Wacker Earns Cross-Country All-America
University of Colorado junior Andy Wacker capped an outstanding cross country season by earning All-America honors with a top-40 finish at the NCAA Championships held a week ago in Terre Haute, Ind.
The former Pinecrest athlete finished 37th with a time of 30:28 in the 10K race. The Buffaloes finished 15th as a team in the meet won for the second time in a row by Oklahoma State.
“It’s a really huge honor to be an All-American,” Wacker said. “It adds to the tradition of our team.”
The complete interview with Wacker can be found on www.cubuffs.com.
Three golfers from Southern Pines appear in the Golfstat NCAA rankings in various categories based on their performances in fall tournaments.
UNC junior Jack Fields (Pinecrest) is ranked No. 23 in the Golfstat Cup standings and No. 29 in the NCAA player standings with a scoring average of 71.2. He is No. 2 in Par 3 Scoring (2.92), tied for 10th place in Greens in Regulation (.778) and No. 20 in Subpar Strokes per Round (4.33). He finished in the top 10 in all four tournaments he played in this fall.
Tar Heel teammate Michael McGowan (O’Neal) is No. 4 in Par 5 scoring (4.46) and tied for eighth place in Sub Par Strokes per Round (4.67). The sophomore is 126th in the player rankings with a 72.43 scoring average. He tied for third place at the UNC Greensboro Bridgestone Classic for his best fall finish.
The most efficient of the three locals with the short stick is UNC Greensboro sophomore Robert Hoadley (Union Pines). He is 23rd in putts per hole (1.767) according to Golfstat. His 72.71 scoring average puts him at No. 180 in the player rankings.
Cornell basketball player Adam Wire (Pinecrest) has led or tied for the team lead in rebounds in five of the first six games of the season. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards in the Big Red’s 66-61 loss at Boston University on Saturday.
Wire is averaging 7.2 rebounds and 5.3 points per game in the team’s 2-4 start. He has accounted for more than half of the Big Red offensive rebounds. He is first on the team in steals and second in assists.
A couple of former Sandhills Community College basketball standouts that once performed at nearby high schools are seeing action at four-year colleges.
Michael Dunkins (East Montgomery) is second in scoring for St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a 12.0 average through four games. He poured in a team-high 15 in the Knights’ 85-68 loss to UNC Pembroke about two weeks ago.
Germann Bostic (Scotland County), a two-time All-American for the Flyers, recently came off the Shaw University injury list.
He went 1-for-4 from behind the arc in eight minutes of action in his first game on Friday. The Bears (2-1) were defeated 87-78 by Francis Marion.
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