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Millbrook’s Carlee Clemons leads national dunk voting

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 25, 2014 

Millbrook's Carlee Clemons (23) dunks the ball on a fast break during the NCHSAA 4A quarterfinal playoff game between Panther Creek and Millbrook at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville on Friday, March 7, 2014. Millbrook won the game 82-74.

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Millbrook basketball guard Carlee Clemons is in the finals of the fan vote for the 2014 Marines Slam Dunk Challenge.

The winner of the Facebook competition will be announced Friday, and will travel to Dallas to compete in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.

The dunk competition will be held April 4 and be televised on April 6 at 4 p.m., on CBS.

Only one of the six players competing in the contest at Duncanville (Texas) High will be chosen through the Facebook balloting. The other five will be invited participants.

Clemons was leading the Facebook competition Tuesday. To vote go to: http://www.marinesslamdunkchallenge.com/.

He has a national reputation for dunking. He has been featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 three times. His clips have received more than 100,000 hits on youtube.com.

The American Family event also will include 3-point shooting contests for boys and girls.

Cromie wins: Former Green Hope golfer Michael Cromie won a one-hole playoff last weekend to take the Linger Longer Invitational golf tournament. Cromie, a University of Georgia senior, birdied the playoff hole while Alabama’s Robby Shelton had a par.

The Linger Long was Cromie’s first collegiate title. He shot 71-67-69 for a nine-under-par 207 at the Great Waters Golf Course in Eatonton, Ga.

Cromie was the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 4A state champion in 2009 and helped Green Hope to NCHSAA titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Augusta trip: Jack Massei, an eighth grader at West Cary Middle School, has earned a berth in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club the week before The Masters. The 14-year-old Massei advanced through local and regional qualifying to get one of 88 berths in the golf skills challenge.

The competition will be held on April 6 and will be televised by The Golf Channel.

String ends: The Green Hope girls’ soccer team had won 37 straight conference matches, dating back to the 2011 season, before it tied Middle Creek in a scoreless match two weeks ago.

The Falcons’ 38-game conference unbeaten streak was snapped Monday in a 2-1 loss to Holly Springs. The reigning NCHSAA 4A champs are off to a 3-3-2 start.

Wakefield wins big: The Wakefield boys’ tennis team took an impressive 7-2 victory over East Chapel Hill on Monday in a match between the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked 4A teams in the state.

The Wolverines (10-0) won at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5 singles – Bo Boyden, Hensen Martin, Phil Lauture and Blake Carter – and all three doubles.

Boyden, the NCHSAA 4A runnerup in 2013, is playing better than he did a year ago.

“He’s playing great,” Wakefield coach Ken Stewart said. “He has improved every facet of his game.”

Area teams dominate the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association’s top 10. Green Hope is No. 3 and Millbrook is No. 4. Broughton is eighth and Enloe is ninth, even though Enloe recently topped the Caps in a head-to-head match.

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