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Sports Briefs: Jan. 18, 2015

Riverwood standout plays in All-Star games

Riverwood Middle School eighth-grader Mason Middleton participated in two all-star football games recently. He played in the Elite Sports All-Star Football game in November in Charlotte against players from Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. He also was selected — for a third consecutive year — to the Offense-Defense National All-Star Bowl in Orlando in early January with athletes from across the nation.

Mason was a linebacker and fullback at Riverwood Middle. He played on all but 10 snaps of the Ravens’ season, compiling 826 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.

Mudcats promote Kremer to VP

The Carolina Mudcats have promoted longtime general manager Joe Kremer to vice president for the Atlanta Braves’ Single-A farm club. Kremer has led the Mudcats’ front office since the team moved to the area in 1989.

Steve Bryant, the majority owner and president of the Mudcats, praised his right-hand man for the years of hard work in helping the Mudcats realize their vision of Five County Stadium that was put in place years ago.

“Joe is a quintessential professional and his 27-year tenure has guided the Mudcats from creation through the upcoming 25th season in the Triangle,” said Mudcats owner Steve Bryant. “Under his tutelage, many of his employees have moved on to general manager positions within baseball and he has won every award he’s been eligible for.”

Kremer assisted Bryant in relocating the team from Columbus, Ga., to Zebulon in 1991.

One year later, the West Lafayette, Ind., native earned the Southern League Executive of the Year honor. He followed that accomplishment with identical hardware in 1993, 1995, 2005 and 2008. By 1996, Kremer and the team had garnered Baseball America’s Bob Freitas Award for outstanding organizational achievement and success at the Double-A level. Carolina’s general manager once again led the club through a period of transition as the team moved from the Southern League and into the Carolina League in 2012.