Garner Cleveland: Sports

Brogden finishes second in N.C. Senior Women’s Amateur

Garner’s Pat Brodgen finished second in the N.C. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte last week. Brodgen finished at 157, five strokes behind champion Patty Moore of Charlotte.

Moore benefitted from a shot that skipped across the pond on the fifth hole during the second round and landed safely. She later made a birdie putt on the hole.

“After I hit that shot I thought, ‘Oh boy, that is either going to go in the water or it has a good chance to skip over,’” Moore said. “Luckily for me, it skipped over. That could have been a big three shot swing between myself and Pat.”

Double duty: Marc Morris has accepted the football head-coaching job at Carolina Forest High in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but he is working at Cleveland High this spring. That creates a problem, especially since South Carolina high schools have 13 days of spring football practice.

“It’s tough, but I want to make sure I complete my obligations here,” he said.

Compounding the problem is some of his old Cleveland staff is going with him to South Carolina. They still are working at the Johnston County school, too.

“Working two jobs, especially when they are 2 1/2 hours apart, is difficult, but we’re going to handle it,” Morris said.

He has faced coaching difficulties before. Harnett Central was not a power when he was named head coach, but he coached the 2009 Trojans team to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship game.

Morris moved to Cleveland when it opened in 2010. His first varsity team at the school had no seniors. Nevertheless, the Rams posted 11-4, 12-2 and 9-4 records during his three seasons.

“Some coaches are builders and other are maintainers,” he said. “I always have enjoyed the challenge of building.”

Loving track: Garner running back Nyheim Hines loves running track. He enjoys competing and thinks track has made him a better football player. He has no plans to cut back on track to concentrate on offseason football. “Track has gotten me to where I am in football,” he said. “Why should I stop doing something I enjoy doing and something I’ve done all of my life? Running track and playing football has worked out well for me.”

Tim Stevens contributed.