Holly Springs football coach Wayne Bragg entered the first day of practice with a lot of defensive linemen and not many offensive linemen.
That was going to change quickly.
“Right now we’re telling kids to go where they want,” Bragg said Tuesday. “Some of those kids will be moved to offensive line.”
Figuring out where certain football players will have the best impact for a team is an inexact science.
“I think that’s one of the most important jobs of a high school coach,” Bragg said. “I look at it like a jigsaw puzzle; all the little pieces, and you’ve got to be able to move all them around until you get the perfect puzzle.”
Rodon’s MiLB debut: Holly Springs’ Carlos Rodon made his debut with the Winston-Salem Dash, a single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, on Wednesday. He had pitched in two appearances with the White Sox’s Rookie League affiliate before moving up.
He pitched one inning in a 12-2 win. He threw 33 pitches, 19 for strikes and struck out three, but walked two and allowed two runs and a hit.
Rodon, 21, was drafted No. 3 overall by the White Sox with a signing bonus of $6.582 million. He was the state 4A player of the year in 2011 as he led Holly Springs to a state championship.
Rodon is not expected to be in Winston-Salem long. Some reports suspect he could be pitching for the White Sox when MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40 later this year.
Klemann nominated for NCAA award: Apex graduate Natalie Klemann (class of 2010) has been named a Peach Belt Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor. Klemann, a pitcher, was 11-9 last year with a 2.78 ERA. She struck out 61 batters and walked just 30 in 133 2/3 innings of work.
She’s also gotten it done off the field. Klemann has earned all-academic honors twice, each for all-conference and all-district. She was also named a NFCA all-American scholar-athlete as a sophomore.
Klemann is one of 75 Division II nominees. Only 10 from each division will make it to the next stage, and in September the 446 nominees will be whittled down to nine.
Cary summer wrestling: The Cary Wrestling program won Appalachian State’s team camp that ended July 9.
Cary’s “A” team went 9-0 while going against teams from Indiana, South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina.
Henry Bonilla (113-pounder) went 6-0, Ian Anderson (120) was 8-0, Reid Stewart (126) was 8-0, Kollin Wade (152) was 5-0, and Eric Zuniga (170) was 4-0.
Placing in the end-of-the-week individual tournament for Cary were: Luke Fryar (126, fourth), Mike Terani (132, third), Will Clark (152, first), Tra Shaw (160, first), Mark Mulligan (170, first) and Rod Perry (285, second).
More heroes: There are still more “hometown heroes” from boys lacrosse to mention.
Cardinal Gibbons graduates Cam Feldman (class of 2010), Nick Corolla (2013), Adam Koenig (2012) and Pete Shammas (2012) finished up years at their respective schools.
Corolla and Feldman play for Catholic University (D.C.). Feldman finished out his career by starting in eight of his team’s 14 games, recording eight goals and five assists. Corolla played in six games.
Koenig and Shammas were both at Mary Washington College (Va.). Shammas, a goalie, played in three games and made 13 saves. Koenig did not play and will be eligible for a redshirt.
CCSSL baseball: In Central Carolina Scholastic Baseball, Holly Springs had the best season. Playing under the Biscuits mascot – CCSSL teams must change names to avoid direct affiliation with schools – the team won its division but lost in the first round of the playoffs on July 23.
Cary swimmer: Cary senior Justin Ress has qualified for next week’s senior nationals. Ress won the NCHSAA 4A state title this past season in the 500 freestyle.
Sand volleyball: Cary residnt Genna Simpkins, who goes to Broughton High in Raleigh, teamed up with Wake Forest’s Kylie Grandy to win the 16U Open tournament at the USA Volleyball beach nationals in Milwaukee. Katie McCullough, a Middle Creek player, was part of a third-overall combo in the 18U Open.
Wake Christian’s Hailey Brooke McFadden, Cary resident Kara Adams, Athens Drive’s Kendall Yount and Middle Creek’s Lauren Durham competed on different teams in the event.