Wake Tech headed to nationals
Wake Tech’s men’s basketball team won the NJCAA Region X Division II tournament championship on March 9 and will play in the NJCAA in Danville, Ill. this week. Wake Tech meet Potomac State Tuesday in an opening game of the 16-team event.
Eagles’ coach Joe Mitchell was the region coach of the year and Josh Mellette was named the region player of the year.
Garner graduate Emanuel McClain plays for Wake Tech, along with three other Wake County natives.
Sands, Archer shining so far in Florida
Wilson’s Mills native Jerry Sands is off to a blazing start with the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla.. Sands was hitting .429 through 13 games and 21 at bats.
He has seven extra-base hits, including three home runs. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) is a whopping 1.526.
Sands, a off-season pickup from the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, is vying for a roster spot as the fifth outfielder in Tampa. He’s in a very competitive battle for that roster spot with Jeremy Moore, who also has three home runs this spring.
Clayton’s Chris Archer hasn’t allowed a run yet through his first two spring training starts for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander has thrown 5 1/3 innings in two starts with three hits allowed, no walks and three strikeouts.
His walks and hits per innings pitched is a very solid 0.56.
Garner boys third at Ravenscroft
Garner’s boys track and field team finished third in the Ravenscroft Early Bird Classic Saturday. The Trojan girls squad finished fifth.
Boys’ individual winners were Michael Jenkins in the long and triple jumps, Nyheim Hines in the 100 meters and the medley relay team of James Johnson, Markus Mosley, Jenkins and Hines. Sterling Sanders finished third in the high jump.
Garner also finished third in the girls 800-meter sprint relay with Nyah Hines, Nia Jackson, La’Cherie Clarke and Chardonei Sutton. Mary Ayodele was third in the shot put.