Earl’s Pearls 2/5

By: Earl Vaughan Jr.

With so many sports overlapping because of the jumbled seasons caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, dual sport athletes are having to make some tough decisions.

Among the busiest figures is Terry Sanford’s Davis Molnar. Molnar is a star for Terry Sanford’s basketball team, but he’s also one of the best soccer players in the Patriot Athletic Conference, having earned defensive player of the year honors in the league during the 2019 season.

One thing that helps is that his father, Karl Molnar, is his basketball coach too. That should make it easier to coordinate participation in both sports now that soccer season is in full swing while basketball has a week left in the regular season with postseason play to follow starting in mid-February.

For the time being, Davis said he’ll make basketball his priority as it reaches the home stretch, but he’ll still try to allow time for both practice and games with the Bulldog soccer team.

He’s hopeful that practice times can be adjusted for the two sports to allow him the chance to give attention to both in some fashion.

One thing he’s wary of is the increased risk of injury. It’s only been three years since he had surgery to repair a broken patella on his right knee.

“I’ll kind of get to the point where I know I’ll need a break and take it,’’ Molnar said. “I don’t want to go too hard and have to do a lot of rehabilitating.’’

His last full soccer season in 2019, Molnar led Terry Sanford in scoring with 16 goals and five assists. According to the most recent basketball statistics at NCPrepSports.net through Jan. 31, he’s averaging 19.7 points and leads the rebounders in the Cumberland County Schools with 12 per game. He also leads the county schools in assists with 6.8 per game. 

 

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For the first time in his professional baseball career, former Terry Sanford and UNC-Wilmington relief pitcher Austin Warren has been listed as one of the top 30 prospects in the Los Angeles Angels minor league organization by Baseball America.

Warren was taken by the Angels in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

His pitching arsenal includes a fastball now clocked as fast as 94 miles per hour and what Baseball America calls an above-average slider that he uses liberally.

He’s projected to be a middle reliever who should be most effective against right-handed batters. The magazine projects he will join the Angels’ bullpen in the near future.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Pine Forest’s Trent Leone doesn’t have the best swimming times in the Patriot Athletic Conference, but he’s definitely among the most dedicated swimmers in the league, and that’s why he was honored as this year’s conference male swimmer of the year. A junior, Leone is described as a consummate leader on the team, encouraging, mentoring and assisting fellow swimmers of all levels. He’s also trying to improve himself and eager to take advice from others. He has a grade point average of 4.35. He’s active in band and also plays soccer. Leone is hoping to get an appointment to the United States Miliary Academy at West Point or to the ROTC program at North Carolina State. He’d like to study engineering or kinesiology and eventually pursue a career in avaiation.

 

LAST WEEK’S SCORES

 

Jan. 29

Basketball

Boys

Gray’s Creek 66, Douglas Byrd 45

South View 78, Overhills 65

Westover 78, Terry Sanford 61

Lumberton 67, Seventy-First 57

Trinity Christian 83, Village Christian 32

Cape Fear Christian 61, Fayetteville Christian 47

Coastal Christian 57, Fayetteville Academy 24

Girls

E.E. Smith 80, Cape Fear 53

South View 54, Overhills 35

Terry Sanford 66, Westover 24

Jack Britt 59, Richmond Senior 41

Seventy-First 64, Lumberton 37

Northwood Temple 68, Freedom Christian 65

Boys’ soccer

Pine Forest 3, Cape Fear 1

Gray’s Creek 2, Overhills 1

Pinecrest 13, Seventy-First 0

Lacrosse

Boys

Jack Britt 12, Cape Fear 4

Fuquay-Varina 20, Terry Sanford 3

Girls

Cape Fear 7, Jack Britt 6

Terry Sanford 20, Union Pines 3

 

 

Jan. 30

Basketball

Boys

Westover 78, Jack Britt 42

South View 54, Gray’s Creek 50

 

Feb. 1

Basketball

Boys

Berean Baptist 59, Fayetteville Christian 50

Harrells Christian 71, Fayetteville Academy 17

Girls

Harrells Christian 45, Fayetteville Academy 28

 

 

Feb. 2

Basketball

Boys

Cape Fear 56, E.E. Smith 49

Overhills 57, Douglas Byrd 54

Terry Sanford 62, Gray’s Creek 47

Pine Forest 72, South View 63

Jack Britt 65, Purnell Swett 60, OT

Seventy-First 49, Scotland 44

Northwood Temple 82, Village Christian 39

Cape Fear Christian 79, Freedom Christian 46

Trinity Christian 69, Fayetteville Christian 35

 

Girls

E.E. Smith 67, Cape Fear 52

Terry Sanford 69, Gray’s Creek 19

Pine Forest 56, South View 51

Jack Britt 51, Purnell Swett 38

Seventy-First 57, Scotland 29

Freedom Christian 64, Cape Fear Christian 42

 

 

Boys soccer

Jack Britt 6, Richmond Senior 0

Lacrosse

Boys

Pinecrest 20, Terry Sanford 0

Fuquay-Varina 20, Cape Fear 2

Girls

Union Pines 8, Jack Britt 3

Terry Sanford 13, Pinecrest 10

 

Feb. 3

Basketball

Boys

Pine Forest 56, E.E. Smith 41

Jack Britt 67, Scotland 60

Seventy-First 68, Hoke County 60

Freedom Christian 74, Fayetteville Christian 26

Girls

E.E. Smith 70, Pine Forest 45

Jack Britt 58, Scotland 20

Boys soccer

Pine Forest 2, Overhills 0

Terry Sanford 2, Cape Fear 1, 2 OT

South View 1, Gray’s Creek 0

Lumberton 3, Jack Britt 1

 

 

Feb. 4

Basketball

Boys

Cape Fear 57, South View 52

O’Neal 61, Fayetteville Academy 30

Girls

O’Neal 54, Fayetteville Academy 17

 

Soccer

Boys

Terry Sanford 1, Cape Fear 0

Union Pines 1, Gray’s Creek 1

Jack Britt 5, Purnell Swett 0

Scotland 8, Seventy-First 0