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Fayetteville’s Austin Warren makes it to the major leagues


By Earl Vaughan Jr.

Former Terry Sanford and University of North Carolina at Wilmington pitcher Austin Warren was promoted to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this week. Warren was a sixth-round pick of the Angels and the 181st player chosen overall in the 2018 draft.

He has played with four minor league teams since 2018, starting at the rookie league level and advancing to Triple-A, where he was with the Salt Lake Bees when he got the call to the majors.

He made his first appearance in an Angel uniform, but did not get in the game, Wednesday night when the Angels hosted the Colorado Rockies.

In his final six games with the Bees, Warren turned in some of the best pitching of his career at the professional level. He had a 2.70 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.

WHIP is a newer statistic that calculates the number of walks and hits a pitcher allows per innings pitched. Any figure under 1.00 is considered outstanding. 

Football, basketball and soccer players weren’t the only athletes from Fayetteville who recently traveled to Greensboro for the N.C. Coaches Association’s annual East-West All-Star week.

A pair of South View High School cheerleaders, rising seniors Rylee Andress and Mikayla Montgomery, were there as part of the N.C. Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State cheerleading squad.

To earn the recognition, Andress and Montgomery had to submit videos of themselves performing basic cheerleading skills like tumbling, jumping and cheer chants. After advancing through regional competition, they went through a final judging process at the state level.

Both Andress and Montgomery began cheerleading before their time at South View. They agree there is much more to the sport than people see watching their routines on the sidelines at games.

“I do think it’s one of the hardest skills between the stunting, lifting and tumbling,’’ Montgomery said. “It’s very dangerous.’’

Montgomery said cheerleaders do a variety of things to stay in condition, from running to core-building exercises to leg work. “It’s tiring but it’s all worth it in the end,’’ she said.

Andress said cheerleaders have to be able to push themselves. “Endurance is a big factor,’’ she said. “You’re running routines where you don’t stop. You can’t just pause.’’

She said cheerleaders also have to be prepared to catch teammates who are tossed high in the air as part of stunting routines. “You have to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself,’’ she said.

At the All-Star games, the cheerleaders spent five days in Greensboro learning their routines with their fellow All-Stars and actually cheering at the East-West football and basketball games.

“Coming from high school it was very different,’’ Montgomery said of her experience. She said it was unique cheering for basketball in the Greensboro Coliseum, and for football at Grimsley High School’s Jamieson Stadium, one of the larger high school football stadiums in the state.

Both Andress and Montgomery have another year of high school cheering ahead of them, and both are excited about the chance to try to cheer at the college level.

Andress said she can’t see herself going to college without at least trying cheerleading. “If I can do my best, I will be fully prepared and can help the team the best I can,’’ she said.

Montgomery hopes to major in biology and enter the medical field. Her top college picks are the University of North Carolina, N.C. State and the University of Central Florida.

• Longtime Cape Fear High School football coach Chris Hall has been named an assistant football coach for next summer’s East-West All-Star football game in Greensboro.

The N.C. Coaches Association used to pick only varsity head coaches for its East-West games, but about five years ago they changed the rules and started recognizing assistant coaches who had been with their schools for a long time.

Hall has been at Cape Fear since 1992, serving as a volunteer for four years then joining the staff as a teacher and coach in 1996.

In addition to football, he’s helped coach girls’ basketball and softball. 

• Hailie Misplay, a female sophomore wrestler at Pine Forest High School, recently won All-American recognition in the 132-pound weight class.

Misplay competed in the 16U Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, earlier this month. She was unranked nationally entering the tournament but earned All-American honors after placing eighth in her weight class.

She advanced to the consolation quarterfinals before being eliminated.

This past high school wrestling season, Misplay was the 138-pound state champion in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling tournament for girls.

• The Brian Edkins Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. at Gates Four Golf and Country Club.

All proceeds will go to the family of the late Cape Fear High School principal.

Corporate sponsorships are available for $1,000 each and hole sponsorships for $100.

The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team.

Donations only, not entry fees, can be made to @brianedkinsmemorial on Venmo.

The golf registration form and all checks must be mailed to Chad Barbour, 7010 Surrey Road, Fayetteville, N.C. 28306.

For further information, contact Barbour at 910-309-9469.