High School Sports

August 18, 2014

High school notes: Johnson shines in Butler scrimmage

Former South Pointe Stallion Anthony Johnson shined in his first preseason football scrimmage for Butler Community College last weekend; former Northwestern Trojan Mason Rudolph also looked good in Oklahoma State’s scrimmage.

Recently graduated South Pointe Stallion Anthony Johnson made the local news in Wichita, Kan., after catching a pair of long touchdown passes in Butler Community College’s preseason football scrimmage on Saturday.

Butler coach Troy Morrell told Wichita news station KAKE, “Anthony Johnson, he’s a freshman, so he’s still learning but he made a lot of big plays today. He’s physically gifted, he’s long and has got great speed as well, so we’re excited for him. He made a lot of good plays today and the great thing is he still has a long way to go to become elite.”

Find highlights from Johnson’s performance here.

Butler is ranked No. 6 in the National Junior College Athletic Association preseason polls and returns a talented team, including Georgia running back commitment Chris Carson. Georgia Military College, with several locals including South Pointe defensive back duo Buddy Byers and Corey Neely, was ranked fifth.

SCJGA York County All-Stars event

The York County chapter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association held its all-star tournaments Aug. 11 and 12 at Springfield Golf Club, with the top-two finishers in each age group advancing to the state championship Aug. 23 and 24 at Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.

Zach Adams won the state berth for 10 to 12-year-old boys. He shot 38-32-70 to win the age group by five strokes. Rock Hill pair Zachary Reuland and Payne Gettys went to a playoff after both carding 75’s, and Reuland emerged victorious to take the second state championship spot.

Clover’s Andrew White won the 13 to 14-year-old boys division, carding a two-round total of 79-76-155. He held off Rock Hill’s Nicholas Mayfield by two strokes, though both are headed to Ninety Six this coming weekend.

Rock Hill’s Coble Panetti won the boys’ 15 to 18-year-old division by a full 10 strokes, shooting a pair of 71’s for a two-round total of 142. He bested Rock Hill’s Miles Baldwin, who shot 77-75-152 to finish second and advance to the state tournament.

York’s Sarah Smith won the girls’ 14 to 18-year-old division, shooting 82-81-163 en route to a four-stroke victory over second-placed Alyssa Campbell (83-83-167).

Automatic state championship berths went to Katie Warner and Amber Bellamy (girls, 11 to 13), Molly Hardwick (girls 8 to 10) and Ian Drane (boys 8 to 9).

Rock Hill 9th grade, junior varsity football to scrimmage

Rock Hill’s 9th grade and junior varsity football teams will scrimmage Blythewood at District Three Stadium on Thursday. The game-like scrimmage will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the 9th graders, followed by the JV’s at 7. Admission is $5 at the gate.

Bearcats softball yard sale Saturday

The Rock Hill softball program is hosting a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the school.

Meet the Trojans Tuesday night

Northwestern’s fall athletes will be recognized on Tuesday night at 6 p.m., in the school’s F Gym, during Meet The Trojans.

Northwestern’s cheer teams and Purple Regiment Marching Band will perform, while football and all-sports ticket passes will be sold, as well as single-game tickets for Friday’s season opener against Byrnes.

Rudolph, Oklahoma State quarterbacks excel in Saturday scrimmage

According to the Associated Press, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said quarterbacks J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph were outstanding in the team's last major scrimmage Saturday before the Aug. 30 opener against Florida State.

Stats weren’t made available, but Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said Rudolph, the former Northwestern Trojan, is progressing. Rudolph, a true freshman who enrolled at Oklahoma State in January after an early graduation from high school, is progressing despite some rookie mistakes.

"Mason Rudolph still has a little bit of growth from an intellectual standpoint," Yurcich said. "Small things that are very correctable, but very typical of a rookie. From a physical standpoint, we're very excited about him being here."

Walsh is the group’s lone senior and the likely starter.

"J.W. brings a lot of physicality to the game," said Yurcich. "He understands the game very well, and he has experience, and he's a great leader."

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