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.
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.
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LAST WEEK’S SCORES
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
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
Pine Forest 3, Cape Fear 1
Gray’s Creek 2, Overhills 1
Pinecrest 13, Seventy-First 0
Jack Britt 12, Cape Fear 4
Fuquay-Varina 20, Terry Sanford 3
Cape Fear 7, Jack Britt 6
Terry Sanford 20, Union Pines 3
Westover 78, Jack Britt 42
South View 54, Gray’s Creek 50
Berean Baptist 59, Fayetteville Christian 50
Harrells Christian 71, Fayetteville Academy 17
Harrells Christian 45, Fayetteville Academy 28
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
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
Jack Britt 6, Richmond Senior 0
Pinecrest 20, Terry Sanford 0
Fuquay-Varina 20, Cape Fear 2
Union Pines 8, Jack Britt 3
Terry Sanford 13, Pinecrest 10
Pine Forest 56, E.E. Smith 41
Jack Britt 67, Scotland 60
Seventy-First 68, Hoke County 60
Freedom Christian 74, Fayetteville Christian 26
E.E. Smith 70, Pine Forest 45
Jack Britt 58, Scotland 20
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
Cape Fear 57, South View 52
O’Neal 61, Fayetteville Academy 30
O’Neal 54, Fayetteville Academy 17
Terry Sanford 1, Cape Fear 0
Union Pines 1, Gray’s Creek 1
Jack Britt 5, Purnell Swett 0
Scotland 8, Seventy-First 0