Smith headed to junior college; former Trojan Ferguson signs with Charleston Battery

April 10, 2013 

Staff reports

Smith signs with junior college

Nation Ford High senior Carson Smith signed Monday to play college basketball for the next two years at Olney Central College, becoming the first Falcon boys’ basketball player to do so. Smith said he picked the college located in Olney, Ill., because of their intensive recruiting efforts.

“I liked how aggressive they were,” Smith said about the two-year school. “They got a family feel up there. I like the coaches and they really reached out to me. I am very excited and I think it is the best choice in the long run and I just hope to make everybody proud.”

Smith was also recruited by North Greenville University, Lindsey Wilson College and Spartanburg Methodist College.

Olney Central head coach Mike Burris made the 10-hour trip to Nation Ford for the signing of Smith.

“We are excited,” Burris said. “Carson is a great kid from a great family.”

At 6’6” 190-pounds, Burris said that Smith could fit in at the two, three or four spot within the Knights lineup.

“The two things that stood out for us was that he was long and that he was a shooter,” Burris said. “He will be available to play all over the floor.”

Over the past several years, Olney has been a program on the rise. They have sent 65 kids to Division I schools over the last dozen years and have averaged 20 wins in the last five years. Two years ago then went 25-8 and went 21-12 last year.

- Mac Banks

Former Northwestern star signs pro contract

Shawn Ferguson, who played on multiple state championship boys’ soccer teams at Northwestern High School, has signed a professional contract with the Charleston Battery of USL Pro, the second tier of American professional soccer. Ferguson completed his college career at the College of Charleston and had been training with the Battery during their preseason. He joined Austin Savage and Zach Prince in signing deals on April 3.

“Zach, Shawn and Austin all bring a local flavor to the Battery,” Charleston Battery coach Mike Anhaeuser told the Charleston Post and Courier. “Prince comes back for his fourth season to give us midfield depth, while rookies Ferguson and Savage help solidify our defensive and offensive ranks.”

“Legends of Lewisville” Saturday

Lewisville High School will celebrate over 50 years of athletic excellence at the school with the inaugural “Legends of Lewisville” set for Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym. The event will feature catered food, socializing and a silent auction.

Guests of honor will include coaches Jimmy Wallace and Benny McMurray, and former Lewisville Lion standouts Wesley McFadden, Mike Barber, William Strong, Sheldon Brown and others. All seats are reserved; tickets cost $20 and can only be purchased in advance at the school, or by calling 704-641-8709. Visit for more information.

Acker places fifth in age group at Cooper River Bridge Run

Rock Hill 17-year-old Christian Acker finished 57th overall and fifth in the under-18 age group last weekend in the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston. Over 31,000 runners and walkers completed the 10-kilometer course that spans the Cooper River Bridge. Acker attends Northwestern High School.

Locals selected to Clash of the Carolinas all-star soccer game

A number of local prep soccer players were selected Tuesday for the 2013 Clash of the Carolinas all-star soccer game set for July 6 at Charleston’s Blackbaud Stadium. On the boys’ side, Charles Coulson (Rock Hill), Jason Hirsch (Fort Mill), Austin Huddy (Nation Ford) and Cody Rebh (South Pointe) earned a nod. The South Carolina boys will be coached by Matt Brophy (Byrnes) and Stephen Jackson (West Ashley).

Local girls participants include Clover’s Samantha Prytulak and Northwestern’s Lauren Watts. Michael Burriss (Wren) and Peter Heusinger (Stafford) will lead the South Carolina girls against North Carolina.

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