Tim Stevens

Baseball standouts announce college choices

August 17, 2012 

Broughton High senior baseball left-handed pitcher and outfielder Joseph Bialkowski and Millbrook pitcher B.J. Nobles announced their college decisions last week.

Bialkowski is committed to Georgetown, and Nobles is headed to Western Carolina.

The Caps’ Bialkowski had a 3.48 earned run average in 2011 and hit .357.

“Joseph is very athletic,” said Broughton coach Harry Jones. “He is versatile and has another gear of athletic ability that most players don’t. When he hits that gear, he does some incredible things.

“I’ve seen him make a throw from the outfield fence to the plate. I’ve seen him score from second on a routine ground ball. He has tremendous potential.”

Nobles was Cap Eight 4A baseball rookie of the year as a sophomore in 2011 and set the school record for the longest hitting streak with 22 games. He hit .520 for the season and was 2-0 as a pitcher with a 3.61 earned run average.

Last season, he threw a no-hitter against Leesville and did not allow an earned run in league play. He finished the season with a 0.78 earned run average and a 4-3 record with four saves.

“He’s a great kid and works extremely hard,” said Millbrook athletics director Scott McInnes. “I have to run him off the baseball field during the off season.”

Football recruiting: Rivals.com, an online recruiting service, did not give any North Carolina high school players its highest five-star rating this season, and has 11 players at the four-star level.

The University of North Carolina has commitments from the Nos. 5, 6 and 11 players – Charlotte Mallard Creek defensive back Brian Walker, Albemarle offensive lineman R.J. Prince and Northern Guilford runner T.J. Logan – but no other in-state school has a commitment from that group.

South Carolina has commitments from No. 2 Charlotte Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant and No. 9 Wakefield quarterback Connor Mitch.

Georgia has No. 7 Matthews Butler receiver Uriah LeMay, and Stanford has picked up No. 3 Matthews Butler linebacker Peter Kalambayi.

The uncommitted players on the list are: No. 1 Mallard Creek receiver Marquez North; No. 4 Hope Mills South View defensive end Greg Gilmore; No. 8 Richmond County lineman Tyrone Crowder and No. 12 Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis.

Durham Hillside’s Josh McNeil, who graduated early and has committed to Alabama, is No. 10 on the list.

Scout.com has six North Carolina players with four stars, starting with Crowder and continuing with Kalambayi, McNeil, Bryant, North and Gibson.

Scout has N.C. State recruit Cole Blankenship of Davie County as its No. 7 player in the state.

ACC team rankings: Football commitment team rankings don’t mean much this time of year, because players can’t sign until next February. The only two ACC teams with top 20 commitment lists at the moment are Clemson, which has 17 commitments and is No. 12, and Florida State, which has 18 commitments and is No. 13.

North Carolina is No. 23. Duke is No. 53 and N.C. State is No. 58. Wake Forest is last in the ACC at No. 64.

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