Fort Mill High School’s Battle of the Border football jamboree will proceed as scheduled after the school’s new turf field was successfully completed in time for Saturday. Nation Ford and Indian Land get the action underway at 7:30 p.m., followed by Fort Mill and Weddington at 8:30. Tickets cost $6.
York will face Union County Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Bank of York Scrimmage. Tickets to see Bobby Carroll’s Cougars face Steve Taneyhill’s Union club, beaten by 3A state finalists last season, run $6.
Hunt commits to College of Charleston: Following last weekend’s Palmetto Games, Nation Ford rising junior infielder Clay Hunt committed to play baseball at College of Charleston.
“The campus was gorgeous, and the coaches were good,” said Hunt, who visited the school about three weeks ago. “I just thought it was the perfect fit for me.”
Hunt, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, doubled, homered and was hit by a pitch in four at-bats over two days at the Palmetto Games. Held at the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium, the Palmetto Games, hosted by Diamond Prospects, carve the state into six teams and pit them against each other in one of the area’s premier baseball prospect showcases.
Hunt had interest from Clemson and Winthrop as well.
“I was trying to just play it by ear and go and see all the schools I could,” said Hunt. “My offer got raised, and that’s why I went ahead and committed.”
Players from the Herald’s coverage area showed well in Columbia last weekend, as the Mideast squad including Hunt, Northwestern’s Dupree Hart, Fort Mill’s Jaden Savage, Brett Netzer and Clay Helvey, Rock Hill’s Will Reid, South Pointe’s Josh Massey, and Chester’s Jake Wright and Trent Autry, won the tournament. Hunt, Helvey, Wright and Autry made the all-tournament team, and Autry was named the tournament’s outstanding player. Autry, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior, was an honorable mention all-area selection this past spring for the Cyclones.
Douglas named second team All-South Atlantic Conference: Former Clover football player Tyron Douglas was named preseason second team All-South Atlantic Conference this week during the league’s annual football media banquet. Douglas, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound senior running back, was Carson-Newman University’s third-leading rusher last season, racking up 812 yards on 142 carries (5.7 per touch), while scoring 10 touchdowns and earning second team All-Conference honors.
The Eagles averaged 378.6 yards per game on the ground last year, tops nationally in NCAA Division II. With preseason All-American Brandon Baker also returning in the backfield, Douglas should be in for another big season for the Eagles, who were picked to win the league.
Douglas played varsity for Clover from 2007 to 2009. He rushed for more than 500 yards during the Blue Eagles’ 2007 state championship season, and topped 1,500 yards on the ground during his senior season in 2009.
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T