High School Sports

Rock Hill's Ramsey invited to camp

Rock Hill High School's Alexandra "Alex" Ramsey was invited to participate in the Olympic Development Program's National Developmental Soccer Camp in Pomona, Calif., from Wednesday-Monday.

Ramsey is the daughter of Morris and Florence Ramsey.

The program is made up of four regions, with 10 girls from each. Ramsey plays in Region III, which is 11 Southern states.

Ramsey, 15, plays club soccer for the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy out of Greenville. She is a sophomore.

The selection process begins at the state level and moves on to the regional and national levels. Ramsey was chosen to play at the regional level several years ago. She traveled to several camps. Ramsey was eventually chosen for the national level after being held over at the regional level in July 2007.

In addition to traveling to Greenville three nights a week for practice, Ramsey is an honor student, and in what little spare time she has, she sings in her church's youth choir, volunteers with Area Eleven Special Olympics, referees soccer matches in Rock Hill and teaches soccer clinics to disabled children at a local summer camp.

• SITES: The sites for Great Falls' upcoming third-round Class A playoff basketball games were determined Monday.

Both games will be played at Columbia's Richland Northeast High School at 7 p.m.

The girls play Hunter-Kinard-Tyler tonight. The boys play two-time defending state champion Calhoun County on Wednesday.

• MIKE POPE: Former Indian Land football coach and athletic director Mike Pope recently received the Celebration of Life Through Sports Award from Sporting News.

Pope was told in July 2005 that both of his legs needed to be amputated below the knees to save his life. His body had been ravaged by diabetes and staph infections and he had undergone quintuple bypass surgery.

"What was I going to do? Sit in a hospital room and die?" Pope told Sporting News. "Oh, yes, there were times when I didn't want to fight anymore, but losing my legs was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Pope has retired from coaching but is still involved with football. He has prosthetic legs and lives with his family in Seneca.

Pope runs the "Hawg Tough'' offensive line camps in Georgia, Ohio and the Carolinas. He is a volunteer football and track coach at Walhalla. He'll bring his camp to Nation Ford on May 24.

• COMBINES: Coach Reggie Kennedy of Orangeburg-Wilkinson will serve as the 2008 Shrine Bowl Football Combine coordinator in South Carolina. Sean Glover will serve as the assistant coordinator.

South Carolina will employ a combine process which will measure and test height, weight, vertical jump, 40-yard dash, pro agility (20-yard) shuttle and bench press.

The combines are for rising seniors and are included as part of the overall selection process for the South Carolina team player selections. Rising seniors should bring videos for the Shrine Bowl staff to evaluate.

The cost is $20 per player -- cash only. High school coaches will be admitted free. Each player will receive a T-shirt and state-wide exposure.

For more information, go to shrine-bowl.com.

• MARATHON MEN: Two York assistant football coaches joined the ranks of elite runners who dared to tackle 26.2 miles at the Myrtle Beach Marathon over the weekend.

Curtis Godwin and Joey Moore finished the marathon and were among 6,000 runners who participated.

Godwin, who played at South Carolina, and Moore, who played at Wofford, are a bit slimmer than in the days when they played college football. They collectively weighed almost 600 pounds during those days. Godwin and Moore have slimmed down and used their competitive nature to accomplish a unique feat.

The pair has been training since football season ended. In December, they ran a half-marathon in Randleman, N.C. Since then, they have logged more than 25 miles a week, and two weeks ago reached the training peak of 40 miles in just four days.

• SIGNING: Lewisville wide receiver/defensive back Jamarius "Antwan'' Robinson signed a football national letter-of-intent with North Greenville.

Robinson played in the North-South All-Star Football Game. He was named to the Class A All-State team, was runner-up in the voting for Region 3-A Player of the Year and was The Herald's All-Area Class A Defensive Player of the Year.

• CHAMPS: Rock Hill's ninth-grade boys basketball team won its last 11 games and the Region 3-AAAA championship.

The Bearcats ended with a 13-1 conference record, beating Northwestern, which finished 11-3. Rock Hill's coach is DeAnte Reese.