Northside Christian senior forward James Demery has committed to play college basketball St. Joseph's, Northside assistant coach Joe Badgett said.
Demery, 6-foot-5, is the fourth player on this season’s Northside roster to commit to a Division I school.
Senior Desean Murray, a 6-3 guard, committed to Presbyterian Sunday night. Keyshawn Woods, a 6-5 forward, committed to Charlotte; and Devon Bell, a 5-11 guard, committed to Presbyterian.
Demery had been offered by St. Joseph’s, Tennessee, Charlotte, Virginia Tech, South Carolina.
• The N.C. Prep Phenom Top 150 high school evaluation camp is Sunday at the Gateway YMCA in Winston-Salem. Several recruiting coordinators, including Rick Lewis of the Prep Phenom Report, will watch some of the area’s top players compete. Area invitees are at prepinsiders.blogspot.com
• Charlotte Country Day, Davidson Day, Gaston Day, Kings Mountain, North Rowan and Statesville are among teams committed to the Phenom Hoop Jamboree Nov. 9 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro. All teams will play a minimum of three games.
• Mallard Creek assistant girls’ basketball coach Kerry Sargent will be inducted into the N.C. AAU Hall of Fame Oct. 26 in Greensboro. Sargent, who has coached at Mallard Creek for six years, has coached boys’ AAU for more than 20 years and now coaches with the Charlotte Nets. Other 2013 inductees include Jerry Stackhouse and Chris Paul.
Community School of Davidson is 11-5-1 overall and 9-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A conference. It is having a “Dig Pink” match Saturday at Davidson College against Woodlawn. The match will immediately follow the Davidson vs. UNC Greensboro match, which begins 2 p.m.
Community School senior Sarah Fink has committed to play for Davidson next fall.
Before Saturday’s match, cancer survivors will be recognized. Proceeds benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a collection of volleyball players and coaches united in helping families affected by breast cancer.
• United Faith will host Gaston Day Saturday at 6 p.m. in another Side-Out Foundation game. There will be a middle school and junior varsity game before the varsity game. Those begin 3:30p.m. In addition to the volleyball, United Faith will auction off artwork created by students. United Faith will wear special pink uniforms and the game officials will wear pink T-shirts with pink whistles.
• Mount Pleasant coach Michelle Barrett will go for her 400th career win Thursday at home against Central Academy.
The Wendy’s Invitational cross-country meet is Saturday at 9 a.m. at McAlpine Park. There will be 109 schools from five states (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia) represented. Two returnees were Foot Locker National Qualifiers last year: Aaron Templeton of Hardin Valley (Tenn.) Academy, and Oakton (Va.) High’s Allie Klimkiewicz.
Rock Hill South Pointe starting quarterback Davonta Blake was charged with selling marijuana at school, police say. Blake, 17, faces six drug charges after police and school officials found him with marijuana at school and in his bedroom at home, said Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger.
He will not play in South Pointe's game against rival Northwestern High on Friday, said Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker. Blake, a senior, has rushed 49 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns this season. He’s also thrown for 912 yards and eight touchdowns.
Jonathan McFadden, Bret McCormick
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