Sports Shorts for October 14

Sun Valley pair named to Shrine Bowl roster

The 75th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game will be played on Dec. 17 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and this year’s contest will feature two Union County players.

Sun Valley teammates Jody Fuller, a receiver, and Jarred Barr, an offensive lineman, each were selected to participate in the game.

The Shrine Bowl is the country’s longest-running high school all-star game and features 44 of the top senior football players in North Carolina against their counterparts from South Carolina. Players will visit the Shriners Hospital for Children during the week leading up to the game, and the event’s proceeds benefit the hospital.

Last year, the game raised $1.58 million. In the first 74 years, the event raised more than $73 million.

Forest Hills on a roll

Winner of five consecutive games, the Forest Hills football team is looking like one of the county’s hottest squads right now, especially after topping a resurgent Union Academy team last week, 55-17.

One of the main reasons for the Yellow Jackets’ recent success has been the play of senior running back CJ Kiser.

Kiser started last season but has carried a much heavier load this year, and he’s made the most of it, rushing for 1,010 yards and 19 scores on 115 carries. He’s also added 121 return yards this year.

“We knew CJ could run – he’s got great wheels,” said Forest Hills coach John Lowery. “He’s a really strong kid. He runs well and has the ability to leave kids in his tracks, not only with his feet, but with his quickness. He’s got great hips and can get away from people.”

Lowery also said Kiser has benefitted from the play of fellow back Marces Thomas (311 rushing yards) and quarterback Jared Lee (1,091 passing yards, 454 rushing), as well as a veteran offensive line.

“You can’t just lay on CJ,” said -Lowery.

This week, the Yellow Jackets face Central Academy (4-4), and though the Cougars are enjoying perhaps their best season in their four-year history, Lowery said his team has other things to focus on.

“It doesn’t really matter what the other team does, you’re more concerned with what you do, and so you go out and do the things you have to do,” the coach said. “That doesn’t mean necessarily you’re going to control every thought they have or anything like that, but hopefully we can keep them focused on the big prize.”

Stallings Elementary Halloween Fun Run

On Oct. 29, Stallings Elementary will hold its third annual Halloween Fun Run. Participants will complete a 1-mile course and organizers will be awarding ribbons and Halloween treats. There also will be a costume contest.

Registration is $3 per person and $6 per family by Oct. 28. On the day of the event, registration will be $5 per person.

For more information, send an e-mail to Bo Mielczak at bo.mielczak@ucps.k12.nc.us.

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