On Campus: Kelly named CVCL Pitcher of the Year
The Carolina Virginia Collegiate League, a wood bat summer baseball league for college players of all levels, has announced that Fuquay-Varina Twins right-handed pitcher Josh Kelly (LCHS) has been named the CVCL Pitcher of the Year in a vote by team coaches, general managers and the board of directors.
Kelly led all league pitchers with a 6-1 record while serving as the ace for the Fuquay-Varina Twins (17-19, 1-1 CVCL Tournament). He tossed 56.1 innings with a 0.75 earned run average to lead the CVCL in complete games with five and shutouts with four, while finishing second in strikeouts with 66. Kelly has earned 10 wins for the Twins over the last two summer seasons with a combined 117 strikeouts during that span.
Other post-season honors included him making his third CVCL All-Star team appearance, being named to the CVCL All-Tournament team for the second time and being named the Fuquay-Varina Twins 2014 MVP. Kelly had a distinguished career as a pitcher and infielder for Appalachian State University’s club baseball team, where he graduated this past May with a degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Sociology.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS), Aaron Blockman (SLHS), Thomas Ferguson (LCHS), Pressley Hales (LCHS) and Campbell University completed their pre-season camp last week with their third and final 60-minute intra-squad scrimmage. Afterward, fans were invited to tour the new Carly C’s IGA press box and suites as well as meet the Campbell players and coaching staff. The Fighting Camels will kick off their 2014 season this Thursday night when they host UNC Charlotte at 7 p.m. in Buies Creek.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T will open their season this Sunday when they travel to Disney’s Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla., to face Alabama A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge with kick-off slated for 11:45 a.m. ESPN will have live coverage of the game.
On the heels of a memorable 2013 campaign that included its second berth into the NCAA Division II Playoffs, the UNC Pembroke football team was ranked 21st in the nation in a Division II football pre-season poll by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the rest of the UNCP Braves will have one more week of preparation before opening their season on Sept. 6th when they travel to Winston-Salem State to face the Rams in a 6 p.m. kickoff. Winston-Salem State is the pre-season favorite to win the CIAA.
Football players also facing one more week of pre-season before their season openers on Sept. 6th include Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb University; Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University; Freddy McCullom (SLHS) and Wingate University; T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson and Brevard College; Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College; Reese Setzer (LCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Donnie Alexander Jr. (OHS) and CJ Hobbs (WHHS) and Guilford College, and Jourden Blackmon (NHS) and Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College will open their season this weekend when they travel to Roanoke, Va., to participate in the Roanoke Invitational against Averett on Friday night and Case Western Reserve on Saturday.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (0-1) dropped their season opener 5-1 to the University of Alabama. Kennesaw State hosted Georgia State last night and will travel this weekend to Troy, Ala., to play in the 2014 Trojan Classic where they will face Troy University on Friday and South Alabama on Sunday.
Whitney O’Quinn (Lee Christian) and William Peace College will play their second exhibition game of the season against the Johnston United Soccer Association 97 Girls Pride Red team from Clayton today. The Pacers will open their season against Sweet Briar College Friday night and then face Guilford on Monday.
Vicky Monroy (SLHS) and Methodist University travel to Aurora, Illi., this weekend to open their season against Aurora University on Friday and Otterbein University on Sunday.
Women’s Cross Country
Ashley Matthews (Grace) and Lee University will have one more week of pre-season practice before opening their season on Sept. 5th when they travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., to participate in the UTC PowerAde Invitational.
Jessica Long (SLHS) and Lenoir-Rhyne University will kick off their season on Sept. 13th traveling to Elon to compete in the Elon Invitational at 9 a.m.