Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Briefs: Feb. 5, 2014

Clayton’s Quintero qualifies for state championships

Clayton sophomore swimmer Dominique Quintero qualified for Friday’s NCHSAA 4A state swimming championships in two events with her finishes in the eastern regional meet on Feb. 1.

Quintero took sixth place in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.37 seconds and was seventh in the 100 free in 54.9.

The top eight finishers in each event made the state championship field. Quintero was one of only two swimmers from the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference to qualify for the state meet, which is at Cary’s Triangle Aquatics Center. (Patrick Capps of Knightdale was the other state qualifier.)

Jacobs makes academic all-district team again

Former Princeton and West Johnston High basketball standout Ben Jacobs, a junior basketball player at UNC Pembroke, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-district first team in district three for the NCAA Division II. The Four Oaks native was of the 42 student-athletics nationwide to grace the list for DII.

The award is the second-consecutive honor for Jacobs who, last season, nabbed the laurel as the first of its kind for a UNCP men’s basketball player, and the first regional or national academic honor in 2013 for a Brave since Alfred DiPinto was named a scholar athlete by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

As a result of Jacobs’ nominations to the CoSIDA first team, his statistics will advance to the national ballot where he will have an opportunity to be nominated for Capital One Academic All-American team.

Jacobs, the son of Cleveland High School coach John Jacobs, maintains a 3.96 cumulative grade point average as an exercise science major at UNC Pembroke. He has played in 22 games (18 starts) for the Braves this season and has registered 10.3 points, the fourth highest on the team, and 6.3 rebounds an outing (tied for second on the squad) while shooting better than 54 percent from the floor.

He has scored 10 or more points on 12 occasions, including a career-high 20 points in UNCP’s win over Coker this season. The forward logged his only double-double of the season in the season opener against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 7.