Shining at the Next Level: November 11-17, 2019

New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties produce a large number of athletes that continue their careers at the next level.  Each week, this list will feature a number of area athletes who are finding success in the college ranks.

Check back for weekly updates each Monday.


***Full list of area football players in college***

Sr. QB Burke Estes, Randolph-Macon (2016 New Hanover grad): In his final regular season home contest, Estes led the Yellow Jackets to a 45-3 victory over Hampden-Sydney by going 15 of 17 for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

R-Sr. FB Daniel McRainey, Wingate (2015 West Brunswick grad): Starter at fullback helped the Bulldogs rush for 279 yards on 38 attempts (7.3 average) in Saturday’s 64-34 road victory over Mars Hill.

Soph. P Michael Rivers, N.C. A&T (2018 North Brunswick grad): Punted three times for an average of 45.3 yards and one inside the 20 in Saturday’s dominant 47-17 victory over Bethune-Cookman.

R-Jr. OL Joe Sculthorpe, N.C. State (2016 Topsail grad): Starting left guard helped the Wolfpack finish with 377 yards of total offense in a 34-20 home loss to Louisville on Saturday.


***Full list of area men’s basketball players in college***

Soph. G/F Josh Aldrich, USC Upstate (2018 New Hanover grad): Averaged 9.5 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field (7 of 13) in games against N.C. Central and Virginia Tech.

New Hanover graduate Josh Aldrich now plays basketball at USC Upstate. [USC Upstate Athletics]

Sr. C AJ Frye, N.C. Wesleyan (2016 Hoggard grad): In three contests, Frye averaged 10.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 55 percent from the field (12 of 22) and scored a team-high 18 points against Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday.

Sr. F/C Mitch Layton, N.C. Wesleyan (2016 North Brunswick grad): In Sunday’s 67-50 loss to Guilford, Layton went 4 of 8 from the field for 10 points and also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. 


***Full list of area men’s cross country runners in college***

R-Jr. Robinson Snider, Mississippi (2016 Hoggard grad): Helped the Rebels win their fourth NCAA South Region title in six years by completing the 10K course in Tallahassee, Fla. in 31:57.7 to earn a 61st-place finish.


***Full list of area volleyball players in college***

Fr. S Julianna Askew, North Florida (2019 Ashley grad): In the final regular two season matches, Askew finished with 92 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. She had a double-double with 49 assists and 10 digs in a five-set victory over North Alabama on Sunday.

Soph. MB Bethany Henry, Hoggard (2018 Hoggard grad): In Thursday’s sweep over Elizabeth City State, Henry hit .500 with seven kills. 


***Full list of area women’s basketball players in college***

Jr. G Ayonna Cotten, Mississippi Valley St. (2017 New Hanover grad): Scored 11 points to go along with a team-best six assists and four rebounds in a 72-66 loss to Murray State on Wednesday.

Soph. G Azariah Fields, Mount Olive (2018 New Hanover grad): In games against St. Augustine’s (70-68 win on Wednesday) and Johnson C. Smith (79-65 loss on Saturday), Fields averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals.


***Full list of area swimmers in college***

Fr. Brenna Divoky, Campbell (2019 Ashley grad): Won the 100 breaststroke (1:11.94) and 200 breaststroke (2:34.45) to help the Camels defeat Barton on Saturday.

Ashley graduate Brenna Divoky now swims at Campbell. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Soph. Drew Marshall, Campbell (2018 Topsail grad): Picked up victories in the 200 backstroke (2:11.02), 200 IM (2:14.83) and 200 medley relay (1:53.91) in Saturday’s 164-98 win over Barton on Saturday. Marshall also finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.64.


Jr. Jonathan Miller, UNC Pembroke (2015 Laney grad): Was the only Brave to earn a victory in a 40-3 loss to N.C. State on Sunday. Miller defeated John Devine by a 10-5 decision at 141 pounds.