College of Charleston sailors earn medals at Pan Am Games

Former College of Charleston sailor Juan Maegli won the gold medal in the Laser event during the Pan Am Games in Toronto.(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Former College of Charleston sailor Juan Maegli earned the gold medal, while current sailor Stefano Peschiera finished eighth overall at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

Competing in the Laser — a 14-foot one-person racing boat — Maegli topped the 16-boat fleet with consistent finishes of fifth or better in all but two of the 13 races. College of Charleston rising junior Enrique Arathoon finished 11th in the event.

Rising sophomore Paris Henken with crew Helena Scutt earned the bronze medal in the women’s 49erFX — a two-handed high-performance dinghy.

It will be the seventh consecutive time, the College of Charleston sailing team will be represented during the Summer Olympics.

The ICSA 2013 college sailor of the year, Maegli, will represent Guatemala in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be his third time (2008, ’12 and ’16) competing in the Games. Maegli, 26, was the flag bearer for Guatemala during the opening ceremony in 2012. He finished ninth at the London Games and was in the top 40 at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Peschiera will also sail in the Laser at the Summer Olympics for his home country of Peru.

Maegli finished fourth and Peschiera was 24th at the Laser World Championships held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, prior to the Pan American Games.

This year, a record-number of 6,135 (estimated) athletes will complete in the Pan American Games, an Olympics-style sporting event that features summer sports every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.

USC landed its seventh commitment for the 2016 football recruiting class Friday when DE Cecil Stallings (6-5, 250) of Tucker, Ga., made his pledge to recruiter and co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. He is the first defensive lineman to join the class.

Stallings picked the Gamecocks over Tennessee. Some of his other offers included Miami, Penn State, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

Stallings attended USC’s junior day in March. He also made stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech in recent months.

“I feel like I fit there,” Stalling said. “Their system, Coach Ward and me have a great relationship. I think I can help the program.”

Clemson continues to mine the state of Georgia for some of its top talent. Linebacker Tre Lamar of Roswell on Friday night committed to the Tigers while at the All-In Cookout.

He is the Tigers’ 11th commitment in the class and the fourth from the Peach State.

Lamar had narrowed his decision to Clemson and Auburn and visited both earlier this year.

“I just had a good feeling about it and it just felt like the most comfortable place, a home away from home for me,” Lamar said. “I will fit in well. I definitely had a good feeling about it. I don’t have any little feelings about somewhere else. I definitely feel like Clemson was the right place.”

Last season Lamar had 127 tackles and four sacks, and is viewed by defensive coordinator as a middle linebacker.

Clemson right-hander Clate Schmidt and infielder Eli White will both return for the 2016 season after being selected in the 2015 MLB draft in June.

Schmidt was drafted in the 32nd round (No. 951 overall pick) by the Boston Red Sox and White was drafted in the 37th round (No. 1,117 overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but both elected to return to the Tigers for the 2016 season. The deadline for players to sign with a major league team was Friday at 5 p.m.

“Clate has been a big part of our pitching staff the last three years,” said head coach Monte Lee. “He has made more starts than any other returning starter on the 2016 team. We expect big things from Clate.

“I’m also really excited about Eli coming back for his junior year. He’s been a big part of our program over the last couple of years and will be a centerpiece of our team in 2016.”

Tiger signee and left-hander Jake Higginbotham also will join the 2016 Tigers after being drafted in the 27th round (No. 809 overall pick) by the New York Mets.