Garner’s Nyheim Hines completed a memorable freshman campaign at N.C. State University recently at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Hines ran on the Wolfpack’s 400-meter relay team which finished seventh with a time of 39.48 seconds.
The finish grabbed All-American honors for Hines and fellow State runners Jonathan Addison, Shannon Patterson and Quashawn Cunningham.
Hines was also named a freshman All-American in football for his kickoff return work. He totaled 920 kickoff return yards in 2015 and he is believed to be the first dual All-American in the Wolfpack football program.
Hines was also an All-ACC selection in the 60- and 100-meter dashes and won the ACC 400 relay title.
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Clayton’s Keele picked by Diamondbacks: Clayton High grad Tyler Keele was selected in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Keele, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander, totaled 151 strikeouts in his four-year career at Morehead State University and ranks in the top-10 in career appearances for the Eagles (77).
He had seven saves and 39 strikeouts in 34 innings worked this season.
“Tyler has really continued to improve every year,” said MSU coach Mike McGuire in a press release. “He’s always had a good arm but has developed his secondary stuff and scouts have taken notice. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Keele becomes the fourth former Comet pitcher currently in professional baseball, joining Evan Phillips (Braves organization), Jason Creasy (Pirates) and Chris Archer (with the Rays).
Most of the Diamondbacks’ organization is out west with the rookie league club playing in Missoula, Montana, and the short-season squad in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Guerrero, Eckard make East-West girls soccer squad: Corinth Holders’ defender Amanda Eckard and Clayton defender Nicole Guerrero have both been named to the East All-Star squad for the annual East-West N.C. Coaches Association All-Star Game to be played July 19 in Greensboro.
Both players helped lead their squads to conference championships and deep playoff runs this spring. They join Corinth Holders’ boys standout pedro Segundo in the Tuesday night All-Star soccer games at UNC Greensboro’s MacPherson Stadium.
The All-Star football game on July 20 will feature local standouts Brooks Verona and Blake Joyner of Clayton, Zach Jacobs of Cleveland, Deandre Blevins of West Johnston and Donte Wooten of Southeast Raleigh on Wednesday night. The East squad will also have Corinth Holders assistant coach Don Andrews as an assistant coach and former North Johnston head coach Tom Nelson as the squad’s head coach.
Summer league baseball: Summer league prep baseball teams began play this past week with area teams taking part in a wide variety of activities getting a jump on the 2017 high school season.
Garner will play all of its Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League games on the road as the school begins to make the transition to using the South Garner High campus starting in August.
Cleveland, Smithfield-Selma, West Johnston and South Johnston will play a few games against each other, while Clayton will play a couple of scrimmages, but focus mainly on intra-squad work. Princeton and North Johnston play to conduct their own workouts and scrimmage work in-house this summer.
Mudcats’ Meneses is POW: Carolina Mudcats first baseman Joey Meneses is the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week ending June 12. The 24-year-old hit .500 with three doubles, a triple and seven RBI in six games for the Mudcats.
He led the Carolina in batting (.330) through June 12.
Garner students receive scholarships: Garner High School students Samantha Crews and Ashley Zimmerman received scholarships recently, one of eight in the Triangle presented by Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic. Crews, a recently graduated senior, was presented with a $500 scholarship and Zimmerman, a junior, took home a $100 award.
Golf notables: Herman Steele and Bill Stevens, both of Clayton, who their respective divisions at the Tarheel Seniors tournament at Devils Ridge Golf Club on June 13. Steele was tops in the second flight, low gross with an 82, while Stevens won low net in the third flight with a 62. Garner’s Jim Junk finished second in the low gross for the first flight.