Stratford's Jacob Park selected as finalist in ESPN quarterback challenge
Stratford High School quarterback Jacob Park was selected as a finalist for the ESPN Elite 11 quarterback challenge after a strong showing at the Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp held at Washington Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.
Approximately 60 quarterbacks were put through a variety of passing drills, then several were selected to compete in a showcase drill at the conclusion of the event. Park is a finalist for the national camp, which will be held June 28-July 3 at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore.
According to 24/7 Sports, Park “lived up to his billing as a top 10 pro-style quarterback prospect in the 2014 class with his performance. He showed the ability to make all the necessary passes during passing route drills to the receivers.”
Park is considering Virginia Tech, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia. But Notre Dame has started recruiting Park and has offered. He is expected to make his decision by the end of this month.
He completed 108 of 158 passes during the 2012 regular season for 1,698 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Former Porter-Gaud basketball standout Khris Middleton, who played for Texas A&M and now plays for the Detroit Pistons, will return to the Charleston area to host the first Khris Middleton Skills Academy Camp.
The camp will be held June 21-23 at Porter-Gaud.
The focus of the camp will be ball-handling, shooting, passing, teamwork, defense and fitness. The camp is for boys and girls ages 9-14 and will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.
Campers will receive a T-shirt, lunch, prizes and gifts from the event's sponsors and the Detroit Pistons. Proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center.
For more information, or to register for the camp, visit www.khrismiddleton.net.
Region 8-AAA baseball honors
Berkeley, which finished 23-4 and won its first regional baseball championship in 50 years, leads the all-conference selections with five players.
Kyle Garrick, Connor Teague, Andrew Lockliear, Dylan Baker and Eric Orton lead the way for Berkeley. The Stags' Landy Cox is coach of the year.
Hilton Head's picks were Matt Clark, Storm Grisham and Aaron Facenda. James Island's selections were Tyler Weekley and Daniel Wilcutt. Hanahan's Seth Lancaster and Brandon Caddell also made the team.
Several players from the Lowcountry were named to the girls U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Academic team.
The players are Alex Gilbert, Hunter Leckonby, Rachel Edwards, Annie Hoist and Gabby Giles of Academic Magnet; Christian Oliver, Jessie Bunting, Caitlin Greenho, Cora Petyak and Taylor Rice of Bishop England; and Heather Hoaglan of West Ashley.
Andrew Phelan of Wando was the only local player to make the boys team.
The award is based on players who exhibit exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represent high standards of academic achievement in the classroom. They also have made significant contributions of service to the school and/or community.
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