High Schools

Braxton Berrios finishes fifth in national football combine finals

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 3, 2013 

Leesville Road football standout Braxton Berrios finished fifth in The Opening, a national championship for football combines that was held in Oregon this week.

About 150 of the top performers from football combines held around the United States competed in Oregon in a nationally televised event.

Berrios (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) earned his invitation when he posted the top score (119.52) among more than 1,000 athletes who worked out in Charlotte in March. He advanced to the top 10 finals competition in Oregon through preliminary testing.

He received a 138.78 in the finals for fifth place. He ran 40 yards in 4.48 seconds, made a vertical jump of 40.9 inches, completed a 20-yard shuttle run in an event-best 3.81 seconds and heaved a power ball from a kneeling position 42 feet.

Wide receiver Devante “Speedy” Noil of New Orleans Edna Karr was the overall winner with a 153.90 rating.

Charlotte Catholic runner Elijah Hood (6-foot, 221) qualified for the finals with a 133.47 in the preliminaries, but did not finish the finals.

Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier posted a 99.45 and Durham Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson had an 82.29 in the preliminary rounds.

Berrios gained national attention with his workout, but he said combines can only show so much.

“Your hear a lot of people talk about speed,” Berrios told Mitch Sherman of ESPN. “Well, speed is something that shows up on the track. In football, it’s something different. It takes cleats and pads to outfit a great football player.”

He also realizes that workouts and 7-on-7 games aren’t the same thing as football games.

“They don’t have a line. They don’t have pressure,” Berrios said of the 7-on-7 passing. “Yeah, they have a clock, but that’s not anything. It’s great for what it is, but I don’t think you can ever replicate the game of football.”

Enloe AD: Patrick Paye is the new athletic director and boys basketball coach at Enloe High. Paye, who coached for 11 years at Elizabeth City Northeastern and as an assistant at Elizabeth City State University for three years, began his new duties on Monday.

“I’m excited and want to continue the outstanding tradition of athletics at Enloe,” Paye said. “I’m not from this area, but I already have heard about the rich tradition the school has.”

Paye grew up near Roanoke, Va., and is the son of Virginia High School Hall of Fame basketball coach Burrall Paye. Patrick Paye played basketball at Ferrum Junior College and at Emory Henry University in Bristol, Va.

He moved to the area a year ago and taught social studies at Knightdale High last year. He succeeds Tommy Moore as AD and as boys basketball coach.

“Tommy did a tremendous job here and has helped me immensely,” Paye said. “What a tremendous person he is.”

Paye had two separate interview processes for the two jobs at Enloe.

Kane named all-America: Broughton senior Maggie Kane is one of 36 players named to the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation team. She is one of 10 juniors selected based on play during the 2012-13 school year.

Kane was undefeated in high school tennis last year and won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A singles championship. She also helped the Caps to the 4A dual-team title.

She was No. 1 in North Carolina in the U.S. Tennis Association’s U16s in 2012 and won the N.C. Qualifier in May.

Kane is expected to lead a Broughton team this fall that is the state 4A favorite.

Minton qualifies: Will Minton of Broughton was one of two golfers to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship during completion at Stonehedge Golf and Country Club in Richmond, Va., last week.

Minton, a junior, shot an even-par 142 with rounds of 71-71 despite soggy, rainy conditions. Kyle Hart of Midlothian, Va., won the other berth to the Junior Amateur with a one-over 143.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to reach the U.S. Junior,” Minton said in a release. “It is, by far, the biggest event of the summer. It’s an honor to get there.”

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