Former York Comprehensive High School and North Carolina star guard Ivory Latta will be playing her professional basketball a little closer to home next season.
Latta, a 5-foot-6 second-year pro, was acquired in a trade by the Atlanta Dream, a fledgling member of the WNBA. The Dream begin play next season.
Latta spent her rookie season with Detroit last year, but was dealt to the Dream for forward LaToya Thomas last week. Latta averaged 3.0 points and 0.6 rebounds a game this past season.
Another member of the Dream roster familiar to area fans is 6-8 Katie Feenstra, a former Big South Conference standout at Liberty.
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The Dream's coach and general manager is Marynell Meadors, former coach at Florida State and the Charlotte Sting.
• ERSKINE: Sophomores Victor Street Jr. and Jay Boulware continue to contribute to the Flying Fleet.
Street, a 5-10 guard from Rock Hill High, is averaging 4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds a game in 18 appearances. Boulware, a 6-4 forward out of Chester, is averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds.
The Flying Fleet, coached by ex-Winthrop assistant Mark Peeler, are 6-15, 3-11 in Conference Carolinas.
• MONTREAT: Former Fort Mill standout David Flanagan is listed on the Cavaliers' baseball roster.
Flanagan, the son of John and Vonda Flanagan, is a 6-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. The Cavaliers are 3-2.
• SPARTANBURG METHODIST: Four former Rock Hill-area athletes received honors for their performances during the soccer season.
Nathan Arroyo, a former Northwestern standout, was named the Pioneers' Offensive MVP. Arroyo was also a first team all-region choice and an honorable mention All-America selection.
Ben Brannan (Northwestern) was named the Pioneers' defensive MVP, team MVP and was a first team all-region pick.
Mitchell Gullick (Northwestern) was given the Hustle Award and was also a first-team all-region selection.
And Harper Kemp (York) was named all-region honorable mention.
The Pioneers' baseball team also features three players with Rock Hill-area ties. Freshman right-handed pitcher Josh Salay is a former Rock Hill High standout who transferred from Winthrop.
Brock Dorsett, a sophomore left-handed pitcher, is also a transfer from Winthrop while freshman infielder Anthony Strothers hails from Lancaster.
• VMI: Former South Carolina and Appalachian State football coach Sparky Woods was named coach of the Keydets.
Woods, 54, became the 10th coach in the 117-year history of VMI. He spent five years (1984-88) at Appalachian State, going 38-19-2 and winning two Southern Conference championships.
He was coach at USC from 1989-93 and has over 30 years of college coaching experience with some other stops at Memphis, Virginia, Mississippi State and Alabama.
Woods was also an offensive assistant for the New York Jets in 1994.