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Sports Briefs: Spartans help middle school players get ready for tryouts

December 2, 2013 

Middle school players go through shooting drills with the help of Smithfield-Selma High School basketball players at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.

COURTESY OF JAMES ROBINSON — Courtesy of James Robinson

Spartans help middle school players get ready for tryouts

Coaches from Smithfield-Selma High School in conjunction with the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Middle School Basketball Boot Camp for seventh and eighth graders planning to tryout for their school teams on Nov. 9 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. More than three dozen players watched the SSS boys team practice, then went through a clinic with a focus on prepping for the tryout experience with ball handling and shooting drills.

"The high school players were really excited to have this opportunity to give back to the middle schools they attended," said Smithfield-Selma coach James Robinson. "The practice preceding the clinic was by far the best practice I can remember. We had great enthusiasm and energy throughout the day."

The day wrapped up with pizza for the camp attendees, provided by the Spartan basketball program. SSS opens its season Monday, Nov. 18, against Southern Wayne.

Ten named to all-region squad

Players from the new Two Rivers 3A Conference dominated the selections of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Associations all Region III team. Ten players from the conference were named to the team which covers Johnston, Harnett, Wilson and Nash counties.

Smithfield-Selma had junior midfielder Daniel Avila, senior midfielder Robin Barksdale, senior midfielder Harrison Howell, senior defender Moises Monroy-Narvaez and senior midfielder Joseph Williams named to the squad. The Spartans won the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

Corinth Holders had three selections to the squad: junior midfielder Aaron Lopez, senior defender Kevin Rosales and senior defender Jamie Schap.

Players from Triton accounted for the remaining pair of Two Rivers 3A representatives named to the squad: junior keeper Raynor Weaver and senior midfielder Ricardo Hernandez.

Ejection policy will be reviewed

The NCHSAA board of directors is expected to review its ejection policy in the wake of procedural problems with a Southern Vance player last week.

A Southern Vance player was ejected from a game against Franklinton on Nov. 8, but the school was not officially notified that the player had been ejected in a timely manner.

NCHSAA players can be ejected for sportsmanship issues, but can be disqualified for various reasons. Disqualified players do not have to sit out games.

Southern Vance had not been notified of the ejection until after the Raiders had beaten South Columbus 12-5 in the first round of the playoffs.

The NCHSAA did not notify Southern Vance of the ejection because the NCHSAA had not been notified by game officials.

The Southern Vance player was ineligible, but played, which usually results in a forfeit.

NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield ruled that since Southern Vance had not received notification before the game that the player was ejected, the school did not have to forfeit. South Columbus appealed to the NCHSAA executive committee and later to the full board.

The executive committee and the full board upheld Whitfield’s ruling.

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