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Also Religion and Classifieds June 11? 2015
Glenn football coach gets chance of a lifetime
Father and son learn to cope with each other on the field
BY TEVIN STINSON
For nearly 25 years, Donald Carter Sr.
has coached football at the high school
level, but over the past four seasons, he's
had the opportunity of a lifetime, to coach
his only child, Donald Jr., who is finishing
up his senior year at Glenn High School.
When offered the position, Carter Sr.
said it was a no-brainer. He sees it as an
opportunity to help his son grow as an ath
lete and as a man.
"You don't get many opportunities to
coach your own son at any level of the
sport, but especially at the high school
level," Carter said.
During his playing days,* Donald Sr.
was a force to be reckoned with. As a line
backer at West Forsyth, he was known as a
hard-hitting runstopper who always
seemed to be one step ahead of his block
ers at all times. He went on to earn a schol
arship to play at Lees-McRae College,
where he played two years before transfer
ring to Winston-Salem State University.
Donald Jr., who has heard a countless
number of stories about his father's play
ing days, said he didn't try to model his
game after his father but instead took* his
words of advice and put his own twist on
"I don't think I took anything from his
physical game," Donald Jr. said. "1 just
took from his experiences and knowledge
of the game."
During his senior season, Donald Jr.
racked up 130 tackles, five sacks and a
number of forced fumbles.
At first, Donald Jr. admits it was hard
playing for his dad, who is known for his
intensity on game days and even practices.
Eventually he learned to distinguish the
difference between coach and father.
"At first it was very hard," Donald Jr.
said. "But by my senior year, I learned to
just deal with it."
Early in the process, if Donald Jr.
missed a few tackles in a row or had a mis
step in practice, Donald Sr. would be the
first to be in his ear to tell him about it. But
as time passed and with the help of the
Bobcat coaching staff, Donald Sr. learned
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Photo by Tcvin Stinson
Donald Carter Sr. felt like he had opportunity of a lifetime when four years ago
he was offered a position at Glenn High School, where his son Donald Carter
Jr. was a linebacker. Although it was hard at times the father and son learned to
deal with it.
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Chris Jacobs has hit 89 home runs during his minor-league career.
BY CRAIG T. GREENLEE
FOR TOE CHRONICLE
Chris Jacobs is built for power. Standing 6-feet-5
inches and weighing 260 pounds, the Winston-Salem
native has the look of a basketball power forward or a
football tight end/linebacker. Baseball, though, has always
been his first love. Jacobs continues to pursue his dream of
playing in the Majoj/Leagues one day.
For his career, Jacobs has belted 89 home runs with
328 RBIs, and he has a better than decent batting average
for a long-ball hitter at .266. Over the past three seasons,
he's hit 56 home runs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers took Jacobs, the starting
first baseman for the Winston-Salem Dash, in the 2007
draft after his graduation from Glenn High School. He was
an All-State pick as a senior. Two years ago, he was pro
moted to the Double-A level (Chattanooga Lookouts) but
returned to the Single-A California League (Rancho
Cucamonga Quakes) after a short stint.
Last year may have been Jacobs's best as a pro. In his
third season with the Quakes, he slammed 25 home runs
and drove in 94 runs, in spite of playing the final month of
the season with a torn ligament in his wrist.
The Chicago White Sox signed Jacobs in January, and
then assigned him to play for his hometown team in mid
April. The assignment didn't signal a promotion. The
Dash plays, in the Carolina League, which is the'same
Single-A level as the California League. So, it's hardly
surprising that he received the news with mixed emotions.
"It's a little bittersweet coming back home to play
in high-A (league) after playing for a few years," said
Jacobs. "But to come home and be able to play in front of
my family, that was a real up-side to it. It's great to have
my mom in the stands so I can go home to good cooking.
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Parkland High grad pumped about college track future
BY CRAIG T. GREENLEE
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Like all elite-level sprinters,
Katlin Sherman has superior foot
speed. In her case, however, there's
more to it than having the ability to
run fast. There's an inner sizzle that
feeds her drive to be the best of the
best - especially^ when champi
onships of any kiriB are on the line.
It's an intarigible that served
Sherman well during her time at
Parkland High. That same trait fig
ures to take her even further when she
begins her college track career at
UNC-Chapel Hill this fall.
"Katlin has that 'want to' men
tality," said Nicole Hudson, Tar Heels
sprints/hurdles coach. "In watching
her run, you notice right away that her
will to win is very strong. Katlin is
always ready to compete, and it does
n't matter who the opponent is."
A year ago, Sherman, a junior
at that time, won the 100 and 200
meter dashes at the Class 4-A state
outdoor track and field champi
onships. She also anchored
Parkland's state title-winning 4x100
and 4x200 relays and was voted state
meet Most Valuable Player.
As a result, she emerged as a hot
prospect in the eyes of a host of
major-college programs. Aside from
the Tar Heels, Sherman attracted
heavy interest from Tennessee, East
Carolina, Virginia Tech, South
Carolina and Texas A&M.
"We need athletes like Katlin
who can help Carolina track return to
the level of dominance we had in the
late 1990s/early 2000s." Hudson said.
"We're excited to have her join us.
She has those qualities that will
enable her to do well in the classroom
and on the track. The fact that she was
a key figure on a deep Parkland team
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Photo by Craig T. tireenlec
Sherman ran on the Mustangs 4x200 relay that won
two national titles.
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