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AREA ATHLETES IN COLLEGE: Walker Gliarmis kicking it to Wofford

By Tom Ham hammer@wilsontimes.com | 265-7819
Posted 5/27/19

For the first time since elementary school, the Gliarmis twins, Walker and John, will soon separate.

After continuing their academic and athletic careers at Appalachian State University as …

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AREA ATHLETES IN COLLEGE: Walker Gliarmis kicking it to Wofford

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For the first time since elementary school, the Gliarmis twins, Walker and John, will soon separate.

After continuing their academic and athletic careers at Appalachian State University as grayshirts for one season, Walker is not returning, but John is.

Walker has announced his intent to join the Wofford College football program of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a preferred walk-on.

His preference is kicking field goals, but 20-year-old Walker, at 5-foot-8, 170  pounds, will be elated to earn a spot with the Terriers of the Southern Conference as either a placekicker, kickoff specialist or punter.

Walker reports in July and will emphasize weight training before beginning workouts in August. He has four years of eligibility. He carries a 3.0 grade-point average to the South Carolina school.

“John fits what they’re wanting,” Walker said of his brother remaining. “But Wofford is the best fit for me. Basically, I entered the transfer program (portal) in February to see what my options were.”

The situation changed for the twins with Eliah Drinkwitz becoming the head coach. Walker explained the new staff went in different directions in regards to utilizing kicking specialists. The plan was to bring the twins into the program — not together, but one at time. The process encountered Title IX snags.

“The new coaches didn’t honor promises,” Walker declared, “and that left me in position to make a change.”

As seniors, the twins earned 3-A All-Big East Conference acclaim and were selected to play in the East-West All-Star Gae. They were accurate on 25 of 26 extra-point attempts. The only miss was a blocked attempt by Walker, who split the uprights on 7 of 9 field-goal attempts.

Walker was courted by Barton College, which begins competition at the Division II level in 2020. He was impressed.

“I respect their program,” Walker commented. “I am super excited about what they are going to do in the future. They have a beautiful facility. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got going; it’s going to be special.

“But Wofford has been very successful the last few years. They have a great coach. Whenever they play an FBS program, they seem to keep up.”

The Terriers’ roster, said Walker, currently lists one senior placekicker and a sophomore kickoff specialist.

“Come August, I am going to be ready to compete for a spot,” Walker Gliarmis declared.

WILL CRANDELL

A 6-5 senior forward who starred at Greenfield School, William Crandell ended his stellar men’s basketball career at Winston-Salem State University as an All-American.

Crandell was honored as a BOXTOROW (From the Press Box to Press Row) NCAA Division II All-American. He was proclaimed All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He was named the CIAA Player of the Week on Jan. 9. BOXTOROW is a nationally syndicated radio program that airs on Sirius XM.

He started 21 of 26 games his senior season and led the team with a scoring average of 15.6 points per game. Crandell rebounded at a clip of 6.4 per contest.

As a sophomore, Crandell averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. His freshman norms were 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds.

BRIONNA PATE

Winston-Salem State University expected leadership on and off the court from  senior Brionna Pate her senior season with the women’s college basketball program.

An all-conference and Wilson Times All-Area selection and Wilson Times Girls Player of the Year from Hunt High, Pate responded in sparkling fashion.

She landed All-CIAA recognition and was voted the CIAA Player of the Week on Jan. 28.

Pate paced WSSU in scoring (14.8 points) and rebounding (11.3). She contributed 1.7 steals and 1.5  blocks per outing. The senior forward was accurate on 45.4 percent of her field-goal attempts and knocked down 62.1 percent of her free throws.

Winston-Salem State posted a 15-13 overall record and finished 11-7 in the CIAA.

BARTON TRIO 

Right-handed pitchers Chase Long and Tyler Wells of Hunt High and Trevor Mills of Fike played roles in the 2019 turnaround of the Barton College baseball team.

Long, a senior, was prominent in the bullpen for the Bulldogs. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.29 earned run average. In 16 1/3 innings, Long registered 21 strikeouts and issued 13 walks.

Wells, a freshman, owned the distinction of emerging the only 2019 Barton pitcher with an 0.00 earned run average.

He worked two innings in two appearances, yielding no hits and no runs. He struck out a pair and also walked two.

Mills, a freshman, pitched two innings in three appearances. His numbers included three strikeouts and a walk.

Wells and Mills also action on the program’s inaugural developmental team and are currently playing summer baseball with the Wilson American Legion Post 13 team.

After a miserable 12-36 showing in 2018,  Barton responded with a 31-20 record and finished second in the Conference Carolinas regular season and fourth in the conference tournament.

TROJANS DUO

Kyle Davis, a junior right-handed pitcher who starred at Charles B. Aycock High and transferred from Pitt Community College saw steady bullpen duty for the 2019 University of Mount Olive team that managed a 31-19 record, finished third in the Conference Carolinas regular season and the runner-up in the conference tournament.

Davis wound up with a 3-2 record and 5.28 ERA. He hurled 30 2/3 innings in 15 appearances. He struck out 25 and yielded 17 walks.

Another member of the Mount Olive mound staff was Steven Worley, a freshman right-hander from North Johnston High. In 3 2/3 innings, Worley allowed seven hits, five runs, five earned runs and two walks while striking out five.

Worley is pitching summer collegiate baseball for the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League.

LEE AT ASHEVILLE

After starting at goalkeeper in her freshman year, Bryson Lee, who was all-everything during her Hunt High career, dealt with a backup role her sophomore season at the University of North Carolina at Asheville of the NCAA Division I ranks.

Lee played in three matches and the Lady Bulldogs went 1-2 in those outings. She notched 15 saves in facing 53 shots and compiled a .714 save percentage.

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