Former Rock Hill High School guard Thomas Douglas is putting together a stellar junior season for Cumberland.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Douglas is in his first season with the Bulldogs after starting his college career at Cleveland State (Tenn.) Community College.
Douglas leads the Bulldogs and is third in the TranSouth Conference in scoring, averaging 17.1 points a game. Douglas had a season-high 32 points on Jan. 19 in an 81-72 victory against conference-leading Lambuth.
Douglas is averaging 2.95 rebounds and 1.67 assists.
The Bulldogs are 14-7, 8-4 in the TranSouth Conference, an NAIA league.
• THE CITADEL: Former Bulldogs standout Dallas McPherson has signed a free-agent contract with Florida.
A third baseman, McPherson signed a one-year deal worth $425,000 after missing all of last season with nagging back problems. The 27-year-old McPherson was released earlier this year by the Los Angeles Angels.
McPherson will battle Jorge Cantu and Jose Castillo for the Marlins' third-base job. The Marlins, managed by former Charlotte Knights skipper Fredi Gonzalez, are trying to find a replacement for third sacker Miguel Cabrera, who was traded to Detroit.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., McPherson has appeared in 117 major league games, batting .247 with 18 homers. He was the Angels' second-round selection in the 2001 draft.
• COKER: Four former Rock Hill-area athletes are listed on the Cobras' baseball roster.
Three -- infielder Matt Ammons, catcher Maverick Farley and pitcher Terry Thomas -- are ex-Chester standouts. The fourth is former Indian Land outfielder Shawn Thomas.
Ammons, a 5-10 sophomore infielder, is 0-for-3 at the plate. Terry Thomas, a freshman right-hander, has appeared in two games and hasn't allowed a run in two innings.
Farley and Shawn Thomas haven't played in the first four games for the Cobras (2-2)
• GUILFORD: The Quakers put their Old Dominion Athletic Conference lead on the line Wednesday when they hosted second-place Washington & Lee.
Former Northwestern cager Mat Stanley is a member of the Quakers, who carried a 14-4 record (9-2 ODAC) and a half-game lead into the game.
Stanley, a 6-1 junior guard, has appeared in seven games. He's averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds a game.
• LENOIR-RHYNE: Hank Wofford is off to a solid start for the Bears' baseball team.
The sophomore second baseman, who played at Clover, has started all three of L-R's games this season. He's batting .222, going 2-for-9, and driving in a run during a 6-4 loss to Pfeiffer last week. He knocked in the Bears' first run of the game with an eighth-inning single.
The 5-9, 140-pound Wofford has been steady in the field. Wofford has handled 11 flawless chances at second base and been involved in one double play.
• MARSHALL: Rick Minter, a former South Carolina assistant football coach, has been named defensive coordinator of the Thundering Herd.
In 2004 under coach Lou Holtz, Minter's defense was ranked 20th nationally in total defense and 15th nationally in pass defense. One of Minter's top defenders was safety Ko Simpson, a former Rock Hill High standout now with the Buffalo Bills.
Minter has also had success at Notre Dame and Ball State and spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cincinnati.
He also has coaching experience at New Mexico State, N.C. State, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas, where he was a graduate assistant under Holtz in 1978.