Russell makes it official with Tar Heels

by Chris Hunt and C. Jemal Horton

Hopewell High School baseball player Michael Russell (seated with cap) signed a National Letter of Intent with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

On Nov. 17, Hopewell High School three-sport standout Michael Russell signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Russell has lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and three times in baseball. This fall, he led the Titan football team with five interceptions from his safety position. He returns to baseball this spring after missing his entire junior season with a broken leg.

Strickland to become a Bulldog

Hopewell senior infielder Cody Strickland has committed to play baseball in for Pitt Community College in Greenville, North Carolina.

Pitt Community College reached the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series last season. As a junior, Strickland batted .365 with a .440 on-base average for the Titans. He also scored 23 runs and drove in 21 RBIs in 23 games.

Bojangles’ Shootout field set

The Hopewell High School girls basketball team will be in the field for the 11th annual Bojangles’ High School Shootout.

The Bojangles’ Shootout is scheduled for Dec. 28-30 at Charlotte’s Bojangles’ Coliseum with 16 teams participating in three tournament games over the three-day period.

In addition to the Titans, who won the Bojangles’ title last year, the girls bracket includes  Berry, Mallard Creek, Vance, Victory Christian, Gastonia Forestview, Concord  High and South Pointe (South Carolina) High.

The boys field includes South Mecklenburg, Berry Academy, Mallard Creek, Northside Christian Academy, Victory Christian Center, Mooresville High, Lancaster (South Carolina) High and A.C. Flora (South Carolina) High.

Single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students with valid identification. Three-day passes are $33 for adults and $27 for students. Pricing includes parking.

A portion of the tournament proceeds will benefit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Middle School Athletic Scholarships.

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