Shining at the Next Level: November 4-10, 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): Completed 12 of 16 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and also had a rushing score in a 28-21 loss to unbeaten Bridgewater.

R-Sr. DE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte (2015 Ashley grad): In Saturday’s 28-21 comeback victory over UTEP, Highsmith had four tackles, including a sack that brought his season total to 8.5. He is tied for 12th in the nation in sacks.

R-Jr. LB Jordan Howard, UNC Pembroke (2016 North Brunswick grad): For the second straight game, Howard led the team with tackles. He finished with seven and also had a fumble recovery in Saturday’s 14-point loss.

Soph. QB Josh Jones, UNC Pembroke (2018 Hoggard grad): Had a huge game in a 45-31 loss at No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne, completing 34 of 46 passes for a career-high 382 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also had seven carries for 23 yards and a touchdown.

R-Sr. FB Daniel McRainey, Wingate (2015 West Brunswick grad): Starting fullback helped the Bulldogs average 6.1 yards per rush (37 carries for 244 yards) in a 35-28 home victory over Newberry on Saturday.

Fr. LB DeVaughn Shepard, Methodist (2019 Laney grad): Made a career-high nine tackles to help the Monarchs pick up a 37-33 home win over LaGrange on Saturday.

Jr. DL Taye Vereen, UNC Pembroke (2017 West Brunswick grad): Finished with five tackles on Saturday in a loss at No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne.


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

Soph. G/F Josh Aldrich, USC Upstate (2018 New Hanover grad): In Saturday’s 103-62 win over Truett-McConnell, Aldrich went 4 of 7 from the field for 11 points and six rebounds.

Fr. G Chance Poole, Johnston CC (2019 Pender grad): Finished with his first four collegiate points and added two rebounds and two assists to lead the Jaguars to a season-opening win over Dabney S. Lancaster.

Laney graduate Sherod Sidbury now plays basketball at Brunswick Community College. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Fr. PG Sherod Sidbury, Brunswick CC (2019 Laney grad): Scored his first five collegiate points in a season-opening victory over Catawba County JV.


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

Jr. Ben Schmidt, Montreat (2017 Hoggard grad): Finished sixth at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship by completing the 8K course in 25:39.32. Montreat finished second as a team.


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

Fr. Finn Howard, Queens (2019 Hoggard grad): Swam the opening leg on the victorious 200 medley relay that finished with a time of 1:31.50 during Friday’s meet against Virginia Tech.


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

Fr. S Julianna Askew, North Florida (2019 Ashley grad): Dished out 137 assists and added 26 digs, seven kills, four aces and three blocks in 12 sets over three matches. Askew had double-doubles against Bethune-Cookman (54 assists and 11 digs) and Liberty (33 digs and 10 assists).

Coastal Christian grad Carson Fuller now plays volleyball at Coker. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Fr. MB/RS Carson Fuller, Ferrum (2019 Coastal Christian grad): Finished with five kills, four digs and three blocks in Saturday’s four-set win over Virginia-Wise.

Soph. OH/RS Sarah Shropshire, Averett (2018 Laney grad): Helped Averett go 2-1 on the week by finishing with 22 kills and 10 digs in 12 sets.


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

Fr. G Blair Barefoot, Lenoir-Rhyne (2019 Hoggard grad): Scored eight points and dished out a pair of assists in 17 minutes in her collegiate debut at Lander on Friday.

Fr. F Hannah Brigham, St. Andrews (2019 New Hanover grad): In her collegiate debut, Brigham got the start and scored six points in 22 minutes to help the Knight earn a 95-57 victory over Regent.

Jr. G Ayonna Cotten, Mississippi Valley St. (2017 New Hanover grad): Shot 47 percent from the field (8 of 17) and averaged 12 points in road games at Mississippi and North Alabama.

R-Fr. G Jenson Edwards, High Point (2018 Laney grad): Started and played 34 minutes in her first collegiate game at Duke on Tuesday. Edwards finished with six points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Soph. G Azariah Fields, Mount Olive (2018 New Hanover grad): Poured in a game-high 24 points while adding seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in Saturday’s season-opening 62-57 victory over Coker.

Fr. C Jackalyn Ingram, Brunswick CC (2019 New Hanover grad): Scored her first three collegiate points to help the Dolphins open the season with a 61-33 victory over Mount Olive JV on Tuesday.

Fr. G Ratavia Merritt, Brunswick CC (2019 Pender grad): In her first collegiate game, Merritt went 5 of 13 from the field for 11 points. She also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals.


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

Soph. MF/D Kiley Barr, Francis Marion (2018 Hoggard grad): Headed home the game’s lone goal off a corner kick in the 70th minute to help the Patriots hand Belmont Abbey their first conference loss of the season on Tuesday.


Jr. Jonathan Miller, UNC Pembroke (2015 Laney grad): Won the Pembroke Classic title at 141 pounds with a 6-3 decision in the finals. Miller went 4-0 with three decisions and a major decision.

Jr. Kevin Saravia, Life (2017 Laney grad): Finished third at 125 pounds at the Pembroke Classic after going 5-1 with two pins, two decisions and a tech fall. His only loss came to the eventual champion.