Sports Briefs: Merrifield a free agent

Published 1:41 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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Merrifield a free agent

Whit Merrifield has become a free agent. Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Merrifield declined their end of the $18MM mutual option in his contract. Merrifield collected a $500K buyout and headed to the open market for the first time at age 34.

Carney scores vs. FSU, Duke

Tate Carney, a redshirt freshman running back at Wake Forest, scored a touchdown during a 41-16 loss to Florida State on Oct. 28. He had 10 carries for 26 yards in that game.

Carney had two carries and scored again during a 24-21 loss to Duke on Nov. 2.

First Pitch Dinner Nov. 18

The Davie County Baseball First Pitch Dinner – hosted by the Davie Youth Complex – will be held Nov. 18 at the Farmington Community Center at 6 p.m.  There will be music, a guest speaker (Jeremy Walker), a silent auction, a 50/50 rattle and a reverse raffle. This event will benefit the Davie High, Ellis, North Davie and South Davie baseball programs. It’s $100 a ticket. To purchase tickets, send an email to A table sponsor for $500 includes two tickets, and a table sponsor for $1,000 includes four tickets.

Chaffin: most tackles by freshman since ‘07

Davie freshman linebacker Elijah Chaffin led the War Eagles with 103 tackles, which is the most by a varsity freshman since Jared Barber’s 148 in 2007. The top six tacklers in 2023 included senior safety Connor Hood (100), senior safety Eli Branham (81), junior linebacker Archer Richardson (63), senior tackle Matty Warner (62) and junior tackle Landon Barber (60).

Hood was first in solo tackles with 49. Warner had the most tackles for loss with 14. The sack leaders were Barber and senior end Trey’von Doulin with three each. Hood and sophomore cornerback Gavin Reese were first and second in pass breakups with 12 and 10, respectively.