College Sports

Degraffenreid transfers to Newberry

Several former Rock Hill-area high school football standouts, including ex-Rock Hill High linebacker Donkay Degraffenreid, are on a list of newcomers who are expected to be included at Newberry.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Degraffenreid transferred from Southern Illinois.

Degraffenreid, a linebacker, signed with Southern Illinois in 2006 and was switched to safety.

Running back Tim Boyd, who played at Clover, is a transfer from New Mexico Military Institute.

Incoming area freshmen who are expected to join the Indians for the 2008 season are South Pointe offensive lineman Russ Feaster, the Stallions' first college football scholarship signee; Northwestern linebacker Greg Paige; Fort Mill defensive back Jared Shaw; and Fort Mill linebacker Jeff White.

Coach Zak Willis' Indians will hold their annual spring game at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Setzler Field. Admission is free.

• CLEMSON: Former Tigers catcher Matt LeCroy has signed a contract with Lancaster of the Independent Atlantic League.

LeCroy, a supplemental first-round pick by Minnesota in the 1997 draft, split the 2007 season with the Twins and Triple-A Rochester. He was granted free agency in October, signed by Oakland and released.

A catcher-first baseman, LeCroy has major league time with the Twins and Washington.

• HOPE: Junior John Pelton is making an impression on the Flying Dutchmen tennis program in his first season.

Pelton is 10-3 at No. 1 singles and 9-4 in doubles. Pelton, whose parents Woody and Chris Pelton live in Rock Hill, is a transfer from Western Michigan, where he spent his first two years of college.

The younger Pelton played at Midland (Mich.) High School and is the school's career wins leader with a 98-12 record.

• MONTREAT: Former Fort Mill standout David Flanagan is a member of the Cavaliers' baseball team, which has been ranked as high as No. 21 in NAIA.

Flanagan, a 6-1, 195-pound right-hander, has appeared in two games, pitching two innings with no record and an ERA of 9.00.

The Cavaliers are 28-9, 9-3 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

• SOUTH CAROLINA: Former Fort Mill catcher Charlie Lisk has signed a contract with Gateway of the Independent Frontier League.

Lisk, who was headed to South Carolina before signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2001, finished the 2007 season with Gateway.

Lisk appeared in 65 games with the Grizzlies last season, batting .201 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs. He threw out 22 of 50 base-stealers, third-best in the Frontier League.

The Grizzlies begin spring training on May 7 and none of the signees are guaranteed a spot with the team for the '08 season.

The Grizzlies, whose pitching coach is ex-Gamecocks standout Randy Martz, open the year on May 21 when they entertain Southern Illinois.

• Former Gamecocks pitcher-outfielder Jon Coutlangus has been traded from Cincinnati to Arizona.

A left-hander, Coutlangus was dealt for outfielder Daniel Perales. Coutlangus appeared in 64 games for the Reds last season, going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA.

• USC UPSTATE: Former Spartans and Fort Mill right-hander Brandon Williams was among 18 minor-league prospects released by Pittsburgh.

Williams, the Pirates' 29th-round selection in the 2006 draft, appeared in 29 games the past two seasons for four minor teams. He was 4-2 with one save and a 3.14 ERA.

Former Charlotte infielder Jorge Velandia was also among those released.