High School Sports

Whitlock showcases talents

Chester's C.C. Whitlock watches a drill during practice.
Chester's C.C. Whitlock watches a drill during practice.

ROEBUCK -- Chester's C.C. Whitlock is showing his versatility this week at Shrine Bowl practice.

The 44-player Shrine Bowl squads from the Carolinas are practicing twice a day on side-by-side practice fields at Dorman High School.

Whitlock, as he did while helping lead the Cyclones to this year's Class AAA state championship game, is playing wide receiver, cornerback and at Monday's second practice, took snaps at quarterback.

"It looks like I'm starting at cornerback right now, and I'm back on kick returns with Summerville's A.J. Green,'' said Whitlock, who is committed to South Carolina. "But the coaches said they'll use me at wide receiver and they've put in some packages for me at quarterback.''

The other quarterbacks are Blythewood's Richard Mounce and Summerville's Reid McCollum. Mounce will play baseball at Clemson next year. McCollum will join Whitlock in USC's freshman class.

"All three of us want to be the starter, but each of us knows we'll get playing time,'' said Mounce, South Carolina's 2007 Mr. Football. "Because we only play quarterback and are together a lot, Reid and I have become friends. C.C. plays everywhere, but he'll be the quarterback in some situations because he runs the ball really well.''

• HEAVY HEART: It's already been a hard first week for Lennel Elmore, a 6-foot, 160-pound wide receiver from Allendale-Fairfax.

Aaron Manigault, 35, died around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities, after his vehicle collided with an RV on Highway 125 near Highway 3. He was an assistant coach at Allendale-Fairfax.

"He's been my position coach since my freshman season,'' Elmore said. "I found out he had died about an hour after it happened. It's been hard on me, but I'm doing OK. I missed our first practice, but I was out there Monday afternoon.

"From what I was told, he had been in Allendale for our Christmas parade and wrecked on his way home to Augusta. I'm playing this game for him. I'll look back and appreciate everything he's ever done for me.''

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School gymnasium.

• STATE CHAMPS: Last week at Winston-Salem, N.C., New Bern beat Independence 28-17 for the Class 4-AA state championship.

New Bern ended Independence's title run at seven straight and was fueled by two-way starter Kevin Reddick, a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker for North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team. He also plays running back for the Bears.

"It felt really good after so many losses to them,'' Reddick said. "This was our fourth shot and I was on the team my freshman and sophomore years when they beat us.''

Reddick said the Patriots were ahead 14-0 when he was moved to tailback and scored a pair of touchdowns that left his team behind 14-13 at the half.

"We went on top in the second half and they kicked a field goal to make it 21-17,'' he said. "We scored again and late in the game, I went back to offense and was getting the carries so we could run out the clock.''

• HORSEHIDE: Mounce isn't the only South Carolina player looking at playing baseball in college.

Hartsville's Jordan Lyles, a 6-4, 195-pound receiver, is also leaning that way. He was 7-1 last season for the Red Foxes and had an 0.80 ERA.

"I'm still waiting to see what happens,'' Lyles said. "I've got offers from Presbyterian, Coastal Carolina and Wofford for football. Clemson, South Carolina and several other schools are talking to me about baseball.

"I'm going to be patient, wait and see if other offers come my way. If I do well this week, some bigger schools might look at me for football.''