Jeremy Shelley, the former Broughton High and University of Alabama kicker, doesn’t believe the pressure of kicking in the NFL will bother him. He reported to off-season workouts with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday in hopes of winning an NFL job.
“We played so many big games at Alabama,” he said. “It seemed like we were always in pressure situations. I think I can handle it and just do the job.”
Shelley was not selected in the NFL draft, but signed a free agent contract with Atlanta.
“My agent talked to some people and Atlanta looked like the best situation,” Shelley said. “I’m ready to get started.”
Matt Bryant, 37, has been the Falcons’ kicker since 2009.
Shelley made all 11 of his field goal attempts and all of his 67 extra point attempts last season at Alabama, which defeated Notre Dame in the national championship game. The year before Shelley made five field goals in the 21-0 title game win over against LSU.
He did not attempt a field goal longer than 40 yards last year, but kicked well in a combine in Phoenix before the draft, ripping a 60-yarder.
“We kept moving back until I missed from 62,” he said. “I wanted to show that I have some range.”
4A track: The Southeast Raleigh girls and the Knightdale boys dominated the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East Regional track and field championships on Saturday at Southern Pines Pinecrest.
The Southeast girls won seven events and racked up 182 points for a 116-point margin over second-place West Johnston.
Southeast won the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays and got first place finishes from Amara Bell (high jump), Shakinah Books (long jump), Hassana Clark (discus) and Jasmine Allen (400),
The Knightdale boys overpowered second-place Fayetteville Sanford, 107-72. Kimani Hoffman won the long jump and triple jump and Marquavious Johnson won the 400, and the Knights won the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the NCHSAA 4A finals on Saturday at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.
St. David’s on top: St. David’s (11-3) is the No. 1 seed in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A dual-team tennis tournament this week. The Warriors play Cary Christian (8-8) in the second round.
The finals are scheduled for Saturday at Barton College in Wilson.
Soccer playoffs: Most NCHSAA girls soccer third round games are scheduled for Wednesday night, but Leesville Road (17-4-1) travels to Durham Jordan (15-2-2) on Tuesday for a 6:30 game..
Green Hope (24-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country) is at home Wednesday against Millbrook (21-1-1), whose only loss was to Green Hope 3-0 on March 21. Green Hope leads the area in scoring offense (5.7 goals), goals allowed (0.375) and in shutouts (16).
Alexis Degler (35 goals, 97 points) and Alexis Shaffer (37 goals, 95 points) lead the Falcons.
Leaders: Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Stephen Scott leads the area with seven home runs. The Crusaders have three of the top five home run hitters: Scott, Daniel Pederson and Dom Vellucci (who each have four).
Millbrook’s Brian Nobles has 85 baseball strikeouts and Sanderson’s Daniel Dulaney has a 9-1 pitching record after throwing a no-hitter last Friday against Apex. Sanderson has allowed five runs in its last seven games. The Spartans play Middle Creek in the second round of the playoffs Tuesday.
North Johnston is averaging 12.1 runs per softball game and allowing only 0.286 runs per game. The Panthers’ shutout string is 16 games. The NCHSAA record for consecutive shutouts is 19 by Kings Mountain in 2006. The Mountaineers allowed two runs that year.
Maggie Auslander needs a goal or an assist in tonight’s NCHSAA girls lacrosse semifinal at East Chapel Hill to record her 100th point. She has 65 goals and 34 assists. Teammate Katherine Smith has 73 goals and 24 assists.
East Chapel Hill’s Ian Levin leads the area in boys lacrosse scoring with 51 goals and 55 assists. East Chapel Hill, which plays at home against Apex Tuesday night, leads the area with 14.2 goals per game.