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.
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• 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.