College Sports

Former Trojans named captains for Pioneers

Three former Northwestern High School athletes are captains for Spartanburg Methodist's soccer team.

Midfielder Nathan Arroyo, defender Ben Brannan and forward Mitch Gullick -- all sophomores -- lead the Pioneers.

Last year, Arroyo was chosen all-region, second-team All-America and the Pioneers' offensive MVP. Brannan was an all-region pick and the team's defensive MVP.

Arroyo, Brannan and Gullick are three of 10 Rock Hill-area natives listed on the Pioneers' roster. They join goalkeeper Taylor Crawford (Northwestern), midfielder James Canizzaro (Northwestern), midfielder Quay Whiteside (Chester), defender Harper Kemp (York), midfielder Andrew Lehman (Northwestern), defender Rob Tice (Northwestern) and midfielder James Adams (York).

The Pioneers carried a 3-2-1 record into Wednesday's game against Tri-County.

• CLEMSON: It's been a tough couple of weeks for Tigers in the NFL. Five ex-Tigers suffered injuries and are sidelined either for a few weeks or the season.

Chansi Stuckey, a rookie wide receiver with the New York Jets, is out for the season with a foot injury after leading the team in preseason receptions (11).

Jets defensive back Justin Miller (knee ligament) is most likely out for the year.

St. Louis defensive back Tye Hill (lower back), Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill (foot) and Baltimore defensive lineman Trevor Pryce (broken wrist) have also been sidelined.

• GEORGIA TECH: Yellow Jackets junior defensive tackle Vance Walker is wearing a different number this season. Walker, who played at Fort Mill High School, is wearing No. 99 after wearing No. 57 for the majority of his first two seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder started the first three games and recorded nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss with 1.5 sacks. He registered two solo tackles and two assists last week against Boston College.

The Yellow Jackets (2-1) visit Virginia this Saturday.

• NEWBERRY: Former Rock Hill High School standout Mike Grase turned in a strong defensive effort in a 39-20 victory at North Greenville last week.

Grase, a 5-10, 225-pound junior linebacker, collected nine tackles, including eight solo, one assist and two stops for loss.

Chris Reed, another linebacker and ex-Northwestern stalwart, had a sack.

• WINTHROP: Five ex-Eagle baseball players have found new homes after deciding to transfer.

Pitcher Jason Franzblau (Arizona State), infielder-outfielder Phil Carey (Texas A&M), catcher Jayson Hernandez (Rutgers), outfielder Tommy Lee (Georgetown, Ky.) and pitcher Chris Pepe (West Virginia) left after last season.

Franzblau was 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA, made 19 appearances and started 16 games last year.

Carey batted .325 in 52 games while Hernandez hit .147 in 22 contests. Lee had a .429 batting average in 16 games and Pepe didn't make an appearance on the mound a year ago.