High School Sports

Great Falls' Culp signs to play football at Newberry

Great Falls' Jerome Culp has signed a football scholarship with Newberry.

Culp, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior, started on both sides of the ball. He was a leader on defense at nose guard and helped the Red Devils get to the Class A Division II state championship game.

Culp, along with several teammates, also recently qualified for the state weightlifting meet at the Region 11 qualifier held at Lugoff-Elgin.

He and six other Red Devils moved on to the state meet on April 12 at White Knoll.

Two varsity lifters advanced, with each finishing second -- Culp at unlimited and Terrence Jeter at 180.

Five JVs advanced. Stevis Squirewell won at 260 pounds. Finishing second were Shaq Lamar (160); Isaiah Lynn (205); Jake Tidwell (220) and Tyrail Smith (unlimited).

• SOCCER POLLS: There was movement in the latest poll released by the South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Northwestern moved from No. 4 to No. 2 this week, behind defending state champ Spring Valley in the Class AAAA boys poll. The Trojans beat Dorman 2-0 in the Manchester Cup over the weekend. Spring Valley, which beat Northwestern for the state title last year, won the 16-team Palmetto Cup in Columbia.

South Pointe jumped into the poll at No. 13 last week but dropped a spot after losing 3-2 to Fort Mill. Fort Mill held onto the No. 8 spot in the Class AAAA girls poll. Nation Ford's girls held steady at No. 15 and Indian Land's boys made a leap in the Class A poll to No. 5.

In class AAA, Chestert dropped a spot to No. 6.

The camp will be conducted by the York coaching staff and members of the Cougars' football team. Each participant will receive daily instruction of the fundamentals of football, the importance of teamwork and the value of a good attitude.

Each participant will also receive a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. The cost is $40 ($30 if paid by May 15). Applications are available at the York field house or by contacting coach John Barrett at jbarrett@york.k12.sc.us or by phone at (803) 684-1911 and (803) 366-1687.

• TROJANS CAMP: Northwestern is holding a youth football camp from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day on June 23-27. All Small Fry, Pee-Wee and GRA-Y teams are invited.

Camp is open to any player age 7-14 for a cost of $80. Campers will need to bring T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and cleats. Call (803) 981-1989 for more information.

• SUMMER SHOOTOUT: The Indian Land Girls' Basketball Shootouts are scheduled for July 16-17, with the first game beginning at noon and the last at approximately 7 p.m. each day.

The cost is $200 for one day or $375 for both and includes a T-shirt. Varsity teams will participate both days, JV teams on July 16 only.

Games begin on the hour. Each consists of four 10-minute quarters -- the clock will stop the last two minutes of each half and play like a real game. Each coach will get two 30-second timeouts per half. Certified officials will be used.

For more information, call Tamara Jacobus at (803) 524-9667 or e-mail tjacobus@mail.lcsd.k12.sc.us.

• COUGARS HOOPS CAMP: The York Youth Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 5-15 is set for 9 a.m.-noon on June 16-19. Cost is $50 per child and includes T-shirt.

Campers will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball as well as teamwork from the York coaching staff and players. Daily shooting contests, obstacle course and team tournament will also be held. The camp finale is at 11:30 a.m. on June 19 at the Jefferson Elementary School gym for ages 5-9 and the York gym for ages 10-15.

Download an application at yorkcougars.net or contact coach Paula Blackwell at (803) 684-2336 or pblackwell@york.k12.sc.us.

• REPORTERS NEEDED: If you're a high school student and would like to try your hand at some sportswriting at a big event, here's your opportunity. The third annual Shrine Bowl Student Correspondent contest is open to rising seniors.

Applications are available upon request at jameslwebb@bellsouth.net. Deadline for submission of articles is April 30. Five finalists from each state will participate in a second round of articles in September, with the winners announced in October along with players.

School personnel may request an application for a rising senior in good academic standing. The application will include a teacher recommendation, student bio and writing skills portion. A panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Shrine Bowl will evaluate the applications.

The winners from each state will participate in this year's Shrine Bowl week activities. These students will publish a daily paper each evening about the day's Shrine Bowl events. Papers will be available to players and staff at that hotel as well as at GoUpstate.com and Shrine-Bowl.com. The winning students will be provided room and board at the same location as the players and will be considered part of the team.

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