Good morning Niner Nation! It’s Wednesday, so let’s start it off with some Charlotte 49ers links we’ve found from across the Web. If you see one we missed, drop us an email ([email protected]), Tweet us @pickaxedigest or let us know on Facebook.
Tennis more than a diversion for 49ers’ Covington (Charlotte Observer)
David Scott continues his player profiles with a look at LT Jamal Covington, who was a part of his high school’s top doubles team in tennis during high school (at just south of 270 pounds). It’s certainly helped him on the football field with his movement and agility and helped keep him in shape for football season.
Markie Bryan Calls For 49ers (Phenom Hoop Report)
Local scouting guru Rick Lewis (father of Niner fan favorite and recent grad Colby Lewis, BTW) had a brief chat with recent 2013 commit Markie Bryan, who went green for the Green and White a few days ago. Bryan talks about why he picked the Charlotte 49ers over the other 49ers at Long Beach State.
NSCAA Men’s Soccer Poll Released: Niners Ranked 21st
The men’s soccer team placed 21st in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll, released yesterday. Two other C-USA teams showed on the list: New Mexico (11th) and Tulsa (13th); Old Dominion and Kentucky received votes. Opponents for 2013 that appeared in the poll: Coastal Carolina (13th) and Wake Forest (17th).
Meanwhile, here’s more men’s soccer coverage from David Scott, who gives us his “five things to know” about Kevin Langan’s squad.
MiLB.com profiled former Niner and current Everett AquaSox (Mariners A-ball affiliate) Justin Seager, who had a great showing at the plate on Monday (4-5, 4 RBI) in a loss to Salem-Keizer, the San Francisco Giants’ A-ball squad. Of course, Kyle Seager, Justin’s older brother, plays for the big club, while youngest brother Corey, a first-round pick by the Dodgers out of Northwest Cabarrus High School right outside of Charlotte, got the call-up to Class A Advanced ball not long ago. Justin is currently hitting .271 with three home runs and 24 RBI; his 49 hits are tied for the team lead and his RBI output is second on the squad. Both are top-10 in the NWL.
And two more football stories from Niner Report–first, their practice recap of Day 11, as well as a chat with LB Terry Caldwell; along with Tim Parker’s talk with Cartersville (Ga.) 2014 WR/DB Mark Quattlebaum and his decision to verbal to Charlotte football. (subscription needed for both stories)