BARTON ROUNDUP: Boyette garners CC golf accolade

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HIGH POINT — Barton College sophomore Bryson Boyette has been proclaimed the recipient of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas bi-monthly men’s golf accolade.

Boyette, a Wilson native and product of Fike High, was tabbed in an announcement from the league office earlier this week after finishing in a fourth-place tie and earning all-tournament recognition in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on Oct. 1-2 at Ocean Isle Beach.

With a 1-under-par 141  for 36 holes, Boyette led Barton to a third-place finish.

Boyette, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 3-A individual champion in 2016, has been the top Bulldogs top performer in both Fall tournaments. Barton opened in the Jay Jennison Cup on Sept. 24-25 in Saint Augustine, Fla. Boyette has fashioned a 70.6 stroke average for five rounds this season.

In 2018, Boyette won the Barton College Intercollegiate in March, was hailed the Conference Carolinas Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year and earned second-team, all-conference recognition.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to next see action on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton.

Bulldogs ranked No. 10 in region

The United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Southeast Regional men’s soccer poll includes Barton College for the second straight week.

The Bulldogs, 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Conference Carolinas, check in at No. 10 this week after being ranked No. 9 last week.

“The regional ranking is great recognition of the hard work from our guys and especially the leadership we have seen from our group of seniors (Jacob Baird, Rafael Ribiero,  Javier Alcarria, Daniel Gregory and Tolly Beatson),” commented Barton head coach Ian McMichael.

The Bulldogs, who have beaten No. 3 ranked Limestone (South Carolina) College on the road, are led by sophomore forward Ruben Mancio (Cadiz, Spain). 

A recent league and United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week, Mancio ranks first on the team in goals scored (eight) and total points (17).

“However, at this point in the season, these rankings don’t mean a lot,” McMichael declared. “Our focus is attempting to improve each day and get better as a team. We have another long trip in front of us this weekend against a tricky opponent. We are looking forward to the challenge as we try to earn another conference result.”

The aforementioned test comes Saturday in Due West, South Carolina, against conference foe Erskine College. The kickoff is set for 4 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., Barton hosts No. 7 Chowan in a rescheduled match.

Young Harris remains No. 1 ranked at 11-0. Completing the top five are Lander (8-1-1), Limestone (7-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-3) and Queens University (7-2-1). No. 7 Chowan stands 6-2-1.

Barton will ‘special draft’ 8-year-old

Boston-headquartered national nonprofit Team IMPACT, along with Barton College Baseball, will hold a special Draft Day celebration for 8-year-old Landon Davis of Wilson on Monday, Oct. 15, at Hardy Alumni Hall. The time is approximately 5 p.m.

Through Team IMPACT’s program at NCAA Division II Barton, the 8-year-old will become an official member of the baseball team. Tabbed the top 2018 recruit, the youngster’s Draft Day moments will include signing an official letter of intent.

Landon was diagnosed in 2010 with Hemophilia. Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

As a Barton team member, Landon will attend practices, games, team dinners, events and more.

Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes. 

Since 2011, Team IMPACT has matched nearly 1,600 children with more than 500 colleges in 48 states, reaching over 50,000 participating student-athletes.