Wray thriving at linebacker at Appalachian State
Former Eastside quarterback Justin Wray continues to have a stellar first year as a defensive player for Appalachian State after being converted to a linebacker this year.
Wray, a sophomore, turned in his offensive playbook for defensive one and hasn't looked back. He's second on the team in tackles with 61 behind All-American D.J. Smith and is also second in tackles for a loss with 10 for the 9-2 Mountaineers.
Wray led the Eagles to the Class AAA quarterfinals in 2008 before choosing Appalachian State who recruited him as a defensive player. He played sparingly in 2009 but put on 25 pounds of muscle to accommodate the transition to linebacker. He was projected to be a backup coming into the season but has emerged as the Mountaineers second-leading tackler and a force in the middle of the defense.
At Eastside, Wray passed for 3,991 yards and rushed for 1,680 in three years as the Eagles' starter. In his three years, he passed for 31 touchdowns while rushing for 21.
Wray and the Mountaineers finished first in the Southern Conference with a 7-1 league record and host the winners of the Coastal Carolina or Western Illinois in the opening round of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Dec. 4. Carter leads Memphis to third win
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Newton graduate Brittany Carter led Memphis with 19 points as the Tigers (3-2) snuck out with a 67-66 victory over Fordham (3-2) in the opening game of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Classic, Friday afternoon at the University of Kansas.
Carter, a redshirt junior who is in her second year at Memphis, scored 19.2 points per game in her first year in 2009. Carter was also named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year in 2009 as well as First Team All-C-USA.