The state’s high school sports’ landscape, at least temporarily, became a little clearer this week when the North Carolina High School Athletic Association released a revised schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Given the nature of 2020, to say this new athletic schedule is unprecedented is a great understatement. Still, with a lengthy furlough of any kind of athletic activities and frustrations starting to mount, the NCHSAA has at least put into motion a game plan for a return to sports.
With the 2020 WNBA season now set to begin later this summer, the Phoenix Mercury rounded out its coaching staff with the hiring of 12-year WNBA veteran player and Sampson County’s own Chasity Melvin as an assistant coach.
MOUNT OLIVE — Keychonia Williams of Rocky Mount is a senior recreation and leisure studies (RLS) major and coaching minor at the University of Mount Olive. This summer she is interning with the Recreation and Parks Department in Clinton.
In a time when bad news is dominating the headlines, the Midway High School Athletics Department has done their part to keep their community shining with positives. Over the course of the past few weeks, the Raiders have honored 10 total athletes that have fortified their plans to play sports and seek further education at the collegiate level.
Midway High School has announced its new head baseball coach. In a press conference at the school this past week, the Raiders athletic department introduced Justin Carroll as the program’s new leader.
Surrounded by family members, Clinton High School’s Justin Pike signed his National Letter of Intent, inking his plans to join the Swim Team at Gardner-Webb. During his time at Clinton, Pike was a member of the Dark Horses men’s soccer and men’s tennis state championship teams as well as a 3-year member of the Clinton Swim team. Some of his accomplishments as a swimmer for the Dark Horses include being All-County and All-Conference as well as second-highest point earner. Outside of swimming for Clinton, Pike is also a member of the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, where he is a TAC Titan Senior Champion.
For our next Senior Spotlight segment, we make a return trip to Union High School to celebrate one of the Lady Spartans’ accomplished athletes: LaTyra English. A multi-sport athlete at Union, English has shined across the board during her time as a Lady Spartan. Perhaps best known as a fearless leader for the girls’ basketball team, English also played volleyball and participated in outdoor track and field.