LAS VEGAS, NV - Former Watauga High baseball player Ryder Jones turned in a solid perfomance Friday night as the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple A affliate of the San Francisco Giants in the Pacific Coast League, knocked off the Las Vegas 51s, 6-4.

Jones highlighted a four-run rally in the top of the eighth with a two-run blast---his 10th home run of the season---in the win. Jones was 2-for-4 with a two-run shot and three runs-batted-in. On the year, Jones is batting .295 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 30 RBI, and a .563 slugging percentage.


SAVANNAH, Ga - Former Watauga High baseball player, and the younger brother of Ryder Jones, Utah, is playing for the Savannah Bananas of collegiate Coastal Plain League.

Jones, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina this past season, is currently batting .167 through six games, all starts, with three hits, including a double, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.


Cameron Johnson Signs With UNC

CHAPEL HILL--Cameron Johnson, a 6-8 guard from Moon Township, Pa., has signed a scholarship agreement to attend the University of North Carolina and play for the Tar Heels beginning with the 2017-18 men's basketball season.

Johnson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and played two full seasons for the Panthers. He received a medical red-shirt after playing in eight games as a freshman in 2014-15 and has two years of eligibility remaining as a graduate student.

He averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games last year, shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range (78 of 188). He was one of two players to start all 33 games and led Pitt in three-point field goals, three-point percentage, free throw percentage (.811) and steals (31). He scored 583 points in 73 career games for Pitt.

Johnson earned Academic All-ACC honors twice, was an academic all-district selection in 2016-17 and graduated with honors.

Johnson matched his career scoring high with 24 points against the Tar Heels on Jan. 31, 2017, at the Smith Center. He made 9 of 13 field goals in that game, including six of nine from three-point range. He also scored 24 points against Syracuse in the 2016 ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C.

“We are excited to have Cameron and his family join our program,” says Carolina head coach Roy Williams. “He has proven he can do the job both on the court and in the classroom. He is accomplished in both areas. The young man went through a demanding process to get to North Carolina. We are happy to have someone join our program who wanted to be with us so badly. I look forward to helping him improve as a player and watching the impact he has on our program.”

Johnson attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, Pa., where he averaged 27.8 points as a senior.


Carolina Baseball Summer Placements

Wednesday was opening night in the Cape Cod League, and 12 Tar Heels will be spending their summers playing in the prestigious Massachusetts wooden bat league. In all, twenty-five Carolina baseball players will be competiting in summer leagues in 2017 - four in the Coastal Plain League, four in the Cal Ripken League, two each in the New England Collegiate League and the Northwoods League, and one in the California Collegiate League.

In addition to the 25 Tar Heels playing in summer leagues, Gianluca Dalatri will be competiting with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which trains in Cary, North Carolina.

Check throughout the summer for stats and updates from the summer league action.

Cape Cod Baseball League
Austin Bergner - Chatham
Rodney Hutchison Jr. - Chatham
Ashton McGee - Chatham
Cody Roberts - Chatham
Tyler Baum - Harwich
Cole Aker - Harwich
Brett Daniels - Orleans
Josh Hiatt - Orleans
Brandon Riley - Orleans
Taylor Sugg - Orleans
Robbie Peto - Falmoth
Kyle Datres - Brewster

Coastal Plain League
Jake Holtzapple - Wilson
Josh Ladowski - Wilson
Ike Freeman - High Point-Thomasville
Utah Jones - Savannah

New England Collegiate Baseball League
Teddy Sabato - Danbury
Brandon Martorano - Plymouth

Northwoods League
Michael Busch - St. Cloud
Brendan Illies - St. Cloud

California Collegiate League
Aaron Greenfield - OC Riptide

Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League
Zach Attianese - Baltimore
Evan Odum - Baltimore
Laney Orr - Baltimore
Bo Weiss - Baltimore



WEST JEFFERSON - The Ashe County High girl's soccer team had three players named to the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference all-conference team.

Melissa Ramos, who set the all-time scoring record at Ashe County High School, was joined by starting goalkeeper Katelyn Tester and midfielder Sam Woods as all-conference performers.

Emma Calloway and Alicia Martinez of the Huskies were named honorable mention.

MVAC All-Conference team

Shelia Aguilar (East Wilkes)

Alya Albert (West Wilkes)

Karson Anderson (Wilkes Central)

Candice Bell (North Wilkes)

Christa Burchette (East Wilkes)

Courtney Byrd (Starmount)

Rianna Evans (Alleghany)

Abbie Flores (Elkin)

Maggie Freed (Starmount)

Elizabeth Huffman (West Wilkes)

Kathryn Jennings (Elkin)

Claire Maske (Starmount)

Molly Maske (Syarmount)

Daniela Murguia (Starmount)

Isabell Najera (Starmount)

Ciara Pierce (East Wilkes)

Emily Pontzes (Wilkes Central)

Melissa Ramos (Ashe)

Savannah Rush (Wilkes Central)

Holly Swofford (Wilkes Central)

Katelyn Tester (Ashe)

Mattie Timmerman (Elkin)

Damasis Torres (Wilkes Central)

Lauren Turner (North Wilkes)

Sam Woods (Ashe)


Honorable mention

Emma Calloway (Ashe)

Kenya Carcano (West Wilkes)

Lakyn Carlton (West Wilkes)

Bethany Church (Wilkes Central)

Sarah Mizelle (Wilkes Central)

Laken Harrold (North Wilkes)

Harper Lee Libbert (Elkin)

Alicia Martinez (Ashe)

Rosa Munoz-Maya (North Wilkes)

Leah Nance (East Wilkes)

Anna Parks (East Wilkes)

Daisy Panuco (Alleghany)

Perla Sanchez (Alleghany)

Arwyn Shoemaker (Elkin)