for only the second time in school history under first-year and 2012 USA South Coach of the Year Bill Young. Greensboro was picked to finish seventh this season in the USA South Conference and will open play against Guilford in the Gate City Soup Bowl on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at Grimsley High School in Greensboro.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) joins Kennesaw State as a goalie and looks forward to the possibility of coming in as a true freshman and making an impact. Head women’s soccer coach Rob King adds, “Olivia is a very good goalkeeper. She is a tall, strong, mobile keeper that communicates well and has soft hands. We expect her to be a big contributor to the program and somebody that can potentially come in straight away and start for us.” The Owls open play on Friday, hosting Wofford for a 7 p.m. exhibition match.
Jill Davis (LCHS) will be playing for High Point University and will serve as a defender for the Panthers. High Point will host an intra-squad scrimmage on Monday at 7 p.m. in High Point.