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Wendy Moore Vereen of Ash received the Best Female Lifter
Award and set several state records at the American Drug Free
Powerlifting Association Southern States Open held Nov. 12 in
Monroe. Competing in the hwmb 'j 139 pounds and under class,
Vereen set records with a squat of 300 pounds, bench press of 190
pounds and dead lift of 310 pounds. The 800-pound total qualifies
her for national competition to be held next May in St. Louis, Mo.
Pictured with Vereen is her coach. Bob Hoagland, who also won
Greg Williams Leads
Big South Favorites
Greg Williams of Bolivia could be the big cheese this winter at UNC
Greensboro, where he is the only senior on a Spartan basketball team picked
to win the Big South Conference
After two years as a walk-on playi
rewarded with a scholarship last sea
son and helped lead the team to an 11
7 record in the Big South and an over
all mark of IS- 1 2.
Coach Mike Dement is looking
for big things this season from Wil
liams. a 1991 graduate of South
Brunswick High School
"Greg will be the first player
we've had for four years at Division 1
Hopefully, he will give us real senior
leadership and production." Dement says in the Spartans' media guide.
Williams, a 6-foot-.Vinch, 19(>-pound guard, was South Brunswick's
male student -athlete of the year as a senior He was MVP of both the foot
ball and basketball teams
After playing in 11 gamca as a freshman at VJNCG, Williams earned a
starting spot as a sophomore and was voted the team's Most Improved
Player after averaging 6.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game
Last season Williams played 28. 1 minutes per game, w hich was the sec
ond most on the team He averaged H.2 points per contest and was the top
rebounder among guards with 3.9 per game
Williams led the Spartans in steals with 22, was second in assists with
59 and fourth in blocked shots with 9 He scored in double figures 12 times
in 27 games
"He really improved defensively," Dement said "He has quickness and
the ability to shut people down. His ability to defend the top scoring guards
in the league will be a key."
The Big South Conference champion will not receive an automatic
berth in the NCAA Tournament this year, but an at-large bid is not out of the
The Spartans will open the season Saturday at Wake Forest.
r at Division I UNCG, Williams was
How important arc turnovers in determining the outcome of a football
game? There may be no other statistic more important.
West Brunswick committed fewer turnovers than its opponents in nine
of its 10 wins this season. The only exception was the regular-season finale
against South Brunswick, when the Trojans had three turnovers and the
Cougars had two.
In both losses. West Brunswick coughed up the football more times
than its opponent. The Trojans had five turnovers against Dillon and five
against Eastern Randolph.
For the season. West Brunswick lost 18 fumbles and was intercepted 10
times. Meanwhile, the Trojan defense recovered 22 loose pigs and picked
off 15 passes.
The brothers Green ? Kwabena and Ahmed ? combined for seven of the
team's 15 interceptions. Ahmed tied Eric Johnson for the team lead with
four picks, and Kwabena added three.
Kwabena and Ahmed are among nine kids who started or saw signifi
cant playing time on defense this season and are expected to return to the
West Brunswick lineup next year.
On offense. West could return four starting linemen, both tight ends and
three experienced wide receivers.
Something tells me this outstanding, four-year run of 46 wins and 10
losses is not done yet.
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Scorpion Hopes Rest On ' Big Three '
BY DOUG R UTTER
The Big Three.
That's the term North Brunswick
High School boys' basketball coach
Cliff Gibson uses to describe the trio
of senior players who are expected
to carry the S<?rpions this season.
The Big Three are Mario Ballard,
Shannon Hankins and Anthony Wil
liams. They will be the ones Gibson
calls on the most this winter to lead
a team that finished 8-15 last year
and 3-11 in the Three Rivers Con
"They'!', have to play most of the
time. If they play well we'll have a
chance this year," Gibson said.
Ballard is a 6-foot-l-inch wing
player who averaged 18 points per
game last season and was named
Brunswick County's high school
Nov. 29 .Dixon
Dec. 2 .... West Brunswick
Dec. 6 South Brunswick
Dec. 9 at Topsail
Dec. 13 . : . .at South Brunswick
Dec. 15 Topsail
Dec. 16 at West Brunswick
Jan. 3 at Dixon
Jan. 6 at Fairmont
Jan. 10 East Bladen
Jan. 13 at Tar Heel
Jan. 17 OPEN
Jan. 20 at Bladenboro
Jan. 24 Red Springs
Jan. 27 at South Robeson
Jan. 31 St. Pauls
Feb. 3 Fairmont
Feb. 6 .at East Bladen
Feb. 10 Tar Heel
Feb. 14 at St. Pauls
Feb. 17 Bladenboro
Feb. 21 at Red Springs
Feb. 24 South Robeson
? Games start at 5 p.m.
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"Shannon (Hankins) could be one
of the best point guards in the area.
He s a tough, little player. "
? North Brunswick coach Cliff Gibson
boys basketball player of the year.
The 5-11 Hankins will start at
point guard, while the 6-3 Williams
plays the post for the Scorpions.
"We hope Shannon can have a re
al good year this year because he
missed most of last year with a bro
ken foot," Gibson said. "Shannon
could be one of the best point guards
in the area. He a tough, little player."
Gibson says he'll rotate a half
dozen other players in and out of the
lineup. Expected to contribute are
Shamon Kinston, Andre Mosley,
Kelton Ballard, Donald Bryant, John
Sweeney and Kyron Bryant.
Gibson, who has coached the
Scorpions to five county champi
onships and seven state playoff
berths during his 13-year tenure, has
returned to the Scorpion sideline af
ter a one-year leave of absence.
The veteran coach, who played
college ball at Wingate and East
Tennessee State in the 1960s, sat out
last season for health reasons.
"I'm enjoying it," Gibson said
last week of his return to coaching.
"It's taken me a while to get back in
to it, but when you've been at it as
long as I have it comes back to you
Gibson is carrying 13 players on
this year's varsity squad. Clyde
Carroll has taken over as the junior
varsity boys coach.
"I'm pleased with the kids and
their hustle and their work ethic,"
Gibson said. "Things are looking re
al good. The kids are working hard."
Nelson Best is the new head
coach of the North Brunswick girls.
The Lady Scorps have been one of
the weakest teams in the area in re
cent years, finishing 0-14 in league
play and 1-22 overall last season.
Earlier this year, Best retired as the
county school system's athletic direc
tor. He has many years of coaching
experience and is a former principal
at the old Iceland High School.
North Brunswick will open the
season Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home
against Dixon. West Brunswick will
pay a visit Dec. 2, and South Bruns
wick travels to Leland Dec. 6.
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