Area stars continue to shine

Published 12:44 am Friday, January 30, 2009

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Former area athletes continue to shine in the professional and collegiate ranks.
Damien Wilkins is averaging 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Elton Coffield, a former star at Williamston High School, is averaging 20.7 points with the BSW Sixers (Germany).
Joe Barber, a former standout at Terra Ceia College, is averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists with the Sendai 89ers (Japan).
Raphael Marable, a former standout at Southside High School, is playing with the UNC-Pembroke Braves. He scored his first three points with the Braves in Wednesday’s 87-60 loss to USC-Aiken. Marable was 3-4 from the free throw line. He has appeared in five games and is averaging 0.6 points per game.
Cor-J Cox, a former standout at Washington High School, is averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds with the Olney Central College Blue Knights.
Bradley Van Staalduinen, a former standout at Terra Ceia, is averaging 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds with the Wingate Bulldogs. Van Staalduinen has appeared in 17 games this season.
Jakob Pernov, a former standout at Northside High School, is averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game with the N.C. Wesleyan Bishops.
Calvin Daniels, a former star at Washington High School, is playing with the Elizabeth City State University Vikings. Daniels, Washington’s all-time leading scorer, has appeared in one game and has one assist with the Vikings.
Stephanie Holton, a former star at Columbia High School, is playing with the Shenandoah Hornets.
She has appeared in 10 games and is averaging 2.3 points per game.
Whitney Stokes, a former standout at Plymouth High School, is averaging 2.8 points and 1.6 rebounds with the Elizabeth City State University Vikings.
Hunter Johnson, a former standout at Pungo, is averaging 4.1 points and 1.2 rebounds with the Meredith Avenging Angels.
Samantha Smith, a former standout at Washington High School, is averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds with the Tallahassee Community College Lady Eagles.
Here is a listing of former area athletes who are on college rosters for baseball and softball:
Trent Whitehead at ECU (outfielder from Washington)
Styron Barfield at Elizabeth City (from Williamston)
Ronald Phelps at NC A&T (from Plymouth)
Josh Woolard at Lenoir Community (from Washington)
Alan Swain at Lenoir Community (from Washington)
Nicole Jordan at ECU (from Jamesville)
Meredith Knox at Anderson (from Washington)
M.J. Williams at Lees-McRae (from Mattamuskeet)
Kat Cahoon at Mount Olive (from Columbia)
Frannie Pittman at NC Central (from Plymouth)
Tiffany Frey at Pitt (from Jamesville)
Lauren Rodriguez at Campbell (from Northside)
Dominique Mills at Fayetteville State (from Williamston)
Donecia Ebron at Fayetteville (from Northside)
Lauren Allen at Peace College (from Washington)
Derek Joyner at Pitt (from Terra Ceia)
Jessica Rogers at North Carolina A&T (from Washington)
Gina Valenti at Lees-McRae (from Washington)
T.J. Midgette at UNC-Wilmington (from Southside)
Know of any other area athletes competing in college? E-mail sports editor Kevin Travis at