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Clemson's Maners set to play last game at Gator Bowl

Former Northwestern High School standout Jimmy Maners brings an end to his college football career for Clemson on New Year's Day in the Gator Bowl against Nebraska.

A graduate student, Maners and the Tigers (7-5) meet the Cornhuskers (8-4) at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.

Maners is averaging 40.5 yards a punt on 41 kicks this season and has a long punt of 54 yards. He is 16th in the nation in career punting, averaging 41.8 yards a punt on 97 kicks in his four years as the Tigers punter. He is fourth on the Tigers' career punting list.

Maners, who graduated in May of this year with a degree in history, is the first Clemson football player to be inducted into the school's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

• ALLEN: The Yellow Jackets have two York County athletes on their 2008-09 men's basketball team in junior guard Byron Littlejohn (Clover High School) and freshman forward Chavis Darby (York Comprehensive High School).

The 5-9 Littlejohn is averaging 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds a game. The 6-7 Darby is averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds a game for coach Timard Gates' team.

• COMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Sophomore Tartars outside linebacker Lemorris "LT" Agurs (Rock Hill) was named to the 2008 All-American Mountain Conference team.

Agurs, a 6-1 1/2, 230-pounder, led the Tartars in sacks as a freshman.

Agurs was one of seven players from the California-based school to be named to the all-conference team.

• GUILFORD: Guard Mat Stanley (Northwestern) is in his senior season with the Quakers basketball team, having seen action in eight games this year.

The 6-1, 185-pound Stanley has averaged 8.3 minutes a game as the Quakers have posted a 6-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Stanley, the son of Tom and Kathryn Stanley of Rock Hill, is averaging almost a rebound a game in his eight appearances.

Coach Tom Palombo's team was picked to finish third in the ODAC this season after winning the conference championship a year ago.

• NORTH GREENVILLE: Two players from the Rock Hill area have helped the Crusaders' women's basketball team get off to a 4-4 start this season.

Senior center Amanda Milner (Clover) and junior forward Jalessa Gladden (Chester) have contributed to the Crusaders .500 start.

The 6-1 Milner is averaging 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds a game while the 5-10 Gladden is averaging 4.9 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest.

The Crusaders are currently on Christmas break, but will return to action on Jan. 7 when they entertain Georgetown College in a 6 p.m. game.

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