North Carolina sophomore midfielder Enzo Martinez, a former Northwestern star, has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America squad. Martinez is a Third Team All-American.
Martinez appeared in all 24 matches, starting 22 in the midfield and up top where he led the Tar Heels in scoring with 25 points on the season. He tallied 10 goals with five assists, including a team-high five game-winning goals. Martinez finished the campaign with the 29th most goals in the country.
ALL-AMERICAN, PART II -- University of St. Francis (Ill.) junior cornerback Wayne Johnson, out of York Comprehensive, has been named to the 25-member American Football Coaches Association/NAIA All-America team. He is the sixth player to be named a football first-team All-American at St. Francis and just the second since 1993.
Johnson was an honorable mention All-Mid-States Football Association/Midwest League pick for the second straight year. He led the Saints with seven interceptions this season, one shy of matching the USF single-season record. He had three picks in a win over Grand View (Iowa) on Sept. 11.
CRAIG LEADS SPARTANS -- USC Upstate freshman forward Torrey Craig, a former Great Falls Red Devils star, leads his team in scoring (10.9 ppg), rebounds (7.1 rpg), 3-pointers made (17) and is tied for the team lead with four blocks. The Spartans (2-7, 1-0 Atlantic Sun) played a brutal non-conference schedule that included games at Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina and N.C. State. They topped the A-Sun's preseason favorite East Tennessee on Dec. 5, 60-59.
Craig and USC Upstate host Campbell on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center.
SANDERS AND APP STATE -- Former Chester defensive back Troy Sanders just finished his sophomore season in Boone, N.C. He recorded 60 tackles that included 4.5 tackles for loss and two blocked kicks. Appalachian State was eliminated in the Football Championship quarterfinal game, 42-24, by Villanova on Saturday.
WOMEN'S SOCCER -- Kentucky freshman Taylor Parker scored two goals and had five assists for nine points in helping her team to a 10-7-3 record. The forward from Fort Mill High played in every game. Alex Ramsey, a Rock Hill graduate, started all 21 games as a freshman for the 8-8-5 LSU Tigers. LSU beat Kentucky, 1-0, on Oct. 8 in Baton Rouge, La.
Former Clover standout Rachael Newmister tallied two goals and two assists in 11 matches for Davidson in her sophomore season. The Wildcats finished 6-8-6.
GONE BOWLING -- Several local football players will be part of college football bowl games in the coming weeks. In chronological order the games of interest are the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28; Meineke Car Care Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; and the Compass Bowl on Jan. 8.
Here's a list of the local players involved in those bowl games:
The Champs Sports Bowl pits N.C. State against West Virginia. Asa Watson (Rock Hill) is a tight end for the Wolfpack. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl features Clemson and South Florida. Safety Jonathan Meeks (Rock Hill) and offensive guard Kalon Davis (Chester) will suit up for the Tigers at noon.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl has South Carolina versus Florida State. CB Stephon Gilmore (South Pointe), WR Tori Gurley (Rock Hill), P/PK Spencer Lanning (York Comprehensive), CB C.C. Whitlock (Chester), SS DeVonte Holloman (South Pointe), CB Marty Markett (York Comprehensive) and FS Jared Shaw (Fort Mill) are all Gamecocks. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Atlanta.
The Compass Bowl is where Kentucky will face Pittsburgh. WR Gene McCaskill (Chester) missed this season for the Wildcats with a torn ACL suffered in August. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. from Birmingham, Ala.