Monday’s roundup: Former Ashbrook star honored by UNC, 6 local Shrine Bowlers and Gardner-Webb visits Florida State
By Richard Walker
The success story of former Ashbrook High football standout British Brooks continued Sunday night at the University of North Carolina’s annual postseason football banquet.
A 2018 Ashbrook High graduate who was a recruited walkon for the Tar Heels, Brooks took home two huge honors on Sunday night.
He was named the Carl Snavely Special Teams MVP and he was named one of five Charlie Justice Team Captains, joining Sam Howell and Michael Carter on offense and Chazz Surratt and Jeremiah Gemmel on defense.
Brooks and the Tar Heels (8-3) next play on Jan. 2 in the Orange Bowl against Texas A&M.
Brooks has rushed nine times for 46 yards and made two tackles in 11 games for UNC this season.
High school football
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas may not be played this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the bowl game did release the players, coaches and administrators who would’ve been involved in the game – and they include five local players and one school trainer.
Wide receiver-tight end Timothy Ruff and offensive lineman Colin Surratt of Crest, defensive back Daniel Carter of North Lincoln, linebacker Jack Hollifield of Shelby and linebacker Dameon Wilson of Kings Mountain were the players selected to the team.
Ruff and Surratt are the 29th and 30th Shrine Bowlers in Crest history, while Carter is North Lincoln’s first, Hollifield is Shelby’s area-best 41st and Wilson is Kings Mountain sixth and first since 1998.
Also, Gaston County didn’t have any players for the first time since 2015 but Forestview’s Jarrett Friday was named as North Carolina’s athletic trainer.
College men’s basketball
Florida State 72, Gardner-Webb 59: The Bulldogs pushed the defending ACC champions until a late Florida State burst put the game away in Gardner-Webb’s final scheduled non-conference game of the year.
Down 31-28 at halftime, the Bulldogs took a 37-36 lead with 17:13 to play and stayed within striking distance of the No. 21-ranked Seminoles until Florida State scored the game’s last seven points.
Sophomore guard Lance Terry’s game-high 23 points led Gardner-Webb, which returns to action on Dec. 30 in its Big South Conference opener at Hampton.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton, a Gastonia native, saw his team improve to 5-1 with the win.
High school volleyball
Maiden 3, North Lincoln 0 (25-9, 25-22, 22-17)