Sports Briefs: Week of August 12

Posted 8/12/20

Sports Briefs

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Sports Briefs: Week of August 12

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Three locals on HSOT All-East baseball team

Northwood’s Tyler Johnson, Jordan-Matthews’ Sam Murchison and Chatham Charter’s Connor Murphy were named to HighSchoolOT’s 2020 All-East senior baseball team, the website announced on Aug. 5.

HSOT usually opens the teams to all players, but it converted to an “all-senior” format to honor graduating athletes whose 2020 spring sports seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. For baseball, it selected 50 players from each half of the state.

Johnson, a pitcher who committed to Methodist University in Fayetteville this spring, finished his Charger career 14-4, with a 1.89 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched.

Murchison, who will walk onto N.C. Central’s baseball team as a pitcher, had a career 2.86 ERA for the Jets. He also logged 116 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched, and batted .326 with 43 hits, 30 runs batted in and 10 doubles. (Only freshman and sophomore year stats were available.)

Murphy, who played shortstop and outfield for the Knights, hit .425 for his career with 82 hits, 52 runs batted in, 16 doubles and six triples. He scored 80 runs, stole 39 bases and also made 18 appearances on the mound.

CCCC’s Reid commits to Mars Hill

Jackson Reid, a prolific scorer for the Central Carolina Community College men’s basketball team the last two seasons, will continue his career at Mars Hill University, the school announced in a Monday news release.

Reid, who played in high school at Panther Creek in Cary, averaged 18.1 points in 45 career games with the Cougars.

CCCC men's basketball player Jackson Reid

A rangy 6-foot-4 guard, Reid averaged 15.9 points as a freshman for CCCC and was named 2018-19 NJCAA Region X Player of the Year. As a sophomore, he averaged 22.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists in 16 games before an injury ended his season early in January. He made the All-Region X Team both seasons at CCCC.

“Jackson Reid has successfully completed his goals while here at CCCC,” head coach Brad McDougald said in the release. “We had a talk before he started his first semester as a freshman, and we discussed what goals I had for him and what he wanted to get out of this experience. He completed everything he intended for himself, as well as the goals for him I put into place ... I couldn’t be happier for Jackson and I wish him all the success possible.”

Reid. who graduated with an associate in arts degree from CCCC in April, will have two years of eligibility remaining at Mars Hill, a private Division II school in western North Carolina. The Lions compete in the South Atlantic Conference and went 12-17 in 2019-20.

Youth football and cheer canceled in Siler City

The Siler City Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the QUAD County Football League, has canceled its fall youth football and cheer seasons in reaction to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The seasons, originally set to begin Aug. 1, were postponed July 20 before being canceled in full Aug. 7.

“The health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and officials will remain our No. 1 priority,” the department said on its website, “and while we are sad to see the 2020 football season go, staff will continue to plan for upcoming athletic leagues and programs as things improve,”

The town will issue registration fee refunds via check, and its staff will be reaching out to participants to verify addresses. If you need to update your address or have any other questions, you can get in touch with the department by phone at (919) 742-2699 or by email at



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