Georgia Tech senior defensive tackle Vance Walker, who played at Fort Mill High School, is on the 2008 Outland Trophy watch list.
The Outland Trophy goes to college football's best interior lineman. LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, expected to be a top five pick in this weekend's NFL Draft, won in 2007.
The 6-foot-2, 293-pound Walker, son of Gary and Janet Walker of Fort Mill, was a first team All-ACC selection this past season. He was also a third team All-America.
In 13 games, Walker had 45 tackles (30 stops, 15 assists), 14 tackles for losses of 63 yards, 8.5 sacks for losses of 57 yards and recovered two fumbles.
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Georgia Tech is the only ACC member to have more than one representative on the list, which includes Yellow Jackets offensive tackle Andrew Gardner. Clemson defensive tackle Dorell Scott also received the honor.
The Yellow Jackets (7-6, 4-4 ACC last year) will open their season under new coach Paul Johnson on Aug. 28 at home against Jacksonville State.
n CLEMSON: Tigers senior Mitch Greeley, a former Northwestern track and field standout, captured his second ACC pole vault title in the past three years over the weekend.
Greeley won the pole vault, clearing 17-3/4, at the 2008 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Greeley also won the event in 2006.
The Tigers finished runners-up for the fourth consecutive year. Florida State won.
n FURMAN: Freshman Jenna Callahan was the Lady Paladins' top finisher in the 1,500 meters during the recent Furman Blue Shoes Invitational.
Callahan, a former Fort Mill cross country and track and field standout, finished fourth with a clocking of 5:01.15.
Callahan holds several Fort Mill High records, including the 1,600 (5:08.04) and the 800 (2:19.19).
n HOPE: Junior John Pelton has improved his singles record to 17-3.
Pelton, whose parents, Woody and Chris Pelton, live in Rock Hill, picked up his 17th singles win of the season this week. Pelton, a transfer from Western Michigan, defeated Jason Brown of Kalamazoo, 7-6, 6-4.
Pelton, who attended high school in Midland, Mich., is 13-6 in doubles play.
The Flying Dutchmen are 12-9 on the season.
n NORTH GREENVILLE: Three Rock Hill-area athletes helped the Crusaders edge Chowan, 3-2, in a weekend baseball game.
Former Rock Hill catcher Curt Marshall hit a solo homer in the sixth inning for the Crusaders' first run and tied the game at 2 with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. Marshall's fly ball drove in ex-Northwestern infielder Cory Hinton. The Crusaders added another run in the eighth inning for the victory.
Grayson Smith, out of York, was the winning pitcher. Smith pitched a complete game, scattering nine hits, allowing two unearned runs, one walk and striking out two.
Marshall, a senior transfer from Newberry, is batting .312 with a team-leading seven homers, 32 RBIs and 81 total bases.
Hinton, a sophomore shortstop, is batting .271 with seven RBIs.
Smith, a right-handed junior pitcher, is 3-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 11 appearances.
n PRESBYTERIAN:Brittany Brown, a guard-forward from Charlotte Latin School, has become the first signee of new Lady Blue Hose women's basketball coach Ronny Fisher.
Brown averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and 1.7 steals a game as a senior.
Brown helped lead Charlotte Latin to a pair of North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association state tournaments.
n VINCENNES: Former Northwestern tennis standout Andrew Bartelmo has helped lead Vincennes to a 25-4 record.
Bartelmo, a sophomore, is 6-1. He defeated Indiana Tech's Mark Freiherr, 6-2, 6-2, in his last match.